Inside China

  • 13-day journey to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, and Yunnan
  • Gain VIP access to the terra-cotta warriors of Xi'an, and delve into rural life in a mountain town in Yunnan.

National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Elvira Hammond

Elvira Hammond, a professor of Chinese cultural history at New Mexico State University, has been working, traveling, and studying in China since 1983. She studied Chinese language and modern theater in Beijing, and worked for many years developing and leading academic and cultural programs for students of all ages visiting China. She loves introducing travelers to the sights, sounds, and especially the flavors of China.

Departure Dates
  • Oct 07 - 20, 2015
  • May 07 - 19, 2016
  • Oct 08 - 20, 2016

Ken Hammond

Historian Ken Hammond first traveled to China in 1982 to study the language and stayed for five years. A professor at New Mexico State University, he directs a Chinese-American university exchange program. He has produced a documentary on the revival of Confucian ritual and recorded the lecture series From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History for The Great Courses. Ken served as president of the Society for Ming Studies and as a visiting scholar at the History Institute of the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences.

Departure Dates
  • Oct 28 - Nov 10, 2015
  • Oct 22 - Nov 03, 2016