Traveling to Beijing with students is not about sightseeing only. We have selected some cultural exchange programs to help your students to immerse themselves in Chinese history and culture.
Day 01: Welcome to the Far East!
Welcome to Beijing, the capital city of China. Your personal tour guide will pick you up from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). Your tour guide will be holding a name sign and waiting for you at the arrival hall. You will be escorted to your centrally located hotel. Your guide will help you to check in at the hotel.
Wangfujing Shopping Street: There is a variety of shops from high fashion to clothing and footwear essentials with good prices along Wangfujing Street. If you go to the side streets you will find lots of bargains. Must see and do is to try the live scorpions and other exotic things which are BBQed on a stick.
Day 02: The Palace Museum and Hutong Tours (B,L)
Your personal tour guide will pick you up from the hotel lobby after breakfast. You can decide the tour starting time, as it’s a private tour. Today is a history class for the students. Your local expert will give you lots of information about China’s history, emperors and dynasties.
The Palace Museum (the Forbidden City): You must be impressed by the Palace Museum from the film 'The last Emperor'. There are different sections separated by open squares. Apparently the Emperor had 3000 concubines, with their children, and other servants, etc. These numbers give you some idea of the amount of rooms there.
Jingshan Park: The Park is the best place to have a bird’s eye view of the Forbidden City. After walking in the Museum for about 2 hours, you will be shocked when you see the sunset view of the Forbidden City from the top of the mountain in the park.
Tiananmen Square: Chinese people are very proud of this square. Not only that it’s the biggest square in the world, but also the buildings surrounding it tell you that it’s the authority center of the Chinese Government, the heart of the nation. The flag raising and lowering ceremony is worth seeing with the right schedule.
Day 03: The Great Wall and Educational Program (B,L,D)
Today is the highlight of Beijing tour for the students. You are going to be a 好汉 (hǎo hàn) to climb the Great Wall. It’s about 2 hours’ drive to get to the less crowded part: Mutianyu section of the Wall. The Educational Program in the afternoon shows the students how a typical Chinese factory works.
The Mutianyu Great Wall: The Great Wall is on many people’s bucket list, not only for Chinese but also international tourists. You can feel the excitement when the teenage students can stand on the Wall at their age. We chose Mutianyu Section of the Wall, as we want to surprise the students with a toboggan ride down from the wall. It’s easy and safe, there is no problem for a teenager to control the toboggan. They will be impressed. It's not every day you can say "I've tobogganed down from The Great Wall of China"!
Educational Program---Visit the Huiyuan Juice Company
Huiyuan Juice Group Limited is the leading brand in the Chinese fruit juice industry. It has been focusing on the juice and beverage market for over 20 years. The Company is on a mission to “benefit the agricultural industry, the peasants and the rural areas while nourishing the public”. Pay a visit to the company; the students are going to know the company’s history and products. They also can visit the workshop to see the juice’s production process.
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Day 04: 798 Art Zone and Culture Exchange Program (B,L)
Today the students are going to learn a lot about Chinese art and culture. They will see the Giant Pandas, 798 Art Zone and Gaobeidian Village.
798 Art Zone: It’s an area with authentic local creative arts. Most "art districts" in other cities have cheesy shops selling the same touristy junk you could find anywhere. 798 Art Zone is the first authentically hip, local, artsy scene you could find during your entire stay in China.
Beijing Zoo: The reason we recommend it to you is the Panda Exhibit in the Zoo. The pandas look happy enough here and demonstrate their famous lethargic behavior quite well. The students will be excited when they see the pandas walking and moving around.
Culture Exchange Program: Visit a local Village
The village is NOT a place for the average tourist or the first time visitor to Beijing. It's for those who want to get more immersed in or familiar with the cultural life of the country and the preservation of its cultural heritage. The students are going to visit a local school and talk to Chinese students. They can practice their Chinese and learn about different educational systems from each other. You will visit a local family in this village and learn how to make Chinese dumplings.
Day 05: Depart for Home (B)
Your tour guide and driver will transfer you to the airport or train station based on your arrangement.