There are few things as challenging for school trip organisers than finding a destination that will check all the boxes. Firstly, it has to be engaging for students (and teachers, too) while also being packed with educational benefits. Then there has to be something unique about it to justify all the planning that must go into it. |
It’s certainly not easy to get the balance right, but a visit to China, one of the world’s oldest and most interesting cultures, might just be the perfect place to take a group of students. With its diverse and interesting history, its important attractions and the allure of its exotic reputation, it would be difficult to find a student that wouldn’t want to go on this trip.
The Great Wall of China
It’s not just one of the most famous walls on the planet, it’s actually among the most famous attractions on the planet! For school trip organisers of a trip to China, it’s a must. With thirteen thousand miles of wall, and various different historic parts, it’s highly engaging for multiple reasons. With so much history, from its origins through to its modern day uses and vast cultural significance, there will be a great deal to bring back to the classroom from this excursion.
The market on Wangfujing Street is unlike anything your students will have seen before. With over half a million people visiting the market daily, it provides a perfect snapshot of Chinese cultural and social life. The students can see the heart of Chinese commerce in a very famous setting, as well as appreciate the stunning buildings and structures that are found along the street.
Xi'an and the Terracotta Army
Just like the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army is famous the world over, and students will be captivated when they see this attraction up close. The army of figures is over two thousand years old and was originally created as part of the funerary proceedings for Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The figures provide a great sense of ancient Chinese customs and are a great educational tool for the history of this part of the world.
Even once the hard decision of the destination has been taken care of, the work is really just beginning for the school trip organiser. However, there are some excellent specialist educational tour operators that are experienced in taking care of all the vital details in order to make things run smoothly. With the demands on teachers these days, it’s hard to find the time to plan such a complex adventure, so seeking out one of these companies is the best course of action.
With so much to offer students and teachers alike, China is surely one of the world’s top destinations for school trip organisers to consider. It has the potential to provide one of the most thrilling and insightful educational activities a student can ever receive.
John Gardiner is the Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specialising in educational trips in destinations all over the world. This company works with school trip organisers to design the ideal educational travel experience and provide young people with immersive learning experiences they are sure to remember forever.
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