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Sample Itineraries

These descriptions are samples of a variety of destinations. The actual itinerary for your trip will depend on what you decide you want to see and experience.


This destination takes you to the capital of the most populous country in the world. The Ming and Qing dynasty emperors ruled from Beijing until the formation of a republic in 1911. Today, Beijing is the political, educational and cultural center of the country. It is rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions.


The Hunan Province capital Changsha has been an important Chinese city for over two thousand years as a center of commerce and industry. More recently, it has become an important creative center and hub of the entertainment industry.

Chengdu, Emei, Jiuzhaigou & Leshan

Famous for panda bears, Chengdu is one of the most important economic, transportation, and communication centers in western China. Its environs include the Giant Buddha of Leshan, Mount Emei scenic area, and the Jiuzhaigou Valley’s legendary waterfalls, lakes and meadows.


A vast agricultural province, sights in Anhui include Lord Bao’s Memorial Temple, the Yellow Mountain scenic area, Begin-To-Believe Peak, Lion Peak, and the Flower-scattering Valley.


Home of Three Gorges Dam - the largest dam in the world - sights in Hubei Province include the Wu Gorge and the Qutang Gorge, the Fengdu Ghost City, and the Shibao Stockade.


The capital of the Hubei province, Wuhan is sometimes called the Chicago of China, due to its key role as the political, cultural and educational center of central China.



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Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi province and its cultural and economic center. It is a good place to start other trips in Jiangxi, including outings to Lushan, Jingangshan, Jingdezhen, and Wuyuan. The uprising of August 1, 1927 began in Nanchang.


Xi'an, one of China's oldest cities, is the capital of the Shaanxi province. It is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. The city has many important historical sites and ongoing archaeological projects, including the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army.


Once known as Canton, Guangzhou is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province. It is a key national transportation hub and trading port. Nearly every American family adopting from China comes through the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou.


Sights at this scenic destination include Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, and some amazing pearl shopping. Don't miss the charming Li River lunch cruise that departs from Yangshuo.


China's largest city, Shanghai was once a quiet fishing and textiles town. Today it is the showpiece of the booming economy of mainland China, and is renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund, City God Temple, Yuyuan Garden, and the ever-growing Pudong skyline.