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

Itinerary for Oct 12 — Oct 30, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, October 12 - In Flight
In Transit: International flight

Type: Four-Star Hotel

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

Ship Information: .

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 availble 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: Monday, October 13 - Arrive Beijing/Welcome Meeting
Afternoon: Arrive at Beijing International Airport where your group leader/national guide will be waiting for you. After check-in and a short rest, get together for a Welcome Meeting at your hotel.

Dinner: at hotel dining room

Evening: at your leisure.

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

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

Ship Information: .

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 availble 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: Tuesday, October 14 - Forbidden City/China's Land and Peoples/Peking Du...
Breakfast: After optional morning tai ji exercise, enjoy hotel's buffet breakfast.

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

Lunch: at restaurant nearby

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

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

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

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

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

Ship Information: .

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 availble 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: Wednesday, October 15 - Great Wall/Tian'anmen Square/Chinese Conversation
Breakfast: hotel buffet

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

Lunch: at a restaurant near the Great Wall.

Afternoon: Before returning to your hotel visit ‘the heart’ of Beijing -- Tian’anmen Square, about 15 minutes from your hotel.

Dinner: hotel dining room

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

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

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

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

Ship Information: .

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 availble 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: Thursday, October 16 - Hutongs/Free Afternoon
Breakfast: hotel buffet after optional morning tai ji

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

Lunch: Enjoy a simple lunch hosted by neighborhood families.

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

Dinner: at restaurant nearby

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

Lodging: Qianmen Jianguo 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 iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
Woodside , NY 11377
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 180-034-8808 x4
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,Wi-Fi is not availble.

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


Day Six: Friday, October 17 - Temple of Heaven/Yichang/board Yangtze River vess...
Breakfast: after morning tai ji, hotel buffet breakfast

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

Lunch: en route to Beijing airport

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

Dinner: Dinner is at a restaurant in Yichang

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

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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

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 iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
Woodside , NY 11377
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 180-034-8808 x4
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,Wi-Fi is not availble.

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


Day Seven: Saturday, October 18 - Three Gorges Dam Site/Xiling Gorge
Breakfast: Tai ji on deck followed by ship’s buffet breakfast.

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

Lunch: ship's buffet

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

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

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

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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

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 iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
Woodside , NY 11377
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 180-034-8808 x4
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,Wi-Fi is not availble.

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


Day Eight: Sunday, October 19 - Wu Gorge/Sampan excursion/Qu Tang Gorge
Breakfast: Before breakfast, review tai ji steps you already know and learn new ones. Then, enjoy boat's buffet breakfast.

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

Lunch: ship's buffet lunch

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

Dinner: in ship's dining room

Evening: Ship's entertainment or Chinese language practice.

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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

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 iron, double-bottom hulls and have been built or completely refurbished between 2001-2004. Total capacity of 130-266 persons. See www.victoriacruises.com for additional information.

Contact info:
Woodside , NY 11377
Woodside, NY 11377 USA
phone: 180-034-8808 x4
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,Wi-Fi is not availble.

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


Day Nine: Monday, October 20 - Relocated Village/River Sailing
Breakfast: morning optional tai ji followed by ship's buffet breakfast.

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

Lunch: ship's buffet

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

Dinner: Captain's Farewell Banquet

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Victoria Cruise Lines

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

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

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 availble in the hotel lobby with free cost.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 21 - Disembark /Chongqing Pandas/Old Town/ Xi'an
Breakfast: ship's buffet

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

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

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

Dinner: at restaurant

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

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

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

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

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 availble in the hotel lobby with free cost.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 22 - 'Chinese Cultural History'/Get-together with Univ...
'Chinese Cultural History'/Get-together with University Students/ History Museum/Dumpling Banquet

Breakfast: Enjoy optional tai ji before hotel buffet breakfast

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

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

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

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

Evening: Join your program leader for Chinese conversation practice.

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

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

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

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 availble in the hotel lobby with free cost.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Thursday, October 23 - Qin Terra Cotta Warriors Tomb/'English Corner'
Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast

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

Lunch: at a restaurant near the warriors site

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

Dinner: Dinner at restaurant.

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

Lodging: Grand Noble Hotel

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

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

Ship Information: .

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

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, free in-room internet (non-wifi) access, hair dryer, mini bar. All rooms are non-smoking,

Facility amenities: Business center, currency exchange, laundry service, bar, restaurant,Wi-Fi is not availble.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Friday, October 24 - 'China Since 1949'/Guilin:Yangshuo
Breakfast: after tai ji practice enjoy hotel's buffet breakfast

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

Lunch: lunch will be in a restaurant en route.

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

Dinner: at a nearby restaurant

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

Lodging: Sovereign Hotel

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

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

Ship Information: .

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

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, free in-room internet (non-wifi) access, hair dryer, mini bar. All rooms are non-smoking,

Facility amenities: Business center, currency exchange, laundry service, bar, restaurant,Wi-Fi is not availble.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 25 - Chinese Painting/Li River Cruise
Breakfast: hotel buffet after optional tai ji practice.

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

Lunch: at nearby restaurant.

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

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

Evening: The evening is at your leisure

Lodging: Sovereign Hotel

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

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

Ship Information: .

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

Room amenities: Air conditioning, TV, free in-room internet (non-wifi) access, hair dryer, mini bar. All rooms are non-smoking,

Facility amenities: Business center, currency exchange, laundry service, bar, restaurant,Wi-Fi is not availble.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Sunday, October 26 - Local villages/Free Afternoon/'Third Sister Liu'
Breakfast: Morning tai ji is followed by hotel buffet breakfast.

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

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant.

Afternoon: The afternoon is at your leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at your hotel

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

Lodging: Sovereign Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: 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 Sixteen: Monday, October 27 - 'Chinese Music'/fly to Shanghai
Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast

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

Lunch: Lunch at airport or en route

Afternoon: Fly to Shanghai.

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

Evening: The evening is at your leisure.

Lodging: 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 Seventeen: Tuesday, October 28 - Shanghai Museum/Xin Tian Di/Bund and Pudong/Acrob...
Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast

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

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

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

Dinner: at restaurant

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

Lodging: 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.
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Day Eighteen: Wednesday, October 29 - Yu Garden/Bazaar/Free Afternoon/Farewell Banquet
Breakfast: hotel buffet

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

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

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at restaurant

Evening: at your leisure

Lodging: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nineteen: Thursday, October 30 - Depart for U.S. or Post-Program Travel
Breakfast: hotel buffet

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

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Xi'an
City WallTake stairs up to the restored city wall for a walk or bike rental. The wall is a wide road that provides views of the city.
Beilin MuseumForest of Stone Steles Museum (Beilin Museum) This small, pleasant museum - once a temple and with peaceful gardens-- houses ancient stone tablets with exemplary Chinese calligraphy. It also has a small collection of sculpture and ceramics.
Herb MarketExplore Xi'an's large herb and wild produce market. A good place to bargain for saffron.
Guilin (Yangshuo)
Bicycle rentalRent a bicycle in the hotel courtyard and ride out to the nearby countryside on level, lightly trafficked roads.
SightseeingWalk around town or to the banks of the Li River, or shop for folk items and local goods on the street. Visit the local agricultural market, or take a pedicab ride to some of Yangshuo's famous karst formations.
Beijing
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.
Beijing WalksMany areas of Beijing are quite ‘walkable’. Frommer’s Beijing (or on line: www.frommers.com/destinations/beijing/ ) contains interesting walking tours with clear directions. We strongly recommend using this for free time self-guided walks.
For additional information, visit: www.frommers.com/destinations/beijing/
Capital Museum of BeijingA new and elegant building housing five floors of Chinese arts including artifacts, calligraphy, painting, jade, and sculpture.
For additional information, visit: http://en.capitalmuseum.org.cn/
Factory 798This defunct German-built factory complex houses international exhibitions of modern art, contemporary Chinese art, as well as creative art festivals in the spring and fall and contains various galleries, bookstores, cafes, etc. This Bauhaus influenced complex is quite large; maps are available on-site to navigate the different buildings and galleries.
Liulichang Antiques AreaRestored area known especially for antiques, calligraphy, paintings, coins collectibles, and tea shops.
Panjiayuan (Dirt Market)Wander amongst thousands of stalls offering assortments of Chinese antiques and collectibles. Open weekends only and located further southeast of the city center. Bring your bargaining skills and watch out for fakes.
The 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.
Renmin Guangchang (People's Square)Located just off of the main shopping street Nanjing Road, this square was once the site of a horse-racing track popular in Shanghai among the 1930s elite. The park serves as a meeting place for Shanghai locals to practice tai ji or martial arts, play games or perform music and dance. Numerous attractions surround the square, including an English-style clock tower building, which was used as clubhouse for the Shanghai Race Club. Other surrounding buildings include Shanghai City Hall, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Urban Planning Center.
Shanghai WalksMany areas of Shanghai are quite ‘walkable’. Frommer’s Shanghai (or on line: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/shanghai/) contains interesting walking tours with clear directions. We strongly recommend using this for free time self-guided walks.
For additional information, visit: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/shanghai/

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