Ancient buildings, a bustling city, and world famous iconic landmarks along with the excitement of sporting activities will ensure that this is a memorable experience. Visit a world-famous national stadium, the main venue for the Olympic Games in 2008. As well as this, participating in interactive games with local students offers a unique opportunity to make new friends. You also can learn significant Chinese history and culture from making dumplings, practicing Taiji, playing Chinese Yo-yo and cycling through the Hutong alleys.
Day 01: Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to Beijing. Meet your local expert at Beijing International Airport (PEK) and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 02: Discover the history of Beijing and play a match with a local school (B,L,D)
Today, you will start your trip by exploring the Forbidden City, and then also visiting Tiananmen Square, and taking part in a friendly competition with a local school.
The Forbidden City: The Forbidden City, an ancient wooden building with a roof of yellow glazed tiles, consists of various structures that were designed for specific functions. There are millions of priceless relics in the palace.
It is recommended that you visit the Antiquarian of the Palace Museum as well as the Clock and Watch Hall where the exotic and precious mechanical watches will expand your horizons.
Tiananmen Square: This famous site is located on the traditional central axis of Beijing City. The Monument of the People’s Heroes is situated in the heart of Tiananmen Square. The solemn flag raising and lowering ceremony held here every dawn and dusk is a must-see for every Chinese.
Cultural Exchange: You will interact with a local school, visit the campus and play a match with the students at the school to enhance friendship with each other.
After finishing all of the activities, enjoy a famous dish—Peking Roast Duck.
Good to know:
Quanjude Roast Duck: Quanjude is a famous time-honored brand in China. It was established in 1864 AD. Through diligent work from generation to generation of Quanjude’s chefs, they have elaborated on the Duck Feast. It features moist meat with crispy skin and no fat, which is the traditional cuisine favored by visitors both at home and abroad.
Day 03:Explore the Mutianyu Great Wall and learn Taiji (B,L,D)
Take the cable car up the hill to the Mutianyu Great Wall and then enjoy a Toboggan ride downhill. Enjoy your lunch, and then learn Taiji from a local master in the Temple of Heaven.
The Mutianyu Great Wall: This section of the wall is surrounded by mountains with lush plant growth. It features dense towers, great variations in altitude, and splendid views that vary from season to season. In the scenic area, the Toboggan ride is sure to give you a heart-pounding adrenaline rush as you speed toward the bottom of the slope with the sound of the wind rushing in your ears.
The Temple of Heaven: The Temple of Heaven, located in southern Beijing, was built in the 18th year of the reign of Ming Emperor Yongle (in 1420 AD), and was once where emperors went to worship Heaven for good harvests. Nowadays, so many people practice Taiji here that it has become part of the unique scenery.
Good to know:
Taiji: This traditional Chinese martial art combines hardness with softness. The movements are smooth, gentle and slow, and full of the Chinese traditional philosophy of inclusion, designed especially to meet the demand for sound health and mentality. It was listed as part of China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006.
Day 04: Hutong Alleys, Play Chinese Yo-yo and have a match with a local school (B,L,D)
Ride a bicycle on a visit to the Hutong alleys, explore its historic interest, and learn to play Chinese Yo-yo. Following that, you will be guided to a local high school and participate in some cultural exchange activities with the students. In the evening, you will feast on Hai Di Lao Hotpot.
Beijing Olympic Park: Beijing hosted the Olympic Games in 2008. A number of gyms and an enormous Olympic Forest Park remain as the landmark buildings in Beijing. The southern part of the park houses the well-known Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.
The Bird’s Nest: Beijing National Stadium is known as the Bird’s Nest. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The exterior consists of strands of waving steel that make it look like a nest. The novel and distinctive design of this structure represents the harmony of nature.
The Water Cube: Built for the swimming competitions of the Summer Olympics in 2008, the building is modern and complex. The inspiration for the design came from the bubbles in soap foam. It hosted the Swimming, Diving and Synchronized Swimming events during the 2008 Olympics.
Hutong: The antique Hutong alleys reflect the historical features of the original Beijing. It is not only the criss-cross alleyways, but also the place where people live. That shows historical change in the Beijing City. Witnessing the changing times, and social networks, while maintaining local custom, is the epitome of understanding life in China.
Play Chinese Yo-yo: Playing Chinese Yo-yo is an impressive performance with a hourglass-shaped object in traditional Chinese acrobatics. Like the Western Yo-yo toy, the Chinese version is spun using a string attached to two hand-sticks. The performers present a variety of tricks and sequences on the stage.
Cultural Exchange: The school visit will give you a brief introduction, and your guide will take you to watch a cooking show and taste a gourmet lunch. Finally, play a match with the school, for which there will be a small awards presentation at the end.
Good to know:
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot: this famous chain of hotpot restaurants has been established across the country. The restaurants offer Sichuan hot pot. Along with various meats and vegetables, a variety of spicy ingredients like chili are often added to it.
Local people enjoy huddling around the hotpot to share a meal while chatting with friends.
Day 05: The Summer Palace and take Bullet Train for Xi'an (B,L)
Stroll around the ancient Chinese architecture, and experience the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design. After lunch, take the bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an.
The Summer Palace: The Summer Palace originally was an Imperial palace and garden for the Emperor in the Qing Dynasty, dominated mainly by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. In the palace, there is a garden built as a theater for the Empress Dowager, named Garden of Virtue and Harmony (Dehe Yuan). This garden was the three-story theater stage, and was regarded as the “Cradle of Peking Opera”.
Day 06: Culture Exchange and Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horse (B,L,D)
Have a competition with a local school and visit its campus. And then you will have a memorable experience as you admire the well-known Terra-cotta Warriors.
The Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Over 8,000 full size sculptures of warriors, archers, infantry and horses for exhibition have been excavated. This collection of terracotta sculptures depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. In this form of funerary art, the warrior sculptures were buried with the Emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting him in his afterlife. You will learn about Qin Shi Huang’s ambition to unite the six states, and you will admire the splendid view.
Day 07: Xi'an City Exploration and overnight train (B,L,D)
Make a dumpling lunch with your host in a local family, as you learn the Chinese traditional customs for the whole course, step by step. Today is your Xi’an city discovery tour, and you will be learning some historical stories, and also eating local food. You will take an overnight train from Xi’an to Shanghai after dinner.
Taking an overnight train in China can be a fresh new experience for a westerner, and knowing more about overnight train in China will help to lighten the culture shock.
Making Dumplings: Dumplings are traditional Chinese food, which are made from mince and chopped vegetables wrapped into a piece of dough skin.
Eating dumplings with sauce will add extra flavor.
Shanxi History Museum: The Museum has collected Bronze vessels from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, as well as golden and silver vessels and mural paintings from the Tang Dynasty, among which are the most valuable treasures which are forbidden for export. This is an ideal place to get to know some splendid Chinese culture.
The Muslim Quarter (Huimin Street): The quarter covers several blocks and has been inhabited by Muslims for several hundred years. As well as being somewhere to experience Muslim traditions, this place is also a food lovers’ paradise. You are able to taste almost all of snacks in Xi’an.
Day 08: Arrive in Shanghai (B)
You will arrive in Shanghai at noon, so you have enough time to stroll around in Shanghai city by yourself. The following sites are highly recommended.
The Bund: located on the bank of Huangpu River, the Bund is one of the most iconic scenes in Shanghai. The attractive sight on the west side of the Bund includes 52 buildings with different styles. On its opposite side, a lot of famous buildings have been erected.
Nanking Road: Nanking Road is a commercial street, where shopping malls, theaters and international hotels mixed with the European-style architecture have mushroomed on both sides of the street.
Day 9: Play a match with a local school and Shanghai visit (B, L, D)
Visit a school and play a match to increase cross-cultural communication. Besides being a metropolitan city, Shanghai impresses visitors with its skyscrapers and classic beauty.
Yu Garden: Yu Garden is a private garden in the Ming Dynasty laid out in the Suzhou. It has 400 years’ history, the pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique characteristics.
Yuyuan Bazaar: There are a lot of concession stands around here. It is highly recommended that you taste the Shanghai snacks and Benbang cuisine, especially Nanxiang Steamed Meat Soup Dumplings.
Shanghai World Financial Center: Located in Lujiazui, this skyscraper houses the world’s highest observatory decks. From the 94th floor to the 100th floor, you will experience the varied heights. The glass roof on the 97th floor can be opened in good weather. Visitors will directly see the blue sky.
Day 10: Departure
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. The guide will escort you to the airport.
|Beijing||King Parkview Hotel Beijing||Sunworld Hotel Beijing||Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing|
|Xi'an||Skytel Xi'an||Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an||Hilton Xi'an|
|Shanghai||Kingtown Hotel Plaza||The Bund Hotel Shanghai||Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World|