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Smiling of China 15 Days (2017)

Visits: Beijing – Xi’an – Shanghai – Suzhou – Hangzhou – Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) - Shanghai

Highlight features: UNESCO

  Forbidden City Performances & Entertainments:
  The Great Wall Tang Dynasty Dancing Show along with a Dumpling Banquet in the evening (optional)
  Temple of heaven  
  Summer Palace
Beijing Hutong
Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
  Terra Cotta Army
  Suzhou Liu Garden
Shanghai the Bund  
Huangshan  
* 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, welcomed by your tour guide and transfer to hotel. Refresh and relax at leisure.
Hotel: Beijing Lijingwan International Hotel or similar (5 stars)

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 day excursion to the ancient Great Wall, originally built as a protection from the Huns and the Nomadic tribes and never completely fulfilled its purpose.
Optional tour (approximately 5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing( CAD40p.p.)

Day 5: Beijing (B L)
Visit the Summer Palace, the Imperial Garden in the Qing Dynasty. Then take a rickshaw to visit the old Beijing Hutong. Free time.

Day 6: Beijing – Xi’an (Flight) (B L)
After breakfast, visit the outside of the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. Depart for Xi'an by air and transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Xi'an Grand Soluxe Hôtel (5 stars) or similar

Day 7: Xi’an (B L)
Spend a thrilling day to explore 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. Free time in downtown.
Optional tour: Tang Dynasty Dancing Show along with a Dumpling Banquet in the evening (CAD70p.p.)

Day 8: Xi’an – Shanghai (Flight) – Suzhou (Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast, fly to Shanghai and transfer to Suzhou, Garden city in China.
Hotel: Suzhou Jinke Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 9: Suzhou – Hangzhou (Coach) (B L D)
Visit the Liu Garden. City tour and some free time in the old town of Suzhou. Departure for Hangzhou by coach.
Hotel: Hangzhou Grand Metro Park Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 10: Hangzhou – Huangshan (Coach) (B L D)
Hangzhou is famous for its natural beauty and historic sites. Take a cruise on the West Lake and visit the Green Tea Village, "Longjing - Dragon Well", which is well known all over the world. Departure for Huangshan by coach.
Hotel: Huangshan International Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 11: Huangshan (B L D)
Whole –day excursion in Huangshan. Huangshan, literally "Yellow Mountain", the mountain is well known for its scenery, peculiarly shaped granite peaks, Huangshan Pine trees, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of China's major tourist destinations.Excursion in Huangshan.

Day 12: Huangshan - Shanghai (Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast, departure for Shanghai by coach. Upon arrival, free time.
Hotel: Shanghai Wyndham Hotel (5 Stars) or similar

Day 13: 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 (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in Shanghai (CAD40p.p.)

Day 14: Shanghai (B)
Free time.

Day 15: Shanghai – stops – Canada(B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to your sweet home. End of trip.















* 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).
* Prices shown on Sep.21/28, Oct. 05/12/19/26, Nov.02 are for Toronto departure only.
* Prices shown on Jul.20, Aug.17, Sep.07/14 are for Vancouver departures only.
* Prices shown on Apr.18, May.07, Nov.09/16 are for Toronto & Vancouver departure only.
* Other departure cities' price fluctuates accordingly. Please click Order to see more details.

Price valid until February 23 2017

 
Price includes:
* International air and domestic transportation (air, coach);
* All 5-star hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* 3 meals a day and typical local food unless otherwise stated;
* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows listed;
* Service charge for all guides and bus drivers & all other gratuities: CAD150 p.p. for the entire trip;
* Hotel porter fees: CAD18 p.p. for the entire trip;
* 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 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 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.);
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts in China:
Beijing: Cloisonné Factory & Freshwater Pearl
Xi’an: Jade & Handmade Terracotta Warriors Pottery
Shanghai: Cashmere & Silk and silk duvet
Huangshan: Tea ware

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.

 
Xi’an Grand Soluxe Hotel

The Grand Soluxe International Hotel Xi'an (Zuanshi Jiudian) is a 5-star hotel located just inside Xi’an’s ancient city walls behind the railway station. With all of the delights of the ancient capital within walking distance, such as the Bell Tower, the Muslim Quarter and the city walls themselves, this hotel, which perfectly blends traditional Chinese refinery with modern comfort, is a great choice whether you are here to see the Terracotta Warriors or on business.

Guestrooms range from presidential suites to economy rooms, and all rooms come equipped with flat screen TVs, mini bars and other top amenities.

For business travelers, the hotel offers a business center and various-sized meeting rooms.

After an intense workout in the gym, guests can revive weary muscles with a sauna and massage at the on-site spa, while evening entertainment consists of a tea house, barbecue and lobby bar.

 

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.

 

Huangshan International Hotel

Located in the middle of the mountainous beauty of Tunxi, this is an ideal accommodation for nature lovers and leisure travelers. Enjoy modern amenities like satellite television, mini bars, en-suite movies, and internet inside every guest room. Although the restaurant serves fine Chinese and international selections throughout the day, opt to stay in bed as room service is available. Car rental is available for trips to the city center, only three kilometers away. Depending on the weather, have a swim in the indoor or outdoor pool or stroll around the area and enjoy the scenic views of mountains and the river. The salon, gym, and sauna all add to the comfort factor of the Huangshan International Hotel.

 

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.

 

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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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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