8 days
Beijing, Badaling
Beijing is a city in constant evolution, which you’ll see for yourself as you stand in awe of the city’s jaw-dropping skyline, marvel at the Summer Palace’s huge lakes and hilltop views, and contemplate two dynasties of imperial rule at the Forbidden City. Past blends into present as you trek across the Great Wall’s majestic peaks, savor local heritage during a Peking duck dinner, and participate in a traditional tea ceremony, whose 4,000-year-old practices remain central to Chinese culture today.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Beijing

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Tour Beijing, long been considered the political, educational, and cultural center of China, with an expert local guide

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride and see the views from Kunming Lake (seasonal: April to October) 

    Visit the Summer Palace, an imperial garden during the Qing Dynasty, and explore its beautiful garden grounds

    Participate in a Taiji lesson to learn about this martial art, meditation system, and health practice 

    Visit Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square and a site of frequent political protests

    Visit the Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors and so named because no one could enter or leave the premises without the emperor's approval

    Tour Beijing University campus and get a glimpse into higher education in China

  • Day 4: Beijing • Badaling • Beijing

    Tour the Great Wall of China with your Tour Director and see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which was built by 300,000 people over several centuries and now stretches over 3,000 miles

    Stop to take a photo at the site of the 2008 Olympics

    Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in Beijing where you will learn about: 

    • The Chinese culture of drinking tea in daily life today
    • The history of chayi, or the art of drinking tea, credited to Emperor Shennong
    • The significance of drinking tea among Chinese scholars in tea houses
    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), who in order to pursue spiritual and physical harmony becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles, is distracted and tempted, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. This performance combines story-telling, kung-fu, acrobatics, modern dance, and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts.

  • Day 5: Beijing

    Visit the Temple of Heaven Park, a huge outdoor complex adorned with Ming and Qing relics 

    Visit the Beijing Zoo, one of China's oldest zoological parks and home to over 5,000 animals including giant pandas

    Tour Beijing's Hutongs, a labyrinthine network of ancient city alleys, by traditional rickshaw

    Enjoy dinner with a local family and get a taste of Beijing’s culinary tradition as you enjoy a homemade dinner with them and learn about their daily life

  • Day 6: Beijing

    Visit the Yonghe Lamasery Temple, a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism

    Visit the 798 Dashanzi Modern Art Zone, once an extension of the Socialist Unification Plan between the Soviet Union and China, and now home to galleries, boutiques, and a thriving artistic community

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Acrobatics show

    Acrobatics show

    Witness a thrilling display by talented performers during today’s optional acrobatics show. For more than 2,000 years, Chinese acrobats have been perfecting this unique form of performance art. Acrobatic troupes continue to dazzle audiences with unusual feats of balance and flexibility complemented by vibrant costumes, elaborate sets and traditional music. 

  • Day 7: Beijing

    Spend a full day exploring Beijing on your own

    Enjoy a regional specialty and traditional side dishes with your group at a Peking Duck dinner

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Want to learn more about this program?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Beijing

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Tour Beijing, long been considered the political, educational, and cultural center of China, with an expert local guide

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride and see the views from Kunming Lake (seasonal: April to October) 

    Visit the Summer Palace, an imperial garden during the Qing Dynasty, and explore its beautiful garden grounds

    Participate in a Taiji lesson to learn about this martial art, meditation system, and health practice 

    Visit Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square and a site of frequent political protests

    Visit the Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors and so named because no one could enter or leave the premises without the emperor's approval

    Tour Beijing University campus and get a glimpse into higher education in China

  • Day 4: Beijing • Badaling • Beijing

    Tour the Great Wall of China with your Tour Director and see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which was built by 300,000 people over several centuries and now stretches over 3,000 miles

    Stop to take a photo at the site of the 2008 Olympics

    Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in Beijing where you will learn about: 

    • The Chinese culture of drinking tea in daily life today
    • The history of chayi, or the art of drinking tea, credited to Emperor Shennong
    • The significance of drinking tea among Chinese scholars in tea houses
    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), who in order to pursue spiritual and physical harmony becomes a monk and learns kung fu. Along the way he overcomes obstacles, is distracted and tempted, but ultimately achieves the designation of master. This performance combines story-telling, kung-fu, acrobatics, modern dance, and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts.

  • Day 5: Beijing

    Visit the Temple of Heaven Park, a huge outdoor complex adorned with Ming and Qing relics 

    Visit the Beijing Zoo, one of China's oldest zoological parks and home to over 5,000 animals including giant pandas

    Tour Beijing's Hutongs, a labyrinthine network of ancient city alleys, by traditional rickshaw

    Enjoy dinner with a local family and get a taste of Beijing’s culinary tradition as you enjoy a homemade dinner with them and learn about their daily life

  • Day 6: Beijing

    Visit the Yonghe Lamasery Temple, a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism

    Visit the 798 Dashanzi Modern Art Zone, once an extension of the Socialist Unification Plan between the Soviet Union and China, and now home to galleries, boutiques, and a thriving artistic community

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Acrobatics show

    Acrobatics show

    Witness a thrilling display by talented performers during today’s optional acrobatics show. For more than 2,000 years, Chinese acrobats have been perfecting this unique form of performance art. Acrobatic troupes continue to dazzle audiences with unusual feats of balance and flexibility complemented by vibrant costumes, elaborate sets and traditional music. 

  • Day 7: Beijing

    Spend a full day exploring Beijing on your own

    Enjoy a regional specialty and traditional side dishes with your group at a Peking Duck dinner

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Want to learn more about this program?

Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get



Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare and transportation

    Buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries and subways—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • 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.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your expert 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

  • 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 $15 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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