Great Wall

Field Trips & Excursions in Beijing

Discover Beijing & China with Middlebury Interactive Languages

It would be a shame to come to China and not experience the culture and sites that define it. That’s why we organize trips for students throughout the week and on every weekend.

Field Trips

As part of the program, students will participate in day trips on the weekend to travel to locations outside of the city. In previous years, locations have included:

  • The Great Wall of China - a must see when visiting China. The wall, constructed on the slopes of the Yan mountains, delivers a breathtaking view for those who climb it.
  • Tianjin - a booming port city located within a two hour drive of Beijing. Here students typically take part in a sightseeing cruise, explore the local culinary delicacies, and visit the Tianjin Museum to learn about the city’s rich history.


Students will also have many opportunities to explore the city of Beijing too, and there is no short list of things to see and do within Beijing. Some of the places students have gone in the past include:

  • The Forbidden City – the imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the Qing dynasty, still preserved, serves as a history lesson to China’s past.
  • Tiananmen Square – a public square located by the The Forbidden City. It’s famous for the many significant events that it has played host to, such as the May Fourth Movement and the 1984 and 1979 protests.
  • The Summer Palace - the summer home of many Chinese emperors. The huge complex, full of lakes, gardens, palaces, and hilltop views makes for an incredible walk that similar to the Forbidden City, testifies to the luxury of the imperial family.
  • 798 Art District - where a high concentration of contemporary art galleries can be found in a stretch of since-disused factories.
  • The Hutong Districts - although most have been torn down to give way for modern skyrises, alley ways of courtyard residences dating back to the Yuan (Mongol) dynasty still exist throughout Beijing.