Classic China and Tibet


Take in the highlights of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, including the Forbidden City, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and Yu Yuan Gardens, and venture to Lhasa, set high on a Himalayan plateau for an insider's look at Tibet's Buddhist culture.

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 The Potala Palace in Lhasa  Prayer flags in Tibet  The iconic Potala Palace in Tibet  Prayer wheels at Lhasa's Potala Palace  Tibet's 600-year-old Sera Monastery  Monks amid the mountain landscape of Tibet  Young Tibetan monks  The Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an  The architecture of Shanghai's Pudong area  The Shanghai Museum  Traditional fan dance exercise at dawn on the Bund in Shanghai. Credit: Genevieve Bergendahl  Detail of the Dazu Rock Carvings, a World Heritage site  China's Yangtze River  Statue to the workers in Tiananmen Square  Beijing's Forbidden City   A panoramic view of the Forbidden City
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Dick S.

I met so many interesting people on this tour. We bonded exceptionally well with each other and with the study leader and tour director. I will certainly use Smithsonian in the future. 


Mary Jeanne C.

This trip was so much better than our expectations (and they were high). My husband hesitates traveling abroad, but we both were totally captivated. Every night on tour, we celebrated the day!


Christina T.

If you want to learn about the history, culture, and art of China and Tibet, I highly recommend this tour!


Richard T.

Amazing journey! The quality of our expert and guide were unparalleled in our experience!


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Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson

Sep 13 - Oct 1, 2014

Dr. Dennis W. Johnson is professor of political management at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also has an affiliated faculty appointment with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GWU. Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Dr. Johnson was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in China. He and his wife Pat lived in Guangzhou and Dr. Johnson taught China-U.S. relations and public policy to both graduate and undergraduate students at Jinan University. He was also appointed Visiting Research Fellow at the Guangdong Research Institute for International Strategy. He has traveled widely throughout China giving lectures at several universities and research centers on American-Chinese relations and American politics. He is the author or editor of eight books, and his teaching focuses on global energy and environmental issues. He has a particular interest in the environmental and energy-related challenges facing modern China. His hobbies include Chinese calligraphy and Mandarin language studies.

Ingrid Larsen

Ingrid Larsen

Oct 11 - 29, 2014; May 13 - 31, 2015; Oct 8 - 26, 2015

Ingrid Larsen is a Chinese art historian and specialist in early Chinese painting. She did her doctoral training at the University of Michigan and Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and received national scholarships from the National Academy of Sciences and the Fulbright Commission. While a Chinese language student in Taiwan in the 1980s, Ingrid worked at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, and more recently was a consultant for the permanent Ancient China exhibition in the newly opened National Museum of China in Beijing in 2010–11. From 1997–-2007 she worked on the project to catalogue the Song and Yuan dynasty paintings in the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, and has published on the formation of Charles Lang Freer'’s Chinese painting collection. In 2012 she served as editor for a catalogue and exhibition of modern Chinese calligraphy at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University entitled Pictures of the Mind: The Art of Wang Fangyu. Her current research focuses on the emergence of Chinese art collections in American museums and private collections during the 19th and 20th centuries. Ingrid has been traveling to China for three decades, and spent five years living in Beijing–– -- most recently 2009–-2010.

Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd

Apr 1 - 19, 2015

Robert Shepherd holds a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in history from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. He has been an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University since 2006, where he teaches courses on international development, human rights and ethics, and contemporary Chinese society. Previously, Dr. Shepherd spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal, three years teaching at a United Nations training institute in Beijing, China, and two years helping design and implement a national technical training program in Java, Indonesia. He has also led study-abroad programs to China and Tibet for both George Mason University and GWU, and worked with the University of Virginia's "Semester at Sea" program. Dr. Shepherd's research on tourism, cultural heritage issues, and the side effects of market changes in China has appeared in Southeast Asia Research, Consumption, Markets, and Culture, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary Asia, among other publications. He is the author or co-author of four books, most recently Faith in Heritage: Displacement, Development, and Religious Tourism in Contemporary China (Left Coast Press, 2013) and Heritage Management, Tourism and Governance in China (with Dr. Larry Yu; Springer Press, 2012).

Julia Murray

Julia Murray

Sep 10 - 28, 2015

Julia K. Murray is Professor Emerita of Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, where she taught courses in the history of Chinese art.  She earned her Ph. D. in East Asian Studies and Art & Archaeology from Princeton University, and her B.A. and M.A. in Chinese Studies from Yale University.  Her research focuses on Chinese pictorial art and the visual and material culture associated with the veneration of Confucius.  Her most recent books are Mirror of Morality: Chinese Narrative Illustration and Confucian Ideology and (co-authored) Confucius: His Life and Legacy in Art, and she has published many articles on varied topics in Chinese art. She has also worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, and the Harvard University Art Museums and has organized numerous exhibitions. After making her first visit to China in 1980, she served as Study Leader for some of the early Smithsonian tours of China and has a great perspective on China’s amazing transformation into the modern nation that it is today.