May 09, 2020 — May 24, 2020

China, Tibet, and the Yangtze

With Bill Clifford

About the Tour

Join Bill Clifford, World Affairs Councils of America President and CEO as you experience the best of China and enchanting Tibet—two lands whose stunning beauty forms the backdrop of centuries-old civilizations steeped in legend and tradition. This exceptional, custom-designed and comprehensive 16-day journey encompasses the breadth of China from the Himalayan “Rooftop of the World,” with three nights in seldom-visited “Sun City” of Lhasa, through the dramatic gorges of the Yangtze River and to the historic neighborhoods of Old Shanghai. Enjoy Five-Star accommodations in centrally located hotels in Beijing, Xi’an and Lhasa and in Shanghai’s historic FAIRMONT PEACE HOTEL. Aboard the deluxe VICTORIA JENNA, cruise for three nights from Chongqing to Maoping. Tour the impressive Three Gorges Dam. Visit eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk along the Great Wall and through Beijing’s Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Visit the ancient capital of Xi’an and view the impressive Terra Cotta Warriors. Explore magnificent Tibetan temples and monasteries, including Potala Palace, the former winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, and experience Shanghai’s Bund and Pudong districts, including the Shanghai Museum. Hong Kong Post-Program Option.

From $4,995 per person plus airfare - a savings of $1,000 if you book by November 2!

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About the Lecturer

Bill Clifford is President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC, where he leads WACA's national office and represents its nonpartisan nonprofit network of more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States. In March 2017, he was appointed nonresident senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves on the editorial board of the SAIS Review.  In spring 2019, Bill joined the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute, a U.S. think tank.

Before joining WACA six years ago, Bill was president of WorldBoston (2008-2013), a WACA member Council known for innovative programming, access to leaders, and a tradition of advancing public learning about critical international issues. Previously, Bill was a Tokyo-based journalist for more than a decade. He served as Asia bureau chief for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong. He broke into broadcast news with Asia Business News TV and was senior correspondent in Tokyo for CNBC Asia after its merger with ABN. Bill’s start in journalism came in graduate school and he reported on international business, finance, and politics for several newspapers.

Bill holds an M.A. in Asia studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS, a B.A. summa cum laude in international relations and French literature from Tufts University, and a C.E.P. with distinction from Sciences Po in Paris. 

"Bill is an affable, effective leader and a good team builder. I would travel with him anytime. His lectures are always interesting."

Maria Morgan, CA