Take Your Students on a School Trip to China or the United States!
Custom School Trips Abroad to China or the United States
China Prep leads tailor-made educational travel programs for school groups from all over the world. Your school trip to China or the U.S. can be customized to focus on topics including but not limited to language, music, the arts, environmental issues, service learning, and business. We seamlessly arrange all educational travel, accommodations, meals, visas, medical insurance, language activities, parent communication, and all other logistics. We can also arrange visits to partner schools. This allows teachers the time and piece of mind to focus on their classroom and leave the planning and details of educational tours to us. We are happy to arrange trips to mainland China, or for a Chinese language- or culture-focused experience closer to home, we also design trips to cities like San Francisco or New York City that have a wealth of China resources.
One of the other advantages of a China Prep school trip: teachers travel free! Depending on the size of your group, we can arrange for teachers to travel free.
A Sample Spring Break Trip to China Two-Week Trip Itinerary:
Explore the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Great Hall of the People, the Great Wall, Olympic Stadiums, Temple of Heaven, Dashanzi 798 Art District, and Lama Temple. Barter and shop at the Pearl Market, Wangfujing Night Market, and Panjiayuan, Beijing’s renowned ‘dirt market’. Meet with local students and professionals, and get private tours of their schools, gallery, and firms. Visit the packed alleyways of a hutong and learn to make traditional dumplings.
Fly to Hangzhou, known for its sprawling tea fields and beautiful natural scenery. Visit West Lake, renowned for its beauty in Chinese poetry, for a scenic boat or bike ride. Tour the Buddhist Ling Ying temple, Lei Feng tower, and the National Tea Museum. Gather leaves, sample green tea varieties, and learn about production at a local tea farm.
Stroll along the Bund and past the Oriental Pearl Tower. Visit the Shanghai Museum and Urban Planning Museum. Explore the innovative buildings, exhibits, and performances of the 2010 World Expo. Tour a factory, visit the home of a program leader’s parents, shop in Xin Tian Di, and catch a movie (with subtitles) at the local theater! Meet with an artist in the Moganshan Art District. Preview the Shanghai Expo sites. Let loose with a private karaoke party and farewell dinner!
For examples of past school trip to China blogs, click here.
A Sample Chinese Language and Culture Trip to San Francisco Five Day Trip Itinerary:
Morning flight to San Francisco. Transfer to hotel and settle into accommodations, and eat a late lunch at a local restaurant in nearby Chinatown to begin the exploration of Chinese cuisine. Take a tour of the neighborhood to learn about its fascinating past and the history of Chinese immigration to the United States. Visit shops and business establishments for a glimpse of Chinese culture in the United States and for chances to practice Mandarin and meet residents. After learning about your new surroundings, have a Mandarin-only dinner in a local restaurant and relax in your hotel after a long day of traveling.
Begin the morning with a tour of the Asian Art Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Asian art in the world. Take a tour with a docent for an introduction to the museums collections followed by time to independently explore some of the exhibits. After a Mandarin-only lunch, travel to the Chinese American International School, a Chinese immersion program for the K-8 levels. Visit a classroom, participate in activities with students, and practice your Chinese. Return to Chinatown for dinner and embark on an evening ghost tour. Discover the neighborhood folklore and ghost stories, and see Chinatown in a whole different light.
Tour the Chinese Historical Society of America to further your knowledge of Chinese immigration and San Francisco history. Eat a lunch of Dim Sum, a Cantonese food specialty, and discuss differences between dialects of Chinese as well as cultural diversity in China. In the afternoon, wander Fisherman’s Wharf, a historic waterfront area of San Francisco with great views of the bay and fun shops, including the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Factory. Eat dinner at In-N-Out, a famous burger restaurant, and take a night tour of Alcatraz Island, a former federal penitentiary with a colorful history for housing notorious criminals. Enjoy great views of San Francisco from the island and learn more about this institution’s unique past.
Spend the morning in Chinatown visiting daily food markets and participating in a language activity to help you learn more about Chinese food and daily life. Shop for souvenirs and Chinese New Year decorations in the local stores. After lunch, attend an afternoon concert at the San Francisco Symphony celebrating Chinese New Year complete with Chinese instruments, lion dancers, and other festive cultural elements. After dinner make music of your own singing karaoke in a private room with your group for a chance to experience China’s national pastime and to hone your Chinese singing abilities.
Travel to the Golden Gate Bridge for an up-close exploration of San Francisco’s famous landmark. Walk across a part of the bridge and visit a scenic outlook for the best view of the bridge and the surrounding area. Visit the center to learn more about the bridge and to finish any last-minute shopping. Return to the airport for flight home.
For examples of blogs from past school trips within the U.S., click here.
We are available for a range of school trip China or U.S. dates during the year including spring and summer breaks. Please contact us for more information about China Prep’s school trips abroad.