2020 Montessori School of Evergreen China Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2020 Montessori School of Evergreen China Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for China!!
Travel Dates: March 9, 2020 - March 20, 2020
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Program Tuition: $3,590 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,278

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China Cultural Journey

As the 21st century unfolds, it is clear that China will continue to take a leading role in shaping the way our shared world develops. The world’s most populous nation – and dynamic economy – has as its backdrop 5,000 years of history and is home to a wide variety of rich cultural traditions and exotic cuisines. Furthermore, China is the world’s fourth largest country in area, with wide geographic diversity and stunning natural beauty.

Your time in China can include visits to the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and exotic markets. You may choose to study Mandarin, Kung Fu, Chinese cuisine, Tai Chi, or calligraphy. Visit isolated villages and staggering Himalayan peaks on the Tibetan plateau, or learn from business leaders and government officials at thought-provoking seminars. You will bike through rice paddies and traditional farming villages, immersing yourself in the local community and landscape. We are excited to bring you to this wondrous land for an adventure you will never forget.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Wander the Hutongs and marvel at the wonders of imperial Beijing

Visit Wuhou Temple in Chengdu

Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Base

Visit the unrestored portion of the Great Wall of China

Explore the Forbidden City in Beijing

Climb the Great Wall of China

The Itinerary

We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

March 9USA Today we'll depart the USA and fly across the Pacific en route to Beijing, the capital city of China.In flight
March 10BeijingWe'll arrive in Beijing and get settled in at our accommodations in the historic Ming Dynasty Hutong alleyways of the old city center. We'll take the afternoon to rest after our long flight, get some food and do a bit of exploring.Sleepy Inn
March 11BeijingWe'll begin our morning bright and early with a hutong scavenger hunt, exploring our neighborhood and soaking up Beijing's unique culture. We'll make our way to the Drum and Bell Tower Square for a demonstration of how time was kept in ancient times by beating drums. We'll then hop on the subway heading towards Qianmen, the old front gate of the city wall. We'll walk through Tiananmen Square, and reflect on the significance of the events that took place here. Then, we'll make our way to the Forbidden City, the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Time allowing, we'll check out the emperor's impressive collection of elaborate mechanized clocks from all over the world at the Hall of Clocks. After a busy day, we'll spend the late afternoon in Jingshan park and enjoy the sweeping views of the Forbidden City from above. Sleepy Inn
March 12BeijingThis morning we rise early and head to Mutianyu, where we'll walk along a restored section of the Great Wall of China! We’ll be able to take the ski lift up, walk as much as we want while taking as many pictures as we can stand, and then tobogganing down. In the afternoon, if we have time, we’ll check out the Lama Temple, Beijing’s largest active Buddhist temple. Sleepy Inn
March 13BeijingFor our final full day in Beijing, we'll check out the Lama Temple, Beijing's largest active Buddhist temple. In the afternoon, we'll take a cooking class at The Hutong and try our hand at crafting the Chinese cuisine we've been enjoying (option of making dumplings or handmade noodles). There will also be an opportunity to test our haggling skills while picking up gifts & souvenirs at the famed Pan Jia Yuan Flea Market. For our final dinner in the big city we'll enjoy a Beijing specialty: Peking duck. We'll close out the celebration with a Karaoke party after dinner!Sleepy Inn
March 14TransitToday, we will journey from Beijing to Chengdu on China's famous high-speed rail. We will zoom through the Chinese countryside at 200+ miles per hour. We'll arrive at Chengdu in the evening for a later dinner. Xishu Garden Inn
March 15Chengdu, SichuanAfter a good night's rest, we’ll check out the famous Wuhou Temple and eating our fair share of Chengdu's specialty street snacks on Jinli street. We'll also stroll over to the People's Park to hang with the locals while they get fit and socialize through ballroom dance, kite flying, tai chi, and more! For dinner, we'll try our hand at expert level DIY Sichuan cuisine, hotpot!Xishu Garden Inn 
March 16Chengdu, SichuanToday, we will continue our exploration of Chengdu by visiting one of its most famous Buddhist temples, Wenshu Monastery. In the afternoon, we’ll head to Chengdu’s famous Wide-Narrow Alleys to learn more about Chengdu’s history and pick up some souvenirs.
Xishu Garden Inn 
March 17Dujiangyan, SichuanEarly this morning, we'll make our way to the Panda Center at Dujiangyan to begin our volunteer programing. Our tasks will including cleaning panda enclosures, preparing bamboo and “panda bread, as well as hand-feeding the pandas. We return to Chengdu in the evening. Xishu Garden Inn 
March 18Dujiangyan, SichuanToday, we'll make the journey again to Dujiangyan from Chengdu for another morning of volunteering with the pandas. In the afternoon, we'll explore the trails and waterfalls of Qingcheng, an important Daoist mountain in Dujiangyan. Xishu Garden Inn 
March 19Anlong - Chengdu, SichuanToday we will visit and tour Anlong Village to learn about the work of Chengdu Urban Rivers Association and pitch in to help with some of their sustainable agricultural education programing. We'll enjoy tea and mahjong on the shores of the surging river while we experience the relaxed pace of life in rural Sichuan. We'll also have the unique opportunity to enjoy family style meals in local farmer's homes. After heading back into the city in the evening, we'll enjoy an entertaining Sichuan opera performance featuring traditional “Face Changing” acrobatics, and more.Xishu Garden Inn
March 20Chengdu- USAFly homeYour own bed, eventually!


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Sleepy Inn

The cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere make this hotel a wonderful experience for our student groups. Selected for the great service, clean rooms, and great prices, Sleepy Inn is an excellent place to relax between adventures around Beijing. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Xishu Garden Inn – Chengdu

Xishu Garden Inn is a colorful and lively hotel located in the heart of Chengdu. It is inviting, charming and will offer a great place to retreat at the end of the day. Wifi and AC are available throughout the property and breakfast will be served each morning in the dining area. Students will be split between genders in double, triple or dorm style rooms depending on hotel availability.

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Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.


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