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Essential China 11 Days ( 2016/2017 )

Visits: Beijing --Wuhan – Jingzhou – Yangtze River (Three Gorges) – Chongqing – Beijing (Simatai)

Highlight features: UNESCO

  Forbidden City Performances & Entertainments:
  The Great Wall(Simatai) Spectalces cruise
  Temple of heaven  
Yangtze River Cruise  
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.

The following meals are included: B = Breakfast   L = Lunch   D = Dinner

Day 1: Canada – stops – Beijing
Depart to Beijing on overnight international flight.

Day 2: Beijing
Arrive at the airport of Beijing, transfer to hotel, free at leisure.
Hotel: Beijing Lijingwan Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 3: Beijing (B L D)
After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square, then enter the imperial-red walls of the ornate Forbidden City, the emperor’ s palace - off limits to commoners for centuries. You will also visit the Temple of Heaven. Think of the processions of incense-bearing priest at the Temple of Heaven, where the emperor went to humble himself in prayer to guarantee realm’s good harvest.


Day 4: Beijing-Wuhan (High-Speed Train) (B D)
After Breakfast, transfer to Wuhan by High-Speed Train and rest up in hotel.
Hotel: Wuhan Howard Johnson Pearl Plaza Hotel (5 stars) or similar.

Day 5: Wuhan – Jingzhou (Coach) – Cruise (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to Jingzhou and city tour of Jingzhou. Jingzhou, located on the banks of the Yangtze River with 6000 years history gave birth to the culture of “Chu”. Embark on the cruise. Captain’s Welcome Party at night.
Cruise (5 stars): Sinorama Gold 8/ Sinorama Diamond.

Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges Dam (B L D)
Excursion: Three Gorges Dam – the world’s largest hydroelectricity project. Passage of the Three Gorges Dam and the 5–stage Ship Lock.

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges (B L D)
Excursion: Embark on smaller boats to enjoy a closer encounter of the beauty of the Three Gorges. Continue to Gorge Wu and Gorge Qutang.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise – Shibaozhai (B L D)
Excursion: Shibaozhai, literally “Precious Stone Fortress” is a hill along the bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill. Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 9: Chongqing (B L D)
Disembark in Chongqing. Visit the zoo (panda), followed by a visit of the Ciqikou old town, situated on the bank of the Jia Ling River, not far from the west of Chongqing Municipality. It's an old town famous for its production of porcelain.
Hotel: Chongqing Wanda Aimei Hotel(5 stars) or similar.

Day 10: Chongqing – Beijing (Flight) (B L D)
Enjoy your day excursion to the ancient Great Wall in Simatai. If you want to have a look of the primitive appearance of the Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall is the section you should not miss. It boasts various construction patterns diverse architectural style of the beacon tower.(Cable car ride included)
Hotel: Beijing Gubei Water Town Hotel (5 stars) or similar.

Day 11: Beijing – stops – Canada (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flights back to your sweet home. End of trip.










 

* Airport meet & greet transfers included when the whole tour package  is purchased from Sinorama.
* For cruise package, in the event of water level problems on stretches of river, repair or maintenance work carried out by the river and other local authorities on the river or canal banks, stretches of river or canal, bridges, locks or docks, SINORAMA reserves the right to change the published itinerary or to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach without notice.
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.


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* The above prices are for Montreal/ Ottawa/ Quebec/ Toronto/ Vancouver/Calgary/Edmonton/Winnipeg/Saskatoon/Regina departures only. The prices will be $500 more for departures from other major North America cities.

Price valid until April 03 2017

 
Price includes:
* International flights;
* Intra-China transportation (air, cruise, coach);
* 4-night Yangtze River cruise in veranda stateroom on deluxe ship;
* All 5-star hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* Meals mentioned in the itinerary and featuring regional specialties;
* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows listed unless otherwise stated;
* English speaking guide;
* Taxes and fuel surcharges.
Price does not include:
* Chinese Visa Application fee (Canadian passport holder): CAD180 p.p. (fees are subject to changes according to Chinese Embassy’s discretion)
* Service charge for all guides, bus drivers and hotel porter fees. Amount recommended: CAD10 p.p. /day
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts in China:
Beijing: Tea & Freshwater Pearl

Beijing Lijingwan International Hotel

Lijingwan International Hotel features numerous recreation options include hot tub, indoor pool and massage treatments. It has free parking and classy, European-style rooms with free wired internet. Sihui subway station is a 10-minute drive away.

Lijingwan Hotel is 3 miles from Beijing International Trade Center and a 5-minute drive from Honglingjin Park. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in the center of the city is a 30-minute drive away.

Refreshing workouts await at the well-equipped fitness center. After a day of activity, enjoy soothing massages and the use of sauna facilities. Guests can also play pool and ping-pong on site. Car rentals, day trips and ticket services can be arranged at the tour desk.

Decorated in pleasant neutral shades, all rooms have modern interiors, a minibar and ironing facilities. The spacious bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower facilities.

A fine selection of Chinese, Western and Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed at the hotel's 3 restaurants.

Chaoyang is a great choice for travelers interested in history, shopping andfood.

 

Wuhan Howard Johnson Pearl Plaza hotel

Howard Johnson Pearl Plaza Hotel is conveniently located in Wuhan for both business travelers and tourists alike. The airport is 45 minutes from the hotel while the railway station is less than half an hour away. A trip to the Guiyuan Temple is a must as this is where Buddhists from the world over come to pay their respects. For tourists, there are more attractions such as Donghu Lake, Huanghelou, and the Baotong Temple. At the hotel, guests will be sure to enjoy the European breakfast as they are well known for their delicious and large portions.

All rooms are equipped with luxury facilities including telephones, high speed broadband access, IDD telephones with voice mail in Chinese and English, in-room safe, satellite TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, double glazed windows with fresh air ventilator, electronic weight, hair dryer, mini-bar and coffee / tea facility. Most of the 393 elegantly appointed rooms and suites offer stunning panoramic views of the famous Yangtze River.

 

Beijing Gubei Water Town Hotel

Showcasing an outdoor pool and spa center, Beijing Gubei Water Town Hotel is located in Miyun in the region of Beijing Area. The hotel has a sauna and fitness center, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.
Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a private bathroom.
You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.
You can play ping-pong, pool, and mini-golf at the hotel. Beijing Capital International Airport is 53 miles away.

 

Chinese Food Features
The development and diversity of the delights of Chinese cuisine are also representative of China's long history. With each dynasty new recipes were created until the art of food preparation reach its peak during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). The dinner called Man Han Quan Xi that incorporates all the very best of Man and Han Cuisine is held in high esteem involving as it does countless dishes, each with its own distinctive flavor and appeal. This veritable banquet in its preparation and presentation typifies all of the culture and culinary arts that have been perfected over centuries and is a comprehensive amalgam of taste, instruments, and manners.

The diversity of geography, climate, costumes and products have led to the evolution of what are called the 'Four Flavors' and 'Eight Cuisines' but as catering is a living art sub-classifications continue to increase.

 

Beijing Roast Duck:
It is thought that Beijing roast duck, like the tradition of roast turkey in America, owes its origin to the roast goose that is still popular in Europe on festive occasions. Westerners like Marco Polo brought certain European customs to China and may have introduced the concept of roasting poultry to their Chinese hosts during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). Ducks had long been domesticated in China and the plump ducks proved to be an excellent substitute for goose in much the same way as the American colonizers found the native turkey to be. However, there is another school of thought based upon certain records that show roast duck has a much longer history dating back as far as the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 - 589). Up until the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279), ducks were roasted in the area around Jinling, today's Nanjing. However, the later Yuan Dynasty rulers moved their capital city to Beijing from Jinling and took with them their cuisine thus making roast duck popular in the city that was eventually to make it its very own specialty.

 

Morning tea
Rinking morning tea is very popular in Guangdong. Since people would eat some snacks while drinking tea, having morning tea is often called eating morning tea.Guangdong morning tea can be traced back to the reign of Xianfeng and Tongzhi in the Qing Dynasty. There was a type of simple teashop named One Percent Shop with a wooden advertising plate of “TEA”, offering tea and snacks and becoming a place for passersby for refreshment. Later on, teahouses began to emerge and developed gradually bigger into tea restaurants.

 

Xi'an Dumpling Banquet
Whether you are traveling in the north or the south of China, one delicacy you are sure to find on the menu is dumplings. A universal favorite, the Chinese dumpling has a long history and is an essential part of celebratory meals such as those prepared for the Chinese lunar Spring Festival. The dumpling can be anything from a quick snack to a delicacy to entertain family and friends.
Xi'an, an ancient city that was the nation's capital for no less than eleven dynasties spanning more than a thousand years, is regarded as the home, if not the birthplace, of the great dumpling tradition. It was here that the art of creating the most tasty and delicate of dumplings was refined. No visit to the city is complete unless you have a Dumpling Dinner.
This is an experience for the dumpling connoisseur, the flavors, shapes and colors will tempt the palette, while the elegant names and stories attached to each variety are truly amazing. It is no less amazing that a simple way of preparing food has become so popular and sophisticated that it is now considered to be as much a work of art as a tasty morsel.
It is said that to visit Xi'an without seeing the fantastic Terracotta Army as well as having a Dumpling Dinner means that you have not really been here at all!









Shopping in China

1.Pearls

Pearls of Soft Water
These pearls have been cultivated since the 13e century from the discovery of mud, woof or peals missed in the mold of fresh water. The quality of these pearls are highly variable, they can sometimes be milky or even dull to glossy. The sizes obtained can vary between 2 and 13mm in diameter. The annual production reaches to 800 tons. The fresh water pearls has had a big popularity because of their variety of colors and shapes as well as their abundance and very reasonable price.

2.Cloisonne

Cloisonne is an ancient technique for decorating metal work objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also in lays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonne.

Technique

The Techniques consists of encircling the contour of these cloisonne with a metal strip welded on a field of metal. The cells thus obtained are filled with enamel. It is then cooked and sanded. For ceramics, the walls defining the pattern are made by the deposits of a stream of a pear. This technique was a specialty of production Moorcroft in the UK.
There are other techniques, cloisonne designated as plies today is one of them: The cells are stuck on a base fine copper which is then dissolved with acids in order to allow transparency effect.

3.Jade

Jade is a gemstone extremely hard and tenacious used in jewelries and in ornamentation. It is made out of two main minerals that often, had a similar appearance: The Jadeite and Nephritis. In the eastern symbolism, the Jade was a mineral seen on the emperor, a symbol of absolute power. The emperor had to raise his scepter made out of Jade during important ceremonies. Thus the five ranks of princes would each receive a tablet of Jade with a particular type.
The first rank would receive an oblong tablet with two columns engraved
The second rank received an oblong tablet which depicted a man standing on straight.
The third rank received an oblong tablet which depicted a man that is bent.
The fourth rank was given a tablet that contained annular millet.
Finally, the fifth rank was given a tablet engraved with leaves of rushes.

4.Silks

These silks (textile fibers from animal origins) are produced by many insects such as spiders, caterpillars and some different butterflies like the Ermine moths and Bobyx. Those that are made to produce silk come from cocoons produced by larva (silk worm) of Mulberry (Bobyx Mori). The technique for producing silk date back from 2500 BC and comes from china by the Silk Road. It was a secret until 560 BC

History

The history of silk starts with a Chinese tradition in the 17e century BC followed by three millennia of exclusivity in which this precious tissue that’s secret has never been revealed, was exchanged within china. The art of making silk was then progressively transmitted to other civilization caused by different kinds of spy (Monks, princesses), to plunderers and merchants. In Europe, for a long time, silk has been a monopoly of the eastern Roman Empire. After its arrival in Western Europe in the late Middle ages, the production reached the stage of industrialization from the 19e century, however, later on, it experienced a severe decline linked to competition from modern fibers (including Nylon), evolution of dress customs in Europe, the rise of a few countries in Asia and an epidemic that affected France that that time. Therefore, it finally came back to being the essential production in Asia once again.

5. Green Tea

The green Tea (in simplified sinograms 绿茶, in traditional sonograms绿茶 and in pinyin lǜchá) is a tea slightly oxidized during its manufacture. This type of tea is extremely popular in China and Japan, where it deemed to have therapeutic properties more effectively. This tea is spreading increasingly in the West, in which they traditionally drink instead of black tea. It is also the base ingredient of mint tea.

Manufacturing

After picking the leaves from the tea plant, they are withered, rolled to extract the juices, then heated to neutralize the enzyme responsible for oxidation. They are then finally under a final drying. The heating occurs in two main ways: The Chinese method uses copper basins set on fire, while as the Japanese, spend the leaves through the jets of steam.

Teaware

Making tea is essentially the process of breaking down the cell structure of tea leaves to release their flavour. Using the traditional method of Chinese tea-making, called Gong-Fu Cha (Tea With Great Skill), the teapot is perhaps the most important element in this process. The tea-maker must match the right size and shape of teapot, the type of clay and firing temperature with the right type of tea and the number of people being served. And since a teapot is something that may be used every day, it should be something that is comfortable to handle, long lasting and pleasing to eyes.


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Acrobatics

Acrobatics is an interactive art form. Everyone, young or old, educated or not, can easily appreciate it while watching or seeing the acrobats perform. There is no language barrier and borders of culture do not limit it.

Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts. Its history can be traced back to Neolithic times. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of labor and self-defense skills, which people practiced and demonstrated during their leisure time. The early performance is "walking on three-meter-high stilts while juggling seven gaggers". Then it developed into an entire art form.

Together with the developing economy, acrobatics is also evolving into a kind of performing art. It became well known worldwide while performances are presented along the Silk Road. In Europe and North America, Chinese acrobatic performances always attract large audiences.

The acrobatic performers were trained strictly the basic skills starting from the early age of six or seven years old. Because the required techniques are extremely difficult and risky, the training is long, hard and intense. Examples of basic skills are handsprings, somersaults, waist and leg flexibility, and headstands. The performers must endure great deal of unexpected pains in order to become excellent.

 

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