First, visit the Shanghai Museum (Closed on Mondays), then you will have free time to shop at Nanjing Road where there are plenty of large stores and boutiques. Then visit the bund, where you can experience the modernity of Shanghai. Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD50p.p.
After breakfast, disembark at the city of Taizhou, situated on the north bank of the Yangtze River. Visit Meilanfang Memorial Hall, one of the most famous Peking opera artists in modern Chinese theater. Then visit the beautiful old street. Return back to cruise.Captain's evening (tie and shirt required for gentlemen).
After breakfast, disembark at the city of Chizhou. Transfer to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) by coach. Excursion on Huangshan. The Mountain is well known for its beauty, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, and the landscape which the clouds often surround the hills. This mythical mountain constantly changes its image due to the winds and drizzle, which is favored by traditional Chinese painting and literature. Return back to cruise.
After breakfast, visit the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. It is a major transportation hub with dozens of expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Stroll on Jiqing street, which encompasses tourist attractions, business, commercial and living accommodation. Finish the day to visit East Lake. Return back to cruise.
After breakfast, disembark cruise and visit city of Yueyang, which has been inhabited for over 3,000 years. Continue to visit around Dongting Lake, the dividing line of provinces Hubei and Hunan. Dongting Lake is famous for Chinese culture as the place of origin of dragon boat racing. Enjoy city tour and farmers market to experience the origins of local. Return back to cruise.
Excursion: Shibaozhai, literally “Precious Stone Fortress” is a hill along the bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill.
After breakfast, disembark at Chongqing. Visit the zoo (panda), followed by a visit to the Ciqikou old town, situated on the bank of the Jia Ling River, not far from the west of Chongqing Municipality. It's an old town famous for its production of porcelain. Transfer to hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flights back to your sweet home. End of trip.
* Airport meet & greet transfers included when the whole tour package is purchased from Sinorama.
* Please note that lunch or dinner will be served on board if your domestic flights coincide with meal times.
* For cruise package, in the event of water level problems on stretches of river, repair or maintenance work carried out by the river and other local authorities on the river or canal banks, stretches of river or canal, bridges, locks or docks, SINORAMA reserves the right to change the published itinerary or to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach without notice.
* SINORAMA reserves the right to change the order of visiting the attractions, air carriers & change of the hotel (Similar Categories) without notice.
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.
* The above prices are for Toronto/ Montreal/ Vancouver departures only. The prices will be $100/ $200/ $300/ $500 more for departures from other major Canada cities. * Please CONTACT US before booking your flight ticket if you choose the Land Package (International flight self-managed). * International round-trip business class flights are available with an additional fee, see below. * Guaranteed departure from at least 10 people in a group.
* Minimum 10 participants to operate each optional tour.
* Please note that infant (under age 2 at the return date of trip) does not have his/her own seat on the plane.
* Final sale. All payments made are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable.
Price valid until May 29 2018
* International flights;
* Intra-China transportation (air, cruise, high-speed train and coach);
* Yangtze River cruise in veranda stateroom on deluxe ship;
* All 5-star hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* Meals mentioned in the itinerary and featuring regional specialties;
* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows listed unless otherwise stated;
* English speaking guide;
* Service charge for all guides, bus drivers, and hotel porter fees;
* Taxes and fuel surcharges;
* FICAV ($1 per $1000).
Price does not include
* International flight business class upgrade, CAD5000 p.p. (Intercontinental round-trip business class flights are available at the time of booking, not applicable for land package, international flight ticket self-managed option.) ; * Chinese Visa Application fee (Canadian passport holder): CAD180 p.p. (fees are subject to change according to Chinese Embassy’s discretion); * Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD50 p.p.(any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB390 p.p.) ; * Travel insurance;
* Postal fees.
Arts and crafts
Shanghai: Silk & Cashmere & Embroidery
* The following activities are optional, surcharge applies.
Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show
Acrobatics is an interactive art form. Everyone, young or old, educated or not, can easily appreciate it while watching or seeing the acrobats perform. There is no language barrier and borders of culture do not limit it.
Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts. Its history can be traced back to Neolithic times. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of labor and self-defense skills, which people practiced and demonstrated during their leisure time. The early performance is "walking on three-meter-high stilts while juggling seven gaggers". Then it developed into an entire art form.
Together with the developing economy, acrobatics is also evolving into a kind of performing art. It became well known worldwide while performances are presented along the Silk Road. In Europe and North America, Chinese acrobatic performances always attract large audiences.
The acrobatic performers were trained strictly the basic skills starting from the early age of six or seven years old. Because the required techniques are extremely difficult and risky, the training is long, hard and intense. Examples of basic skills are handsprings, somersaults, waist and leg flexibility, and headstands. The performers must endure great deal of unexpected pains in order to become excellent.
These silks (textile fibers from animal origins) are produced by many insects such as spiders, caterpillars and some different butterflies like the Ermine moths and Bobyx. Those that are made to produce silk come from cocoons produced by larva (silk worm) of Mulberry (Bobyx Mori). The technique for producing silk date back from 2500 BC and comes from china by the Silk Road. It was a secret until 560 BC.
The art of making silk was then progressively transmitted to other civilization caused by different kinds of spy (Monks, princesses), to plunderers and merchants. In Europe, for a long time, silk has been a monopoly of the eastern Roman Empire. After its arrival in Western Europe in the late Middle ages, the production reached the stage of industrialization from the 19e century, however, later on, it experienced a severe decline linked to competition from modern fibers (including Nylon), evolution of dress customs in Europe, the rise of a few countries in Asia and an epidemic that affected France that that time. Therefore, it finally came back to being the essential production in Asia once again.
Cashmere wool, usually simply known as cashmere, is a fiber obtained from cashmere goats and other types of goat.
Common usage defines the fiber as wool but it is finer and softer than sheep's wool. Some say it is hair, but as seen below, cashmere requires the removal of hair from the wool. The word cashmere is an old spelling of the Kashmir region in northernmost geographical region of Pakistan. Cashmere is finer, stronger, lighter, softer, and approximately three times more insulating than sheep wool.
Chinese embroidery has a long history since the Neolithic age. Because of the quality of silk fibre, most Chinese fine embroideries are made in silk. Some ancient vestiges of silk production have been found in various Neolithic sites dating back 5,000-6,000 years in China. Currently the earliest real sample of silk embroidery discovered in China is from a tomb in Mashan in Hubei province identified with the Zhanguo period (5th-3rd centuries BC). After the opening of Silk Route in the Han Dynasty, the silk production and trade flourished. In the 14th century, the Chinese silk embroidery production reached its high peak. Several major silk embroidery styles had been developed, like Song Jin (宋锦 Song embroidery) in Suzhou, Yun Jin (云锦 Cloud embroidery) in Nanjing and Shu Jin (蜀锦 Shu embroidery) in Sichuan.
Today most handwork has been replaced by machinery, but some very sophisticated production is still hand-made. Modern Chinese silk embroidery still prevails in southern China.