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.
Later today, take a walking tour of the hutongs (ancient city lanes).
- Lunch with Locals:
Learn about the daily lives of Beijing citizens and have lunch with a local family.
- Add on: Peking Opera Show:
Take in an optional Peking Opera show this evening.
- LEAP Cook Chinese Cuisine:
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.
Day 5 :
Continue in Beijing
- Temple Visits and Summer Palace:
Visit the Confucius Temple, the Lama Temple (home of the famous Yellow Hat Sect) and the Summer Palace.
- Buddhist Lunch:
Savor lunch at a traditional Buddhist restaurant.
- LEAP Tai Ji:
- Traditional Dinner:
Enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner this evening.
- Travel to Xi'an:
Board an overnight train to Xi'an.
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 6 :
- 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:
- Wild Goose Pagoda:
Step inside the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda built in 652. It now stands 210 feet tall and offers views over the city of Xi'an from the top. A statue of translator and traveler Xuanzang greets travelers in front of the temple area.
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 7 :
- Muslim Quarter:
Wrap up your stay in Xi'an with a stroll through the Muslim Quarter.
Day 8 :
Travel to Shanghai
- Flight to Shanghai:
Board your plane to Shanghai, China's largest city.
- Tour Shanghai:
This afternoon, enjoy a 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 9 :
Day in Shanghai
- Shanghai Museum:
Spend your morning visiting the Shanghai Museum.
- Enjoy the Show!:
This afternoon, marvel at an acrobatic show.
- LEAP Chinese Calligraphy:
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 10 :
Depart for Home
- Final Farewells...:
Board your flight home to the United States.