Virtual Tour of China For Kids

Welcome to CHINA for the Global Children’s Book Club! Today we’ll be going on a virtual tour of China for kids. Get ready for a fun and inspiring China virtual field trip – perfect for global education at home or for a China homeschooling unit.

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Virtual Tour of China for Kids


Featured China Book

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Discussion Questions




Other China Books for Kids


China Facts

Basic Facts
  • The capital of China is Beijing.
  • The official name is the People’s Republic of China (PRC), or 中華人民共和國 in traditional Chinese.
  • Xi Jinping is the current President of China.
  • China is located in Asia.
  • China borders 14 countries – the most of any country (tied with Russia).
  • Mandarin is the official dialect of China, but there are many other dialects. Some major ones are Yue (Cantonese) and Xiang (Hunanese).
  • “The renminbi is the official currency of China, and one of the world’s major reserve currencies. The yuan is the basic unit of the renminbi, but is also used to refer to the Chinese currency generally, especially in international contexts where the “Chinese yuan” is widely used to refer to the renminbi.” (Source)
  • The climate in China varies greatly from region to region since the country is so big. Some areas are very hot and dry with cold winters, while others get lots of rain. It has the biggest range of temperatures of any country on earth, with parts in the tropics and parts very cold (it has the biggest ice festival in the world!).
  • China officially recognizes 5 religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism, Islam, and Protestantism. People are not allowed to practice other religions (although some traditional Chinese beliefs are allowed).
  • China’s main industries are mining, metals, machinery, and consumer products.


Interesting Facts
  • China had a long series of dynasties, or periods of time when emperors ruled. It ended with the Qing (1644-1912), which was replaced with the Republic of China, and then with the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
  • China is a communist state.
  • China has one of the earliest cradles of civilization (one of places where earliest humans were – three spots are thought to be Ancient China, Ancient India, and Ancient Egypt/Mesopotamia).
  • The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers are the most important of the thousands in China.
  • One third of China is made up of mountains! Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is on the border of China and Nepal. China has the greatest altitude difference on earth!
  • China has more people than any other country on earth (nearly 1.4 billion).
  • Calligraphy was invented in China, as was paper!
  • The Gobi is the 3rd largest desert in the world.
  • More than 96% can read and write.
  • Although China is very big (it’s the 4th largest country in the world), it only has 1 time zone.
  • The Hongkong to Zhuhai-Macao bridge is the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge (and tunnel system).
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Color in China on this map of Asia!


China with Kids: Flag Activity


File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg - Wikimedia Commons

Flag from HERE


HERE is a fun printable China flag coloring sheet!


China Virtual Tour to a Featured Landmark

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is actually a group of walls built to protect the northern border of China from separate nomadic groups. The original builders started some in the 7th century BC! Then the first Chinese emperor began to join some together. The ones built during the Ming dynasty, from 1368-1644, are the most famous. In total, the wall measures over 13,000 miles, and is considered one of the most important architectural accomplishments in history. (Source)


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great wall of china with kids explore at home


Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum & Terracotta Army

Emperor Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of China. In 1974, some local farmers found a number of terracotta sculptures depicting his army. Estimates say the sculptures were created in the 3rd century BCE. There were a number of military and non-military figures who were supposed to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

Terracotta Army, China


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Featured Chinese Artist: Fan Kuan

Fan Kuan was a Chinese landscape painter. He was part of the Song dynasty and lived from about 960-1030.

Travellers among Mountains and Streams is one of his most famous works, and is done in ink on silk. It is painted on a large scroll. In classic Chinese painting, there were three planes, which Fan also used in this painting. (Near, middle, and far.) Unlike older paintings, though, this one only focuses on the nature instead of only using it as background.

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Featured Important Chinese Person: Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician. People who follow his teachings practice Confucianism, or a tradition or philosophy. He is considered one of the most influential people in history. He advocated for morality and justice. Confucianists believe that people are good at heart and have the capacity to improve. Confucius believed in cultivating virtue, and showing respect and kindness to others.

Confucius - Quotes, Philosophy & Life - Biography


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Featured Chinese Food: Chinese Recipes for Kids

Here are a few staples of Chinese food, most of which are eaten every day:

  • Rice
  • Chinese Noodles
  • Leafy greens
  • Tofu, eggs, meat

Simple and kid-friendly vegetarian fried rice recipe

Or here’s a simple mooncake recipe with kids!


Chinese Craft & Culture Activities for Kids

Chinese Brush Painting Activity For Kids

There are many different forms of Chinese art, including clay sculpture, bronze work, porcelain pottery, and more. We’ll be focusing on Chinese brush painting, which is influential in both painting and in calligraphy.



Follow the instructions here to create your own bamboo Chinese brush painting!


china with kids brush painting activity


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Chinese Zodiac Character Activity

You could also draw your Chinese zodiac character. Here’s a great Chinese picture book for kids that shows the animals for the different years!



Chinese Art Books



Other China Kids Activities: China STEAM Activities for Kids


Animals in China

The Giant Panda only lives in a few mountain ranges in south central China. You can learn more about Giant Pandas in China with this National Geographic Kids Primary Resource!


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Chinese Movement Activities

Learn How to Hold Chinese Chopsticks
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Chinese Traditional Dance
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Chinese Music for Kids: Learning the Pentatonic Scale

Traditional Chinese music uses a pentatonic scale (5 notes instead of 7 in a Western scale)

Chinese Music Activity:

Play the black notes on a piano or keyboard to hear a pentatonic scale
Listen to traditional Chinese music while you read or do a craft

Sounds of the Silk Road with sounds of different traditional Chinese instruments. You can learn about the instruments and also create your own music!


Languages in China

About 70% of China’s mainland population speaks Mandarin as its first language. Cantonese, Tibetan, and Mongolian are major languages in certain parts of the country.

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China Literature & China Folktales: China Writing Prompts for Elementary & Middle School Children
  • Read the fables & proverbs HERE & figure out and discuss the lesson
  • Older children can write their own fable or proverb
  • Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism – 
    • How would you behave if you were a follower of each of the above teachings? (Prompts found HERE)


Kid Movies About China


China Conversations with a Local: Culture, History, & Food Discussion Video



China with Kids Discussion Questions




Thanks for Taking a Virtual Visit to China With Us!

We’ve loved putting together this resource to virtually visit China. We’d love to hear if you do any of these activities for a homeschooling China unit, or if you visit in person!

We hope to inspire curiosity and connection through exploring and learning, and we hope this guide helps you and your families. Please share any activities you do with us over on our Instagram. And we’d be delighted if you passed this China for kids virtual tour and homeschooling resource along to others, as well!







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