A Family Adventure in China: Pandas, Palaces and the Great Wall
From the Forbidden City to modern Beijing, from a panda research base to the Great Wall, learn about these and many other icons as you explore the wonders of China with your family.
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Program No. 20756RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

China — a land where ancient emperors once built grand and lavish palaces, where a Great Wall spans more than 5,000 miles across rugged mountains, and where the rare Giant Panda lives in its natural habitat. Together learn about this ever-changing country as you travel from Shanghai to Beijing, stopping to explore rural villages amidst terraced fields and green karst mountains. View the country’s varied landscapes from China's comfortable high speed bullet trains and meet farmers and city folk as you learn about life in the world’s longest continuous civilization.
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Keep the Pace
Walking along uneven terrain; some stairs.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get up close to baby Pandas playing at the Chengdu Research Breeding Base and learn about efforts to save this loveable bamboo-eating bear -- world-renowned but native only to China.
  • Walk together on the unrestored Wild Great Wall and share a picnic lunch as you view the Wall’s infinite winding path over distant mountains.
  • Enter an Emperor’s 2,000 year old tomb site peopled with hundreds of life-size ceramic warriors and enter the Forbidden City -- the Ching Emperors' palace, once forbidden to all.

General Notes

This program for grandchildren ages 9-16. Families of three accommodated in a double room with a cot for the grandchild, or a family of three can enroll in one double room and one single room. Grandchild must be in room with adult. Because of the special nature of this program, we request that you call us to enroll. Please call toll free at (800) 454-5768, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET.
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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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