Art Studios” tour in China
4- 22, 2010 (19 days 5 stars VIP trip)
Francisco - Beijing
to Beijing, the starting point for our scenic China &
Contemporary Art journey
in the nation’s capital and greet our Artour 2010 guide
in the arrivals hall. Transfer to our deluxe accommodations
and rest up for a full day’s sightseeing tomorrow.
experience: After welcome dinner,Chinese Imperial style foot
Beijing’s long-standing history as the nation’s
capital, it has earned a reputation as one of the most famous
historical and cultural cities of the world. A great number
of ancient sites and relics have stood the test of time, with
one being the Forbidden City. Tour the lavish palace grounds,
where Ming and Qing emperors once resided, then cross the
street to walk through Tiananmen Square. Continue on to visit
the exquisite Summer Palace. After picture stops at the 2008
Olympics Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, we head back to
the hotel for a Peking Duck Banquet Dinner.
Forbidden City, until recently
opened only to the emperor's family. This complex, the largest
imperial palace ever built in the world, features more than
800 buildings with over 9,000 rooms, resplendent golden- glazed
roofs, red lacquered pillars and vermilion walls.
The centerpiece to any trip to China is undoubtedly the Great
Wall. Walk across the ancient stones and revel in the wall’s
awe-inspiring beauty and strength, then continue on to the
Sacred Way. Follow this “divine way”, lined with
ethereal willow trees and intricate stone sculptures, to visit
the 13 Ming Mausoleums.
WALL Ju Yong Pass – earth artwork “Olympic Dragon”
– 10,000 meters long, the longest art work in the world
took place here on June 21, 2001. it was reviewed the greatest
help for Beijing to win 2008 Olympic bidding
SPECIAL ART TOUR
The entire day to explore and
discover the untainted charm of old town and
world famous 798 Chinese Contemporary Art district, visting
artists' studios and enjoy dinner in the traditional courtyard
from Beijing to Datong by coach (330km) for about 4 hours.After
lunch, visit to the famous Yungang Grottoes. Making the UNESCO
World Heritage list, and with a 1,500-year-old history, these
252 caves and 51,000 statues represent the outstanding achievement
of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries.
The Five Caves created by Tan Yao, with their strict unity
of layout and design, constitute a classical masterpiece of
the first peak of Chinese Buddhist art. Next, visit the Nine-Dragon
Wall, which was built in 1392 to conceal the palace of a Ming
dynasty (1368-1644) prince and Huayan Monastery. Overnight
at the Hongan International Hotel (or similar)
breakfast, take a scenic drive to Taiyuan, the capital of
Shanxi Province. On the way, visit the Wooden Pagoda, which
is the oldest and the highest wooden pagoda in China. The
Wooden Pagoda is made completely of wood and does not have
a single nail embedded within it. Then visit the Xuankong
(Overhanging) Monastery, a rare alpine complex built 1400
years ago, with 40 or so halls and chambers hanging on the
rock face of a sheer cliff. Check into the Shanxi World Trade
Center Hotel (super 5 stars).
visting local artists' studios
Taiyuan – Pingyao
Jinci, the shrine of the king of Jin state, is one of China’s
key cultural-relic reserves. And it enjoys the reputation
of being the "Little South of the Yangtze River".
Continue to the Chunshansi, also known as Baimasi, where the
provincial Buddism Association is located. Overnight at the
Pingyao Yunjincheng Folk Hotel .
is the best-preserved of the four ancient towns in China.
Inside the intact Ming dynasty city wall, this town features
exceptionally well-preserved buildings dating from the Ming
and Qing Dynasties. It looks just as it did in centuries past.
After breakfast, visit the City Wall. First erected nearly
3,000 years ago, it retains the appearance of its early Ming
Dynasty reconstruction. Next, visit Rishenchang, the first
bank-like financial institution in China. Then stroll along
Ming and Qing Dynasty Street, the old downtown thoroughfare,
which is preserved in traditional style.
enjoy a tour of the ancient City Walls, the Big Wild Goose
Pagoda and the Bell Tower. Overnight at the Grand New World
Hotel (or similar).
dinner, visiting artists' studios
Day 11 Xi’an
Xi’an the cradle of Chinese civilization, was the state
capital of 73 Emperors spanning 11 dynasties during 1100 years
dating from 4,000 B.C.
Visit another wonder of the ancient world, the
Terra-Cotta Warriors, concealed under earth, those
thousands of life-sized clay warriors, horses and chariots,
as one part of the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang, were accidentally
discovered by a farmer while he was digging out a well. You
would also see some archaeologists still working on site to
uncover the rest part of the vast tomb complex of Emperor
Qinshihuang, the first emperor in Chinese history, and also
the initiator of the Great Wall.
Day 12 Xi'an
flight to Guilin. A medium-sized city by Chinese standard,
the city has long been renowned for its unique scenery. The
name Guilin literally means "forest of sweet osmanthus",
owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees
in the city. Upon arrival we visit the scenic Fubo Hill and
Reed Flute Cave.
dinner, visiting artists' studios
cruise on Li River. The 83km stretch of the river between
Guilin and Yangshuo affords breathtaking scenery as the river
snakes through tall karst mountains, gigantic bamboo sprays,
and picturesque villages -- sights that have inspired countless
poets and painters for generations. Disembark in Yangshuo
and drive back to Guilin
fly to Shanghai
of China, Pearl of the Orient, city of quick riches, paradise
of the adventurers - those were some of the names by which
Shanghai was known before the Communists took it over from
the Nationalist Government in 1949. Like of the rest of the
country Shanghai is currently undergoing one of the fastest
economic expansions the world has ever seen, having experienced
19% GDP growth per year for the past 16 years.
to walk around Shanghai’ famous shopping area, including
"new heaven and earth”
sightseeing in Shanghai begins with a stroll on the Bund -
a waterfront promenade famous for its landmark neoclassical
buildings of European style, followed by Shanghai Museum with
its massive and varied collections
Su Zhou is a city of gardens and waterways, it is a famous
water-surrounding village, you will enjoy 1500 years old little
the majestic, new I.M. Pei-designed
Zhou - Shanghai
unique ancient landscape architecture of Yuyuan Garden and
local artist's studio
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport and fly
homeward. You will be in the United States on the same day.
5 star hotels
Three meals a day for the entire trip.
Buffet breakfast or Chinese breakfast .
Chinese lunches and dinners at local restaurants.
Local Specialty Dinners
Ping Yao: Local best
Guilin: Local Deluxe Courses
Xian: Imperial Dumpling Banquet
the price includes economy airfare from SFO, with upgrades available
have 22 people now, will accept 3- 4 more people for this
5 star VIP trip, please make your reservation
(415) 717.0210, (401)486.0586