Why should you consider Chinese Cultural Tours-Beijing with Rondo Travel for
your next School Trip or Educational Visit?
Embark on an educational journey with your students to explore China, immersing them in its rich culture and providing them with an opportunity to acquire language skills. This experience aims to equip students with a competitive advantage for their future endeavors, especially in light of China's increasing significance on the global stage. Rondo Travel stands as a pioneer in the School Travel Forum and holds the distinction of being one of the initial School Tour Operators to receive the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. We prioritize transparency by avoiding unnecessary administrative charges, and throughout the entire process, you will have a dedicated point of contact, ensuring seamless communication from inception to completion, with ongoing support available during your tour.
Free travel insurance on all visits & Zero Deposits
Current School Trip Offer
Complimentary travel insurance is provided for all visits, and no deposits are required for bookings on any of our tours.
valid until: December 2024
Risk Assessments Free Places for Teachers LOtC Quality Badge ABTA Licence ATOL Licence School Travel Forum Assured
This serves as a sample itinerary; however, all our itineraries are tailored to meet your specific preferences and needs. We have the capability to customize and organize tailor-made tours throughout China to meet your specific requirements.
Day 1: Embark on a direct flight from either London or Manchester to Beijing.
Day 2: Begin the day by exploring the National Museum of China, one of the world's largest museums, showcasing extensive collections that provide valuable insights into the arts and history of China. In the early afternoon, immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of the Lama Temple, a functioning Buddhist temple featuring a remarkable fifty-four-foot Sandalwood-carved Buddha. Conclude the day with a visit to the Summer Palace, once an imperial retreat, offering a serene perspective on Beijing's rich history.
Day 3: Commence your morning by visiting Tiananmen Square, notable for the Tank Man protester during the Tiananmen Square protests. Proceed to the Forbidden City, also known as The Palace Museum, which served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Explore the complex with the assistance of an audio-guided tour.
Day 4: In the morning, journey to the Badaling Great Wall, constructed during the Ming Dynasty in 1504 and now a renowned section of the Great Wall. In the afternoon, take a local bus to the Ming Tombs, where 13 of the 16 Ming emperors are laid to rest. Explore the Dingling tomb and the Sacred Way, gaining insights into imperial history.
Day 5: Start the day with a visit to the Military Museum of Chinese People’s Revolution, home to an impressive collection of military hardware used by the Chinese military. In the afternoon, explore the Beijing Capital Museum, an art museum housing a diverse array of ancient bronze artifacts, Buddhist statues, calligraphy, jade, paintings, porcelain, and sculptures from imperial China and other Asian cultures.
Day 6: Conclude your journey with a return flight to the United Kingdom.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Rondo Travel's Chinese Cultural Tours in Beijing provide a unique and immersive experience for students to delve into the rich tapestry of Chinese history, a pivotal component of the curriculum subject of History. Our tours are meticulously designed to engage students directly with the historical narratives and cultural heritage of China, offering a hands-on learning experience that extends far beyond the confines of a traditional classroom.
-Interactive Itinerary Focused on Historical Sites: Our tours include visits to historically significant sites such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Ming Tombs, and the Summer Palace. These locations are not merely sightseeing spots but are integrated into a comprehensive educational framework that provides students with a deep understanding of China's dynastic history, the evolution of its society, and its role in the world today.
-Educational Materials and Resources: For each site visited, we provide educational materials and resources that highlight the historical significance and the cultural context of the location. This might include guided audio tours, information booklets, and interactive sessions with local historians or experts. This approach helps to bring history to life, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of the events, people, and cultures that have shaped China.
-Customized Learning Objectives: Recognizing that each school group may have different learning objectives, we work closely with teachers to tailor the tour itinerary to meet specific curriculum needs. Whether the focus is on ancient Chinese dynasties, the cultural revolution, or modern Chinese politics, we ensure that the tour aligns with the educational goals of the school, providing a relevant and enriching learning experience.
-Engagement with Local Culture: Beyond historical sites, our tours encourage students to engage with the local culture through language lessons, cultural workshops (such as calligraphy, tea ceremony, or martial arts), and interaction with local communities. This holistic approach not only enriches students' understanding of Chinese history but also fosters a greater appreciation for its contemporary culture and societal norms.
-Supporting Teachers with Comprehensive Educational Packages: Rondo Travel provides teachers with risk assessments, educational resources, and a full itinerary to help integrate the tour experiences with their curriculum planning. Our commitment to educational excellence is reflected in our accreditations and memberships, including the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, ensuring that our tours meet high standards of educational value.
In summary, Rondo Travel's Chinese Cultural Tours for school groups are more than just trips; they are carefully crafted educational journeys designed to inspire and educate students about the rich history of China. By immersing students in the historical context and cultural landscape of Beijing and beyond, we aim to provide them with a competitive edge in their historical studies and a deeper appreciation for global cultures.
Rondo Travel's Chinese Cultural Tours in Beijing offer an enriching platform for students to enhance their language skills alongside gaining a profound understanding of Chinese culture. Our approach to delivering the language curriculum during your overseas trip is multi-faceted, ensuring that students not only learn Mandarin in a classroom setting but also apply their language skills in real-world contexts. Here's how we integrate language learning into our tours:
-Immersive Language Workshops: We organize interactive language workshops led by experienced Mandarin instructors. These sessions are tailored to match the students' proficiency levels, from beginners to advanced learners. The workshops focus on practical vocabulary, phrases, and sentences that students can use during their stay in China, enhancing their communication skills.
-Cultural Immersion: Language learning is deeply intertwined with cultural immersion. Our tours include visits to significant cultural and historical sites where students are encouraged to interact with locals, practice their Mandarin, and understand the cultural context behind the language. This immersive experience helps students appreciate the nuances of Mandarin and its usage in everyday communication.
-Daily Language Challenges: To further enhance language acquisition, we incorporate daily language challenges where students are tasked with specific communication goals. For example, ordering food in Mandarin, asking for directions, or engaging in simple conversations with local vendors. These challenges are designed to build confidence and fluency in a fun and engaging way.
-Language Partners Program: Where possible, we collaborate with local schools to arrange language exchange sessions. This allows students to practice Mandarin with their Chinese peers in a supportive environment. Such interactions not only boost language skills but also foster cross-cultural friendships and understanding.
-Supportive Learning Materials: Prior to the trip, we provide students with learning materials that include key phrases, cultural etiquette, and useful tips for navigating daily situations in China. This pre-departure preparation ensures that students arrive with a basic foundation in Mandarin, ready to build upon their skills through immersive experiences.
-Reflection and Practice Sessions: Each day concludes with a reflection session where students discuss their experiences, challenges, and achievements in using Mandarin. These debriefs are guided by our tour leaders, offering constructive feedback and strategies to improve language skills.
-Customized Language Focus: Recognizing the diverse objectives of school groups, we tailor the language component of our tours to meet specific educational goals. Whether the focus is on conversational Mandarin, understanding Chinese literature, or exploring the linguistic aspects of Chinese history, we customize our language offerings to align with your curriculum needs.
Through these comprehensive strategies, Rondo Travel's Chinese Cultural Tours not only support the curriculum subject of Languages but also provide a dynamic, real-world context for language learning. Our goal is to ensure that students return with not just memories of their travels but with tangible improvements in their Mandarin language skills, a deeper cultural understanding, and a renewed enthusiasm for language learning.
What size groups do you cater for?
Group usually start at a minimum of 10 with no maximum group size. For secondary schools we work on a 1:10 free place for a teacher.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Rondo Travel is committed to promoting inclusivity on all our group trips. To achieve this, we encourage open communication about any specific requirements right from the initial inquiry stage. While some destinations may not be currently accessible, we are dedicated to providing guidance on suitable alternatives or implementing effective workarounds to accommodate diverse needs.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Rondo Travel takes pride in its longstanding commitment to organising successful and enriching tours tailored to accommodate diverse groups with special educational needs (SEN). Our unwavering dedication ensures that the unique requirements of each individual are consistently given careful consideration.
Unlike many tour companies who make administration charges for minor changes Rondo Travel will try to avoid this at all times.
Who are Rondo Travel?
Beijing stands as the epicenter of numerous pivotal historical events in China's rich history, making it an exceptional destination for comprehensive learning across various subject areas spanning from the era of emperors to its emergence as a potential global superpower. Once the residence of emperors, the city offers a captivating exploration into the chronicles of dynasties, with key sites including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Ming Tombs.
Delve into the intricacies of Chinese culture, traditions, and arts by incorporating visits to significant landmarks. The National Museum of China is an indispensable stop, hosting exhibitions that meticulously elaborate on diverse facets of Chinese history. For a more contemporary understanding of China's evolution, consider visits to the Military Museum of Chinese People’s Revolution and Tiananmen Square. These locations serve as ideal educational hubs, providing valuable insights into recent events such as the Chinese Revolution and the Tiananmen Square protests, enriching your students' knowledge on these crucial subjects.
At Rondo Travel, our primary focus is comprehending your unique needs and customizing tours to align with your preferences, rather than adhering solely to the tour operator's standards. Be assured that all our tours benefit from financial protection through the ABTA & ATOL schemes. As proud founders of the school travel forum, we stand out as one of the pioneering school tour operators to be honored with the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
Risk Assessments Free Places for Teachers LOtC Quality Badge ABTA Licence ATOL Licence School Travel Forum Assured
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