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: $5,484 * 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  Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an  China's Yangtze River  The renowned Shanghai Museum  Pavilion in the Yu Yuan gardens of Shanghai  Yu Yuan (gardens) of Shanghai

Imperial China and the Yangtze

14 days from $5,484 | 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 16 - 29, 2020 Departure
Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd

Robert Shepherd is a visiting associate professor of international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses on international development, human rights and ethics, contemporary Chinese society, and environmentalism. He is also editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies and an area studies course coordinator for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Shepherd spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dipayal,  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 on Java, Indonesia. He has also led study-abroad programs to China and Tibet for George Mason University and George Washingtion University, worked with the "Semester at Sea" program, and conducted field research in rural Nepal and China. Dr. Shepherd's articles on the interactions of culture and tourism, cultural heritage issues, and international development has appeared in various publications, most recently the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Annals of Tourism Research. He is the author or co-author of four books, including 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). His most recent book is an edited volume entitled,  Cosmopolitanism and Tourism: Rethinking Theory and Practice (Lexington Press, 2018).

Oct 14 - 27, 2020 Departure
Edward McCord

Edward McCord

Edward A. McCord is Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Professor McCord received his B.A. in history from Marian College (Indianapolis) in 1973.  He then went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism (1985) and Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China (2014), and has published numerous articles in professional journals on Chinese military-civil relations.  Before coming to George Washington University, he taught for eight years as an assistant professor at the University of Florida. Until his retirement in 2019, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the George Washington University on Chinese history and the uses of history in international affairs.  He is also a frequent lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute and the Smithsonian Institution's Campus on the Mall program. He is currently also editor of the American Journal of Chinese Studies.