Come With Me To China

China is a huge country with a beautiful countryside, giant dense cities, and some of the best food in the world. I’ve led dozens of groups to different regions and each trip reminds me of why I love this country so much. The ancient culture, incredible hospitality, and the friends I’ve made all over China make every trip a new adventure.

I’m especially excited for this trip, where we’ll hike the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge, trek through abandoned areas of the Great Wall of China, and meet up with Chinese friends all along the way to see the true China. On each hike, we’ll also be raising awareness for  Project Partner, helping end the poverty crisis in rural China.

Come with me on this adventure next year.

Kristen Levitt
Director, Project Partner

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Days 1-3

Travel, Kunming

Day 1 – Group departs the USA

Day 2 – Arrive Kunming evening. Transfer to hotel to beat the jetlag. Overnight Kunming.

Day 3 – This morning we’ll get up early to see some of the projects our supporters have funded in the Kunming area. 

Day 4 – After a late morning breakfast, we’ll take a short one hour flight from Kunming to Lijiang. We’ll transfer to the hotel and explore the Old Town of Lijiang. Take an early evening in preparation for the early morning hike tomorrow. Overnight Lijiang.

Days 5-6 

The Hike: Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 5 – Drive about two hours to the trailhead at Tiger Leaping Gorge (altitude 1790m). The hike begins with a two-hour hike to Naxi’s House, a beautiful guesthouse where we’ll stop for a short lunch break. We’ll then continue through the 28 switchbacks which take us to our overnight guesthouse at 2650m. Overnight guesthouse.

Day 6 – After breakfast at the guesthouse, we’ll descend down into the gorge and finish our hike in the afternoon. We’ll drive back to Lijiang and overnight Lijiang.

Days 7-8

Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors

Day 7 – An early morning flight will take us to Xi’an, where we’ll take a Panoramic City Tour of Xi’an. We’ll visit the Bell Tower, which dates back to 1384 and is the largest and best preserved of its kind. Then we’ll head to the Ancient City Wall and finish with a stop at what has become an emblem for the city, Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park, first built by the Tang Dynasty.

Day 8 – In the morning, we’ll visit the most famous of Xi’an artifacts: the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. One of the most important archaeological finds in the twentieth century, this army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults date back 2,200 years and are truly spectacular. After our visit to the museum, we’ll board a train for Beijing, giving us a chance to take in the sites along the way to China’s capital city of the north. Overnight Beijing in the Hutong district.

Days 9-11 

Beijing, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall

Day 9 – Today we’ll visit Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. After our guided visit, we’ll travel to the very near Forbidden City. As the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperor’s reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties, this UNESCO World Heritage site is amazing. Finally, we’ll visit the Summer Palace, an 800-year-old royal garden.

Day 10 – We’ll depart Beijing proper for a hike on the Great Wall of China, ending at the Mutianyu gate. The hike will take most of the day and take us through the countryside on this wonder of the world. We’ll finish the trip with a farewell Peking Duck dinner, the most famous Beijing dish in the world. Overnight Beijing.

Day 11 – Depart for the USA