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, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace.
- Duck Dinner:
Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner this evening.
Day 4 :
Great Wall of China
- Add on: Peking Opera Show:
Take in a optional Peking Opera show this evening.
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 :
Beijing and Kunming
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.
- Musical Exploration:
After your arrival in Kunming this evening, experience a Yunnan song and dance performance.
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 6 :
- Travel to Dali:
- Old Town Dali:
Dali is a city known for its Bai culture, traditional architecture, and marble, also referred to as Dali Stone. Explore the Old Town.
Day 7 :
Bai Architecture and Lijiang
- Pagodas in Dali:
See the main attraction of Dali City, The Three Pagodas.
- Bai Architecture in Xizhou:
Discover the Bai culture today. Examples of the Bai architectural stylepainted roofs and pillars, and upturned eavesare evident throughout the town of Xizhou.
In Zhoucheng, you can observe batik production, purchase folk crafts, and taste traditional foods.
Visit the ancient town of Shaxi, once an important stop on the Tea and Horse Road.
- Travel to Lijiang:
After a day of exploration, continue to Lijiang.
Day 8 :
- Beautiful Yunshanping:
Discover Yunshanping, a sprawling green hillside meadow surrounded by a spruce forest. Folklore tells of lovers who would come here to escape arranged marriages and die to protect their true love.
- Many Sights:
Discover Yufeng Monastery and Dongba Culture Valley. Visit the ancient village of Baisha and see its famous murals, artistically depicting numerous religious cultures.
- Old Town Lijiang:
After the meadow, explore the old town of Lijiang.
Day 9 :
Tiger Leaping Gorge
- Fly to Kunming:
Tonight, hop on a plane to Kunming.
Day 10 :
- Get to Yangshuo:
Fly to Guilin this morning. Upon arrival, take a short journey to Yangshuo.
- A Bicycle View:
See the crescent-shaped cave of Moon Hill and the Big Banyan Tree as you explore the area on bicycle. Witness the spectacular landscape and village below from the top of the hill.
Day 11 :
Fulli and Shanghai
- Boat to Fulli:
Travel by boat to the ancient town of Fulli. Enjoy its beautiful scenery and admire the large fans painted in traditional Chinese ink designs.
- Flight to Shanghai:
Board a flight to Shanghai.
- Afternoon Shopping:
Upon your arrival in Shanghai, discover Town God Temple Market, a market where you can purchase crafts and sample authentic foods.
Day 12 :
- Enjoy the Show!:
This evening, marvel at a Chinese acrobatics 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 home to the United States.