Arrival in Chengdu, visit of the Research and Reproduction Center of the Giant Panda of Chengdu. The Chengdu Giant Panda Research and Reproduction Center is located north of Chengdu City, 15km from the city center. The total area is about 67 ha, it is an important place for the protection of giant pandas in China. Wide and narrow paths (Kuan Zhai Xiangzi) are two ancient alleys that restore the architecture of the ancient Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644 -1911) and represent the shorter versions of Chengdu, a city combining history and current changes. Free time in the city center.
After breakfast, transfer to Leshan to visit the Leshan Grand Buddha, a monumental statue of Buddha carved from the cliff of Mount Lingyun ("the mountain that climbs up into the clouds"), on the east bank of the Min River in The Mount Emei region in Sichuan. Built around 713-803, it owes its existence to a Buddhist monk who wanted to protect the sailors on the perilous confluence of the three rivers: Dadu he, Qingyi jiang and Minjiang, and prevent the flooding of the town of Leshan. Return to Chengdu in the afternoon.
Transfer by plane to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province. It is an important transport center with dozens of highways crossing the city and connecting to other major cities. Stroll on Jiqing Street, where tourist attractions and shops are located. End the day with a visit to the East Lake. Return and embarkation aboard the cruise ship.
After breakfast, disembark the cruise and visit the city of Jiujiang. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and visit the local village. Return and embarkation aboard the cruise ship.Captain's evening (tie and shirt required for gentlemen).
Disembark in Chizhou, transfer to Yellow Mountain by coach for visit.The mountain is known for its beauty, which rests on the shape of the granite peaks, the tormented conifers, and the clouds that often surround the massif. This mythical mountain is constantly changing its face with the winds and drizzle, which is a privileged subject for traditional Chinese painting and literature.
After breakfast, disembark at the city of Taizhou, located on the north bank of the Yangtze River. Visit Mei Lanfang Memorial Hall and Old Street. Dinner on the shore. After dinner, transfer to a boat tour of Fengcheng River, the night view of the lights on both sides of Fengcheng River. Return back to cruise.
Breakfast at the hotel, visit of the Shanghai Museum (Closed on Mondays), free time for a nice walk on Nanjing Street where there are several department stores and small shops. Visit and walk along the Bund. In the afternoon, visit the old quarter of Shanghai to end the day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world and the symbol of Beijing. Visit the historical sites: the Forbidden City (the former Imperial Palace) and the Temple of Heaven, one of the most beautiful historical monuments in Beijing where the Ming and Qing Emperors prayed for good harvests And made sacrifices.Then take the rickshaw in the old quarter (Hutong).
Visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is a collection of Chinese military fortifications built, destroyed and rebuilt several times and in several places between the 3rd century BC. AD And the seventeenth century to mark and defend the northern border of China. It is the most important architectural structure ever built by man in length, surface and mass. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace which was the former Imperial Garden of the Qing Dynasty.
After breakfast, depart to the airport for the return flight. End of the trip.
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Sinorama Gold 8
Departure Dates 2018
Price (2 occp.) CAD p.p. International flight included
* 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. * Minimum 10 participants to operate each optional tour.
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Price valid until July 24 2018
* International flights;
* Domestic transportation (air, cruise, high-speed train and coach if applicable);
* 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 listed in the program including the UNESCO sites;
* 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;
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. for ON and MB residents (fees are subject to change according to Chinese Embassy’s discretion and your province of residence); * Chinese Visa Application fee (Canadian passport holder): CAD210 p.p. for PEI, NS, NL and NU residents (fees are subject to change according to Chinese Embassy’s discretion and your province of residence); * Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD50 p.p.(any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB390 p.p.) ; * Optional tour in Beijing (approximately 4-5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing, CAD50 p.p.(any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB390 p.p.) ; * Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts
Shanghai: Silk & Cashmere & Embroidery Beijing: Freshwater Pearl & Jade Chengdu: Latex product
Optional tour in Beijing (approximately 4-5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing
Day 11 • Dinner (about 1 hour);
• Drive along the "Ghost Street" with hundreds of red lanterns;
• Drive along Chang'an Avenue, Tiananmen Square and the Place;
• Walk along Shichahai;
• Walk along Wangfujing.
* 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.
Chinese pearls are the highest quality.This is because, in China—especially in the southern region where our pearls are from—breeding conditions for pearls are ideal. Our country is huge, with diverse waterways that provide many different environments for oysters. We have vast watersheds that provide huge breeding areas for oysters, and millions of tons of natural food. In the South, our waters are just the right temperature and salinity to encourage oysters to grow. In addition, we experience few earthquakes and violent storms, making ours a peaceful place for oysters to grow large pearls over a long period of time. In addition, the Chinese pearl industry is ancient. We combine cutting-edge technology with knowledge accumulated over thousands of years to grow the best pearls in the world.
Chinese pearls cost less. This is mainly because of lower labor and production costs than in other countries. In addition, we grow our own pearls as well as supplying most of the world's jewelry companies—Chinese companies hardly ever buy pearls from other countries. This makes our pearls cheaper than those of companies who have to pay a middleman.
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.
Chinese Jade refers to the jade mined or carved in China from the Neolithic onward. It is the primary hardstone of Chinese sculpture. Although deep and bright green jadeite is better known in Europe, for most of China's history, jade has come in a variety of colors and white "mutton-fat" nephrite was the most highly praised and prized. Native sources in Henan and along the Yangtze were exploited since prehistoric times and have largely been exhausted; most Chinese jade today is extracted from the northwestern province of Xinjiang.
Jade was prized for its hardness, durability, musical qualities, and beauty. In particular, its subtle, translucent colors and protective qualities caused it to become associated with Chinese conceptions of the soul and immortality. The most prominent early use was the crafting of the Six Ritual Jades, found since the 3rd-millennium bc Liangzhu culture: the bi, the cong, the huang, the hu, the gui, and the zhang. Although these items are so ancient that their original meaning is uncertain, by the time of the composition of the Rites of Zhou, they were thought to represent the sky, the earth, and the four directions.