After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square, then enter the imperial-red walls of the ornate Forbidden City, the emperor' s palace - off limits to commoners for centuries. You will also visit the Temple of Heaven. Think of the processions of incense-bearing priest at the Temple of Heaven, where the emperor went to humble himself in prayer to guarantee realm's good harvest.
Enjoy your excursion to the ancient Great Wall, originally built as protection from the Huns and other Nomadic tribes and never completely fulfilled its purpose. Optional tour in Beijing (approximately 4-5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing, CAD50p.p.
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).
Day 9Yangtze River Cruise - Chizhou - Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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 Han street, which encompasses tourist attractions, business, commercial and living accommodation. Finish the day to visit East Lake. Transfer to Guilin by High-Speed Train.
After breakfast, visit the symbol of Guilin-the Elephant Trunk Hill and the tea garden. Then depart for Yangshuo by coach. Rest up in the hotel. Optional activity in Yangshuo: Show "Impression of Liu San Jie", CAD70p.p.
Breakfast in hotel. Take a cruise sailing around the fascinating landscape of Halong Bay. The area features thousands of limestone karsts and islets in various sizes and shapes. Return to Hanoi in the afternoon.
After breakfast, take a rickshaw ride in the colonial neighborhoods that have been carefully and lovingly restored. Visit Mausoleum Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, Van Mieu, the first college in Vietnam.
After breakfast, take the flight to Luang Prabang. Welcome to Laos! Guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After a short rest, we'll climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and then the night market.
After breakfast, take part in a cultural excursion of the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene, and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, the largest and most splendid one. Then board on a cruise and go upstream alongside the Mekong River, get a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside and explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which is crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Later take a stopover at the small village of Ban Xang Hai, where the local rice wine is produced. On our way back to Luang Prabang, take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village being famous for its hand weaving. In the afternoon, take a simple city tour to the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Last, tour the Royal Palace Museum.
If interested, you can come to see the morning alms-giving ritual in the early morning at 5:40 am, and then make a short visit to the Morning Market. Our guided tour for the afternoon starts with some local villages of Lao minority groups at Ban Ouay Village, then transfer to the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfalls where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. Later, continue to Ban Xang Khong Village. Return to the city by late evening to catch the sunset at Wat Phabath.
Full day spent on the visit of Angkor Thom, the ancient capital. Immerse yourself in the Angkor Thom by going through its majestic doors, monumental Temple of Bayon Towers, Baphuon Phimeanakas, Terraces of Elephants and Leper King. In the afternoon, visit the epic temple of Angkor Wat, and its marvellous architecture of symmetric as well as refined construction.
Continue your adventure in Angkor. Visit the enchanting Banteay Srei, the apogee of Khmer classical art, with its magnificent red sandstone bas-relief, visit Banteay Samre (13th century) and Pre Rup (10th century). In the afternoon, visit the gigantic maze of Preah Khan, Neak Pan and the gorgeous and mysterious Ta Prohm invaded by the roots of strangler fig trees.
Full day to discover the Capital of Thailand, the fascinating Thai culture in this dynamic city. Visit the Wat Traimit, Temple of Golden Buddha located in Chinatown. The Wat Traimit is famous for its 5 meters high golden Buddha. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the 4 faced Buddha and take a tour to Bangkok Sea Life. Dinner and show at Silom Village Restaurant.
After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace, home of main royal residence, throne room and a large number of government establishments. Then tour the Emerald Buddha, an icon of this religious country. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner Cruise at night.
Transfer to airport for flight 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.
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Sinorama Gold 8
Departure Dates 2018
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* 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). * Guaranteed departure from at least 15 people in a group.
* Minimum 10 participants to operate each optional tour.
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Price valid until August 21 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 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); * Vietnam Visa application fee (single entry for Canadian passport holder): CAD160 p.p.( fees are subject to change); * Cambodia e-visa application fee (single entry for Canadian passport holder): CAD70 p.p.( fees are subject to change); * Laos visa fee (visa on arrival): 2 passport photos and USD42 p.p. are required to obtain a visa upon arrival. https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/laos * 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.) ; * 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 activity in Yangshuo: Show "Impression of Liu San Jie", CAD70 p.p.(any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB490 p.p.) ; * Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts
Beijing: Freshwater Pearl & Jade Shanghai: Silk & Cashmere & Embroidery Guilin: Seawater pearl & Green Tea Bangkok: Gems
Optional tour in Beijing (approximately 4-5 hours): dinner + night tour in Beijing
Day 4 • 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.
Optional activity in Yangshuo: Show "Impression of Liu San Jie"
This is a totally different performance from the conventional form.The theater is the nature itself.The sceneries of the four seasons are changing,the weather is changing,so does the performance is changing to match up with the changeable nature.In this stage,only the half of the performance is created by man,and the other half is belonged to the mysterious nature.
If it were raining during the performance,you can put on the raincoat that we prepare for you,if you came here in the hot summer, you have to take the anti-mosquito spray with you,if there were flood,half of the auditorium probably could be under the water, and if there were thunderstorm,the performance could be ceased.This is our performance—a performance interacting with the nature.
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.
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 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.
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.
The green Tea (in simplified sinograms 绿茶, in traditional sonograms绿茶 and in pinyin lǜchá) is a tea slightly oxidized during its manufacture. This type of tea is extremely popular in China and Japan, where it deemed to have therapeutic properties more effectively. This tea is spreading increasingly in the West, in which they traditionally drink instead of black tea. It is also the base ingredient of mint tea.
Steeping green tea too hot or too long will result in a bitter, astringent brew, regardless of the initial quality, because it will result in the release of an excessive amount of tannins. High-quality green teas can be and usually are steeped multiple times; two or three steepings is typical. The steeping technique also plays a very important role in avoiding the tea developing an overcooked taste. The container in which the tea is steeped or teapot should also be warmed beforehand so that the tea does not immediately cool down. It is common practice for tea leaf to be left in the cup or pot and for hot water to be added as the tea is drunk until the flavor degrades.
A gemstone (also called a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments.However, certain rocks (such as lapis lazuli) or organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber, jet, and pearl) are also used for jewelry and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. Apart from jewelry, from earliest antiquity engraved gems and hardstone carvings, such as cups, were major luxury art forms. A gem maker is called a lapidary or gemcutter; a diamond worker is a diamantaire.