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China Tour Oct. 10 2015 with Dr. John Hsi Lee

 Land Cost: USD1,800.00 per person (not including international airfare)

Tax & fuel surcharge: USD20.00 per person (NO FOC, subject to change) Single supplement: USD360.00 per person

LAND PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:

l         All the ground transportations and sightseeing tours with admission fees as per attached itinerary by private coach/driver.

l        Domestic Airfare for Beijing/Xi'an, Zhengzhou/Shanghai incl. air departure taxes & fuel surcharges.

l High speed train fare for Xi’an/Luoyang.

l         Current fuel surcharges are included, however, these are subject to change prior to tour start date by the airlines. Taxes are subject to change by the government

l        8 Lunches with one soft drink per person per meal

l        6 Dinners with one soft drink per person per meal

l        10 nights hotel accommodations & breakfast (sharing twin) listed as per the itinerary

l        English-speaking local guide to assist group in each city

  LAND PROGRAM EXCLUSIONS:

l        Transpacific Air fares

l         No meals unless specified according to above itinerary

l        Personal expenses

l  Gratuities to guides and coach drivers

DATE

AGENDA

HOTEL


DAY 1

US-BEIJING

          

Depart USA cross international dateline.

 

 

 


DAY 2

BEIJING    

 

Arrive Beijing, meet and transfer to your hotel

 

 

BEIJING REGAL HOTEL

* * *

http://hotel.elong.net/beijing/30101048/

Description: Description: http://images4.c-ctrip.com/target/hotel/373000/372654/1319d10a75fd45cfbff9d2fbcecb696f_550_412.jpg

 

 

DAY 3

 

BEIJING

 

Tian’anmen Square

Forbidden City

Summer Palace with a boat ride on the Kunming Lake

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHCHINESE

DINNERPEKING DUCK DINNER

BEIJING REGAL HOTEL

* * *

http://hotel.elong.net/beijing/30101048/

Description: Description: http://images4.c-ctrip.com/target/hotel/373000/372654/1319d10a75fd45cfbff9d2fbcecb696f_550_412.jpg

 

 

 

DAY 4

 

BEIJING

 

the Great Wall at Mutianyu

 

Drive by the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) & National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) for picture taking

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHCHINESE

DINNERUNDER CLIENTS’ OWN ACCOUNT

BEIJING REGAL HOTEL

* * *

http://hotel.elong.net/beijing/30101048/

Description: Description: http://images4.c-ctrip.com/target/hotel/373000/372654/1319d10a75fd45cfbff9d2fbcecb696f_550_412.jpg

 

DAY 5

 

BEIJING-XIAN

 

Temple of Heaven

transfer to the airport for flight to Xian after lunch

Meet & transferred to your hotel

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHCHINESE

DINNERUNDER CLIENTS’ OWN ACCOUNT

 

NEW ANDERSON HOTEL

* * *

http://www.newandersonhotelxa.com

Description: Description: http://images.sinohotel.com/images/2009/02/11/125837394.jpg


DAY 6

XIAN

 

the Terra Cotta Museum

Provincial Museum

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHCHINESE

DINNERTANG DYNASTY DUMPLING DINNER AND SHOW

NEW ANDERSON HOTEL

* * *

http://www.newandersonhotelxa.com

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DAY 7

 

XIAN-LUOYANG

 

the Ancient City Wall

Shaanxi Museum

After lunch, transfer to train station, take High Speed train to Louyang

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHCHINESE

DINNERCHINESE

YAXIANG JINLING HOTEL

 * * * * *

www.yxjlhotel.com/

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DAY 8

 

LUOYANG-DENGFENG

 

In the morning you will visit Longmen Grottoes including one way return on boat, and White Horses Temple

After lunch, transfer to Dengfeng

Regular lunch and dinner at local restaurant

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHCHINESE

DINNERCHINESE

CHANWU HOTEL

 * * * *

www.chanwuhotel.com/

Description: Description: Spacious lobby


DAY 9

DENGFENG-ZHENGZHOU-SHANGHAI

 

Visit Shaolin Temple with show

Drive to Zhengzhou airport for flight to Shanghai

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHCHINESE

DINNERCHINESE

XUHUI INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE

SUITES SHANGHAI

 * * * *

http://www.xuhuihotel.com

Description: Description: http://www.hotel-inchina.com/HotelImage/Shanghai/42097/9.jpg


DAY 10

SHANGHAI

 

The Bund and Cheng Huang Miao Yu Garden

Shanghai Museum

Acrobatic show after dinner

 

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHSHANGHAI DIM SUM LUNCH

DINNERCHINESE

 

 

XUHUI INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE

SUITES SHANGHAI

 * * * *

http://www.xuhuihotel.com

Description: Description: http://www.hotel-inchina.com/HotelImage/Shanghai/42097/9.jpg


DAY 11

SHANGHAI

 

Free day, under clients’ own

arrangement

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

LUNCHUNDER CLIENTS’ OWN ACCOUNT

DINNERUNDER CLIENTS’ OWN ACCOUNT

XUHUI INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE

SUITES SHANGHAI

 * * * *

http://www.xuhuihotel.com

Description: Description: http://www.hotel-inchina.com/HotelImage/Shanghai/42097/9.jpg


DAY 12

 

SHANGHAI-NJ

 

Departure transfer to airport for

international flight

 

BREAKFASTHOTEL BUFFET

 

 

   

BEIJING

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world (440,000 m² - 880m by 500m or 109 acres - 960 by 550 yd). It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Outside China, the square is best known in recent memory as the focal point of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, a pro-democracy movement which ended on 4 June 1989 with the declaration of martial law in Beijing by the government and the death of several hundred or possibly thousands of civilians.

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum's former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War.

Summer Palace

Description: 颐和园1

The Summer Palace is a palace in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water.

Longevity Hill is about 60 meters (200 feet) high and houses many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich with splendid halls and pavilions, while the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty.

The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill. In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.

In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value." It is a popular tourist destination but also serves as a recreational park.

Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.

Other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor.

The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. A comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the Ming walls measure 8,850 km (5,500 mi). This is made up of 6,259 km (3,889 mi) sections of actual wall, 359 km (223 mi) of trenches and 2,232 km (1,387 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. Another archaeological survey found that the entire wall with all of its branches measure out to be 21,196 km (13,171 mi).

National Stadium

Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest (Niǎocháo), is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

Located at the Olympic Green, the stadium cost US$423 million. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003 after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird's nest. Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was the artistic consultant on the project. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect. Ground was broken on 24 December 2003 and the stadium officially opened on 28 June 2008. A shopping mall and a hotel are planned to be constructed to increase use of the stadium, which has had trouble attracting events, football and otherwise, after the Olympics.

National Aquatics Center

The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also officially known as the National Aquatics Center, and colloquially known as the Water Cube, is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a rectangular box). Ground was broken on December 24, 2003, and the Center was completed and handed over for use on January 28, 2008. Swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.

After the Olympics, the building underwent a 200 million Yuan revamp to turn half of its interior into a water park. The building officially reopened on August 8, 2010.

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple,although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.

 

The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century. The Jiajing Emperor also built three other prominent temples in Beijing, the Temple of Sun in the east, the Temple of Earth in the north, and the Temple of Moon in the west . The Temple of Heaven was renovated in the 18th century under the Qianlong Emperor. Due to the deterioration of state budget, this became the last large-scale renovation of the temple complex in the imperial time.

The temple was occupied by the Anglo-French Alliance during the Second Opium War. In 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, the Eight Nation Alliance occupied the temple complex and turned it into the force's temporary command in Beijing, which lasted for one year. The occupation desecrated the temple and resulted in serious damage to the building complex and the garden. Robberies of temple artifacts by the Alliance were also reported. With the downfall of the Qing, the temple complex was left unmanaged. The neglect of the temple complex led to the collapse of several halls in the following years.

In 1914, Yuan Shikai, then President of the Republic of China, performed a Ming prayer ceremony at the temple, as part of an effort to have himself declared Emperor of China. In 1918 the temple was turned into a park and for the first time open to the public.

The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations..." as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries."

The surroundings of the Temple of Heaven are now a very popular park for exercising.

XI’AN

The Terra Cotta Museum

The Terra Cotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

The figures, dating from around the late third century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

Shanxi Provincial Museum

Shaanxi History Museum, which is located to the northwest of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in the ancient city Xi'an, in the Shaanxi province of China, is one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. The museum houses over 300,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. The modern museum was built between 1983 and 2001 and its appearance recalls the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty.

 

Big wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. It was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade was renovated during the Ming Dynasty. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang.

 

The Ancient City Wall

The fortifications of Xi'an is an ancient capital of China, represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Construction of the first city wall of Chang'an began in 194 BCE and lasted for four years. That wall measured 25.7 kilometers (16.0 mi) in length, 12–16 meters (39–52 ft) in thickness at the base. The area within the wall was c.36 square kilometers (14 sq mi). The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370. It encircles a much smaller city of 14 square kilometers (5.4 sq mi). The wall measures 13.7 kilometers (8.5 mi) in circumference, 12 meters (39 ft) in height, and 15–18 meters (49–59 ft) in thickness at the base.

 

LUOYANG

Longmen Grottoes 

The Longmen Grottoes are located in the south of Luoyang City. They are between Mount Xiang and Mount Longmen and face Yi River. Longmen Grottoes, Yungang Caves and Mogao Caves are regarded as the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China.

The grottoes were started around the year 493 when Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) moved the capital to Luoyang and were continuously built during the 400 years until the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The scenery measures 1,000 metres (about 1,094 yards) from north to south where there are over 2,300 holes and niches, 2,800 steles, 40 dagobas, 1,300 caves and 100,000 statues.  Most of them are the works of the Northern Wei Dynasty and the flourishing age of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Lots of historical materials concerning art, music, religion, calligraphy, medicine, costume and architecture are kept in Longmen Grottoes.  

Description: Lu She Na Buddha

 

White Horses Temple

The White Horse Temple is located 12 kilometers away from the east of Luoyang City, Henan Province.

The White Horse Temple enjoys the reputation of the No.1 Ancient Temple of China. It lies on the south of Mangshan Mountain, and faces the Luohe River in the south. The construction of the temple started in the 11th year (68) during the Yongping reign of Emperor Mingdi in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). The White Horse Temple has a history of over 1900 years. It is the first temple built since Buddhism spread to China in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD). According to historical records, Emperor Mingdi of the Eastern Han Dynasty dreamed of a golden man flying above the courtyard. After he woke up, the emperor sent Cai Yin and Qin Jing as envoys to western regions to invite Buddha and learn Buddhism. The two envoys underwent much hardship and met two eminent Indian dignitaries She Moteng and Zhu Falan on the way. Cai Yin and Qin Jing came back to Luoyang City with the two monks, and a white horse carrying the sutras. Emperor Mingdi ordered the construction of the temple to the north of the imperial road outside the Xiyong Gate of Luoyang City. The White Horse Temple, built after the style of Indian temples, was the place for She Moteng and Zhu Falan to translate Buddhist sutras and write sermons. In order to memorize the white horse for its carrying back of the sutras, the temple was named the White Horse Temple.

The White Horse Temple has undergone many repairs and renovations in all previous dynasties. The present appearance is much different from its original one. What we see today was restored during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with an area of 34,000 square meters. Facing south, the main buildings of the temple stand on or along the central axis, including the Temple Gate, the Heavenly King Hall, the Great Buddha Hall, the Main Hall, the Jieyin Hall, and the Pilu Pavilion, etc. Beside those main buildings are the Reception Chamber, the Cloud-water Chamber, the Ancestors Chamber, the Guests Chamber, the Buddhist Chamber, and the Abbot Courtyard and so on. The huge White Horse Temple has over 100 rooms.

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DENGFENG

Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple, in the region of Song Mountain, Dengfeng City, Henan Province, is reputed to be 'the Number One Temple under Heaven'. Included on UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage List in 2010, it is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel. One can see wild flowers and pines on the mountain. With birds singing and a brook spattering, a beautiful scene full of life and vitality is revealed to the visitors.

 

Shaolin Temple embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Martial Art Training Center. Visitors may follow the virtual guide about the Shaolin Temple.

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SHANGHAI

The Bund

The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centers on a section of Zhongshan Road (East-1 Zhongshan Road) within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. Building heights are restricted in this area.

 

Cheng Huang Miao

The City God Temple or Chenghuang Miao is a temple located in Shanghai, China, within the old walled city. Today the "City God Temple" not only refers to the large temple complex, but also the traditional district of commerce in the city, surrounding the temple. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, and most of these store buildings are nearly a century old. The temple connects to the Yuyuan Garden, another landmark of the old city.

The temple is colloquially known in Shanghai as the "Old City God Temple", in reference to a later "New City God Temple", which no longer exists.

Yu Garden

Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai, China. It abuts the Yuyuan Tourist Mart and is accessible from the Shanghai Metro's Line 10 Yuyuan Garden Station.

A centerpiece is the Exquisite Jade Rock (Yù Línglóng), a porous 3.3-m, 5-ton boulder. Rumours about its origin include the story that it was meant for the imperial palace in Beijing, but was salvaged after the boat sank off Shanghai.

Shanghai Museum

The museum was founded in 1952 and was first open to the public in the former Shanghai Racecourse club house, now at 325 West Nanjing Road. In 1959 the museum moved into the former Zhonghui Building at 16 South Henan Road, which previously housed insurance companies and bank offices. In 1992, the Shanghai municipal government allocated a piece of land on People's Square to the museum as its new site.

Construction of the current building started in August 1993. It was inaugurated on October 12, 1996. It is 29.5 meters high with five floors, covering a total area of 39,200 m². Designed by local architect Xing Tonghe, the new museum building is designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel called a ding. It is said that the inspiration for the design was specifically provided by the Da Ke Ding, now on exhibit in the museum. The building has a round top and a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth".

 

Acrobatic Show

Description: 杂技

Acrobatics is the performance of extraordinary feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts as well as in many sports. Acrobatics is most often associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance, circus, and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities — such as ballet and diving — may also employ acrobatics. Although acrobatics is most commonly associated with human body performance, it may also apply to other types of performance, such as aerobatics.