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Program #21031RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Panda Base is at 3,900 feet; some field work at 8,200 feet.

Equipment Requirements
for field work: broken-in hiking boots with ankle support; Please also see 'Expedition Packing Checklist' on p. 4 in Earthwatch Briefing Brochure. A hard copy will be mailed to you under separate cover after you receive your first information mailing. It is also available on line at: http://www.earthwatch.org/Briefings/zhang_briefing.pdf

Itinerary for Aug 28 — Sep 13, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, August 28 - Depart for China/ Cross International Dateline
Depart From: Departures from North America. Cross International Dateline.

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: Thursday, August 29 - Arrive Shanghai/ Welcome Meeting
Afternoon: Meet your Group Leader and fellow participants in the hotel lobby at 6 pm. Get together for a welcome meeting.

Dinner: at a nearby restaurant

Evening: at your leisure

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: Friday, August 30 - Fine Arts Museum/ Yu Garden/ the Bund/ Longhua Te...
Fine Arts Museum/ Yu Garden/ the Bund/ Longhua Temple Vegetarian Dinner

Breakfast: buffet breakfast in your hotel served from 6:30 am to 8:30 am.

Morning: Explore Shanghai's fine arts museum, home to China's finest collection of bronzes, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Audio guides are provided so that you can explore according to your own interests and pace.

Lunch: In order for you to take full advantage of your time at Shanghai's Fine Arts Museum, your Group Leader will provide you with a voucher so that you can take lunch at the Museum restaurant according to your own timing.

Afternoon: This afternoon, depart for the Ming dynasty Yu Garden whose classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese garden landscaping. After, depart for a walkabout on the Bund, Shanghai's active waterfront that dates from colonial concessions and retains neo classic and art deco buildings considered among Shanghai's lasting treasures.

Dinner: Continue on to Longhua Temple for an imaginative vegetarian dinner prepared under the supervision of monks at Shanghai's most active temple.

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

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

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

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 8769 0000
Room amenities: air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer

Facility amenities: laundry service, business center, coffee bar, room service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, August 31 - Tai ji/ Future Shanghai/ Xin Tian Di/ flight to X...
Breakfast: buffet breakfast is offered at your hotel (6:30 am to 8:30 am). You are welcome to join your Group Leader at 7:00 am for before-breakfast tai ji class.

Morning: At the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, view archival photos and a vast scale model of Shanghai as projected in 2020. Then continue on to Xin Tian Di ('New Heaven Earth'), a fashionable restored district. Explore its lanes, cafes, shops, and a small restored resident/museum independently.

Lunch: Have a lunch of your own choosing in one of the many cafes or restaurants in Xintiandi.

Afternoon: depart for Shanghai Hongqiao Airport for your flight to Xi'an.

Dinner: Dinner is at your hotel.

Evening: Join your Group Leader after dinner for an optional informal Chinese conversation session.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

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

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

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 8769 0000
Room amenities: air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer

Facility amenities: laundry service, business center, coffee bar, room service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, September 01 - Tai ji/ Chinese Cultural History/University Lunch...
Tai ji/ Chinese Cultural History/University Lunch/ Student Get-together/ Shaanxi Museum

Breakfast: buffet breakfast is offered at your hotel 7:30 am to 8:30 am. You are welcome to join your Group Leader for optional tai ji class before breakfast at 7:00 am.

Morning: This morning a talk at Xi'an International Studies University discusses Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism as a way of understanding Chinese 'character' and life views.

Lunch: Lunch is in the University Dining Hall. After lunch, join English-speaking students for a look at their campus and for informal chats.

Afternoon: Depart for Shaanxi Provincial Museum, one of China's finest and which provides a rich window into dynastic China.

Dinner: Walk to a nearby local restaurant for dinner.

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, this recently renovated hotel (formerly known as the Royal Garden Hotel) is close to the city's main attractions, including the Bell Tower and Muslim Section.

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 8769 0000
Room amenities: air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer

Facility amenities: laundry service, business center, coffee bar, room service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, September 02 - Tai ji/ Muslim (Hui) Walkabout/Drum Tower/Chinese...
Breakfast: buffet breakfast is offered at your hotel 7:30 am to 8:30 am. You are welcome to join your Group Leader for optional tai ji class before breakfast at 7:00 am.

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 for a brief but dynamic traditional Chinese drum presentation and bird’s eye views of the surrounding area .

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

Afternoon: At Xi'an Music Institute learn about traditional Chinese instruments and enjoy a private performance.

Dinner: This evening is a chance for you to explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At your leisure.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

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

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

Contact info:
334 DongDaJie (East) Street
Xi'an, NA 710001 China
phone: +86 29 8769 0000
Room amenities: air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, hair dryer

Facility amenities: laundry service, business center, coffee bar, room service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, September 03 - Tai ji/ Terra Cotta Warriors/ China and the Envir...
Tai ji/ Terra Cotta Warriors/ China and the Environment/ Xi’an Dumplings Dinner

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 am: buffet breakfast is offered at your hotel. You are welcome to join your Group Leader for optional tai ji practice from 7:00 am to 07:45 am.

Morning: This morning visit an army of larger-than-life terra cotta warriors, graceful archers and cavalry that were buried with a Qin Emperor more than 2,000 years ago and only uncovered in 1974 -- considered one of the most astounding archeological finds of the 20th century.

Lunch: Lunch is at restaurant in the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum.

Afternoon: Return to your hotel. After a rest, get together for a talk about China's environmental concerns.

Dinner: Dinner is at a restaurant that offers a Xi'an specialty: assorted dumplings of various sizes, shapes and fillings.

Evening: If time permits, get together with your Group Leader for some informal Chinese conversation practice.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located and one of the best hotels in Ya'an.

Contact info:
36 Yan Jiang Zhong Road
Ya'an, Sichuan Province, NA 625000 China
phone: +86 )835/2225555
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: internet access, 110/120 V AC, 220/240 V AC, Airconditioning, Telephone, Operator wake up call, Automatic wake up call, Pay per view channel(s), atellite/cable colour TV, High speed transmission line

Facility amenities: Dining rooms, meeting rooms, bars, Safe deposit box at reception. Nearby supermarkets, a hospital, restaurants (western and Chinese), and other recreational places, .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, September 04 - Tai Ji / Flight to Chengdu/ Transfer to Ya’an nea...
Tai Ji / Flight to Chengdu/ Transfer to Ya’an near Bifengxia Panda Base for Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pandas/ Service Field Work

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 am: buffet breakfast is offered at your hotel. You are welcome to join your Group Leader for optional tai ji practice from 7:00 am to 07:45 am.

Morning: We will make a late morning departure for Xi’an airport.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the airport or en route.

Afternoon: Your Group Leader will accompany you to Xi'an airport and assist you there for your flight to Chengdu. (You will meet your Group Leader again in Beijing after your Earthwatch Expedition.) At Chengdu Airport, Earthwatch staff will meet you and escort you to Ya’an, near Bifengxia Panda Base.

Dinner: 6:00 pm: at Ya’an

Evening: Evening session (safety briefing and program introduction). Your Earthwatch project takes place at the Ya'an Bifengxia panda base, where you will monitor mother pandas and cubs. You'll prepare and deliver bamboo to the captive pandas, and help keep their living area clean. As an Earthwatch team member, you’ll be granted special access to the breeding area and nursery of the panda base, which remain closed to the general public throughout the year. Collectively, your responsibilities will work towards the long-term goal of 'reinforcing' small and isolated populations of wild panda in the region, through the strategic release of captive pandas.

Lodging: IBIS Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located and one of the best hotels in Ya'an.

Contact info:
36 Yan Jiang Zhong Road
Ya'an, Sichuan Province, NA 625000 China
phone: +86 )835/2225555
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: internet access, 110/120 V AC, 220/240 V AC, Airconditioning, Telephone, Operator wake up call, Automatic wake up call, Pay per view channel(s), atellite/cable colour TV, High speed transmission line

Facility amenities: Dining rooms, meeting rooms, bars, Safe deposit box at reception. Nearby supermarkets, a hospital, restaurants (western and Chinese), and other recreational places, .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, September 05 - Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pand...
Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pandas/ Service Field Work

Breakfast: 7:00 am - 8:00 breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:30 am: leave for Bifengxia semi-reintroduction base where pandas are trained to return to the wild. Introduction to research at Bifengxia and training. Note: you will have been briefed on the project during the evening session on Day 1 and on the background information of the site when you first arrive on site. In the field, you will receive training on how to monitor panda behavior and care for panda cubs. You will also learn how to assess video materials and take accurate notes for research purposes. Volunteers will be divided into small groups for collecting data, and groups will switch between research tasks on different days. Your assignments may include: installing and monitoring camera traps; preparing food for pandas; monitoring, recording and sorting videos of pandas in training for release into the wild; patrolling the fence of the reserve while wearing a panda suit to avoid habituating pandas to humans; caring for baby pandas.

Lunch: 12:00 pm at Bifengxia

Afternoon: Continue field work at Bifengxia

Dinner: 6:00 pm: at Bifengxia

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: IBIS Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located and one of the best hotels in Ya'an.

Contact info:
36 Yan Jiang Zhong Road
Ya'an, Sichuan Province, NA 625000 China
phone: +86 )835/2225555
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: internet access, 110/120 V AC, 220/240 V AC, Airconditioning, Telephone, Operator wake up call, Automatic wake up call, Pay per view channel(s), atellite/cable colour TV, High speed transmission line

Facility amenities: Dining rooms, meeting rooms, bars, Safe deposit box at reception. Nearby supermarkets, a hospital, restaurants (western and Chinese), and other recreational places, .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, September 06 - Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pand...
Breakfast: 7:00 am - 8:00 breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:00 am: leave for Bifengxia semi-reintroduction base. Continue with training.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 in Ya'an

Afternoon: 1:00 – 2:00 movie time. 2:00 pm Data collection – observing panda behavior, 4:30 lecture

Dinner: 6:00 pm: dinner at Bifengxia.

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: IBIS Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located and one of the best hotels in Ya'an.

Contact info:
36 Yan Jiang Zhong Road
Ya'an, Sichuan Province, NA 625000 China
phone: +86 )835/2225555
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: internet access, 110/120 V AC, 220/240 V AC, Airconditioning, Telephone, Operator wake up call, Automatic wake up call, Pay per view channel(s), atellite/cable colour TV, High speed transmission line

Facility amenities: Dining rooms, meeting rooms, bars, Safe deposit box at reception. Nearby supermarkets, a hospital, restaurants (western and Chinese), and other recreational places, .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, September 07 - Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pand...
Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pandas/ Service Field Work

Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am: breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:00 am: Bifengxia Panda Base. Data collection & behavior observation

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 at Bifengxia

Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Continue with panda project activities

Dinner: 6:00 pm at Ya'an

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: IBIS Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located and one of the best hotels in Ya'an.

Contact info:
36 Yan Jiang Zhong Road
Ya'an, Sichuan Province, NA 625000 China
phone: +86 )835/2225555
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: internet access, 110/120 V AC, 220/240 V AC, Airconditioning, Telephone, Operator wake up call, Automatic wake up call, Pay per view channel(s), atellite/cable colour TV, High speed transmission line

Facility amenities: Dining rooms, meeting rooms, bars, Safe deposit box at reception. Nearby supermarkets, a hospital, restaurants (western and Chinese), and other recreational places, .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Sunday, September 08 - Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pand...
Earthwatch Expedition: On the Trail of Giant Pandas/ Service Field Work

Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am: breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:30 am: leave for Bifengxia Panda Base. Data collection & behavior observation

Lunch: 12:00 pm

Afternoon: continue project work; Summary, evaluation and wrap-up

Dinner: 6:00 pm: at Ya'an.

Evening: at your leisure.

Lodging: IBIS 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.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Thirteen: Monday, September 09 - Earthwatch Expedition Wrap-up and Evaluation/ Fli...
Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:00 am: breakfast at hotel.

Morning: 8:30 - 9:30 am: Wrap-up and evaluation. Depart Ya'an for Chengdu airport.

Afternoon: This afternoon, fly to Beijing where your Group Leader will meet you at Beijing airport.

Dinner: a light supper will be served in flight.

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, September 10 - Temple of Heaven/ Forbidden City
Breakfast: 7:30 am to 8:30 am buffet breakfast is offered in your hotel. You are welcome to join your Group Leader for tai ji practice at 7:00 am.

Morning: This morning visit the Temple of Heaven. This architectural masterpiece begun in the 15th century 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

Lunch: at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Forbidden city, once the seat of Qing Emperors and forbidden to all others. On the way back to your hotel, those who wish can get off at Wangfujing Street, a pedestrian only street popular among locals for food stalls and shopping.

Dinner: This evening, a chance to sample fare of your own choosing.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, September 11 - Wild Great Wall
Breakfast: 7:00 am to 8:00 am buffet breakfast at your hotel

Morning: Early morning departure for day excursion 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 simple box lunch is provided to eat at a spot of your choosing on the wall.

Afternoon: return to your hotel

Dinner: at your hotel

Evening: Get together with your Group Leader for an informal seminar on aspects of contemporary Chinese life such as education, medical care, the growing economy, family planning policies.

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.

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

Elevator: Yes

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


Day Sixteen: Thursday, September 12 - Old Beijing Hutongs/Tian’anmen Square/ Summer Pal...
Breakfast: 7:30 am to 8:30 am buffet breakfast is offered in your hotel. You are welcome to join your Group Leader for tai ji practice at 7:00 am.

Morning: Explore 'Old Beijing' on a walk with your Group 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. Continue on to Tian'anmen Square, often referred to as 'the heart of China'.

Lunch: take lunch of your own choosing in this area that has western and Chinese fare.

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for a visit to the Summer Palace or take the afternoon for some individual personal time.

Evening: depart hotel for a Peking Duck farewell dinner.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Seventeen: Friday, September 13 - International Departures
Breakfast: buffet breakfast at your hotel. Your Group Leader will give you further information about airport transfer times. Checkout time for your hotel is 12:00 pm/noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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.
Herb MarketExplore Xi'an's large herb and wild produce market. A good place to bargain for saffron.
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.

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