China Culture and University Visit

CET-31: 11 Days Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai Tour

This comprehensive tour combines the fun of exploration with the practicalities of education. Participants will appreciate the beauty of nature as well as get a feel for authentic Chinese culture and lifestyle by visiting significant historical and cultural sites and interacting with a local family. China’s university and learning culture is better understood through visits to famous universities and listening to academic experts.

CET Advantages:

  • Explore modern and historic cities
  • Tour the first-class universities in China
  • Attend professional lectures
  • Interact with experts of environmental protection and business
  • Weave across Shanghai Longtang Alleyways
  • Take fabulous photographs at Mount Hua
Price from: USD999 per person

Full Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival, welcome to Beijing

An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and assist with transfer to your hotel.

Day 02: Beijing Highlights, the Forbidden City, and Hutong Alleys (B,L)

Meet your guide at the hotel; you will visit a renowned scenic spot and ancient buildings in different historical periods.

Hutong Alleys: Famous Nanluoguxiang located in Dongcheng District, boasts one of the oldest blocks in Beijing and a perfectly preserved Courtyard area. There are boutique shops and a lot of local delicacies on the streets showing Beijing locals’ customs.

Bell and Drum Towers: At the northern end of the axis line in Beijing, the Bell and Drum Towers are two of the oldest constructions, the bell towers (with red walls and yellow tiles) stands in front of the Drum Tower (with grey walls and green tiles). The Bell Tower is wide and the Drum Tower is narrow from a distance. There are varied Hutong Alleys around the towers, and spending your time weaving through these narrow lanes is an interesting experience.

Tiananmen Square: Stroll through Tiananmen Square, see the Monument to the People’s Heroes, and the National Museum of China and take in the full weight of its historical and cultural significance.

The Forbidden City: The Forbidden City is where emperors ruled for the past five hundred years. Lead by your guide, wander around the majestic palace complex, where you will learn about the history and background of the imperial palace and indulge yourself in this fascinating culture.

Jingshan Park: Jingshan Park is an imperial garden from the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty, situated on the axis line of Beijing City. There are beautiful seasonal flower in various seasons. Wanchun Pavilion is a must-see spot for visitors; here you can enjoy a commanding view over the center of the city and the Forbidden City.

Jingshan Park The Overview of Forbidden City from Jingshan Park

Day 03:The Temple of Heaven and Mutianyu Great Wall (B,L)

Follow your guide to visit the Temple of Heaven and learn Tai Chi which is a traditional Chinese martial art. After that, we will take you to Mutianyu Great Wall. Take a cable car up and down to admire Mutianyu Great Wall while saving your time and energy. 

The Temple of Heaven with Tai Chi Practice: Learn the calming art of Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven, a historical park filled with religious buildings where locals gather to dance, sing, play chess, or amble around.

Mutianyu Great Wall: This section is a classic example of the Great Wall, which connected the Gubeikou section in the north and the Juyongguan section in the west. Its dense watch towers and the Great Corner Tower attract many visitors.

Mutianyu Great Wall Mutianyu Great Wall: We are also HaoHans!

Day 04: Explore the No.1 University in China (B,L)

You will start your next tour at the Summer Palace, and after lunch, you will visit a famous university, Beijing University or Tsinghua University as your choice.
In recent years, thick haze and fog has frequently shrouded Beijing. A lecture about air pollution control will introduce more details.

The Summer Palace: In this imperial garden, amble along the bank of Kunming Lake, visit the 17-Arch Bridge, and admire the splendid northern landscape and southern garden which are blended together perfectly.

School Visit: Peking University and Tsinghua University are the two most picturesque universities in China. Both of them are picturesque but with distinctive styles. On Tsinghua campus, its Lotus Pond and architecture style from the last century attracts many visitors. The elegant Peking University is famous for the Unnamed Lake (Weiminghu) and the monumental Boya Pagoda. Whichever school you would like to visit, you will experience the profound background of school culture.

Peking University Peking University

Lecture about air pollution control:
Air quality has been talked about a lot as it impacts our health. An expert professor will introduce the pollution control of recent years and what will be done in the future, proving valuable examples for countries that are struggling today with the extraordinary pollution that we once faced.

 Environmental Protection Symposium

Day 05: Beijing to Xi'an, Experience a speed train in China (B)

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the city on your own before taking a speed train to Xi’an. Beijing local specialties have a long history and a vast variety. Qianmen Street, Houhai Lake, Wangfujing Street, Huguo Temple and Niujie Street are recommended for trying local delicacies, buying souvenirs or just strolling along. If you are sports lovers, the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest in the Olympic Village are good options.

Day 06: The Muslim Quarter, Xi'an City Wall and Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum (B,L)

Indulge yourself in the historical city. Today’s tour will show you three popular attractions in Xi’an, including the Muslim Quarter, Xi’an City Wall as well as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum.

Xi’an City Wall: The wall is wide and well preserved. Step on the wall, it is like you have stepped back in time to the historical ancient times. Now stand on the wall, and a prosperous view will unfold for you.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum: Qin Shi Huang was a brilliant and controversial emperor in China’s history. This Museum is based on his burial site which has become a great archeological excavation. There are Terracotta Warriors including many life-style statues of humans and horses showing vivid facial expressions and postures.

The Muslim Quarter (Huimin Street): Ramble in the Muslim Quarter, immerse yourself in Muslim Culture, visit countless gourmet food stores onboth sides of the street with nearly 300 kinds of snacks.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Day 07: Mount Hua, Scary but Picturesque (B,L)

Admire Mount Hua to experience the breathtaking view. The magnificent mountains with sheer slopes, a great variety of stones and dense green foliage will be a feast for your eyes.

Mount Hua with North Peak Cable Car: Located in the Huayin City, Mount Hua has a reputation as “the most precipitous mountain in the world”. The famous sites are the Plank Trail, Dangerous Passes, and steps along the steep cliffs. Four peaks have distinctive scenery, such as the sheer cliff of West Peak, the splendid sunrise of East Peak, the natural pines forest of South Peak and the cloud sea of North Peak.

Mount Hua Mount Hua

Day 08: University Visiting and Fly to Shanghai (B,L)

Enjoy a free morning. Visit Xi’an Jiaotong University before heading to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Wander around the campus, led by your guide, where you will find beautiful sightseeing in your own way.

Xi’an Jiaotong University: Xi’an Jiaotong University is one of the earliest institutions for higher education in China. The building design of the university is simplicity and full of elegance, representing the architecture in Modern Time of China. On one day in April, schools’ associations carry out programs when the cherries are in bloom. In the autumn, there are thick fallen leaves on the Phoenix tree avenue. These beautiful sights add great charm to the university.

Xi'an Jiaotong University Xi'an Jiaotong University

Day 9: The Best of Shanghai (B,L)

You will discover the modern and old city at the same time in Shanghai. The charm of the city not only concentrates on the modern skyscrapers, but also their history and life style.

The Bund: situated on the western bank of Huangpu River, the Bund is 1.5 km long. Strolling around the Bund, you will enjoy the old European style architecture on one side, and admire modern skyscrapers on the other side.

Shanghai World Financial Center:  This is an iconic building in Shanghai, the third highest building in China and the fifth highest skyscraper in the world. You will have a panoramic view of the whole city from various floors, including the 94th floor, the 97th floor and 100th floor.

Home Visit in Shanghai Longtang Alleyway: Longtang Alleyway is a special form of residence that solved the conflict between a large population and limited houses in the past. The criss-cross alleyways and apartments with the charm of history reflect the life style of the Shanghainese. You will visit a local family to deeply understand about their daily life.

ShanghaiShanghai was rated China's fashion centre.

Day 10: AmCham Shanghai and Renowned University in Shanghai (B,L)

Shanghai is the most developed financial center in China showing its increasing competitiveness in the world. Today’s tour includes a business community visit, professional interaction and a university visit.  

AmCham Shanghai: Take part in the University Briefing program which is especially designed for visiting university students seeking to participate in a program in Shanghai. The 1.5 hour briefing with an open dialogue format will help you to understand the Chinese market, and provide you with first-hand knowledge about doing business in China.

Lecture about doing business in China: An informative and friendly professional businessman will give you an introduction into doing business in China. You will experience an encounter with a new culture and different customs about business. You will definitely reap benefits from this conversation.

Shanghai Fudan University: Fudan University, one of the most famous universities in China, has a long history of more than one hundred years. Entering into the gate, a large statue of Chairman Mao is the first sight. Some buildings in the university are historical relics. The architectural styles of the buildings not only adapt the magnificent European style, but also have classical Chinese design.

Shanghai Fudan University Shanghai Fudan University

Day 11: Depart Shanghai (B)

After  breakfast, your driver and guide will be ready and take you to the airport on time.

Hotel Options:

City Standard Comfortable Deluxe
Beijing King Parkview Hotel Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
Xi'an Skytel Xi'an Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an Hilton Xi'an
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza The Bund Hotel Shanghai Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

What's Included:

  • Entrance fee for the listed attractions and activities
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Friendly English-speaking guide
  • Boutique hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfer services in the itinerary

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