Past and present collide as we start our journey in Beijing, where Tiananmen Square, Mao's resting place and the Forbidden City speak to the city's rich heritage. Our first community service project involves working with a local Hutong charity for students with learning disabilities. Explore the sights and the depth of China's capital city on Bold Earth's China teen program.
Our exploration of the country's world-class landmarks continues as we undertake a breathtaking two-day trek along the 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China. With support from porters, we trace the Wall through mountaintop forests while learning about its history from a local guide. Nightly stays in quaint guest houses afford us the opportunity to wake up in the shadow of this extraordinary world wonder.
Next, we travel to Xi’an and visit the Terracotta Warriors, where thousands of statues face east in battle formation, protecting the emperor's tomb. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not to be missed! Leaving Xi’an we visit the ancient and world-famous Longmen Grottoes and Xiaolin Temple. We spend an afternoon seeing thousands of traditional Buddhist carvings that line the walls of these ancient caves.
Historically a sleepy farming community, Yangshuo blossomed into China's adventure capital during the 1990s, and now draws everyone from backpackers and rock climbers to domestic tourists. In this picturesque town on the Li River, we enjoy rock climbing, tai chi, biking, Chinese cooking classes and a community service project. Moving out of the countryside, Bold Earth's China teen trip concludes in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. A visit to Victoria Peak provides incredible views of Victoria Harbor, and the neon jungle of Kowloon glows as we celebrate an epic journey with a final Chinese feast.
China's Best easily connects with Thailand's Best, Australia's Best or other Asia Pacific Trips. Time between trips is fully supervised and included at no additional cost. Call our office to discuss our many two trip options.
One word: WOW! I had the most incredible experience on China's Best this summer. Not only do I have a more universal and open minded view on this world we live in, but I also made 10 new friends that will last a lifetime. There is never a day I go without thinking about the wonderful moments I spent in China. I am constantly speaking about my experience to my friends, family, and peers. Going to China this past summer is honestly one of the greatest events that has ever happened to me. I can't thank Bold Earth enough for making my trip so special for not only me, but for all of us!