China Music Tour

CET-12: 13-Day Music Tour to China

This music tour provides a valuable opportunity for overseas students and young musicians. Learning to play Chinese musical pieces and musical instruments and presenting a performance together with Chinese musicians will be an eye-opening experience. In this itinerary, touring the highlight attractions, attending music workshops, and public performances are arranged in a logical development. Participants will have memories to last a lifetime.

CET Advantages:

  • Enjoy performances with Chinese students
  • Discover scenic landscapes in China
  • Communicate with Chinese students by musical exchange
  • Performance venues include: Shanghai local school, Guilin local school, A theater of Guilin, A Charity Club in Beijing, An NGO Orphanage in Beijing
  • Help to hire some large instruments and musical equipment if required

Full Itinerary

Day 01: Shanghai Arrival (D)

You will meet our representative on arrival and transfer to your hotel, and then have a welcome dinner and a good rest.

Day 02: Visit Shanghai landmarks (B, D)

After breakfast, enjoy a day to explore Shanghai’s charming sights. Our tour guide will accompany you to visit some landmarks of Shanghai as follows:

Oriental Pearl Tower
The Oriental Pearl Tower is a landmark of Shanghai in the Lujiazui, Pudong District. It has a height of 468 meters. If you want a bird’s eye view of the area, you can stand on observation decks of three spheres of different heights, especially, on the 263-meter sightseeing floor.

the bund

Shanghai Urban History and Development Museum
The Urban History and Development Museum lies in the Oriental Pearl Tower, and reflects the modern history of Shanghai. The museum displays the substantial social changes by technology with antiques and exquisite models.

Yu Garden
Yu Garden is the famous classical garden of a private property from the Ming Dynasty. It was built over the course of 20 years and has a 450-year history. The garden’s elaborate design displays great elegance and charm. It is the birthplace of the Shanghai School of calligraphy and painting, so the plaque and inscriptions in the garden come from famous ancient artists.

Yu Garden

Yuyuan Bazaar
Located outside the famous Yuanyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar is filled with souvenir shops and eateries. Here you can find food for lunch.

Old French Concession
The Old French Concession lies between Huangpu and Xuhui District. The well-aged, old fashioned house, lush Platanus trees, bookshops, coffee bars, all represent the essence of Shanghai. Its enchantment has not vanished at the end of the modern era and is perfectly preserved.

Pujiang Cruise
Go on a cruise to appreciate the fantastic view of the bund, including the World Financial Center, exotic building clusters, and the international passenger Transport Center. Visitors will experience the old and modern Shanghai while floating on the tranquil Pujiang River.

Pujiang Cruise

Day 03:Shanghai (B, L, D)

In the morning, after having breakfast, transfer to a Shanghai local school, and have a professional workshop and rehearsal before a performance.

Shanghai local school

Day 04: Shanghai (B, D)

Give a performance with local students in the morning. When the public performance has finished, you can enjoy leisure time in the afternoon.

Music Performance

Day 05: Shanghai to Guilin (B, D)

After breakfast, our representatives will escort you from your hotel to the Hongqiao Train station. Take a bullet train departing Shanghai, and when you arrive at Guilin Train Station, our guide and driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel to have a good rest.

Day 06: Longji Day Trip (B, L, D)

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Longji Rice Terrace, and the interesting things which can be found when you immerse yourselves in nature.

Longji Day Trip
Longji Rice Terrace has an attractive landscape on a grand scale. Here are several ethnic minorities’ ancient villages, such as the Zhuang and the Yao nationalities. Visitors will enjoy the local dishes and experience native customs.

Longji rice terraces

Day 07: Longsheng to Guilin (B, L, D)

Drive to Guilin for a music workshop with a local school. Take this great opportunity to communicate with local students through musical exchange and perform with them. After giving a performance, transfer to Yangshuo by bus.

Performance

Day 08: Yangshuo (B, D)

In the morning, continue to explore the delightful scenery in Yangshuo by biking and rafting. In the afternoon, have a public performance together with local students.

Biking to Countryside
Yangshuo is located in the south of Guilin, renowned for its outstanding natural beauty. This county has a history of 1400 years. It is a paradise to go cycling through quiet and picturesque scenes to the accompaniment of birds’ twitters.

Yangshuo Countryside

Yulong River Rafting
Yulong River is the best section for rafting on Lijiang River. You are going to take in the stunning scenery and spend your time on the turquoise water. It is the best way to admire the beautiful natural scenery on both sides of the river.

Longji rice terraces

Day 9: Yangshuo to Guilin to Beijing (B, D)

After breakfast, our driver and guide will wait for you at your hotel and drive you from Yangshuo to Guilin airport. Enjoy about a 3-hour flight from Guilin to Beijing.

Day 10: Beijing (B, D)

Our guide will lead you to visit the iconic spots including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. In the afternoon, you will participate in a different and meaningful public performance in a Charity Club.

Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is a must-see for any visitor who comes to Beijing for the first time. As the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, it is a cultural symbol of traditional China. The view of the majestic palace changes with the seasons, and visitors not only enjoy the historical richness but also experience a marvelous moment.

Tiananmen Square
Located on the traditional central axis of Beijing, the Tiananmen or Gate of Heavenly Peace is the most remarkable masterpiece of ancient city gates. The tower is 37.4 meters high with a red wall and yellow tiles. In the north of the square, there is a flag raising ceremony on a daily basis.

Forbidden City

Day 11: Beijing (B, L, D)

Take pleasure in admiring the great military engineering of the Great Wall, and modern architecture in Beijing Olympic Park. Then, transfer to an orphanage this afternoon, and give a public performance.

Mutianyu Great Wall
The intensive watch tower and unique building structure are the essence of the Great Wall, where this is the section a lot of foreign leaders once visited. Visitors can ride a cable car or slide way to admire the Great Wall an easy way.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Beijing Olympic Park
At Beijing Olympic Park, the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics, you will marvel at the modern and creative architecture, such as the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, and the National Indoor Stadium. The park will provide a brightly colored night view.

Bird’s Nest

Day 12: Beijing (B, L, D)

Have a music exchange full day. You will have enough time for rehearsal with local students before a performance at the end.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 13: Depart Beijing, Flight (B)

Our representatives will escort you to transfer to the airport from your hotel. Take a flight to depart Beijing.

What's Included:

  • Bilingual local experts
  • Performance
  • Venues as listed in itinerary
  • Safe transportation of instruments in China
  • Daily meals listed on the itinerary
  • Experienced drivers with air-conditioned vehicles for ground transfers
  • Entrance fee to the sites listed on the itinerary
  • Comfortable accommodation with continental breakfast