Check out what the summer of 2015 could have in store for you! For just US$1,900, you can add this comprehensive tour of China to your study program in Beijing or Shanghai! Travel the Middle Kingdom the CSA way and get a summer experience you will never forget!
THURS 23 JULY - BEIJING
The fun begins! Shanghai students arrive to Beijing and you get to meet your travelling companions over a tasty Chinese dinner.
FRI 24 JULY - BEIJING
Start the travel portion of your program with THE must-see attraction of Beijing. Wear your sneakers and comfy clothes, we are hiking along the Great Wall of China! After we get back and freshen up, we'll head to the sprawling imperial gardens of the Summer Palace. Wrap up day one with a delicious Beijing (Peking) duck dinner.
SAT 25 JULY - BEIJING
Step back into history with a trip to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We will also climb Jingshan Park for an incredible view of the imperial palace from a bird's eye view. This will be followed by a rickshaw tour of the ancient hutongs (narrow alley) to see how Beijing people lived, and are still living! Enjoy dinner with a local family, and then we'll catch a Chinese Acrobatics show to end the day.
SUN 26 JULY - BEIJING
Take the morning to explore the cultural city of Beijing and make sure you get to see your favourite hot spots, whether it's haggling in the markets, testing your speed in the Olympic Village or exploring the various exhibitions at 798 Art District. In the evening we will depart Beijing on the overnight train to Xi’an. Be sure to pack some snacks and entertainment for the journey!
MON 27 JULY - XI’AN
Arrive in Xi’an bright and early! After check-in, get ready for a day of sightseeing! Make sure to take your camera as we visit the impressive Terracotta Warriors and learn about how and why they were built. In the evening we will make our way to the Big Goose Pagoda to watch water dance at the fountain display.
TUES 28 JULY - XI’AN
Another big day ahead! Visit the Drum and Bell Towers and the Great Mosque in the Muslim Quarter before we make our way to the Old City Wall. Here we will cycle around the wall to view the ancient city from above. We then make our way to the airport to depart for the next destination, Yangshuo.
WED 29 JULY - YANGSHUO
Today is all about outdoor adventure. Take a cruise along the Li River, and spend some time biking through the Yangshuo countryside. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring a range of options in the Yangshuo area: visiting caves, hiking or even swimming in the river! After dinner, we will take a boat ride to watch cormorant fishers.
THURS 30 JULY - YANGSHUO
Time for some climbing as we hike around Moon Hill, a hill with a semicircular hole through the middle! Experience some incredible panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the peak of the mountain. After the hike you have the option to do any additional activities that you may not have been able to squeeze in the day before.
FRI 31 JULY - GUILIN
Today is all about rice! We will travel to the incredible rice fields of Longji and see how they have been built in to terraces on the side of mountains. The terraces are also known as the "Dragon's Back" due to their scaly appearance. After lunch in the mountains, we will then move on to the beautiful water town of Suzhou.
SAT 01 AUGUST - SUZHOU
Explore the city's beautiful canals, stone bridges, pagodas and gardens. It's called the "Venice of the East" for good reason! In the evening we will take the short trip to Shanghai to see Nanjing Road and cruise down the Huangpu River for a spectacular scene of The Bund at night. Phew, big day!
SUN 02 AUGUST - SHANGHAI
Start the day with a brief history of Shanghai at the Urban Planning Museum. After we will climb the tallest building in Shanghai, the World Financial Centre, to get an incredible view through glass floors of the cosmopolitan area of Pudong! You will then have some free time to shop-til-you-drop at the vast markets. In the evening we will get together one last time for a big group dinner before we wave each other off and say 'zaijian'.
MON 03 AUGUST - HOME!
This is the recommended date to travel home. If you are flying from Beijing, we will be taking an early morning bullet train to Beijing which should arrive by 3pm. Alternatively you can fly home directly from Shanghai. The alternative is to start your language program after your travel program! Ask us for course options!
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