PANORAMA CHINA 25 DAYS
- Best Itinerary, including Macau & Hong Kong
- Beautiful natural landscape
- Chinese minority ethic groups
- 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-Beijing-Xi’an-Luoyang-Zhengzhou-Yangtze Cruise-Chongqing-Guilin-Longsheng-Yangshuo-Macau-Hong Kong
“The best itinerary ever for China tours at a leisurely pace. Highlights cover important cities, including Hong Kong and Macau; 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 and Sanjiang minority ancient villages; luxury Yangtze River Cruise; luxury hotels; famous Chinese foods; beautiful natural landscape.”
Departure guaranteed, tour leader guaranteed, for departure on 30 Mar, 2019.
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 (AD 960 -1279). 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 19th century by an official in Qing Dynasty (AD 1885), is now a notable classical garden in China and recognized 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. Supper is on your own, please consult our guide for dinning advices, 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 – BEIJING
Free morning to relax. Take advantage of this luxury hotel, enjoy food, SPA or massage, or walking around. Don’t hesitate to consult your guide for information. Afternoon we ride the high speed train to Beijing. (G132 12:37-18:08). You can choose Brunch at hotel or lunch on the train.
After arrival, transfer to hotel.
Day 8 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 recognised 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 centre, 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, significantly enlarged in 1959 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Tiananmen Square covers 440,000 square meters and can 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 AD 1406 and 1420), and 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 (AD 1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (AD 1644-1912), where Emperors were living and ruling their empires. The Imperial Palace has been called the Forbidden City since 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 million of visitors a year, and is recognised 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 neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhoods.
Since the mid-20th century, many Beijing hutongs were demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, however, many hutongs have been designated as protected, 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 9 BEIJING
Luxury hotel, Overnight in Beijing.
After dinner, you will enjoy a Gold Dynasty show.
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 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.
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, especially reappearing a magnificent time of the Chinese civilisation.
Day 10 BEIJING – XI’AN
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 AD 1406 to 1420 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.
After Lunch, we will take high-speed train to Xi’an (G87 14:00-18:20).
Day 11 XI’AN
Luxury hotel, Overnight in Xi’an.
In the eveing: Tang Dynasty Dancing Show along with a Dumpling Banquet.
Today, after breakfest we are visiting Terra-Cotta Warriors. 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. 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.
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.
Day 12 XI’AN
After Breakfast, visit Muslim Quarter of Xi’an. The history of the Muslim Quarter can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), when Muslim merchants came via the Silk Road to Chang’an (today’s Xi’an), and Muslim food later developed its special characteristic 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 tastiest foods and leisure atmosphere.
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 kilometers (8.5 miles) in length with a deep moat surrounding it.
Day 13 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 Grottoes was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
After Longmen Grottos, transfer to Zhengzhou.
Day 14 ZHENGZHOU
After breakfast, today we drive to Dengfeng, visit Shaolin temple and have an enioy of Kungfu-show. Shaolin Temple, also known as Shaolin Monastery, was established in 495 AD and greatly developed in Tang Dynatsty, 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 man in China at that time, in late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty, covering a floor area of 64300 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 15 LUOYANG – ZHENGZHOU – YICHANG
(Cruise days 1. Embarkation day)
Free morning to relax in hotel. You can take advantage of luxury hotel services and facilities or have a walk around. Please don’t hesitate to consult your guide.
After lunch, take high speed rail to Yichang （G315 13:45-18.01）. After dinner board cruise ship to YANGTZE RIVER, depart Yichang and sail upstream.
Day 16 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 17 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), 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 18 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 19 CHONGQING – GUILIN
(Cruise days 5. Disembarkation day)
In the morning: 7:00 Taichi exercise led by Taichi Master.
7:15-8:15 Breakfast provided by buffet.
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. Then, Ride the bullet train (D1785 13:18-18:27) to Guilin.
Guiling, meaning forest of sweet Osman thus in Chinese, is a medium city in the southeast of China, having the large number of fragrant Osman thus trees in the city.
Guilin has long been famous for its unique scenery of Karst topography and been one of China’s most popular tourist destinations.
Day 20 GUILIN – SANJING/LONGSHENG
After breakfast, take bus to Longji for a hiking in the terraced rice fields. Longji (meaning Dragon Backbone) Rice Terraces, is located 80km to the north of Guilin and the most amazing terraced fields in China. The terraced fields are built along the slope of mountain from the riverside up to the mountain top, dividing the mountain slope into layers: into layers of water in spring (rice fields irrigation), layers of green rice shoots in summer (rice growing), layers of gold rice in fall (rice harvest), and therefore the best seasons for sightseeing are from late May to early October.
The construction of the terraces began in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and continued until the early Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), between 600 to 800 meters (2,000 to 2,600 ft.) above sea level.
Day 21 GUILIN – YANGSHUO
After breakfast, take bus to Yangshuo.
Yangshuo, 65km south of Guilin, has been one of the most famous tourist destinations of China for its karst mountains, winding rivers and beautiful natural landscape.
Take a bamboo rafting on Yulong River, a tributary of the Li River, you can enjoy the stunning scenery along the river, rolling karst hills, silky water, bamboo forests and ancient bridges; also if lucky, you can also view a peaceful countryside life picture along the Yulong River: buffaloes wandering in the fields, farmers growing in rice fields, fishermen fishing on narrow bamboo rafts, village women washing clothes beside the river, and kids swimming in the water.
In the afternoon, have a walk and relaxation in the West Street. The West Street is renowned for its ancient and local architectures, special and tasty snacks, and various shops, as well as bars and cafes. The West Street is also called “foreigners’ street” because every year, thousands of foreigners come to the West Street to go sightseeing, live, work and study (learn Chinese or Chinese food), and at times, foreigners may outnumber Chinese.
Day 22 YANGSHUO -ZHUHAI
In the morning, relax on your own. You can take advantage of hotel facilities, such SPA, massage, swimming pool, gym; or you can have a walk around, or even better, a cycling to relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery.
After Lunch, take high speed rail (D2367 13:45-17:49) to Zhuhai. Transfer to hotel in Zhuhai.
Day 23 ZHUHAI – MACAU – HONG KONG
Macau is one of the two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China, bordered by the city of Zhuhai, about 60 km west of Hong Kong, with a population of 650,900 living in an area of 30.5 km2 (11.8 sq mi). It is a former Portuguese colony, and was returned to Chinese sovereignty on 20 December 1999.
After breakfast, transfer to Gongbei Border and make customs clearance. Macau guide pick you up on Macau side, and then visit A-Ma Temple, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Senado Square and casino. Then transfer to ferry to Hong Kong. Arrive at Hong Kong ferry terminal, and transfer to hotel.
Day 24 HONGKONG
Luxury hotel, Overnight in Hongkong.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Hongkong one day 8 hours with tour guide & Jumbo Restaurant Dim Sum for lunch CAD168.00 P.P
Visit: The Peak, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Jade Market and Ladies Market
Hong Kong (meaning “fragrant harbor” in Chinese) is one of two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China, along with Macau, bordered by the city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province in the north and facing the South China Sea in the south. Comprising more than 260 islands, Hong Kong covers a territory of 1,104 square kilometres (426 sq mi), with a population of over 7.4 million of various nationalities.
Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire since the First Opium War in 1842, and remained under British administration until 01 July, 1997, when sovereignty over Hong Kong was officially transferred from UK to China. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy and a separate political and economic system apart from mainland China, so called “one country, two systems”.
Today, free on your own to explore Hong Kong as a shopping paradise. Optional, Hong Kong one day city tour.
Day 25 HONGKONG – CANADA
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Canada.
Panorama China 25 Days
|Departure Dates||Price (2 occp.) CAD p.p.||Single Supplement CAD p.p.||Land Tour only|
|Mar 30, 2019||CAD5550.00||CAD2390.00||CAD4650.00|
|May 04, 2019||CAD5650.00||CAD2490.00||CAD4750.00|
|Sep 07, 2019||CAD5650.00||CAD2490.00||CAD4750.00|
|Oct 05, 2019||CAD5550.00||CAD2390.00||CAD4650.00|
|Nov 02, 2019||CAD5550.00||CAD2390.00||CAD4650.00|
**Prices are based on Calgary departure, for other departure cities, please speak with us for accurate quotation.
**Prices are based on double occupancy, and per each guest.
**Payment by cheque or cash only.
**Credit cards are 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.