12 or 14 days
Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Dujiangyan, Shanghai, extension to Hong Kong

Step into a world where old meets new and people meet pandas.

This experiential voyage spans the best of China, from the hustle and bustle of Beijing to the tranquility of tai chi. Marvel at the Great Wall from a special vantage point, and stand in awe of the Terracotta Army in Xi’an—a sea of stone soldiers protecting their emperor in the afterlife. Ready for things to get fluffy? Head to a panda research center in Chengdu to learn about its adorable occupants.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Tiananmen Square [tyahn-ahn-men]
    • Forbidden City
    • Summer Palace

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride (Available April–October only)

    Participate in a tai chi lesson

    Enjoy a Peking duck dinner

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Take a day trip to Mutianyu

    Visit one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall of China that’s less traveled by tourists

    Take a cable car ride for a scenic view of the Great Wall

    See the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium 

    Take a rickshaw tour of a traditional Beijing neighborhood 

    Enjoy an authentic Chinese meal with a local family

  • Day 5: Beijing • Xi'an

    Fly to Xi’an [shee-ahn]

    Take a bike ride on Xi’an’s ancient city wall

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Dumpling class

    Dumpling class

    Make dough. Fold dumplings. Repeat. (Then, eat!) Learn the fine art of Chinese dumpling-making from an expert chef in this hands-on cooking class. Come away with authentic techniques, an understanding of different dumpling types and shapes, and, most importantly, full bellies. 

  • Day 6: Xi'an

    Tour Xi’an with an expert local guide

    Visit the Terracotta Army archaeological dig site

    Excursion to the Terracotta Warriors

    Visit a street food market in the city’s Muslim Quarter

  • Day 7: Xi'an • Chengdu

    Travel by high-speed train to Chengdu [chung doo]

    Tour Chengdu’s most famous pedestrian street

    Take a guided tour of Chengdu

    With your expert local guide you will:

    • Learn about the city’s ancient history 
    • See why it’s a modern-day economic, transportation, and communication hub

    Enjoy a family-style hot pot dinner

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Sichuan Opera “face-changing” performance

    Sichuan Opera “face-changing” performance

    Don’t let the “opera” in the title fool you. This tea-house performance is all spectacle, complete with acrobats, fire-breathers, puppeteers, and actors skilled in the art of “face-changing,” or rapidly swapping intricate masks depicting different emotions. (Like, 10-masks-in-20-seconds fast.)

  • Day 8: Chengdu

    Spend a half day at a giant panda research center where you will:

    • Learn about the center’s research and conservation efforts to save giant pandas
    • Observe pandas as they carry out daily activities—everything from eating to sleeping to playing

    Bike within a tea plantation and try your hand at picking tea leaves alongside local farmers

  • Day 9: Chengdu • Dujiangyan

    Take in the Chinese countryside on a day trip to a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Explore the Dujiangyan [doo jee-ang yenn] Irrigation System, a feat of engineering dating back to 256 B.C.

    Enjoy a cable car ride and short hike to the top of Mount Qingcheng [ching chung]

  • Day 10: Chengdu • Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

    Walk along the Bund, a colonial-era center for international banking and trade

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Chinese acrobatics show

    Chinese acrobatics show

    This evening performance by traditional Chinese acrobats will have you gasping in awe, laughing out loud, and applauding wildly with its unique blend of comedy, magic, theater, and “did they really just do that?” stunts.

  • Day 11: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Jade Buddha Temple
    • Yu Garden, whose name literally means “happiness” 

    Visit the Jade Buddha Temple

    Visit Yu Yuan Garden

    See Nanjing Lu

    Take a walking tour of Nanjing Road

    With your Tour Director you will:

    • Explore one of the world’s busiest shopping streets 
    • Interact with locals as you navigate the bustling crowds 
  • Day 12: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 12: Shanghai • Hong Kong

    Fly to Hong Kong

    Ride the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island

    Explore the Temple Street Night Market

    Take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor

    Enjoy dinner in Kowloon

    Watch the cityscape come alive in a dazzling light show

  • Day 13: Hong Kong

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island—the largest of Hong Kong’s 230 islands—is yours to explore. Begin with a 25-minute cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the South China Sea. Visit the Po Lin Monastery and then climb stairs to the island’s main attraction: the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha, who stands 111 feet tall and weighs over 250 tons!

    Enjoy a dim sum tasting

  • Day 14: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to China

  • Day 2: Beijing

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 3: Beijing

    Take a guided tour of Beijing

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Tiananmen Square [tyahn-ahn-men]
    • Forbidden City
    • Summer Palace

    Visit Tiananmen Square

    Visit the Forbidden City

    Visit the Summer Palace

    Enjoy a dragon boat ride (Available April–October only)

    Participate in a tai chi lesson

    Enjoy a Peking duck dinner

  • Day 4: Beijing

    Take a day trip to Mutianyu

    Visit one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall of China that’s less traveled by tourists

    Take a cable car ride for a scenic view of the Great Wall

    See the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium 

    Take a rickshaw tour of a traditional Beijing neighborhood 

    Enjoy an authentic Chinese meal with a local family

  • Day 5: Beijing • Xi'an

    Fly to Xi’an [shee-ahn]

    Take a bike ride on Xi’an’s ancient city wall

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Dumpling class

    Dumpling class

    Make dough. Fold dumplings. Repeat. (Then, eat!) Learn the fine art of Chinese dumpling-making from an expert chef in this hands-on cooking class. Come away with authentic techniques, an understanding of different dumpling types and shapes, and, most importantly, full bellies. 

  • Day 6: Xi'an

    Tour Xi’an with an expert local guide

    Visit the Terracotta Army archaeological dig site

    Excursion to the Terracotta Warriors

    Visit a street food market in the city’s Muslim Quarter

  • Day 7: Xi'an • Chengdu

    Travel by high-speed train to Chengdu [chung doo]

    Tour Chengdu’s most famous pedestrian street

    Take a guided tour of Chengdu

    With your expert local guide you will:

    • Learn about the city’s ancient history 
    • See why it’s a modern-day economic, transportation, and communication hub

    Enjoy a family-style hot pot dinner

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Sichuan Opera “face-changing” performance

    Sichuan Opera “face-changing” performance

    Don’t let the “opera” in the title fool you. This tea-house performance is all spectacle, complete with acrobats, fire-breathers, puppeteers, and actors skilled in the art of “face-changing,” or rapidly swapping intricate masks depicting different emotions. (Like, 10-masks-in-20-seconds fast.)

  • Day 8: Chengdu

    Spend a half day at a giant panda research center where you will:

    • Learn about the center’s research and conservation efforts to save giant pandas
    • Observe pandas as they carry out daily activities—everything from eating to sleeping to playing

    Bike within a tea plantation and try your hand at picking tea leaves alongside local farmers

  • Day 9: Chengdu • Dujiangyan

    Take in the Chinese countryside on a day trip to a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Explore the Dujiangyan [doo jee-ang yenn] Irrigation System, a feat of engineering dating back to 256 B.C.

    Enjoy a cable car ride and short hike to the top of Mount Qingcheng [ching chung]

  • Day 10: Chengdu • Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai

    Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center

    Walk along the Bund, a colonial-era center for international banking and trade

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Chinese acrobatics show

    Chinese acrobatics show

    This evening performance by traditional Chinese acrobats will have you gasping in awe, laughing out loud, and applauding wildly with its unique blend of comedy, magic, theater, and “did they really just do that?” stunts.

  • Day 11: Shanghai

    Take a guided tour of Shanghai

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Jade Buddha Temple
    • Yu Garden, whose name literally means “happiness” 

    Visit the Jade Buddha Temple

    Visit Yu Yuan Garden

    See Nanjing Lu

    Take a walking tour of Nanjing Road

    With your Tour Director you will:

    • Explore one of the world’s busiest shopping streets 
    • Interact with locals as you navigate the bustling crowds 
  • Day 12: Depart for home

Add 2 more days

  • Day 12: Shanghai • Hong Kong

    Fly to Hong Kong

    Ride the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island

    Explore the Temple Street Night Market

    Take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor

    Enjoy dinner in Kowloon

    Watch the cityscape come alive in a dazzling light show

  • Day 13: Hong Kong

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island

    Lantau Island—the largest of Hong Kong’s 230 islands—is yours to explore. Begin with a 25-minute cable car ride that offers panoramic views of the South China Sea. Visit the Po Lin Monastery and then climb stairs to the island’s main attraction: the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha, who stands 111 feet tall and weighs over 250 tons!

    Enjoy a dim sum tasting

  • Day 14: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach; Internal flights

  • Hotels

    10 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (12 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily

  • Guided sightseeing

    4 sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides; 2 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director; 1 rickshaw tour

  • Entrances

    Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City; Summer Palace; dragon boat ride (seasonal); tai chi lesson; Great Wall of China; cable car ride; bike ride on Xi’an city wall; Terracotta Army; panda research center; tea plantation; Dujiangyan Irrigation System; Mount Qingcheng; Shanghai World Financial Center; Jade Buddha Temple; Yu Garden (with extension: Peak Tram; Star Ferry ride)

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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