The Wonders of China

After an overnight flight to kick-start this China trip, the students are welcomed to the wondrous sights, sounds, and tastes of Beijing, the most populous city in the world.  This 10-day tour immerses the students in the sites, culture, and history of the country, traveling by high-speed train from Beijing, its capital city, to Xi’an, home of the remarkably mysterious Terra Cotta warriors, to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, and ending with the World Heritage gardens of beautiful Suzhou.  The Wonders of China includes exciting adventures, including a rickshaw tour of the hutongs, the narrow alleys of Beijing; a boat ride on Kunming Lake; and a lesson in calligraphy.  Students will enjoy a wide variety of cultural experiences from dumpling-making, Chinese language lessons, to a Chinese acrobatic show.  Students will also enjoy a wide variety of local foods, bringing all of the senses into play in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

DAY 1

  • Depart the US
  • Fly to Beijing, China

 

 

DAY 2

  • Arrive Beijing
  • Hotel check-in
  • Dinner

 

 

DAY 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Tiananmen Square
  • Visit Forbidden City
  • Chinese dumpling-making lesson
  • Tour Beijing Hutong and ride in a rickshaw
  • Beijing Duck Dinner

 

 

DAY 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to Badaling
  • Visit Great Wall of China
  • Lunch
  • Visit Summer Palace
  • Boat ride on Kunming Lake
  • Dinner

 

 

DAY 5

  • Breakfast and hotel check-out
  • High-Speed train to Xi’an
  • Visit Xian Foreign Language University
  • Lunch on campus
  • Dumpling Dinner at De Fa Chang
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 6

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Terra Cotta Warriors Museum
  • Chinese painting and calligraphy lesson
  • Visit jade carving factory
  • Visit Xi’an City Walls
  • Tang Dynasty dinner show

 

 

DAY 7

  • Breakfast and hotel check-out
  • Guided tour of Xi’an: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Great Mosque, Old Bazaar, etc.
  • High-Speed train to Shanghai
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 8

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Jade Temple
  • Visit Old Town Bazaar
  • Visit Shanghai City Planning Centre
  • Visit the Bund
  • Free time for shopping on Nanjing Road
  • Dinner
  • Attend Chinese Acrobatic Show

 

 

DAY 9

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • High-speed train to Suzhou
  • Visit Garden of the Humble Administrator
  • Visit Tiger Hill
  • Canal Tour of Suzhou
  • High-speed train back to Shanghai
  • Farewell dinner

 

 

DAY 10

  • Breakfast and hotel check-out
  • Transfer to airport
  • Depart Shanghai, China
  • Return to your hometown