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 Temple of Heaven.
- Traditional Dinner:
Enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner this evening.
Day 4 :
Great Wall of China
- Stroll the Wall:
Start your day with a walk along the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China.
- LEAP Cook Chinese Cuisine:
- Travel to Xi'an:
Board an overnight train to Xi'an.
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 :
The Sights of Xi'an
- Great Mosque:
Witness a mixture of Muslim and Chinese style architecture during a visit to the historic Great Mosque in Xi’an.
- Big Goose Pagoda:
Visit the Big Goose Pagoda
- 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 6 :
Continue in Xi'an
- LEAP Chinese School Visit:
- Terra Cotta Warriors:
See the eighth wonder of the world, the life-size Terra Cotta Warriors.
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 :
Longman Grottoes and White Horse Temple
- Train to Luoyang:
- Longman Grottoes:
Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Longmen Grottoes to see their famous stone inscriptions.
- White Horse Temple:
Discover the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China, dating back to 68 AD.
Day 8 :
Day at Shoalin Temple
- Learn Kung Fu:
This morning you will visit the Chan Buddhist temple, Shaolin, famous for its martial arts instruction and practice. While there, learn about the history behind Kung Fu and practice a few moves.
- Zhengzhou to Shanghai:
Head to Zhengzhou this afternoon to catch your flight to Shanghai.
Day 9 :
- Tour Shanghai:
Today, 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.
- Jade Buddha Temple:
Explore the Jade Buddha Temple this afternoon.
- Shanghai Museum:
A rich collection of ancient Chinese art including ceramics, bronze, paintings and calligraphy, will be admired during a visit to the Shanghai Museum.
- Shop the Market:
Discover Town God Temple Market, a market where you can purchase crafts and sample authentic foods.
- Enjoy the Show!:
This evening, marvel at a Chinese acrobatics show.
Day 10 :
- LEAP Tai Ji:
- Oriental Pearl Tower:
Visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai’s most recognized landmark standing over 1,500 feet tall. Take in great views of Shanghai’s dramatic cityscape from the observation deck.
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 11 :
Depart for Home
- Final Farewells...:
Board your flight home to the United States.