School Geography Trips to Hong Kong and China
Touring eastern Asia reveals a variety of active and highly stimulating ‘exotic’ geography. The effects of economic fluctuations, rapid urbanisation, industry and trade can be experienced on a colossal scale in both Hong Kong and southern China.
From the stunning world-class skylines of Hong Kong, to the staggering growth of Shenzhen, a Special Economic Zone in Guangdong Province, to the inland tranquillity and serenity of Guilin and the Li River, its karst scenery and traditional farming scenes, a tour to China offers such tremendous, wide-ranging geographical opportunities. This tour to Asia certainly rewards the journey to the eastern hemisphere!
Selection of Study Units
Development and Inequalities: Culture; People and Places; Dragon’s Back Rice Terraces
The seven-century-old rice terraces, at heights of up to 800m, show subsistence farming and activities unchanged for many generations, where human labour dominates the farming system. The growing role of tourism questions the sustainability of traditional lifestyle and values.
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island: Urban Geography; Ecosystems; Valuing Biodiversity
From this fantastic vantage point, high on Hong Kong Island, the modern cutting-edge architecture and extent of the city can be fully appreciated. Take the Peak Circle Walk, where you can compare the ‘concrete jungle’ with this ‘natural sub-tropical jungle’ in and amongst aerial roots, bamboo groves and rubber trees.
Tseung Kwan O, New Town Urban Change; Managing World Cities; Challenges and Issues
Providing quality housing stock for residents is a significant issue for Hong Kong. The HK Housing Authority Exhibition Centre shows the changes in housing styles over the decades and contains an extensive 3D model of the city, viewed via the suspended glass footbridge.
Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, Guangdong Province, South China: Globalisation; Urban Change; Managing Cities
Shenzhen, by the Pearl River Delta, illustrates the explosive urban and industrial growth of this area of southern China. Industrialists have swarmed the area as a result of Special Economic Zoning producing a startling skyline, impressive urban planning and many elements of sustainability in urban design.
Guilin: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Physical Landscapes: Rural–Urban Divide; Tourism and Rural Change
A boat trip along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo allows you to fully appreciate China’s uniqueness. From soaring rock pillars of weathered limestone karst scenery towering above the river, to lush sub-tropical vegetation on the valley floors and walls, to the scenes of tranquil rural and river life of the local inhabitants, this is a truly spectacular educational journey for your students.
Additional Study Units Include:
- Urban Change: Kai Tak Airport Site Redevelopment
- Victoria Peak
- Tai O Stilted Community Redevelopment
- Urban Renewal: West Central Area
- Hong Kong Observatory: Typhoons, Global Hazard
- Hong Kong Wetland Park: Valuing and Managing Biodiversity: Biodiversity Threats
- Living with Hazards
- Upland Limestone Landscapes: Weathering Process Reed Flute Caves
- Greening-up Hong Kong
- Urban Management
- Urban Sustainability
A Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong Harbour
Every evening in Hong Kong Harbour, a light and laser show that involves many of the city’s major buildings brings the city skyline to life.
Ocean Theme Park
A marine-themed park with sea lions, dolphins, sharks, penguins and killer whales housed in simulated natural habitats. It is also the home of Hong Kong’s four famous giant pandas.
Splendid China, China Folk Culture and Theme Park, Shenzhen
A leisure park offering all the usual adrenalin-packed adventures, as well as scale replicas of over 80 scenic and cultural wonders of China including the Great Wall, the Imperial Forbidden City and the ancient Terracotta Army.
How The Hong Kong & China Tour Can Operate
Your group can simply base themselves in Hong Kong for the duration of the tour. This option provides opportunities for a wide range of activities in and around the city and introduces the diversity of this region of China. Alternatively, after time in Hong Kong, you may wish to extend your tour with time in the Guilin area. This is particularly rewarding as it allows other aspects of China to be encountered, such as the classic traditional rural scenes and farming activities.
We tailor your tour to suit your requirements and can include a mixture of educational and leisure activities to suit the aims and needs of your group.
Anytime Study Units
In addition to the specific supporting Study Units outlined above, there are also ‘Anytime’ Study Units. These place emphasis on thinking, discussing and evaluating, and intend to bring aspects of the geography syllabuses alive in the field.
Sample Itinerary (7 days/4 nights)
Hong Kong only
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, educational visits, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
- Depart UK.
- Arrive Hong Kong early evening.
- Evening at leisure.
- AM – Hong Kong Planning and Infrastructure Exhibition.
- PM – Victoria Peak.
- AM – Hong Kong Housing Authority Exhibition Centre.
- PM – Tseung Kwan O New Town.
- AM – To Yantian Container Port; late morning in Shenzhen.
- PM – To the Wetland Park, New Territories.
- Whole day in Tai O stilted community; depart Hong Kong for UK late evening.
- Arrive in UK.
Please note that this is only a suggested itinerary. It is extremely flexible depending on your requests. It is also possible to include additional days to your itinerary.
We use a variety of hotels depending on where you choose to base your tour. All are either 3 or 4-star and have been selected and audited in accordance with our Safety Management Policy.
A Hong Kong & China tour includes:
- Field Study Tutor
- Local guides based in
Hong Kong & China
- Internal Flights: Shenzhen-Guilin return
- An excursion package in Hong Kong and Guilin
- Fun Files – a free evening entertainment pack.
*Price is based on 40 paying passengers and 4 free places, travelling in low season for 7 days. Flights with BA, resort coaching based on the suggested itinerary. Price also includes airline operator's standard checked baggage allowance. Half board accommodation is provided for 4 nights Priced at 01.02.11.