Journey to the East with Giant pandas（9days）
· Learn ancient culture artistic skills in one of the oldest historical sites in the world
· Experience the Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
· Be a guest of a local Chinese family and learn how to make different types/shapes dumplings.
· Visit Beijing local famous middle school and make new Chinese friends.
· Enjoy the tea ceremony in the oldest bell tower of China
· Be one day Panda keeper in Sichuan Panda Research Institution
· Explore one of the highest towers in the world -SWFC.
· Sing in KTV, the most popular life style of Chinese young people
Day 1 Travel to Beijing, China
Day 2 Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City & Ancient Culture Class inside the Imperial Palace, Hutong Local Family Visit & Dumpling Making
Visit various historic sites in Beijing including The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
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. The complex consists of 800 buildings with 8,886 rooms. It covers 720,000 square meters. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 as the "Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Tian'anmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. It is situated in the heart of Beijing. Tian'anmen was built in 1417 and was the entrance gate to the Forbidden City. Now the square stretches 880 meters from north to south and 500 meters from east to west. The total area is 440,000 square meters. That's about the size of 60 soccer fields, spacious enough to accommodate half a million people.
Take a rickshaw to 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 3 Tai Chi Class, the Great Wall of China and Drum Tower & Tea Ceremony, Roast Duck
We will start your day at less-crowded section of the Great Wall that allows for more leisurely walks, marching to historic watchtowers and enjoying breathtaking views of the China’s landscape. After Lunch we will visit hundreds of years history building-Drum Tower and enjoy the afternoon tea ceremony. Last, we will enjoy a mouthwatering Peking duck dinner and share our experience with tour members.
Day 4 Educational Program -Visit a local school and Flight to Chengdu
Beijing No.39 Middle School is one of the top middle schools in town. Most of the students speak English and they are looking forward to meeting us. We will We will spend the morning with our new Chinese friends for the whole day, taking classes and participating in learning activities. and explore the Garden of Virtue and Harmony.
Travel to Chengdu.
Day 5 Panda Volunteer Program at Panda Research Center, Jinli Street Exploration
Arrive at the Panda Research Center in the morning and begin our day as a panda keeper. During the program, we 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 meals, and feeding pandas. At the end of the program we will receive a certificate for volunteer.
After Panda Keeper Job, it’s time for a relaxing walk along Jinli Ancient Street, where we will find local snacks and souvenirs. Hot pot is a must for people who travel to Chengdu. We will have dinner at a well-selected hot pot restaurant to enjoy authentic Sichuan cuisine.
Day7 Fly to 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.
Day 8 Shanghai — Metropolis of the East and West
After breakfast we will visit one of the famous silk manufacture workshops. Learning this ancient silk producing skill. Then we will go to the Yuyuan Garden, located in the center of Shanghai's old city where lots of snacks and souvenirs are available. In the afternoon we organize a special activity –Sing in KTV, the most popular life style of Chinese young people. It has the food, drinks and the best facility of karaoke room. After that, you will head to famous Dim-Sim restaurant and try local Xiaolongbao.
Day 9 Departure
It is the last day of this program. Get everything packed, both in our suitcase and in our memory. We will travel back to the US.
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 $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and a $300 cancellation fee.
179- 150 days prior to the first day of program
Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit, all non-refundable fees, Global Travel Protection, and a 40% of the trip cost
149-90 days prior to the first day of program
Full refund less the $95 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 tirp
· 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.