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Classic Icons of China and Yangtze River Cruise

Program Number: 15122RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/13/2014 - 9/28/2014; 10/7/2014 - 10/22/2014; 10/18/2014 - 11/2/2014; 4/4/2015 - 4/19/2015; 5/2/2015 - 5/17/2015; 9/5/2015 - 9/20/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/27/2015; 10/10/2015 - 10/25/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: China
Price starting at: $3,963.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: ; Adventure Afloat Study Cruise
Meals: 40; 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian    

Gain a vivid overview of ancient and present-day China as you encounter its most significant icons. On the Yangtze, discover how the world’s third-longest river influenced China’s development for thousands of years. Uncover the differences between the South and North as you explore imperial Beijing, ancient Xi’an, cosmopolitan Shanghai, and sail beneath the mystical mountains of the Li River.




Highlights

• Experience three scenic nights aboard the Yangtze River study vessel.
• Visit remote riverside villages and the Three Gorges Dam project.
• Walk the Great Wall and enter the Forbidden City.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles daily; uneven terrain, uneven stone stairs; steps without railings.



Optional tai ji and Chinese conversation classes.

The 2014 itinerary differs slightly: Arrival Beijing, 4 nights; fly to Xi’an, 2 nights; fly to Guilin 1 night; sail to Yangshuo, 1 night; fly to Chongqing, embark Yangtze vessel, 3 nights; fly to Shanghai, 3 nights; departure. Zhang Yi Mou's musical is not included in the itinerary.




Date Specific Information

9-13-2014, 10-7-2014, 4-4-2015, 5-2-2015, 9-5-2015, 9-12-2015, 10-10-2015

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10-18-2014

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Beijing, 3 nights; fly to Xi’an, 3 nights; fly to Guilin for coach to Yangshuo, 2 nights; fly to Chongqing, embark Yangtze vessel, 3 nights; fly to Shanghai, 3 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Beijing
3 nights

Discover "old Beijing" in winding lanes and alleys and join a courtyard family for lunch. Enter the Forbidden City and walk the Great Wall. Celebrate with an authentic Peking Duck dinner.



Flight to Xi’an
3 nights

Experience the terracotta warriors in the Qin Tomb and gain insights into Chinese civilization at Xi’an’s state-of-the-art history museum. Professors highlight China’s cultural history, religions and philosophies at Xi’an’s International Studies University. Learn about China’s next generation in informal chats with English-speaking students.



Flight to Guilin for coach to Yangshuo, a small town on the banks of the Li River 2 nights

Lined by quaint villages, bright bamboo groves, waterfalls and ponds -- poets and painters have striven for centuries to capture through words and images the beauty of the mountains and the waters of the Li River. Sail down the Li and in the evening enjoy an open-air musical directed by the renowned Zhang Yi Mou (designer of Beijing Olympics magnificent Opening and Closing Ceremonies). Set amidst the natural scenery of river and mountains, Zhang's musical Folk Opera features members of local fishing families performing in an extraordinary setting.



Flight to Chongqing
Board Yangtze vessel
3 nights

Observe giant pandas in Chongqing's Zoological Gardens. Sailing through the Yangtze’s gorges, study area history, culture, ecology, traditional medicine and modern Chinese life. Board a sampan boat to pass through the exquisite gorges of a Yangtze tributary. Speak with families about the changes in their lives after the construction of the Three Gorges Dam.



Flight to Shanghai
3 nights
Departure

Explore Shanghai’s 16th-century Yu Garden, the chic Xin Tian Di district and the new Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a creative vegetarian dinner at the Longhua Temple, a performance by Shanghai’s Acrobatics Troupe and a stroll along the famed Bund overlooking the harbor.




China

From the opening of the Silk Road in the 1st Century BC, marking the beginning of trade between Central Asia and the burgeoning empires in the West, China has inspired global evolution. Six millennia of calligraphy, music, and dance emerged from the behemoth land during a dozen dynasties marked by conflicts of religion, power, and territory. Ruling emperors gave way to Communism and to Modern China, home to a fifth of the world’s population.



Accommodations
Beijing: Four-star hotel steps from historic sites. Xi'an: Hotel in heart of downtown. Yangshuo: Hotel on banks of beautiful Li River. Yangtze River Vessel: First-class vessel with outside cabins and private balconies. Shanghai: Gracious hotel near important sites.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
China's Cultural History Yang Hongying

Professor Yang Hongying is an expert in the study of foreign language and linguistics at Xi'an International Studies University, where she leads courses in Chinese culture and international studies. She has received numerous teaching awards, and also has received advanced degrees in cultural heritage studies from the Institute of European Studies in Macau, and in education from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Yang has published numerous papers on museum text translations and international culture studies, and has given lectures on Chinese culture and heritage in China, Macau, and Singapore. She has worked with and taught Road Scholar groups for more than 10 years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
  Beijing, China 4 nights
   Grand Noble Hotel
  Xi'an, China 2 nights
   Fortune Condominium Hotel
  Guilin, China 1 night
   Sovereign Hotel
  Yangshuo, China 1 night
   Victoria Cruise Lines
  Yangtze River Vessel, China 3 nights
   Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai
  Shanghai, China 3 nights
 Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Program Provider (CAEE) Additional nights pre-program can be arranged by your Program Provider.

 Grand Noble Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Fortune Condominium Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: A new well-appointed hotel located beside a pretty branch of the Li River, the Fortune Condominium Hotel is surrounded by a residential neighborhood, ideal for early morning walks and allowing for glimpses of everyday life. This lovely hotel is within 15 minute walk to Chuanshan Park and Seven Star Park. All the rooms are two-bedroom suites.
  Ship Information: na
  Contact info: 28 Shijiayuan Road
Guilin, Guangxi , NA 541004,   China
phone: +86 773-3111555¡¡
web: www.guilinfortunehotel.com/en/hotel_introduction.html
  Room amenities: IDD / DDD Telephone, Mini-Bar, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, High Speed Internet Access, CNN / CCTV Channels, Alarm Clock, Hair Dryer
  Facility amenities: Business Centre Money Exchange (24hrs) Room Service (06:30am � 01:00am) Laundry and Valet Service Hotel Shop (Kiosk) Fitness Room Safe-deposit Box Wi-Fi is not available
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sovereign Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Situated beside the beautiful Li River, the Sovereign Hotel is located in the center of this small town and is ideal as a base for walks and exploration on foot.
  Ship Information: .
  Contact info: No.28 Guanlian Road, Yangshuo County,
Guilin City, Guangxi Province 541000, NA na 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 available.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Victoria Cruise Lines
Type: Riverboat
  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 persons. 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 allowed: No

 Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact your Program Provider. contact your Program Provider;


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Meet your Group Leader in the hotel lobby at 6:00 pm on the arrival day and join a welcome meeting. Check-in time for your hotel is 2:00 pm on Day 2. You will be staying at Qianmen Jianguo Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Your program ends at 11:30 am. Check-out time from your hotel is 12:00 pm/noon. You will be staying at Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. APPLYING FOR YOUR CHINA VISA: U.S. RESIDENTS: Due to the complexities of obtaining a China visa we strongly urge you to use Road Scholar's designated visa service. Whether or not you use GenVisa, you must submit the following for your application: 1. Your completed visa application form with official photo as described. Tip: if you choose Journalist or Religious Worker as your occupation, your visa could be denied. 2. An official Abbreviated Itinerary with Accommodations information on Road Scholar letterhead and which has your name included. That document will be mailed or emailed to you separately. 3. If you have NOT purchased your international air tickets from Road Scholar and/or if you are NOT using GenVisa, you must also submit a copy of your confirmed international flight information. (If you have purchased your international air from Road Scholar and are using GenVisa, your flight information will be submitted to GenVisa for you.) NON US RESIDENTS: If you are not using GenVisa, some of the requirements may differ. You should check with your Chinese Consulate or with a visa agency you have chosen. If an official letter of invitation from China is required, the Chinese American Educational Exchange (CAEE) can email or mail you one. To request such a letter contact CAEE: email: toc@ix.netcom.com phone: 212 334 1971.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: n/a
To Start of Program
  Location:  Beijing
  Transportation to site: If independent flights do not coincide with the designated group transfer or if arrivals are a day or more earlier than the program start date, it is the responsibility of participant(s) to make arrangements to get to the program site. Taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel is very easy. Your Final Information Packet includes a sheet with taxi information and your hotel location in English and in Chinese characters. Just show it to a taxi driver and he will know exactly where to go. Many participants have used this sheet and no one has ever had a problem. Taxi cost between Beijing airport and your hotel is about $30 US (170 Chinese yuan) per car. Taxi cost from Shanghai airport to your hotel is about $40 US (240 yuan). Tip is not expected. (You will need to buy Chinese currency at the airport upon arrival. ATM's and Foreign Currency Exchange desks are easy to locate. All signs include English.) Take taxis at designated taxi stands and make sure the driver turns on the meter. Time to the hotel by car takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic).
  From End of Program
  Location:  Shanghai
  Transportation from site: Program Only Participants (POP) can take the scheduled airport transfer free of charge if there is room in the transfer vehicle. Alternately, your Group Leader can help you arrange a taxi. Cost is about $40 US (240 Chinese yuan) per car. Tip is not expected.
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: Departures
(Tuesday, October 7)
   
 In Transit: International flight Departures

Day 2: Arrive China’s Capital Beijing/Welcome Meeting
(Wednesday, October 8)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at Beijing International Airport where your Group Leader (National Guide) will be waiting for you. After check-in and a short rest, get together for a Welcome Meeting at your hotel. Note: CAEE Group Leaders are qualified National Guides who are full-time permanent members of our offices. All are university graduates, fluent in English, well-educated in safety and protocol and are supported by offices nation-wide.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at your hotel.
 Evening: at your leisure
   
Accommodations: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: BEIJING: Temple of Heaven/China: Land and Peoples /Peking Duck Welcome Dinner
(Thursday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: buffet breakfast at our hotel at 7:45 am.
 Morning: Depart the hotel at 8:45 am for the 15th century architectural masterpiece, the Temple of Heaven which symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth. Walk the extensive grounds to the Temple itself or stay in its environs and enjoy the activities of local people practicing calligraphy, tai ji, musical instruments, dancing, or flying kites.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch return to your hotel for a Talk: China’s Land and Peoples.
 Dinner: At your Welcome Banquet, experience Beijing’s famous culinary delight: an authentic Peking Duck dinner.
 Evening: After dinner, the rest of the evening is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: BEIJING: Hutongs/Family Lunch/Forbidden City
(Friday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am. Optional tai ji class before breakfast at 7:15 am.
 Morning: After breakfast this morning, depart at 9:00 am to explore a residential neighborhood of 'hutongs' (small lanes and alleys with courtyard homes) where we visit the former residence of Song Qing Ling (political activist and wife of Sun Yat Sen), and meet local families.
 Lunch: Enjoy a typical north Chinese lunch of dumplings ('jiaozi') with local families in their homes.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, explore the Forbidden City – the 250- acre imperial compound that was once the residence and seat of the Qing Emperors and ‘forbidden’ to all others.
 Dinner: Dinner is at a nearby hotel.
 Evening: Get together with your group leader to practice Chinese.
   
Accommodations: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: BEIJING: Great Wall/Tian’anmen Square
(Saturday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am. Plan for an early breakfast as we depart early for the Great Wall.
 Morning: This morning, depart at 8:00 am to travel outside of Beijing city to a green mountain range where you can walk the Great Wall and experience spectacular views as it winds up and down the distant mountains.
 Lunch: Lunch is at a restaurant near the Wall.
 Afternoon: On the way back to your hotel, visit ‘the heart’ of Beijing -- Tian’anmen Square.
 Dinner: Walk to a restaurant near your hotel for dinner
 Evening: Join your group leader to learn some useful Chinese phrases.
   
Accommodations: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: flight to XI'AN: History Museum/ English Corner
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: Begin the day at 7:15 am with tai ji movements and then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast.Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.
 Morning: This morning, fly to Xi'an, the capital of China during the golden age of the Tang Dynasty.
 Lunch: We'll stop for lunch at a restaurant before checking into our hotel.
 Afternoon: Explore Xi’an History Museum, one of China’s finest and which provides an enlightening window into China’s dynastic history.
 Dinner: at restaurant
 Evening: After dinner, visit the campus of Xi’an International Studies University to join their ‘Thursday English Corner’ – a weekly gathering of students and some local citizens who want to practice spoken English and with whom you can have informal chats.
   
Accommodations: Grand Noble Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: XI'AN: Terra Cotta Warriors
(Monday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy early morning tai ji movements at 7:15 am and then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast. Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:00 am.
 Morning: This morning, depart the hotel at 8:30 am to experience one of the most astounding archeological discoveries of the 20th century -- the huge tomb site of the Qin Emperor, containing an army of life size terra cotta infantrymen, cavalry, horses, and graceful archers.
 Lunch: At restaurant nearby.
 Afternoon: This afternoon return to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. If you’d like to do some exploring on your own, your local guide can give you some suggestions.
 Dinner: Enjoy a unique dumplings dinner, a Xi'an specialty.
 Evening: Get together with your group leader to learn number counting and useful phrases.
   
Accommodations: Grand Noble Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: XI'AN: Chinese Cultural History/fight to GUILIN
(Tuesday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy tai ji class at 7:15 am followed by hotel buffet breakfast at 8:00 am, before checking out of the hotel. (Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and10:00 am.)
 Morning: We depart at 8:45 am for Xi’an International Studies University for a Talk: Chinese Cultural History. (This lecture discusses Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism as a way of understanding Chinese ‘character.’).
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the university dining room. After lunch, walk the campus and speak with university students to learn about China's new generation.
 Afternoon: Depart for Xi'an airport at 2:30 pm for flight to Guilin.
 Dinner: A light supper will be served in flight.
 Evening: If time permits, get together with your group leader to practice Chinese.
   
Accommodations: Fortune Condominium Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: GUILIN: Li River Cruise/YANGSHUO: Country Villages/Chinese Music
(Wednesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Tai ji exercise at 7:15 am followed by hotel buffet breakfast at 8:00 am. Check out of the hotel after breakfast.(Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.)
 Morning: This morning depart your hotel at 8:45 am for a cruise down the magnificent Li River to the town of Yangshuo. Arrive in Yangshuo about 1:30 pm in the early afternoon and check into your hotel situated near the Li River.
 Lunch: Lunch is on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, we depart at 3:00 pm to travel by ‘electric car’ to the nearby countryside for a view of Moon Hill and to visit local villages situated amongst the stunning karst mountains of the area.
 Dinner: at your hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a demonstration and introduction to classical Chinese music.
   
Accommodations: Sovereign Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: flight to CHONGQING: Pandas/Yangtze Cruise Embarkation
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: hotel buffet breakfast at 7:00 am.
 Morning: This morning we depart the hotel at 8:00 am for the airport and fly to the port city of Chongqing on the Yangtze River.
 Lunch: light lunch in flight
 Afternoon: From Chongqing airport coach to a monorail station for a ride to Chongqing's Zoological Gardens to observe giant pandas, which are indigenous to this province (Szechuan) only.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near the Yangtze Piers.
 Evening: Board your Yangtze vessel and, as you set sail, view the hill city of Chongqing at night.
   
Accommodations: Victoria Cruise Lines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise
(Friday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Ship's buffet
 Morning: Today, learn about the changes in the lives of families who have moved from an ‘old city’ to new housing above the Yangtze waters.
 Lunch: Ship's buffet
 Afternoon: You will be notified of times for shore visits, cultural programs and talks on a daily basis. Where possible, your national guide will also continue instruction in Tai Ji and Chinese conversation. This evening, the Captain invites you to a welcome reception.
 Dinner: On board
 Evening: Evening entertainment includes performances of Chinese music and dance.
   
Accommodations: Victoria Cruise Lines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise/Shore Stops/Chinese Music and Dance
(Saturday, October 18)
   
 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: Ship's buffet
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ship, the river and river towns.
 Dinner: On board
 Evening: Enjoy an on-board performance of Chinese music and dance.
   
Accommodations: Victoria Cruise Lines
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Three Gorges Dam Site/flight to SHANGHAI:
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: ship's buffet.
 Morning: This morning, take a short coach ride to the Three Gorges Dam site. From an observation deck, you will have a birds-eye view of the dam, the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, and the power station. A nearby exhibition room displays a model of the dam, and a briefing will explain this project which is one of the largest construction ventures ever undertaken.
 Lunch: Return to your vessel for a buffet lunch.
 Afternoon: Disembark at the town of Yichang. Fly to Shanghai.
 Dinner: at local restaurant in Shanghai en route to your hotel.
 Evening: at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: SHANGHAI: Shanghai Museum/Longhua Temple/Acrobatics Performance
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and10:30 am.
 Morning: Depart the hotel at 8:30 am to visit the Shanghai Fine Arts Museum. This state-of-the-art museum is home to China's finest collection of paintings, ceramics, bronzes and sculptures and is an awe-inspiring testimony to China's long and rich culture.
 Lunch: At Longhua Temple, enjoy imaginative vegetarian cuisine prepared by Temple monks.
 Afternoon: After lunch, take some time to walk about Longhua, Shanghai's largest and most active temple.
 Dinner: at restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of amazing skill and prowess at a performance by the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. Acrobatics have, for thousands of years, been considered as one of the 'treasures' of Chinese performing arts and figure in other genres such as Beijing Opera.
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: SHANGHAI: The Bund/ Yu Garden/Xin Tian Di/Free Afternoon
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:30 am.
 Morning: This morning, we depart the hotel at 9:00 am for a stroll on the Bund, Shanghai's Huangpu River promenade, to view the busy river activity and the iconic art deco and neo-classic buildings dating from the time of 'foreign concessions' in Shanghai.Then, explore Shanghai's historic old section and the nearby Yu Garden, whose classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese garden landscaping.
 Lunch: Coach to Shanghai’s Xin Tian Di (‘new heaven earth’) district – a restoration project that has set a benchmark for Asia. Walk about this fashionable area; take lunch on your own in one of its many cafes or international cuisine restaurants. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. The coach is available for those who want to return to the hotel after lunch time.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is at your leisure.
 Dinner: Enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a nearby restaurant. Depart the hotel at 6:45 pm.
   
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Daning Hotel Shanghai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: International Departures or Post-Program Travel
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: hotel buffet,Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:30 am.
 Morning: This morning depart for Shanghai Airport for international departures or post-program travel. Your Group Leader will advise you as to departure time.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Xi'an Forest of Stone Steles Museum
This 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 Market
Xi'an's night market bustles with activity. Locals and visitors stroll, chat and look for bargains.
  People's Park
Typical meeting place where various generations gather for tai ji, to air pet birds, play traditional musical instruments or practice local opera.
  Beijing Beijing Summer Palace
Located 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 Walks
Many 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 Beijing
A 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 798
This 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 Area
Restored 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 Park
This 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 Concession
The 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 Center
The 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 Cruise
There 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 Tower
Built 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 Hotel
This 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 Walks
Many 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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