Classical China: Great Cities

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10 Days
Beijing, Xi'an
About this Journey

This program is perfect for the school group visiting from abroad. We’ve designed an itinerary packed with activities that are ‘essentially China’ and cover the arts, service learning, as well as an exciting array of outdoor activities. In just ten days, your group will be experiencing everything from hikes on the Great Wall to making traditional pottery after visiting the famed Terracotta Army. To ensure that we convey as much history and culture without students getting bored, the program is structured in a workshop-focused format. Students are encouraged to practice their Mandarin throughout, and workbooks can be customized upon request.

Where you're going
Beijing - Xi'an Map
Learning Objectives
  • History & Culture
Program Details

Day 1: Welcome to Beijing (北京欢迎你!)

  • Arrive in Beijing and meet your WildChina program leader at the airport
  • Transfer to hotel for check-in
  • Welcome dinner – Beijing’s famous Peking duck

Day 2: Imperial China

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Gaze across Tiananmen Square and take in the full weight of its historical and cultural significance
  • Enter the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled, concubines fluttered their fans, and eunuchs schemed for five hundred years. Enjoy a walking tour and storytelling of this massive site
  • Climb Coal Hill at Jingshan Park to see the best views of the Forbidden City and Beijing (if time and weather permit)
  • Lunch – The old Beijing Noodles with Soy Bean Paste
  • Student led Amazing Race Challenge; an exciting cultural immersion and mandarin practice activity, encourage students to explore Beijing historical Hutong Alleys through an interactive and educational game
  • Learn about the customs of Chinese tea during a tea ceremony and tasting in a traditional teahouse
  • Dinner

Day 3: Defending the Nation

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Enjoy a full day excursion at one of Beijing’s most iconic site – The Great Wall
    • Hike the Great Wall of China at the Jinshanling section of the wall, which is the most beautiful section of the Great Wall with less tourists
    • Visit the Village of Hexi at the foot of the great wall for an experience village life of rural China
    • Experience the Chinese rural way of living, exploring the local farms, village courtyards, and learn how to make Chinese Dumplings (cooking lesson) in a traditional village home
  • Transfer back to the downtown
  • Dinner

Day 4: Chinese Traditional Customs

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Join local Beijingers in morning activities at the Temple of Heaven. Try some of these leisure activities while socialising with the locals! Learn Taichi from a Master, try your hands at Chinese Yo-Yo
  • Optional visit to The Hongqiao Pearl Market ( only upon teacher’s request)
  • Lunch in local family
  • Visit a Beijinger’s Hutong Siheyuan (Courtyard Home) and learn something about traditional Beijing culture
  • Learn traditional handicrafts in a workshop at an old Beijingers’ house (paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy and painting). Use your mandarin skills to communicate while learning how to make traditional Chinese crafts
  • Dinner – Traditional Dumplings
  • Enjoy a Peking Opera show, feel the charm of traditional Chinese opera

Day 5: Cosmopolitan China

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Transfer to the Summer Palace – the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. Accompanied by your history expert, delve into the history of the Qing dynasty as you explore the Emperor’s garden retreat. Boat ride on the Kunming Lake, experience the majestic beauty of the place
  • Lunch
  • Understand how one event changed the city of Beijing so drastically at the 2008 Olympic Park; enter the iconic Water Cube and Birds Nest Stadium
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the famous and mesmerizing Chinese Acrobatic Show Performance. The skills of the performers on display will leave you speechless
  • Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Xi'an

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Checkout of your hotel
  • Transfer to Beijing west railway station for high-speed train ride
  • WildChina staff will pick you up at Xi’an railway station and transfer you to hotel
  • Visit Drum tower and Bell tower, well-preserved example of Ming Dynasty architecture
  • Explore Muslim quarter and local snacks within the Muslim quarter
  • Dinner in the local restaurant

Day 7: Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑)

  • Transfer to and explore Terracotta Warriors Museum
  • Lunch in the local restaurant
  • Experience Chinese tea ceremony in the tea house nearby Terracotta Warriors museum
  • Explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in the seventh century to house Buddhist texts and sutras
  • Pottery making class; make yourself a lovely handmade trinket or have a try at the potter’s wheel including making the mini Terra Cotta Warrior
  • Dinner
  • Walking along the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City (if time permits)

Day 8: Shadows in Xi'an

  • Wake up and have breakfast
  • Start the day early at the Local Park, joining morning exercises and touring the expansive park ground
  • Biking along Ancient City Walls of Xi’an and enjoy the finest view of Xi’an (1.5 hours/per, includes helmets)
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy a Shadow-Puppet show in the Yanyuan Garden located in scenic area of Small Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Learn how to make Shadow Puppet
  • Dinner

Day 9: Kungfu

  • Transfer to a local Kungfu School. Watch a Kungfu show performed by students, study Kungfu with the students
  • Lunch in the school with the students
  • Visit the Shaanxi History Museum
  • Explore the Stele Forest where you can find the largest and richest collection of ancient engraved stone tablets in China
  • Dinner at dumpling restaurant

Day 10: Departure

  • Checkout of your hotel
  • Transfer to the Airport and depart on departure flight

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