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15 Days China Culture Tour

Includes: Beijing, Xi'an, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Suzhou, Zhouzhuang & Shanghai

    In this tour, you will meet your professional counterparts in China. Visit design studios, construction sites, and newly finished projects. Participate in study sessions with Chinese professionals. Professionally guided tours to Ming/Qing style gardens. Stops in ethnic villages in the Himalayan foothills. See many of our Western garden plants growing in their native home. Drift through daily life along the canals of the lower Yangzi River. The Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Soldiers, and much more.

D1

Arrive in Beijing, meet at airport and transfer to Grand View Hotel (4 star) Welcome open bar cocktail orientation party at the hotel hosted by the Beijing Garden and Ancient Building Design Institute. Rest of the evening free to explore. Hotel is located in the residential part of Beijing next to a Ming/Qing style garden 'The Grand View Garden'. Arrangement has been made with the garden officials to let the group members in after public visiting hours.

D2

Full day visit the Forbidden City, Coal Hill (Ming/Qing garden), and Beihai (North Sea) Park, dated 12th century Evening dinner at Fangshan Restaurant inside Beihai Park, specializing in Qing Court food, with the Chinese professionals of Garden Planning.

D3

Full day professional exchange programs at Beijing Garden and Ancient Building Design Institute and/or Beijing University of Forest. Program includes seminars at the design studios, site visits to garden construction sites and a specially arranged excursion to the northwest suburb to visit a newly built traditional style garden in the Communist Party Training School which is not open to the public. Evening will be spent in the Summer Palace with a professional guided tour and a banquet in the Palace.

D4

Full day excursion to the Great Wall. Along the way, visit a glazed tile factory, and a new garden in the residential area if time allows. Evening is free to explore. Shuttle bus will take interested members to the largest shopping district in downtown Beijing.

D5

Transfer to airport for the morning flight to Xi'an. After lunch, visit the Terracotta soldiers musuem, the Huaqing Hot Spring - a Tang style garden, and a walk on the City Wall, the only large city wall remaining in China. Evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty Dance Show with dinner.

D6

Transfer to airport for the morning flight to Kunming.  Afternoon city tour with an excursion to visit the Bamboo Temple.

D7

Transfer to airport for the morning flight to the historical city of Dali, a BAI Nationality Autonomous region. Check in Asia Star Hotel (4 star). Program includes a visit to Erhai Lake, the Three Pagoda Park, the old Dali City, and the Courtyard of Yan's Family.

D8

In the morning a 3 hour drive to Lijiang, a NAXI nationality Autonomous County famous for its ethnic architecture and culture. Along the way, visit the Xinhua Bai Minority village and Heqing old town. Upon arrival in Lijiang, visit the old city area. Evening enjoy the Naxi Ancient Music which is part of the Dongba ethnic culture.

D9

Full day excursion to the Yak's Meadow to see the Yulong Snow mountain and native wild plants well known in the West. This is the place where many Western plant hunters are dreamed to come and the tour will be guided by local plant professionals. Other stops include a visit to see the Baisha Mural Painting, and the Dongba Culture Museum.

D10

Today's professional exchange program includes a visit to the Landscape Garden Design Institute, and Dayan County Horticulture Station. Also a tour of a Naxi ethnic village, the Mufu Palace, and stroll through the ancient buildings in Lijiang old city. The Landscape Garden Design Institute in Lijiang was built in 1992 in charge of the designing work in Lijiang area.

D11

In the morning visit Rock's former residence. Rock is a US Horticulturist who had lived for about 20 years in Lijiang before 1949. After lunch transfer to airport for the flight to Shanghai.

D12

After breakfast, transfer to railway station for the train to Suzhou. Check in Bamboo Hotel (4 star) and a visit to the Humble Administrator's Garden. In the afternoon, professional exchange programs with Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architectural Design.

D13

Morning program include a visit to the most important gardens in Suzhou, and a factory that produces lake Tai stones and "leak" windows. Afternoon a boat ride on the Grand Canal to Zhouzhuang, an ancient village on the water of 900 years with Ming/Qing traditional architecture. 60% of the village buildings are dated to 14th century. Overnight at Zhouzhuang when there will be very few tourists and a marvelous time for a stroll and/or a boat ride around this picturesque village and mingle with the locals.

D14

In the morning drive to Shanghai by coach (about 2 hours) and recheck in the same hotel. The rest of the is free to explore. The choice could be a visit to Yu Garden, the Shanghai Museum, one of the gardens in the new residential area, the Bund, the Nanjing Road, or do your last minute shopping. Shanghai is a great place for shopping.

D15

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure.

Suitable Time: all year.

 Price:

more than 10 person:

 USD 1815$/person

6-9 person:

 USD 2075$/person

2-5 person:

 USD 2335$/person

1 person:

 USD 4085$

 Note:

1.

For child younger than 11 who share one room with parents, the quotation is only 50% of the above price.

2.

Single supplement is USD 560$.

 The Price Include:

1.

Stay in the above 4-5 star hotels.

2.

Using minibus when travel.

3.

Domestic air fare.

4.

Three standard meals each day.

5.

All tickets of visiting spots.

6.

English speaking guide.

 Not Include In The Price:

1.

International air fare and all airport tax.

2.

Personal expenses.

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