Day 1 :
Day 2 :
Ni hao Beijing
- Meet your tour director and check into hotel:
Day 3 :
- Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City:
- LEAP Cook Chinese Cuisine:
- Add on: Peking Opera performance:
Tonight, enjoy the Peking Opera! Watch the actors apply the face paint you studied earlier.
LEAP Activity | Cook Chinese Cuisine
Create an authentic Chinese dish as professional chefs guide you through a traditional recipe. Savor your delicious creation.
Day 4 :
- Temple of Heaven visit:
- Great Wall of China visit:
Stretching from Korea to the Gobi Desert, the Great Wall of China reaches 1,500 miles along old imperial borders. The wall was built mainly by millions of slaves, repairing and lengthening existing defensive walls throughout the centuries (the oldest dating back to the 5th century BC), until the massive structure was complete. Sentries posted at the stone watchtowers along its length could use smoke to signal an imminent attack.
- Peking duck dinner:
Day 5 :
- LEAP Chinese Calligraphy!:
- Fly to Chengdu:
- Leshan Buddha full-day visit:
LEAP Activity | Chinese Calligraphy
A lesson in traditional Chinese calligraphy, Hanzi, teaches you the history behind this widely respected art form. Afterward, try your best to recreate the strokes using an ink brush. Do you have what it takes to master the art?
Day 6 :
- Panda research base visit:
- Fly to Lhasa:
Day 7 :
- Lhasa Guided Sightseeing Tour:
Explore the administrative capital of Tibet and the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism. See the expansive 1,000 room Potala Palace that, before his exile, was the home of the Dalai Lama and then visit what is considered to be the most sacred temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple. The ancient road that encircles the temple, Barkhor Street, is part of the Buddhist pilgrimage route and is filled with old Tibetan houses on narrow lanes and a bustling marketplace selling Tibetan Sutras, prayer wheels, jewelry, food and more.
Day 8 :
- Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and Karuola Glacier:
See Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, one of three holy lakes in Tibet and considered the female Guardian of Buddhism in Tibet. You’ll be awed by Karuola Glacier. Its black and white layers are the result of smoke pollution, however they give unique beauty to this natural wonder.
Take in the sights of Zhongshan this afternoon - a pedestrian mall, memorial parks and various monuments.
Day 9 :
- Tashi Lhunpo Monastery visit:
This immense monastery was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama and is home to the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet. Its main structures include The Kelsang Temple, the Panchen Lama’s Palace and the Maitreya Chapel.
- Travel to Lhasa:
Day 10 :
- Fly to Shanghai:
- Free time to explore Shanghai with your tour director:
Day 11 :
- Shanghai city walk:
Bund, Shanghai French Concession, People's Square
- Yu Garden & market visit:
- LEAP Tai Chi:
- Acrobatic show:
Forget Cirque de Soleil -- Shanghai's Acrobatic Troupe has been performing for more than 50 years, and their combination of superb acrobatics, juggling, magic, and more has made them the world's best acrobatic ensemble.
LEAP Activity | Tai Chi
Discover the history of the Chinese martial art, Tai Ji. Learn the moves from an experienced instructor, then practice what you’ve been taught.
Day 12 :