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12 Day Cultural Heritage Trip

Beijing - Xi'an - Suzhou - Shanghai 

Our All-inclusive Package:

  • Visa and insurance fees at no additional cost

  • Round-trip airfare and all transportation expenses within China, including airfare, bus, and train tickets, as well as sightseeing boat tickets

  • Accommodation throughout the duration of the tour

  • All breakfasts & 2 lunches & 2 dinners 

  • Tickets to all shows and cultural experiences featured in the tour itinerary

  • Tickets to all sightseeing attractions featured in the tour itinerary

  • Five Chinese intangible heritage workshops, all included in your package at no extra charge

  • An English-speaking guide accompanying the group for the duration of the trip, ensuring a smooth program and offering assistance with any issues encountered in China

  • Local guides in each area, offering expertise and familiarity with the region

  • Chinese SIM card with unlimited data usage

  • Professional photographer on board. At the end of the journey, each participant will receive 10-20 high-quality photos at no extra charge as a keepsake of their experience

Five Workshops

to Experience

Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage

Workshop 1: Sugar Painting (糖画)

​It is a form of traditional Chinese folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two dimensional objects on a marble or metal surface.

Workshop 1: Sugar Painting
Workshop 1: Sugar Painting

Workshop 2: Kite Making (风筝)

A kite is a flying object typically made of a lightweight frame covered with paper, cloth, or plastic. It is tethered to the ground with a string or cord and flies in the wind

Workshop 2: Kite Making
Workshop 2: Kite Making
Workshop 2: Chinese Kite Making
Workshop 2: Chinese Kite Making

Workshop 3: Steamed Jujube Flower Bun(花馍)

It is a traditional Chinese delicacy made from a soft, fluffy bun dough filled with sweet red bean paste made from jujube fruit (also known as Chinese dates).

Workshop 3: Steamed Jujube Flower Bun
Workshop 3: Steamed Jujube Flower Bun
Workshop 3: Steamed Jujube Flower Bun
Workshop 3: Steamed Jujube Flower Bun

Workshop 4: Resist Dyeing(扎染)

It is a traditional method of dyeing textiles with patterns. Methods are used to "resist" or prevent the dye from reaching all the cloth, thereby creating a pattern and ground.

Workshop 4: Chinese Resist Dyeing
Workshop 4: Resist Dyeing
Workshop 4: Resist Dyeing
Workshop 4: Chinese Resist Dyeing

Workshop 5:Velvet Flower Hairpin(绒花) 

These hairpins are commonly worn by women in Asian countries like China as a traditional accessory, especially during special occasions such as weddings, festivals, and traditional ceremonies.

Workshop:Velvet Flower Hairpin
Workshop:Velvet Flower Hairpin
Workshop:Velvet Flower Hairpin

12-day Immersion Trip

to Explore

Chinese Language and Culture

DAY 01 

Peking Duck
Peking Duck
Peking Opera

PM: Check in & set up SIM card and payment methods & Welcome dinner 

  • Upon arrival in Beijing, your local guide will meet students at the arrival gate.

  • Transfer to the hotel and complete check-in procedures.

  • The local guide will assist in setting up a Chinese SIM card (if you don't have data in China) and help you establish Alipay or WeChat payment methods. *These are essential for making payments in China, as most places prefer mobile payments over other methods like Apple Pay or credit cards.

  • Dinner: The welcome dinner will feature the renowned Peking duck while watching a traditional Peking opera (京剧). Students can also take a try with peking opera under the guidance of the masters. 

  • After dinner, we will conduct icebreakers and hold an opening ceremony. During this time, we will review the rules that students must follow throughout the 12-day trip, as well as provide an overview of the daily schedule.

DAY 02

AM:  Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

  • Explore Tiananmen Square to appreciate its historical and cultural significance.

  • Visit the Forbidden City delving into its rich history where emperors held court, concubines adorned themselves, and eunuchs plotted for five centuries.

  • Lunch: Experience famous beijing local cuisine — BeiJing Hot Pot

PM: Summer Palace & Beijing's Hutongs

  • Enjoy a tranquil boating experience amidst the serene beauty of lotus-filled lakes at the Summer Palace.

  • Embark on a pedi-cab tour through Beijing's Hutong, stopping at a traditional Siheyuan (courtyard home). You will be introduced to participate in traditional Chinese activities, with options such as calligraphy, paper-cutting, dumpling making, learning about stories of old objects in hutongs, cricket fighting, sugar figurine making

  • Dinner: Explore the local flavors at Nanluoguxiang Night Market. *Recommended treats to try: 炸酱面 (Zhajiangmian), 糖葫芦 (Tanghulu), 卤煮 (Lu Zhou), 奶卷 (Nai Juan), 爆肚 (Bao Du)

Beijing Street View/Hutong
 Temple of Heaven
The Great Wall

DAY 03

AM: Temple of Heaven & Workshop 01 

  • Engage in morning activities at the Temple of Heaven, joining locals in leisure activities. Participate in activities such as learning Tai chi from a Master or trying your hand at yo-yo or kicking shuttlecocks.

  • Workshop 1:Sugar Painting (糖画)

PM: The Great Wall

  • Head to the Great Wall of China for an afternoon of exploration. Choose between hiking or taking the cable car for stunning views.

  • Dinner:Beijing Local food

DAY 04

AM: Workshop 02​ - Kite Making (风筝

PM: University Tour

  • Visit to Tsinghua/Peking University Campus

  • Hearing students from Peking University and Tsinghua University talk about their upbringing and school life experiences in China.

Peking Univeristy
Tsinghua University
History of Xi'an

DAY 05

AM: Transfer from Beijing to Xi'an

  • Take an early bullet train at 7 am for an approximate arrival in Xi'an at 12 pm.

  • Lunch: Try Xi’an’s famous street food : Roujiamo / Paomo

PM: “Twelve Hours of Chang'an” Cultural District

  • Explore Twelve Hours of Chang'an, China's first immersive Tang-style city life district, covering 24,000 square meters of three-dimensional commercial space. It features Chang'an snacks, themed cultural creations, special performances, immersive games, and scenic experiences in diverse "original Tang" business forms. Many visitors dress up in Chinese Tang Dynasty costumes, offering an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in Tang Dynasty culture, take photos, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

  • Evening: Experience "The Grand Tang Dynasty Everbright City"walking street, where the modern city of Xi'an is transformed into the Tang Dynasty's heyday. 

  • Dinner: Try Xi’an Street food in this cultural setting.

DAY 06

AM: Anrenfang Ruins Exhibition Center &Shaanxi History Museum

  • Embark on a museum tour to delve into the rich culture of the Tang Dynasty at three of Xi'an's most renowned museums: Anrenfang Ruins Exhibition Center, Xi'an Museum, and Shaanxi History Museum. Explore exhibits showcasing poetry, residences, costumes, musical instruments, and more.

  • Lunch: Xi'an Local Food

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
museum tour in Xi'an

PM: Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor & Workshop 03

  • Visit the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor to marvel at the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

  • Workshop 3Steamed Jujube Flower Bun(花馍)

  • Dinner:Xi'an local food

Suzhou garden

DAY 07

AM: Transfer from Xi'an - Suzhou 

  • Lunch: Suzhou Local Food

PM:  Pingjiang Road & Humble Administrator's Garden & Suzhou Museum

  • Along Pingjiang Road, one of the most historical and cultural roads in Suzhou, we will arrive at Humble Administrator's Garden and Suzhou Museum.

  • The Humble Administrator's Garden has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized as a quintessential example of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Within its serene confines, visitors can immerse themselves in the poetic ambiance of Jiangnan water towns and experience the tranquil beauty of a traditional Chinese garden.

  • Suzhou Museum stands as a beacon of cultural enrichment, drawing millions of visitors annually to explore its vast collections. With over 2 million visitors in 2018, it ranks among the world's most frequented museums. Here, patrons can delve into the realms of ancient Chinese art, paintings, calligraphy, and exquisite handmade crafts, gaining profound insights into Suzhou's rich cultural heritage.

  • Dinner: Suzhou's famous Crab Meat Noodle followed by a delectable dessert

  • Evening: Enjoy a boat ride along Seven Mile Shantang Street and explore the lively night market

DAY 08

AM:  Suzhou's Morning Tea tradition & Workshop 04

  • Brunch: Experience Suzhou's Morning Tea tradition ( Tea & brunch)

  • Workshop 04: Resist Dyeing(扎染)

PM: Suzhou Pingtan

  • Experience the enchanting Suzhou Pingtan, a beloved musical and oral performance art originating from the Jiangnan region of China.

Suzhou Food
Suzhou Music
the most beautiful bookshop in Shanghai

DAY 09

AM: Suzhou - Shanghai

  • Lunch: Shanghai Local Cuisine

PM: Shanghai City Walk & Huangpu River ferry

  •  Yuyuan Road - Xingdu Road - Huashan Road - Xujiahui.

  • Along the way, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of China's most beautiful bookstore, an eclectic art district bustling with creativity, embracing the lively spirit and cultural richness of Shanghai's urban landscape.

  • Dinner: Shanghai Local Cuisine

  • Evening:Head to the Bund and catch the Huangpu River ferry to enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline and the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower illuminated against the night sky.

DAY 10

AM: Gonqing National Forest Park 

  • Visit Gonqing National Forest Park, Shanghai's unique park featuring lush forest landscapes. Explore the park's diverse recreational offerings, including roller coasters, electric slides, karting, bumper cars, rock climbing, paintball, tandem bicycles, jungle trains, and flying chairs.

  • Lunch: Shanghai Local Cuisine

PM: Xintiandi

  • Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through Xintiandi, a vibrant district known for its blend of traditional Shikumen architecture and modern lifestyle amenities. Explore the area's upscale boutiques, trendy shops, and diverse dining options.

  • Dinner: Shanghai Local Cuisine

forest park in shanghai
forest park in shanghai
Workshop 4: Resist Dyeing
Workshop 4: Resist Dyeing

DAY 11

AM:Workshop5 -Velvet Flower Hairpin(绒花)

PM: Closing Ceremony & Workshop Results Presentation

  • Awarding of Certificates of Completion

  • Presentation of Workshop Results

DAY 12

AM: Return Flight

Sample Itinerary

(Subject to Adjustment Based on Specific Conditions)

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