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Amazing trip to China & Thailand 15 days (2017/2016)

Visits : Beijing – Chongqing – Yangtze River (Three Gorges) – Jingzhou – Wuhan – Shanghai – Bangkok

7-night Extension Package : Phuket

Highlight features: UNESCO

  Forbidden City Performances & Entertainments:
  The Great Wall World-famous Shanghai acrobatics show (Optional)
  Temple of heaven
Chongqing Panda Zoo
Yangtze River Cruise
Shanghai the Bund
* 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 for 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 (B L)
Enjoy your excursion to the ancient Great Wall, originally built as protection from the Huns and other Nomadic tribes and never completely fulfilled its purpose.
Optional tour (approximately 5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing( CAD40p.p.)

Day 5: Beijing – Chongqing (Flight) (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Chongqing, visit a zoo (panda) and embark on the cruise.
5-star deluxe cruise: Sinorama Gold 8 (5 stars)

Day 6: 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 Welcome Party.

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 – 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; Passing of the first Gorge, Gorge Xiling, the longest one among the three gorges.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise – Jingzhou – Wuhan (Coach) (B L D)
Disembark at Jingzhou, a city located on the banks of the Yangtze River with 6000 years history gave birth to the culture of “Chu”. City tour in Jingzhou then transfer to Wuhan and rest up in hotel.
Hotel: Wuhan Howard Johnson Pearl Plaza Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 10: Wuhan – Shanghai (High-Speed Train) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai by high-speed train. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and free at leisure.
Optional tour (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in Shanghai( CAD40p.p.)
Hotel: Wyndham Bund East Shanghai (5 stars) or similar

Day 11: Shanghai (B L)
First visit the Shanghai Museum, then you will have free time to shop at Nanjing Road where there are plenty of large stores and boutiques. Then visit the bund, where you can experience the modernity of Shanghai.
Optional tour: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show( CAD40p.p.)

Day 12: Shanghai – Bangkok (Flight) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok ,Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel: Pullman Bangkok Hotel G (5-star) or similar

Day 13: Bangkok (B L D)
Full day to discover the Capital of Thailand, the fascinating Thai culture in this dynamic city. Visit the Wat Traimit, Temple of Golden Buddha located in Chinatown. The Wat Traimit is famous for its 5 meters high golden Buddha. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the 4 faced Buddha and take a tour to Bangkok Siam Ocean World. Dinner and show at Silom Village Restaurant.

Day 14: Bangkok (B L D)
After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace, home of main royal residences, throne room and a large number of government establishments. Then tour the Emerald Buddha, an emblem of this religious country. Lunch at Village of Fisherman Restaurant. Free time in the afternoon. Wan Fah Dinner Cruise at night.

Day 15: Bangkok – stops – Canada (B)
Transfer to airport for flight back to your sweet home. End of trip.














7-night Extension Package (Day 14 – Day 22)
Phuket
Day14: Bangkok – Phuket (Flight) (B)
Depart for Phuket . Transfer to hotel in Phuket.
Hotel: Movenpick Resort& Spa Karon Beach Phuket or similar(5 stars)

Day 15: Phuket (B)
Free time in Phuket.

Day 16: Phuket (B)
Free time in Phuket.

Day 17: Phuket (B)
Free time in Phuket.

Day 18: Phuket (B)
Free time in Phuket.

Day 19: Phuket (B)
Free time in Phuket.

Day 20: Phuket (B)
Free time in Phuket.

Day 21: Phuket – Bangkok (Flight) (B D)
After breakfast,flight to Bangkok, visit the Royal Palace, home of main royal residences, throne room and a large number of government establishments. Then tour the Emerald Buddha, an emblem of this religious country. Wan Fah Dinner Cruise at night.
Hotel: Pullman Bangkok Hotel G (5-star) or similar

Day 22: Bangkok – stops – Canada (Flight)(B)
Transfer to airport for flight back to your sweet home.





 

* 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.

* Please click on the price to book.
* Please note that for customers of double occupancy, by selecting Cabin D or Cabin E, you will be automatically granted two cabins in the same category on the cruise.
Double occupancy Single Occupancy
7-night Extension Package (Day 14 – Day 22) in Phuket
+ CAD 599 P.P. + CAD 999 P.P.

* Minimum 10 participants to operate optional tours.
* Guaranteed departure from at least 10 people in a group.
* Please note that infant (under age 2 at the return date of trip) does not have his/her own seat on the plane.
* Full payment required at booking to benefit from this tour (Final Sale, non refundable).
* The above prices are for Montreal/ Ottawa/ Quebec/ Toronto/ Vancouver departures only. The prices will be $300/ $500 more for departures from other major North America cities.
* Please note that most travellers need a valid entry document such as visa to visit destination countries. Sinorama holds no liability for the customs delay or rejection.

Price valid until January 26 2017

 
Price includes:
* International flights;
* Domestic transportation: air (including flight Bangkok-Phuket), cruise, coach, high-speed train
* All 5–star hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows listed unless otherwise stated;
* Service charge for all guides, bus drivers and hotel porter fees;
* 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)
* Optional tour in Beijing (approximately 5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing, CAD40 p.p. (price applicable for payment before departure, any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB300 p.p.);
* Optional tour in Shanghai (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in Shanghai, CAD40 p.p. (price applicable for payment before departure, any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB300 p.p.);
* Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD40 p.p. (price applicable for payment before departure, any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB300 p.p.);
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts in China:
Beijing: Jade & Freshwater Pearl
Shanghai: Cashmere, Silk & Quilt
Optional tour (approximately 5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing
• Dinner (about 1 hour);
• Drive along the "Ghost Street" with hundreds of red lanterns;
• Drive along Chang'an Avenue, Tiananmen Square and the Place;
• Walk along Shichahai;
• Walk along Wangfujing
Optional tour (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in Shanghai
• Dinner (about 1 hour);
• Visit the mesmerising Bund and embark on a cruise boat on the Huangpu River;
• Immerse yourself into the dazzling nightlife in "Xintiandi". It was a former old Shikumen which has been given restoration. Now it serves as book stores, cafes and restaurants, and shopping malls;
• Visit Lujiazui, located in the Pudong New District on the eastern bank of Huangpu River.

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.

 

Wyndham Bund East Shanghai

Wyndham Bund East Shanghai is located in 25 Ningguo Road, Yangpu District and overlooks the Huangpu River. There are 482 deluxe rooms and suites. It is 100 meters high and stands shoulder to shoulder with the Yangpu Bridge. Looking out from our Executive Lounge, one can overlook at the famous Yangpu Bridge—the world’s fourth largest cable-stayed bridge. Staying with us allows you to enjoy the modern style of new Shanghai as well as the nostalgic customs of old Shanghai. The total area of the hotel is nearly 60,000 square meters. Most importantly, either in terms of area or decoration style, our pillar less Grand Ballroom is the biggest and takes the lead in the Yangpu district.

Wyndham Bund East Shanghai has 482 guest rooms with elaborate design and elegant style, among which 28 are deluxe suites. In consideration of the demand of business and traveling guests, each guest room is extremely advanced, elegant and comfortable in its decoration, facilities and equipment. Most of the rooms look upon the Bund and the Huangpu River; overlooking by the window, one can sense the beautiful and enchanting night scene of the metropolis, which tells you the story of both the old and new Shanghai. The hotel is equipped with non-smoking and Executive Floor, so as to satisfy the demands of our various business and traveling guests.

 

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is ideally located on Silom Road in the heart of the commercial, financial, and diplomatic districts. This 38-story property is the first truly 5-star hotel on Silom Road. Within walking distance are both the skytrain and subway stations, making it almost effortless to access all parts of the city. From the Pullman, you can easily walk to the Patpong Night Market and the entertainment areas of Silom. Guests also enjoy a range of dining options both on-site and in the nearby vicinity. Guests staying at the hotel for business will be pleased with the meeting facilities on offer as well as the impeccable service provided. Pullman Bangkok Hotel G blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.

 

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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Name: Yangtze Gold Cruise No.8
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ plus
Owned by: ChongQing Yangtze Gold Cruises
Maiden Voyage: 2013.3
Speed: 26 KM/H

Gross Tonnage: 11250 T
Beam: 16.8 M
Draft: 2.6 M
Air conditioning: Central Controled
Manufactured by:
Chongqing Dong Gang Ship Yard
Built: 2013
Crew: 175
Capacity: 446

Length: 136 M
Width:19.6 M
Horsepower:2160 KW
Decks: 6
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This is a totally different performance from the conventional form.The theater is the nature itself.The sceneries of the four seasons are changing,the weather is changing,so does the performance is changing to match up with the changeable nature.In this stage,only the half of the performance is created by man,and the other half is belonged to the mysterious nature.

If it were raining during the performance,you can put on the raincoat that we prepare for you,if you came here in the hot summer, you have to take the anti-mosquito spray with you,if there were flood,half of the auditorium probably could be under the water, and if there were thunderstorm,the performance could be ceased.This is our performance—a performance interacting with the nature.

 

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