Since 2010, we have being working with schools from Victoria State, Australia. We help them to arrange sister school visits to Changshu. We have dealt with the Department of Education from Victoria State, Leongatha Primary School, Leongatha Secondary College, Yarram Secondary College and schools from Tarago Education Community ever since. We will take care of all the arrangements in China, so you can fully concentrate on your students and programs. This tour can be tailor-made to fit your different school programs.
Suit for: Students, Teachers, Parents, Education
Day 01: Welcome to Shanghai, China
Meet your local guide upon arrival at the Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG). Your guide will be holding a sign with your school name on it. From here you will be transferred to your hotel to relax and refresh after your long journey.
Shanghai is a global financial centre, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. While discovering this modern city, you will see a developing and thriving China.
Shanghai Accomodation: Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai ***
Day 02: Shanghai- Explore the Metropolis (B,L,D)
Visit Yu Garden and discover the wonders of an ancient, classical Chinese garden. It is the combination of Chinese calligraphy, architecture and history. Then look around Yu Market outside the garden. Your students will be astounded by the thousands of types of goods you can find to buy.
After lunch, journey to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to have a bird’s-eye view of the city. Walk on the transparent glass corridor, looking down through the glass to see the buildings, streets and traffic below, you can hear your heart beating.
Day 03:Shanghai, Museum Tour (B,L,D)
Understand Shanghai and China’s history as you discover the Shanghai Museum.
There are four floors with so much to see. From sculpture to calligraphy, from ancient bronze to jade, from antique furniture to coin collections. You can easily take two or three hours which would be time well spent.
In the afternoon you can discover the city on your own. During the free time, you can organize the students to explore Shanghai, using public transportation. Taking a subway ride is great chance to get to know local people and see their life style. There is so much to see, especially if you venture beyond the main road and explore the back streets where life goes on in much the same way as it has for thousands of years. Don’t forget to take a map and your hotel card, in case you get lost. Most people are very happy to help you find your way back and love meeting foreigners.
Day 04: Shanghai to Suzhou, Immerse Yourself in Ancient Gardens (B,L,D)
This morning, drive about 2 hours from Shanghai and you will arrive to Suzhou. It is the city often referred to the Venice of the East, as over 40% of the city is covered by water.
Humble Administrator's Garden is truly stunning. Everywhere you turn, the view is as picturesque as any postcard you will ever see. There are streams with old boats, overhanging trees, stone mountains, small temples and pagodas. Taking the boat ride on Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal from Humble Administrator's Garden to Santang Street is the highlight of the day. The students can shop around Santang Street and it would add another fun experience to their China trip. Don’t forget your camera, there are many picturesque scenes to capture and send home and look back on in days to come.
Suzhou Accomodation: Garden Hotel ***
Day 05: Suzhou, The Amazing Race & optional tour to Tongli Water Town (B)
Today is a free day. Suzhou is a perfect city to run your ‘RACE’ program with a city map. If you need any assistance in arranging this program, please submit your requirements to your Travel Advisor at CET. We are happy to help.
Optional Visit: Tongli Water Town is a classic Chinese water town with traditional Chinese buildings along the river. Similar to Venice in Italy, people here run their daily lives with boats most of the time.
Day 06: Suzhou to Changshu, Visit your sister school & home stay (B)
Drive about 1.5 hours from Suzhou, and your personal guide and driver will drop you off at your sister school in Changshu. The students can choose to stay in a hotel or with a home stay family on this program, at your request. A home stay will help your students to understand Chinese daily life better and is a choice we recommend. It is also a wonderful way to practice your Mandarin and teach English at the same time. You will find most of the children have a good understanding of English, but seldom have a chance to speak it, let alone with a native speaker.
Changshu Accomodation: Changshu Hotel***
Day 07-08:Changshu, Culture Exchange Program with Sister School
Two days are enough for you to arrange some culture exchange programs with your sister school in Changshu. Extra days are available if necessary.
Day 09:Changshu to Beijing, Experience the Speed Train
In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up from the sister school and escort you to Suzhou Railway Station. The students will be fascinated by the 5 hours in a speed train, its lots of fun getting to meet the local passengers and another opportunity learning to speak a little Mandarin along the way.
Beijing Accomodation: Red Wall Hotel Beijing***
Day 10: Beijing, Appreciate the Forbidden City (B,L,D)
Wake up in the early morning to see the Flag-Raising Ceremony at the Tiananmen Square.
Your journey continues as you explore the Forbidden City. Walking in the Palace Museum is like going back to the glory days of the dynasties. The buildings are well maintained and very quickly transport you back into the history.
Around the Forbidden City there are several old town areas. Stepping off the main road you are suddenly in a different world of narrow winding streets and low rise houses clustered around courtyards. In the Hutongs, you will see children playing as the rickshaws and bikes go around them. Small stalls sell homemade sweet yogurt, which is ready for you to try and other delicacies that you may have never seen before.
Day 11: Great Wall, the Icon of China. (B,L,D)
Last but not the least, today’s highlight is to climb the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, about 1.5 hours’ drive from your hotel.
"Awesome" often gets overused, but not here. Try to imagine yourself as a soldier in 16th century China, stationed along the Great Wall, awaiting for the Mongol hordes. About one hour's walk from the chairlift access, there is an easy continuation towards the wild wall, and you could spend a short or long day exploring there. Children, and the young at heart, could also have great time taking the toboggan ride down. It’s all very well organized and easy.
Day 12: Beijing, Discover the City Highlights (B,L,D)
Though the Temple of Heaven itself is lovely, what impresses you the most is the life in the park. In the early morning and late afternoon, the park is filled with people exercising, doing Tai Chi, playing cards, knitting, singing in groups, playing a Chinese version of hacky sack (and not just the young people, either!) and generally enjoying each other's company.
The Summer Palace incorporates its entrance buildings with ornate bronze statues, long corridors, a temple, lake, bridge and an island. The myriad of rooms along the lake shore are like a rabbit warren and are beautiful to see. You can also access most of the rooms (unlike the Forbidden City) and it’s amazing when you consider the lake was created so long ago for the use of one person. The City Tour will end with a shopping experience in the local Silk Market (Xiushui). Here you can test your bargaining skills, however be warned, you may have to be prepared to buy those additional suitcases to carry home all your purchases.
Day 13: Departure for Home (B)
Your tour guide is ready to meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) for your flight home.