Ancient traditions converge with modern life throughout exotic China. From bustling cities, to rural villages, to the top of the Great Wall, you will discover a warm and joyful society where family and honor play meaningful roles. This mix of ancient culture and contemporary practices makes visiting China one of the most intriguing adventures you’ll ever experience. Join us on a journey to China of purpose, passion, discovery, along with meaningful and sometimes heart tugging interactions and collaboration with Chinese counterparts as we focus on the greatest challenges facing health care. As nurses and medical professionals, you know the importance of appreciating the uniqueness of each person being treated. Now you have the unique opportunity to fully appreciate cultural differences and universal similarities with Chinese nurses and medical professionals for a truly holistic look at patient care using traditional Chinese medicine. Explore the ancient city of Beijing, meander along the Great Wall of China, and delight in a stroll along the Bund in Shanghai – a worthwhile addition to the professional connections and meaningful interactions of this nursing journey.

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Day 01: Depart for China

Depart from San Jose International Airport on your way to Beijing. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit!

Ancient traditions converge with modern life throughout this exotic country. From bustling cities to rural villages to the top of the Great Wall, you will discover a warm and joyful society where family and honor play meaningful roles. This mix of ancient culture and contemporary practices makes visiting China one of the most intriguing adventures you’ll ever experience.

Day 02: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing late this afternoon, the city that holds this country’s greatest collection of Imperial-era monuments and treasures. Beijing also serves as the political and executive center of the People’s Republic of China. You will be met by your national guide and transferred via private motor coach to the group hotel for check-in and some time to get settled before dinner.

Enjoy the comforts of home in an elegant setting at the four-star Park Plaza Wangfujing just minutes away from the Forbidden City and other entertainment and shopping areas of the city. The hotel has several on-site restaurants, a gym, massage center, business center and all the amenities of a first-class hotel. Guest rooms are equipped with a safe, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, bathroom amenities and 24-hour front desk with money exchange. 

Dinner will be provided this evening at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Overnight:  Park Plaza (or similar)

Day 03: Beijing - Career Enrichment

This morning, join your leader and national guide at the hotel for an orientation and cultural briefing on China. You will be briefed on the political and cultural diversity of the country and receive further information on the journey.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant immediately following. 

Begin your professional program with a visit to a local hospitalsuch as Beijing Guang’anmen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. The primary professional objective is to enhance understanding of China’s health systems, both traditional and modern, including health promotion and disease prevention; explore the role of nurses and other healthcare professionals in providing health care; and examine China’s culture and community while giving back to local community projects.

Accompanying guests: After lunch the accompanying guests will explore the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. The Summer Palace has been an urban oasis for hundreds of years and was restored to its original splendor in the early 20th century. 

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Park Plaza (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Beijing - Career Enrichment
Today, the professional members of the group will meet with staff and faculty from a local nursing school as well as visit the Beijing Massage Hospital. Established in 1958, the hospital is a training center for Chinese and international students offering courses to doctors, physical therapists, and amateurs from different countries to get training on Chinese massage both through theoretical study and clinical observation. Some of the available classes include: Basic Theory of Chinese Traditional Medicine, Channels and Acupuncture Points, Chinese Massage Theoretical Study and Clinical Observation. During a tour of the hospital, visitors will see how modern TCM is performed in a traditional Chinese environment.

Accompanying guests: This morning the accompanying guests will visit the Temple of Heaven. Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties visited these impressive structures to offer annual prayers to heaven for plentiful harvests. This afternoon you will visit the 798 Art Zone to meander through the exhibits and enjoy art from local artists.

Enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner this evening at the Qianmen Quanjude Beijing Roast Duck Restaurant.

Overnight: Park Plaza (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Beijing, Cultural Exploration
Start your morning by entering the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), whose massive stone walls and 9,999 rooms were once the residence of Ming and Qing emperors, and visit Tiananmen Square, the large plaza that has been the site of several key events in Chinese history.

Lunch will be provided at the Badaling Restaurant.

Later, consider the mysteries of construction and conquest that have drawn people to the Great Wall of China for nearly 2,000 years. Enjoy breathtaking views from the wall’s high vantage points, and meander along a section set in a rugged, mountainous landscape.

You will have some time to relax this evening with dinner on your own arrangement.

Overnight: Park Plaza (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

​​Day 06: Travel to Xi'an
Depart Beijing for Xi’an. As one of the six ancient capitals of China, Xi’an served as an imperial seat for 1,120 years and is a world-famous treasure house of cultural relics. The renowned Silk Road, which connected East with West in ages past, started in Xi’an.

A light lunch service will be provided on your flight.

Transfer to the Mercure Hotel later today for check-in and some time to relax. The Mercure Hotel on Renmin Square is a four-star hotel and offers every convenience of a business hotel. Hotel rooms have free Wi-Fi, safe, hairdryer, bathroom amenities and every comfort you will need for your stay.

Early this evening take part in a local cooking lesson. Learn how to make traditional local foods and enjoy sampling your dishes for dinner this evening. For those who wish to eat later this evening a more formal dinner is by individual arrangement.​

Overnight: Mercure (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Xi'an, Professional Exchange and Community Visit
This morning, the professional members of the group will enjoy a visit to a local hospital.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Head outside of the city to visit a village clinic. Spend time interacting with the staff in this unique setting while learning about the challenges of access to care facing the rural population.

This afternoon, the group will visit a local community or other non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to the local people. Spend time learning about their organization and assist with a small project as needed.

Accompanying guests:This morning guests will explore the Xi’an City Wall. After lunch you will visit the rural village with the rest of the group

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant. 

Overnight:  Mercure (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Xi'an, Cultural Exploration
Join your fellow travelers to come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors—8,000 life-sized figures of soldiers and horses standing guard over the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of a united China.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Later today you will visit the Grand Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Afterward visit a local market for a chance to meander independently and engage with the local people and perhaps pick up a few fun souvenirs.

Enjoy dinner tonight at a Dim Sum restaurant.

Overnight:  Mercure (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Fly to Shanghai
This morning, say goodbye to Xi’an and make your way to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to the Yu Garden area for lunch. After lunch, explore the Yu Garden bordering Old Town, filled with stone dragons, tea houses, pavilions, and goldfish ponds.

Narada Boutique Hotel is located in the bustling core area of Huangpu District, close to Metro Line 8 & 10 stations and just a five-minute walk away from the Yu Garden and Huaihai Road. All rooms are well appointed and feature high-quality mattresses. The south-east style on-site restaurant specializes in Cantonese and local cuisines.

This evening, gather with fellow travelers to share your memories of China at a farewell dinner.

On your way back to the hotel, experience Shanghai’s unique flavor during a visit to the Bund. The former Wall Street of the foreign powers, the Bund forms a park-like promenade between the Huangpu River and the Old Town.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Narada Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Time to say goodbye

Fly back to San Jose today.  Arrival back in the U.S. the same day.

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

What's Included

IncludedNot Included
Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

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Dr. Carole Ann Drick
​Carole Ann is the Immediate Past President of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

She currently serves as director of the Conscious Living Center in Austintown, Ohio. Her passion for quality of life began with 12 years as a labor and delivery nurse and natural childbirth educator. Entering academia for 10 years, she searched for the right place to bring holism and presence into health care. After being on graduate faculties of two large universities, she developed and implemented a new BSN program based on holistic principles, presence and adult teaching/learning strategies that received full initial NLN accreditation only to return to a hands-on practice.

She has authored or co-authored several books and numerous professional publications as well as meditation CDs. Carole Ann received two AJN Book of the Year Awards for her book End of Life: Nursing Solutions for Death with Dignity. She knows holistic health care for herself and others includes self-care, self-reflection and presence, which are vital components of deepening consciousness.

Carole Ann assists corporations,

professionals and individual

clients using many natural

therapies, deepening presence

and innovative stress coping


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Holistic Nursing Journey to China, led by Dr. Carole Ann Drick

China: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai | 10 days | September 15-24, 2018 | $5,299

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