Beijing City Tour
Beijing, as the capital of China, is the nation’s political, economic, cultural, and educational center. A modern city with a very rich history and culture, Beijing boasts an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight our students. Our tour will take you through the most well preserved historical attractions such as Tian’an Men Square, the Great Wall which extends over 3,000 miles, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the mysterious Ming Tombs, giving you an educational taste of ancient Chinese elegance. Beijing’s modern streets are just as exciting. Enjoy the towering skyscrapers, busy shopping malls, and see a preview of the beautiful new developments awaiting the 2008 Olympics, which will be hosted in Beijing. There is nowhere else where you will be able to experience the contrast between thousands of years of ancient history and culture, with the technology and vibrancy that is at the forefront with the leading countries in the present world. Before we end our trip of the city, let’s have some real Peking Duck for dinner.
Xi’an City Tour
Xi’an is a world famous treasure chest of cultural relics. In ancient times, it was the capital of China. As the starting point of the Silk Road, Xi’an is of great historical significance to the trade between the West and the East. The sight of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses is absolutely breathtaking and has been named the 8th Wonder of the World. Walking through this old city is as though taking a trip through thousands of years of history. At the Imperial Dumpling Dinner, you will taste more than 20 kinds of dumplings, each a different flavor, with shapes of flowers, birds, mythical creatures, and animals. This is one of China’s finest cuisines and has been perfected through dynasties. Lastly, enjoy a fine Tang Dynasty styled performance that incorporates dance, ancient instruments, opera and history.
Situated on the banks of the Yangtze River, Shanghai began as a simple fishing village. By the early nineteenth century, it has become one of the biggest cities in China and has been crowned the “Paris of the East.” Shanghai has built more than 100 skyscrapers within the last two decades and is known for its love of luxury and gigantic shopping centers. The city is intense, dynamic and lively. English author Aldous Huxley even described it as “life itself.” The skyscrapers on Nanjing Road are truly a magnificent sight of architectural genius. We will also tour the Bund, Yu Garden, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the renowned Shanghai museum. At night, our students will enjoy an exciting acrobatic show.
We will embark on a full day excursion via coach to the beautiful Suzhou. Known as “Venice of the East,” Suzhou’s special destinations are the classical gardens and the silk workshop of Embroidery Research Institute.
Wuyi Moutains Tour
As an ancient style raft takes you through every turn and twist of the 18 kilometer Jiuqu Stream, you will be refreshed and rejuvenated by one of China’s five major nature conservation areas – Wuyi State Nature Reserve. The Wuyi mountains is home to more than 400 species of animals, 64 kinds of snakes, 300 bird species, and 5,000 species of insects. There are 36 peaks on both sides of the stream and 99 mysterious caves. Just to name a few, our tour will take you to Water Screen Cave, Hawk Beak Rock, Paradise Peak, A Thread of Sky, Wuyi Temple, and Roaring Tiger Rock. Have some of the flavorful authentic tea at the Wuyi Rock Tea Factory, experience history at the ruins of an ancient town of Han Dynasty, and explore the mysterious boat-shaped coffins from 3,000 years ago.