Social Events

Cultural Highlights

We know that many participants want to experience something of Beijing beyond the classroom, so we also arrange social and sightseeing events for the weekend which falls in the middle of the LSE-PKU Summer School.

Such events include a one-day visit to the Great Wall of China (the section at Mutianyu) - one of China's most iconic images and a hugely important historical and cultural attraction. Return transport is arranged from the PKU campus via air-conditioned coaches, and visitors have the opportunity to walk along the Great Wall, take photographs, have something to eat and look inside some of the watchtowers. As one might imagine, this trip is very popular with our participants, and the vast majority of LSE-PKU Summer School students attend, including those who are from Beijing and/or China. Trips to other places of interest may also be available, and this will be confirmed closer to the beginning of the programme. All LSE-PKU Summer School social events are optional and can be booked during registration in Beijing (additional charges are payable).

Top Tip: Beijing is also full of other attractions, including the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, the Lama Temple, the Hall of Great Harmony, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Tiananmen Square, the 'Birds Nest' stadium (Niaochao) and many others. If you don't have time to see them all during the LSE-PKU Summer School, you may wish to consider extending your trip and staying slightly longer after the LSE-PKU Summer School to make the most of your time in China.

Gala Dinner

We invite all participants to attend a gala dinner on the final evening of the LSE-PKU Summer School, along with faculty and administrative staff from the programme. The event takes place at a local hotel and is a wonderful occasion to celebrate the unique experience the LSE-PKU Summer School offers. The dinner is also a final opportunity to network with the fascinating faculty, staff and students who participated in this programme before saying goodbye to the great friends you have made - or preferably - "see you again next year!"