MYSTICAL CHINA 21 DAYS
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- Highlighted features:
- Classic itinerary, covering top tourist cities & attractions of China
- Mysterious ancient culture of China
- Premium small group（24 Maximum）
- Deluxe Yangtze River cruise with balcony
- Amazing and comfortable inter city high-speed train
- Luxury hotels
- Top roast duck restaurant in Beijing
- Top revolving restaurant in Shanghai
- No forced shopping stops
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You will visit:
Shanghai-Suzhou-Tongli-Yangtze River Cruise-Chongqing-Chengdu-Xi’an-Luoyang-Zhengzhou-Beijing
The classic itinerary for China tours at a leisurely pace.
Highlights cover important cities,
most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple (Chinese Kongfu);
Ancient towns and residences:
including Suzhou Gardens, Beijing Siheyuan, Tongli water town; luxury Yangtze River Cruise; luxury hotels; delicious Chinese foods.
Day 1 CANADA – SHANGHAI
Depart from Calgary/Edmonton for Shanghai by international flight.
Day 2 ARRIVAL SHANGHAI
Arrive at Shanghai airport in the afternoon. Meet your local guide and transfer to hotel, and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3 SHANGHAI
After breakfast, visit Jade Buddha Temple to learn about the Buddhism, the most popular religion in China. Next，Xin Tian Di, a place also called “New World of Shanghai”, was started in the early 1900’s and has become a top tourist spot in Shanghai due to its uniqueness of combining exotic and oriental buildings and culture. On one hand, there exist Shanghai traditional architectures, stone-arched gates, lanes and old residential houses, with presence of antique walls, tiles and exterior; but on the other hand, interior of these architectures shows a totally different modern style. It is a fashionable pedestrian street with international gallery, bars and cafes, boutiques and restaurants, and have a perceiving of both the old Shanghai in the 1900’s and the modern Shanghai of the 21st century
Then we explore the Bund (the Riverside Park) to see those historical Western architectures remained from 19th century.
Later afternoon, we visit most famous building in Shanghai, the TV tower, also called The Oriental Pearl, we will go up to the 2nd ball, look down upon the whole city, and most important, enjoy your dinner in the revolving restaurant buffet. After dinner, we will have an evening boat ride on the Huangpu River to wrap up this wonderful day.
Day 4 SHANGHAI
Today, after breakfast, visit Shanghai Museum. we visit the Town God Temple, originated from Ming Dynasty (1403 AD), where residents pray for good fortune and peace, and with the surrounding streets being turned into a busy marketplace. Then we explore the Bund (the Riverside Park) to see those historical Western architectures remained from19th century.
Afternoon, we enjoy shopping in Shanghai’s most bustling shopping street – Nanjing Road. After Lunch, go to Tianzifang, a touristic arts and crafts place that has developed from a renovated traditional residential area (in the French Concession area of old Shanghai city) and is now home to boutique shops, bars and restaurants. You may have a peaceful walk and enjoy a coffee.
Day 5 SHANGHAI -TONGLI-SUZHOU
After breakfast, take bus about 2 hours to TONGLI, an ancient water town, started in Song Dynasty (960 -1279 AD). Water town in China means a town with a lot of rivers crossing or surrounding, therefore, you will see small rivers, old bridges, stone paved valleys and streets, as well as many old residences in the small town. The most famous residence, called “The Retreat & Reflection Garden”, built in 19 century by an official in Qing Dynasty (1885 AD), is now a notable classical garden in China and recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After lunch, we take bus to Suzhou (30-40 minutes) and transfer to hotel, have the rest of the day at leisure. Please consult your guide for dinning advises, either dining out or dining in the hotel.
Day 6 SUZHOU
Suzhou, an ancient city with over 2,500 years of history, with 42% area of the city covered by water (rivers, waterways and ponds), is praised as the “Venice of the Orient” and renowned of its classical gardens, waterways and silk industry.
After breakfast, we visit some most famous classic gardens, such as Humble Administrator’s Garden, Couple’s Retreat Garden, all recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After lunch, we go to Suzhou Museum, designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, displaying ancient Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphy, and handmade crafts. Later afternoon, before back to hotel, we will drop by the silk factory to see silk making, and, at your freedom, to shop some good silk products
Day 7 SUZHOU – YICHANG
(Cruise Day 1 Embarkation day)
After breakfast, ride high speed rail（D956/9577 Suzhou-Yichang 10:03 – 16:16）to Yichang, you can have lunch on the train. Upon arrival in Yichang, take a break and enjoy your supper with relaxation. After dinner board cruise ship to YANGTZE RIVER, depart Yichang and sail upstream and your luxury Yangtze River Cruise journey begins.
Day 8 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Hotel: Overnight on cruise
Optional Excursion: Three Gorges Dam RMB260.00, Pay on board
(Cruise Day 2)
Yangtze River is the longest river in China (6,380 KM) and the third in the world, after the Nile and the Amazon. The most impressive part of the Yangtze River is the Three Gorges where our Yangtze River cruise will be sailing, stretching from Yichang to Chongqing for 193 KM.
In the morning, 6:30 Taichi exercise led by Taichi Master.
Taichi, one of Chinese martial arts (Kung Fu) was initially created for both defense/fighting and health benefits and has now been developed into a physical exercise for body fitness.
7:00 Passes through the first Gorge-Xinling Gorge (east section)
7:15-8:00 Breakfast provided by buffet
8:00-10:30 Optional Excursion: Three Gorges Tribe
Three Gorges Tribe is a good place to view the wonderful natural landscapes and explore the unique culture and custom of the Tujia ethnic minority (one of China’s minority groups). You will find yourself in a natural scenery painting: blue sky, green mountains, crystal-clear water, boats floating quietly, and waterwheels rotating slowly. Moreover, you may enjoy some amazing folk shows and acrobatics, and the wonderful song and dance performances by Tujia girls and boys.
In the afternoon: 13:00-15:30 A shore excursion to the work-site of the Three Gorges Project. (Coach ride 15 min., go to visit Jar Hill, model room about 2 hours)
16:00-19:00 Passes through the 5 -steps ship-lock
The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydro-power project, 2,335 meters long, 115 meters wide at bottom, 40 meters wide at top, 181 meters high, with storage capacity of 39.3 billion of cubic meter, and with more than 1.2 million residents displaced and more than hundred towns flooded.
In the evening: 17:30: Captain’s Welcoming Banquet
20:30 Captain’s Welcoming Dancing Party in Ballroom
Day 9 YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Hotel: Overnight on cruise
Optional Excursion White Emperor City: RMB260.00. Pay on board
(Cruise Day 3)
In the morning, 6:30 Taichi exercise led by Taichi Master.
7:00-8:00 Breakfast provided by buffet.
8:00-11:30 Shore excursion to Shennong Stream.
Disembark from your Cruise and switch to a smaller ferry boat, which will sail about 20 minutes to Shennong Stream landing, and then transfer to traditional sampans (small wooden boats that hold approximately 12 passengers and 6 boat men and boat trackers), called “peapod boats” because of their appearance.
If lucky to have a local Tujia minority guide, you can ask the guide to sing some traditional folk songs or sweet love songs, while passing narrow gorges and seeing beautiful scenery. When boat going through shallow areas or getting stuck, boat trackers will get out of boat and pull the boat manually with rope on their backs. You don’t need to be guilty for this, most boat trackers are from undeveloped areas and are happy to have this job to support their families. This shore excursion must be another one of you unforgettable memories.
In the afternoon: 13:00 Passes though second gorge, Wu Gorge (about 1.7 hours)
15:00 Passes through third gorge, Qutang (about 30 minutes)
16:00-18:30 Shore excursion to White Emperor City (optional)
White Emperor City, a quite small ancient town, has been very famous for its involvement in a historic event (223 AD) when an emperor lost an important war and had to entrust his young successor and empire to his Prime minister when he was dying. It is not a wonderful scenery spot and might not be worthy visiting if you have no background of Chinese history.
In the evening: 18:30 Dinner
20:30 Party full of local folk feature, crew’s performance.
Day 10 CRUISE SHIP – CHONGQING
(Cruise Day 4)
In the morning: 6:30 Taichi exercise led by Taichi Master.
7:00-8:00 Breakfast provided by buffet.
8:00-10:00 Shore excursion to Shi Bao Zhai.
Shibaozhai was an ancient village built about 400 years ago on top of a steep and craggy hill (660 feet tall) as a fortress by a group of rebels in middle 17th century. In early 18th century, a Buddhist temple was built on the hill. In early 19th century, a 9-story wooden pagoda was built again the hill cliff to aid prayers and visitors in getting to Buddhist temple. In 1956, three more stories were added on top of the wooden pagoda, to the current 12 stories.
11:30 Sails to Chongqing.
In the afternoon: 13:30 (Optional Shore Excursion) Fengdu-Ghost City (by coach, about 2.5 hours)
Fengdu Ghost City, known to most Chinese, has two thousand years’ history and has combined the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of Chinese ghosts, where you can learn some basic ideas about Chinese ghost culture.
In the evening: 18:00 Captain’s Farewell Banquet
20:30 Night on the Yangze River – Gathering Party
Day 11 CHONGQING – CHENGDU
Disembark cruise in Chongqing, and followed by a visit of the Ciqikou, an old town, situated on the bank of the Jia Ling River, which is famous for its production of porcelain. After Lunch, ride high speed train (G8752 16:36-18:42) to Chengdu.
Day 12 CHENGDU
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province and one of most important cities in Western China, with history back to 4th Century BC, and was the capital of Shu Kingdom (one of the Three Kingdoms in Chinese history, 220 – 280 AD). Chengdu is now renowned for its Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where visitors get chance to view endangered giant pandas closely in a place very close to Giant Panda’s natural habitat.
After breakfast, visit the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This research base was created to imitate natural habitats of wild giant pandas to provide pandas the best environment for living and breeding.
The giant pandas is a bear native to Chinese bamboo forest. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda’s diet is over 99% bamboo. Due to very low fertility rate and decreased habitat as a result of farming, deforestation, and other development, giant panda was significantly endangered. Nowadays, giant panda is China’s national treasure with a quantity in the wild of less than 2,000, mainly living in a few mountain ranges in south central China (Sichuan province).
By end of 2015, there are about 400 giant pandas living in captivity in the world, and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is one of four largest bases or zoos (all in China) with more than 10 giant pandas. Therefore, when visitors from home and abroad come to Chengdu, Sichuan, one of their main objectives will be to see this lovely giant pandas.
After early lunch, take bus to Sanxingdui Museum.
Sanxingdui (meaning three mounds in Chinese) is an archaeological site, 40 km in North of Chengdu city, named after three mounds nearby. In 1986, more than 1,700 bronzeware, jade ware, lacquer ware and pottery, as well as more than 80 ivory and 4,600 old currency, including sea shells and bronze shells, were excavated in Sanxingdui, which is now believed to be the site of a major ancient city about 4,000 – 5,000 years ago. Of those remarkable artifacts, most brilliant ones are large bronze masks (some with protruding eyes), bronze head, standing bronze figure, bronze tree, bronze holy altar and some gold masks. Those artifacts are displayed in the Sanxingdui Museum.
Sanxingdui culture, believed to be a Bronze Age culture, still remains a mysterious civilization in southern China after 30 years’ research. This culture, contemporaneous with the Shang Dynasty (the mainstream Chinese culture in central plain of China), was believed isolated from the central plain, but still developed a different method of bronze-making from the Shang Dynasty. Based on the technology of bronze-making, Sanxingdui culture was deemed a highly developed ancient civilization, which however was never recorded in Chinese official or unofficial histories regarding its origin, development, and sudden extinction, and remained buried for about 4000 years until the uncover in 20th century. Some who are not able to find reasonable explanations were even speculating that Sanxingdui Culture was inspired by alien civilization.
Sanxingdui are on UNICCO’s list of tentative world heritage sites.
By the way, the Golden Mask Dynasty Show you will see in Beijing has been based on this unconfirmed ancient Sanxingdui Culture.
In the evening, if time permit, have a sightseeing and relaxation at Wide and Narrow Alley.
Wide and Narrow Alley, as its name suggests, actually consists of two ancient alleys, wide alley and narrow alley. It was constructed in Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD) with 45 courtyards along, and was the most luxury residential area mainly for the upper class of old Chengdu city. Wide and Narrow Alley is the only and most important part well preserved from old Chengdu city and is now a microcosm of the city’s history, as well as a deep mark in local people’s memory. Nowadays, Wide and Narrow Alley becomes a popular entertainment and nightlife block for locals, as well as a famous tourist site, with lots of restaurants, pubs, teahouses, and stores selling featured souvenirs. It is worth a visit for sightseeing and leisure, walking in the street, relaxing and having a coffee.
Day 13 CHENGDU – XI’AN
Luxury hotel, Overnight in Xi’an.
Tang Dynasty Dancing Show along with a Dumpling Banquet.
After Breakfast, bullet train from Chengdu to Xi’an (D1918 9:00-12:25).
Xi’an is the most important city in Western China. Xi’an is also one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,000 years of history, and was being the capital for several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou (1046 BC – 771 BC), Qin, Western Han (202 BC – 8 AD), Sui, and Tang (618 – 907), for more than 1000 years. Xi’an is home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and the starting point of the Silk Road. The Silk Road, initiated in Western Han, is an ancient network of trade routes and cultural interaction for centuries, from Xi’an through Eurasia to the regions of Mediterranean.
After lunch, visit Muslim Quarter of Xi’an. The history of the Muslim Quarter can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD), when Muslim merchants came via the Silk Road to Chang’an (today’s Xi’an), and Muslim food later developed its special characteristics of mainly using beef and mutton, complementing with pastry. Today, the Xi’an Muslim Quarter is famous for its traditional foods and cultural activities. The traditional foods consist of a lot of delicious local Xi’an delicacies and typical Shanxi snacks, such as paomo, sour soup dumplings, soup with pepper, fried dough twist (mahua) and so on. Xi’an Muslim Quarter, also called Muslim Street, a featured stone-paved old street, has become a favourite place for locals and visitors because of the most tasty foods and leisure atmosphere.
Day 14 XI’AN
Today, we will visit The Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of China. Trace back to the time of 2,000 years ago, 246 BC, soon after Qin Shihuang enthroned, his mausoleum project began, eventually involved 700,000 workers and lasted 39 years. Terracotta warriors were part of Qin Shihuang Mausoleum project, with more than 8,000 life-sized statues/soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. It is a form of funerary art, with the Terracotta Army buried with the First Emperor to protect the emperor and his empire in his afterlife. Terracotta soldiers were made to real Qin soldiers with individual personalities and arranged according to battle arrays of the real Qin armies. Terracotta Army is another most impressive man-made wonders in world’s history and was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
After lunch, visit the Ceramic factory, where to learn how Terracotta was made and see Terracotta duplicates and other ceramic crafts. If interested, you can feel free to shop some.
In the afternoon, tour the ancient City wall of Xi’an. Xi’an City Wall was initially built in Ming Dynasty (1374 AD – 1378 AD) and significantly refurbished a few times since then. Today, Xi’an city wall remains the most complete ancient city wall in China and one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The City Wall now stands 12 meters (40 feet) tall, 12-14 meters (40-46 feet) wide at the top and 15-18 meters (50-60 feet) wide at the bottom, and covers 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles) in length with a deep moat surrounding it.
Day 15 XI’AN – LUOYANG
After breakfast, take high speed rail to Luoyang (G1896 8:40-10:27). Upon arrival, you will visit the Longmen Grottoes after early lunch.
The Longmen Grottoes, or called Dragon’s Gate Grottoes, are some of the most significant and exquisite representations of ancient Chinese Buddhist and stone carving arts. The Longmen Grottoes, with 100,000 statues within the 2,345 caves ranging from 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height, have been carved into the steep cliffs of Mount Longmen and Mount Xiang, over approximately five centuries (started in 493 AD). These grottoes, along with the statues and inscriptions, provide a fascinating window into the political, cultural, and artistic circumstances of China in the late Northern Wei and Tang dynasty times. Longmen Grottos was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
After Longmen Grottos, transfer to Zhengzhou.
Day 16 ZHENGZHOU
After breakfast, we drive to Dengfeng, visit Shaolin temple and enioy a Chinese Kungfu-show. Shaolin Temple, also known as Shaolin Monastery, was established in 495 AD and greatly developed in Tang Dynasty, and has been deemed the origin of Chinese Buddhism and Chinese Kungfu. Shaolin Temple and its Pagoda Forest were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.
After Shaolin Temple, drive to Gongyi and visit Kang Bai-wan’s Mansions (Bai-wan means millionaire in Chinese), which is a representative of block-style building complex in north china in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was built by Kang Family, one of the top three rich families in China at that times, in late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty, covering a floor area of 64,300 square meters, with 33 courtyards, 53 buildings, and more than 1,300 rooms. This mansion is famous for the brick, stone and wood sculptures.
Day 17 ZHENGZHOU – BEIJING
Free morning relax in hotel. If you want to have a walk around, please check with your guide for information and advises. In early afternoon, take high speed rail (G80 14:28 – 17:01) to BEIJING.
Day 18 BEIJING
In history of China, Beijing was the capital for around 900 years (since Jin Dynasty, 1115-1234 AD) till 1911 and has been resumed as the capital of the People’s Republic of China since 1949, and therefore is home to tremendous historical and cultural heritages. Of those, most famous ones are Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Ming Dynasty Tombs, most of them recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also, Beijing, the second biggest city behind Shanghai in China, has become a world-class political, economic, cultural and educational center, with a population of 21.7 million (2017). In 2008, Beijing hosted the 29th Olympics Games and built some extremely brilliant architectures, such as Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube. Nowadays, Beijing has become the most visited place in the world, receives hundreds of millions of visitors every year.
After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square (meaning the Square of Heavenly Peace in Chinese), it is the world’s largest inner-city square, started in 1912 by demolishing some old architectures of Qing Dynasty, and significantly enlarged in 1959 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Tiananmen Square covers 440,000 square meters and is able to hold one million people. Also, every day, there are National Flag-raising Ceremony and Flag-lowering Ceremony on Tiananmen Square, at the times of sunrise and sunset.
After Tiananmen Square, then visit the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace, is China’s and World’s greatest Imperial Palace. It was originated back to the Yuan Dynasty (13th century), and significantly re-built and enlarged by the Third Ming Dynasty Emperor (between 1406 and 1420 AD), and also continuously maintained by following Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Forbidden City covers 720,000 square meters and has been home to 24 Emperors in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 AD), where Emperors were living and ruling their empires. The Imperial Palace has been called the Forbidden City due to the fact that ordinary citizens weren’t never allowed to access; it is surrounded by a 10-meter-high wall with watch towers in the four corners (with guiding soldiers on the wall 24 hours a day in empire times) and a 50-meter-wide moat. Today, the Forbidden City has been turned into a Palace Museum with the world’s largest collection of Chinese traditional architectures, wooden furniture, treasures and artworks, and welcomes around 17 millions of visitors a year, and is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After lunch, you will have the chance to explore the old town of Beijing, on a Pedicab Ride through the Hutongs and Siheyuan.
In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, the traditional courtyard residences of civilians in North China for past hundreds of years. Many neighborhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighborhoods.
Since the mid-20th century, a large number of Beijing hutongs were demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, however, many hutongs have been designated as protected, in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history. Hutongs were first established in the Yuan dynasty (1206–1341 AD) and then developed in the Ming (1368–1628 AD) and Qing (1644–1908 AD) dynasties.
After Hutongs and Siheyuan, you have the chance to watch a tea making performance, and in meanwhile, learn Beijing Opera Mask painting.
In the evening, enjoy a delicious Peking Roast Duck Dinner at the most famous restaurant – Quanjude.
Day 19 BEIJING
Today, we take time to explore one of the most impressive architectural wonders in world’s history, the Great Wall. The Great Wall is a defence system consisting of a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, and wood, along the historical northern borders of China to protect various Chinese empires from the invasions of Nomadic tribes in the North. The Great Wall, initially started in 220–206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China (little of which still remains), and has been significantly rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced in Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD) stretching for more than 5,000 miles. Today, the majority of the existing Great Wall is from the Ming Dynasty, and is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For sightseeing of the Great Wall Tour, you will visit the Badaling Great Wall, it is the best preserved and most representative section of the Great Wall, and therefore the most visited Great Wall section.
After the Great Wall tour, we return to Beijing city, then visit the Hongqiao Pearl Market. Hongqiao Pearl Market, as its name suggests, is the largest pearl market in the world and a right place for pearls shopping. However, the name is also bit misleading, since this market actually provides almost everything from electronics, mobile phone parts, timepieces, glasses, groceries, clothes, shoes, cases and bags, silk products, tea, toys, souvenirs, to pears and jeweller.
Hongqiao Pearl Market has got both praise and blame. No matter real or fake, there are many amazing and high quality items to buy, and a fun place to haggle; there might be a lot of fakes and a lot of nagging and touting for business. It is a place worth visiting, but read TripAdvisor before you go, buy little things for fun, and consult your guide if buy high-end stuff.
After dinner, you will enjoy a Golden Mask Dynasty Show.
Golden Mask Dynasty show is a stage show, inspired by and based on a very old Chinese civilisation – Sanxingdui Civilization, which was an unconfirmed Bronze Age culture (about 5000 – 3000 BC) and was only speculated by some excavated remarkable artifacts, such as the Golden Mask. The show is to describe Golden Mask Queen established a glorious dynasty with wisdom, tolerance, trust and love, epically reappearing a magnificent time of the Chinese civilization.
Day 20 BEIJING
After breakfast, visit Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 AD during the reign of the Yongle Emperor in Ming Dynasty, who was also the one constructed the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Temple of Heaven was listed as UNESCO world Heritage Site in 1998.
In afternoon, tour Summer Palace.
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan in Chinese) is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. It covers 742.8 acres, with more than 3,000 man-made ancient structures, such as pavilions, towers, bridges, and corridors. Summer Palace was initially constructed in 1750 as a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain, but was destroyed by Anglo-French Allied Force in 1860 and reconstructed in 1888. Summer Palace was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998.
After dinner, watch a tea art performance.
Day 21 BEIJING – CANADA
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Canada.
Mystical China 21 Days
|Departure Dates||Price (2 occp.) CAD p.p.||Single Supplement CAD p.p.||Land Tour only|
|Apr 02, 2019||CAD4550.00||CAD1890.00||CAD3650.00|
|May 07, 2019||CAD4550.00||CAD1890.00||CAD3650.00|
|Oct 08, 2019||CAD4550.00||CAD1890.00||CAD3650.00|
|Oct 29, 2019||CAD4550.00||CAD1890.00||CAD3650.00|
**Prices are based on double occupancy, and per each guest.
**Payment by cheque or cash only.
**Credit card not accepted except for deposit.
What the tour price includes:
*Taxes and fuel surcharge.
*International flight air fare（From Calgary, Edmonton）.
*All luxury hotels & special style hotel accommodations.
*Local transportation as specified (air, cruise, and coach).
*Daily meals mentioned in the itinerary and featuring regional specialities.
*Guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary.
*English-speaking guides throughout tour.
What the tour price no includes:
*Local guide & drivers service fees (CAD10.00 per day per guest)
*Gratuities for tour leader where applicable
*Optional admission charges
Hongqiao Pearl Market
HongQiao Pearl Market is a market popular with both Chinese and international visitors from all the corners of the world. All shopkeepers speak English. The asking prices are often quite high so it is important to haggle.
In May 2008 the market Tianya HongQiao Jewellery Market opened just behind the HongQiao Pearl Market. This new market mostly contains the same kind of products as the original HongQiao Pearl market.
The Golden Mask Dynasty
The Golden Mask Dynasty, the spectacular show incorporates dancing, acrobatics, some magnificent costumes and one or two surprises. Performed daily at Beijing’s Happy Valley Amusement Park in 2007, it has been seen by an estimated of 1.1 million people. In 2008, it was officially designated as a tourism show for the Beijing Olympics. Many symbols of Sanxingdui Culture can be seen in the props. The Golden Mask Dynasty is a life-time experience for the audience.
Tang Dynasty Show with Dumpling Banquet
It contains two parts that the fabulous music and dance performance and Chinese dumpling banquet, both indulging your eyes and tongue.
The Tang Dynasty Show showcases the costumes, music, and dancing of China’s golden age: the Tang dynasty (618 – 907). The show begins with an ancient Chinese musical instrument ensemble while you dine and then later the cultural dance segment begins. The costumes are splendid and you can get some really nice photos if you sit near the stage. The artistic conception of customs from the Tang Dynasty is fully expressed in the show, and it’s really enjoyable to appreciate the splendid performance that has endured for over 1,000 years.
Cloisonne is a unique art form that originated in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368). In the period titled ‘Jingtai’ during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), the emperor who was very much interested in bronze-casting techniques, improved the color process, and created the bright blue that appealed to the Oriental aesthetic sense. After a processing breakthrough, most articles for his daily use were made of cloisonne; in time cloisonne became popular among the common people; their favorite called ‘Jingtai Blue’.
With a total production of 1,500 tons in 2006, China holds a monopoly over the pearl industry today. Although the birth of the Chinese freshwater pearl industry is traced back to the area around Shanghai, freshwater pearls are now produced in all the surrounding provinces including: Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangsu, Hubei, Hunan, and Jianxi. Local pearl trade is conducted mainly in the cities of Zhuji (Shanxiahu), Suzhou, Wuxi, Wenling, and Weitang. The largest marketplace for these freshwater pearls is the world’s pearl trading hub, Hong Kong.
The main Chinese saltwater farms are located in the south of the peninsula of Leizhou, in the province of Guangdong and Guangxi. The producers use by the name of Akoya. As noted above, these oysters produce only up to four or five pearls each.
Raising silkworms and reeling the silk from their cocoons was ancient China’s greatest achievement in the utilization of natural fibers. As long ago as the Neolithic Age (c. 12,000-2000 BC), the Chinese ancestors had invented flat-weaving and figured-weaving techniques, and were tinting cloth using natural vermilion dye. With improvements in loom construction dying methods, more varieties of silk were developed and a comprehensive system of cloth dying evolved. China possessed the most advanced silk dying and weaving techniques of the ancient world.
Chinese jade is any of the carved-jade objects produced in China from the Neolithic Period onward. The Chinese regarded carved-jade objects as intrinsically valuable. They metaphorically equated jade with human virtues because of its hardness, durability, and beauty. The Chinese used jade for tools, but also for carved insignias and talismans probably related to ceremonial ritual. Jade was prized by the Chinese for its durability, its musical qualities, its subtle, translucent colors, and its alleged protective powers – it was thought to prevent fatigue and delay the decomposition of the body.