Beijing & Xi’an School Tour


This jam-packed tour, covering two of China’s most diverse cities, is a must for those intrigued by the landscapes, architecture and ancient history of this enigmatic country. First stop? The capital city. Beijing is, on the surface, a modern metropolis adorned with glittering skyscrapers, art galleries and museums. Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll discover an extensive and fascinating history found in the many temples, imperial gardens and maze-like hutongs that cover the city. The ancient city of Xi’an boasts a long and storied past. Having served as China’s capital through 13 dynasties, and once the starting point of the Silk Road, it is filled with many fascinating sights that is sure to impress even the most discerning historian.

Things to see & do

  • Beijing Olympic Park, Beijing

    Follow in the footsteps of the 2008 Summer Olympians with a walk through Beijing’s impressive Olympic Park. The upcoming site of the 2022 Winter Olympics, some of the highlights here include the Bird’s Nest aka the main stadium, and the Water Cube, where all aquatic events took place.

  • Kung Fu Show

    Thanks to a mixture of dance, acrobatics and this ancient martial art, a kung fu show makes for a highly entertaining evening. The entire performance is slick and stylish, and it’s a fun way to explore this important part of Chinese culture.

  • Tiananmen Square, Beijing

    A star attraction in Beijing, Tiananmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. The site of the famous student-led protests of 1989, nowadays it is a bustling behemoth of fascinating sights, including Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, and Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.

  • Forbidden City, Beijing

    The Forbidden City was home to China’s emperors for over five centuries. Found in the heart of the city, a trip here really is a must, if only to see the immense scale of this 180-acre palace complex. Stately courtyards, remarkable architecture and resplendent gardens await you.

  • The Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing

    The Temple of Heaven Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its lush grounds and magnificent architecture. Constructed in 1420, it is where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and rich harvests.

  • The Great Wall at Badaling, Beijing

    Follow in the footsteps of many a famous figure, including Richard Nixon and Margaret Thatcher, and climb the Great Wall, at Badaling. The best-preserved section of the Great Wall, the Badaling area is also the most popular area to visit, too. Lying just 70 kilometres north of Beijing, it was the first part of the Great Wall to be opened to tourists, in 1957 – don’t forget your camera!

  • Jade Gallery Visit

    China’s affinity with Jade goes back a long, long way. A symbol of beauty, nobility, and sincerity, the precious stone is still held in high regard to this day. A visit to a Jade gallery is a nice way to admire some of the exquisite workmanship in China today and to learn more about this exotic stone’s magical history. 

  • The Summer Palace, Beijing

    The Summer Palace complex is as magical as it is opulent. A retreat for the Imperial Family, it’s adorned with exquisite temples, imposing palaces and ornate statues; only the best for China’s ancient rulers!

  • The China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing

    The China Science and Technology Museum, in Beijing, is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Boasting five floors filled with impressive exhibits and interactive displays, it’s a fun learning opportunity for students interested in the science and technology of both the Chinese and Western world.

  • City Wall, Xi’an

    Xi’an City Wall, also known as the Fortifications of Xi’an, was built during the Ming Dynasty and is the most complete and well-preserved of its kind in China. Standing solid and strong today, it is a unique and fascinating insight into the ancient defence system of China. Moats, gates, drawbridge, and watchtowers are just some of the historical treats that await you.

  • Terracotta Warrior, Xi’an

    Considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Terracotta Warriors is a truly unforgettable sight. The world-famous display is comprised of thousands of life-size clay models of soldiers, horses, and chariots, all lined up in battle formation, and each skillfully sculpted with their own distinct and detailed expression.

  • Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an

    A masterpiece of Buddhist architecture, the Great Wild Goose Pagoda is arguably Xi’an’s most iconic landmark. The imposing building was built during the Tang era, and over 1300 years later, it is still a holy place for Buddhists the world over.  Climb the twisting staircase through seven storeys, all the way to the top to take in panoramic views of the city.

  • Tang Dynasty Show

    Get to know the historical culture of ancient Xi’an with this fantastic experience at the Tang Dynasty Palace. 

    Vibrant costumes, traditional music (courtesy of a live orchestra), and ancient dance provide a fascinating insight into Xi’an’s golden age. What’s more, guests can tuck into a dumpling banquet, fit for an emperor!

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
  • Depart Dublin for Beijing (overnight in flight)
Day 2
  • Arrival at Beijing airport and welcomed by the local representative
  • Visit Beijing Olympics venue area
Day 3
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. 
  • Tour to the Temple of Heaven. 
  • Kung-fu show in a local theatre this evening
Day 4
  • Excursion to the Great Wall at Badaling area 
  • Visit a Jade Gallery
  • A local school visit within the exchange program
Day 5
  • Tour to Summer Palacelunch
  • Beijing Technology Museum
Day 6
Xi’an(by Bullet train)
  • Bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an
  • City Wall tour
Day 7
  • Excursion to Terra Cotta Warriors and chariots (the Terra-Cotta Warrior reproduction factory)
Day 8
  • Tour to the Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Free time for shopping and sightseeing in the local market
  • Evening show – the famous Tang Dynasty show
Day 9

Airport transfer for your return flight to Dublin

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