Any participant who has not already traveled in China extensively, should seriously consider taking part in the arrival tour. In addition to the amazing sites we visit, training and orientation takes place throughout the tour, and prepares participants for life in China and helps them know what to expect. From our experience, the teachers who struggle the most with adjusting to China life, are those that skipped the arrival tour. If you want to start yourself out on the right track, come on the arrival tour and let us help you prepare for your semester in China.
Each semester, China Horizons offers an optional tour that participants can take part in before heading off to their respective schools. The tour consists of popular destinations that most participants plan or hope to travel to. We hope that these arrival tours are not seen as an unexpected expense; rather, the cost for this optional tour should come out of the money already budgeted to bring to China. In addition, planning the tour as a large group trip allows us to offer it to teachers at a reduced cost. To put it simply, this is an incredible deal! Training and orientation usually takes place at the end of this tour.
Tour Itinerary: Beijing- 8 days
Included in the Beijing tour are the following:
1. Great Wall Hike: Tentatively for Mutianyu section of the wall.
2. Ming Tomb Sacred Path: Entrance to valley of tombs of 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors.
3. Forbidden City: Home of the Emperors from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.
4. Tiananmen Square: The 4th largest city square in the world at 440,000 square meters.
5. Summer Palace: Summer home of the Emperors throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
6. Chinese Acrobatics show.
7. Pearl Market/Silk Street Market Shopping.
8. Train or Flight Transportation to Spring 2017 teaching location.
Optional: The Legend of Kung Fu show
Optional: Temple of Heaven.
At the end of the arrival tour, we will begin training and orientation to prepare for teaching and arrival at the schools. Training and orientation lasts approximately two days.
Departure from US: February 1
Arrival in Beijing: Feb 2
Beijing Tour: Feb 2-9
Training/Orientation: Throughout the tour days
Depart for Schools: Feb 10
Trip Cost Per Person: $300
*Includes entrance to all sites listed above except those listed as optional.
*Includes all transportation costs associated with sites.
*Includes transportation to assigned school at end of trip via plane or train.
*Includes accommodations for the duration of the trip (approximately 8 nights).
Due to the wide variety of food options and costs, individuals will need to budget an extra $50 to $75 total for meals on the trip; however, China Horizons will host one group meal for all participants every day during the tour.
A $100 deposit must be submitted by December 30
The remaining $200 must be submitted by January 20.
Both payments should be sent by check to the China Horizons address:
P.O Box 501
From past semesters’ feedback, these first days in China together as a group will be one of the highlights of your trip. It’s A LOT of fun and it also significantly helps in your transition and adjustment to your new life in China.