China - shutterstock_150349577Highlights

  • Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Peking Opera workshop
  • Visit to local family’s house
  • Old Hutongs’ tour
  • Mahjong activity
  • Great Wall of China
  • Tea tasting
  • Tai chi workshop
  • Dumpling making
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Mandarin classes
  • Natural history museum
  • Shanghai tour

Day-wise itinerary

DAY 1


Beijing

Welcome to China! Arrive in Beijing and check – in to the hotel for a great week ahead.

Overnight in Beijing

DAY 2


Beijing

We proceed on a tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The Tiananmen Square is one of the largest squares in the world, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history. We later see the Forbidden City which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government

Peking Opera workshop, CCC will invite professional actors of Peking Opera to introduce you to the history, complexity and subtleties of this famous Chinese art form. You will be informed about the training and performing institutions that support Peking Opera. You will be introduced to the actors who will demonstrate the rituals of preparation for a performance, in particular the meticulous process of preparing the face makeup. Selected parts from Peking Operas will be performed to explain movements and gestures and voice adaption.

Your tour concludes with a visit to a local Chinese family home, where you’ll meet and chat with them to learn about their daily way of life. You’ll have an authentic experience interacting with Chinese people.

Overnight in Beijing

DAY 3


Beijing

Today take Beijing’s Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw As you travel the streets of old Beijing on a traditional rickshaw with a local guide, you will visit the magnificent gardens at Prince Gong’s Mansion, Beijing’s largest and the best-preserved royal residence of the Qing Dynasty. Prince Gong’s Mansion is famous as one of Beijing’s most scenic retreat sites, lined with rockeries, plants, pools, pavilions and corridors. Step back in time to ancient China as you relax in the garden.

Continue on a rickshaw and explore the old streets of Beijing. Get a taste of life in ancient China as you learn the communities built around the hutongs (narrow streets). These winding alleyways are hidden between the city’s main streets and form the residential neighbourhoods that make up old Beijing.

Local Chinese play the game of mahjong almost everywhere, on the street, in the park, or throughout the night at home. Originated in China thousands year ago, it is today a favorite pastime in China and other Chinese-speaking communities. Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong (“sparrow tiles” in Chinese) is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance.

 

Later, we proceed on a guided tour of the renowned Great Wall of China, the key symbol of China.  Stretching to a length of around 5500 miles across China, the construction of this man-made marvel, used to defend the Chinese Empire against northern invaders, began in the third century B.C. You will tour to the Great Wall of China at Juyong Pass.

DAY 4


Shanghai

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and proceed to the station for your ride to Shanghai.

Today we embark on a city tour of the financial capital of China where we visit famous landmarks such as the Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Monastery, and Pearl TV Tower.

Finish with a stop for refreshments at a local tea house for a tea tasting workshop. Sample different types of tea and discover each tea’s distinctive taste.

Overnight in Shanghai

DAY 5


Shanghai

We have the day reserved for some amazing cultural workshops that give true meaning to our trip.

We begin with a workshop of Tai Chi, an internal Chinese martial art form practised for both its defence training and its health benefits.

Enjoy next, understanding the art of making delicious dumplings. Put on the chef’s hat and roll up your sleeves as you learn how to prepare one of the most famous delicacies in the world

Next you will enjoy a workshop on Chinese Calligraphy that explores not only the language but the aesthetics of the scripts through the use of tools such as ink, brush, stamp, etc. Both these workshops will leave you enriched in two of the biggest cultural takeaways from this country.

Overnight in Shanghai

DAY 6


Shanghai

Post lunch, you will visit to the Volkswagen Factory. Shanghai Volkswagen Automobile Co. Ltd is a Sino-German joint venture. With annual production capacity of more than 450,000, it produces the largest number of cars and vehicles among all the car production bases in China. Shanghai Volkswagen Industrial Tour brings you to the production line, witness the process of car production, and experience advanced management and modern technology, as well as the profound influence of the coming automobile era in China’s society.

Next awaits the famous Natural History museum that keeps visitors of all age groups completely engaged. Walk through the numerous exhibits that showcase the history of earth and its inhabitants.

Later, we engage in a session of learning Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in China and the World. Yesterday, you learnt the art of writing; today you would be learning the language. This course will leave our tourists longing to pursue the language after their return for business and personal reasons.

Overnight in Shanghai

DAY 7


Depart

After breakfast, check – out of the hotel and proceed to board the return flight to India.

» Please note that the itinerary is tentative and all inclusions are subject to availability at the time of booking
» All workshops and factory visits are subject to being operated and availability
» Meals will be provided as applicable in all the tours