Faculty-Led: Iconic Wonders of China - 14 Days

Beijing, Shanghai, Lijiang, Dali, & Kunming

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Visit Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
  • Admission to the National Museum of China
  • Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
  • Visit Beijing’s 798 Art Zone
  • Visit the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven
  • Explore NanLuoGu Alley
  • Admission to the Shanghai Museum
  • Visit People's Square, Nanjing Road & the Bund
  • Visit the Poster Propaganda Art Centre
  • Admission to the top of the World Financial Center Tower in the Pudong district
  • Free time in Shanghai
  • Guided walking tour through Lijiang's old town
  • Bike ride to Baisha Ancient Village
  • Free time in Lijiang
  • Visit the Mu Family Mansion
  • Guided tour of the Naxi Dongba Museum
  • Guided walking tour of the old city of Dali
  • Free time in Dali
  • Cable car ride to the Cang Mountains & hike
  • Bike ride around Erhai Lake
  • Walking tour of Kunming
    • Visit Green Lake Park & the Bird & Flower Market
  • Meet local Chinese students
  • Take a gondola ride to the Western Hills & hike around the temples
  • Experience a Dynamic Yunnan Performance

Daily Itinerary

Day 1- Depart home

Today your will start your China adventure to make unforgettable memories with your group. 

Day 2- Arrival into Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, you'll meet with you Tour Manager and begin your journey.

Day 3- Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

After breakfast, you will visit Tiananmen Square, a site of several important events in Chinese history, and the Forbidden City, the vast Chinese imperial palace dating from the Ming Dynasty. 

After lunch, you'll have the visit the extensive art and history exhibits of the National Museum of China, also located on Tiananmen Square. Later, you will enjoy a delicious traditional Chinese dinner.

Day 4- The Great Wall and Art Zone

You will spend the day at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

In the evening, you will return to Beijing to visit the 798 Art Zone, an area of Beijing known for its public art installations, and try a traditional hotpot dinner.

Day 5- The Temple of Heaven & The Summer Palace

In the morning, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the most important Daoism sites in the world. You will also visit the Summer Palace, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Declared as a “masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design”, the Summer Palace is a beautiful recreational park famous for its lake views.

In the evening, you will have a chance to explore the trendy NanLuoGu Alley, famous for its cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Day 6- Beijing - Shanghai

After breakfast, you will transfer to Shanghai and check into your hotel.

You'll have the chance to explore centuries of Chinese arts and crafts –priceless works of bronze, marble, ceramics, calligraphy, etc. – in the Shanghai Museum.

Tonight you will visit People's Square, bustling Nanjing Road, and famous glittering skyline views from the Bund, Shanghai’s historic area.

Day 7- Shanghai & Pudong

Today you will visit the Poster Propaganda Art Centre for a glimpse into life during the Cultural Revolution. Then, ride up to the top of the 101-story World Financial Center Tower in the Pudong district for breathtaking views of the city.

Then enjoy some free time this evening in Shanghai.

Day 8- Shanghai - Lijiang

In the morning, you'll drive to the airport for your flight to Lijiang, located in the Western province of Yunnan, in the foothills of the Himalayas. After checking into your hotel, you will have a guided walk through Lijiang’s old town, a maze of narrow, cobblestoned alleys and canals, lined with interesting shops and cafes.  

Day 9- Baisha by Bike

You'll hop on bikes and take a leisurely ride to Baisha ancient village, the center of silk embroidery in Southwest China. After visiting an embroidery workshop, you will have time for lunch and shopping.

After returning to Lijiang by bike, you will have some free time in the evening to further explore Lijiang’s quaint streets.

Day 10- Naxi Culture in Lijiang

This morning, you will visit the Mu Family Mansion, the renovated home of a chieftain of the Naxi people, and the mansion’s beautiful grounds.

Afterwards, you will tour the Naxi Dongba Culture Museum to learn more about the Naxi way of life, followed by a traditional Naxi dinner in the evening.

Day 11- Lijiang – Dali

After breakfast, you will transfer by bus to Dali. Once you have settled into your hotel there will be a walking tour of the old city of Dali.  In the evening, you can explore Dali’s old town on your own, enjoying a nighttime stroll along its famous Foreigner Street.

Day 12- Dali - Kunming

To start the day, you will take a cable car up to the Cang Mountains for a bird's eye view of Dali as well as Lake Erhai. Hike around its peaks and explore several Taoist monasteries and temples that are located on the top of the mountain.

After lunch, you will bike around Erhai Lake. In the evening, you will board an overnight train bound for Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province.

Day 13- Kunming

In the early morning, you will have a short orientation walking tour of the city and a visit to Green Lake Park and the lively Bird & Flower Market, a bustling market selling exotic items like flowers, pets, typical ethnic costumes from Yunnan, jade jewelry, and Chinese antiques.  

This evening, you will have a chance to meet up with some local Chinese students.

Day 14- Kunming

You will take a ride in a gondola up to the Western Hills and hike around the temples built high into the face of the cliff, overlooking Lake Dian far below.

Tonight you will enjoy a farewell dinner of typical Yunnan cuisine and a performance of Dynamic Yunnan, a folk dance and song performance which showcases the richness of Yunnan's cultural diversity, fusing traditional and modern techniques.

Day 15- Departure, Return Flights

Today your China adventure will come to an end as you start your journey back home. 


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Once your group enrolls in a trip, the price will never change. Here is what you will get on every trip:


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Chaperones travel for free!

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Medical & Trip Delay Insurance

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Optional Trip Cancellation Insurance

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24 Hour Support

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Full-time Tour Manager

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Air, Land & Water Transportation

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Hotel, homestay and/or hostel options are customized according to your preferences, itinerary and budget.

Sightseeing & Entrance Fees

If it is included in your itinerary, any fees and/or tickets are covered.


You choose which meals are included in your program.