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China Cultural Vacation, 12 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6682 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8255 US Dollar (USD)

When one thinks of China, of course the first thought to come to mind is food! Learn of this enigmatic culinary capital and its Eight Culinary styles, all originating from the diverse regions of China. From the resourceful and mysterious Cantonese dishes to the savory and spicy Sichuan grubbery, one will be able to quench their thirsts and curiosity with Yampu! Explore The great Wall while in Beijing before taking on the unique street food vendors. Ponder the mysteries of the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an before gorging on professionally prepared, succulent Peking Duck. Visit the Chengdu Culinary Museum to trace the history of Chinese food back to B.C. and enjoy a cooking class while in Shanghai, all drunken in spirits before cooked or even served raw.

Day 1: Beijing.
After arriving in Beijing be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Beijing is China's capital city and the starting point of this culinary pilgrimage. Here one can not only find Beijing cuisine, but cuisines from all corners of China including Uighur, Sichuan, Cantonese, as well as international food. Time to roll up those sleeves and dig in!

Day 2: Beijing – Forbidden City.
The day starts from the center of Beijing walking Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. This was once the Chinese Imperial Palace and has a history of almost five hundred years. It is said to be the world's largest existing palace complex with 999.5 rooms. While walking in the city, one can retrace the Chinese history from Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. After lunch, visit Jingshan Park. "Jingshan" literally means Prospect Hill. The hill inside the park is "Coal Hill," which overlooks the Forbidden City. Walk to the top of Coal Hill for a bird's eye view of the Forbidden City's yellow rooftops.

Day 3: Beijing, Hutong and Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
Today, experience Beijing and its food in a more modest way by walking through the Hutongs, narrow alleys in old Beijing, on a "Hutong food walk." This will include traditional local dishes and those from other parts of China. Start at the center of Beijing at the Bell Tower to taste Beijinger's traditional dishes before walking through the market, and have lunch at an authentic Uighur restaurant.

In the afternoon transfer to Huanghuacheng Great Wall for a short hike. Huanghuacheng, literally means "Yellow Flower", which is known as the only Great Wall section that is submerged in water. Hike the west wing of Huanghuacheng, pass several fruit yards and bushes towards Yaoziyu Village. Finish the hike in nearby village and overnight.

Day 4: Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall.
This morning depart for the Mutianyu Great Wall for a hike along this Chinese icon. This section was built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty. Return to the city in the evening for the famous Peking Duck, a famous dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the Imperial era and is now one of China's national foods. Ducks are bred especially for the dish, which consists mostly of the thick, crisp skin with a moderate amount of meat, which the cook carves in front of the guests. The duck is generally eaten together with thin pancake wraps, spring onions and hoisin sauce.

Day 5: Xi’an, Warriors and Cycling the City Wall.
Arrive in the morning and transfer to the hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. Visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors, a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The human sized figures were modeled after actual soldiers of the Qin Army in detail. Visit the City Wall - the fortification showcases the seamless protection and construction of the ancient capital. The wall measures 13.7 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15 to 18 m in thickness at the base. Later on, bike along part of the City Wall -- from the top there's a great view over the city. Next up, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to visit the Grand Mosque. For dinner attend a dumpling banquet, where one will taste dumplings of many different shapes, sizes and flavors.

Day 6: Xi’an to Chengdu, The Life of a Chengdu Local.
Morning flight to Chengdu. Chengdu is well-known for two things: its relaxed lifestyle and adorable pandas. The city itself is awash with colorful characters that should make for some interesting subject matter, especially when viewed down the lens of a camera. Today is the day of being a Chengdu local. Upon arrival, visit a local park to see a typical weekend here, join some local dance, sip some tea, play Chinese chess and learn to play Mahjong, a traditional Chinese game using little cubes instead of playing cards. Mahjong is an essential part of the locals' daily life, and one will see it being played in people's houses, in teahouses and even on the footpath if the weather is conducive. Later in the day, watch a Sichuan Opera - the art of Bian-Lian or face-changing.

Day 7: Chengdu.
Today, visit the Chengdu Culinary Museum to trace the history of Chinese food back to B.C. Enjoy a cooking class to learn the famous Sichuan food while visiting. In the afternoon visit Qingchengshan, a lush holy mountain that has been a Taoist retreat for more than 2000 years. In the evening, explore the night market in Chengdu for quick snacks and shaokao, which is a local barbecue featuring chili-rubbed grilled skewers of meat and veggies. These treats are local favorites and are quite hard to find. Most of them are hidden in small hole-in-the-wall restaurants or temporary evening markets.

Day 8: Chengdu - Shanghai.
Early this morning, transfer to the Giant Panda Breeding Center for a close look at this amazing animal. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Evening walk on the bund.

Day 9: A day biking in Shanghai.
Today, see the city on a bicycle. Starting from Xiangyang Park, ride through Cite Bourgogne; Stone-gate buildings, Former Residence of Song Ziwen; Tianzifang, Huaiyuanfang, Residence of Zhou En Lai.

Day 10: Shanghai.
Morning walk around the French Concession, where there was a foreign concession from late 18th to early 20th century. Enjoy cooking lessons at a private kitchen, taught by a five-star hotel chef. Learn two typical Shanghai dishes at the kitchen, then enjoy one's own cooking for lunch! Shanghai cuisine: Quintessentially characterized by the use of alcohol.

Day 11: Day at Leisure.
Today is free to explore. If one is interested in art, the Suzhou Creek Art District and Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, are good choices. For history buffs, a walk around the Old Town neighborhood and a visit to Sun Yatsen's Former Residence could be done. If one is a fan of new modern architecture, Shanghai World Financial Center, towers 414 meters above the ground and will not disappoint. Finally, for the shoppers, Shanghai has a range of everything from megamalls to independent boutiques, offering great bargains where everyone can satisfy their needs. Meet in the evening at the hotel for a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Shanghai - Home. After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-domestic and regional flights
-all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax
-all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling
-guided tours in English including entrance fees.
-accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the hotels mentioned.
-all meals as specified in itinerary (soft drink included)
-Private transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary.
-Entrance fees – for single visit only.
-All currently applicable taxes,
-Soft sleeper train from Beijing to Xi’an with 4-berth sharing cabin based on per person per bed (subject to current availability).

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