Cultural Learning Program
3 Nights Shanghai, 4 Nights Hangzhou, 3 Nights Beijing
Arrive in China's largest city and most important seaport, Shanghai. Spend a full day touring the sights of the city. See the exquisite Yu Garden, visit the City Planning Exhibition Center, and view historical relics at the Shanghai Museum. Walk the famous Bund and fashionable Nanjing Road. And dine on authentic Chinese cuisine at a festive welcome dinner.
Days 1 - 3 Shanghai
Day 4 Suzhou
Renowned for its beautiful gardens and silk industry, Suzhou is strategically situated on the Grand Canal. Visit the impressive Institute of Embroidery where copies of royal robes are displayed. Wander through splendid gardens and enjoy a cruise on the famous canal.
Days 5 - 8 Wuzhen / Hangzhou
Drive to the ancient watertown of Wuzhen, with rivers and canals criss-crossing their way through the town. See the centuries-old stone bridges, docks and wooden house along the riverbanks; and catch a glimpse of the ago-old tradition of weaving before continuing on to Hangzhou. Spend four days in this ancient Chinese capital and immerse yourself in its inspiring culture. Have lunch with a local family at their home. Participate in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Learn about the Chinese art of paper-cutting from experts whose ancestors may have been responsible for the original paper production. Join a calligraphy workshop and then discover how the ancient abacus is still used in place of a modern-day calculator. Cruise the scenic West Lake and visit the Buddhist temple of Lingyin Si.
Days 9 - 12 Beijing
Fly to China's capital and the site of the next Summer Olympic Games. Explore the city that blends new with old, where modern high-rise buildings appear next to ancient monuments. Visit the Forbidden City and Tian an men Square. Take a morning trip to the Temple of Heaven where local seniors gather for traditional exercise and a chat with friends. Walk on the awe-inspiring Great Wall, the only-manmade structure visible from space, and then spend the afternoon at the magnificent Summer Palace. Exchange views and stories with local students at a special luncheon and reminisce with fellow travelers during a typical Peking Duck farewell dinner party.
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