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School trips to China offer students the opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest civilisations. There is an unparalleled wealth of culture and history to delight and intrigue students as they discover China’s ancient past in Beijing and its modern, pioneering side in Shanghai.

An educational tour to China offers a diverse range of learning opportunities and is an excellent choice for many school subjects, including Mandarin language, geography, art and business studies.

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Why visit China?

Explore the ancient culture

Whatever your reason for visiting, one of the best things about a school trip to China is the fact that it offers your students the opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest and most influential cultures.

At the Forbidden City, you’ll explore Chinese hierarchy during Imperial times and the importance of symbolism in Chinese culture.

And you can even learn more about China’s recent history and political culture with a visit to Tiananmen Square.

Bring geography to life

On a geography school trip to China, geographers can see how humans have adapted the landscape to meet their needs and how that, in turn, has affected civilisation.

Throughout history, the Chinese have exploited their natural landscape for human use. The fertile North China Plain offered the best opportunities for agriculture and the wealth that was generated here also meant that the political power centred around this region.

When exports became more important to the Chinese economy, ports like Shanghai began to experience rapid urbanisation as people rushed to the new centres of power and wealth.

Get your students talking

If your students are studying Mandarin, a school trip to China is unmissable. They’ll love the opportunity to explore the Chinese culture through their Mandarin skills.

We can also arrange for your group to visit a local school so that your students can practise speaking Mandarin with people of their own age. And while you’re there, you can all enjoy a calligraphy lesson too!

Activities in China that your school group will love

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China stretches 5,500 miles across northern China, from Shanhaiguan in the eastern province of Hebei, to

Summer Palace

Beijing’s Summer Palace is one of the loveliest royal parks you are ever likely to set your eyes on. Created

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is instantly recognisable to all as a symbol of the People’s Republic of China. The gate, after which

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City stands in the centre of Beijing as a monument to the city’s imperial history and rich cultural

Chao Yang Acrobatic Show

A Chinese acrobatic show is something that must not be missed by any visitor to Beijing!China has many world class

Jade Buddha Temple

Although not a particularly old temple (it was re-built in 1928 after the first temple was destroyed in the revolution

Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum is located in People’s Square and, although a modern building, encompasses some of the symbolism prevalent in

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a stunning complex of religious buildings located to the south of the Forbidden City and

The Bund

The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildingslining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from

Chao Yang Acrobatic Show

A Chinese acrobatic show is something that must not be missed by any visitor to Beijing!China has many world class

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City stands in the centre of Beijing as a monument to the city’s imperial history and rich cultural

Summer Palace

Beijing’s Summer Palace is one of the loveliest royal parks you are ever likely to set your eyes on. Created

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China stretches 5,500 miles across northern China, from Shanhaiguan in the eastern province of Hebei, to

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl Tower is Shanghai’s most recognisable landmark and sits opposite the Bund in Pudong Park. A TV and

The Bund

The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildingslining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dates back to the fabled Ming

Jade Buddha Temple

Although not a particularly old temple (it was re-built in 1928 after the first temple was destroyed in the revolution

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a stunning complex of religious buildings located to the south of the Forbidden City and

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is instantly recognisable to all as a symbol of the People’s Republic of China. The gate, after which

Where to visit in China

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Why Halsbury Education trips?

We build your trip around you

Tell us your learning objectives, curriculum and budget and we’ll do the rest.

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Our Education specialists

Laura Lucas

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Tom Moorhouse

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Gaynor Mayor

Education Sales & Product Manager

Laura Martin

Language Sales & Product Manager

Emma Gray da Silva

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Lou Della Rocca

Tour Consultant

Gail Biggins

Tour Consultant

Judit Eleod

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Paul Hudson

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Michelle Hallam

Tour Consultant

Caroline Hill

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Gayle Flude

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Jodi Swift

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Will Jehu

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Vanessa Barbosa

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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