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.
School groups can:
- venture off the beaten path and go trekking to remote areas of the Great Wall
- be immersed 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
- 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!
Depart your home gateway on an overnight flight to Beijing, China!
- Meet your Expedition Leader + Destination Expert at the airport
- Transfer to hotel for an Orientation and Safety Briefing
- Enjoy dinner as a group in a local restaurant
- Return to hotel to rest up for tomorrow’s activities!
- Visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Make an offering for a successful trip and explore the majestic grounds and architectural features
- After lunch, visit the Dandelion School for a presentation and discussion on migrant labor issues. Here you can work alongside the students, whose families are migrant laborers, helping to teach English and engaging in other volunteer activities to support the staff.
- Enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner as a group followed by free time for journaling.
- With your Expedition Leader and local guide, explore the important historical sites in Beijing that changed the shape of China over the span of centuries: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
- After lunch, explore the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. that houses a variety of traditional Chinese paintings and architectural styles, as well as lakes and gardens.
- Dinner at a local restaurant in the city.
- End the day by engaging in a Group Reflection Activity
- Transfer to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which used to be the primary northern barrier to defend Beijing.
- Spend the morning and afternoon hiking along this section of the Wall with your local guide.
- Transfer back to Beijing for dinner, time permitting, visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube (Olympic Village)
- Depart on the overnight train from Beijing to Xi’an (about 12 hours), soft sleeper
- Meet your Xi’an guide at the railway station along with your Expedition Leader. Check in to your hotel, have breakfast and prepare for a Martial Arts School exchange.
- Enjoy a welcome lunch in the form of a traditional culinary specialty, the hot pot, followed by a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda, the Great Mosque, and the Han Jing Mausoleum.
- Explore the Muslim Quarter’s markets and food vendors for dinner. Local guide and Expedition Leader will help students buy and pay for their food in the market.
- Local breakfast and visit the Terracotta Warriors. First, visit the Terracotta Warriors Factory where you can make your own Warriors to take home as a souvenir.
- Lunch at a local restaurant (noodle show and buffet) followed by visiting the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Then, check out the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang.
- Dumpling banquet followed by the Tang Dynasty Show
- After breakfast, depart to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.
- Visit famous sites including
- the Jade Buddha Temple
- the Shanghai World Financial Center
- the Oriental Pearl Tower.
- Finish near the Bund, a central waterfront walkway that is a symbol for Shanghai
- Enjoy dinner as a group before exploring the city from a different perspective at night, with the Bund City Lights tour.
- Start your morning by exploring Shanghai’s most prominent wet markets from the perspective of a local culinary expert as your guide.
- After exploring the markets, visit a local restaurant for a cooking lesson.
- After dinner, take an evening boat ride on the Huangpu river for amazing views of the skyline
Return home exhausted and forever changed by your expedition through China!
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
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
Below Poverty Line
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