Destination – China

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers you an unforgettable journey to discover the ancient world while unearthing today’s modern China. Not only will you experience the rich historical sites, but you will meet with unforgettable people as you examine the environmental, cultural and social issues facing the world’s largest population.

  • Venture off the beaten path and go trekking to remote areas of the Great Wall
  • Immerse yourself in Mongolian culture and learn how yurts are built
  • Visit the modern cities of Shanghai and Beijing and compare them to the ancient ways of life in rural communities
  • Participate in ecological restoration projects designed to reduce erosion and desertification
  • Students will have the opportunity to improve their Mandarin, teach English to Chinese children, work at an orphanage, and more


China is home to 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and countless temples, palaces and tombs. Its ultra-modern cities are not far from quaint and picturesque rural villages. Places such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the terracotta warriors of Xi’an and the Ming tombs, all conjure up images of a land filled with rich ancient culture. Yet today, industrialization, rapid urbanization, acid rain, air and water pollution all threaten many of China’s historic monuments and have created a host of related social and environmental problems. Straddling both ancient and modern, China is a fascinating student travel destination that cannot be ignored!


Global Issues in China and Inner Mongolia

18 Days |All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart for Beijing, China

Afternoon: Depart on an overnight flight to China

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Overnight flight

Day 2: Arrival and orientation / Good night’s rest

Afternoon: Arrive in Beijing and meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader. You will be escorted to your hotel for a brief orientation followed by dinner. Turn in early to catch up on much-needed rest.

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Day 3: Temple of Heavan / Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City

Morning: Visit the ‘Temple of Heaven’ for an offering for a successful trip.

Afternoon: Later, visit the historical sites in Beijing that changed the shape of China over the span of centuries: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and surrounding sites saving time to enjoy the private quarters afterward.

Evening: Rest up and reflect on your days activities.

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Day 4: Migrant labor issues / Dandelion School visit

Morning: Introduction to Migrant Labor issues: Presentation and discussion on migrant labor issues with a visit to the Dandelion School for migrant laborer children in S. Beijing.

Afternoon: Packed lunch and volunteer activities at Dandelion School

Evening: Rest up and reflect on day’s activities

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Day 5: Dandelion School volunteer project and immersion

Morning/Afternoon: Continue volunteer activities with Dandelion School, interacting with students and practicing your language skills.

Evening: Participate in a guided reflection activity designed to enhance critical thinking skills.

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Day 6: Environmental education and media / Pearl Market

Morning: Visit to the Environmental Education Media Project to learn about what is being done in the field of environmental education in China, as well as to understand the history and process of degraded land restoration – something you will be engaged with during your time in Inner Mongolia.
Afternoon: Shop for souvenirs at the Pearl Market.
Evening: Dinner at a restaurant in Beijing .

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Day 7: Cable car up to Great Wall / Depart for Baotou

Morning: Bus to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall for a cable-car ride to one of the more serene sections. While many of the sections within driving distance of Beijing are overly touristy, this section is one of the less visited and more scenic.

Afternoon: Hike along the Great Wall with an English speaking guide.

Evening: Depart for Baotou by overnight train

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Day 8: Arrive in Baotou / Transfer to Engebei, Inner Mongolia / Museum

Morning: Arrive in Baotou on the train and drive 1.5 hours to Engebei to check into the lodge. You’ll have time to shower, rest and relax.

Afternoon: There will be a team building activity after lunch followed by an information session and Q&A with local officials.

Evening: Traditional Mongolian dinner. Time for journaling.

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Day 9: Ecological restoration project / Camel ride / Reflection

Morning: Orientation to Engebei ecological restoration project with a presentation on the history and ecology of the region, which was once prosperous pastoral land. This morning, you will start your service project planting trees in order to contain erosion and desertification.

Afternoon: Fun activities in the desert: go hiking or go on a camel ride!

Evening: Free time to rest, debrief, reflect on time in Engebei

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Day 10: Plant and care for tree / Basketball / BBQ and campfire

Morning: Morning service activity planting and caring for the trees.

Afternoon: Play basketball with local children & teens.

Evening: Have a BBQ and campfire.

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Day 11: Depart Engebei for Guyang / School visit / Reflection

Morning: After a leisurely morning, leave Engebei and drive back to Baotou. Have lunch in local restaurant.

After lunch, drive to a high school in Guyang. Spend the afternoon engaging with your high school peers.

Leave at 5:30 and drive to the hotel for dinner and time for reflection.

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Day 12: Cross cultural interaction / Depart for Grasslands / Archery

Morning: Spend the morning at the high school continuing to interact with the students.

Afternoon: After lunch, drive to the grasslands arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy activities such as archery and wrestling.

Evening: Banquet dinner and retire to your yurt for a good night’s rest.

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Grassland, Yurts

Day 13: Explore Grasslands / Horseback riding / Dinner and journaling

Morning/Afternoon: Enjoy the grasslands through activities such as visiting a herdsmen’s house for lunch, riding horses or exploring the area.

Evening: Dinner and time for reflection.



Day 14: Depart for Hohhot / Mosque and pagoda

Morning: Leave the grasslands in the morning and drive to Hohhot to check into your hotel. Time for showers and to rest and relax.

Afternoon: Half day activities in Hohhot including the great mosque and pagoda and the Buddhist Temple (time permitting). Time for a late afternoon group reflection activity to process your experience in the grasslands.

Evening: Guided group activity designed around social and emotional learning.

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Day 15: Team building / Flight to Shanghai

Morning: After a leisurely breakfast participate in a teambuilding activity and potentially visit an area attraction.

Afternoon: Have an early lunch and then transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Shanghai.

Evening: After dinner, return to your room for reflection and journaling.

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Day 16: Drive to Suzhou / Lingering Garden / Silk Factory / Boat trip

Morning/Afternoon: Early breakfast at hotel and drive to Suzhou in the morning to visit the Lingering Garden, Old Street of Suzhou and then the Silk Factory. Drive to Zhujiajiao in the afternoon and take a boat trip on the Water Town, then drive back to Shanghai.

Evening: Dinner out, time to reflect/debrief.

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Day 17: Tour Cisco offices / Yu Yuan Gardens / Final dinner in Shanghai

Morning: Visit Cisco offices. Start in the Cisco Customer Briefing Center with a discussion on Smart and Connected Communities with Cloud Demo followed by Cisco Executives presentation in the conference room.

Afternoon: Visit Shanghai sites and Yu Yuan Gardens to take a stroll around the scenic grounds and to do some last minute shopping.

Evening: Final dinner in Shanghai.

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Day 18: Depart for home

Morning: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight. Arrive home inspired, exhausted, and forever changed by your adventure to China!

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Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

– Martin Buber

Facts & Figures

Capital: Beijing
Population: 1,355,692,576
Special Note: One in every five people in the world is Chinese

Standard Chinese or Mandarin (official), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages








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