Day 1 :
Depart from North America
Board the plane and enjoy your overnight flight to Beijing.
Day 2 :
Arrive in China
- Wheels Down:
Arrive in China and begin exploring its fascinating capital city.
Day 3 :
- Guided Tour:
A local guide leads you through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
- LEAP Cook Chinese Cuisine:
- Hutong tour:
A hutong is a unique form of traditional Beijing living quarters with a small street or a lane between two courtyards. There are thousands of hutongs in Beijing, most of which were built in the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.
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 :
Great Wall of China
- Stroll the Wall:
Shake off your jet lag with a walk along the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China.
- Ming Tombs:
This afternoon, visit the majestic Ming Tombs, burial place of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty.
- Add on: Peking Opera Show:
Take in an optional Peking Opera show this evening.
Day 5 :
Continue to Xi'an
- LEAP Tai Ji and Calligraphy:
- Temple Visits and Summer Palace:
Visit the Confucius Temple, Lama Temple, home of the famous Yellow Hat Sect, and the Summer Palace.
- Buddhist Lunch:
Savor lunch at a traditional Buddhist restaurant.
- Travel to Xi'an:
Board an overnight train to Xi'an.
LEAP Activity | Tai Ji and Calligraphy
Discover the history of the Chinese martial art, Tai Ji. Learn the moves from an experienced instructor, then practice what you’ve been taught. 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 :
- Terra Cotta Warriors:
See the 8th wonder of the world—the life-size Terra-cotta Warriors.
- 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.
- Bell Tower:
Visit the Xi'an Bell Tower, located in the heart of the city.
Day 7 :
Travel to Yangshuo
- Xi'an Muslim Quarter:
Wrap up your stay in Xi'an with a stroll through the Muslim Quarter.
- Fly to Guilin:
Board your flight to Guilin.
- Travel to Yangshuo:
Upon arrival in Guilin, take a short journey to Yangshuo and enjoy a sightseeing tour along the way.
Day 8 :
- Bike Yangshuo:
Pedal through the Yangshuo area on a bike tour and gaze at the spectacular mountain scenery.
- LEAP Chinese School Visit:
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 9 :
Continue in Yangshuo
- Markets of Yangshuo:
Get acquainted with local traditions and customs in a Yangshuo-area village. Enjoy a free afternoon strolling through the markets and shopping for souvenirs.
- Evening Show:
Tonight, treat your senses to the exhilarating Yangshuo Sound and Light Show.
Day 10 :
Travel to Shanghai
- Flight to Shanghai:
Take a short bus ride to scenic Guilin before boarding a plane to Shanghai, China's largest city.
- Tour Shanghai:
This afternoon, enjoy a local guide-led sightseeing tour of Shanghai, including the Colonial Bund, the French Concession, and People's Square, a spectacular space in the heart of the city.
Day 11 :
- Shanghai Museum:
Spend your morning visiting the Shanghai Museum.
- Enjoy the Show!:
This afternoon, marvel at an acrobatic show.
Day 12 :
Depart for Home
- Final Farewells...:
Board your flight home to the United States.