David Hi Natasha, sounds like a great trip. Drop me a message when you reach China....Maybe I can help you out! If you're getting a train from Shanghai to Beijng you can stop off at Qufu. Its the birth place of Confucius and if you time it right you can meet up with me. I'll be there taking a group to one of the kung fu schools I work with. Its a small friendly Shaolin Kung Fu school on the outskirts of the city http://www.shaolinskungfu.com/ . I'll also be arranging while there a group to go up Taishan. Taishan is1 of the 5 most famous daoist mountains in China. It symbolizes rebirth. When the sky's clear we head up the mountain to watch the sunrise! Pretty awesome view. Can be a bit of a challange for some though. If you're up for something different and want to remain on budget and combine learning about health practices, culture, kung fu and pholosophy as well as see some awesome things. Let me know, don't be afraid to shoot me a few questions if you need help or would like to meet up.