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Program #3588RJ
26 Days | 25 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.

Itinerary for Oct 7 — Nov 1, 2013

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Day One: Monday, October 07 - Departures
In Transit: International flight Departures

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.


Day Two: Tuesday, October 08 - Arrive China’s Capital 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. Note: CAEE Group Leaders are qualified National Guides who are full-time permanent members of our offices. All are university graduates, fluent in English, well-educated in safety and protocol and are supported by offices nation-wide.

Dinner: Dinner will be at your hotel.

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.


Day Three: Wednesday, October 09 - BEIJING: Temple of Heaven /Tian'anmen Square/'Chi...
BEIJING: Temple of Heaven /Tian'anmen Square/'China: Land and Peoples'/Peking Duck

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at our hotel at 7:45 a.m.

Morning: Depart the hotel at 8:45 a.m. for the 15th-century architectural masterpiece the Temple of Heaven, which 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, tai chi, musical instruments, dancing, or flying kites. Later, stop at the "heart of Beijing" — Tiananmen Square

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A Talk at your hotel introduces China's Land and Peoples. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: This evening at a Welcome Dinner, celebrate with a Beijing specialty: Peking Duck Dinner. Peking Duck was first created in Beijing for emperors 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. Thinly sliced, with crisp skin, the duck is wrapped in light pancakes with julienned cucumbers and a variety of sauces. It is often said that if you go to Beijing there are two things you must do: Walk the Great Wall and enjoy Peking Duck.

Evening: After dinner, the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

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.


Day Four: Thursday, October 10 - BEIJING:Great Wall/Beijing Opera
Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Optional tai chi class before breakfast at 7:15 a.m.

Morning: Experience the grandeur of the Great Wall in the mountains outside of Beijing. Walk along the wall for glorious vistas of it rising and descending along the mountain ridges.

Lunch: Enjoy a typical north Chinese lunch of dumplings (jiaozi) with local families in their homes.

Afternoon: Return to your hotel in Beijing.

Dinner: Dinner is at your hotel.

Evening: At a nearby theater, enjoy a taste of Beijing opera, a unique art form that uses brilliant costumes, mannerized makeup, 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: 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.


Day Five: Friday, October 11 - BEIJING: Hutongs/Family Lunch/Forbidden City
Breakfast: After morning tai chi, enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast between 6:30 a.m and 9:30 a.m.

Morning: Explore the hutongs (small residential alleys and courtyards) near Beihai Park. Visit a local school, families in their homes, and the former residence of Song Qing Ling, political activist and wife of Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

Lunch: Enjoy a local lunch hosted by hutong families.

Afternoon: Explore the Forbidden City, a vast complex once the seat of Qing Emperors and forbidden to all else.

Dinner: Walk to a restaurant near your hotel for dinner

Evening: Join your group leader for a briefing about your first train journey tomorrow morning and to learn some useful Chinese phrases.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

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

Description: This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.

Contact info:
6 Xiyuan Road
Luoyang, 471003 China
phone: +86 379-6468-5555
Room amenities: private bath and shower, TV, A/C, IDD phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, minibar, laundry service, internet access.

Facility amenities: Daily Laundry, Gym, beauty salon, shopping arcade, lobby bar, dance hall, currency exchange.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, October 12 - Train to LUOYANG: People’s Square
Breakfast: Early breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: In early morning, leave for Beijing West Railway Station and depart for city of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province. .

Lunch: We'll bring a box lunch for the train.

Afternoon: Your train crosses the Yellow River about 10 minutes before arriving in Zhengzhou. Coach to the city of Luoyang.

Dinner: hotel dining room

Evening: Explore the evening activities in the lively People's Square just opposite.

Lodging: Friendship Hotel

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

Description: This hotel boasts the best location in Luoyang, just across from the People's Square where locals gather on a daily basis to practice tai ji, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and to air pet birds.

Contact info:
6 Xiyuan Road
Luoyang, 471003 China
phone: +86 379-6468-5555
Room amenities: private bath and shower, TV, A/C, IDD phone, in-room safe, hair dryer, minibar, laundry service, internet access.

Facility amenities: Daily Laundry, Gym, beauty salon, shopping arcade, lobby bar, dance hall, currency exchange.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, October 13 - LUOYANG: Longmen Grottoes/Agricultural Village/Co...
LUOYANG: Longmen Grottoes/Agricultural Village/Country School/Chinese Music

Breakfast: Enjoy early morning tai chi movements at 7:15 a.m. and then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast. Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:00 am.

Morning: Before breakfast, practice gentle tai chi exercises on the People's Square, filled with local people practicing martial arts, ballroom dancing or airing pet birds. After breakfast, depart for the 1,500-year-old Longmen Grottoes. Learn about these stone carvings that overlook the Yi River and that celebrate the introduction of Buddhism into China.

Lunch: At restaurant nearby.

Afternoon: This afternoon, visit Huai Shu Wan agricultural village and its Primary School. Huai Shu Wan is a typical north Chinese country village and its primary school has about 200 pupils from various villages in the area. Observe classes, talk with the English teachers and then visit families in the village. On the way back to your hotel, if time permits, stop at Luoyang's small Old Section.

Dinner: At hotel

Evening: Enjoy an introduction to traditional Chinese musical instruments with demonstration (at hotel).

Lodging: Friendship 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.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, free in-room internet (no wifi) access, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Free wifi in hotel lobby, laundry service, business center, coffee 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


Day Eight: Monday, October 14 - XI'AN: Train to Xi'an
Breakfast: After morning tai chi, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a morning train to the City of Xi'an. Enjoy views of rural life from the train as you ascend China's Yellow Soil Plateau. The land is covered with a thick layer of wind-blown loess soil, which masks the original landforms. Deeply eroded, the landscape has steep ravines and almost vertical cliff faces pocked with holes and caves known as "yaodong," which are used for dwelling and resting.

Lunch: Box lunch on train.

Afternoon: Arrive at Xi'an Station in mid-afternoon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: If time permits, get together with your group leader to practice Chinese.

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.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, free in-room internet (no wifi) access, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Free wifi in hotel lobby, laundry service, business center, coffee 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


Day Nine: Tuesday, October 15 - XI'AN: 'Chinese Cultural History'/History Museum/...
Breakfast: After morning tai chi, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: At Xi'an's renowned International Studies University, a presentation discusses Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism as a way of illuminating the Chinese 'character' and world views.

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

Afternoon: Understand China's dynastic history, as well as its rich and enduring culture in an exploration of its state-of-the-art Museum of History.

Dinner: Enjoy a banquet of various dumplings for which Xi'an is famous

Evening: at your leisure

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.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, free in-room internet (no wifi) access, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Free wifi in hotel lobby, laundry service, business center, coffee 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


Day Ten: Wednesday, October 16 - XI'AN: Qin Emperor's Terra Cotta Warriors Tomb
Breakfast: After morning tai chi, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel

Morning: Experience the truly awe-inspiring site of the Qin Emperor's Tomb. Learn about and explore this remarkable 2,000-year-old tomb site that contains thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors, cavalrymen and graceful archers — each believed to represent an actual member of the Emperor's retinue.

Lunch: at a nearby restaurant

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

Dinner: Dinner will either be at your hotel or at restaurant.

Evening: Get together with your group leader to practice spoken Chinese.

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.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 87690000
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, free in-room internet (no wifi) access, mini-bar, hair dryer, room service. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Free wifi in hotel lobby, laundry service, business center, coffee 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


Day Eleven: Thursday, October 17 - XI'AN: Hui (Muslim) Section/'English Corner'
Breakfast: After morning tai chi, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk about Xi'an's lively Hui (Muslim) district. Explore commercial and residential areas, and street markets. Enjoy its beautiful Great Mosque, built in the style of Chinese temples. Meet at Xi'an's Drum Tower, which you can climb for a view of the surrounding area.

Lunch: At a nearby Muslim restaurant, enjoy a delicious lunch with local flavors

Afternoon: The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. If you'd like to do some exploring on your own, your expert leader can make some suggestions — for example a walk or bike ride on Xi'an's city wall or a visit to its large herb market.

Dinner: At restaurant

Evening: After dinner, visit the campus of Xi'an International Studies University to join their "Thursday English Corner" — a weekly gathering of students and some local citizens who practice spoken English and where you can have informal chats.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

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

Description: All cabins are exterior-facing Superior Cabins with private balcony, bathtub, and shower.

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have steel, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2009-2013. Total capacity of 198-378. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
57-08 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 212-818-1680
web: www.victoriacruises.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, exterior cabins, floor to ceiling glass doors leading to private balcony, private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds. All cabins are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, laundry service, currency exchange, business center, beauty salon, reading room, shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Friday, October 18 - Calligraphy/Pandas/flight to Chongqing for Yangtz...
Breakfast: After tai chi practice, enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A brief introduction to Chinese calligraphy at your hotel. If time permits, try your hand at producing some characters. Then depart for your flight to Chongqing, the port city situated on the Yangtze.

Lunch: Lunch en route

Afternoon: Visit Chongqing's Zoological Gardens to view their pandas which are indigenous to only this province (Szechuan).

Dinner: Dinner near the Yangtze Piers

Evening: Board your Yangtze vessel and, as you set sail, view the hill city of Chongqing at night.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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

Description: All cabins are exterior-facing Superior Cabins with private balcony, bathtub, and shower.

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have steel, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2009-2013. Total capacity of 198-378. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
57-08 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 212-818-1680
web: www.victoriacruises.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, exterior cabins, floor to ceiling glass doors leading to private balcony, private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds. All cabins are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, laundry service, currency exchange, business center, beauty salon, reading room, shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, October 19 - Yangtze River Cruise/Relocated Village/Chinese Mu...
Breakfast: Enjoy the ship's buffet.

Morning: Discuss traditional Chinese medicine and consider the Yangtze's influence on China. Whenever possible, your national guide will also continue instruction in tai chi and Chinese conversation.

Lunch: Ship's buffet

Afternoon: Visit a new village for relocated families. Explore their agricultural market and visit with a local family. This evening, the Captain invites you to a welcome reception.

Dinner: on board

Evening: Evening entertainment includes performances of Chinese music and dance.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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

Description: All cabins are exterior-facing Superior Cabins with private balcony, bathtub, and shower.

Ship Information: First class Yangtze River Cruise ship. All boats in Victoria Cruise Lines have steel, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2009-2013. Total capacity of 198-378. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
57-08 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 212-818-1680
web: www.victoriacruises.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, exterior cabins, floor to ceiling glass doors leading to private balcony, private bathrooms with showers. Lower berth single beds. All cabins are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Fitness center, laundry service, currency exchange, business center, beauty salon, reading room, shopping

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Sunday, October 20 - Yangtze River Cruise/Yangtze Gorges
Breakfast: Enjoy the ship's buffet.

Morning: Today, pass through the renowned Yangze Gorges. Later, disembark at Wushan Danning River for an excursion to the Three Little Gorges, a quiet tributary of the Yangtze where we take sampans upstream beneath a fantastic natural backdrop. Look up in the cliffs for "hanging coffins," suspended there thousands of years ago by the Ba people. And farther down the cliffs, watch for golden-haired monkeys and goats.

Lunch: Ship's buffet.

Afternoon: Return to your ship and continue sailing down the Yangtze River.

Dinner: at restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy an on-board performance of Chinese music and dance.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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

Contact info:
325 Dong Hu Road
Wuhan, 430071 China
phone: +86 -278-862-0268
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV

Facility amenities: business center, restaurants, bar, beauty salon, fitness center, laundry service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Monday, October 21 - Three Gorges Dam Site/Disembark at Yichang/Wuhan
Breakfast: Enjoy the ship's buffet.

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: Return to ship for an early lunch.

Afternoon: Disembark at Yichang and then depart by coach for Wuhan (about 4 1/2 hours).

Dinner: at hotel

Evening: Meet with your national guide and practice some Chinese phrases and learn Chinese finger counting.

Lodging: Bin Hu Hotel

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

Contact info:
Zhonghuan Road
Changsha, 410001 China
phone: +86 -731-478-8888
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, mini bar, hairdryer, iron, in-room safe

Facility amenities: shopping, beauty salon, business center, laundry service, shopping, swimming pool, fitness center

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Tuesday, October 22 - CHANGSHA: Wuhan Museum/Train to Changsha
Breakfast: After morning tai chi practice, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: Enjoy Wuhan Museum's beautiful collection of lacquer ware and other artifacts — including a large set of bells discovered in a tomb dating from 500 B.C.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Board the train for the city of Changsha, capital of Hunan Province and often referred to as one of the "rice bowls" of China.

Dinner: En route.

Lodging: Xin Du Hotel

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

Contact info:
Zhonghuan Road
Changsha, 410001 China
phone: +86 -731-478-8888
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, mini bar, hairdryer, iron, in-room safe

Facility amenities: shopping, beauty salon, business center, laundry service, shopping, swimming pool, fitness center

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seventeen: Wednesday, October 23 - CHANGSHA: Hunan Provincial Museum/Hunan Agricultu...
Breakfast: Wake up to tai chi practice, followed by breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: Explore the Hunan Provincial Museum and its fascinating collection (including mummified remains, silks, lacquerware) discovered in a 2,100-year-old remarkably preserved tomb.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Lectures and field excursions introduce you to rice cultivation, harvesting and processing.

Dinner: hotel dining room

Evening: Practice Chinese with your national guide and learn some basic calligraphic characters.

Lodging: Xin Du Hotel

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

Description: in the center of the city

Contact info:
Jianshe South Road
Xiangtan City, 411100 China
phone: +86 -732-855-5895
Room amenities: private bath and shower. AC, TV, mini bar, hair dryer, internet access, long distance direct dialing, safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: daily laundry, restaurants, beauty salon, bar, gift shop, business center, currency exchange

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eighteen: Thursday, October 24 - 'Life of Mao Ze Dong'/Mao's Birthplace
Breakfast: Following morning tai chi, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: Before departing, a Talk will introduce Mao Ze Dong, whose impact on 20th-century China is controversial and incontrovertible. Then depart by coach for the city of Xiangtan to catch your "starter" train the next morning.

Lunch: at a local restaurant

Afternoon: On the way, stop at Mao's birthplace with a visit to his boyhood village. After exploring "Mao country," continue on to Xiangtan, to spend the night before the train journey to Kaili.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Get together with your group leader to practice Chinese conversation.

Lodging: Huadu International Hotel

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

Description: This hotel is located in town and is now considered Kaili's best. Though modest, the hotel is comfortable and has all the usual amenities.

Contact info:
No.8, Ningbo East Road
Kaili , 556000, China
phone: +868558060046
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: restaurant, bar, business center, fitness center, gift shop, laundry service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nineteen: Friday, October 25 - Train Journey to Kaili
Breakfast: Following morning tai chi, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: Depart by train for Kaili. Travel through Hunan Province to the Province of Guizhou, one of China's most beautiful and sparsely populated regions.

Lunch: On board train.

Afternoon: Cross the border to Guizhou Province, where you begin to notice the difference in architecture, especially the elegant wooden, balconied houses of Miao families.

Dinner: at your hotel

Evening: At leisure

Lodging: Grand Dragon Hotel

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

Description: This hotel is located in town and is now considered Kaili's best. Though modest, the hotel is comfortable and has all the usual amenities.

Contact info:
No.8, Ningbo East Road
Kaili , 556000, China
phone: +868558060046
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, hair dryer, mini bar

Facility amenities: restaurant, bar, business center, fitness center, gift shop, laundry service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty: Saturday, October 26 - KAILI: 'Minority People of Guizhou'/Shiqiao Miao ...
KAILI: 'Minority People of Guizhou'/Shiqiao Miao Village/Qingman Miao Village

Breakfast: Enjoy the hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning a talk at your hotel discusses the minority peoples of Guizhou Province. Then drive into the beautiful Kaili countryside, passing terraced mountains and small Miao villages set on the hillsides. The Miao are renowned for their silverwork, indigo batik, colorful embroidery and talent as dancers and musicians. This morning explore a small mountain village in which, for centuries, households have made fine calligraphy paper from the bark of the mulberry tree.

Lunch: Box lunch provided.

Afternoon: On the way back to Kaili, stop at Qingman Village for a music and dance performance.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Practice useful Chinese phrases with your national guide.

Lodging: Grand Dragon Hotel

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

Description: This four-star hotel is located in the heart of Guiyang and considered among the city's best. Short walk to Guiyang's bustling night street market.

Contact info:
1 Beijing Road
Guiyang, 550004 China
phone: +86 -851-677-1888
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, internet access, coffee maker, iron, mini bar

Facility amenities: business center, bar, restaurant, gift shop, currency exchange, beauty salon, laundry service, fitness center, indoor swimming pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty One: Sunday, October 27 - Traditional Medicine Hospital/Sunday Market/Music...
Traditional Medicine Hospital/Sunday Market/Music, Dance and Choral Performances

Breakfast: Following morning tai chi, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: Visit a Traditional Medicine Hospital and then explore Kaili's Sunday Market, where Miao people come to exchange, sell and buy goods from baskets and cookingware to necklaces and hand embroidery. Pass itinerant dentists and barbers plying their skills.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: After lunch, travel westward by coach to Guiyang, the provincial capital.

Dinner: Dinner is at your hotel.

Evening: A private performance presents the vibrant music and dance of the province's people. Listen for the distinctive sound of Dong people's a capella chorus.

Lodging: Ramada Plaza Hotel Guiyang

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

Description: This four-star hotel is located in the heart of Guiyang and considered among the city's best. Short walk to Guiyang's bustling night street market.

Contact info:
1 Beijing Road
Guiyang, 550004 China
phone: +86 -851-677-1888
Room amenities: air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, internet access, coffee maker, iron, mini bar

Facility amenities: business center, bar, restaurant, gift shop, currency exchange, beauty salon, laundry service, fitness center, indoor swimming pool

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Two: Monday, October 28 - GUIYANG: Earth Opera Demonstration/Dim Sum/Childr...
GUIYANG: Earth Opera Demonstration/Dim Sum/Children's Palace/ Farewell Banquet

Breakfast: Enjoy the hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, visit Ji Chang village whose residents are descendants of Han military units sent to Guizhou in the 15th century. Among the customs they brought with them was "dixi" (earth opera), a folk form that dates from the early Ming Dynasty and is still performed in "old Han" locales. Villagers will perform a sampling of dixi, using traditional hand-made wooden masks.

Lunch: Enjoy dim sum lunch, a Cantonese "tea meal" favorite. These dishes include a selection of fried and steamed dumplings, as well as various other savory items. The term for this Chinese style of eating translates as "Heart's Delight." Originally dim sum referred to the Cantonese practice of serving small dishes in teahouses.

Afternoon: Enjoy interacting with local youngsters at Guiyang "Children's Palace," a government-supported recreation center — examples of which exist throughout China and where extra activities include music, dance, painting, calligraphy, sports and martial arts.

Dinner: Farewell banquet at Guiyang Hotel.

Lodging: Ramada Plaza Hotel Guiyang

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 after: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Twenty Three: Tuesday, October 29 - SHANGHAI: Fly to Shanghai/Bund Promenade/ Pudong
Breakfast: Enjoy the hotel buffet.

Morning: Fly to Shanghai on early morning flight.

Lunch: Local restaurant in Shanghai en route to hotel

Afternoon: After checking in to your hotel, depart for the Bund, Shanghai's Huangpu River promenade, to view the busy river activity and the iconic art deco and neo-classic buildings dating from the time of "foreign concessions" in Shanghai. Travel to the other side of the river to the newly developed area of Pudong —until recently undeveloped farmland and now a glittering forest of skyscrapers.

Dinner: Local restaurant.

Evening: At your leisure

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 after: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Twenty Four: Wednesday, October 30 - SHANGHAI: Shanghai Museum/Xin Tian Di/Acrobatics
Breakfast: Enjoy the hotel buffet.

Morning: Visit the Shanghai Fine Arts Museum. This state-of-the-art museum is home to China's finest collection of paintings, ceramics, bronzes and sculptures and is an impressive testimony to China's long and rich culture. (If you like, travel to the Museum on Shanghai's new metro with your local guide.)

Lunch: Coach to Shanghai’s Xin Tian Di district, a restoration project that has set a benchmark for Asia. Walk about this new and fashionable area; take lunch on your own in one of its many cafes or international cuisine restaurants.

Afternoon: The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. If you want to explore some other areas, your local guide can give you some suggestions (e.g. visit the Urban Planning Center with a huge model of Shanghai as planned for 2020, explore the old French quarter, visit Shanghai TV tower for a bird’s-eye view of Shanghai or stroll in the People’s Park, where there are several museums besides the Shanghai Museum that you can visit).

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in a restaurant on the way to a performance by the famous Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe.

Evening: Performance by Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. For more than 2,000 years, acrobatics has been an important aspect of Chinese performing arts and many of the feats performed originated with skills perfected by artisans and craftspeople. Acrobatics figures in other performance genres such as Chinese opera.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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 after: Contact your Program Provider.
contact your Program Provider;


Day Twenty Five: Thursday, October 31 - SHANGHAI: Yu Garden/Old Section/Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Enjoy the hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, explore Shanghai's historic old section and the nearby Yu Garden, whose classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese garden landscaping.

Lunch: At Longhua Temple, enjoy imaginative vegetarian cuisine prepared by Temple monks.

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

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Free Time Opportunities


Xi'an
Forest of Stone Steles MuseumThis small, pleasant museum -- once a temple with peaceful gardens -- houses ancient stone tablets with exemplary Chinese calligraphy. As well, it 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 ParkTypical meeting place where various generations gather for tai ji, to air pet birds, play traditional musical instruments or practice local opera.
Beijing
Summer PalaceLocated outside Beijing, the Summer Palace is among the largest and best preserved of imperial parks. It is famed for Kunming Lake which is laced with lily ponds and crossed by steep arching bridges. It can be reached easily by taxi or by metro.
Beihai ParkThis former imperial garden with a scenic large lake is a lovely spot to walk about or just to sit and people-watch as it is a favorite park for families to relax.
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.

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