China Study Tour Cultural Experiences

China is witness to centuries of history and has preserved myriad diverse cultural sites. APA's China Study Tour will give you an insider's view of the breathtaking sights and renowned attractions of this ancient country.

Beijing

Beijing is China's political, economic, and cultural capital, a center for international trade and cultural landmarks.

In Beijing, you'll tour Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and Ming Tombs. You'll also attend the Peking Opera and dine at Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, a Beijing landmark known for its traditional Peking duck.

Tiananmen Square has been host to events of significance in Chinese history since the Ming dynasty. Today, at the heart of Beijing, the square is home to the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the National Museum of China.

Just north of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City was for centuries home to Chinese emperors — and off limits to commoners. More than 100,000 artisans and 1 million laborers built the 8,706-room complex between 1406 and 1420.

The Great Wall is one of the seven wonders of the world and the world's longest manmade structure. Built over three centuries, it protected Chinese cities from Huns, Mongols, and other nomadic tribes. Today, this breathtaking sight is one of the most popular tourist sites in China.

Thirteen Chinese emperors are entombed in the Ming Tombs northwest of Beijing. These mausoleums are beautiful examples of Chinese art and architecture.

Nanjing

Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu Province, one of the country's most urbanized provinces. The capital is an ancient city on the Yangtze River that boasts numerous cultural sites.

In Nanjing, you'll visit the Zhongshan Gate — one of the largest and most ornate castle-city gates in the world — and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, located at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin.

Suzhou

Suzhou, also located in the Jiangsu Province, is famous for its gardens and canals. In Suzhou, you'll visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Garden of Net Masters, and the Silk Embroidery Institute. The Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest of the traditional Ming gardens in Suzhou.

Shanghai

Shanghai, with a population of nearly 20 million, is China's largest city. It's known for its eclectic mix of traditional and modern architecture.

In Shanghai, you visit The Bund, take a cruise on the Huangpu River, and dine at the famed Green Waves Restaurant.

The Bund was Shanghai's economic hub at the turn of the last century, when it was headquarters to representatives from international banks and governments who built the neoclassical buildings for which The Bund is known.

The Bund is located along the Huangpu River, a major shipping artery and an example of waterfront reclamation. You'll also have free time in Shanghai to visit its museums, gardens, and shopping areas.