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The China Experience in Your Own Back Yard

Program Number: 13493RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/24/2013 - 3/29/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Orlando, Florida
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Meet and talk with Chinese nationals and American Foreign Service retirees who will lead you through the history of this ancient nation, from mystical beliefs and legendary rulers to the recent Olympic Games. Learn about historical landmarks, Chinese philosophy and religion, and the great dynasties and their emperors as well as the impact of modernization.




Highlights

• Explore Chinese visual and performing arts supported by live and hands-on demonstrations, performances by musicians, dancers, martial artists, performers, painters, and Calligraphy.
• Learn about the Buddhist faith at a local Buddhist Temple.
• Enjoy a demonstration of “wok” cooking and join the fun making spring rolls and won-tons with a Chinese chef while enjoying a traditional meal.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a few blocks.




Date Specific Information

3-24-2013

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Coordinated by Stetson University.




Orlando

A bustling city of more than 200,000 people, Orlando is most famous for being home to the Disney World Resort. Millions of visitors from around the world flock here to experience the magic of Disney and neighboring attractions such as SeaWorld.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel convenient to local attractions. Free transportation to Disney theme parks.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Maingate East
  Kissimmee, FL 5 nights
 Holiday Inn Maingate East
Type: Hotel
  Description: Disney Good Neighbor Hotel, free transportation to theme parks
  Contact info: 5711 West U.S. HWY 192 (Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy)
Kissimmee, FL 34746 USA
phone: 407-396-4222
web: www.holidayinnmge.com/index.html
  Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock/Radio, Coffee Maker, Color TV/Cable/Remote, Hair Dryer, In Room Safe, Iron/Ironing Board, Movie Channel, Premium Channels, Wheelchair Access
  Facility amenities: Many amenities including Wi-Fi and safe. Hotel offers heated pool, fitness room, and laundry. Free transportation to Disney Theme Parks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $80-100 Seasonal. Rates may vary
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $80-100 Seasonal. Rates may vary
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Sunday at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Maingate East that night.
  End of Program:
Friday at 1:00 p.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Maingate East the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. We must have all health forms on file. Please return as soon as possible.
  Parking availability:
Parking available
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Kissimmee, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Orlando, Florida
  Nearest highway: I-4 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Orlando International Airport (OIA)
  From End of Program
  Location: Kissimmee, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Holiday Inn Maingate East, Kissimmee

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi 4 hire Inc.
phone: 407-550-0204
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$65.00 (1-4 people)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

www.taxi4hire.com This is from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) only! All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

Holiday Inn Maingate East, Kissimmee

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mears Transportation
phone: 407-423-5566
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

www.mearstransportation.com From Orlando International airport - prices: Shuttle $21 - p/p - one way, $34 - p/p - round trip, $73 - town car - one way (up to 4 people). All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

Holiday Inn Maingate East, Kissimmee

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
CBC Transportation
phone: 877-939-8294
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$59.00 (1-4 people)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

www.cbctransportation.com This is from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) only! All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 
Driving Directions
  Miami Take I-95 North, to Florida Turnpike North (Orlando/Wildwood). Take Osceola Parkway exit number 249, merge onto I-4 west towards Tampa, and exit onto W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (exit 64B), Turn right onto Sherberth Road. Make an immediate left turn onto Black Lake Road.
  Orlando International Airport Exit airport and take 528 West to I-4 West. Exit 64B onto Highway 192 West. Turn right onto Sherberth Road. Make an immediate left turn onto Black Lake Road.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Sunday, March 24)
   
 Afternoon: Group Registration/Orientation/Program Overview
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: Cultural program
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Maingate East
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the hotel.
 Morning: Classes on China Intro/ Qin Dynasty/ Great Wall/ Terra Cotta Warriors
 Lunch: Dim Sum lunch and cooking demonstration at Ming Court.
 Afternoon: History Overview and Beijing class
 Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel
 Evening: Famous Beijing Landmarks
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Maingate East
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is at the hotel
 Morning: Cultural Program. Chinese Culture / Language / Calligraphy
 Lunch: At the hotel
 Afternoon: Modern China
 Dinner: At the hotel
 Evening: Continuation of Modern China
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Maingate East
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Is at the hotel
 Morning: Cultural Program Tai Chi Chinese Culture / Traditional Chinese Medicine
 Lunch: Is at the hotel
 Afternoon: Chinese Economics
 Dinner: Is at the hotel
 Evening: Tibet / Taiwan
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Maingate East
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Is at the hotel
 Morning: Cultural Program Chinese Folk Music Chinese Religion Classes
 Lunch: In the hotel
 Afternoon: Visit to Buddhist Temple watflorida.org/
 Dinner: Chinese dinner banquet at Ming Court www.ming-court.com
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Maingate East
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, March 29)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel
 Morning: Mini tour of China / Program wrap up and challenge
 Lunch: Farewell Luncheon and Graduation
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Kissimmee, FL Orlando Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit www.orlando.org/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Business China


Author: Peggy Kenna/Sondra Lacy


Chinese Mythology


Author: Barnes and Noble


Genius of China


Author: Robert Temple


History of China


Author: John King Fairbank


Description: John King Fairbank has written some really great books!



Land of the Dragon: Chinese Myth


Author: Time Life Series


Religions of China/the World


Author: unknown


Tao Te Ching


Author: Vega Books in the UK


The Little Red Book


Author: Quotations from Chairman Mao


The Teaching of Buddha


Author: Buddhist Bible


the Analects of Confucius


Author: David Hinton




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