China and the Tibetan Plateau 2018: Details
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My hope is that in the future, perhaps as a result of the beginning that we have made on this journey, that many, many Americans... will have an opportunity to come here.
— Richard Nixon, 1972, during his trip to China.

June 23—July 6, 2018

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Details and What to Expect


We will prepare for the tour with lectures, readings, and film viewings, all here in Salt Lake City before the tour begins. These will make the time in China all the more meaningful and you will feel well prepared when we visit the sites.

Additionally, we'll make sure you have all the information you need before you arrive in China—we'll answer questions about what to pack, how to get around, and our daily itinerary. We want you to arrive on the ground ready to learn!

A trip reunion about a month after returning will be the perfect conclusion to our journey. We will exchange pictures and stories while remembering the highlights of our tour. Go Learn expeditions are designed to be small, boutique experiences where one returns with a group of friends. Good food, drink, and company await us at this reunion.

Activity levels and precautions

This tour requires lots of walking, sometimes on flat paved surfaces, but often on stairs, sometimes very steep stairs, cobblestones and even unpaved paths. We will also spend many days in places that are between 8,000 and 11,000 feet above the sea level. Individual-use small portable oxygen tanks will be provided during these days and we will have plenty of water on the bus. However, it is also recommended that you speak to your doctor regarding this trip if you have any health concerns. Please carefully read the itinerary to better understand each day’s physical activities.

Special note on bathrooms

Although all the hotels we will be staying are equipped with modern bathroom fixtures, the public bathroom conditions in Beijing, inside these rural villages, and along the rides varies. In the city, it can be a squat toilet with flush and full partitions. In rural China, however, it might very likely be a ditch in the ground without high, or any, partitions to protect your privacy from other users of the same gender. Toilet paper is usually not equipped in the public bathrooms and, in some places, there might not have water or soap to wash your hands. It is recommended that you carry dry and wet paper towels with you all the time during the trip.

June 23 - July 6, 2018

Trip is limited to 19 participants

Double occupancy: $5300 per person
Single Supplement: $700
See Terms for payment and cancellation details.


  • Small group size to maximize learning, comfort, and flexibility
  • Local tour guides in Beijing, including their fees and tips
  • 12 nights’ accommodation at centrally-located 5-star or boutique hotels
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled sightseeing
  • All meals that range from imperial cuisine inside a once imperial park, banquets at high-end restaurants in Beijing, to delicious local food and delicacy prepared by family-run local restaurants in rural Yunnan Province
  • Two direct flights between Beijing and Yunnan Province
  • Private charter bus throughout the trip and bottled water on bus
  • Individually used portable oxygen tank
  • Comprehensive tour insurance, including sick and/or emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from China
  • Transfers between Beijing Capital Airport and the hotel in Beijing
  • Dinner at day two
  • Your choice of alcoholic drinks at meals
  • Optional activities
  • Cancellation and lost luggage insurance
  • Any costs outside of the itinerary


Suggested Reading and Films

China: Its History and Culture by W. Scott Morton and Charlton M. Lewis
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
A brief understanding of Chinese history will help you appreciate many aspects of this cultural adventure. If you do not have time the read through the entire book, you could start from chapters on religions, philosophy, and Chinese history since the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Five Golden Flower, 1959
This movie was shot in Dali and Xizhou. The online version does not have English subtitle, but you still can enjoy the scenery and the folk music of the local Bai culture.

The Last Emperor, 1987
A Chinese movie with English subtitle. It gives you an idea of the live inside the Forbidden City and a brief history of China in the beginning of the twentieth century.

The Story of Yunnan, 1993
A Chinese movie with English subtitle. It will give you a brief idea of the lifestyle of Yunnan Province after the WWII.

To Live, 1994
A Chinese move with English subtitle. Centered on the story of a family, it will give you a brief summary of the Chinese history between the 1940s to the late 1970s.

Seven Years in Tibet, 1997
An American Movie that tells the story of an Austrian mountaineer (Brad Pitt)’s experience living in Tibet and his interactions with the young Dalai Lama. It will give you a brief introduction of the Tibetan culture.

Asian Corridor in Heaven, 2014
A Korean documentary, with English subtitle, about the Ancient Tea Horse Road. There are many Chinese documentaries on the same subject, with English subtitle, available on YouTube, but they are usually 4 to 6 hours long, such as The Ancient Tea Road Part 1 Portrait of Real Current Life, 2012 at

The Forbidden City of Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1912 AD), 2014
An English documentary about the Forbidden City.

National Geographic: The Great Wall of China, 2015

Dynamic Yunnan, 2017
A Chinese documentary, with English subtitle, focusing on the music and dance of the ethnic minorities in Yunnan.

June 23—July 6, 2018

Double Occupancy: $5300
Single Supplement: $700

Airfare is not included.

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Photos courtesy Tauno Tõhk / 陶诺, Luca Casartelli, David Berkowitz, Windy (Wei) Zhao