The “Middle Kingdom”: Journey through China

October 12-21, 2011
October 21-24, 2011 (optional Shanghai Extension)


• 10-day main tour begins in Beijing and ends in Guilin 
• Deluxe hotels throughout (where available) 
• Most meals included •
• Venture Out escort along the way plus local guides •
• 2 internal flights included •
• Optional 3-night extension to Shanghai •

• Visit classics like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Terracotta Warriors •
• See the contemporary art scenes in Shanghai and Beijing •
• Dine in fashionable restaurants as well as traditional ones, including a classic dumpling feast •
• Witness centuries-old rural lifestyles as well as futuristic Shanghai •
• Enjoy a fun cooking session •
• Float on a bamboo raft down the insanely scenic Yulong river •
• Take advantage of exciting optional extras: acrobat show, tai chi class, exploring the alleys of Old Beijing •


Some of us might have visited China’s classic destinations in the 1980s when the sheer majesty and newness (to foreigners) of this once-isolated giant were enthralling. That newness just keeps on getting newer: China is perhaps the fastest-changing country in the world. Even if you went when it first opened up to tourism, chances are a return visit here will be just as eye-popping. Our Journey through China begins with sojourns to the signature monuments of Beijing: the awesome Great Wall, the history-saturated Forbidden City, and the stunning catapulting modern city itself. We head then to the traditional starting point of the Silk Road, Xi’an,where we dally with the haunting Terracotta Warriors. We fly south to Guangxi Province for a lovely float on the Li River, meandering beneath the region’s delicately monumental karsts, some of the most astonishing scenery on earth. Then it’s up to Longji for hikes among the stunning Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces, an extraordinary example of extreme rice terracing and very visually captivating. We end with an optional few days’ extension in the beehive megalopolis of Shanghai before heading home.

UNESCO World Heritage sites abound in our program:

  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Great Wall
  • Temple of Heaven
  • the Terracotta Warriors
  • City Walls of Xi’an (tentatively listed)
  • Lijiang River Scenic Zone (tentatively listed)