Join YPT for some truly Red Tourism and travel to the unexplored hinterlands of the Communist revolution!
This tour takes you from the seat of Communist power Beijing to the ancient capital Xi’an, then north through Yan’an, the revolutionary Red Base of Chairman Mao, the CCP and the Red Army, combining the cities of Beijing and Xi’an with a tour through the Chinese countryside in northern Shaanxi, a part of China nearly no tourists ever see.
With our YPT China Tours leader, fluent in Chinese and an expert on Maoist history, we see the museums and historical buildings of Chairman Mao’s time in Yan’an, and travel through the countryside of the old base area, spending a night in Zichang county in a rural ‘cave house’ where we can chat with veterans of the Red Army. We hike through the valleys of the ‘yellow earth plateau’ where the communists took shelter from Japanese air raids and fought the Nationalist army of Chiang Kai-shek and check out the village where President Xi Jinping spent his years when ‘sent down’ to the countryside in the Cultural Revolution.
In between we also visit the Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the museums of Beijing and hang out in Xi’an for a couple of nights, looking around the Terracotta Warriors and also the hills where the Xi’an Incident took place, seeing the very cave where Chiang Kai-shek hid in his underpants from his own generals!
This trip follows on from the Real Deal Tour: DPRK, where we check out North Korea’s rural northeast. Discounts for booking both tours available.
Sunday 28th October Afternoon
Monday 29th October
Tuesday 30th October
Wednesday 31st October
Thursday 1st November
Friday 2nd November
Saturday 3rd November
Note: This tour can be done as a single tour, or it can be bought as a combo with our Sino-Korean Political Interest Tour which also includes one night’s free accommodation in Beijing.
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