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China Rising

China Rising

Travel along the ancient Silk Road and visit bustling metropolitan cities Xi’an and Beijing and smaller rural villages in the Gansu Province to learn about how rapid development and globalization have changed daily life in China over the past four decades. Spend several evenings meeting with different groups of local students. Walk along the 1,300-mile Great Wall of China to truly feel China’s vast and fascinating history.

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Departure Dates

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile
  • Country:
  • Department:
    Students
  • Duration:
    15 Days
  • Ages:
    15-18
  • Cost:
    $4,895 plus
  • Interests:
  • Program Types:
  • At-A-Glance:

    Accomodation Amenities

    Adventure/Physicality

    Educational Amenities

    On-Program Travel

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile
  • Country:
  • Department:
    Students
  • Duration:
    15 Days
  • Ages:
    15-18
  • Cost:
    $4,895 plus
  • Interests:
  • Program Types:
  • At-A-Glance:

    Accomodation Amenities

    Adventure/Physicality

    Educational Amenities

    On-Program Travel

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.

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CARRY-ON LUGGAGE

A small backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Chinese Visa
  • 2 Photocopies of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera
  • Ear plugs
  • Change of clothes
  • Reusable water bottle (Nalgene sized)
  • Medication
  • Snacks
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
CHECKED LUGGAGE

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal. Packing light and expecting to rewear clothing will help you a lot on this program.

Clothing Items

  • Underwear (12-14)
  • Socks (10)
  • T-Shirts with sleeves (7-10)
  • Long-sleeved shirt (2)
  • Long Shorts (3-4)
  • Jeans / light pants (2)
  • One sweatshirt
  • Pajamas (1)
  • Sneakers
    Sunglasses
    Hat

Toiletries
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Small packs of tissues
  • Razor / shaving cream
  • Miscellaneous
  • Flashlight/Headlamp w/ Extra Batteries
  • Watch or Clock with an Alarm
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Optional Items
  • Chinese phrasebook
  • Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
  • Pictures of friends and family
  • Frisbee, football, etc.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Domestic airlines in China have a checked bag weight limit of 20 kilos (about 44 lbs). If your bags weigh more than this, the airline may charge you an excess baggage fee for every kilo over the allowed limit. In past years, we have had students incur SIGNIFICANT charges for excess baggage.