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Posted on 2/5/18 , Updated on 2/6/18
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TRIP AT A GLANCE



Tour Details:

Departure City: New York
Duration: 9 Days
Overnights: Beijing 3, Xi'an 2, Shanghai 2

Cultural Connections:

Visit with Local Students in Shanghai
Shanghai Acrobatic Show
Taiji Exercises

Field Trips & Extensions:

Taiji Exercises
Shanghai Acrobatic Show
Visit with Local Students in Shanghai

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will become familiar with some of the fundamentals of the Buddhist religion and the ways in which they are expressed in Chinese temple architecture and Buddha statuary.
  • Students will learn about the purpose of The Great Wall and of the history of its construction, partial demolition, and present preservation.
  • Students will learn about the history and philosophy of Chinese martial arts.

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Apr 17, 2019 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Apr 18, 2019 Beijing
Welcome to China. Arrive in Beijing, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and travel to your hotel in China's capital city. Beijing, a massive, eclectic mix of the new and old is a compelling introduction to the world’s most populous country. All meals are included on this tour.
Apr 19, 2019 Beijing
This morning visit the Forbidden City, a maze of buildings also known as the Imperial Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was off-limits to the public for 500 years and includes nearly 1,000 buildings spread out over 200 acres. Next, we’ll see Tiananmen Square, site of the 1989 pro-democracy protests that captured the world’s attention. Then delve into old Beijing and tour the Hutong area by rickshaw. You'll see how some Chinese live in an enclosed community and learn about their daily lifestyle. In the evening, we’ll introduce you to Beijing’s most famous meal with a traditional Peking Duck dinner. (B,L,D)
Apr 20, 2019 Beijing
Start your day with the popular Taiji exercises with locals before visiting the majestic Temple of Heaven. This iconic complex of religious buildings has an intriguing medieval history and distinctive architecture. You’ll want your camera ready. In the afternoon, visit the Great Wall, the world’s largest manmade structure. This ancient line of defense is so large it can be seen from space. We’ll also get to see the Olympic Park site of 2008 Games en route. After dinner, enjoy a spectacular Kung Fu show highlighting one of China’s oldest martial arts. (B,L,D)
Apr 21, 2019 Xi'an
This morning enjoy time to experience more of vibrant Beijing at your own pace, perhaps by shopping for souvenirs or trying a relaxing reflexology foot massage. Then transfer to the airport for a flight to Xi'an. (B,L,D)
Apr 22, 2019 Xi'an
In the morning, discover the eighth wonder of the world, the Terra Cotta Warriors. Our guided tour with a local expert will cover the fascinating history of these 8,000 life-size statues of soldiers with their horses and chariots. View the Bronze Chariot and see a Circle Vision movie. After lunch visit the Buddhist Wild Goose Pagoda to see the Shadow Show and, later, the Muslim Quarter to learn about China’s minority cultures. (B,L,D)
Apr 23, 2019 Shanghai
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Shanghai. After lunch, visit a local school to participate in a cultural exchange with local students and learn about the Chinese educational system (if not available, another cultural visit will be substituted). This evening, get a feel for the energy and vibrancy of Shanghai with a visit to Xin Tian Di, a pedestrian district popular with the locals, known for shopping, dining and entertainment. (B,L,D)
Apr 24, 2019 Shanghai
Enjoy a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Shanghai, visiting the business district called the Bund, Yu Yuan Garden, the only fully restored classical Chinese garden in Shanghai, and the Jade Buddha Temple. At a silk shop you will observe the process for making this luxurious textile. For lunch your guide will share some simple Chinese phrases you can then use to purchase local dishes. In the afternoon browse for souvenirs along Taikang Road, winding through a restored traditional shikumen neighborhood. We celebrate our final day in China with dinner followed by the dramatic Shanghai Acrobatic Show. (B,L,D)
Apr 25, 2019 Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $3,960

$360/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $3,825
Early Registration Discount: -$100
Visa fee: $235
Total Group Fees 1:
$3,960
1 Valid through 6/1/18 with deposit of $200

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Single Room Supplement: $665
Ultimate Protection Plan: $270
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $225

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/18


What to See

Shopping
BEIJING

3.3 Shopping Center, 33 Sanlitun Beijie, Cháoyáng
Browse contemporary boutiques for accessories and other small tokens to remind you of your trip. Catered to a younger crowd, you can find this shopping center in the midst of Sanlitun.

Beijing Silk Store, 50 Dazhalan Jie, Chóngwén
Wrap yourself in the world's finest silk. This Beijing staple has been supplying silk since 1840. Try on and purchase beautiful designs or buy by the meter to construct your own.

Beijing Arts & Crafts Central Store, 200 Wangfujing Dajie, Chóngwén
Also known as 'The Artistic Mansion,' this is a shopping lovers dream. Find jewelry, paintings, glass, calligraphy, fans, and more. If you're searching for jewelry, Beijing is known for its high quality jade, and all should come with certificates of authenticity.

SHANGHAI

Amy Lin's Pearls & Jewelry, 580 West Nanjing Rd
Enter this friendly, English-speaking store to find the best pearls the city has to offer. Their inventory includes freshwater pearls and treasured black Zhejiang pearls. You can also visit the other floors in this building to find some Western-inspired designer knockoffs. 

Blue Shanghai White, 17 Fuzhou Rd, The Bund
A small boutique for hand-painted porcelain goods like tea cups and vases. There's also dazzling wooden furniture.

Duoyunxuan Art Shop, 422 East Nanjing Rd
For the artist in you, shop here for extraordinary art supplies and calligraphy tools. The other floors of this building house shops that sell art books and antiques, and they even have a calligraphy gallery to inspire your next work of art.

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Museums
BEIJING

National Art Museum of China, 1 Wusi Street
Once a building for Peking University, this art museum open to the public in 1959, but has recently been refurbished.  There are constantly changing exhibits of both traditional and modern Chinese art, with a lot of examples of contemporary artists.

National Museum of China, 16 E Chang'an Street
Just east of Tiananmen Square is this new museum, ready for the 2008 Olympics.  The building combines the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Museum of History.  There are multimedia exhibits like movie clips, memorabilia and a wax figure display.

SHANGHAI

Jade Buddha Temple, 170 Anyuan Lu
This temple is the most famous in all of Shanghai for it serves host to beautiful jade statues of Buddha which were brought to China from Myanma in 1882.  The temple itself was built in the traditional Song Dynasty style.  The temple was saved during the Cultural Revolution of China when monks plastered paintings of chairman Mao on the doors.  Today, more than 70 monks live here.

Longhua Temple & Pagoda, 2853 Longhua Lu
The Longhua Temple and Pagoda are some of the oldest temples in Shanghai, built in 241 AD.  The pagoda has dramatically curved eaves and stands seven stores high.  From the top you have wonderful views of the city and surrounding countryside.

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Outdoors
BEIJING

The Forbidden City
Acting at the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty until the Qing Dynasty, The Forbidden City is located in the middle of Beijing.  It has remained relatively untouched, as the modern city grows around it.  It is suggested that you arrive early, when the gates open at 8:30 am, so you can enjoy walking around the vast courtyards without it becoming too crowded.

Tiananmen Square
The largest square in the world should be one of your spots while touring Beijing.  It is definitely a spot where you'll find yourself lingering, seeing all the of the visitors experiencing the same sights.  There is a flag raising and lowering ceremony at dawn and dusk that is definitely worth seeing.

Temple of Heaven
Known as one of the greenest places in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is surround by a vast public park where local residents like to practice tai chi.  The woods surrounding the ancient temple are very peaceful, and a great place to find solitude.  The temple was whee the emperor would pray ever year for a good harvest and fair weather.

Summer Palace
Another incredible palace constructed by the Qing emperors, it is relatively easy to visit via Tiananmen Square or the Temple of Heaven.  There ae extensive gardens and ruins to explore, and especially along the back hill area you should find secret ruins and caves, separate from the main tourist bustle of the front hill.

SHANGHAI

Century Park, 1001 Jinxiu Road, Century Ave
The largest park in Shanghai begins at the end of Century Ave.  There is a large central lake with boat rides, as well as bicycle rentals for the paved pathways.  There is also a nice area for flying kites which the locals tend to do often.

Huangpu River Cruise, 219-239 Zhongshan North 2 Road
There are many operators offering cruises of the river, and the prices vary.  It all depends on how long you want the tour to be.  There are nice views of the Bund neighborhood and other riverfront activity.  The most popular is the quick 30 minute cruise which departs hourly.

Shanghai Botanical Gardens, 997 Longwu Road
A great place to escape the concrete and steel of the city, the Botanical Gardens gives you the chance to get up close and personal with tropical flora.  On the northern side of the gardens, you'll find a memorial temple built in 1728 dedicated to Huang Daopo, the father of Shanghai's cotton industry.

Old Shanghai City
This area of the city contains some of the oldest historical buildings and twisting alleyways. The city is doing major renovations, and locals say that many of the historic buildings are going to be torn down, so now is the time to visit.  Take the metro to Huangpi Lu.
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Restaurants
BEIJING

Fu Jia Lou, 23 Dong Si Shi Tiao
Located in the Dongcheng district, this place is a cheap and pleasant Chinese diner.  The menu is written on pieces of wood and hung from the rafters.  A great stop for lunch or dinner, the is fresh and the service is fast.  Open daily.

Golden Cat Dumpling City, East Gate of Tuanjiehu Park
Dumplings, or jiaozi, are the favorite of the locals in Beijing.  This courtyard diner attract many locals as they have over 30 different fillings.  From the traditional pork, fish and beef to interesting flavors like pumpkin, dill and eggplant, there is definitely something that will suit your tastes.  Prices are cheap and its open daily.

Baihe Sushi, Bei San Huan Jimen Qiao
Located in the Xicheng West district, this vegetarian restuarant is popular amongst health food aficionados and even the occasional Buddhist monk.  The environment is clean and friendly and one can order from a large variety of tasty vegetable and soy dishes.  Open daily.

SHANGHAI

Bì Feng Táng, 1333 West Nanjing Road
This dim sum joint is decorated with wicker and bamboo and always seems to have an active vibe to it.  It's the busiest during the morning and also late at night, as locals come in for that last meal before heading home.  There is nice outdoor seating too.  The restaurant is part of a small chain, so a few more branches can be found throughout Shanghai.

Bund 12 Café, 12 Zhongshan East No 1 Road
While in the Bund and looking for some coffee, try this café located in the old HSBC building.  The white hall corridors haven't really changed since the 1930s, so the café has a charming terrace and casual atmosphere.

Marco Polo, 632 East Huaihai Road
There are a few branches over Shanghai, but if you're in the French Concession, head over to this bakery for some fresh bread, cake, and pastry snacks.

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Route

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • All Meals Included
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Double Occupancy
  • Beijing Tour with Guide
  • Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Rickshaw Tour of Hutong Area
  • Peking Duck Dinner
  • Taiji Exercises
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Great Wall of China
  • Kung Fu Show
  • Beijing-Xi'an Flight
  • Xi'an Tour with Guide
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Shadow Show at Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xi'an-Shanghai Flight
  • Activity with Local Students
  • Shanghai Tour with Guide
  • Yu Yuan Garden
  • Shanghai Acrobatic Show


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