Overview

 Highlights


  • Walking through rural villages in the Hebei Province
  • Trekking to the Yellow River
  • Visiting villages who may have never seen western tourists
  • Camping by remote sections of the Great Wall hosted by local families
  • Rare insight into rural Chinese life
  • Exploring original sections of the Great Wall
  • Visiting Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
  • Discover Xian the traditional starting point of the Silk Road
  • View the Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shihuanga tomb
  • Stroll along the picturesque Bund of modern day Shanghai
  • See Panda Bears along with Red Panda and visit the sanctuary educational center and museum

Trekking along the Great Wall of China must rank among one of the greatest experiences on this planet. Imagine a trek along a remote section of this marvellous wall, a structure hundreds of years old which starts in eastern China and arches its way into the arid wastes of the Gobi Desert. On this journey we combine two fabulous days on the Great Wall in Hebei Province with a remote 4.5 days trekking in Inner Mongolia that concludes at the Yellow River. Let us take you to the Middle Kingdom's national icon, at the junction of the inner and outer Great Wall, following the Great Wall to China's mother river. Supported on all sections by your Local guide, a Chinese crew and a mule team, you carry only a daypack. On all sections of this trip you will visit villages and meet people who have rarely, if ever, seen westerners. These are ancient ways: mule carts, threshing of crops with stone rollers, hand-winnowing-agricultural techniques long lost in the 20th Century. You will be amazed at the history as we trace a link of 1000 years or more-in 9th Century burial grounds, 14th Century forts, 600-year-old walled towns and the massive, omnipresent Great Wall of China. We also take in the country's most impressive national monuments such as the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Xian Terracotta Warriors, Chengdu panda Sanctuary , Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum. With time also spent working on a community project and indulging in the culinary delight that Chinese cuisine is so famous for, this is a true expedition to China.

Countries:

Starting Point:

Beijing

Activities:

Grading:Moderate to Challenging   

Addressing:


Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Beijing

Day 2

In Beijing

Day 3

Beijing transfer to Gubeikou

Day 4

Gubeikou/Jinshanling

Day 5

Jinshanling/Simatai/Datong

Day 6

Datong/Village BeiBao in Pianuguan

Day 7-8

Village Beibao/Village Shuiquan

Day 9

Village Shuiquan/Village Bai Ni Yao

Day 10

Village Bai Ni Yao/Hua Shi Bao

Day 11

Huashibao/Lao Niu Wan

Day 12

Lao Niu Wan- Pian Guan - Datong

Day 13

Datong - Xian

Day 14

Xian

Day 15

Xian - Chengdu

Day 16

Chengdu

Day 17-18

Bifengxia community project

Day 19

Bifengxia/Chengdu/Shanghai

Day 20

Shanghai

Day 21

Depart Shangai for home.


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Responsible Production and Consumption:  Responsible Production and Consumption


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Expeditions Schools absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Grading

Moderate to Challenging


Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.


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