Beijing & Shanghai Mandarin Languages Trip

Prices from: £1475

With China cementing itself atop the new world order, learning Mandarin and understanding how China ticks is more important than it has ever been.  Yet China is a vast nation with an incredibly diverse history, entwined with the 21st Century boom, making it an incredible school trip destination.

Adaptable Travel works closely with suppliers based in China to provide an incredible, immersive Mandarin and cultural educational tour for your students, with our two-centre tour to both Beijing and Shanghai.  We showcase some of the most iconic sights in Beijing and Shanghai on this trip, from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing to the Oriental Pearl Tower and The Bund in Shanghai. However, in order for your students to fully immerse themselves in Chinese culture and practice Mandarin, we take your group to paths less trodden, to quieter Hutongs in Beijing, to real-life China and partaking in a visit to a school, and even parts of the Great Wall that do not hum with tourists, where your group have the wall all to themselves, surrounded by wilderness and serenity.

All of our trips to China are bespoke, so whilst we know the itinerary suggested here is tried and tested, you can tailor it with the help of our friendly team, from more language lessons to different destinations or anything else that suits the needs of your group.

Give your students a school trip of a lifetime to China, whilst at the same time give them a head start in the new world order, and organise your next school trip to China with Adaptable Travel.

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Destination Pack
To assist you with planning the most relevant and appropriate itinerary for your students, a Leisure & Learning destination pack complete with a full excursion list including curriculum area recommendations will be sent with every quote.

Below is a suggested itinerary for 9 days, 7 nights visiting Beijing and Shanghai. Did you know our itineraries are 100% flexible? We have an expert team waiting to help create your perfect China school trip, so if the below needs tweaking, just ask.



  • Depart from UK airport (usually London) and travel overnight to Beijing.



  • Morning/Afternoon:
    Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to the accommodation.
    Take a guided tour through one of Beijing’s ancient hutong areas.
  • Evening:
    In the evening, enjoy a welcome banquet and trip briefing.



  • Morning:
    Calligraphy Lesson
    by a master painter.
  • Afternoon:
    Learn about imperial China at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, then take in the panoramic view of historic Beijing from Jingshan Park.
  • Evening:
    Visit Wangfujing night market to try Chinese delicacies.
    Then try a delicious Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.



  • Morning/Afternoon:
    Travel to the outskirts of the city (2 hours) and hike (2-3 hours) to a secluded and incredibly beautiful section of the Great Wall, avoiding the crowds.
  • Evening:
    Watch a stunning acrobatics show in the early evening.



  • Morning:
    Visit the Temple of Heaven to see classic imperial Chinese architecture and get a taste of Chinese park life.

    In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, walk through the grounds and then boat across the lake.

    Night train from Beijing Station to Shanghai Station (soft sleeper)



  • Morning:
    Arrive in Shanghai in the morning and transfer to accommodation.


  • Afternoon:
    First Mandarin lesson (two sessions of 45 minutes).
    Then take a guided tour of People’s Square, Nanjing Road and the Bund and learn about China’s rapid urban development.



  • Morning:
    Begin the day with the second Mandarin lesson (two sessions of 45 minutes).
    For Lunch try Shanghai’s famous Xiao Long Bao.
  • Afternoon:
    Browse gifts and local delicacies at Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar.
    Then take a tour of Shanghai’s financial district, Lujiazui, and head to the top of the Pearl TV Tower, perhaps Shanghai’s most iconic building.



  • Morning/Afternoon:
    Visit a Chinese school, specially matched to meet your educational interests. Students will take a school tour, join some lessons, play sports, eat lunch and participate in other activities alongside Chinese students. Visiting schools should prepare gifts and a performance for the welcome ceremony in advance.
  • Evening:
    Finish the day with an evening river cruise for a special view of the Bund and Pudong.



  • Morning:
    Transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for flight home.


Adaptable Travel can tailor-make an itinerary around the needs of your group. Contact us today to start organising your next school trip to China. Contact us here.

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