China

Price: $3,250 Early bird–register by February 1
Price: $3,500 Regular–registration closes March 20
Dates: June 8, 2016 – June 19, 2018
Max Group Size: 20

Adventure Overview

This 2018 Adventure offers you the chance to dig into the arts scene in China, see incredible shows, and get to know top Chinese teachers, performers, and choreographers in Beijing and Shanghai.

Our guide Shih-Ming Chang, author of the book Chinese Dance in the Vast Land and Beyond, gives travelers the unique opportunity to learn about Chinese dance culture and history from one of the foremost scholars in the field.

In addition to this arts immersion, you will also enjoy visits to beautiful temples, a trip to the Great Wall, and the chance to see other iconic sites.

You can look forward to …

  • Taking dance lessons with Masters of the Dragon and Lion dances
  • Visiting the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Jade Buddha Temple, and other iconic sites
  • Getting to know students and instructors at several notable dance schools, including the Beijing Central School and the Shanghai Acrobatics School
  • Seeing incredible dance and acrobatics shows featuring some of China’s top talent
  • Fireside chats with Shihming — a top scholar in Chinese dance
  • Trying delicious, traditional foods such as black sesame soup, sticky cake, mongolian hot pot, and Chinese dumplings
  • A boat ride at the Summer Palace
  • Joining in on morning exercises with locals at the Temple of Heaven
  • Shopping in Shanghai’s Old Town

What’s Included

  • Breakfasts
  • Accommodations
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Dance classes
  • In-country transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Copy of Chinese Dance
  • Tours of Great Wall, Forbidden City, Beijing Opera Costume Shop, and Shanghai Hotspots
  • Entry to three shows

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Baggage charges
  • Airport taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Meals not listed above

Featured Expert

Shih-Ming Chang, author of Chinese Dance in the Vast Land and Beyond
Shih-Ming Chang has been an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at Wittenberg University since 1986. She earned her BA in Dance at the University of Chinese Culture, Taiwan, and an MFA in Dance at Smith College. At Wittenberg she teaches modern, jazz, ballet, tap, Chinese folk dancing, TaiChi Quan and Sword Dance, as well as Dance Composition and Dance Ethnology, and has directed Wittenberg’s Annual Dance Concert since 1986. Chang has given lectures and demonstrations on Chinese dance and culture in numerous universities, festivals, and conferences abroad and in the U.S.A. Chang has served on the National Board of Directors of ACDFA; as vice president of OhioDance; and also was executive director for Weaving Pine, a non-profit organization promoting Chinese Culture and performing arts in Ohio. Her project on Chinese dance — a book and multimedia resource for educators that she created with her colleague Lynn Frederiksen — was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2014. The book is titled Chinese Dance in the Vast Land and Beyond.

Itinerary*

Day Activity
1 Depart from the United States. Enjoy meals and movies in flight.
 2 Arrive in Beijing in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel. We will have a quick orientation and introduction to the city. Afterward, you have the night free to unpack, settle in, and get to know your fellow travelers.
3

After breakfast, we visit the Temple of Heaven where local people do morning exercises such as Taiji, as well as sing, fly kites, dance and play music instruments. You can watch or join in on the activities.

In the afternoon, we visit the Masters of the Lion and Dragon Dances to see props and costumes, hear stories about these traditions, and try the dance for ourselves.

4

We spend another morning at the Temple of Heaven before heading to the Beijing Dance Academy. Here, you will enjoy a dance class, learn more about the many different dance styles in China, and enjoy lunch with the students and professors.

In the afternoon, we head across town to visit the creator of costumes and wigs for the Beijing Opera. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the performance we will see later in the week.  

5

A day tour of Beijing will take you to iconic sites including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Mutianyu Great Wall section.

This evening, Shih Ming gives a talk on Chinese dance and shares more about the dance styles observed at the Beijing Dance Academy.

6

After breakfast, we head to the Central School to observe multiple different types of traditional dance, take classes, and enjoy lunch with the teachers and students.

In the afternoon, we visit the Beijing Opera School where you can try on the performer’s costumes and take pictures dressed as the iconic characters. Tonight, you see these characters in action at the Peking Opera.

7 A morning tour to the Summer Palace includes a boat ride in Kunming Lake. Afterward, we board the high-speed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, a local guide provides a brief tour and history of the city before a delicious dinner.
8 Today you have the chance to meet young acrobats who train at the Shanghai Dance School. These youth are incredibly driven and talented. You will see firsthand the result of their dedicated training at the Shanghai Acrobatic Show later that night.
9 A visit to Shanghai isn’t complete without seeing the sites including the Shanghai Tower (China’s tallest building), Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum and the Old Town. This evening, you are free to relax, continue sightseeing, or enjoy a night out with friends.
10 Your final day in the city is free for last-minute shopping and sightseeing. In the evening, we meet for a lovely farewell dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
11 After breakfast, transfer to the Pudong Airport for your flight home.

*This itinerary may be adjusted to improve the quality of your experience.