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Program #16602RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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 Oct 12 — Nov 2, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, October 12 - 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: Sunday, October 13 - 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 National Guides 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: Monday, October 14 - Beijing’s Imperial Legacy: The Temple of Heaven a...
Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.

Morning: Explore the Temple of Heaven, an architectural masterpiece begun in the 15th century that symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth. Choose to walk the extensive grounds or watch the activities of local people as they practice calligraphy and tai chi, play musical instruments, dance or fly silk kites.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Forbidden City. This 250-acre imperial compound once was the residence and seat of the Qing Emperors and forbidden to all others. .

Dinner: This evening at a Welcome Dinner, celebrate with a Beijing specialty: Peking Duck Dinner. Peking Duck was first created in Beijing for emperors six hundred 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.

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: Tuesday, October 15 - Defining China: The Wild Great Wall/Beijing Opera...
Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.

Morning: Drive out of the city to the Great Wall at Jin Shan Ling, a section sometimes referred to as the “Wild Great Wall,” as it is not overly restored and receives few visitors. Take a gondola 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 simple box lunch is provided to eat at a spot of your choosing on the wall.

Afternoon: Return to your hotel in Beijing (about 3 hours).

Dinner: Dinner is at your hotel.

Evening: Experience the uniquely Chinese art of Beijing Opera, which uses brilliant costumes, mannerized makeup, acrobatics, martial arts, various types of falsetto singing and exuberant percussionists. Excerpts of popular operas are performed with both English and Chinese subtitles.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo 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 Five: Wednesday, October 16 - Daily Life in Beijing: Hutongs and Tiananmen Squa...
Daily Life in Beijing: Hutongs and Tiananmen Square; flight to Xi'an/ Classical Chinese Music

Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast. Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.

Morning: Explore Old Beijing on a walk with your Program Leader through hutongs, (small lanes and alleys lined with homes, small shops and street vendors). The activity and color of these traditional neighborhoods are rapidly disappearing as the city modernizes. Stop in at a local Neighborhood Committee Center to learn how it governs the surrounding community. Reach Tiananmen Square, often referred to as the “heart of China.”

Lunch: in flight

Afternoon: Fly to Xi'an where, this afternoon you enjoy an introduction to Chinese music and a private performance at Xi'an Music Institute.

Dinner: Dinner is at the music institute.

Evening: Evening is 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 Six: Thursday, October 17 - China’s Cultural History
Breakfast: In the hotel. Tai ji is offered before breakfast.

Morning: A presentation at Xi'an International Studies University analyzes the impact of Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism on the development of the Chinese character

Lunch: Lunch is at Xi’an International Studies University dining hall. After lunch, join English-speaking students for informal conversation while on a personalized visit through their campus.

Afternoon: At the Shaanxi Museum of History, examine its magnificent collection which illustrates the development of dynastic China.

Dinner: Taste the variety of hand-made dumplings, crafted in imaginative shapes and with fillings ranging from meat and seafood to wild mountain vegetables. The dumplings are a specialty of Xi’an.

Evening: Get together with your National Guide for an informal discussion of China's one child/one family policy.

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 Seven: Friday, October 18 - The Terra Cotta Warriors/ Family Dinner
Breakfast: Enjoy early morning tai ji movements at 7:15 am and then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast.

Morning: Experience one of the great 20th century discoveries -- the life-size terra cotta army buried with a Qing Emperor 2,200 years ago and only uncovered by farmers in 1974.

Lunch: At restaurant nearby.

Afternoon: At Xi'an International Studies University, meet your English-speaking host families for an exclusive home visit and dinner. Chinese families joining this unique opportunity are English-speaking members of the faculty and staff of Xi'an International Studies University. The families look forward to hosting you in their on-campus apartments, all of which have modern facilities and amenities. Your host families are warm and welcoming and delighted to share the details of their lives with you and to know about you. Some of the family members have spent time abroad in the U.S., the U.K., and other countries. This is not a group visit; singles will join their own family and doubles will join one family together.

Dinner: In the home of your host family.

Evening: A member of your host family will accompany you back to your hotel.

Lodging: Grand Noble 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 Eight: Saturday, October 19 - Flight to Guizhou Province
Breakfast: tai ji is offered before breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Depart for Xi'an airport for flight to Guizhou Province.

Lunch: in flight.

Afternoon: Coach from Guizhou's capital city airport to the Miao town of Kaili, arriving in the late afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Join your National Guide to practice basic conversational Chinese.

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 Nine: Sunday, October 20 - Daily Life and Traditions in Rural China
Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A professor from Kaili Normal College discusses the lives and customs of the Miao and Dong ethnic minority peoples. Afterward, walk to the nearby Miao Sunday market where local people come to exchange goods such as baskets, cooking utensils, silver necklaces and hand embroidery, and where itinerant dentists and barbers ply their skills.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Travel through the magnificent countryside to Shiqiao (Stone Bridge) Village, where paper has been made from mulberry tree bark for 600 years. Meet the village chief for a discussion of how the village has remained timeless yet entered the global market with exportation of their handcrafted product. Walk through the village for a glimpse at daily life. Returning to Kaili, stop at a small, local museum whose displays include the hand-embroidered costume of local ethnic groups and hand-crafted silverwork.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: Practice conversational Chinese with your group leader.

Lodging: Grand Dragon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This newly built hotel is situated outside the town of Leishan, near the Leishan Nature Reserve, a popular resort destination for Chinese tourists. The hotel grounds are adjacent to fields cultivated by the local Miao people.

Contact info:
Xinxing Road
Leishan, Guizhou Province, 557100 China
phone: +86 855 333 6666
web: www.gzlgs.com/hotel

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, mini-bar and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, gift shop, laundry service, fitness center and swimming pool.

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


Day Ten: Monday, October 21 - Ethnic Minority Villages in Rural China
Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel

Morning: Drive through the scenic countryside to Xijiang Miao village, stopping en route to visit a family-owned Taoyao pottery kiln. Climb to the perched village’s higher reaches where its chief meets you to discuss its way of life and current challenges, such as emigration of youth to the cities. Visit the local middle school and meet the teachers. Note: Today’s walking is strenuous. You must be in good physical condition, able to walk uphill to reach the top of the village.

Lunch: In the homes of local families.

Afternoon: Continue through the rural landscape to Leishan. For this night and the following one, you will need an 'overnight bag' as your major luggage will be transported directly to the town of Zhaoxing.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: Your Program Leader discusses Chinese government and structure.

Lodging: Leigongshan International Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Dongxiangmi Grand Hotel is a very basic hotel that is the best available facility in this undeveloped, rural region.

Contact info:
33 Xihuan Road
Rongjiang County, Guizhou Province ,, NA 557200 China
phone: +86 855 662 4666
Room amenities: All rooms are very simple but clean with hot running water and private bathrooms.

Facility amenities: Restaurant: Wi-Fi is not available.

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


Day Eleven: Tuesday, October 22 - A Landscape of Mountains and Terraces
Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Drive through the countryside, passing villages and terraced mountains that have been maintained and cultivated for hundreds of years. Gain insights from your local guide on the development, maintenance, irrigation and ownership of rice terraces. Learn how government policy and the system of communal ownership impacts farmers. Stop at Datang Miao village to enjoy local welcome performance and examine Datang's unique 'barns on the water' -- storage units built above water to protect them from fire and pests.

Lunch: A simple box lunch is provided to eat en route.

Afternoon: Continue through the countryside to Rongjiang.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Practice conversational Chinese with your Program Leader or explore the town at leisure.

Lodging: Dongxiangmi Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This newly built VIP building of the Zhaoxing Hotel is in a quiet section of town overlooking a stream, rice fields and local houses. Built in traditional Dong style, the hotel features outdoor balconies and a pleasant mountain ambience.

Contact info:
Main Street
Zhaoxing, Liping County , Guizhou, China
phone: +86 855 613 0877
Room amenities: Air-conditioning and television.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, fitness center, gift shop and laundry service.

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


Day Twelve: Wednesday, October 23 - Rural Villages of the Dong People
Breakfast: After tai ji practice, enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Continue to travel through the rural landscapes of this remote province.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Stop at Chejiang Dong Village in the mountains. In the late afternoon, arrive in Zhaoxing, China’s largest Dong people’s village.

Dinner: At your hotel.

Evening: Practice conversational Chinese with your Program Leader.

Lodging: Zhaoxing Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This newly built VIP building of the Zhaoxing Hotel is in a quiet section of town overlooking a stream, rice fields and local houses. Built in traditional Dong style, the hotel features outdoor balconies and a pleasant mountain ambience.

Contact info:
Main Street
Zhaoxing, Liping County , Guizhou, China
phone: +86 855 613 0877
Room amenities: Air-conditioning and television.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business center, fitness center, gift shop and laundry service.

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


Day Thirteen: Thursday, October 24 - The Preservation of Traditional Life
Breakfast: In the hotel. Tai chi is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Drive to Tang’an Dong village. Learn about this unique joint venture, China's first “ecological museum,” founded in 1995 by China and Norway to preserve 12 ethnic minority villages that encompass more than 40 square miles. Hike back to Zhaoxing via a mountain path (transport available for those not hiking.)

Lunch: at your hotel.

Afternoon: Visit Zhaoxing primary school, one of the largest for ethnic students. Speak with teachers and students about educational goals and the question of whether education leads to exodus.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: The Dong people are renowned for their unique a capella harmonies. Enjoy a performance of the Dong People’s Chorus at one of Zhaoxing’s beautiful drum towers.

Lodging: Zhaoxing 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 Fourteen: Friday, October 25 - Free Morning/ Coach to Guiyang Capital City
Breakfast: In the hotel. Tai chi is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Free time to explore on your own.

Lunch: your choice to explore local fare in Zhaoxing.

Afternoon: Depart for Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province. The trip on a new highway takes about 5 hours, including rest stops on the way.

Dinner: in your hotel

Evening: Join your Program Leader for Chinese Conversation.

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 Fifteen: Saturday, October 26 - Earth Opera/ Children's Palace
Breakfast: In the hotel. Tai chi is offered before breakfast.

Morning: Explore 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 is 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: at a 'dim sum' restaurant

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

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant.

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Ramada Plaza Hotel Guiyang

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 Sixteen: Sunday, October 27 - Chongqing / Giant Pandas/Yangtze River
Breakfast: After morning tai ji practice, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: Morning flight to Chongqing, an independent municipality in Szechuan Province and situated at the head of the navigable Yangtze River.

Lunch: in a restaurant en route

Afternoon: At Chongqing Zoological Gardens view Giant Pandas which are indigenous to Szechuan Province only.

Dinner: Dinner is at a restaurant near the Yangtze piers.

Evening: This evening, board your Yangtze vessel and, as you set sail, view the brightly lit 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 Seventeen: Monday, October 28 - Sailing on the Yangtze
Breakfast: Ship's buffet

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

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

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

Dinner: Before dinner on board, the Captain invites you to a welcome reception.

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 Eighteen: Tuesday, October 29 - Sailing through Yangtze Gorges/ Sampan cruise on ...
Breakfast: Ship's buffet

Morning: Today, pass through the magnificent Yangtze Gorges and cruise in sampans up a mini-gorge on a pristine tributary of the Yangtze where you can catch glimpses of red monkeys amongst the trees, goats clinging to the craggy cliffs, and 'hanging coffins' secured in the cliff face by the Ba people centuries ago.

Lunch: on board.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy sailing on the river, ship's presentations, or Chinese language learning with your program leader.

Dinner: on board.

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

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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 Nineteen: Wednesday, October 30 - Three Gorges Dam/ Disembark and fly to Shanghai
Breakfast: ship's buffet

Morning: This morning, take a short coach ride to the Three Gorges Dam site. From an observation deck, you 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: On board

Afternoon: Disembark in the Yangtze town of Yichang for a late afternoon flight to Shanghai

Dinner: in a local restaurant.

Evening: At 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: Thursday, October 31 - Shanghai: Ancient Arts in Modern China
Breakfast: In the hotel. Tai chi is offered before breakfast.

Morning: This morning, explore Shanghai Art Museum which houses China’s finest collection of ceramics, painting, sculpture, and bronzes. If you like, join your local guide for a ride on the Shanghai metro to the Museum stop – or take the coach.

Lunch: Coach to Shanghai's fashionable Xin Tian Di (New Heaven Earth) section. Explore its lanes, cafes, shops, and a small restored residence/museum independently. Take lunch of your own choosing.

Afternoon: Learn the background of new Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. View archival photos and a vast scale model of Shanghai as projected in 2020.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a performance by the renowned Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe.

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 One: Friday, November 01 - Shanghai's Changing Citiscape/Yu Garden/ the Bund
Breakfast: Following morning tai ji, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: Explore the Ming Dynasty Yu Garden in Shanghai’s historic district. The garden’s classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese garden landscaping.Continue on to the riverfront Bund beside iconic art deco and neo-classic buildings stemming from Shanghai's history as a foreign 'concession'. View across the river 'new Shanghai' -- until recently undeveloped farmland and now a forest of glittering skyscrapers.

Lunch: Savor a delicious and imaginative vegetarian meal, supervised by monks at the active Longhua Temple.

Afternoon: Free time

Dinner: Farewell Banquet in nearby restaurant.

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty Two: Saturday, November 02 - International Departures
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Your National Guide will give you information regarding departure to Shanghai Airport for your international flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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.
Zhaoxing
Hike to a VillageThere are several Dong villages just outside of Zhaoxing that are not included on the itinerary. The roads to them are unpaved and have exquisite scenery.

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58 meals: 20 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 20 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
24 Field trips
26 Hands-on experiences
7 Performances
4 Flights during the program

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