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Back to Ancient Capitals of China 14 Days

Visits: Shanghai - Xi'an -Luoyang (Longmen Grottes) - Zhengzhou - Shaolin temple - Beijing


*Please select the departure year :
 
2017 | 2018

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

Day 1(2017-12-27): Departure city - stops - Shanghai
Depart for Shanghai on overnight international flight

Day 2(2017-12-28): Shanghai
Arrive at the airport of Shanghai and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao hotel or similar (5 stars) or similar

Day 3(2017-12-29): 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 4(2017-12-30): Shanghai (B L)
After breakfast, visit old Shanghai district. Free time.
Optional tour (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in Shanghai (CAD40p.p.)

Day 5(2017-12-31): Shanghai - Xi’an (Flight) (B D)
After breakfast, transfer to Xi’an by air. Celebrate the New Year 2018 in a temple and wish a happy and blessed New Year along with the bell rings.
Hotel: Xi’an Grand Barony Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 6(2018-01-01): Xi’an (B L)
Spend a thrilling day to explore the excavation site of Xi’an Terra Cotta Army which holds more than 8,000 soldiers. Each soldier appears to have his own individual personality and many equipped with chariots and horses.
Optional tour: Tang Dynasty Dancing Show along with a Dumpling Banquet in the evening.CAD70 p.p.

Day 7(2018-01-02): Xi’an (B L)
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi History Museum, located northwest of the great wild goose pagoda in the ancient city of Xi'an, it is one of the first major museums in China. Then continue to the palace of the Great Pagoda of the Wild Goose as well as the ramparts of the city.

Day 8(2018-01-03): Xi’an - Luoyang (High Speed Train) - Longmen Grotto (Coach) (B D)
After breakfast, transfer to Luoyang by high-speed train. Upon arrival, transfer to Longmen-Grotten by coach to visit the impressive Longmen Grottoes. Longmen, literally means caves of the Dragon Gate. These caves are devoted to Buddhist and are one of the three most famous sites of ancient sculpture of China.
Hotel: Luoyang Haytt Palace Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 9(2018-01-04): Luoyang - Shaolin Monastery - Zhengzhou (Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to Shaoling Monastery by coach. The day is dominated by the Sacred Mountain Song Shan and its temple, Shaolin, known for countless Kung Fu films. The Shaolin Temple was founded in the fifth century, is a Chan Buddhist temple that has long been famous for its association with Chinese martial arts and particularly with Shaolin Kung Fu. For the Western world, it is the most famous Buddhist monastery. Not far from the monastery, the pagoda forest begins, where over 220 grave pagoda are erected for the most famous abbots and monks.
Hotel: Cheered Hotel Zhengzhou or similar (5 stars) or similar

Day 10(2018-01-05): Zhengzhou - Beijing (High Speed Train) (B L)
After breakfast, transfer to Beijing by coach. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Beijing West International Trade Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 11(2018-01-06): Beijing (B L D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Tian-An-Men Square, the largest square in the world and the symbol of Beijing. Visit the historical sites: the Forbidden City (the former Imperial Palace) and the Temple of Heaven, one of the most beautiful historical monuments in Beijing where the Ming and Qing Emperors prayed for good harvests and made sacrifices.

Day 12(2018-01-07): Beijing (B L)
Visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is a collection of Chinese military fortifications built, destroyed and rebuilt several times and in several places between the 3rd century BC. AD And the seventeenth century to mark and defend the northern border of China. It is the most important architectural structure ever built by man in length, surface and mass.

Day 13(2018-01-08): Beijing (B L)
After breakfast, visit the Summer Palace which was the former Imperial Garden of the Qing Dynasty. Rickshaw ride in the old quarter. Free time.
Optional tour (about 5 hours): Dinner + night tour in Beijing, CAD40p.p

Day 14(2018-01-09): Beijing - stops - home (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly back to your sweet home. End of trip.












*Please select the departure year :
2017 | 2018



* 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 Vancouver/ Montreal/Toronto departures only. The prices will be $100/$200/$300/$500 more for departures from other major North America cities.

Price valid until August 29 2017

 
Price includes:
* International flights; (AC/UA/AA/DL/MU/CA/HU);
* Intra–China transportation (air, 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 Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, 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. CAD70p.p. (price applicable for payment before departure, any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB450 p.p.);
* 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.);
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts in China:
Beijing: Cloisonne Factory & Freshwater Pearl
Xi’an: Jade & Handmade Terracotta Warriors Pottery
Shanghai: embroidery, cashmere & silk

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.

 

Holiday Inn Xi'an Big Goose Pagoda

Let Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda be your sanctuary away from home for your next visit to Xi’an.

Conveniently located at South 2nd Ring Road and 40 kms from Xi’an Xianyang Airport, we are close to Changan University and Xiaozhai shopping district. Commute easily to other parts of the city with the nearby Sport Center Subway Station or taxis are readily available in the district.

Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda guestrooms all feature flat-screen televisions, satellite channels, work desks with ergonomic seats and high-speed Internet access. Let our Business Center support all your secretarial needs with print, fax, copy, email and IT services. Host your events in our 6 meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms including our grand ballroom which seats 360 guests (banquet-style) comfortably. Holiday Inn Xi’An Big Goose Pagoda banquets team can also customize our facilities to suit your event’s needs, whether it is a boardroom meeting, intimate champagne reception or grand wedding dinner.

Renew your body with a workout or swim in Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda’s modern 700m2 Fitness Center or relax with a massage in our tranquil Spa. Indulge your appetite in our master chef’s finest creations at restaurant name or in our all-day dining and room service. Treat yourself to an afternoon tea or evening cocktail at bar.

Make Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda your first choice in your next trip to Xi’an.

 
 

Zhengzhou Cheered Hotel

Zhengzhou Cheered Hotel is subordinated to Cheered business enterprise. It is the landmark of Xinmi city, the first choice for tourists travelling around Zhengzhou, and a five-star hotel closest to Shaolin Temple, with a site area of 70,000 square meters, soaring buildings and Chinese-style galleries and pavilions, and vigorous garden scenery against the background of lake water.

Cheered Hotel integrates multiple functions of guest room, catering, hydrotherapy center, standard swimming pool, fitness center, KTV, shopping center, with advanced technology functions. There are 329 guestrooms, from 800sq.m presidential suite to business express rooms, meeting the requirement on high-quality life. There are 11 meeting rooms – multi-function room (containing 600 persons), lecture room (containing more than 100 persons), 800 sq.m banquet hall, conference hall for board meeting, reception hall, pillarless banquet hall under construction (containing 1000 persons), etc. There is a Chinese restaurant and a Western restaurant. The Chinese restaurant is dominated by Cantonese cuisine, Henan cuisine (Xinmi cuisine), Hunan cuisine and Hubei cuisine, and creates theme parties for VIPs.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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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.

 

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