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Program #20756RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Equipment Requirements
Bathing caps are required at many Chinese swimming pools. Swim goggles recommended. Anyone planning to bicycle must have a bicycle helmet.

Itinerary for Jul 13 — Jul 25, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, July 13 - Flight to Shanghai/ Cross International Dateline
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight.

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.

Contact info:
No.1928 Gonghexin Road, Zhabei District
Shanghai, 200070 China
phone: +86 21 2602 2222
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service, rooms will be no smoking but hotel has smoking areas.

Facility amenities: AC, daily laundry, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, cafe, bar, restaurants, business center, currency exchange, free wi-fi in hotel lobby

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Two: Sunday, July 14 - Welcome to Shanghai
Afternoon: Welcome to your Road Scholar program in China. Join your National Guides in the hotel lobby at 5:30 pm before dinner. Get acquainted with each other and your National Guides who will accompany you throughout your program in China.

Dinner: Dinner is at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: Use this evening to adapt to the time change. Take a stroll in the surrounding neighborhood, swim in the hotel pool, or just relax at your hotel. Your two National Guides will invite those who wish for a walk around your hotel neighborhood. On your walk, your guides will help you start to learn some useful phrases in Chinese. Don't be surprised if local children call out 'Hello' to you in English or in Chinese (Ni hao!)

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: This five star hotel is in the city center, close to many of Shanghai's highlights and within walking distance of one of Shanghai’s most popular parks where locals gather for traditional exercises and exchange of local news.

Contact info:
No.1928 Gonghexin Road, Zhabei District
Shanghai, 200070 China
phone: +86 21 2602 2222
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service, rooms will be no smoking but hotel has smoking areas.

Facility amenities: AC, daily laundry, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, cafe, bar, restaurants, business center, currency exchange, free wi-fi in hotel lobby

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Three: Monday, July 15 - The Bund/ Fine Arts Museum/ Oriental Pearl Tower/...
Breakfast: This morning join your National Guides for your hotel's buffet breakfast.

Morning: This morning, we take a walk on the Bund, Shanghai’s River promenade beside art deco and neo-classic buildings stemming from the city’s colonial history. The river is an artery of the world’s busiest port and bustles with activity. Across the river, view ‘new Shanghai’ – until recently undeveloped farmland and now a forest of glittering skyscrapers.

Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, adults explore Shanghai Fine Arts Museum, home to China's best collection of painting, sculpture, ceramics, and bronzes. Children join their guide for a 5-minute passenger tram ride under the Huangpu River to the Oriental Pearl Tower. After exploring its history museum with walk-in dioramas of old Shanghai, children ride to the top of the tower for a bird's eye view of the city with the winding bustling Huangpu River below. Then return to your hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant en route to Shanghai Acrobatics Theater

Evening: Acrobatics is considered one of China's performing arts 'treasures'. It has a history of thousands of years and figures in other genres such as Chinese opera. This evening, enjoy a witty and skillful performance by the famed Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

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

Description: Situated beside the beautiful Li River, the Green Lotus International Hotel is located in the center of this small town and is ideal as a base for walks and exploration on foot.

Contact info:
No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo County,
Guilin City, Guangxi Province, 541000 China
phone: +86 773 888 6677
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, hair dryer, mini bar, internet

Facility amenities: swimming pool,internet access, business center, laundry service, bar, restaurant, fitness center, room service; sauna;Wi-Fi is available at 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 Four: Tuesday, July 16 - Tai ji/ Flight to Guilin-Yangshuo/ Discussion: So...
Tai ji/ Flight to Guilin-Yangshuo/ Discussion: Social Problems in China/ Children's Batik Workshop

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Optional tai ji is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Flight to Guilin.

Lunch: Lunch served in flight

Afternoon: Arrive in Guilin city and coach to the small town of Yangshuo set amongst green karst mountains on the beautiful Li River. During your coach ride, you can enjoy the karst mountain scenery or practice Chinese finger counting with your National Guides.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Adults join their National Guide for some informal Chinese conversation and a discussion of current social issues in China including the one child/one family policy. Children join a batik workshop.

Lodging: Green Lotus International Hotel

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

Description: Situated beside the beautiful Li River, the Green Lotus International Hotel is located in the center of this small town and is ideal as a base for walks and exploration on foot.

Contact info:
No.1 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo County,
Guilin City, Guangxi Province, 541000 China
phone: +86 773 888 6677
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, hair dryer, mini bar, internet

Facility amenities: swimming pool,internet access, business center, laundry service, bar, restaurant, fitness center, room service; sauna;Wi-Fi is available at 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 Five: Wednesday, July 17 - Tai ji/ Biking or Electric Cars to Countryside/ L...
Tai ji/ Biking or Electric Cars to Countryside/ Li River Cruise/ Outdoor Folk Musical

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Optional tai ji is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Local electric carriages transport you to the nearby countryside where you can explore local villages enveloped by magnificent karst mountains. Or you can choose to bike. In the countryside, you have the option of climbing the 800 steps of Moon Hill for magnificent views or continue on to local villages to learn about life there. (Anyone biking must have and wear a bike helmet.)

Lunch: Lunch at a local 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: Dinner at a restaurant

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: Green Lotus International Hotel

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

Description: Located in central Xian, the New World Hotel is near the old city's West Gate. It is a ten minute walk to Xi'an's Ancient City Wall, the Great Mosque, and the local people's market.

Contact info:
No. 172 Lisnhu Road, Lianhu District
Xi'an, 710002 China
phone: +86 29 8721 6868
Room amenities: radio, color TV, IDD, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe-deposit box, air-conditioning, private bathroom with shower

Facility amenities: indoor swimming pool, open tennis court, gym, sauna, Internet access, bar, currency exchange, laundry, business center,Wi-Fi is available at 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 Six: Thursday, July 18 - Tai ji/ Chinese Music/ Flight to Xi'an/ Dumpling ...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Optional tai ji is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Depart by coach for the city of Guilin. At the Guilin Music Institute, learn about the names and sounds of traditional Chinese instruments and enjoy a private performance.

Lunch: Lunch at Guilin airport restaurant or en route

Afternoon: Flight to Xi'an city.

Dinner: On the way to your hotel, stop for a dinner 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 greens.

Lodging: New World Hotel

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

Description: Located in central Xian, the New World Hotel is near the old city's West Gate. It is a ten minute walk to Xi'an's Ancient City Wall, the Great Mosque, and the local people's market.

Contact info:
No. 172 Lisnhu Road, Lianhu District
Xi'an, 710002 China
phone: +86 29 8721 6868
Room amenities: radio, color TV, IDD, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe-deposit box, air-conditioning, private bathroom with shower

Facility amenities: indoor swimming pool, open tennis court, gym, sauna, Internet access, bar, currency exchange, laundry, business center,Wi-Fi is available at 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 Seven: Friday, July 19 - Terra Cotta Warriors/ Bike or Pedicab on Old City...
Terra Cotta Warriors/ Bike or Pedicab on Old City Wall/Calligraphy Workshop

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Explore the amazing excavation site of a 2,000-year-old Emperor's tomb containing thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors, cavalrymen and graceful archers -- each believed to represent an actual member of the Emperor's retinue.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to Xi'an city. Choose to return to your hotel to relax or swim or join your National Guides for a walk atop Xi'an's complete city wall. You may decide to rent a bike, a tandem or pedicab to go further.

Dinner: Walk to a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At a calligraphy workshop, learn to write your name in Chinese characters with brush and ink on rice paper.

Lodging: New World Hotel

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

Description: This new hotel has ample grounds, swimming pools and is very close to the Chengdu Panda Research Base.

Contact info:
POLY PARK 198 NO. 1980 S. SHU LONG BLVD, XINDU
Chengdu, 610503, Sichuan China
phone: +86 28 61798888
web: www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/chengdu/ctupg/hoteldetail

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

Facility amenities: Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, restaurants with Asian and Western cuisine, high-speed, broadband Internet access, currency exchange, laundry service, gift shops, beauty salon, fitness center.Wi-Fi is available at 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 Eight: Saturday, July 20 - Tai ji/ Talk: Chinese Cultural History/ Mask Pain...
Tai ji/ Talk: Chinese Cultural History/ Mask Painting Workshop/ Flight to Chengdu/ Face-Changing Masks Magic

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in your hotel. Optional Tai ji is offered before breakfast.

Morning: At Xi'an's International Studies University, a presentation for the adults discusses Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism as a way of illuminating the Chinese 'character' and life views. Meanwhile, children will enjoy a Chinese mask painting workshop where they can also learn to say the colors in Chinese.

Lunch: Lunch in the university dining room.

Afternoon: Flight to Chengdu city in Sichuan Province.

Dinner: Dinner a at restaurant.

Evening: This evening discover one of the most mysterious and enthralling of traditional Chinese performing arts: 'Bian Lian' or face-changing, an art form that originated in Sichuan Province. Marvel as masters change the bright masks on their face within a fraction of a second.

Lodging: Chengdu Panda Garden Hotel

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

Description: Located in central Beijing, the 5 star Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang is a new hotel with all amenities and close to shopping and local restaurants.

Contact info:
3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Beijing, 100020 China
phone: +86 -10-5909-6688
Room amenities: air conditioning, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, mini bar, internet, iron, multi-type electrical outlet, 110V electrical outlet, electric kettle

Facility amenities: indoor swimming pool; restaurants; bar; concierge; fitness center; room service; sauna; Wi-Fi is available at 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: Check with Program Provider
contact Program Provider


Day Nine: Sunday, July 21 - Panda Research and Breeding Base/ Flight to Beiji...
Breakfast: Early buffet breakfast in your hotel and check-out.

Morning: We make an early start this morning so that you can observe baby and adult pandas at their most active time in a naturalized habitat. At the Chengdu Giant Panda Research and Breeding base, learn about the lives of pandas and what is being done to save this endearing and endangered species.

Lunch: Lunch at the Giant Panda Research Base.

Afternoon: Flight to China's capital, Beijing.

Dinner: Dinner is in a restaurant on the way to your hotel.

Evening: This evening is at your leisure.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang

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

Description: Located in central Beijing, the 5 star Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang is a new hotel with all amenities and close to shopping and local restaurants.

Contact info:
3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Beijing, 100020 China
phone: +86 -10-5909-6688
Room amenities: air conditioning, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, mini bar, internet, iron, multi-type electrical outlet, 110V electrical outlet, electric kettle

Facility amenities: indoor swimming pool; restaurants; bar; concierge; fitness center; room service; sauna; Wi-Fi is available at 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: Check with Program Provider
contact Program Provider


Day Ten: Monday, July 22 - Tai ji/ Forbidden City/ Hutong Lunch/ Fly Kites a...
Tai ji/ Forbidden City/ Hutong Lunch/ Fly Kites at the Temple of Heaven/ The Legend of Kung Fu

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in your hotel. Tai ji is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Enter the Forbidden City. We will explore the most interesting parts of the world's largest palace compound which has 800 buildings and 9,000 rooms, once occupied by the Emperor, his wives, concubines, and attendants -- and forbidden to all others.

Lunch: Walk or pedicab in an old Beijing neighborhood of 'hutongs'- traditional residential lanes and alleys - to visit with local families in their courtyard homes. Join a local family for lunch and try your hand at making 'jiaozi' -- meat and vegetable filled dumplings that are a North Chinese favorite.

Afternoon: Return to your hotel for a rest or a swim. Later in the afternoon, we take kites to the park of the Temple of Heaven where children can learn to fly traditional Chinese kites. Adults can join the children or stroll on to the Temple itself, a 15th century architectural masterpiece.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant

Evening: In addition to strength of mind and body, kung fu, includes grace of movement. Marvel at the power and elegance of masters in a performance at Beijing's Red Theater.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang

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

Description: Located in central Beijing, the 5 star Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang is a new hotel with all amenities and close to shopping and local restaurants.

Contact info:
3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Beijing, 100020 China
phone: +86 -10-5909-6688
Room amenities: air conditioning, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, mini bar, internet, iron, multi-type electrical outlet, 110V electrical outlet, electric kettle

Facility amenities: indoor swimming pool; restaurants; bar; concierge; fitness center; room service; sauna; Wi-Fi is available at 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: Check with Program Provider
contact Program Provider


Day Eleven: Tuesday, July 23 - Tai ji/ Summer Palace/free afternoon or Panjiayua...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Optional tai ji is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Explore the exquisite Summer Palace, the resort of Qing Emperors. Boat on its jewel-like lake bordered by lily ponds and crossed with stone arched bridges.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant

Afternoon: Return to your hotel for some rest or swimming. Later, take the rest of the afternoon for free time or join your National Guide for a trip to Panjiayuan Flea Market which features small stalls offering just about everything - collectibles, curios, antiques. reproductions, furniture, fresh water pearls, amber, jade and a chance to learn to bargain Chinese-style -- a good chance to practice the Chinese you have learned, as well as using Chinese finger counting.

Dinner: This evening is free for you to explore local fare on your own. Your National Guide can give suggestions for destinations that you can walk to near your hotel.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang

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

Description: Located in central Beijing, the 5 star Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang is a new hotel with all amenities and close to shopping and local restaurants.

Contact info:
3 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Beijing, 100020 China
phone: +86 -10-5909-6688
Room amenities: air conditioning, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, mini bar, internet, iron, multi-type electrical outlet, 110V electrical outlet, electric kettle

Facility amenities: indoor swimming pool; restaurants; bar; concierge; fitness center; room service; sauna; Wi-Fi is available at 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: Check with Program Provider
contact Program Provider


Day Twelve: Wednesday, July 24 - Great Wall at Jinshanling/ Tian'anmen Square/ Pek...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Drive out to the Great Wall at Jin Shan Ling -- sometimes referred to as 'the Wild Great Wall' as it is not overly restored. Take a gondola lift to the upper part of the wall, then walk along its battlements and through watchtowers to experience magnificent views of the wall as it climbs and descends over the distant mountains.

Lunch: A picnic lunch is provided to enjoy in a spot of your choosing on the Wall.

Afternoon: Return to Beijing and view Tian'anmen Square, often referred to as 'the heart of Beijing'. If time permits, we'll take a short stroll in the square. Then return to your hotel nearby.

Dinner: Experience a Beijing specialty at a farewell dinner in a Peking Duck restaurant.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Thursday, July 25 - Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Depart for Beijing International Airport for international departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Shanghai
French ConcessionThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xi'an
City WallsTake 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.
Forest 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.
Night MarketXi'an's night market bustles with activity. Locals and visitors stroll, chat and look for bargains.
People's ParkA typical meeting place where various generations gather for tai chi, airing pet birds, playing traditional musical instruments or practicing local opera.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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11 nights of accommodations
31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
11 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances
4 Flights during the program

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