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Experience the towering achievements of China's rich history as you uncover its past along the Great Wall and reflect on its future among Shanghai’s gleaming towers. Explore the country’s great cities, magnificent architecture, gorgeous landscapes, and archaeological treasures. Float down the Yangtze River and wander among iconic limestone karsts. We will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on experiencing all that China has to offer.


June 26 : Shanghai

Arrive at any time.

June 27 : Shanghai/Hangzhou

Orientation walk of Shanghai, visit the Shanghai Museum, have some free time, then board a bullet train to Hangzhou.

June 28 : Hangzhou/Yangshuo

Visit a tea plantation in Longjing village and the famous West Lake in Hangzhou. After, take an evening flight to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo.

June 29 : Yangshuo

Spend two days enjoying the beautiful scenery in this region. You will have an orientation walk with your tour leader. Opt to take a local cooking class, practice tai chi or see the Light and Sound show.

June 30 : Yangshuo (1L)

Enjoy a cycling tour through the countryside with an included lunch at a farmer's home.

July 1 : Yangshuo/Yangtze River

Fly to Chongqing and prepare for a two-day boat journey along the Yangtze River, which cuts through the magnificent Three Gorges.

July 2 : Yangtze River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to leave the boat and take small side trips on land to see villages and temples along the river. Or board smaller boats to visit tributaries along the way.

July 3 : Yangtze River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue on the river. Opt to leave the boat and take small side trips on land to see villages and temples along the river. Or board smaller boats to visit tributaries along the way.

July 4 : Yangtze River/Xi’an (1B)

Pass through the Three Gorges and head to the train station for an overnight train to Xi'an.

July 5 : Xi’an

Enjoy all Xi'an has to offer. Take an orientation walk of the city and visit the Terracotta Warriors. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls.

July 6 : Xi’an/Beijing

Enjoy a free day to explore the city before an overnight train to Beijing.

July 7 : Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and enjoy included tours of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

July 8 : Beijing

Explore the Great Wall before our last night in the city.

July 9 : Beijing

Depart at any time.

Detailed Itinerary

June 26 : Shanghai

On arrival please check the notice board in the hotel entrance for details of the time and place of the meeting.

As fellow group members will be arriving throughout the day there are no planned activities until the group meeting in the early evening (6 or 7 PM) After the group meeting, head out for an optional group dinner and go for a stroll along the Bund, taking in Shanghai's futuristic skyline.

Shanghai is China's largest city and business center. Shanghai is known for its amazing architecture and excellent food.

June 27 : Shanghai/Hangzhou

Start the day with an orientation walk (30 minutes to an hour long) of the city and then visit the Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy.

We will finish group activities by lunch, giving you some free time to explore Shanghai.

In the afternoon, take a bullet train to Hangzhou, one of China's most dynamic cities.

Estimated Travel time: 1.5 hours by bullet train.

June 28 : Hangzhou/Yangshuo

We will spend most of the day exploring Hangzhou. We will start with a visit Longjing village, home of the famous Longjing tea. Enjoy plantation views while learning about ancient tea production. Take the opportunity to taste some fresh brewed tea.

Then we visit West Lake, a freshwater lake in Hangzhou with numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, described as having "influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries" and reflecting "an idealized fusion between humans and nature".

In the evening, fly to Guilin and travel south by private bus through stunning limestone karst scenery. Arrive at the town of Yangshuo on the world-famous Li River.

Estimated Travel time: 1 hour by plane, 1.5 hours by private vehicle.

June 29 : Yangshuo

Spend two days in Yangshuo enjoying the heaps of activities available in this scenic region. Some favorites include trying your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school, dabbling in Tai Chi or Chinese calligraphy, walking and cycling through the countryside, climbing atop a karst for panoramic views or relaxing at one of the town's many cafés.

You will have an orientation walking with your tour leader.

June 30 : Yangshuo (1L)

Enjoy a half-day cycling tour through the countryside. Take in a charming mix of vibrant rural life and unique stunning scenery. Pass rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo, and wave to children swimming in the streams. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be. Enjoy an otherwordly backdrop of surreal topography as you ride.

July 1 : Yangshuo/Yangtze River

Fly from Guilin to bustling Chongqing. Travel by private bus to board the Chinese-style boat taking us down the Yangtze River. Spend two days travelling through stunning scenery along one of China's most powerful rivers, which divides the country into north and south. The cruise is what you make of it — meet your fellow passengers, spend time reading and relaxing, and take in the spectacular scenery. Opt to take excursions along the way.

Estimated Travel time: 1 hour by private vehicle, 1 hour by plane, 1 hours by private vehicle.

July 2 : Yangtze River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to leave the boat and take small side trips on land to see villages and temples along the river. Or board smaller boats to visit tributaries along the way.

July 3 : Yangtze River (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue on the river. Opt to leave the boat and take small side trips on land to see villages and temples along the river. Or board smaller boats to visit tributaries along the way.

July 4 : Yangtze River/Xi’an (1B)

Pass through the Three Gorges. Opt to visit the largest dam in the world, the Three Gorges Dam. It's best viewed in passing, but there’s an option to tour the facility and see the engineering giant at work.

Head to the train station and board an overnight train to Xi'an.

Estimated Travel time: 13 hours by overnight train with beds.

July 5 : Xi’an

Arrive early to Xi'an, the ancient capital of China and terminus of the fabled Silk Road. We will have a orientation walk led by your tour leader. Xi'an boats a plethora of attractions, including the Great Mosque and a downtown core enclosed by Ming Dynasty walls, which are a great place to view the city. We recommend renting a bicycle and riding around the city on the top of the wall. Visit one of the parks or squares and watch the locals ballroom dancing or practicing tai chi in the morning. Head out to the Muslim Quarter for some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favorite.

We then take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town. The warriors were re-discovered in 1974, having been buried for over 2000 years. All 8,000 clay soldiers stand facing east in battle formation to protect the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shihuang. Learn why the Emperor commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.

July 6 : Xi’an/Beijing

Enjoy a free day to explore Xian before an overnight train to Beijing.

Estimated Travel time: 15 hours by overnight train with beds.

July 7 : Beijing

Arrive in Beijing early today. Head off to explore the nearby iconic Tiananmen Square. One of the world's largest public squares, it is home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. Then your tour leader will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

With free time in the afternoon, opt to experience one of Beijing's many markets and world-class shopping malls. Visit some of the city’s many sights such as the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, Lama Temple or traditional alleys called hutongs.

July 8 : Beijing

Today we visit the Great Wall, an incredible feat of engineering stretching more than 5,500 miles from the Yellow Sea to the desert fort of Jiayuguan. The wall was originally constructed to protect the Chinese empires from the Mongolian 'barbarians' of the north.

We visit visit the Mutianyu section, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take amazing photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

Return to to Beijing in the late afternoon for an opportunity to spend the final night with fellow travelers at one of the capital's many bars or restaurants.

Estimated Travel time: 4 hours total by private vehicle

July 9 : Beijing

Depart at any time.

Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). Find out which programs pair well with this trip by clicking here.

If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator we can offer still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

Stuff You Need to Know

Terms and Conditions

It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.

We want to emphasize the cancellation policy:

All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.

* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Deposit is kept on file for future use and all other program fee payments are refunded

* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use

* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = No refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use

Trip Notes

The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury. China is a developing country with much different standards than Western hotels.

The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.


As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flights on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

Service Level


Step out of the normal tourist mind-set and truly experience the world. Most nights will have you staying in a simple yet clean twin-share hotel or lodge rooms with private facilities, complete with running water and electricity. Occasionally you may have a multi-share night at rustic local guesthouses, with communal bathrooms and the sporadic cold shower. Transportation will be a combination of public transport, private buses and some private vehicles.

Physical Grading


2: Light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size

This program requires 6 participants minimum to run and will have a maximum of 16 participants.

Group Leader Description

All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.

While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Packing List

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to handle your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels (max. 15-20 mins walking) and up and down stairs. Luggage space is limited so again, smaller is better.

Most travelers carry a large multi-day backpack or rolling suitcase of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!). In general you want a bag that has a capacity of around 40 to 65 liters. If you are asking us for our suggestion, we would recommend a backpack over a rolling suitcase. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like smartphones.

Overall it is advised to pack light, quick-drying clothes such as linen and synthetics. It is very hot and humid and your sweaty cotton clothes won't dry very quickly.

Suggested Checklist

•Light windproof/waterproof jacket or umbrella
•Small towel and swim wear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for hot weather (We recommend packing 8 or 9 days of outfits so you only have to do twice)
•Sarong or long pants for temples
•Comfortable walking shoes (You will be walking a lot)
•Personal Electronics such as iPhone, iPad, MP3 player, etc.
•Toiletries (Your hotels will have soap and shampoo)
•Watch or alarm clock
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
•Insect repellent
•Small Flashlight
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•USD cash (small denominations preferred, see personal spending money and FAQ)

Optional Checklist

•Travel pillow (This one is great)
•Silk sleep sack
•Money belt
•Water bottle
•Phone/Tablet for internet (Most hotels have WiFi)
•Packing cubes (These are awesome)
•Ear Plugs (Hearos Xtreme Protection 33 decibel ear plugs are a life-saver if you have a snoring roommate)
•Snacks (Packing a few granola bars is a good idea. You can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here.)
•Ziplock bags for wet clothing
•Washcloth (Most hotels don’t have them and some people like having a washcloth)
•Reading/writing material
•Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry
•Hand Sanitizer/Baby wipes

Document Checklist

• G Adventures vouchers and dossier
• Passport (with photocopies)
• Travel insurance (with photocopies)
• Airline tickets (with photocopies)
• USD cash
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
• Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required


Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge.

Single Travellers

Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with, GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement" which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.


Spending Money

Every traveler is different and therefore spending requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, and tipping. Please look at our “Costs” tab when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: Cash is the best method of money in China. We recommend bringing some Chinese Yuan. There are some ATM machines that accept Visa but these are limited to major cities and should not be relied on as a source of funds. We recommend the use of cash and traveler's cheques in major currencies (USD, CAD, GBP, EUR, AUD, HKD). Make sure any USD or Euro you bring to exchange is in perfect condition as they won't accept older money or any money with rips or tears. Major credit cards are accepted in a few shops, but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Changing money in China is difficult so it is best to use an ATM to get your money locally.

Medical Forms

GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, at minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage. While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information.

Optional Activities

Please note: All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. (The Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) is the currency of China.) You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.


▪ Yuyuan Garden Shanghai - 40CNY
▪ Jinmao Tower - 120CNY
▪ Huangpu River night cruise - 100CNY (10CNY taxi from your hotel to the pier - one way)
▪ Shanghai Museum - Free
▪ Old Town Shanghai - Free
▪ Urban Planning Exhibition Centre - 30CNY
▪ Acrobatic Show Shanghai - 260-600CNY
▪ Oriental Pearl View deck - 120 CNY for second ball view deck;150for third ball view deck
▪ Meglev Train Longyang train station to Pudong Airport - 100CNY (Round Trip)


▪ Calligraphy Yangshuo - 60-80CNY (depends on groups size) (40 mins)
▪ Chinese Language lesson - 60-80CNY (depends on groups size)
▪ Gongfu Lesson Yangshuo - 60-80CNY (depends on groups size) (per hour)
▪ Moon Hill - 15CNY
▪ Cooking School & market Tour - 150-180CNY (depending on the meal)
▪ Bike-riding - 25-50CNY (bike rental - depends on the bike)
▪ Kayaking Yangshuo - 220CNY
▪ Li River Cruise Yangshuo - 108-370CNY (transfer not included)

Yangtzi River

▪ Baidi Cheng - Fengjie - 180CNY-280CNY
▪ Three Lesser Gorges - 220CNY-280CNY
▪ Dam - Three Gorges - 220CNY-280CNY


▪ Terra Cotta Warriors Museum - 150CNY
▪ Bell & Drum Towers - 35CNY - one way; 50 CNY - round trip
▪ Great Mosque - 25CNY
▪ City Wall Xi'an South Gate - 54CNY (20 CNY/ hr to bike the wall)
▪ Big Wild Goose Pagoda - 50CNY PP (15CNY per taxi - one way)
▪ Shanxi History Museum - Free (20CNY for non-reserved visitors)
▪ Dumpling Banquet Defachang Restaurant - 108CNY


▪ Great Wall entrance - CNY 45.00
▪ Cable car at Great Wall - CNY 60.00
▪ Toboggan at Great Wall - CNY 60.00
▪ Forbidden City - CNY 60.00
▪ Temple of Heaven - CNY 35.00 (Taxi 12 CNY per taxi from your hotel)
▪ Summer Palace - transfer - CNY2 PP by subway (Taxi or Subway)
▪ Summer Palace - CNY 50.00 (30main entry; 10 Cixi Museum; 10 Dragon boat)
▪ Lama Temple - CNY 25.00 (Subway 2 CNY PP)
▪ Legend of Gongfu Beijing - CNY200-680
▪ Acrobatic Performance Beijing - CNY180-880
▪ Beijing Opera Performance - CNY180-680
▪ Hutong Trishaw Cycle Tour - CNY100-150
▪ Bike tour Drum Tower & Houhai - CNY 25.00 (Bike Rental)
▪ Factory 798 Art & Galleries - Free
▪ Tiananmen Square - Free
▪ Beijing Duck - CNY100-150
▪ Hutong Cycle tour - 100-150


Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Very few meals are included on this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget. The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.

Tour Company Fee

$2,659 USD

Non-Educator Fee

$100 USD (Educators do not have to pay this fee)

Optional Activities

$200-$600 USD

International Airfare from USA

Roughly $1000-$2200 USD, See our FAQ for flight advice. Flights from the west coast are closer to $1000, flight for the east coast are closer to $2000.


$25-$200 USD
Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance.


We recommend $70 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $20 USD to tip local guides and drivers.

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

Allow $300-400 USD for meals not included

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

(Make sure you budget for these types of expenses)

Airport and Departure Taxes

Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets in China


(You will need to see your doctor to see if you need any vaccinations)


$130 USD for US passport holders (It’s only $30 USD for most non-US passport holders)




What should be my expectations for this GEEO program?

Before you decide on traveling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. To summarize, our programs are quite adventurous.

• The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air conditioned.

• The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.

• You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack. We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions.

• This trip occurs in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.

• We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.

• Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.

• We try to have school visits on all of our trips, but sometimes it is not possible.

Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!

Do I need a Passport? Do I need a visa?

All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Many countries require that your passport not expire within six months of your arrival in that country. Please take the time to look up the passport validity requirements for the country/countries you are visiting on this trip by clicking here.

If you have a U.S. passport, but it has expired, or will expire within 6 months of trip departure, click here for information on how to get it renewed. If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport, please click here. Processing time for US Passports is 4-6 weeks so please start this process immediately.

As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is in your best interests to double check the information we provide below by searching here.

Americans need a Tourist visa for travel in China. Please visit this website to get instructions on the process of getting a Tourist Visa (L Visa).

Roughly 90 days before departure you will receive instructions from G Adventures on how to get a letter of invitation (LOI) to go to China. You will need the LOI in order to obtain your tourist visa.

Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.

What is group travel like?

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Who travels with GEEO?

GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K-12 teachers. Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip. We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates, unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room. If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants.

GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers, school staff, school administrators, and soon-to-be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate. Our programs are also open to retired educators. Non-American educators are welcome on our trips.

Each educator who participates in our programs is permitted to bring along up to three friends or family members who are not teachers. Each participant must be of adequate fitness level for their chosen trip. If you wish to bring a guest under the age of 18 GEEO will consider your request, but typically we only allow participants over the age of 18.

Where do I meet the group? What happens when I arrive at the airport?

Our groups meet at the hotel we use for the first night of the trip. We will provide you with the starting hotel information roughly 30 days before departure. Your tour leader will leave a note for you at the hotel's front desk with the introductory meeting time and location.

When arriving at Pudong International Airport, you have a few choices on how to get to your starting point hotel.

A. Taxi
On arrival in Pudong International Airport you can take a normal metered taxi to Astronautic Hotel?Yuhang Hotel?for around 150--170 Yuan.
Print out the hotel address with Chinese characters as shown above and below to show the taxi driver.


B. Subway
When arriving at Shanghai Pudong International Airport you can take the Airport Express (MAGLEV) Train to Pudong. (one way, 50 yuan) From here take a taxi from the rank outside.
You also can take Subway Line 2 from Pudong airport and transfer to Line 10 at East Nanjing Road stop, then get off at Tiantong Road stop, take Exit 1 and walk 15 minutes to Astronautic Hotel?Yuhang Hotel?

Will I be eating on my own? With the group? Why aren't all meals included?

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with GEEO you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is affordable. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Is it OK if I am traveling alone? Do I have to have a roommate?

Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with, GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement" which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.

Please note, even if you pay the "My Own Room" fee you will have shared accommodations on nights 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 (Sleeper train/Cruise).

How long have we been running this program?

GEEO was founded in 2007 and our inaugural trips were run to Peru and India in the summer of 2008. We have run China programs for the past few years. We will run this itinerary for the first time in 2017. G Adventures, who actually handle the logistics of the trip have been running trips to China for many years so you can have faith that your trip will be safe and well run.

What cities/airports should I book my flight in and out of?

Please double check our itinerary for the date on which you must arrive in Shanghai by, which would usually mean departing the USA on the prior day. You can arrive at any time you choose.

Your trip ends in Beijing. You should book your return flight from there and can depart anytime you wish on the last day of the trip.

Where can I purchase flights?

We recommend using to see what is out there in terms of flights. G Adventures also has a wonderful air department, which can be reached at 1-800-708-7761.

You may also want to take a look at the prices at or call 1-877-359-4466 to speak to a person. They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non-profit. If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight, you will need a supporting document from GEEO. Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets. Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations and are sometimes higher than tickets found on Kayak, Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia etc. Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate. Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket.

Why are some activities included in the price of the trip and others are not?

We have found paying locally for activities allows our participants to save money. Not every activity is appealing to everyone and we don't want you to pay for services you might not use. Perhaps you feel sick one day and would prefer to rest. This allows you to decide on the spot what you want to do each day with your free time and at the same time control your budget.

When should I purchase my flights?

We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. Either way, you must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum amount of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum amount needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find a list of which trips have been confirmed here.

What are the emergency contact numbers for this trip?

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

G Adventures Local Representative (China) - Charles Cai
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time): +86 20 8331-2843, +86 20 8331-3156
Mobile: +86-138 0296 9861
Email address:

G Adventures Regional Operations Manager, China : Vincent Zhu
Mobile: +86 138 2809 0310

For after hours emergencies you will have to call G Adventures Asia "Fixer" who is based in Thailand:

After hours emergency number
From outside Thailand: +66 87 049 6074
From within Thailand: 087 049 6074

If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office, they have a toll-free line for North America, which will connect you directly with their Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 800 465 5600.
Calls from UK: 0844 410 1030
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999.

Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip?

Our partner G does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips. The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute. G does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues. Instead we give you 24-hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure's headquarters. This way at any time your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed.

Where can I purchase travel insurance?

Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. Regular health insurance plans almost never include emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance, so you will need to purchase a separate TRAVEL health insurance plan.

You are welcome to use any travel insurance company you like. You must bring some proof of this insurance to your introduction meeting on the first day of the trip. If you do not have travel health insurance at that time, you will be forced to purchase insurance on the spot, which will be pricier than purchasing it in advance.

The least expensive travel health insurance plan that we have found is the International Teacher Identity Card, better known as the ITIC Card. They have a $25 card that includes the amount of travel medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip, plus other trip insurance benefits. The card will also get you discounts and benefits in over 125,000 locations, including many museums and hotels. Another great thing about the ITIC Card is that it covers you for an entire year and can be used for all your travel during that period, including domestic travel.

GEEO has reached an agreement with the makers of this card to pre-approve all GEEO travelers, so you do not need to submit paperwork proving that you are a teacher. Also, non-teachers who are traveling with GEEO can get this same card, which normally is only for teachers.

To sign up for the card please follow this link:

While not required, we also highly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance! The $199 Explorer ITIC Card comes with $3000 of cancellation insurance, which is also valid for multiple trips (domestic and international) within a one year period. Even if you don't use the cancellation insurance on your GEEO trip, you might end up needing it for travel expenses relating to a conference!

Please note: The ITIC card is for American residents. If you are not American or are an American living abroad, please email us and we can go over your options.

What are the hotels like?

A variety of styles of hotels/guesthouses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guesthouses in stunning locations – rooms are small and simple and there may be shared toilet facilities and showers. While there is plenty of bedding and (in most cases) it does get washed, it can be dusty so we do recommend bringing a silk sleep sheet.

Do you have any advice on tipping?

Traditionally in China, tipping is not expected in restaurants, although in the tourism industry guides and drivers expect tips. Though not compulsory and optional (up to the discretion of the group/guest) - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal 'thank you', and the action should in no way be awkward. The best method of tipping someone that has served the whole group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye.

You may do this individually, or your tour leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1-$2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope. This often works the best and the group as a whole should gather to present the gift to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for a friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s).

Also at the end of each trip if you feel your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $5 USD per person per day can be used.

Is it OK if I arrive a few days early or stay a few days late?

You may want to arrive a few days early at the start of the trip or stay a few days extra at the end of trip. Please feel free to do so.

We will send out an email to all participants in April with information on which hotels we will be using for the start and end of the trip as well how to go about booking them.

What vaccinations do I need for this trip?

We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. GEEO recommends contacting Passport Health, ( who have travel clinics throughout the US. Please take this seriously!

Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring?

In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.

Do I need plugs and current converters for my electronic devices?

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

Most hotels in China use either Type I plugs or non-grounded Type A plugs, which is the same plug design used in America. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100 - 240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.

Is the water safe to drink?

Unless your tour leader tells you differently, only bottled water should be drunk, and this is readily available for purchase. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled, washed in boiled water and in the case of the latter, well cooked. Meat and fish should also be fresh, well-cooked and hot, to avoid possible infection.

Is there Internet access? Should I bring a computer? Mobile phone?

Many of the hotels we use have WiFi (often free, sometime not). Please keep in mind China blocks many popular sites from the US, such as Facebook. There are internet cafes in most of the places we visit and many of the hotels also have computers that can be used. Expect to be able to check your email every two to three days. You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose. Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of. International roaming rates can be extremely high, so you don’t want to be surprised. You can bring a laptop/tablet/smart phone if you wish, but remember, GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of your valued items.

What is the weather like?

The areas of China you will be traveling to are hot and humid during the summer months.

What is expected from me from an educational stand point?

Please take a look at the "Sharing your Adventure section of our website by clicking here.

Is there any safety advice we should know about?

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is G Adventure's policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

Is there any advice for finding funding for this program?

The first thing we recommend you do is speak to your school's principal and/or professional development coordinator. They may know of grants that your school district or state offers. Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses. You can also try contacting your school's PTA or professional organizations that you belong to.

We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant, These grants can be used on GEEO trips. If you want advice on applying for an FFT grant, please email us and we will send you a document that you will find helpful.

Is the itinerary exactly as described on this website?

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Is it possible to get references for GEEO?

Over 1600 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide.

To read comments from past travelers, please feel free to visit a website that reviews non-profit organizations called Great Non-profits. Please click here for those reviews.

Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference.

What should my expectations be regarding a school visit?

GEEO tries to include a school visit on each of our programs; however these visits are never a guaranteed part of our programming. School visits can be very tricky.

• In many of the countries we visit, schools will be closed for vacation over the summer. In that case we try to arrange an informal meeting with local teachers or a visit to a summer school.

• Some of our shorter programs are so packed with activities and places to see that we feel a school visit would mean the group would have to miss out on something important. In that case a school visit may not be scheduled.

• Many times we spend hours setting up a visit only for the school to cancel on us at the last minute.

• Often arranging school visits is easier if done in person with short notice. Your tour leader will try to schedule ad hoc school visits for your group when possible.

• Each school visit is different. We aim for you to get a tour of the school, sit in on a class and have a Q and A session with some of the staff.

• If we do schedule a school visit it is important that the entire group attend.

• Over time we try to establish long term relationships with schools so we can have more predictable, immersive visits that are rewarding for both our guests and the schools themselves.

How much money in US cash should I bring? Should I exchange local currency in advance?

This is entirely up to you, but we think it is critical for you to bring along $250 USD in cash for emergencies. This is what GEEO's executive director Jesse does in regards to money while traveling:

"I do not exchange any money before traveling to a country but instead bring somewhere between $200-300 USD in cash. I go to a bank before I leave the US and take out the cash there rather than an ATM. I make sure each bill is in great condition with no rips or tears. I like to have mostly 20's, but in some countries you are better off with 50's and 100's. In some countries, it is also good to have about 20 singles for when you have no small bills in local currency. I divide this money between a money belt, my main backpack, and my daypack.

I also bring an ATM card and a credit card. Before I leave the country I call the bank and credit card companies to let them know I am traveling abroad so they don't think the foreign transactions are fraudulent and cancel my cards when I am most reliant on them. Having a second bank account and bank card is pretty handy so that just in case one card doesn't work at an ATM or is lost, you always have a backup account. It's also important to check with your credit card to see if there is an international transaction fee. Some cards charge up to 4% extra for any transactions made out of the US. My Capital One visa card doesn't have any international transaction fee. I just use this card for traveling so if it gets stolen and I have to cancel it I won't have to worry about recurring automated payments. I like to split up my cards between my money belt, wallet, and one emergency one hidden in my main bag.

When I arrive at the airport I make sure to go to an ATM before leaving the airport and typically take out the equivalent of $150 USD in the local currency. I find that ATMs give the best exchange rate so throughout the trip I will use the ATM card to draw out my spending cash. I will ask our tour leader for an estimate on how much I will need if I am close to leaving a country so this way I do not draw out too much money.

I try not to use the US cash I brought with me so that I can use it in an emergency. Typically I will come back to the US with most of that US cash unspent. On a recent trip, I lost my ATM card and was able to get cash by paying for our group dinners with my credit card and having people pay me their share in local currency. I NEVER take cash advances on my credit card as they charge you an arm and a leg.”

What is the relationship between G Adventures and GEEO? Who is running this trip?

GEEO is an independent non-profit organization that helps teachers travel. GEEO has chosen to work with the tour operator G Adventures. We discount their prices for our participants so they are even more affordable for teachers. GEEO also is able to get our participants humanitarian rate airfare and discounted travel health insurance. GEEO customizes these trips for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials to teachers before and after the trip to help bring the participating teachers' experience into the classroom. GEEO provides each participant with a Professional Development Certificate. For more about GEEO, please see our mission statement.

G Adventures is a tour company that GEEO has partnered with to run our trips. For over 25 years, G Adventures has been sending hundreds of thousands of people abroad and today they are the largest adventure travel company in the world. They design the trips, provide expert tour leaders, ground logistics, and work hard to make sure you have an excellent experience.

What happens if it becomes unsafe to travel on this trip?

Your safety is our utmost priority and we will cancel a trip if we do not feel our participants will be safe. If GEEO or G Adventures cancels your trip we will issue a full refund of any payments you have made including the deposit. If YOU decide to cancel your trip you will have to abide by the rules of our terms and conditions.

What happens if GEEO doesn't reach the minimum number of participants needed for this trip?

Typically we reach the minimum number for our groups at least 90 days before departure. If we do not have the minimum number of participants needed we will re-price the trip for the amount of people signed up, adding on a surcharge. It will be up to each individual whether they still wish to travel with the group at the new rate. If they choose to withdraw from the program at that time they will be issued a full refund. If need be we will cancel a trip and issue the entire group a full refund. It is important that you do not book your flights before a group is confirmed! It is pretty rare for us to have to cancel trips.

What is the GEEO book club and which books have been selected for this program?

GEEO's book club is a way for you and your fellow participants to learn through literature about the places you will be traveling. For each trip we have selected four books, two fiction and two non-fiction. It is completely up to you whether you choose to read them as the GEEO book club is not required for our participants. We hope you will enjoy the books we have selected and they will enhance your experience. We welcome feedback on our selections so we can develop and improve the list for the following summer.

For your convenience we have a hot-linked each of the selected books to If you purchase this book through the link, Amazon will share some of the proceeds from the sale with GEEO, helping to fund our operations. You should hopefully be able to find most of our selections through your library system as well.

For this program we have selected the following books:


To Live: A Novel by Yu Hua
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

China: A History by John Keay
Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler

For those looking for more suggestions, here are some other books you may want to consider:

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
The Flowers of War by Geling Yan
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Search for Modern China by Jonathan Spence
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran
Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler
Yin-Yang American Perspectives on Living in China Edited by Alice Renouf and Mary Beth Ryan-Maher

Is there advice that past participants would like to pass onto you?

Quotes from past participants:

"Make sure you are ready for excessive heat, humidity and walking"

"Pack light, quick-drying clothes such as linen and synthetics. It is very hot and humid!"

"I think I was a little shocked about the bathroom situation. Maybe talk a little bit about the squatty potties and how most bathrooms will not have toilet paper or soap. Also, I would highly recommend teachers buying a sleep sheet and travel pillow.

"You can buy everything like wet wipes, shampoo etc in Shanghai if you don't want to weigh down with it. Go a day or two early to get over jet lag before the trip. "

"Be prepared for public transportation and carrying your luggage. I think there were a few people on our trip who were unable to travel with their bags without a lot of help and it was a struggle for the rest of us."

"Just if you're a vegetarian, bring snacks because sometimes there are veg options. "

"Get a VPN. It is necessary if you want to access gmail, google, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc. Download WeChat (the WhatsUp of China)."

"Pack lightly. There is a great deal of movement and you have to carry all of your luggage all of the time. On other GEEO tours you can hire porters and it is not difficult to carry luggage, but on this one you are going on subways, public busses and walking a lot with your luggage. Pack accordingly."

"The airline are not strict about the weight of your luggage, but for you own convenience pack lightly. A backpack is not necessary, a good rolling suitcase works just as well."

"It is a bit expensive to do laundry in China. Bring detergent and pack clothes that you can easily wash in the sink."

"Take a bathing suit."

"Bring granola bars or trail mix."

"You can buy an extra suitcase in Beijing and put all your gifts in there. There are some great markets that you can buy presents. Also, then you don't have to lug it all around for your entire trip."

"It is very difficult to change money in China. If you can, take it out of ATMs. Also, make sure you call your bank in advance and let them know so you can take out the max amount of money (because you get charged every time). I was able to take out about $350 each time and it was great."

"China is extremely safe. I would consider it the safest country I have ever traveled in. Obviously take the same precautions you would take when traveling anywhere, but it is much safer that I anticipated. The culture is honest."

"This is an incredible trip. It is extremely diverse and you are doing, seeing, experiencing an immense variety of Chinese culture. Enjoy and soak it all up!"

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International Airfare not included

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This program requires 6 participants minimum to run and will have a maximum of 16 participants.

What's Included

  • Shanghai orientation walk
    Shanghai Museum entrance
    West Lake orientation walk (Hangzhou)
    Tea plantation visit
    Yangshuo countryside bike tour with local lunch
    Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges (2 days)
    Terracotta Warriors tour
    Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
    Great Wall entrance
    Internal flights

  • G Adventures Tour leader throughout

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by Train, plane, bullet train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, metro, walking.

  • Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (2 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts).

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (Allow USD $300-400 for meals not included.)

What's Not Included

  • International air

  • Incidentals

  • Travel Health Insurance

  • Applicable visas

  • Airport Taxes

  • Tips or gratuities

  • Beverages

  • Meals not mentioned above

  • Optional Tours or optional admissions

  • Airport Transfers, unless otherwise mentioned in inclusions.

  • Cancellation Insurance