Visits: Shanghai - Beijing - Zhangjiakou - Beijing
* Airport meet & greet transfers included when the whole tour package is purchased from Sinorama.
* Please note that if your flight for your tour is during the lunch or dinner time, your meal will be served on board by this flight.
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* 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.
* Regular Price: 30% of the total price deposit required at booking.
* Sale Price: Full payment required at booking.
Price valid until May 29 2018
* International flights;
* Intra-China transportation (air and coach);
* All 4-5 stars 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
* 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.) ;
* 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.) ;
* Travel insurance.
* Postal fees.
Arts and crafts
Shanghai: Cashmere & Embroidery & Silk
Optional tour in Beijing (approximately 4-5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing
• 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.
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.
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.
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.