History and Modern-Beijing 6 Days

Highlights

· Hear authentic stories explaining the many historical sites in China's capital city, Beijing.

· 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 of authentic Chinese dumplings.

· Visit the oldest zoo in China and see the panda as close as we could

· Visit Beijing local famous middle school and make new Chinese friends .

· Enjoy the tea ceremony in the oldest bell tower of China

· Learn all Modern History in Summer palace and Imperial Garden

· Visit the best university in China -Peking University

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Beijing, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Roast Duck

Welcome to China! Let’s start the new journey of exploration.


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.

Finally, enjoy a mouthwatering Peking duck dinner and share the day's experiences with others.



Day 2 Beijing zoo (Panda), Ming Tomb, the Great Wall of China


In the early morning we will visit the Beijing zoo and Panda house. The Beijing zoo Beijing zoo is located outside the Beijing Hsi chih men, is China opens the earliest zoo. The Beijing zoo predecessor is the Qing Dynasty, the Republic of China time it will change the agricultural experiment station, after new China had been established, officially names in 1955 as the Beijing zoo, the development until now, has become in the world a more influential zoo. The most famous animal in Beijing zoo is the Panda. Pandas are one of the most precious animals in the world. They are white and black. They look fat and funny. They eat bamboo. People all over the world like them very much. There used to be many pandas in China long ago. As the balance of nature was destroyed and the weather was getting warmer and warmer, pandas became less. But at present, the number of pandas is increasing year by year. There are now so many pandas that some are being sent to other countries so that people there can enjoy them

It's on to the Great Wall! You will go to a less-crowded section of the wall that allows for more leisurely walks. And also pass through the many historic watchtowers, which will allow breathtaking views of the Chinese landscape. After lunch we will drive to Ming Tombs. Standing in the Spirit Way at the Ming Tombs looking back towards the entry gate. The Ming Dynasty Tombs are located some 50 kilometers due North of Beijing at an especially selected site. The site was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle (1402 - 1424), who moved the Capital City of China from Nanjing to the present location of Beijing. He is credited with envisioning the layout of the ancient city of Beijing as well as a number of landmarks and monuments located therein. After the construction of the Imperial Palace (the Forbidden City) in 1420, the Yongle Emperor selected his burial site and creating his own mausoleum. 

Day 3 The Summer Palace, Peking University and Imperial Garden

After breakfast, we will go to visit Summer Palace. The Summer Palace, the imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty in China, formerly known as the Qingyi Garden, is located in the western suburbs of Beijing, 15 kilometers away from the urban area, covering an area of about 290 hectares, adjacent to the Yuanmingyuan.  It is a large landscape garden based on Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, based on the West Lake of Hangzhou and drawing on the design techniques of gardens in the south of the Yangtze River. It is also the most complete imperial palace and imperial court preserved. It is known as the "Royal Garden Museum" and is also a national key tourist attraction. You will spend the morning relaxing among the many gardens and lakes in the Summer Palace. Next, you will take a relaxing boat ride and explore the Garden of Virtue and Harmony all the while exploring more of China's rich history. After that we will take flight to Xian, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties.Then we will visit one of the most famous universities in China-Peking University. Peking University colloquially known in Chinese as Beida , was established in 1898. It is regarded as one of the best and the most selective universities in China. Peking University is the first formally established university, and the first national university of China. The university policy has mandated the use of Peking University in English rather than Beijing University due to tradition and the desire to avoid confusion with Beijing Normal University and other similarly named institutions.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Yuanmingyuan-Imperial Garden. Located in the northern part of Haidian District in Beijing, Yuanmingyuan is composed of three comparatively independent but interconnected gardens: Yuanmingyuan, Changchunyuan (Garden of Eternal Spring), and Qichunyuan (Garden of Blossoming Spring). Covering an area of about 350 hectares, Yuanmingyuan was a vast landscaped garden at once grand in scale and enchanting in scenery. Its green hills and exquisite architecture were laid out with picturesque appeal, and decorated with thriving trees and beautiful flowers. As to close sights, the rolling hills and maze of streams and lakes divided the whole garden into more than 100 scenes, their captivating beauty enhanced by a host of pavilions, corridors, islands, and bridges. About 40 percent of the garden was covered by rivers and lakes, connected into an integral system by winding streams and dotted with more than 250 hills and rock formations. The water's constant murmur rendered life and soul to the hills and rocks. And together they transformed the entire complex into a landscaping and horticultural miracle which stood comparison with the beauty of the natural scenery south of the Yangtze River.

Day4 Temple of Heaven, Hutong Visit with Local family, Beijing No.39 Middle School visit, Shicha Lake and Nanluoguxiao Alley

In the morning we will visit the Temple of Heaven. About 2km southeast of the Forbidden City towers Tian Tan, or the Temple of Heaven, where dynastic rulers in China used to worship the heaven. The temple plus subsidiary buildings and a surrounding garden covers an area five times the size of the Forbidden City. As Chinese emperors called themselves Tianzi, or the son of heaven, they had to cede supremacy to the heaven in terms of abiding. Take a rickshaw to the Hutongs of Beijing and get a glimpse of local life in this fast-paced city. You will feast on a special lunch prepared at a local family's house. Your inviting hosts will teach you how to make different shapes and kinds of authentic Chinese dumplings.

After lunch in the local family, we will visit a very famous local middle school-No.39 Middle School. Beijing No. 39 Middle School is a hundred-year school in Xicheng District. The predecessors were the private Tingshen Middle School in Peiping and Guanghua Women's Middle School. The two schools were developed from the Angel Monastery founded by the Catholic Church in 1784 and Joseph Primary School founded by the Catholic Sisters'Church in 1904. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, they left the church one after another. In 1952, the Beijing Municipal Government officially took over and merged the two schools and named them Beijing No. 39 Middle School.

Shichahai Scenic Zone and Nanluoguxiang Alley, beginning from the Second Ring Road in the north to Ping’an Avenue in the south and from Di’anmenwai Street in the east to Xingjiekou Street in the west, is a paradise for tourists. It encompasses 146.7 hectares (362.5 acres). The Zone is the only area in the city center where vast open waters, comprised by Xihai (West Lake), Houhaai(back or Rear Lake) and Qianhai (Front Lake ) lakes, exist. More than 40 units for protection of historical relics are located there.

Day5 Bell Tower with tea ceremony, Qianmen Heritage street,798 Modern Arts Gallery & Museum

  

After breakfast we will go to climb the Bell tower This brick and stone towers have two floors: there is an arched door on all four sides of the tower on the first floor, and you can go up to the second floor through stone stairs. The same exists on the first floor. An arched door was also built on the four sides of the second floor. Additionally, there is a stone window on each side of the four doors. Hanging on an eight-square wooden frame of the second floor, the bell in this tower is the largest and heaviest in China.

Then we will enjoy the Tea ceremony. Chinese tea ceremony is a Chinese cultural activity involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. It is probably based on the tea preparation approaches originated in Fujian and Guangdong. The original term gongfu cha literally means "making tea with effort". Today, the approach is used popularly by teashops carrying tea of Chinese and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one.

After lunch we will go to visit Qianmen Heritage Street. Archery Tower after being demolished by the Eight-Nation Alliance First built in 1419, the gateway consisted of a gatehouse proper and an archery tower, which forms a large barbican. Today the archery tower and the gatehouse survive and it was extensively reconstructed in 1914 and incorporated modern design elements. At 42 meters high, the gatehouse was, and is, the tallest among all of the gates of Beijing. After the Communist victory in 1949, the gate complex was occupied by the Beijing garrison of the People's Liberation Army. The military vacated the gate in 1980.Behind (that is, to the north of) the Qianmen once stood the Gate of China; to the northern end of the Tiananmen Square lies the famous Tiananmen Gate, and the Meridian Gate, which is the front entrance to the Forbidden City.Because of its grandeur and unique design, the Qianmen was long seen as the one of the symbols of old Beijing.Nearby is the Qianmen hutong, named after the gatehouse.

Before the dinner we will drive to 798-Modern Arts Gallery & Museum. The 798 Art Zone is a art park is located in Chaoyang District Dashanzi area in the city of Beijing, formerly Beijing third radio equipment factory, construction for the East German Bauhaus style. The 1980's to 1990's 798 factories gradually fading, begin from 2002, because the cheap rent, from outside Beijing and surrounding Beijing artists began to gather here, gradually formed an art community. Some famous people such as Hong Huang, Jonathan Lee also successively in. And there are a lot of foreigners visit. Since 2004 has been two "Beijing Dashanzi international art festival". Become one of the cultural landmarks in Beijing. There are also new three scenic spots in Beijing "the Great Wall, the Imperial Palace, 798".


Day 6 , Fly back to Home. 

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

Cancellation policy

Charges for cancellations are determined by the following conditions:

Date of cancellation request received by us

Cancellation Policy

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

No Refund. 

Document Checklist

·     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

Passports

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.

Visas

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

·     Watch

·     Pants/shorts/jeans

·     Pajamas

·     Raincoat and/or umbrella

·     Lightweight nylon jacket or fleece (rather than bulky sweatshirts)

Toiletries

·     Toothbrush

·     Toothpaste

·     Deodorant

·     Hairbrush/comb

·     Sunscreen

·     Hand sanitizer

·     Any medications (in addition to a copy of any prescription)

·     Spare set of contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)


Money

·     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


Electronics

·     An adaptor/converter

·     Camera with extra batteries or charger


Documents

·     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

·     Passport

·     Money

·     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)

·     Medication

·     Any valuables

SAFETY GUIDELINES

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.