China’s Capital – 6 full days in-country

  • price includes includes flights, visas and 1 free staff member for every 10 students

Recommended for school years 8 – 10 as a great way to study Mandarin and explore Beijing’s history, culture and local life.

Includes:

  • 5 hours of Mandarin tuition (teaching programme based on the students’ level of experience)
  • Local exchange activity with local Chinese students
  • Real life language activities and cultural workshops
  • Day trip to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China
  • Tian’anmen Square challenge
  • Forbidden City treasure hunt
  • Temple of Heaven and park visit
  • Visit Olympic Park and the Birds Nest Stadium

Day 0

Depart from UK on overnight flight to Beijing.

Flights and transfers are all included in the the price of the trip. Where direct flights are not available, a connecting flight with minimal transfer time will be arranged.

Day 1

Arrive in Beijing in the early morning.

Transfer to accommodation by coach.

Meet and greet local staff.

Visit Beijing Ancient Observatory: A chance to learn about ancient Chinese inventions for star-gazing and navigation. Explore the site of the original Beijing observatory and check out the exhibits of apparatus used to determine the exact solar time and celestial movements.

Visit Temple of Heaven Park: Explore authentic Chinese park culture where you can expect to observe people engaged in many different kinds of social activities, from ribbon dances to swordplay and diablo performing. Park culture is a huge part of everyday life for many Beijingers, and they will be enthusiastic to meet you and share their hobbies with you. We will also learn about the history of the Temple of Heaven, and its significance to the rulers of Imperial China. Not to mention the beautiful temple and park itself!

Day 2

Everyday language ‘booster’ and calligraphy workshop: A chance to learn some new words and phrases relevant to the afternoon’s activities. Plus a calligraphy workshop with an experienced calligraphy expert. Calligraphy is considered a high art in China and will help you to learn your characters even more. Wear an old t-shirt in case of ink splatters!

Visit Nanluoguxiang: Nanluoguxiang is a famous ‘Hutong’ or alley way in the old district of Beijing near the drum tower. Here you will get a chance to explore traditional Beijing life in the old communities established in the ramshackled alley ways. Nanluoguxiang is now a popular place for tourists to visit as there are many stalls here selling Chinese handcrafts and snacks. Watch out for the stinky tofu!

Visit Houhai Lake: In the centre of Beijing, just a short walk from Nanluoguxiang, is Houhai lake. This lake is a popular place for local people to spend a relaxing afternoon fishing, shopping or enjoying a cup of Chinese tea. You will be able to explore in small groups and take part in optional activities such as boating on the lake or renting bikes to ride around in true Beijing style.

Day 3

Everyday language ‘booster’ and Bargaining in China workshop: Shopping in China can be very different to shopping in the West and everyone can benefit from skills in bargaining to secure the best price possible. This workshop will give you the bargaining skills and vocabulary you need, and then you’ll go out to a local food market and try your hand and getting the best price for products there.

Exchange at Chaoyang Park: Chaoyang park is one of the most well-known parks in the city and also hosted the 2008 Olympic Games volleyball competition. Here you will be introduced to some local students and have a chance to play games and take part in competitions. Come prepared for sports and to learn people your age in China.

Visit Olympic Park: The Olympic Park in central Beijing has become an iconic representation of Beijing’s recent development. You’ll have a chance to see the Bird’s Nest Stadium and National Aquatics Centre up close. A great group photo opportunity!

Day 4

Visit Tian’anmen Square: Tian’anmen Square is located immediately south of the Forbidden City. This is one of the biggest squares in the world and is always thronged with patriotic Chinese tourists and foreign visitors. You’ll have a challenge to complete whilst at the square.

Visit The Forbidden City and Palace Museum: One of China’s most visited tourist attractions, The Forbidden City is a huge imperial palace complex rich in historical intrigue and art exhibits. There will be a treasure hunt here, to ensure you seek out all the most important artifacts.

Visit Jingshan Park: Situated at the north side of the Forbidden City, Jingshan park includes a short hike up to the top of a man-made hill. From the summit you have great panoramic views of Beijing and get a great sense of the size of this huge metropolis.

Day 5

Visit 798 Art District, Beijing’s thriving art district. Here you can wander around the galleries and studios of some of China’s most influential artists. Pick up some souvenirs to take home and learn about the social issues in China that give rise to the art of the day.

Visit Summer Palace, one of Beijing most popular historic attractions. This palace is situated in a large area of parkland outside of Beijing city centre, and has enjoyed a dramatic past. One of the best ways to gain a real appreciation of imperial Chinese history, students will enjoy exploring the site and views from the tops of the hills there over the city.

Day 6

Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu: We will be going to the Mutianyu section of the wall, which is a little further out from the city but a a lot less crowded than some of the more well-known sections of the wall. There is also a luge for getting back down from the mountains, as an optional activity. The Great Wall runs along the tops of the mountains and climbing can be strenuous. Bring good footwear and clothing suitable for the exposed conditions you may face when exploring the battlements and ramparts of the Wall.

Day 7

Depart from Beijing and arrive same day in London.

Contact us for a per-student quote, and to begin organising a perfect itinerary for your trip.