4 Exciting Virtual Tours to Ancient China


If you are getting ready to start your ancient China unit in your World Civilizations class and are now faced with remote learning or are teaching with a hybrid model, I want to share with you 4 interactive virtual field trips that are a huge time saver and are ready to go in Google Slides!


Each virtual tour includes informational text to build background, maps, Google Earth 360-degree views, video links, and critical thinking response questions throughout. These questions are editable so that they can be tailored to meet your class needs. Everything is set up in Google Slides in a structured format that guides students through each stop along the way.


1. Ancient China Geography Virtual Field Trip

If you are just starting your unit, it's imperative that students have a good sense of the geography of China. It's easy to get into the history and realize that our students may not have a solid understanding of where China is located on the map. To build some context, this virtual tour covers the Gobi Desert, Himalaya Mountains, Tibetan Plateau, Yangtze River, and Huang He River (Yellow River). This activity also includes fill in the blank and drag & drop map skills.




2. Silk Road Virtual Field Trip

You can't cover ancient China without discussing the Silk Road. Take your students on a virtual tour of the Silk Road and make 8 stops along the main route. From ancient cities, important intersections, and even a caravanserai, this virtual tour includes amazing 360-degree views of ancient sites, video clips, visuals and more!



3. Great Wall of China Virtual Field Trip

In this virtual tour, your students will visit 5 sites along the Great Wall. Students will stop in Huangyaguan, Mutianyu, Badaling, Zhenbeitai, and Jiayuguan. This virtual tour includes Google Earth exploration where students will be able to "walk" along the wall at various points. This tour also includes informational text, and video links.



4. Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huangdi (Terracotta Warriors) Virtual Field Trip

This virtual tour provides your students with an understanding of the significance of the excavations and findings of Qin Shi Huangdi's mausoleum. Students will visit the tomb mound, as well as the Terracotta Warrior pits. This tour includes Google Earth panoramic views, as well as video, informational text, and response questions. This tour is presented in a respectful manner and is in no way meant to trivialize this important mausoleum.


No need to reinvent the wheel. Save time with these interactive Google Slides activities perfect for distance learning. Check out these 4 virtual tours here:

Ancient China Geography Virtual Field Trip

Ancient China Silk Road Virtual Tour

Great Wall of China Virtual Field Trip

Qin Shi Huangdi Terracotta Warriors Virtual Tour