Measure The Weight of Chinese History: The Middle Kingdom Civilization

About This Trip:

This tour offers student groups a comprehensive overview of China’s people, culture and politics across the country’s long history. We begin in the current Chinese capital, Beijing, home to historical monuments – including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City – rich cultural traditions, and cutting-edge art and architecture. Xi’an, where Chinese civilization first arose and flourished for two millennia, takes us even deeper into the past. The imperial capital for several dynasties, Xi’an was also a vibrant center for East-West interaction, serving as the Silk Road’s eastern starting point. Nanjing, a capital for six imperial dynasties, offers a primer on more modern Chinese history. Finally, we visit Shanghai, the “Pearl of the Orient” and “Paris of the East,” representing China’s colonial past and economic future.


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Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

Late Afternoon: Arrive in Beijing and be transferred to your hotel

Evening: Dinner followed by free time around Houhai Lake

Day 2 Beijing

Morning: Visit Tiananmen Square, Mao’s Mausoleum and Monument to the People’s Heroes; stroll through Beijing’s old Legation Quarter

Afternoon: Explore Forbidden City

Evening: Dinner with Peking Opera performance 

Day 3 Beijing

Morning: Drive to Jinshanling Great Wall; hike from Jinshanling to Gubeikou section of the Great Wall; enjoy packed lunch on the Wall

Late Afternoon: Transfer to Global Village; BBQ dinner and homestay in village

Day 4 Beijing

Morning: Drive back to Beijing

Afternoon: Visit Olympic Green; tour Bird’s Nest and Water Cube;

Evening: Peking duck dinner

Day 5 Beijing – Xi’an

Morning: Visit Temple of Heaven and join locals in their morning activities

Afternoon: Hutong tour by bike or rickshaw. Afterwards, free time to explore the Hutong area.

Evening: Overnight train to Xi’an

Day 6 Xi’an

Morning: Visit Shaanxi History Museum

Afternoon: Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Late Afternoon: Explore Muslim Quarter and visit Great Mosque

Evening: Dumpling banquet

Day 7 Xi’an

Morning: Visit Terracotta Warriors Museum

Afternoon: Bike on the city wall

Evening: Free time.

Day 8 Xi’an – Nanjing

Morning: Visit Hu County with traditional arts and crafts activity – farmer painting, paper cutting, and dumpling making

Afternoon: Free time

Evening: Overnight train to Nanjing

Day 9 Nanjing

Morning: Visit Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum and afterwards walk to imperial tombs at Ming Xiaoling
Afternoon: Visit Memorial to the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre; transfer to Yangtze River and visit Nanjing Treaty Museum

Evening: Transfer to Confucius Temple (Fuzi Miao)area, have free time to walk around

Day 10 Nanjing – Shanghai

Morning: Visit Presidential Palace

Afternoon: Take the high speed train to Shanghai
Evening: Optional activity, acrobatics show.

Day 11 Shanghai

Morning: Shanghai urban planning centre and Yu Garden tour

Afternoon: walk around the Bund and visit World financial center and enjoy a bird view of shanghai skyline.

Evening: Optional activity, night cruise on the Huangpu river.

Day 12 Shanghai

Morning: Tour French Concession, including First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Sun Yatsen’s Residence, Fuxing Park and Propaganda Poster Museum

Afternoon: Free time.

Evening: Optional activity, acrobatics show 

Day 13 Depart Shanghai

Morning: Transfer to the airport, the end of trip.

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