Day 1 :
Depart from North America
- Take Off:
Board your overnight flight to Beijing.
Day 2 :
Arrive in China
- Land in Beijing:
Arrive in China and begin exploring its fascinating capital city.
Day 3 :
Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square
- Guided Tour:
A local guide leads you through the Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square.
- Hutongs and Lunch:
Later today, take a walking tour of the hutongs (ancient city lanes), learn about the daily lives of Beijing citizens, and have lunch with a local family.
LEAP Activity | Tai Ji
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 4 :
- Guided Tour:
A local guide leads you through the Summer Palace.
LEAP Activity | Cook Chinese Cuisine
Create an authentic Chinese dish as professional chefs guide you through a traditional recipe. Savor your delicious creation.
Day 5 :
Huangyaguan Great Wall Community
- Service in the Huangyaguan Great Wall Community:
Travel to the Huangyaguan Great Wall community to visit a more remote area of Beijing. Visit schools and villages in this mountain area to take part in service activities.
- Stroll the Wall:
Walk along the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China.
Day 6 :
Second Day in Huangyaguan Great Wall Community
- Continue Your Service:
Travel to the Huangyaguan Great Wall community and continue to get to know the locals of this mountain area.
Day 7 :
Third Day in Huangyaguan Great Wall Community
- Service Wrap-up:
Visit Huangyaguan Great Wall Community for your last day of service learning.
Day 8 :
- Take in the Temples:
Visit the Confucius Temple and the Lama Temple, home of the famous Yellow Hat Sect.
- Traditional Lunch:
Savor lunch at a traditional Buddhist restaurant.
- Peking Duck Dinner:
Enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner this evening.
- Travel to Xi'an:
Board an overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 9 :
- Terra Cotta Warriors and Bell Tower:
See the 8th wonder of the world, the life-size Terra-cotta Warriors. Later, visit the Xi'an Bell Tower, located in the heart of the city.
LEAP Activity | Chinese School Visit
A visit to a local school introduces you to Chinese students. Learn the similarities and differences found in their classroom and the classrooms you are accustomed to at home.
Day 10 :
Explore More of Xi'an
- Muslim Quarter:
Wrap up your stay in Xi'an with a stroll through the Muslim Quarter.
- Wild Goose Pagoda:
Step inside the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda built in 652. It now stands 210 feet tall and, from the top, offers views over the city of Xi'an. A statue of translator and traveler Xuanzang greets travelers in front of the temple area.
Day 11 :
Travel to Shanghai
- Fly to Shanghai:
Board a flight to Shanghai, China's largest city.
- Tour Shanghai:
This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Shanghai with a local guide, including the colonial Bund, and the French Concession.
Day 12 :
- Shanghai Museum:
Spend your morning visiting the Shanghai Museum.
- People's Square:
Explore this spectacular space in the heart of the city.
- Highlights of Shanghai:
Visit the Yu Yuan (meaning Garden of Peace and Comfort) is a maze of Mng Dynasty pavilions, elaborate rockeries, arched bridges and goldfish ponds, all encircled by an undulating dragon wall. View the City God Temple, a folk temple commemorating Shanghai's rise to a municipal status.
- Enjoy the Show!:
This afternoon, marvel at an acrobatic show.
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 13 :
Depart for Home
- Final Farewells...:
Board your flight back to the United States.