China Magic and Mystique

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                      China Magic and Mystique
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                      China Magic and Mystique
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                      China Magic and Mystique

The Concept

Here is a program out of the ordinary, featuring Mainland China and Inner Mongolia.

Students will be tested in all capacities on this program, focusing on language and cultural immersion. Ideally suited to secondary language and history students, in particular Ancient China and Chinese Revolution, this proven itinerary will surprise and delight both students and teachers.

This itinerary has been specifically selected due to the wonderful feedback we received from a school who complete the itinerary exactly as you see it listed here. You may choose to make some amendments, or simply follow the program as we recommend below. Either way, you can be assured of providing students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Inner Mongolia and experience what it’s like to sleep in a Yurt, watch bareback horse racing Mongolian Style, and witness the way the locals respect their land and family. 

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA - BEIJING

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2 BEIJING (B, L)

This morning set out to explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is where Mao Tse-tung raised the flag of the Peoples Republic. The Square is surrounded by imposing buildings such as the Museum of Chinese History, the Chinese Revolution Museum and the Great Hall of the People where visiting heads of state are entertained. Following this step back in time at the Forbidden City, the centre of the Chinese world during 24 Ming and Qing dynasties. While you can easily walk through the pavilions, palaces and courtyards, the emperors rarely emerged from behind the red walls of their Imperial Palace. This evening enjoy a Kung Fu Show.

DAY 3 BEIJING (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, your guide will take you to the 2,000 year old, 6,350 kms long Great Wall. Originally built in small sections by individual feudal states during the 5th. Century B.C., the sections of the Great Wall were connected by Emperor Qin Shihuang when he unified China. Stop at the Olympic Stadium to take a photo. Later this afternoon visit The Temple of Heaven, which is actually a group of ceremonial buildings inside a walled park, built in the 15th Century. The most important building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, built entirely of wood without any nails being used, a triumph in architectural history. Dinner tonight is Peking Duck.

DAY 4 BEIJING (B, L, D)

This morning explore the Lama Temple and Drum Tower. Later visit the beautifully preserved Summer Palace with its ornamental gardens, lake and characteristic pavilions. In the afternoon enjoy a Hutong Tour and the Wangfujing Street.

DAY 5 BEIJING - HOHHOT (B, L, D)

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Hohhot. On arrival take part in a City Orientation tour. Dinner at Russian Restaurant.

DAY 6 HOHHOT (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit Gegentala Grassland before watching horse racing. Later in the afternoon visit Herdsman home. Overnight in a traditional Mongolian dwelling, called a Yurt.

Day 7 HOHHOT – CHENGDU (B, L, D)

This morning visit the Wuta Temple and the Dazhao Lamasery before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Chengdu (via Beijing). You will arrive later this evening, before being transferred to your hotel.

DAY 8 CHENGDU (B, L, D)

After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel before taking you to visit the Pandas at Research Institute. The visit provides an opportunity to see a large number of the endangered giant Pandas, both adults and cubs. This afternoon, visit the Tea Houses at People’s Park before going to the Spice Market and the Sichuan Opera this evening.

DAY 9 CHENGDU – LESHAN – EMEISHAN (B, L)

After breakfast at your hotel, your private coach will take you southwest, 167 km to Leshan to visit the Giant Buddha Statue. Carved into a cliff on the bank of the Min River between 713 and 803 AD in the hope that its presence would exert an influence to subdue flooding, the famed statue is 71 m high. Transfer to the hotel in Emeishan.

DAY 10 EMEISHAN – CHENGDU (B, L, D)

Visit Mt. Emei, one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. The morning activities include a spectacular cable car ride, and be sure to keep an eye out for the local monkeys. You can even purchase a bag of peanuts if you wish to feed them. There are 76 Buddhist monasteries on the mountain, see how many you can find through the clouds before returning to your private coach for the trip to Chengdu, and checking into your hotel.

DAY 11 CHENGDU – SHANGHAI (B, L)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arriving in Shanghai, you will have some free time to experience exotic and cosmopolitan Shanghai. Experience the French Concession and walk along the Bund, with its famous European architecture. Enjoy a river cruise and an Acrobatic Show in the evening.

DAY 12 SHANGHAI (B, L, D)

After breakfast your guide will take you by private coach to visit the beautiful city of Suzhou, known for its magnificent canals, bridges and classical gardens. You will see some spectacular gardens dating back to 1513, and see why this city is considered the ‘Venice of the East’.

DAY 13 SHANGHAI (B, L)

After breakfast, today is at leisure to explore the incredible city of Shanghai. Be sure to visit the classical Yu gardens, located in the southeast part of the old town, and the nearby market.

DAY 14 SHANGHAI – AUSTRALIA (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home to Australia.

Inclusions
  • International and return flights, airport taxes
  • 12 x nights' twin share accommodation with private facilities
  • 1 night's accommodation at a traditional Yurt
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as specified
  • Transfers (private coach) and tours with local guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Domestic economy class airfares