Cross curricular tour of China
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Combine knowledge, skills and understandings from various subject areas in this 10 day tour of Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai
Beijing (4 Nights) – Xi’an (2 Nights) – Shanghai (3 Nights) tour
All the essential China sightseeing that begins in Beijing with Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace…where the controversial Dowager Empress Cixi spent the last 30 years of her fascinating life. You travel on to Xi’an (pronounced shee-an) to experience the archaeological find of the 21st century…an underground spirit army made from clay, and which has now become as important a tourist attraction as the Great Wall. You fly on to sensational Shanghai, still glinting from its World Expo makeover, and offering very exciting experiences…like a ride on a 431km/h train. Shanghai is Old and New…it is East-Meets-West…it is gardens and shrines and shopping and non-stop excitement.
English-speaking guides and dedicated drivers included throughout.
Meet and Greet at all airports.
Upon arrival at the stunning new Beijing Capital International Airport (built specially for the 2008 Olympics) and after clearing customs, your professional local English speaking guide will meet you in the Arrival Hall. Depart and Check in to your Hotel.
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Show)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Beijing visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Drive along perhaps the most important street in Beijing – Chang an Avenue – and your guide will point out the National Grand Theatre and Ancient City Walls, enjoy the views of Beijing CBD & the SOHO Business Street. After seeing how the nobility lived, partake of Jiaozi (steamed dumplings) for lunch in the company of a Chinese family. Later, enjoy a pedi-cab tour of the ancient courtyard houses called the Hutongs and the popular Houhai Lake Bar Street. After dinner, enjoy the exciting and dramatic Kung-fu show before returning to the hotel.
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, special Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, travel to The Great Wall at Mutianyu. Stroll along this incredible wonder and enjoy the breath taking view. After a late lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, return to Beijing to visit the tranquil Imperial gardens of the Summer Palace. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Peking Roasted Duck returning to your hotel.
Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, visit the holiest temple in Beijing – Temple of Heaven and then the Lama Temple. After lunch at a good Chinese restaurant, drive through “Chinese Wall Street”- Beijing Bank Street to get to the famous Xiushui market where you will put your bargaining skills to work at the. In the evening, transfer back to your hotel.
Beijing – Xi’an (Breakfast, special Dinner)
After breakfast, have some free time in the morning before saying goodbye to your Beijing guide as you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. Domestic Flight (included) from Beijing to the ancient city of Xi’an. Upon arrival, your local Xi’an guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Ancient City walls that surrounds this old city. If you are interested, you could even rent a bike on the wall and ride the entire wall in an hour and a half. Visit the Big Goose Pagoda where you will be able to climb to the top of the pagoda for a bird’s view of Xi’an. In the evening, enjoy a Dumpling banquet before returning to your hotel.
Xi’an (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, early morning mass at Taiyuan Catholic Church or an alternate Catholic Church in the vicinity. Then you will visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum; here, you will learn about China’s history and have a better understanding before your visit to the warriors. After some Hand-pulled noodles for lunch, you will visit the thousands of life size Terracotta Warriors and Horses about an hour and a half from Xi’an. Your visit includes a Circlorama 360 film presentation of the history of the warriors…thus enhancing your visit. In the afternoon, you return to Xi’an to visit the Grand Mosque with Muslim Quarter. Stroll on Muslim street and see how Chinese Muslims live. Your guide will show you the famous local snacks available here. After an exciting day, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Optional extra – if you like extravagant costumes, elaborate staging and Chinese dances, ask your guide to take you to the Tang Dynasty dinner and show.
Xi’an – Shanghai (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, hop over to Shu Yuan Men for some unique shopping experience. It is time to say goodbye to your Xian guide as you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Domestic Flight (included) from Xi’an to Shanghai. Upon arrival, your local Shanghai guide will meet you at the airport and take you to visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, for a bird’s-eye view of this modern city. Then on to Shanghai’s landmark – the historic Bund. Later time for shopping in famous Nanjing Road. After dinner, have a cruise on the Huangpu River for the night view of Shanghai before transferring to your hotel.
Shanghai (Breakfast, special Lunch, Show)
After breakfast, spend precious time in the classic Yuyuan Gardens. On to the bustling Yu Bazaar nearby, where you can pick up some souvenirs. Lunch is at a Mongolian Barbecue, which is as much a show as it is an exotic eating experience. Later, enjoy a walk along the adjoining Shanghai Old Street, with its endless streams of pedestrians, traditional shops, tea houses and theatres. Later to the incredible Urban Planning Museum on the People’s Square. This evening enjoy the feel of old Shanghai at Xintandi, where a plethora of restaurants will attract you for drinks and dinner. Later, be amazed by the sensational performance of the famous Acrobatic Show before returning to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will visit Suzhou. The city is dotted with lakes and ponds connected by a web of canals. Suzhou is also known as the silk capital of China. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, it was the silk producing center; in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties most of the high-grade silk produced for the royal families was made by Suzhou silk weavers.
With a history exceeding 2,000 years, Suzhou embroidery is considered the “pearl of oriental art” for its beautiful designs, varied stitches, superb workmanship and elegant colours.
Early in Song Dynasty, it was already given the reputation of being “delicate and close in stitch, meticulous and wonderful in colour”. By Qing Dynasty, Suzhou embroidery has developed into a period of great prosperity, and “embroidering fair” became one of the flourishing scenes of Suzhou.
Shanghai – Stopover destination – Durban (Breakfast) – late check-out.
After breakfast, you will have a free day until your evening transfer to the station for the ride of your life. The Maglev bullet train will take you 431km/hr to the airport for your flight to Dubai onwards.