China, Tibet & the Yangtze River

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OCT. 1-19, 2020 $6,295
Bejing, Xian, Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Shanghai
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China, Tibet & the Yangtze River

OCT. 1-19, 2020
Bejing, Xian, Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Shanghai
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East joyfully meets West on this distinctive small group journey, limited to 24 guests, that combines a special visit to remote, spiritual Tibet with a memorable cruise on the Yangtze, China’s fabled “long river.”  Adding grace notes to this highly popular 19-day itinerary:  intriguing Beijing, the extraordinary Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian, and cosmopolitan Shanghai.  Begin with discovery of Beijing’s legendary sites:  vast Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the splendid Temple of Heaven, and the legendary Great Wall.  Ride rickshaws through the city’s hutongs (alleyways) and enjoy a home visit for a glimpse of the traditional communal lifestyle.  Traveling on to Xian, tour its revered Small Wild Goose Pagoda then encounter a wonder of antiquity:  the army of 7,000 life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors.  Next, spend three nights in profoundly spiritual Lhasa, high in the Himalayas in ancient Tibet.  Visit a Tibetan family, tour sacred Jokhang temple, and explore vast 1,000-room Potala Palace.  Departing for Chongqing, see the beloved pandas at the zoo and admire the cliffside Dazu Rock Carvings, a UNESCO site, then board a river ship for a three-night cruise on the storied Yangtze.  Meander through the spectacular Three Gorges and board a small sampan for a trip through the stunning Small Gorges.  After touring the immense Three Gorges dam, the journey ends in Shanghai, a dazzling city that epitomizes 21st-century China.  Discover the European-influenced Bund, the renowned Shanghai Museum’s priceless collections, and 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens.  Spend more time exploring dynamic Shanghai with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Cost: $6,295
Odysseys Unlimited
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Ted Huters
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Ted Huters taught Chinese language and literature for 16 years at UCLA prior to his 2010 retirement, after which he lived for three years in Shanghai, editing the translation journal Renditions. He has published a number of books and articles on modern Chinese literature and culture, most of which are concerned with the massive cultural changes between c. 1890 and 1920. At various points in his life he has lived in Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai, but has resided in Oakland since 2013.

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Odysseys Unlimited. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.