School Trips to China: FAQs

Welcome to our FAQs about bringing your students to China

China can be a challenging environment in which to travel. Fortunately, you have our team of educational experts – including ex-teachers – on hand to answer all the questions you can imagine about how to organize a school trip to China, balancing educational outcomes with a great quality itinerary, visas, flights and costs.

Feel free to give us a call now on (+44) (0)20 3817 5974 or contact us to speak with our experts.

ABOUT THE DRAGON TRIP

Who are we?

We made a whole page to answer just this question. Click here to read about us 🙂

What exactly are your ‘Learning Adventures’?

The Dragon Trip tailor fantastic experiences to schools’ and universities’ requirements. If you are a teacher planning a trip to China for your students, we can provide a complete package for your students. What’s more, we’ll work with you every step of the journey in order to provide a safe, rewarding and truly unforgettable trip in this fantastic country.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Who has gone on a school trip with you before?

Over the last few years we’ve become the world leader in educational tours to China. Schools that have trusted us to deliver a great experience include:

  • Whitgift School (UK)
  • The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe (UK)
  • International School of Paris (France)
  • Lorien Novalis School (Australia)
  • Didcot Girls School
  • Bedes School
  • Edgbaston High School
  • Dartford Grammar School
  • North London Collegiate School (all UK)

Visit our reviews to read about their experiences.

Where does the trip go?

The most popular destinations for trips tend to be Beijing and Xi’An, due to their rich history and culture. However, some of our itineraries also visit other cities, such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Yangshuo, Chengdu and Hangzhou or more exotic destinations such as Pingyao and Datong.

Should you have any specific cities you would like to visit, feel free to contact us. If you currently have a partner school or institution in another city in China, we are also happy to work your itinerary around a visit to them.

When should we visit?

The Dragon Trip operates all year round, though schools usually prefer to come in April, May, October, or summer holidays. We recommend avoiding big Chinese holidays, such as National Week or Spring Festival/ Chinese New Year, as many touristic sites are very busy, and travel in general is more difficult.

It is best to make a booking 6-12 months in advance, but trips can be arranged at shorter notice as well. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss your requirements.

ORGANIZATION & SECURITY

Is it safe?

The Dragon Trip treats health and safety with the utmost importance. The hostel accommodation we work with are British Council approved, we have public liability insurance up to 5 million and the company is fully financially protected. You can see some of our policy and risk assessment forms on the website.

Can you help us get a trip approved?

Yes.  We’ve worked closely with many schools to ensure their local council or authorising body have all the information they need in order to approve the trips, and that we have fulfilled all of our obligations regarding this.

Can we take a pre-departure trip, visiting the locations to inspect the trip?

Yes. We offer discounted, pre-trip, teacher “recce trips” so you can do a preliminary check on all the locations and activities on your itinerary.  We believe we are setting the benchmark for levels of health and safety in China so please be assured that we always place safety as an absolute priority at all times.

Can you help us organise visas?

Yes. The Dragon Trip can help schools with their visa applications. During your booking process we will advise you on the essential steps to get the visas completed.  We currently provide a group visa and multiple entry visa service. Quotes will be provided at the time of inquiry.

What is the process of organising a school trip to China?

  1. Send us an email and respond to a few follow-up questions, so that our staff can better understand your requirements
  2. You would then be issued a suggested itinerary for your school and we can work together to tweak to your requirements
  3. You offer the trip to students
  4. You confirm numbers and pay a deposit
  5. You’ll be issued your booking contract, with an easy to follow payment schedule
  6. If The Dragon Trip is arranging your flights we will put you in contact with our flight booking partners
  7. 4 months prior to departure we will send out your pre-departure pack with all the information required for your trip
  8. Fly out to China
  9. The Dragon Trip takes care of absolutely everything whilst you are in China
  10. Fly home having provided your students with a life changing experience

If the Dragon Trip becomes insolvent after payment, would we get our money back?

Yes, as stated below:

Total Payment Protection (Topp) Policy cover:

In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 an insurance policy has been arranged with Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (tagis), to protect customers’ prepayments in the unlikely event of our financial failure and paid in respect of • non-flight inclusive packages commencing and returning to the UK • the ground handling aspects of packages where the customer is responsible for arranging travel to the destination offered in this brochure/literature/document/on this website (subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for: • a refund of such prepayments if customers have not yet travelled, or • making arrangements to enable the holiday to continue if customers have already travelled, or

Customers’ prepayments are protected by a topp policy.

In the unlikely event of financial failure please contact the claims helpline on 0870 0137 965. A copy of the policy is available on request.

This policy is provided by Travel & General Insurance Services plc (tagis), registered number 02527363 and underwritten by International Insurance Company of Hannover plc (Inter Hannover), registered number 01453123. tagis and Inter Hannover are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.