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Medicine and Society in China

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12 Apr
26 Apr
2025

This tour takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through China’s history, culture and medicine.

From imperial Beijing journey onto the Silk Road city of Xi’an. Travel by high-speed train into Sichuan and the city of Chengdu, known for its arts, cuisine, teahouses and pandas. Take a train to Chongqing and embark on a three-night cruise along the great Yangtze River, past some of China’s most stunning scenery. The tour ends in the dynamic city of Shanghai.

The tour examines health care in China and the challenges posed due to its rapid economic development and the legacy of the One Child Policy, as well as how Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are integrated in practice in China.

There is the also the opportunity to take the post-tour extension to charming Yangshuo in spectacular Guangxi Province.

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At a glance
What you need to know
Type of tour
Professional
Profession
Medicine
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Nights
14
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Tour grade
Moderate
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Itinerary at a glance

1
Beijing
Saturday
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12
April
Arrive Beijing, China’s mighty imperial city, where the ancient and the modern collide on the most magnificent scale, and transfer to the hotel. Walk to see the Temple of Heaven before dinner.
2
Beijing
Sunday
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13
April
A day of visiting iconic sites - visit the beautiful Summer Palace and a teahouse before driving out to the incredible Great Wall. Enjoy traditional Peking Roast Duck dinner in the evening.
3
Beijing
Monday
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14
April
Visit the historic Tong Ren Pharmacy, founded in 1699 that prescribes both Western and traditional Chinese Medicine. Continue to vast Tiananmen Square and the once-barred Forbidden City. Walking tour of the hutongs, the traditional districts of old Beijing and the oldest areas of the city. Option to see the Beijing Acrobats in the evening.
4
Beijing
Tuesday
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15
April
Visit a community clinic and see western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in practice. Visit Hai Dian Teaching General Hospital for departmental visits. Partner programme visits Art District 798, established in a site of abandoned factories and now boasting an eclectic mix of galleries, art studios, design companies, restaurants and bars.
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Beijing / Xi’an
Wednesday
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16
April
Fly from Beijing to Xi’an, an ancient Silk Road hub and probably the first truly multicultural city in the world. Transfer to the hotel. Walk along the huge medieval city walls and visit the Calligraphy Museum. Option to see graceful, traditional Tang Dynasty Theatre in the evening.
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Xi’an
Thursday
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17
April
Early start to visit the necropolis of the Terracotta Warriors, where you will have ample time from mid-morning to mid-afternoon to explore this exceptional site. Visit the evening market in the old Muslim quarter of Xi’an, when it comes to vibrant life as the locals throng its many restaurants and food stalls.
7
Xi’an / Chengdu
Friday
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18
April
Early risers have the option to watch – or join locals practising tai chi in the park. Return for breakfast before boarding the high-speed train to Chengdu to travel across the Shaanxi Plan and through the Qinling Mountains into the Sichuan Basin. Arrive in Chengdu and transfer to the hotel. Take a walking tour of the old town before a mouthwatering Sichuan dinner.
8
Chengdu
Saturday
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19
April
Visit the Sichuan University TCM training centre. Meet and discuss with the professor and visit the departments of herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture. Visit the Academy of Chinese Medicine. Visit the largest herbal medicine market in Chengdu and the local spice market. Enjoy traditional Sichuan hot pot dinner in the evening.
9
Chengdu
Sunday
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20
April
Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Base – the lovable pandas make this a favourite visit for many! Visit Wenshu Monastery and further explore the old city of Chengdu, before taking tea in one of Chengdu’s famous traditional teahouses.
10
Chengdu / Three Gorges Cruise
Monday
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21
April
Take the train to the port city of Chongqing and visit the Three Gorges Museum. The museum’s collection encompasses the history, art and archaeology of the Yangtze River and recent developments, including the dam, providing context to your river cruise. Take a city tour of Chongqing. Board the 5-star Victoria Cruise Lines river boat in the evening.
11
Three Gorges Cruise
Tuesday
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22
April
Option to visit the extraordinary ’ghost city’ of Fengdu, which has its own unique culture surrounding ghosts and the afterlife going back almost 2000 years, and is known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill. Afternoon at leisure.
12
Three Gorges Cruise
Wednesday
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23
April
Enter the Three Gorges, where the Yangtze River carves a green ribbon through enormous rock walls. Cruise into the peaceful Lesser Gorges and pass through Qutang Gorge – the narrowest and possibly most impressive of the Lesser Gorges - and Wu Gorge, one of the most beautiful sections of the Yangtze River, Excursion through the attractive gorges of the Goddess Stream.
13
Three Gorges Cruise / Shanghai
Thursday
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24
April
Disembark and take a specially-designed sightseeing boat through the recently-completed unique ship lock with a ship lift, the world’s largest. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, a remarkable if highly contentious piece of engineering. Drive to Yichang high speed train station and take the train to Shanghai.
14
Shanghai
Friday
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25
April
Explore Shanghai with its spectacular skyline and fabulous Art Deco heart. Visit the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Visit the French Concession and the Bund. Enjoy a farewell dinner on the Bund.
15
Shanghai
Saturday
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26
April
Depart Shanghai or take the extension to breathtaking Guanxi Province.
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Plot your journey

Travel from imperial Beijing journey onto the Silk Road city of Xi’an. Travel by high-speed train into Sichuan and the city of Chengdu, known for its arts, cuisine, teahouses and pandas. Take a train to Chongqing and embark on a three-night cruise along the great Yangtze River, past some of China’s most stunning scenery. The tour ends in Shanghai.

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Tour highlights

Herbs at a traditional medicine market
China

Learn firsthand about traditional Chinese herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion in clinics and at the herbal market.

The Terracotta Warriors
Xi'an

Experience the culture and ancient history of China in Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Shanghai, spending a day exploring the amazing Terracotta Warriors.

Chengdu teahouse
Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Experience China as the locals do in Chengdu at their famous teahouses.

The Three Gorges
Yangtze River

Experience the most beautiful parts of the Yangtze on a three night cruise, including the stunning Three Gorges.

A farmer in a paddy field
Yangshuo

Cycle through the stunning scenery of Yangshuo and meet with a local doctor - once known as 'barefoot doctors'

Pandas
Chengdu

Find out how affectionate pandas are for yourself in Chengdu!

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Extend your travels

Guangxi Province

Guangxi Province
26 – 29 April 2025

Guangxi Province has been a favourite of Chinese artist throughout the ages because of its spectacularly dramatic landscapes. Fly to Guilin and spend a night before boarding a river cruise along the beautiful Li River to the cobblestone town of Yangshuo. Check in at the Yangshuo Hotel and at leisure to enjoy the charms of the town and its stunning surroundings. Take an optional cooking class teaching how to prepare mouthwatering Sichuan cuisine. Take part in a bicycle tour, exploring the countryside past water meadows, farms, waterwheels and local villages and option to see a spectacular son et lumière show. Take the train to Hong Kong after the 3-night extension.

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Moderate
Level 3

Some walking between destinations, more time spent standing, and increased travel distances. Requires a reasonable level of fitness.

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