Guilin and Beijing (4 nights)

SHA 504-201
  • Guilin
    • Reed Flute Cave
    • Elephant Trunk Hill
    • Light hike in Yangshou
  • Beijing
    • Great Wall of China
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
    • Home-cooked meal
    • Temple of Heaven
    • UNESCO Heritage Site: Summer Palace
Program Overview
Country: China
Depart: 02/01/2017 0900
Return: 02/05/2017 1700
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 26 / Max 199
Program Fee
$1752 (early booking: $1652)

Field Work Conflicts
  • NRRT 320 International Issues in Recreation and Tourism
  • HIST 466 U.S.-China Relations Since 1800
  • IE 471 Children and Youth in Context
  • HDFS 302 Marriage and Family Relationships (Section 1)

Guilin is considered the pearl of China’s thriving tourist industry on account of its natural beauty and historic treasures. Upon arrival in Guilin, you will visit Elephant Trunk Hill and then Reed Flute Cave. The next day, enjoy a downstream cruise on the Lijiang River and disembark at a small village, where you will meet a local family. Further upriver at Yangshuo, breathe in the beautiful surroundings, before shopping at West Street, the oldest street in Yangshuo. This peaceful town has become a window of eastern and western culture and is the biggest ‘”foreign language centre” in China. Each year, approximately 100,000 foreigners come here for study or vacations. (approx. 1.5 hours driving from Yangshuo to Guilin airport.)

Travel to Beijing and experience dinner of Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) with a local family. A lucky guest may find a coin in one dumpling that will bring good fortune to them for the New Year! Downtown, Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world – and the Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in one of the best-preserved sites of Classical Chinese architecture. Later, stand on the Great Wall and watch it snake its way over the mountaintops, before taking a toboggan ride down. On the final day, before flying back to Shanghai, explore the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take in the sites of the beautiful gardens and Kunming Lake.

“…my favorite by far was the Guilin trip in China. It was exceptionally well-planned and one of the best experiences I have had on this (voyage).”
-Spring 13 voyager


Day 1

  • Meet your guide and travel to Guilin  
  • Explore the Reed Flute Cave
  • Visit Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Evening night cruise on the water

Day 2

  • Take in the views of the area with a cruise along the Li River
  • Walk along West Street, Yangshuo’s famous local street
  • Hike along the Yulong River followed by rafting on the water

Day 3

  • Meet your guide and travel to Beijing  
  • In the afternoon, visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and explore Beijing’s hutongs via rickshaw
  • Dumpling (Jiaozi) dinner with local family

Day 4

  • In the morning, explore the Temple of Heaven
  • After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Great Wall of China
  • Retire to your hotel after dinner at a local restaurant

Day 5

  • Spend the morning at the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • After lunch, fly back to Shanghai, and return to the ship

Meals Included


Special Note

It will be COLD in Beijing. Be prepared with warm clothing and footwear.