Visits: Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Pattaya - Hangzhou - Shanghai
* 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.
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.
* The above prices are for Seattle (Washington)/ Los Angeles (California)/ San Francisco (California) departures only. The prices will be $100/ $200/ $300/ $400 more for departures from other major the U.S. cities.
Price valid until August 21 2018
* International flights;
* Transportation in China and Thailand (flight, coach);
* 4-5 stars hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* Meals mentioned in the itinerary and featuring regional specialties;
* English speaking guide;
* Taxes and fuel surcharges;
Price does not include
* Service charge for all guides & bus drivers, USD140 p.p. ;
* Hotel porter fees , USD21 p.p. ;
* Optional tour in Bangkok: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (18:00-21:30 dinner buffet + Show), USD60 p.p.(any payment made after departure, the price will be USD80 p.p.) ;
* Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, USD40 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
Chiang Mai: Gems & Thai Lacquerware
Hangzhou: Longjing Dragon Well Tea
* 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.
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.
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.
It is believed that the technique of making lacquerware was brought to Thailand by the tribe "Thai Kern'. The 'Thai Kern' originally lived in Chiang Tung in the southern part of China and later migrated to northern Thailand Chiang Mai. They made and used lacquerware as household Utensils and the Thai natives learnt how to produce lacquerware from them. This is the reason why we use the term "Krcung Kern' for Thai lacquerware. Lacquerware became popular throughout this region. It declined in popularity after ceramics. Aluminium wares and plastic wares were introduced. The techniques of producing lacquerware was passed from generation to generation. There was no record of the extraction process and the technique was gradually changed due to the limited raw materials, the influences of new technologies and commercialization. The technique of producing lacquerware is still practised in Chiang Mai, but now it has lost its own traditional character. The objective of the present work is to investigate the manufacturing techniques of ancient Thai lacquerware by interviewing craftsmen in the lacquerware manufactories in Chiang Mai and the examination of a number of chosen pieces of ancient lacquerware found in the province Chiang Mai by scientific methods using X-ray radiography and microscopic analysis.
Longjing tea, sometimes called by its literal translated name Dragon Well tea, is a variety of pan-roasted green tea from the area of Longjing Village near Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, China. It is produced mostly by hand and renowned for its high quality, earning it the China Famous Tea title. Like most other Chinese green tea, Longjing tea leaves are roasted early in processing (after picking) to stop the natural oxidation process, which is a part of creating black and oolong teas. The actions of these enzymes is stopped by "firing" (heating in pans) or by steaming the leaves before they completely dry out. As is the case with other green teas (and white teas), Longjing tea leaves experience minimal oxidation. When steeped, the tea produces a yellow-green color. The tea contains vitamin C, amino acids, and, like most finer Chinese green teas, has one of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas.
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.