Nature and Science Activity -face to face with panda and get the certification as being panda keeper
Enjoy rich cultural experiences, such as visit the Great wall and Forbidden City, practice Taiichi in 600 years historical site, tea ceremony in ancient bell tower.
Experience various aspects of the locals' lifestyles, including being one day tea farmer, riding the boat on west lake, exploring spicy market and cooking Sichuan food, visiting local Chinese family and dumplings making.
Modern Oriental Exploration of Shanghai- Such as climbing one of the highest towers of world -Shanghai World Financial Center, etc.
Chinese tech titan visit -the spectacular latticework HQ of Jingdong.
Taste of REAL Authentic Chinese cuisine-Hot pot, Peking Ducks, etc.
Day 1 Shanghai Arrival
Day 2 Shanghai -Sleepless City Exploration
Shanghai's colonial legacy combined with Chinese culture has created a unique fusion of East and West, from ancient architecture to modernistic buildings. We will visit the SWFC -Shanghai World Financial Center, where we will experience a magnificent view of the city's ever-changing modern skyline. Then we will go to the China town in China -Yuyuan Bazar, located in the center of Shanghai's old city where lots of snacks and souvenirs are available. We will organize the scavenger hunt and the winner team will get the panda gift. After that, you will head to famous Dim-Sim restaurant and try local Xiaolongbao
Day 3 Drive to Hangzhou. Learn West Lake Boat Ride from fish man and enjoy the G20-style ladies' afternoon tea.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the iconic West Lake where you can rest in a rowing boat to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Listen to interesting stories about West Lake and Hangzhou that you will never find in any guidebook.
You will also have the chance to learn how to riding the boat on west lake like local boatman—Yaolu (摇橹) experience is waiting for you. Then the lunch will be arranged in very famous local restaurant. The afternoon tea will be another high light today. Hangzhou was the 2016 G20 Summit's host city, and we have arranged a G20-style ladies' afternoon tea for you as a nice end to the day. You will sit in a roof garden and taste the same snacks that the G20 first ladies had in 2016.
Day 4 Tea Village exploration and Hangzhou Highlights
Dragon Well tea is the most popular green tea in China. You will visit an original tea village and learn about a tea farmer's lifestyle. Take part in our exclusive experience as you carry a bamboo basket and step into the tea plantation. Your guide and tea farmer will tell you how to pick tea leaves and cook tea. Have a break in the tea farmer's home, learn how life is different in a tea village, and learn how to make tea. Later, have lunch in a tea-themed restaurant and see how tea influences dishes in Hangzhou.
Day 5 Arrive at Chengdu and scavenger hunt in Jinli Ancient Culture Street
After breakfast we will take flight/ bullet train to Chengdu. When we arrival at Chengdu, we will travel to Jinli Ancient Street, a must for all foodies. We will organize the culture scavenger hunt in Jinli street which is over 550 meters long with the old traditional shops and handicraft workshops. The winner will get the panda prize for the gift.
Day 6 Panda Keeper Program at Panda Research Center
Arrive at the Panda Research Center at 8:30 am and begin your day as being a panda keeper. During the program, you will learn more about this endangered species and help take care of them under the guidance of experienced staff. Activities may include cleaning the enclosure, weighing and cleaning bamboo, making panda cakes and feeding the pandas. At the end of the program you will receive a panda keeper certificate. The program ends at around 4 pm, when you will begin the drive back to Chengdu.
Day 7 Authentic Sichuan Cooking Class with local spicy market & Kuanzhai Alley.
Spend a day expanding your food knowledge and tasting delicious Chengdu cuisine on this exciting foodie experience. And then visit a Sichuan courtyard restaurant for a cooking class. A professional chef will teach you how to make multiple dishes, and at the end of your class, you can eat the dishes you’ve prepared with beverages included too. After lunch we will drive to Kuanzhai Alley, which is the oldest alleys in Chengdu. Up to now, the harmonious renovation of the peripheral buildings and architectural styles and features in the kernel conservation area has already been completed, including 23 courtyards built-up, 20 courtyards under construction, 2 courtyards to be built.
Day 8 Arrival at Beijing. Visit the spectacular latticework HQ of Chinese tech titan Jingdong.
After breakfast we will take flight/ bullet train to Beijing. When we arrival at Beijing we will visit Jingdong, China’s largest online retailer and its biggest overall retailer, as well as the country’s biggest Internet company by revenue. JD.com sets the standard for online shopping through its commitment to quality, authenticity, and its vast product offering covering everything from fresh food and apparel to electronics and cosmetics. Its unrivalled nationwide fulfillment network covers 99% of China’s population, and provides standard same- and next-day delivery - a level of service and speed that is unmatched globally.
Day 9 Taiichi class in Temple of Heaven. Visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Roast Duck
After a restful night’s sleep, you will start your
day at the Temple of Heaven, which was a place for the emperors
to pray for good weather and a good harvest. Next, you will interact with
locals and join in various morning exercise groups in order to experience the
very healthy routines of Chinese locals.
Visit various historic sites in Beijing including The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is one of the largest city square s in the world. It is situated in the heart of Beijing. Tiananmen was built in 1417 and was the entrance gate to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China. It now houses the Palace Museum. Last, we will enjoy a mouthwatering Peking duck dinner and share our experience with tour members
Day 10 The Great Wall, Drum Tower with Tea Ceremony and Hutong visit with Dumpling Making
It's on to the Great Wall! You will travel to a less-crowded section of the wall that allows for more leisurely walks. You will also pass through the many historic watchtowers, which will allow breathtaking views of the Chinese landscape. After Lunch we will visit hundreds of years history building-Drum Tower and enjoy the afternoon tea ceremony. Visit the Hutongs of Beijing and get a glimpse of local life in this fast-paced city. We will feast on an authentic lunch with a local family. Our inviting hosts will teach you how to make different types of dumplings.
Day 11 Departure
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
– Educational visiting, culture exchange and language immersion program
– Round-trip airfare
– Accommodations in 3-4 stars hotels with private bathrooms (unless otherwise indicated on the itinerary)
– A Group Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart (unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary)
– Breakfast ,lunch and dinner daily
– Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
– Transportation to all included activities
– Entrance fees and theater tickets as specified
– Walking explorations and Group Director-led sightseeing as specified
– Cruises, trains, or ferries as specified
– 24-hour worldwide emergency service
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
– Beverages and snackers (except where indicated)
– Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director $6 dollars/day/person , bus drivers$2 dollars/day/person, Local guides $2 dollars/day/person)
– Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines
– Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations, or delays caused
by the airlines, bad weather, or events beyond Glory Tour control
– Passport, visa, and reciprocity fees
Charges for cancellations are determined by the following conditions:
Date of cancellation request received by us
180 days prior to the first day of program
Full refund less the non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and a 40% of the trip cost
179- 150 days prior to the first day of program
Full refund less the non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and a 50% of the trip cost
149-90 days prior to the first day of program
Full refund less the non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and 65% of the program price.
Within 89 days prior to the first day of program or no-show
· Passport (with photocopies)
· Insurance (with photocopies)
· Airline tickets (with photocopies)
· Local currency and USD dollars
· Credit or debit card, contact your bank prior to your trip
· Pre-departure information
· Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Passports and Visas
A passport is required for all programs. We recommend applying for a passport as soon as you enroll. U.S. citizens going abroad must obtain a passport that is valid for at least six months after the scheduled return and has at least three blank pages.
Make sure that the first, middle and last name on your booking page and flight information match the information on your passport, including punctuation and spacing. Name changes after 110 days prior to departure carry a minimum $200 fee up to the cost of a new ticket.
In addition, we recommend that all Group Leaders collect a photocopy of each passport to verify that it has been signed and to double check that the name on the passport matches the name in our records.
You may need a visa for your destination. Please reach out us if you need assistance with Visa application.
WHAT TO PACK
Pack light! You will be responsible for your own luggage. Bring only what you need—ideally in one small suitcase and one carry-on bag.
Clothing and Accessories
· Comfortable walking shoes
· Shirts (short and long sleeved)
· Socks and underwear
· Raincoat and/or umbrella
· Lightweight nylon jacket or fleece (rather than bulky sweatshirts)
· Hand sanitizer
· Any medications (in addition to a copy of any prescription)
· Spare set of contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)
· ATM card (Contact your bank prior to departure)
· Personal credit card/ Debit card
· At least $50 converted to Chinese Yuan
· Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing
· An adaptor/converter
· Camera with extra batteries or charger
· Passport—required on all Educational Programs (Remember to leave one copy at home and bring a couple more copies with you, in case your passport gets lost.)
· Visas (if applicable)
· A copy of the itinerary
· A list of important phone numbers
· Addresses to send postcards home
· Copy of any prescriptions (Customs officials may want to verify that a container's contents match its label, so all medication should be carried in its original container.)
What to pack in your carry-on bag
· Airline boarding pass
· Toothbrush and toothpaste (travel size)
· Contact lens case/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the plane)
· A change of clothes (in case luggage is delayed)
· Any valuables
Nothing can replace old-fashioned common sense when it comes to being safe while going abroad. We recommend that you leave the expensive clothes and jewelry at home, to a group, to choose well-lit streets and to be aware of their surroundings and other people at all times.
Be on time
For group to go smoothly, each member of the group must be punctual and demonstrate respect to the leader and all members in the group.
Keep all possessions in a safe place
Be responsible for possessions. Valuables should never be left behind in the hotel (unless locked in a safe) or on a bus seat (they should be stored by the driver in the locked luggage compartment under the bus). Personal belongings should always be kept within sight. Also, popular areas attract pickpockets. We recommend that to keep money in pouches that can be worn under clothes.
Know the important contact numbers
Students should bring the Emergency Calling card, which provides instructions on how to dial emergency numbers in the destinations they’re visiting. Upon arrival, the leader will give the emergency number printed on a sticker and students should wear it for the duration of the visit.