China Study Tour

China Study Tour

ST-12: 9 Days Students Group Tour: Beijing - Xi’an - Shanghai

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of China on this life-changing 9-day China study tour!
Being one of the four oldest civilizations, there are a lot of cultural relics you can visit in China. We have included the must see sites like the Great wall, the Forbidden City and the Terra Cotta Army, and we also focus on the cultural side of China. You’ll visit a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pharmacy, learn Tai Chi and Chinese Calligraphy in Beijing, make your own Terra-cotta Figurines, and learn how to make Dumplings in Xi’an. To help you to understand Chinese manufacturing, we have included a tour to the Volkswagen Auto Factory in Shanghai.

CET Advantages

  • In-depth tour to Forbidden City with a Treasure Hunt in it
  • Visit a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pharmacy
  • Learn Tai Chi and Chinese Calligraphy in Beijing
  • Make Terra-cotta Figurines and Making Dumplings in Xi’an
  • Tour to the Volkswagen Auto Factory in Shanghai
Quality

Quality

No Shopping Traps

Group Type

Group Type

Private

Tour Focus

Tour Focus

Learning, Experience Activities, Culture, History

Accommodation

Accommodation

Nights:8

Best Season

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Suitable For: Student Groups, School Trip, Study Tour Program

Map of My Trip

China Study Tour

Full Itinerary

Day 1
Beijing Arrival (Welcome Dinner)

On arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) or the newly built Daxing International Airport (PKX), our guide will pick you up from the arrival hall and take you to check in to your hotel in Beijing. Take a rest in the hotel then enjoy a welcoming dinner in a local restaurant.

Beijing city road traffic

Beijing City Road

Day 2
Beijing City Tour (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Morning

Get up and have breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, our guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and take you to visit the 600 year old Royal Palace – the Forbidden City. As you’re strolling through the complex with your guide, make sure to pay close attention to what your guide says as he or she will be dropping clues regarding the stories, history, and legends of the city. You’ll need to gather these clues to complete the treasure hunt. Then we’ll visit Tiananmen Square – the largest city square in the world – where you can find landmarks like the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and National museum of China around the square.

students sitting on the ground

Students work together for the treasure hunt in the Forbidden City

Afternoon

After the tour of the square, we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant, then Chinese Calligraphy Learning in a school in a Hutong. You’ll learn a language which is totally different from English. It will help you to understand why Chinese characters have united the Chinese people as a nation for thousands of years.
Today’s last stop is Tong Ren Tang Chinese pharmaceutical company. It is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pharmacy. TCM formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness during its 3000 years’ development. You’ll find all kinds of herbs that TCM doctors use to treat illness.

Chinese charactor

Write "one, two, three" in Chinese

Evening

We’ll arrange dinner in a local restaurant for you.

Optional activities:
The Legend of Kungfu Show in Red Theatre: This is a must see show for Kungfu fans. During the show the skilled performers will demonstrate different Kungfu styles from the Shaolin Temple, which is considered to be the birthplace of martial arts in China.
Peking opera at Liyuan Theater: With a history of more than 200 years, Peking Opera is one of China's main traditional drama forms and on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. The art combines instrumental music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics.

Day 3
Beijing City Tour (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Morning

After breakfast in your hotel, we’ll head for the Temple of Heaven where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1912 CE) worshiped heaven and prayed for a good harvest. It is also a popular park for local people to do their morning exercise. We’ll arrange a Tai Chi master to teach you basic Tai Chi.

the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

The steps to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

Afternoon

We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant after the tour to the Temple of Heaven, then drive 1.5 hrs to the Mutianyu Great Wall. We have included a round trip cable car to and from the wall, so you have enough energy to have a walk on top of it.

the great wall

One of Towers on Mutianyu Great Wall

Evening

Then return to your hotel and have dinner in a restaurant en route.

Day 4
Beijing to Xi'an by Overnight Train: City Tour (breakfast & lunch)
Morning

Today we’ll visit the royal retreat for Qing emperors – the Summer palace, and we have also included the Garden of Virtue and Harmony which was the private theatre for the Empress Dowager Cixi. Then we’ll go to Beijing Zoo, where there is a panda house for Giant Panda, and we’ll visit the panda house.

panda

A Panda in the Panda House

Afternoon

We’ll have lunch at a nearby restaurant. Then visit a supermarket to buy drinks and snacks for dinner as we’ll be taking the overnight train to Xi’an.

Evening

We’ll get to the train station at 17:00 and check in by presenting your passports. The train departs Beijing at 18:50. We will book a soft sleeper for you. Soft sleepers are spacious, 4-berth compartments with two upper and two lower berths. All of the necessary bedding is provided. Hot water is available for making tea or coffee. You can get more information by clicking "What is a Chinese Overnight Train Like?"

Day 5
Xi’an City Tour (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Morning

The train will arrive in Xi’an around 7:40am, and our guide and driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel. We’ll leave our luggage in the hotel then start visiting. Our first stop is The Terracotta Warriors and Horses museum, where you’ll come face to face with the “soldiers and horses” that date back to 200 BCE.
We’ll visit one shop and learn to make terra-cotta figurines; you’ll get to keep whatever you have made as a souvenir.

terra-cotta figurines

Make Terra-cotta Figurines

Afternoon

We’ll arrange lunch in a restaurant near the museum then return to the city center. We’ll have a stroll in the Muslim Quarter and visit a Chinese style mosque there. Xi’an is the starting point for the Silk Road, the well-worn route for merchants and travelers from Persia, Arabic countries, and Central Asia who came here for business in ancient times, thus forming the Muslim communities here. You can find tons of great street food here.

Great Mosque

Inside of the Great Mosque

Evening

We’ll arrange dinner in a restaurant near the quarter and send you back to your hotel after the dinner.

Optional activities:
Music Fountain Show on North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Just outside the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda, this is a good place to have a walk in the evening .
Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show: This is a show that features traditional Chinese music and dance. You can also have dinner here, they have delicious dumplings.

Day 6
Xi’an to Shanghai by Overnight Train: City Tour (breakfast & lunch)
Morning

Today we’ll visit the 650-year-old city wall, which is the best preserved city wall in China. You can have a walk along the wall or rent a bike to ride on it. You’ll have a lovely view of the city.

old city wall

Ride on a bike on the old city wall

Then we’ll head to Eighteen Duck King Restaurant to learn how to make dumplings (Jiao zi). Jiaozi (pronounced "jow-zee") is the most common type of Chinese dumpling. Crescent-shaped and formed with a wrapper made from wheat dough, jiaozi are usually filled with ground pork, cabbage, and scallions, and served with a dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil.

make dumplings

Make Dumplings

Afternoon

You’ll have Jiaozi as lunch in the restaurant, and then head to a supermarket to buy drinks and food for the overnight train ride to Shanghai.

Evening

We’ll take you to the train station at 15:00 and the train leaves around 16:30. We’ll overnight on the train tonight.

Day 7
Shanghai City Tour (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Morning

You’ll arrive in Shanghai at 8 am and we’ll pick you up from the train station and take you to your hotel. Shanghai is the financial center and the most modern city in China. It was also one of the earliest cities to open to the West. We’ll first visit the Former French Concession to notice its historic architecture; you’ll find a lot of European styled buildings here.
Then we’ll proceed to the Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China, and a showcase of Chinese arts and culture. You can easily spend 1.5 to 2 hrs here.

Shanghai Wukang Road

Shanghai Wukang Road


Afternoon

After the museum tour, we’ll visit the Yuyuan garden, which is a 400 year old garden built according to Feng Shui principles. Outside the garden is the famous Yuyuan Bazaar, where you can find a lot of souvenir shops and xiao long bao (dumpling) restaurants. Have some free time at the bazaar.

Yuyuan Bazaar

Shops in the Yuyuan Bazaar

Evening

We’ll arrange dinner at a restaurant near your hotel, then return you to your hotel.

Optional activities:
Night Cruise on Huangpu River: The lights of the buildings on both sides of Huangpu River will be turned on. You can take lots of nice pictures.
Shanghai Circus World “ERA - Intersection of Time” Acrobatics Show: This is the most popular acrobatic show in Shanghai, showcasing traditional Chinese acrobatics with great music and lighting.

Day 8
Shanghai City Tour (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Morning

Today is a learning day, and we’ll drive 1 hour to Shanghai Volkswagen Auto Factory. Shanghai Volkswagen, a Chinese-German joint venture, is the largest auto manufacturing base in China, producing the largest number of vehicles in China. We’ll visit their factory and learn more about the car industry. We’ll watch the auto-making process in action – a must-see for car lovers.
After a tour of the factory, we’ll visit the Auto Museum nearby; they have a great collection of cars of different brands, all in good shape.

Shanghai Volkswagen Auto Factory

Take a shuttle bus touring Shanghai Volkswagen Auto Factory

Afternoon

We’ll arrange lunch in a restaurant on the way back to the city.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Bund; it is the heart of Shanghai. We’ll stroll down the Bund and explore the beautiful architecture and history behind the neo-classical buildings.

the bund

Neo-classical Buildings in The Bund

Evening

We’ll arrange a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 9
Shanghai Departure (Breakfast)

We’ll take you to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) for your flight home. You have the option to take the maglev train, which is the fastest way to Pudong airport. Its highest speed is 431 km/h, and it takes only 8 minutes for the 30 km journey from Longyang train station to Pudong airport.

Hotels for your reference

Beijing P.Loft Youth Hostel ★★
Xi'an 7 Sages International Youth Hostel ★★
Shanghai The Phoenix Hostel Shanghai-LaoShan ★★

What’s Included

  • Experienced English speaking guide in each city
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Licensed divers and comfortable vehicles with air-conditioning
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to the listed attractions
  • Soft sleeper train ticket from Beijing to Xi'an
  • Soft sleeper train ticket from Xi'an to Shanghai
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