13 Days
Destinations Visited
BeijingXi'anShanghaiHuangyaguan Great Wall Community
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

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 Tai Ji
Day 4 Discover Beijing
  • Guided Tour A local guide leads you through the Summer Palace.
  • LEAP Cook Chinese Cuisine
  • Add on: Peking Opera Show Take in an optional Peking Opera show this evening.
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 Explore Beijing
  • 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 Discover Xi'an
  • 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 Chinese School Visit
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 Explore Shanghai
  • 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 Míng 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 Chinese Calligraphy
Day 13 Depart for Home
  • Final Farewells... Board your flight back to the United States.
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