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Beauty of China 10 days 2017

Visits: Beijing - Xi'an - Suzhou – Shanghai

Highlight features: UNESCO

  Forbidden City
  The Great Wall
  Temple of heaven
Shanghai the Bund
  Suzhou Liu Garden  
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.

*Please select the departure year :
 
2017 | 2018

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

Day 1: Departure city – stops – Beijing
Departure for Beijing on overnight international flight.

Day 2: Beijing
Arrive at the airport in Beijing and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Beijing West International Trade 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 in Beijing (approximately 5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing, CAD40p.p.

Day 5: Beijing - Xi'an (High-Speed Train) (B L)
Visit the Summer Palace, the Imperial Garden in the Qing Dynasty, then take a rickshaw to visit the old Beijing Hutong. Depart for the high-speed train to Xi'an and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Grand Barony Xi’an (5 stars) or similar

Day 6: Xi’an (B L)
Spend a thrilling day on exploring the excavation site of Xi'an Terra Cotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers. Each soldier appears to have his own individual personality and many equipped with chariots and horses.
Optional tour in Xi'an: Tang Dynasty Dancing Show along with a Dumpling Banquet in the evening. , CAD70p.p. 

Day 7: Xi’an - Shanghai (Flight) – Suzhou (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, transfer to Suzhou by coach and rest up in the hotel.
Hotel: Suzhou Jinke Grand Hotel or similar

Day 8: Suzhou – Shanghai (B L)
After breakfast, visit Liu Garden and take a tour to the old town of Suzhou. Then return to Shanghai.
Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD40p.p.
Hotel: Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 9: 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 in Shanghai (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour, CAD40p.p.

Day 10: Shanghai – stops – Home (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flights back to your sweet home. End of trip.










*Please select the departure year :
2017 | 2018


* Guaranteed departure from at least 15 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 / Vancouver / Toronto departures only. The prices will be $100/ $200 /$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 August 29 2017

 
Price includes:
* International flights & 1 domestic flights (taxes includes);
* Intra–China transportation (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 change according to Chinese Embassy’s discretion);
* Optional tour in Beijing (approximately 5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing, CAD40 p.p. (any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB300 p.p.);
* Optional tour in Xi'an: Tang Dynasty Dancing Show along with a Dumpling Banquet in the evening. CAD70 p.p. (any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB450 p.p.);
* Optional tour (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in Shanghai, CAD40 p.p. (any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB300 p.p.);
* Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD40 p.p. (any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB300 p.p.);
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts in China:
Beijing: Green Tea & Freshwater Pearl
Xi’an: Jade & Handmade Terracotta Warriors Pottery
Shanghai: embroidery, cashmere & silk

Beijing West International Trade Hotel

Beijing West International Trade Hotel, located in Fengtai District, Beijing, is a popular choice for travelers. The excitement of the city center is only 15 km away. For those of you who want to venture out, Beijing Museum of Red Chamber Culture & Art, Niujie Mosque, Fayuan Temple are just some of the attractions available to visitors.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, West International Trade Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. 24-hour front desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, car park, room service are just a few of the facilities that set West International Trade Hotel apart from other hotels in the city.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find non smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating, wake-up service, desk. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, indoor pool, spa, kids club, steamroom. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the West International Trade Hotel the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Beijing.

 

Suzhou Jinke Grand Hotel

Located at the heart of the most important administrative area, Suzhou Jinke Grand Hotel is an ecological paradise of garden hotel.

The hotel covers an area of 6000 square meters and a floor space of 38000 square meters. With a convenient destination, the hotel stands at the gate of North New District, 15 minutes drive to airport, 7 minutes to Longtoushi Railway Station, 15 minutes to the city downtown, 20 minutes to Chongqing Harbour and 5 minutes to Jiangbei central business district. She neighbours Chongqing North New Zone of High and New Technology Industrial Development which dwells more than a thousand companies, including many world 500 biggest multinationals. It is the first choice for both business and leisure. She also adjoins the area of deluxe garden apartments and villa, minutes walking to Chongqing Zaomusan Botanical Garden.

A broad front square, developed business facilities and convenient transportation will provide you with an advantage stay.

 

Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel

Ideally located in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel is only 15 kilometers from Pudong's Central Business District. It's just a 20-minute drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and a 40-minute drive to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The hotel is in close proximity to highways and metro lines, providing easy access to premier shopping, dining, and entertainment in the Lujiazui Financial District. Shoppers can take a leisurely browse around the Sunland Duty Free Shopping Mall which includes Auchan, Xingmei cinema, and restaurants. The hotel features beautifully appointed guestrooms equipped with modern amenities for your comfort. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel is the perfect choice for 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.


Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show

The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, a wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xian. The city, which was formerly known as Chang'an has a very long history, and was the imperial capital during 13 dynastic periods. Of these, the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) was the most prosperous and glorious of all. The Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is an outstanding exponent of this ancient stable and prosperous society, keeping alive its splendid culture and providing an insight into the peaceful life style of the period.

As an art form, the show has its roots in folk fetes, when dances were first performed by people as part of rituals of prayer for a good harvest or a better life. Over thousands of years, the dances developed from a few simple postures or gestures to become delicate and artistic reaching a peak during the Tang Dynasty. Unlike some other regimes, the Tang was open to outside influences and was willing to take in the best of various art forms of not only the past dynasties but also the ethnic groups in the northwestern China as well as central and western Asia. Thus a wide range sqr-thu10mb-captionof unusual oriental musical instruments, many techniques such as painting, sculpting, pattern and costume design, cuisine and dining etiquette, singing and dancing was accepted by the Chinese, paving the way for the kind of entertainment that is now the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. By combining poetry with the skilled playing of musical instruments, singing, dancing and also stunning costumes, the modern presentation is certain to give you an impressive view of ancient China including its splendid history, brilliant arts, distinct traditions and customs.

 

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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