Not Your Average School Trip Immersive Educational Tours of China with The Dragon Trip

What’s the best way to get school children interested in learning about China? Giving them the chance to learn kung-fu with Shaolin monks, search the Qinling Mountains for wild pandas, and watch the sunrise on a secluded section of the Great Wall should be a good start – and The Dragon Trip is making this a possibility.

More and more schools are now teaching Mandarin, as it’s widely recognised that China, the growing superpower, will soon be one of the world’s most prosperous nations. Late last year Chancellor George Osborne visited China, and whilst there announced a £10 million funding boost to increase the number of schoolchildren learning the language. It is hoped that more than 5,000 additional pupils will be studying the language by 2020.

The Dragon Trip – formed by a small team of knowledgeable China enthusiasts in 2010 – has established itself as one of the leading specialists in educational tours and school trips in China.

This year they are taking around 25 school trips to China, in order to meet demand for their exceptional educational programmes. They offer nine different school trip packages, so that each group can find the tour which best suits their needs. It is also possible to create a bespoke tour, so that each school covers exactly what they want to. On the trip, groups will be accompanied by knowledgeable, local guides, who will help them discover a side of China which is missed on standard group trips.

The Dragon Trip team have used their in-depth personal knowledge of China to create these immersive itineraries. This is more than just a whizz-through tour of China’s largest sites for photo opportunities; it’s a chance for youngsters to really get a taste for this fascinating and challenging country.

What sets The Dragon Trip’s tours apart from the competition is the opportunity for youngsters to get up close and personal with Chinese culture and to experience Chinese life first hand. This includes visits to local schools, volunteering at soup kitchens and orphanages to learn about China’s wealth-gap, and visiting secluded parts of the Great Wall.

The ‘China Classic’ tour is an action-packed trip to two of China’s most famous cities, well-known for their rich history. Students will experience the contrast of the ancient Forbidden City with the modern architecture of the Olympic Village in Beijing, before heading to Xi’an on the night train to see the famous Terracotta Warriors.

The company also offers specialist tours, including a sports-focused trip, a music-focused trip and a Mandarin language and culture trip.

Examples of educational tours on offer include:

•             The China Classic School Trip (10 days; from £749pp)

•             The Language and Culture School Trip (10 days; from £690pp)

•             The Music & Culture  School Trip (8 days; from £680pp)

  • One teacher goes free per 10 students.

Please visit: www.thedragontrip.com/educational-tours for full details

 Editor’s Notes

The Dragon Trip was founded in 2010 by backpacker Ramsay Kerr, a Brit who grew up in Hong Kong. The company was established to provide affordable tours of China to people who can’t speak Mandarin, and to show guests a different side of China.

Five years later, The Dragon Trip now supply tours to STA Travel, Real Gap, GAP 360, Asia Venture, TUI PLC and CRCC Asia. The Dragon Trip has established itself as the UK’s leading operator of school trips to China.

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