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China Classic

10 days featuring Beijing, Shanghai and Xian

This is our most popular China learning program and can be amended to suit school preferences

 

The China Classic program is designed for schools considering an immersion program suitable for students of all ages. The program can be fully guided, or guides can be selected for specific days according to the experience of the lead teacher.

 

Inclusions

  • Return economy airfare including airline taxes and surcharges
  • 3 nights Beijing at the Novotel Xin Qiao or similar*
  • 2 nights Xian at the Grand Mercure hotel or similar*
  • 4 nights Shanghai at the Central Hotel or similar*
  • Airport transfers by private coach as required.
  • Transfers to/from attractions as listed by private coach
  • Beijing – Xian overnight train carriage (4 berth sleeper)
  • Services of our local guides as noted throughout itinerary**
  • Breakfast daily, other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Red Theatre Kung Fu show

*depending on your flight arrival times

Tour Exclusions
  • Passport and Visa fees if required
  • Some meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Baggage fees – please refer to individual airline regulations
Important Travel Insurance Information

FBI Travel will be able to assist you with the costs on a case by case basis and help you with a travel insurance policy to cover you as required. If you have pre-existing medical conditions which require additional cover please contact FBI Travel for assistance.

Tour Itinerary

China Classic Tour
Day 1: Beijing
On arrival you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel (check in dependent upon arrival time).

Visit the Hutongs of Beijing, wander through the streets with your guide learning the history of the area. Stop at a local house, play Mahjong and drink tea while hearing about the daily life of a Beijing local. Visit the Drum Tower among many other fascinating stops on this 2 hour wander.

This afternoon, head back to the Chongwenmen business district (where your hotel is located) and see the commercial Beijing, walk through the nearby shopping centres and grab a local snack. Dinner tonight is at a nearby restaurant or at your hotel.

Our preferred Beijing hotel is located in the Chongwenmen district close to Tiananmen Square, a business district well known for its shopping and restaurants. Subject to flight arrival times. Our preference is an overnight flight that will have you arriving at your Beijing hotel mid to late morning

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Beijing
Walk to Tiananmen Square from your hotel (2 kms) with your guide, spend time wandering the large open spaces and reflecting on its place in history as a result of the 1989 student–led demonstrations. From here make your way to the Forbidden City, wander through the gardens and temples as your guide explains the fascinating history of the Last Emperor.

Meet your coach and visit a local restaurant for lunch before arriving at the Summer Palace to explore the grounds with your guide, one of the most culturally important sites in Beijing.

After a big day of walking, your coach will return you to your hotel for some free time before dinner this evening. After dinner we recommend a visit to the Beijing street food market, a 20 min walk form your hotel (self-guided).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Beijing
An early start this morning as you make your way by coach to the Great Wall (Mutiyanu section). Begun during the Qin Dynasty and continued throughout the Ming Dynasty the Great Wall covers more than 6,000 kms with spectacular views everywhere you look. Walk along the renovated section of the Wall before returning by cable car (or toboggan!) to your coach for the return to Beijing.

Arrive at the Temple of Heaven. Explore the local area before entering the Temple and you will see the locals practising Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and Meditation which are a key aspect to daily local life. Practice your water calligraphy on the temple rocks before you enter, it’s a great photo opportunity.  Return to your hotel before dinner and Kung Fu show at the Red Theatre this evening, a highlight of your trip.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Beijing - Xian
Enjoy some free time this morning, wandering through the numerous shopping malls nearby your hotel. Your coach will transfer you to the station at 12pm for your overnight train (first class sleeper carriage) departing at 2.30pm.

Sleepers are 4 berth cabins. Train travel in sleeper carriages is safe, however for additional security measures we recommend reserving entire cabins. Please ask us for more details. We recommend you purchase some food for the train journey as food options onboard are limited.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Xian
Arrive in Xian at 5.30am and meet your representative once you collect your bags. Make your way by coach to the hotel to drop your bags and have breakfast.

Make your way by coach to the site of the Terracotta Warriors, one of the most important archaeological finds in our time. Built by Emperor Qui Shi Huangdi, your guide will explain the history of the site and ongoing effort to unearth yet more warriors from underground burial chambers in the region. As you make your way back to the coach there are many opportunities for souvenirs or to buy a snack.

Xian has a strong Islamic influence as a base for the many Muslim merchants as they travelled the Silk Road. Pick up your bicycles and enjoy a one hour tour of the area, including a ride on the City Wall before returning to your hotel for some rest before dinner. After dinner, visit the Muslim street food area (self-guided)* to sample some local after dinner delicacies.

Our preferred hotel in Xian is located within walking distance to Muslim Road Street Markets. If another hotel is chosen we will advise you, as you may prefer to visit Muslim Street after your Cycle Tour.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Xian - Shanghai
On your way to the airport this morning, visit the tomb of Emperor Jing. Walk over the glass panels as you survey the statues and figurines below – this visit also allows students to consider and discuss the cultural differences between Emperor Jing and Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi.

Arrive in Shanghai*, meet your guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel. After check in, wander along Nanjing Road (self guided)** taking in the sights and sounds of one of the world’s largest cities before arriving at The Bund. Enjoy spectacular views of Pudong District before returning to your hotel at your leisure. Dinner is at own arrangements this evening, there are many choices as you wander along Nanjing Road

Our preferred hotel is located within walking distance to Nanjing Road and The Bund. If another hotel is chosen, we will advise you as a hotel shuttle transfer pick up/drop off may be possible

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Shanghai
Visit the People’s Square (self guided), a short walk from your hotel*. Perhaps a drink at Starbucks and enjoy the passing parade before making your way on foot to the nearby Shanghai Museum.

Wander on to Yu Gardens for lunch at our favourite dumpling house before visiting the 500 year old gardens. Spend some time at the old town market stalls picking up a few souvenirs and soaking up the atmosphere. Return to your hotel for some leisure time before dinner at your hotel.

Our preferred hotel is located within walking distance to People’s Square. If another hotel is chosen, we will advise you as a hotel shuttle transfer pick up/drop off may be possible

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Shanghai
After breakfast take the subway across to Pudong and wander through the business and retail district of Shanghai, visiting the TV Tower and World Financial Tower and department stores. Meet the boat for your Huangpu river cruise before making your way by coach to the GM factory.

Take your guided tour of this fascinating production plant in suburban Shanghai, seeing how robots and humans interact seamlessly as they manufacture vehicles at all stages of construction. The attention to ensuring safety for workers and to the environment is an unexpected highlight and you will have the opportunity to ask questions to your guide as you take your tour.

Return to your hotel for some leisure time before dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Shanghai
Head to the nearby French Concession this morning by private coach with your guide to learn about the historic Colonial homes, most of which have been converted into shops and restaurants. Spend some time in the beautiful parks and wandering through the arcades and shopping district before lunch at a dumpling house nearby.

After lunch, the remainder of the day is allocated as leisure. This is a great time to pick up last-minute gifts or relax before your final dinner this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Shanghai - Australia
Head to the airport for your flight home. The itinerary is flexible and other activities can be added or replaced. If any of our suggestions below appeal to you we can adjust your itinerary to suit.

Meals: Breakfast

Register and reserve your place now.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FBI Educational Group Travel Department on (03) 8573 0900 or email marcusl@fbitravel.com.au
Terms & Conditions:*Itinerary subject to change. All hotel accommodation for school groups in China is a minimum 3 ½ star standard. Although they are often cheaper and of an acceptable 3 star standard, we do not use Government hotels as they reserve the right to take over hotel inventory at last minute for large government group movements and it can be difficult to find alternative accommodations at short notice without increasing the tour price. All accommodation has been visited, inspected and approved for student groups. All accommodation is selected for its security, location, quality of meals and room standard. Our guides are hand selected for their knowledge and maturity but also for their English speaking skills and ability to liaise with Australian teachers. We have a preferred group of expert guides who we have hand selected to work with our student groups and these have been selected based on positive feedback from teachers.

 

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