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China/Tibet

The Best of China: Imperial Capitals, Tibet and the Yangtze River

Discover Tibet’s nomadic grasslands and explore firsthand China’s cultures and countryside. Walk the Great Wall of imperial Beijing and sail the Yangtze to contemporary Shanghai.
Rating (5)
Program No. 19406RJ
Length
21 days
Starts at
5,299
China/Tibet

The Best of China: Imperial Capitals, Tibet and the Yangtze River

Discover Tibet’s nomadic grasslands and explore firsthand China’s cultures and countryside. Walk the Great Wall of imperial Beijing and sail the Yangtze to contemporary Shanghai.
Length
21 days
Starts at
5,299
Length
21 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
5,299
Program No. 19406RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 10 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
5,299
Apr 21 - May 11, 2023
Starting at
5,299
May 5 - May 25, 2023
Starting at
5,399
May 10 - May 30, 2023
Starting at
5,399
Aug 23 - Sep 12, 2023
Starting at
5,399
Sep 4 - Sep 24, 2023
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5,399
Oct 6 - Oct 26, 2023
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5,399
Oct 18 - Nov 7, 2023
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5,399
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 10 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
6,339
Apr 21 - May 11, 2023
Starting at
6,339
May 5 - May 25, 2023
Starting at
6,449
May 10 - May 30, 2023
Starting at
6,449
Aug 23 - Sep 12, 2023
Starting at
6,449
Sep 4 - Sep 24, 2023
Starting at
6,449
Oct 6 - Oct 26, 2023
Starting at
6,449
Oct 18 - Nov 7, 2023
Starting at
6,449

At a Glance

Absorb the complex identity of China on a grand journey that brings you face-to-face with the country’s glorious treasures and modern identity. Feel the energy of Beijing and Shanghai, experience life along the Yangtze River and discover the fascinating land of Tibet on the “Roof of the World.”
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three hours daily over varied terrain. Some stairs without railings. Elevations up to 12,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Travel to Tibetan grasslands where nomadic families raise yak, sheep and goats.
  • Marvel at the massive Buddhist cliff carvings of the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Voyage down the Yangtze River, sailing through its legendary gorges, to the Three Gorges Dam to examine firsthand this extraordinary feat of engineering.
Featured Expert
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Chinese Religions, Philosophy, and Character; Hongying Yang
Professor Yang Hongying is an expert in the study of foreign language and linguistics at Xi'an International Studies University, where she leads courses in Chinese culture and international studies. She has received numerous teaching awards, and also has received advanced degrees in cultural heritage studies from the Institute of European Studies in Macau, and in education from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Yang has published numerous papers on museum text translations and international culture studies, and has given lectures on Chinese culture and heritage in China, Macau, and Singapore. She has worked with and taught Road Scholar groups for more than 10 years.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Chinese Religions, Philosophy, and Character; Hongying Yang View biography
Professor Yang Hongying is an expert in the study of foreign language and linguistics at Xi'an International Studies University, where she leads courses in Chinese culture and international studies. She has received numerous teaching awards, and also has received advanced degrees in cultural heritage studies from the Institute of European Studies in Macau, and in education from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Yang has published numerous papers on museum text translations and international culture studies, and has given lectures on Chinese culture and heritage in China, Macau, and Singapore. She has worked with and taught Road Scholar groups for more than 10 years.
Profile Image of Thangka Painting; Baima Wangdui
Thangka Painting; Baima Wangdui View biography
Professor Baima Wangdui is a senior professor in the Art Department of Tibet University. He is an expert on Thangka painting and gives numerous student lectures on the subject. In addition, he has extensive knowledge in Tibetan Buddhism, to which Thangka art is very closely linked.
Profile Image of Religion Tibet Suolang Wangmu
Religion Tibet Suolang Wangmu View biography
Professor Suolang Wangmu, a senior professor at Tibet University, received her doctorate in linguistics from the University of Bergen in Norway. She has been a visiting scholar at Sichuan University Department of Foreign Studies, and the University of York in Britain. Professor Suoloang Wangmu has often traveled abroad as an invited lecturer on the subject of Tibetan religion.
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Liu grew up in a northern Chinese city near Beijing and studied American literature and English at Hebei University. He has been leading Road Scholar programs for more than 10 years and has traveled extensively in China, Tibet, Mongolia and Vietnam. Liu enjoys reading Chinese history and listening to traditional Chinese music. He adds, “I love my job with all my heart. I sincerely want to show my beautiful country to our Road Scholar learners. I look forward to every program I lead.”
Profile Image of Chinese Music; Li Jiang
Chinese Music; Li Jiang View biography
Li Jiang is an instructor of traditional Chinese musical instruments. He started learning the violin at the age of 6 and has remained devoted to this instrument ever since. He extended his study to other musical instruments including the erhu, bawu, guitar and piano. He is a self-taught fluent speaker of English, having studied the language for over thirty years. He has traveled to Japan and Europe for art exchanges, making him a valued contributor to China's national culture and arts development.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
China Reading and Film List
by Availability
An annotated reading and film list is an attachment near the end of the First Information Packet sent to participants three months before departure. To receive it earlier in a separate email, send your email request to Chinese American Educational Exchange: toc@ix.netcom.com. Be sure to include the program number in which you are enrolled and the departure date.
Meals
49 Meals
19 Breakfasts
15 Lunches
15 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 18, 2023 - Nov 07, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • Apr 10, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • Apr 21, 2023 - May 11, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • May 05, 2023 - May 25, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • May 10, 2023 - May 30, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • Aug 23, 2023 - Sep 12, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • Sep 04, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • Oct 06, 2023 - Oct 26, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
  • Oct 18, 2023 - Nov 07, 2023 (Beijing to Shanghai)
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
4 nights
Beijing
Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.
Luoyang Companionship Hotel
2 nights
Luoyang
This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.
3 nights
Xi'an
Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.
4 nights
Lhasa
The newly renovated Himalaya Hotel is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a ten-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, the business commercial center in Lhasa.
3 nights
Flushing
Cruise line is rated 5 star; all cabins are outside facing with private balcony.
3 nights
Shanghai
This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.





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