China Trip 2018 (Upper School)

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Join other SAAS upper school Chinese students on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the People’s Republic of China!

Explore the hidden back roads of Beijing, climb to the top of the Great Wall, and connect with the unique culture of Shanghai. Discover the striking contrast between the urban modernity of bustling Beijing and the quietude and tranquility of the rural countryside as you walk along the Great Wall. Learn about China’s shifting position on the world stage and soak up the ancient culture.  Strike conversations with local people and host families. From the Peking duck to steamed buns, big cities to small villages, the Great Wall to the Forbidden City, this program is the perfect chance to practice Mandarin Chinese and explore China from an insider’s perspective.

Leaders: Emily Lin ( and Mindy Watson (

Dates: March 30-April 10, 2018. As with any remote foreign travel, these dates must always remain slightly flexible as flights can be cancelled, weather can impact timeliness, etc.

Number of Students: 18-21

Cost of Trip: $3690-3820

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • International and domestic airfare
  • All meals all days
  • All transportation
  • Rustic Pathways full-time international and local guides
  • All activities as detailed in your itinerary
  • Single point of contact from Rustic Pathways for support leading up to the program
  • Rustic Pathways 24-hour emergency support throughout program
  • International SOS emergency evacuation insurance
  • All airport taxes and departure fees
  • All fees, community service donations, and guide tips

Trip cost DOES NOT include cost of:

  • Passports ($135)
  • China Visa (approx. $207)
  • Vaccinations (May vary)
  • Spending money (approx. $200)
  • Medical and Evacuation Insurance (approx. $50)
  • If you need assistance, please contact the trip leaders for Community Chest Funds.

Financial Aid: Click here for the Trip Financial Aid Form. Due October 30, 2017.

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