12 days
Beijing, Xi'an, Yangshuo, Shanghai

For nearly 500 years, the Forbidden City was actually forbidden—unless you knew the emperor.

But the doors have recently opened to reveal the start of your journey through a centuries-old civilization. Experience the Great Wall as you stand atop a fraction of the original structure. Uncover a sea of uniquely sculpted faces staring back at you in the Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huan.
Discover China tour map
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

    Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Arrive in Beijing

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit Tiananmen Square

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Travel to Badaling

    Visit the Great Wall of China

    Return to Beijing

    Enjoy a tea ceremony

    Take a rickshaw tour in Hutong

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    Tonight, see the show that tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi the pure one. To pursue spiritual and physical harmony, he becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles and temptations, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. The performance celebrates the philosophy and skill of martial arts through storytelling, acrobatics, modern dance and music.

  • Day 5: Beijing

    Free time in Beijing

    Visit the Temple of Heaven Park

    Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner

  • Day 6: Xi'an

    Fly to Xi’an

    Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum

    Visit the Terracotta Warriors site

  • Day 7: Xi'an

    Take a guided tour of Xi’an

    Take a bike ride on the ancient City Wall

    Free time in Xi'an

    • Muslim Street
    • Bell Tower
    • Drum Tower
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    This evening, experience the splendor of the Tang Dynasty at this world-class theater and restaurant featuring famous Cantonese cuisine. As music, food and dance delight your senses from every angle, you’ll see why more than 2.5 million visitors have proclaimed this a favorite part of their Chinese experience.

  • Day 8: Yangshuo

    Fly to Guilin

    Travel to Yangshuo

    Enjoy free time on Yangshuo's West Street

  • Day 9: Yangshuo

    Take a Li River bamboo raft excursion

    Climb Moon Hill

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Liu Sanjie performance

    Liu Sanjie performance

    You’ve probably never seen anything like this before in your life. Not just because it’s the world’s biggest natural theater, using the Li River for its stage and twelve mist-shrouded hills as its backdrop—but because unlike most theater and art in China, this particular form isn’t even 10 years old. Enjoy the harmony of China’s stunning natural beauty and age-old mythical narrative in a theatrical performance that can only be described as serene.
  • Day 10: Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

  • Day 11: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    • Nanjing Lu

    Visit the Jade Buddha Temple

    Visit the Yu Yuan Garden

    Free time at the Bund

    Attend a Chinese acrobatics show

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this trip?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

    Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Arrive in Beijing

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit Tiananmen Square

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Travel to Badaling

    Visit the Great Wall of China

    Return to Beijing

    Enjoy a tea ceremony

    Take a rickshaw tour in Hutong

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    The Legend of Kung Fu show

    Tonight, see the show that tells the story of a young boy, Chun Yi the pure one. To pursue spiritual and physical harmony, he becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles and temptations, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. The performance celebrates the philosophy and skill of martial arts through storytelling, acrobatics, modern dance and music.

  • Day 5: Beijing

    Free time in Beijing

    Visit the Temple of Heaven Park

    Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner

  • Day 6: Xi'an

    Fly to Xi’an

    Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum

    Visit the Terracotta Warriors site

  • Day 7: Xi'an

    Take a guided tour of Xi’an

    Take a bike ride on the ancient City Wall

    Free time in Xi'an

    • Muslim Street
    • Bell Tower
    • Drum Tower
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    This evening, experience the splendor of the Tang Dynasty at this world-class theater and restaurant featuring famous Cantonese cuisine. As music, food and dance delight your senses from every angle, you’ll see why more than 2.5 million visitors have proclaimed this a favorite part of their Chinese experience.

  • Day 8: Yangshuo

    Fly to Guilin

    Travel to Yangshuo

    Enjoy free time on Yangshuo's West Street

  • Day 9: Yangshuo

    Take a Li River bamboo raft excursion

    Climb Moon Hill

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Liu Sanjie performance

    Liu Sanjie performance

    You’ve probably never seen anything like this before in your life. Not just because it’s the world’s biggest natural theater, using the Li River for its stage and twelve mist-shrouded hills as its backdrop—but because unlike most theater and art in China, this particular form isn’t even 10 years old. Enjoy the harmony of China’s stunning natural beauty and age-old mythical narrative in a theatrical performance that can only be described as serene.
  • Day 10: Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

  • Day 11: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    • Nanjing Lu

    Visit the Jade Buddha Temple

    Visit the Yu Yuan Garden

    Free time at the Bund

    Attend a Chinese acrobatics show

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this trip?

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    10 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Light breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 5 local dinners included

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • Curriculum integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China, tea ceremony, rickshaw tour, Temple of Heaven Park, Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Li River bamboo raft excursion, World Financial Center, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Garden, and acrobatics show

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.

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