12 Days in China – Itinerary


Day 1:

Depart from home heading to the Far East

Day 2: Beijing [B,L,D]

We arrive in Beijing, China where we will meet our English speaking Beijing Guide. Look for the person holding the “Global U” sign! From the airport, we’ll take a private bus to our Hotel in Beijing. We will use the rest of the day to check in, get settled, grab dinner, and prepare for a full day tomorrow.

Overnight in Beijing

Day 3: Beijing [B,L,D]

Today, we are in for a cultural day visiting some of the most historical and popular sights in Beijing. After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the Temple of Heaven to watch hundreds of local people perform morning exercises. Built in the Ming Dynasty by the emperor Zhu Di, the Temple of Heaven is where emperors came to worship Heaven and pray for a good harvest. After visiting the Temple of Heaven, we head to a nearby Old Beijing Noodles Restaurant for lunch.

Our afternoon will consist of a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. As the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square holds great cultural significance due to the various important imperial celebrations and events that took place here. Enter the magnificent gates and we will find the Forbidden City. Explore the beautiful imperial palace and its traditional Chinese architecture which was home to twenty emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Our day will conclude with a traditional Peking Duck Dinner where we will sit down for a famous duck dish that has been prepared since the imperial era as one of the main dishes for imperial courts.

Overnight in Beijing

Day 4: [B,L,D]

Grab your comfortable shoes, as we will be walking along the Great Wall of China today. We will have breakfast at the hotel and then head out. On our way to the Great Wall (Mutianyu) we will stop for a visit on the Sacred Way to the Ming Dynasty emperors’ Tombs. Lined with important stone statues, the Sacred Way leads us to the Ming Tombs.

We will spend time walking along the Great Wall, known as one of the greatest wonders of the world. With a history of more than 2,000 years, we will learn about the construction of this remarkable Chinese landmark. We’ll stop for lunch at the foot of Wall and then continue along the Wall admiring its incredible architecture and historic significance. Our travel back to Beijing will consist of seeing a cloisonné making workshop and visiting the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park for photos. Home of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Green, National Stadium and National Aquatics Center where the remaining architecture was built to host the various events. We will finish up the day with dinner and a Chinese Acrobatic Show which ranks among the best arts in the world.

Overnight in Beijing

Day 5: [B,L,D]

Grab some breakfast at the hotel and get ready for another great day! In the morning, we are visiting the largest and best-preserved lamasery in Beijing, the Lama Temple. Build in 1694, the Lama Temple is known for its ancient architecture and distinct style. We’ll take a Hutong pedicab tour through the narrow alleys and hutongs. We’ll continue exploring the Hutong area with lunch at a local Hutong home.

After lunch, we’re heading to the Beijing West Railway Station for a high speed train ride to Shijiazhuang, China.

Upon arrival in Shijiazhuang, we will be met by officials from one of our sister school, and the host families at the railway station. Students will break off with their host family placements and school chaperones will head to their hotel. At night, students will spend time getting to know their host families with dinner and an overnight stay at their homes.

Overnight in Shijiazhuang

Day 6/7: [B,L,D]

This morning, you will experience what a Chinese student’s morning is like. After breakfast at the host family home, students will head to Shijiazhuang #42 Middle School for a full school day experience. Sample activities include viewing morning exercises, attending calligraphy workshops, sitting in on a traditional Chinese class, and participating in extracurricular activities with your Chinese peers. You will spend another night at your host family’s home for dinner and an overnight stay.

Upon waking and finishing breakfast, you will continue the cultural exchange from the prior day,

Overnight in Shijiazhuang

Day 8: Shijiazhuang/Xi’An [B,L,D]

Today, you will say your goodbyes to your host family and Chinese peers. After a farewell breakfast with your host family, we will meet for a morning activity. We will have lunch in Shijiazhuang and head to the Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport (SJW) for our flight to Xi’an.

Upon arrival in Xi’an, we will meet our English speaking Xi’an Guide. Again, look for the “Global U” sign! We will take an hour ride on a private bus to the city of Xi’an. We are in for a Chinese treat tonight, as we will be having a dumpling feast dinner with a show of the Tang Dynasty dances and music. After dinner and the show, we’ll head to our hotel to check in and get some rest.

Overnight in Xi’An

Day 9: Xian [B,L,D]

We wake up bright and early for a full day visiting some of the most historical and cultural sights in the city of Xi’an. Our first stop of the day will to a pottery workshop on our way to the Terra Cotta Army Exhibition and Museums. Standing as the most significant archeological excavations in the world, the Terra Cotta Warriors showcases hundreds of detailed life-size warrior models built to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. Of the thousands of models, no two are alike. Lunch will be held at a restaurant close to the museum and exhibits.

As we approach the evening, we head back to the city to visit the Grand Mosque, the oldest in China and in Chinese style. We’ll dive into the Muslim cultural atmosphere as we walk through the Muslim Quarters and explore a number of ancient architectural buildings and local vendors. The night will finish with a traditional Islamic meal.

Overnight in Xi’An

Day 10: Xi’An/ Beijing

Today, we spend the morning exploring the 600-year old City wall and gate towers that surrounds Xi’an. However, we’ll be seeing this ancient City wall in a unique way. For about an hour and half, we’ll be Biking the Wall, a traditional way to view the historic city and its surroundings. To recover from our bike ride, we’ll have lunch at the Orient Hotel. For our last activity in Xi’an, we’ll pay a visit to the Shaanxi History Museum, one of the three best in the country to see the Tang dynasty Big Goose Pagoda from the outside. Built in 652, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a remarkable ancient building and holy place for Buddhists.

As we bid farewell to Xi’an, we head to the Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XIY) for our flight back to Beijing. Once in Beijing, we will met by our English speaking Beijing Guide and take a private bus back to our hotel (where we stayed earlier in the trip)! We will have dinner either on the plane or once we arrive in Beijing.

Day 11: Beijing [B,L,D]

For our last full day in China, we’ll spend the day visiting some exciting, beautiful places in Beijing. We start the day with a visit to the Summer Palace, which includes taking a big dragon boat ride on the Kunming Lake to take in some amazing views of this royal park. After lunch, we will visit the 798 Art District, where artists and cultural organizations have redesigned this area into galleries, art centers, and studios showcasing contemporary art and architecture. Tonight is our farewell dinner where we can reflect on our exciting experiences and learnings while in China.

Overnight in Beijing

Day 12: Beijing/Home [B]

Today is strictly a travel day, ok go buy some souvenirs for friends and family back home, before we head to the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to begin our journey home!

*Remember we gain a day so we will arrive the same day we leave Beijing!


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