Discover China's treasures, including the Forbidden City, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and Yu Yuan Gardens, on a classic journey through China's Middle Kingdom and a three-day cruise on the Yangtze River.

Starting at: $5,284 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an  The breathtaking gorges of the Yangtze River  A panoramic view of the Forbidden City  Beijing's Forbidden City  Temple of Heaven, Beijing  The legendary Great Wall of China  Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China  China's Yangtze River  The renowned Shanghai Museum  Chinese jade chimera. Credit: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  Pavilion in the Yu Yuan gardens of Shanghai  Yu Yuan (gardens) of Shanghai

Imperial China and the Yangtze

14 days from $5,284 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover China's treasures, including the Forbidden City, the Terra-Cotta Warriors, and Yu Yuan Gardens, on a classic journey through China's Middle Kingdom and a three-day cruise on the Yangtze River.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This tour was fantastic and very enriching. This was the best way to see a country as vast and with such deep history as China.

- Dianne W.

China is a tour that is packed with history, historic sites and incredible scenery. Love the trip!!!

- Joan L.

A great trip for the educated and culturally curious!

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Sep 13 - 26, 2017 Departure; Oct 11 - 24, 2017 Departure
Jim  Harkness

Jim Harkness

Jim served as President of IATP from 2006 to 2013, traveling frequently to China as part of IATP’s work. Before that, Jim lived in China for 16 years, working on rural development, natural resource management and environment as executive director of the World Wildlife Fund – China, and as the Ford Foundation's Environment and Development Program Officer for China. He is fluent in Chinese, has written and spoken frequently on China and sustainable development, and has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Jim grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a B.A. in Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in development sociology from Cornell University.

Apr 24 - May 7, 2018 Departure; Sep 12 - 25, 2018 Departure
Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd

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).

May 9 - 22, 2018 Departure
Virginia Bower

Virginia Bower

Virginia Bower is an expert on Chinese art and archaeology. Virginia did her graduate study at Princeton University, and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; she also teaches regularly at Rutgers University. She has contributed to numerous museum catalogs and exhibitions and is a co-editor of Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). She has lived in Taiwan and worked at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Virginia first visited China as a tour lecturer in the 1980’s and has returned many times on a wide range of itineraries sponsored by educational institutions, including the Smithsonian.