China by Train and Yangtze Riverboat
Explore the rivers, mountains, villages and cities of China by riverboat and train, and learn from local experts as you discuss local culture, practice tai ji and walk the Great Wall.
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Program No. 3588RJ
23 days
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At a Glance

The Great Wall stretches more than 5,500 miles across rugged land and mountains — reflecting the vastness, history, and traditions of China. Take a walk on this man-made wonder and then get closer to daily Chinese life in a journey by train and Yangtze riverboat that transports you from Beijing to Shanghai and across the Yellow Soil Plateau to China’s Silk Road capital —Xi’an. Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of countryside villagers along the way as you explore their marketplaces, talk openly with English-speaking students, and learn about traditions that have been at the heart of Chinese culture for thousands of years.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles daily; uneven terrain; steep steps at docks, sometimes without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Share lunch with a Beijing courtyard family, and then enter the Forbidden City, seat of Emperors and once forbidden to all others.
  • From your train carriage and from new high-speed "bullet" trains, enjoy close glimpses of China’s colorful country life.
  • Discover hidden hillside villages and lush landscapes of Guizhou Province.

General Notes

No overnight trains; all train travel during daylight hours. Optional tai ji and Chinese conversation. Some sites have uneven terrain, unpaved paths, cobblestones, uneven or steep steps with no railings. Group leaders are full-time staff, university graduates fluent in English.
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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Li Jiang
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