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Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai

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Introduction

Since 2009 we’ve been offering all-inclusive international travel programs for students interested developing core travel skills while exploring some of the world's most interesting places as part of a small group.
Our programs focus on the students, constantly challenging language, navigation, collaboration, and budgeting skills with real world activities like acquiring maps, finding hotels, navigating public transportation, evaluating restaurants, and eating well while staying within a meal allowance.

Itinerary

Day City Overview
1 Airborne Meet your Group Director at the airport and start your journey to the other side of the world!
2 Beijing Arrive late afternoon and board shuttle for transfer to the hotel. Check into hotel, unpack, freshen up. Enjoy an early “family-style” dinner that will introduce you to some of our favorite local dishes.
3 Bejing Navigate to Tiananmen Square for the dawn flag raising ceremony. Breakfast at the hotel. Board shuttle for a ride out to the Great Wall of China. Climb the stairs up to the top of the wall, stroll along the top between some of the watchtowers, take in the views, and toboggan back down! Lunch, then board shuttle for ride to the Summer Palace. Enjoy the cool breeze from the lake as you explore the many halls, pavilions, gates, and gardens within the grounds. Subway from the Summer Palace to the hotel, then freshen up for dinner. End the day with a sunset stroll through Olympic Park to see the “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube” lit up at night.
4 Beijing Pre-breakfast climb of Jing Shan Hill for a panoramic view of Beijing. Breakfast at the hotel. Navigate to the Temple of Heaven, visit the buildings and watch the locals enjoying the park. Guided tour of the Forbidden City. Enjoy lunch then relax in Beihai Park. Subway to Wangfujing for shopping and the best Peking Duck in the world.
5 Beijing
Xi`an
Navigate to airport using Beijing’s public transport. Fly to Xi’an. Board shuttle for a ride out to see Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army. Lunch, then visit the Hua Qing Hot Springs made famous by the love story of Yang Guifei. Dinner, then enjoy the evening performance of “Song of Eternal Sorrow”.
6 Xi`an Breakfast, then enjoy the views of Xi’an on a bicycle ride that follows the broad walkway along the top of the city’s defensive walls. Climb the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy calligraphy lessons at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Lunch and then admire the stone rubbing at the Beilin Museum. Head over to the Muslim Quarter to find the mosque, stroll through the night markets and try some Xi’an’s best known foods - like hot and sour dumplings, biangbiang noodles, and of course the Xi’an meat burger.
7 Xi`an Fly to Shanghai then navigate to hotel using public transit. Check into the hotel, unpack and freshen up. Metro to Yuyuan Gardens for lunch and shopping, then metro over to People’s Square to check out fountain and visit the Shanghai Museum of Art. Metro under the Huangpu to Pudong for a panoramic view from the Pearl Tower before exploring the Shanghai History Museum.
8 Shanghai Breakfast then board private shuttle for a ride to Suzhou where we’ll explore the Lion Grove Garden and then to the ancient river town of Tongli where we’ll have lunch before exploring the town first on foot and then by skiff. Shuttle back to Shanghai Circus World for dinner and some incredible acrobatics at ERA: Intersection of Time.
9 Airborne Flight from Xi'an. Zài jiàn China!