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Program #6071RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 31 — Apr 18, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, March 31 - In Flight
In Transit: International flight

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.Contact Chinese American Educational Exchange: email: toc@ix.netcom.com tel: 212 334 1971


Day Two: Monday, April 01 - Arrive Beijing/Welcome Meeting
Afternoon: Arrive at Beijing International Airport where your group leader/national guide will be waiting for you. After check-in and a short rest, get together for a Welcome Meeting at your hotel.

Dinner: at hotel dining room

Evening: at your leisure.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.Contact Chinese American Educational Exchange: email: toc@ix.netcom.com tel: 212 334 1971


Day Three: Tuesday, April 02 - Forbidden City/ China's Land and Peoples/ Peking...
Breakfast: After optional morning tai ji exercise, enjoy hotel's buffet breakfast.

Morning: Explore the monumental Forbidden City, seat of the Qing rulers whose reception halls and living quarters contain many of the Qing Emperors' treasures.

Lunch: at restaurant nearby

Afternoon: After lunch return to your hotel for a Talk: 'China’s Land and Peoples.'

Dinner: A Welcome Banquet features one of Beijing's culinary delights: Peking Duck.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.Contact Chinese American Educational Exchange: email: toc@ix.netcom.com tel: 212 334 1971


Day Four: Wednesday, April 03 - Great Wall/Sacred Way/Tian'anmen Square/Chinese C...
Breakfast: hotel buffet

Morning: This morning depart for a section of the Great Wall outside of the city. Your walk on the wall affords spectacular views of the Wall climbing and cascading over the surrounding mountains.

Lunch: at a restaurant near the Great Wall.

Afternoon: On the way back to Beijing walk the Sacred Way, the entrance alley to the Ming Tombs (also known as the Alley of Animals because of the majestic, oversized animal sculptures that line the lane). (Note that we won’t enter the Tombs themselves as all artifacts have been removed.) Before returning to your hotel visit ‘the heart’ of Beijing -- Tian’anmen Square, about 15 minutes from your hotel.

Dinner: hotel dining room

Evening: Get together with your national guide and learn some useful Chinese phrases.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Originally built in the 1950s, this modernized hotel is located in a traditional district south of Beijing's famous Chan An Avenue and short distance from many of Beijing's historic and monumental sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Forbidden City. It also maintains a well-known theater devoted to nightly performances of Beijing Opera.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
175 Yonggan Road
Xuanwu District
Beijing, NA 100050 China
phone: +86 -10-6301-6688
web: www.qianmenhotel.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, satellite television, free room non-wifi internet access, international direct-dial telephone, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, laundry service, coffee- and tea-making facilities. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Four restaurants with Western and Chinese cuisine, rooftop bar, business center, fitness center, beauty salon, Liyuan Peking Opera theater.Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Program Provider (CAEE)
Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.Contact Chinese American Educational Exchange: email: toc@ix.netcom.com tel: 212 334 1971


Day Five: Thursday, April 04 - Hutongs/Free Afternoon/Beijing Opera
Breakfast: hotel buffet after optional morning tai ji

Morning: Explore a neighborhood of old ‘hutongs’ (residential lanes and alleys) near Beihai Park. While there, visit a local school, families in their homes, and the former residence of Song Qing Ling (political activist and widow of Dr. Sun Yat Sen).

Lunch: Enjoy a simple lunch hosted by neighborhood families.

Afternoon: The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: at restaurant nearby

Evening: At a nearby theater, enjoy a taste of Beijing opera, a unique art form that uses brilliant costumes, mannerized make-up, acrobatics and martial arts, various types of falsetto singing, and exuberant percussionists. The performance is presented with English and modern Chinese supertitles above the stage. Chinese Opera is an ‘acquired taste’ for Western ears. For an introduction to Beijing Opera and its traditions, try to see the film ‘Farewell My Concubine.’

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or totally refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons.

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, all outside cabins with private balcony, and private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds.

Facility amenities: Gym, Internet access, laundry service, beauty salon, barbershop, shops, currency exchange, bar.Wi-Fi is not available, Wi-Fi is not available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, April 05 - Temple of Heaven/Yichang/board Yangtze River vess...
Breakfast: after morning tai ji, hotel buffet breakfast

Morning: This morning coach to the nearby Temple of Heaven. This architectural masterpiece was begun in the 15th century and symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth. Walk the extensive grounds to the Temple itself or stay in its environs and enjoy the activities of local people practicing calligraphy and tai ji, playing musical instruments, dancing, or flying silk kites.

Lunch: en route to Beijing airport

Afternoon: Fly to the city of Yichang to board your Yangtze vessel

Dinner: Dinner is at a restaurant in Yichang

Evening: This evening, board your Yangtze vessel and set sail for 3 days cruising upstream on the Yangtze River (known in Chinese as 'Chang Jiang' or Long River). The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or totally refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons.

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, all outside cabins with private balcony, and private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds.

Facility amenities: Gym, Internet access, laundry service, beauty salon, barbershop, shops, currency exchange, bar.Wi-Fi is not available, Wi-Fi is not available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Saturday, April 06 - Three Gorges Dam Site/Xiling Gorge
Breakfast: Tai ji on deck followed by ship’s buffet breakfast.

Morning: This morning, take a short coach ride to the Three Gorges Dam site. From an observation deck, you will have a bird's-eye view of the dam, five-step ship lock, diversion canal, and power station. A nearby exhibition displays a dam model; a briefing will explain this project, one of the largest construction ventures ever.

Lunch: ship's buffet

Afternoon: After passing through Gezhou Dam ship lock, enter Xiling Gorge. Though historically Xiling Gorge was the most treacherous, it was made safe during the 1950's when dangerous shoals were dynamited out of the river.

Dinner: Captain's Reception followed by dinner in ship's dining room

Evening: Ship's entertainment or Chinese conversation practice with program leader.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or totally refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons.

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, all outside cabins with private balcony, and private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds.

Facility amenities: Gym, Internet access, laundry service, beauty salon, barbershop, shops, currency exchange, bar.Wi-Fi is not available, Wi-Fi is not available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, April 07 - Wu Gorge/Sampan excursion/Qu Tang Gorge
Breakfast: Before breakfast, review tai ji steps you already know and learn new ones. Then, enjoy boat's buffet breakfast.

Morning: This morning, pass through Wu Gorge, the most beautiful of the gorges with 12 famous peaks.

Lunch: ship's buffet lunch

Afternoon: On this afternoon's excursion, cruise in sampans up a mini-gorge on a pristine tributary of the Yangtze where you may catch glimpses of red monkeys amongst the trees, goats clinging to craggy cliffs, and 'hanging coffins' secured in the cliff face by the Ba people centuries ago. After returning to ship, set sail and pass through Qu Tang Gorge.

Dinner: in ship's dining room

Evening: Ship's entertainment or Chinese language practice.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or totally refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons.

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, all outside cabins with private balcony, and private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds.

Facility amenities: Gym, Internet access, laundry service, beauty salon, barbershop, shops, currency exchange, bar.Wi-Fi is not available, Wi-Fi is not available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Monday, April 08 - Relocated Village/River Sailing
Breakfast: morning optional tai ji followed by ship's buffet breakfast.

Morning: Today visit a new village for relocated families. Explore their agricultural market and visit with a local family.

Lunch: ship's buffet

Afternoon: Enjoy sailing on the river, ship's presentations, and Chinese language learning with your program leader.

Dinner: Captain's Farewell Banquet

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, the Grand Noble (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer

Facility amenities: laundry service, business center, coffee bar, room service,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, April 09 - Disembark /Chongqing Pandas/Old Town/ Xi'an
Breakfast: ship's buffet

Morning: This morning disembark in the city of Chongqing, an important port on the Yangtze. Coach to the Zoological gardens to view the pandas which are indigenous to this part of China only.

Lunch: in restaurant on the way to Chongqing's Old Town

Afternoon: Explore Chongqing's old town and visit Ming and Qing Dynasty homes. Then, fly to Xi'an in late afternoon.

Dinner: at restaurant

Evening: Join your group leader to practice useful Chinese phrases.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, the Grand Noble (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer

Facility amenities: laundry service, business center, coffee bar, room service,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, April 10 - 'Chinese Cultural History'/Get-together with Univ...
'Chinese Cultural History'/Get-together with University Students/ History Museum/Dumpling Banquet

Breakfast: Enjoy optional tai ji before hotel buffet breakfast

Morning: A Talk at Xi'an International Studies University discusses Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism as a way of illuminating the Chinese 'character' and world views.

Lunch: at University dining room. After lunch, walk the campus and speak with university students to learn about China's new generation.

Afternoon: Follow Chinese Dynastic history via the exquisite displays of artifacts in China's oustanding Shaanxi Museum of History.

Dinner: Tonight enjoy an array of special dumplings, for which Xi'an is famous. Some come in shapes of tiny animals, fruits and vegetables and with a myriad of fillings from meat to wild mushrooms.

Evening: Join your program leader for Chinese conversation practice.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located inside the city walls in the heart of 'downtown' Xi'an, the Grand Noble (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer

Facility amenities: laundry service, business center, coffee bar, room service,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Thursday, April 11 - Qin Terra Cotta Warriors Tomb/'English Corner'
Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast

Morning: Today experience what many refer to as one of the great man-made wonders of the world -- the army of life-size terra cotta warriors and horses buried with a Qin Emperor 2,200 years ago and uncovered by farmers in 1974.

Lunch: at a restaurant near the warriors site

Afternoon: Return to your hotel about mid-afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at restaurant.

Evening: At nearby Xi'an International Studies University, join their 'Thursday English corner' for informal chats with students and local citizens who get together once a week to speak in English.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Facing the beautiful Li River, this centrally located hotel is close to many of the scenic spots of the area and is convenient for leisurely walks around town.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
28 Guanlian Road
Yangshuo, GU 541900 China
phone: +86 -773-888 9988
web: www.yangshuohotel.net/en/index.asp

Room amenities: A/C, TV, hair dryer, minibar, laundry service.

Facility amenities: Business center with copy service, fax service, conference rooms, several restaurants, beauty salon, shops.Wi-Fi is not available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Friday, April 12 - 'China Since 1949'/Guilin:Yangshuo
Breakfast: after tai ji practice enjoy hotel's buffet breakfast

Morning: A talk at your hotel discusses the development of modern-day China from 1949 to the present. Then, depart for Xi'an airport to fly to Guilin.

Lunch: lunch will be in a restaurant en route.

Afternoon: After arrival at Guilin, travel by coach (about 2 hrs) to the small town of Yangshuo set amongst the green karst mountains on the beautiful Li River.

Dinner: at a nearby restaurant

Evening: Use the evening to stroll about town or join your program leader for Chinese conversation practice.

Lodging: Sovereign Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Facing the beautiful Li River, this centrally located hotel is close to many of the scenic spots of the area and is convenient for leisurely walks around town.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
28 Guanlian Road
Yangshuo, GU 541900 China
phone: +86 -773-888 9988
web: www.yangshuohotel.net/en/index.asp

Room amenities: A/C, TV, hair dryer, minibar, laundry service.

Facility amenities: Business center with copy service, fax service, conference rooms, several restaurants, beauty salon, shops.Wi-Fi is not available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Saturday, April 13 - Chinese Painting/Li River Cruise
Breakfast: hotel buffet after optional tai ji practice.

Morning: Learn about Chinese landscape painting in a demonstration by a Master at your hotel. Following walk to West Street for lunch.

Lunch: at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart for the banks of the Li River, a source of much Chinese landscape painting and poetry. Embark on an afternoon's cruise amid this serene and unique landscape.

Dinner: This evening is free for you to explore local fare in a restaurant of your own choosing.

Evening: The evening is at your leisure

Lodging: Sovereign Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Facing the beautiful Li River, this centrally located hotel is close to many of the scenic spots of the area and is convenient for leisurely walks around town.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
28 Guanlian Road
Yangshuo, GU 541900 China
phone: +86 -773-888 9988
web: www.yangshuohotel.net/en/index.asp

Room amenities: A/C, TV, hair dryer, minibar, laundry service.

Facility amenities: Business center with copy service, fax service, conference rooms, several restaurants, beauty salon, shops.Wi-Fi is not available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Sunday, April 14 - Local villages/Free Afternoon/'Third Sister Liu'
Breakfast: Morning tai ji is followed by hotel buffet breakfast.

Morning: Local electric carriages transport you to the nearby countryside where you can explore local villages enveloped by magnificent karst mountains.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant.

Afternoon: The afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at your hotel

Evening: This evening, enjoy the open-air musical, 'Third Sister Liu,' directed by the renowned Zhang Yi Mou (the director of Beijing 2008 Olympics magnificent Opening and Closing Ceremonies). Set amidst the natural scenery of the Li River and surrounding mountains, Zhang's musical Folk Opera uses actors and singers from local fishing families wearing ethnic costume and singing traditional folk songs in an extraordinary setting.

Lodging: Sovereign Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Shanghai and close to Huihai Road, an avenue with upscale shops.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
65 Yanan West Road
Shanghai, 200040 China
phone: +86 -21-6248-1688
web: www.equatorial.com/sha/

Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, iron, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: fitness center, indoor swimming pool, beauty parlor, barbershop, shopping, currency exchange, bar,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact program provider
Contact program provider for rates and reservations


Day Sixteen: Monday, April 15 - 'Chinese Music'/fly to Shanghai
Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast

Morning: This morning, on the way to Guilin airport, stop at Guilin Music Institute for an introduction to Chinese music and instruments followed by a private performance.

Lunch: Lunch at airport or en route

Afternoon: Fly to Shanghai.

Dinner: at a local restaurant in Shanghai en route to your hotel.

Evening: The evening is at your leisure.

Lodging: Equatorial Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Shanghai and close to Huihai Road, an avenue with upscale shops.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
65 Yanan West Road
Shanghai, 200040 China
phone: +86 -21-6248-1688
web: www.equatorial.com/sha/

Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, iron, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: fitness center, indoor swimming pool, beauty parlor, barbershop, shopping, currency exchange, bar,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact program provider
Contact program provider for rates and reservations


Day Seventeen: Tuesday, April 16 - Shanghai Museum/Xin Tian Di/Bund and Pudong/Acrob...
Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast

Morning: This morning explore the new state-of-the-art Shanghai Museum, home to China's exquisite and unparalleled collection of ancient ceramics, paintings, sculpture, and bronzes. If you like, join your local guide and travel to the museum via Shanghai's new metro -- or go there by coach.

Lunch: Coach to Shanghai's nearby Xin Tian Di ('New Heaven and Earth') district -- a restoration project that has set a benchmark for Asia. Walk about this renewed and fashionable area; take lunch on your own in one of its many cafes or international cuisine restaurants.

Afternoon: Depart for a walkabout on the Bund and then cross by coach or underground tram to the east side of Shanghai’s busy Huangpu River to the newly developed area of Pudong – until recently undeveloped farmland and now a glittering forest of skyscrapers. From Pudong enjoy views of classic ‘old Shanghai’s’ waterfront whose art deco and neo-classic buildings date from its colonial past.

Dinner: at restaurant

Evening: After dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy an evening of amazing skill and prowess at a performance by the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. Acrobatics has, for thousands of years, been considered one of the 'treasures' of Chinese performing arts and figures in other genres such as Chinese Opera.

Lodging: Equatorial Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Shanghai and close to Huihai Road, an avenue with upscale shops.

Ship Information: na

Contact info:
65 Yanan West Road
Shanghai, 200040 China
phone: +86 -21-6248-1688
web: www.equatorial.com/sha/

Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, iron, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: fitness center, indoor swimming pool, beauty parlor, barbershop, shopping, currency exchange, bar,Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby with free cost.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact program provider
Contact program provider for rates and reservations


Day Eighteen: Wednesday, April 17 - Yu Garden/Bazaar/Free Afternoon/Farewell Banquet
Breakfast: hotel buffet

Morning: This morning, explore the 400 year old Ming Dynasty Yu Garden whose classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese landscaping. After, if time permits, wander through Shanghai's old section and bazaar where you can discover traditional shops or cross a zigzagging bridge to the center of a small pond for a pot of tea at the classic Hu Xin Ting ('Heart of the Lake')Teahouse.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch supervised by monks at the active Longhua Temple. This imaginative and healthy Buddhist cuisine often uses plants, vegetables, mushrooms and tofu to simulate meat and seafood dishes.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at restaurant

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Equatorial Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nineteen: Thursday, April 18 - Depart for U.S. or Post-Program Travel
Breakfast: hotel buffet

Morning: Depart for Shanghai Airport for international departures or post-program travel

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Xi'an
City WallTake stairs up to the restored city wall for a walk or bike rental. The wall is a wide road that provides views of the city.
Beilin MuseumForest of Stone Steles Museum (Beilin Museum) This small, pleasant museum - once a temple and with peaceful gardens-- houses ancient stone tablets with exemplary Chinese calligraphy. It also has a small collection of sculpture and ceramics.
Herb MarketExplore Xi'an's large herb and wild produce market. A good place to bargain for saffron.
Guilin (Yangshuo)
Bicycle rentalRent a bicycle in the hotel courtyard and ride out to the nearby countryside on level, lightly trafficked roads.
SightseeingWalk around town or to the banks of the Li River, or shop for folk items and local goods on the street. Visit the local agricultural market, or take a pedicab ride to some of Yangshuo's famous karst formations.
Shanghai
Hall of Urban Planning CenterThe Shanghai Exhibition Hall of Urban Planning (not far from the Shanghai Museum) includes archival photos and a vast scale model of Shanghai as projected in 2020.
Peace HotelThis art deco hotel built by the Sassoon family has recently been restored. Enjoy the lobby or walk up to the roof and garden bar for spectacular views of the Bund and the Huangpu River and the newly developed Pudong area on the opposite bank.
Oriental Pearl TV TowerBuilt in 1994, situated on the Pudong side of the river, the TV tower offers 365 degree views of Shanghai. Lines can sometimes be quite long.
French ConcessionWithin walking distance of your hotel, the former French concession contains mansions from colonial past, many now turned into chic restaurants and pubs, often with garden seating. The area also includes Huaihai Road with upscale shops and the former residence of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, now a small and pleasant museum open to the public.
Huangpu River CruiseThere are many cruise offerings both night and day and differing in length of time. Ask your local guide in Shanghai how to arrange for tickets. Evening cruises can sometimes be very crowded.

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