12 or 15 days
Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, extension to Hong Kong

Enter the world of China: birthplace of paper, the compass, paper money, fireworks and more.

You’ll trace the Great Wall, measure up against the Terracotta Warriors and race through Beijing’s hutongs by rickshaw. Reaching the mystical Summer Palace by dragon boat is dreamlike, but that’s just China—an eye-opening mix of experiences and modern challenges that you simply have to see.
  • 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 with an expert local guide

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride (seasonal: April to October)

    Participate in a Taiji lesson

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner

  • Day 4: Great Wall of China • Beijing

    Take an excursion to Badaling

    Tour the Great Wall of China with your Tour Director

    Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in Beijing

    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

    Tour Beijing's Hutongs by traditional rickshaw

    Enjoy dinner with a local Hutong family

  • Day 6: Beijing • Xi'an

    Fly to Xi'an

    Take a bike ride on the Ancient City Wall

    Enjoy dinner in Xi'an

  • Day 7: Xi’an

    Tour Xi’an with an expert local guide

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army 

    Visit the Muslim Quarter and the Bell Tower of Xi'an

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    This evening experience the history and culture of the Tang Dynasty at a world-class theater restaurant featuring famous Cantonese cuisine. The performance is based on historical records and cultural traditions that exemplify the artistic heritage of the Xi’an province. Many of the dances you’ll see originated from rituals or prayers, but have since been influenced by cultural practices from various regions of China. You’re sure to see why more than 2.5 million people from around the world have proclaimed this a favorite part of their Chinese experience.

  • Day 8: Xi'an

    Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum

    Make dumplings during a cooking class

    Spend a half day exploring Xi'an on your own

  • Day 9: Xi'an • Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

    Enjoy dinner in Shanghai

    Enjoy a traditional Chinese acrobatics show

  • Day 10: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Jade Buddha Temple
    • Yu Yuan Garden
    • Nanjing Lu

    Spend time exploring the Bund on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Shanghai

  • Day 11: Shanghai

    Visit a university in Shanghai and learn about China's higher education system

    Visit the Shanghai Museum

    Spend time exploring Tianzifang, the art district of the French Concession, on your own

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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  • Day 12: Shanghai • Hong Kong

    Fly to Hong Kong

    Enjoy dinner in Hong Kong

    Watch A Symphony of Lights show from the Avenue of Stars

    Take a ride on the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island

  • Day 13: Hong Kong

    Take a guided tour of Hong Kong

    With your expert local guide, you will visit:

    • Stanley Market
    • Aberdeen Harbor
    • Repulse Bay

    Spend the afternoon exploring Hong Kong on your own

    Take a tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak

    Enjoy a Dim Sum tasting

  • Day 14: Hong Kong

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island

    Join this full-day excursion to beautiful Lantau Island, the largest of the 230 islands that belong to the territory of Hong Kong. Begin your tour with a 25-minute cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the South China Sea and the lush mountains on the island. Continue on with a visit to the Po Lin (Precious Lotus) monastery and then climb the stairs up to the island’s main attraction; the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha, measuring 111 feet tall and weighing more than 250 tons. A short walk away is the Wisdom Path where ancient prayers are inscribed on wooden columns set in a figure eight to signify infinity. 

  • Day 15: Depart for home

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  • 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 with an expert local guide

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride (seasonal: April to October)

    Participate in a Taiji lesson

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner

  • Day 4: Great Wall of China • Beijing

    Take an excursion to Badaling

    Tour the Great Wall of China with your Tour Director

    Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in Beijing

    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

    Tour Beijing's Hutongs by traditional rickshaw

    Enjoy dinner with a local Hutong family

  • Day 6: Beijing • Xi'an

    Fly to Xi'an

    Take a bike ride on the Ancient City Wall

    Enjoy dinner in Xi'an

  • Day 7: Xi’an

    Tour Xi’an with an expert local guide

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army 

    Visit the Muslim Quarter and the Bell Tower of Xi'an

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    Tang Dynasty show and dinner

    This evening experience the history and culture of the Tang Dynasty at a world-class theater restaurant featuring famous Cantonese cuisine. The performance is based on historical records and cultural traditions that exemplify the artistic heritage of the Xi’an province. Many of the dances you’ll see originated from rituals or prayers, but have since been influenced by cultural practices from various regions of China. You’re sure to see why more than 2.5 million people from around the world have proclaimed this a favorite part of their Chinese experience.

  • Day 8: Xi'an

    Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum

    Make dumplings during a cooking class

    Spend a half day exploring Xi'an on your own

  • Day 9: Xi'an • Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

    Enjoy dinner in Shanghai

    Enjoy a traditional Chinese acrobatics show

  • Day 10: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Jade Buddha Temple
    • Yu Yuan Garden
    • Nanjing Lu

    Spend time exploring the Bund on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Shanghai

  • Day 11: Shanghai

    Visit a university in Shanghai and learn about China's higher education system

    Visit the Shanghai Museum

    Spend time exploring Tianzifang, the art district of the French Concession, on your own

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 12: Shanghai • Hong Kong

    Fly to Hong Kong

    Enjoy dinner in Hong Kong

    Watch A Symphony of Lights show from the Avenue of Stars

    Take a ride on the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island

  • Day 13: Hong Kong

    Take a guided tour of Hong Kong

    With your expert local guide, you will visit:

    • Stanley Market
    • Aberdeen Harbor
    • Repulse Bay

    Spend the afternoon exploring Hong Kong on your own

    Take a tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak

    Enjoy a Dim Sum tasting

  • Day 14: Hong Kong

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island

    Join this full-day excursion to beautiful Lantau Island, the largest of the 230 islands that belong to the territory of Hong Kong. Begin your tour with a 25-minute cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the South China Sea and the lush mountains on the island. Continue on with a visit to the Po Lin (Precious Lotus) monastery and then climb the stairs up to the island’s main attraction; the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha, measuring 111 feet tall and weighing more than 250 tons. A short walk away is the Wisdom Path where ancient prayers are inscribed on wooden columns set in a figure eight to signify infinity. 

  • Day 15: Depart for home

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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; 13 with extension

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • 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.

  • 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 while abroad.

  • Entrances

    Summer Palace, Tai Chi lesson, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China, Tea ceremony, Rickshaw tour, Temple of Heaven Park, Bike ride on City Wall, Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum, Terracotta Warriors, World Financial Center, Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Garden; with extension: Star Ferry ride, Peak Tram, Dim sum tasting

  • 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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