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China by Train and Yangtze Riverboat

Explore the rivers, mountains, villages and cities of China by riverboat and train, and learn from local experts as you discuss local culture, practice tai ji and walk the Great Wall.
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China

China by Train and Yangtze Riverboat

Explore the rivers, mountains, villages and cities of China by riverboat and train, and learn from local experts as you discuss local culture, practice tai ji and walk the Great Wall.
Length
23 days
Starts at
5,599
Length
23 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
5,599
Program No. 3588RJ

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At a Glance

The Great Wall stretches more than 5,500 miles across rugged land and mountains — reflecting the vastness, history, and traditions of China. Take a walk on this man-made wonder and then get closer to daily Chinese life in a journey by train and Yangtze riverboat that transports you from Beijing to Shanghai and across the Yellow Soil Plateau to China’s Silk Road capital —Xi’an. Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of countryside villagers along the way as you explore their marketplaces, talk openly with English-speaking students, and learn about traditions that have been at the heart of Chinese culture for thousands of years.
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Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles daily; uneven terrain; steep steps at docks, sometimes without railings.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Share lunch with a Beijing courtyard family, and then enter the Forbidden City, seat of Emperors and once forbidden to all others.
  • From your train carriage and from new high-speed "bullet" trains, enjoy close glimpses of China’s colorful country life.
  • Discover hidden hillside villages and lush landscapes of Guizhou Province.

General Notes

No overnight trains; all train travel during daylight hours. Optional tai ji and Chinese conversation. Some sites have uneven terrain, unpaved paths, cobblestones, uneven or steep steps with no railings. Group leaders are full-time staff, university graduates fluent in English.
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Chinese Religions, Philosophy, and Character; Hongying Yang
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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Chinese Religions, Philosophy, and Character; Hongying Yang View biography
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.
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Xuemei (Mei) Zhang has been sharing her knowledge of China with Road Scholar participants for over ten years. She grew up in northern China, close to Beijing, and is a graduate of Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang where she majored in English and machine-aided translation. Mei has been to the U.S.A. several times and traveled extensively in China. She describes herself as an extrovert who loves problem-solving and adds that she loves the process of learning while traveling with different people.
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Chinese Music; Li Jiang View biography
Li Jiang is an instructor of traditional Chinese musical instruments. He started learning the violin at the age of 6 and has remained devoted to this instrument ever since. He extended his study to other musical instruments including the erhu, bawu, guitar and piano. He is a self-taught fluent speaker of English, having studied the language for over thirty years. He has traveled to Japan and Europe for art exchanges, making him a valued contributor to China's national culture and arts development.
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23 days
22 nights
56 meals
21 B 18 L 17 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Beijing, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Beijing
D
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

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

DAY
3
Old Beijing Hutongs, Forbidden City, Peking Duck Dinner
Beijing
B,L,D
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Activity note: Led by our Group Leader, tai ji sessions last approximately 30 minutes. No special clothes or shoes are required. Walking approximately 2 miles in and around the Forbidden City on flat, paved terrain with many chairs and benches to rest; up to 80 steps with railings. Walking up to 1/2 mile in Hutong area.

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

Morning: Coach to Old Beijing hutongs (small residential alleys and courtyards) near Beihai Park and explore the neighborhood via pedicab. Visit families in their homes and the former residence of Song Qing Ling, political activist and wife of Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

Lunch: In an “Old Beijing” hutong, we’ll gather for a family-hosted lunch including jaozi (Chinese style dumplings). Hutongs are old residential neighborhoods with courtyard homes situated in small lanes and alleys that are rapidly disappearing due to urban development.

Afternoon: Explore the Forbidden City, a vast complex once the seat of Qing Emperors and forbidden to all others. Completed in 1420, the Forbidden City was not only the personal residence of emperors and their royal families, but China’s political center for more than five centuries.

Dinner: This evening at a Welcome Dinner, celebrate with a Beijing specialty: Peking Duck Dinner. Peking Duck was first created in Beijing for emperors six hundred years ago during the Ming Dynasty. Thinly sliced, with crisp skin, the duck is wrapped in light pancakes with julienned cucumbers and a variety of sauces. It is often said that if you go to Beijing there are two things you must do: walk the Great Wall and enjoy Peking Duck.

Evening: After dinner, the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

DAY
4
China's Land and Peoples, Summer Palace, Tian'anmen Square
Beijing
B,L,D
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Activity note: Walking 1 mile in the Summer Palace on flat, paved terrain. Walking up to 1/2 mile from the coach to Tian’anmen Square.

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

Morning: A Talk at your hotel introduces China's Land and Peoples.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy the beauty of the Qing Emperors’ Summer Palace where lily ponds and arched bridges border its serene lake and painted pavilions depict stories that reflect the rich history of Chinese life and art. Stop at the 'heart of Beijing' -- Tian'anmen Square before returning to the hotel. Meaning "Gate of Heavenly Peace," Tian'anmen serves as the location for formal celebrations and ceremonies. More commonly, this huge piazza is where families come to stroll and chat and where kites and balloons abound. In it are located the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the China National Museum, Great Hall of the People, Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Tiananmen Tower.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Get together with your group leader to learn some useful Chinese phrases.

DAY
5
Walk the Great Wall
Beijing
B,L
Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Activity note: The motorcoach trip to the Great Wall is about 50 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking up to about 1.5 miles. We will take a cable car to a higher point on the wall (weather and wind permitting). Some parts of the wall are steep as it is in a mountainous area; walking sticks or trekking poles are helpful.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet is offered between 6:30 am and 9:30 am.

Morning: This morning, 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: A simple box lunch is provided to eat at a spot of your choosing on the wall.

Afternoon: Return to your hotel

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Temple of Heaven, Bullet Train to Luoyang, Chinese Music
Luoyang
B,L,D
Luoyang Companionship Hotel

Activity note: Walk approximately 1.6 miles from the entrance to the exit of the Temple of Heaven park on flat, paved terrain. Climbing the Temple requires 27 steps. Bullet train to Luoyang is approximately 4 hrs. Toilets and storage spaces for luggage are available at each end of the bullet train cars. In addition to the dining car, there is trolley service throughout the train with water, soft drinks, beer and snacks for purchase. Hot water for tea and coffee is also available in each car.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel for the 15th century architectural masterpiece, the Temple of Heaven which symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth. With our Group Leader, we walk the extensive grounds to the Temple while observing the activities of local people practicing calligraphy, tai ji, musical instruments, dancing, or flying kites on the park-like grounds. Coach to Beijing West Station to board a bullet train to the small city of Luoyang in Henan Province, located about 500 miles southwest of Beijing. The comfortable four-hour high-speed train takes us through two provinces in north China (Hebei and Henan) and crosses the Yellow River. Luoyang was one of the four great ancient capitals of China and is home to the extraordinary Longmen Buddhist cliff carvings.

Lunch: We'll bring a box lunch for the train.

Afternoon: arrive at Luoyang Longmen station and check in to hotel in late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at your hotel or a nearby restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy an introduction to traditional Chinese musical instruments with demonstration (at your hotel).

DAY
7
Longmen Cliff Carvings and Life in an Agricultural Village
Luoyang
B,L,D
Luoyang Companionship Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 1.5 miles at Longmen Grotto. For closer views of the stone carvings, climb about 100 steps with railings; you may choose to remain at the bottom of the stairs and walk along a flat, paved path.

Breakfast: Enjoy early morning tai ji movements on the People's Square, filled with local people practicing martial arts, ballroom dancing or airing pet birds. And then enjoy your hotel's buffet breakfast. Hotel buffet is offered between 6:00 am and 10:00 am.

Morning: After breakfast, depart for the 1,500 year old Longmen Grottoes. Learn about these stone carvings that overlook the Yi River and which celebrate the introduction of Buddhism into China.

Lunch: In the agricultural village of Hua Yuan Cun, we will divide into smaller groups and visit local families for a home-cooked meal, while accompanied by a local English speaker.

Afternoon: This afternoon, visit Hua Yuan Cun agricultural village and its Primary School. Hua Yuan Cun is a typical north Chinese country village and its primary school accommodates children from the area. Visit the school and observe classes when possible.

Dinner: Dinner in restaurant on way to hotel

Evening: at your leisure

DAY
8
Train to Xian, Muslim Area on Foot
Xi'an
B,L,D
Grand Noble Hotel

Activity note: Train ride is approximately 1.5 hours.Large luggage will be transferred directly from the train to the hotel; carry-on luggage can be brought and left on the motorcoach until we reach the hotel. Walking in Muslim section is about .6 mile

Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a morning train to the City of Xi'an. Enjoy views of rural life from the train as you ascend China's Yellow Soil Plateau. The land is covered with a thick layer of wind-blown loess soil, which masks the original landforms. Deeply eroded, the landscape has steep ravines and almost vertical cliff faces pocked with holes and caves known as 'yaodong,' which are used for dwelling and resting.

Lunch: Train arrives at Xi'an Station about noon. We'll have lunch at a Muslim Restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore Xi'an's Hui Muslim section on foot. Among the highlights are its beautiful Great Mosque, one of China's best preserved. Xi'an was a hub of the Silk Road in ancient times. Merchants, traders, and students from Islamic lands were drawn there and settled down. Over generations, they became known as the Hui people, officially recognized as one of China’s ethnic minorities. There were thousands of mosques in China at one time, but most are now gone After, check in to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Join your Group Leader to practice some Chinese conversation.

DAY
9
Xi'an University, Chinese Life Views, Shaanxi History Museum
Xi'an
B,L,D
Grand Noble Hotel

Activity note: Walk approximately 1 mile on flat, paved terrain mostly indoors in approximately 2 hours at Museum.

Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: We will take a motorcoach to Xi'an International Studies University, one of China's key institutions of higher learning, and meet with a faculty expert who will teach us about Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism as a way of understanding Chinese character and customs.

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

Afternoon: Our next stop brings us to the state-of-the-art Shaanxi History Museum, where we will gain an understanding of China’s dynastic history as well as its rich and enduring culture. The museum was built in the 1990s in the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty and named after Shaanxi Province of which Xi’an is the capital city.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: at your leisure

DAY
10
A Qin Emperor's Terra Cotta Warriors
Xi'an
B,L
Grand Noble Hotel

Activity note: Drive is approximately 1 hour each way. Walking approximately 2 miles at the Terra Cotta Warriors on flat, paved terrain.

Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel

Morning: The huge tomb site of the Qin Emperor, containing an army of life size terra cotta figures, was one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. We will explore sections of this vast site where three huge pits are filled with the terra-cotta soldiers, cavalry, archers, their weapons, horses and chariots. It has been estimated that there are as many as 8,000 individual figures, but the total number is still unknown. Traces of paint suggest they were once brilliantly colored. Experimental digs in nearby areas have revealed other kinds of figures such as acrobats, dancers, and musicians, but further excavations are “on hold” due to the complex conditions at the site.

Lunch: at a nearby restaurant

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

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

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

DAY
11
Fly to Chongqing, Giant Pandas, Yangtze River Sailing
Yangtze River Vessel
B,L,D
Victoria Cruise Lines

Activity note: Drive to the airport is approximately 1 hour; Flight to Chongqing is about 1.5 hrs. Drive 1 hour to Chongqing Zoological Gardens. Walking up to 1.5 miles at the Zoological Gardens. About 35 steps down to the Yangtze River Dock with railings for embarkation. Luggage must be claimed at the Chongqing airport and will be transported directly to the vessel. Carry-on luggage can be left on the coach during the day.

Breakfast: After morning tai ji, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A discussion of Chinese calligraphy introduces this ancient and elegant art form. If time permits, try your hand at producing Chinese characters.

Lunch: lunch en route to Airport.

Afternoon: Take an early afternoon flight to Chongqing, an independent municipality situated inside Szechuan Province and at the head of the navigable Yangtze. Prior to boarding we will visit Chongqing Zoological Gardens to observe pandas which are indigenous primarily to Szechuan .

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Board your Yangtze vessel and, as you set sail, view the hill city of Chongqing at night.

DAY
12
Shore Visit to Relocated Families in a New Yangtze Village
Yangtze River Vessel
B,L,D
Victoria Cruise Lines

Breakfast: ship's buffet.

Morning: Discuss traditional Chinese medicine and consider the Yangtze's influence on China.

Lunch: Ship's buffet

Afternoon: We will visit a new village for relocated families, exploring their agricultural market and visit a local family with a local staff member. Our host or hostess will introduce us to their village and family, followed by an opportunity to ask some questions translated by our Group Leader. Before dinner, join the captain for a welcome reception aboard the ship.

Dinner: on board

Evening: Evening entertainment includes performances of Chinese music and dance.

DAY
13
Sail through the Yangtze Gorges, Mini Gorges
Yangtze River Vessel
B,L,D
Victoria Cruise Lines

Breakfast: Ship's buffet.

Morning: Today, pass through the renowned Yangze Gorges. Later, disembark at Wushan Danning River for an excursion to the Three Little Gorges, a quiet tributary of the Yangtze where we ferry upstream beneath a fantastic natural backdrop. Look up in the cliffs for 'hanging coffins,' suspended there thousands of years ago by the Ba people. And further down the cliffs, watch for golden-haired monkeys and goats.

Lunch: Ship's buffet.

Afternoon: Free Time. Enjoy the views as we sail the Yangtze, attend one of the ship’s presentations, or continue to learn conversational Chinese with our Group Leader.

Dinner: Captain's farewell banquet

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

DAY
14
Three Gorges Dam Site, Disembark for Train to Wuhan
Wuhan
B,L,D
Hong Shan Hotel

Activity note: Visiting the Three Gorges Dam for approximately 2.5 hours. About 40 steps at the dam, about 30 steps disembarking the ship in the afternoon.

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 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: Boxed lunch aboard ship.

Afternoon: Disembark at Yichang and then depart by train for Wuhan (about 2 1/2 hours).

Dinner: at hotel or local restaurant

Evening: Meet with your national guide and practice some Chinese phrases and learn Chinese finger counting.

DAY
15
Senior University, Relics at Wuhan Museum
Wuhan
B,L,D
Hong Shan Hotel

Breakfast: If you like, join your group leader for before-breakfast tai ji. Breakfast buffet is offered from 6:30 am to 8:00 am.

Morning: This morning, coach to Jianghan Senior University and meet with Chinese seniors enjoying the continuing education offered them after retirement.

Lunch: at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Enjoy Wuhan Museum's beautiful collection of lacquer ware and other artifacts - including a large set of musical bells discovered in a tomb dating from 500 B.C.

Dinner: dinner at restaurant

Evening: Join your Group Leader to practice some useful Chinese phrases.

DAY
16
Train Journey to the Miao Town of Kaili
Kaili
B,L,D
Grand Metropark Hotel Kaili

Breakfast: buffet breakfast is served at the hotel. Feel free to join your group leader for optional tai ji before breakfast.

Morning: Depart for Wuhan Railway Station for high speed train to Kaili. Travel through Hunan Province to the Province of Guizhou, one of China's most beautiful and sparsely populated regions.

Lunch: On board train.

Afternoon: Cross the border to Guizhou Province, where you begin to notice the difference in architecture, especially the elegant wooden, balconied houses of Miao families. Arrive in Kaili this afternoon.

Dinner: at a local restaurant.

Evening: Get together with your Group Leader for Chinese conversation practice.

DAY
17
Ethnic Museum, Paper Making, Miao Music in Country Villages
Kaili
B,L,D
Grand Metropark Hotel Kaili

Activity note: Drive to Shiqiao Paper Village about 1 hour. Drive to Jidao Village about 1 hour. Performance is about 1 hour. Drive back to Kaili City about 1 hour. Western style toilets are available at villages.

Breakfast: After morning tai ji practice, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we stop in town at Kaili's Ethnic Minorities Museum which highlights the architecture, customs, and costumes of Miao and Dong peoples of southeastern Guizhou Province. Then, we drive to a small mountain village in which, for centuries, households have made fine calligraphy paper from the bark of the mulberry tree.

Lunch: at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we stop at Jidao Miao Village for a performance of traditional music and dance.

Dinner: at a local restaurant.

Evening: Get together with your Group Leader for conversation practice.

DAY
18
Miao Sunday Market, TCM Clinic, Coach to Guiyang
Guiyang
B,L,D
Hotel Novotel Guiyang

Activity note: Drive to Guiyang city: 2.5 hrs

Breakfast: Following morning tai ji, enjoy breakfast at hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning coach to a local Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic to learn about traditional treatments. Then depart for the nearby Kaili Sunday Market where Miao people come to exchange, sell and buy goods - from baskets and cookware to necklaces and hand embroidery. Pass itinerant dentists and barbers plying their skills.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, travel westward by coach to Guiyang, the provincial capital.

Dinner: Dinner is at your hotel or a local restaurant.

Evening: Join your Group Leader to practice some Chinese conversation.

DAY
19
Village Folk Opera Performance, Tea Farm or Batik Workshop
Guiyang
B,L
Hotel Novotel Guiyang

Activity note: Drive to Jichang village: about 1 hr. Drive to Tea Farm OR Batik workshop: about 1 hr. Drive to hotel: about 1.5 hrs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, visit Ji Chang village whose residents are descendants of Han military units sent to Guizhou in the 15th century. Among the customs they brought with them was 'dixi' ('earth opera'), a folk form that dates from the early Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD) and is still performed in 'old Han' locales. Villagers will perform a sampling of dixi, using traditional hand-made wooden masks.

Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: In Spring programs we visit a tea farm to observe plants in the fields and the selection process for picking fresh leaves. We learn about the process of creating green tea from the harvested leaves. In Fall programs we visit a batik exhibition hall and workshop to learn about this centuries old wax and dye technique and have a chance to try our hands at it.

Dinner: Your chance to choose local fare.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
20
Fly to Shanghai, Xin Tian Di District, Acrobatics
Shanghai
B,D
Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai Daning

Activity note: Flight from Guiyang to Shanghai: about 2.5 hrs. Acrobatics performance:1 hr 40 mins.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Fly to Shanghai on early morning flight.

Lunch: Coach to Shanghai’s Xin Tian Di district – a restoration project that has set a benchmark for Asia. Take lunch on your own in one of its many cafes or international cuisine restaurants.

Afternoon: We coach to our hotel and check in. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you wish.

Dinner: Walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

Evening: Performance by Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. For more than 2,000 years, acrobatics has been an important component of Chinese performing arts and many of the feats performed originated with skills perfected by artisans and craftspeople. Acrobatics figures in other performance genres such as Chinese opera.

DAY
21
Longhua Temple & Bund Riverfront
Shanghai
B,L
Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai Daning

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles outdoors at Bund Riverfront Promenade.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We coach to the active and lively Longhua Si, Shanghai’s largest Buddhist temple.

Lunch: Enjoy imaginative vegetarian cuisine near Longhua Temple.

Afternoon: Depart for the Bund, Shanghai’s iconic waterfront of art deco and neo-classic buildings dating from the time of foreign concessions. View the busy river activity and the maze of glittering skyscrapers newly built across the river on what was, until recently, undeveloped farmland.

Dinner: This evening is a chance for a dinner of your own choosing. You can stay in the Bund area to enjoy the night lights or return with the coach to your hotel.

Evening: at your leisure

DAY
22
Arts of China: Shanghai Museum and the Yu Garden
Shanghai
B,D
Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai Daning

Activity note: Spend about 2 hours at the museum; elevators and escalators available.Approximately 30 minute coach ride to the old section; walk through a winding alley at the old section with souvenir stores on both sides for approximately 1/2 mile to the Yu Garden.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Visit the Shanghai Museum. This 'state-of-the-art' museum is home to China's finest collection of paintings, ceramics, bronzes and sculptures and is an impressive testimony to China's long and rich culture. Audio guides are provided so that you can explore the museum according to your own interests.

Lunch: The museum contains a small café where you can take lunch on your own at a time that is convenient for you as you explore the museum. Your group leader can also give you suggestions for restaurants nearby.

Afternoon: This afternoon, explore Shanghai's historic old section and the nearby Yu Garden, whose classical pavilions, fountains, and arching bridges exemplify traditional Chinese garden landscaping.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant.

DAY
23
Program Concludes
Shanghai
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 12:00 Noon. See the “Travel Information” section regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation from Last Location.” The Group Leader will advise as to departure times from the hotel.

Breakfast: hotel buffet

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






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