(Tentative as of October 15, 2019)
Day 1: (Mon, June 15) USA/BEIJING
Take an international flight from JFK to Beijing, China. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2: (Tue, June 16) BEIJING (Dinner)
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted by the tour directors and transferred to your hotel. A welcome dinner will be waiting for you (pending the final flight schedule, this dinner might be replaced by a light supper in case of late night arrival)
Day 3: (Wed, June 17) BEIJING (Western breakfast, lunch, dinner)
The highlight today is a trip to the magnificent Great Wall of China, one of the most visited sites in the world. Dinner is a dumpling feast in northern Chinese style, followed by a traditional Chinese acrobatic performance. The day ends with an evening bus tour of the city of Beijing.
Day 4: (Thurs, June 18) BEIJING (Western breakfast, lunch, special dinner)
The excursion today includes a visit to the Tiananmen Square. We will then visit the Forbidden City, the largest and most intact conglomeration of ancient structures in the world. The Forbidden City was the imperial palace for 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors who ruled China for over 600 years. Lunch is followed by a visit to the Summer Palace, the famous summer resort of the Empress Dowager Ci Xi. Feast your eyes on the Long Corridor, Longevity Hill, and Kunming Lake. Tonight's dinner will be hosted at a BBQ restaurant, featuring Korean-Chinese cuisine and entertainment.
Day 5: (Fri, June 19) BEIJING (Western breakfast, lunch, special dinner)
Today starts with a pedicab tour of the Beijing Hutong (Chinese alleyways) area, where the narrow lanes of the old residential quarters are. You will have the opportunity to take a glimpse of the local residents' daily life. Next, you will attend a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at an elegant teahouse. In the afternoon you will tour the delicately crafted Temple of Heaven, where the Chinese emperors used to pray for a good harvest. A Beijing Roast Duck dinner party will follow the afternoon excursion.
Day 6: (Sat, June 20) BEIJING (Western breakfast, lunch)
Two special UD presentations will be offered before lunch in the conference room of the hotel: one on Chinese Calligraphy and the other is a lecture on modern Chinese society. After a Beijing style special lunch near the hotel, you will have free time to explore this wonderful city on your own and to finish your last-minute shopping in Beijing.
Day 7: (Sun, June 21) BEIJING/XI'AN (Western breakfast, special dinner)
After breakfast, you will take a flight or high-speed train to Xi'an, the ancient capital city for 11 dynasties in Chinese history. You will also take a tour of the well-preserved city wall upon arrival in Xi'an. After a local style barbeque dinner, we will visit the Sleepless City of Tang, a renowned Xi'an city attraction.
Day 8: (Mon, June 22) XI'AN (Western breakfast, lunch)
Today you will take an excursion to the Tomb of China's first emperor Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty and see the awesome Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, widely regarded as the Eighth Wonder of the World. After lunch inside the museum, enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening for your leisure. The acclaimed Xi'an Muslim Quarter and the Drum Tower are the suggested evening excursions on your own.
Day 9: (Tue, June 23) XI'AN (Western breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After breakfast, you will visit the DaMing Palace museum to experience the "Forbidden City" of Tang Dynasty. Professor Gao will give a special presentation of Musical and Cultural Traits of China before you enjoy a world-famous dumpling dinner banquet, followed by a spectacular show of Tang Dynasty court dance and music.
Day 10: (Wed, June 24) XI'AN/SHANGHAI (Western breakfast, dinner)
After breakfast, you will fly or take the high-speed train to Shanghai, the "New York City of China." Often regarded as "the Pearl of the East," Shanghai has retained the flavor of its past European influences. After we arrive Shanghai, you will have the option to ride the fastest train in the world– Shanghai Maglev train into the city in 7 minutes on your own to meet the group bus. Then, a bus tour of the city and its Bund area will show you the long and western influence of this trading city. Dinner will be served in Shanghai style, which is famous for its special seafood and fresh vegetable dishes. There's an optional short walk after dinner to the bustling Nanjing Road, the "5th Avenue of Shanghai" to conclude your first day.
Day 11: (Thurs, June 25) SHANGHAI (Western breakfast, lunch)
Today's excursion takes you to XinTianDi, or the "French Quarter" of Shanghai and the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party. Lunch will bring you to the popular shopping heaven of the city: the Old Shanghai Street. Free afternoon and evening for you to explore the city on your own.
Day 12: (Fri, June 26) SHANGHAI/SUZHOU (Western breakfast, lunch)
Today, you will visit Su Zhou, the world's capital for silk. It is also famous for her most beautiful historical gardens. After visiting the world-famous Humble Administrator's Garden, the extraordinary Suzhou Museum designed by the renowned Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei and the Suzhou Silk Factory, a Su Zhou style lunch will conclude your Su Zhou trip. Free evening in Shanghai will allow you to explore the "Pearl of the East" on your own.
Day 13: (Sat, June 27) SHANGHAI (Western breakfast, lunch, special dinner)
After breakfast, you will visit Professor Gao's favorite Chinese museum, the Shanghai Museum of Art and History, which ranks among the greatest museums of the world. After lunch, you will have a relaxing afternoon with a final exploring opportunity before attending a cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the spectacular night view of Shanghai. A farewell dinner celebration with Shanghai cuisine in the evening will conclude your trip to the Middle Kingdom.
Day 14: (Sun, June 28) SHANGHAI/USA (Western breakfast)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.