Heart of China – Volunteer Tour 10 Days / 9 Nights WOW 3
As the capital of China, Beijing is one of the world’s truly imposing cities, with a 3,000-year history and 11 million people. Covering 16,808 square kilometers in area, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the People’s Republic of China. Situated in northeast China, Beijing adjoins the Inner Mongolian Highland to the northwest and the Great Northern Plain to the south. Five rivers run through the city, connecting it to the eastern Bohai Sea. Administratively, the Beijing municipality equals the status of a province, reporting directly to the central government. Rich in history, Beijing has been China’s primary capital for more than seven centuries. China’s imperial past and political present meet at Tiananmen Square, where the Forbidden City palace of the emperors gives way to the Great Hall of the People congress building and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. The old city walls have been replaced by ring roads, and many of the old residential districts of alleys and courtyard houses have been turned into high-rise hotels, office buildings, and department stores. Beijing, a dynamic city where the old and new intermingle, remains a magnet for visitors from inside and outside China.
Xi’an is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shaanxi province, it holds a key position in the fertile plain between the highland plateau of the north and the Qinling Mountains to the south. Xi’an has been the capital of eleven dynasties for more than 2000 years. Along with Rome and Constantinople, this city played a vital role in bridging the gap between east and west. There are important sites and relics in this city. The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
For many years the debate went on to determine where is the Shangri-La as described in James Hilton’s book Lost Horizon. It was not until few years ago that the international debate ended and confirmed that Diqing of Yunnan Province was indeed what James Hilton was writing about. As a result, Diqing is now officially named Shangri-La and has been designed a UNESCO destination.
|1||Arrive in Beijing
After a comfortable flight, you’ll arrive at our home, Hong Kong. Transit to Beijing where you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred to the Hilton Doubletree for 3 nights stay. Free at leisure for the remainder of the day.
Please note: Impact of the current Beijing traffic situation may affect travel time to attractions such as the Great Wall and Ming Tomb. Depending on the day’s traffic situation, an additional 30-60 minutes of travel time may be incurred. Presently, travel time to the other venues such as Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace has not been affected.
|2||Beijing Tour [B, L, D]
Visit Beijing’s most famous sights – Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City. Visit Hutong, traditional courtyard homes, and see how local Beijing residents live.
|3||Great Wall, Beijing National Stadium & National Aquatics Center [B, L]
In the morning, visit the Great Wall. The Great Wall is China’s most famous site and stretches over 3,700 miles. In the afternoon, enjoy exterior views of the Beijing National Stadium and National Aquatics Center. Famously known as “The Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube”, these two structures hosted many competitions during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
|4||Arrive in Xian & the Shaanxi History Museum [B, D]
Fly to Xian and transfer to Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square for a 2 nights’ stay. In the afternoon, marvel the national treasures of the ancient Chinese people at the Shaanxi History Museum.
|5||Terracotta Museum & Banpo Museum [B, L, D]
Explore the Terracotta Museum and see the buried treasures that took 38 years to complete. Visit the Banpo Museum, an excavation site housing fascinating ancient artifacts.
|6||Arrive in Shangri-La [B]
Fly to Kunming and then take a connecting flight to Shangri-La. Transfer to Paradise Hotel for 4 nights stay.
|7||National Parks Tour & Shangri-La Old Town [B, L, D]
Enjoy a day outdoors and breathtaking scenic views of the the Pudacuo National Park, Shudu Lake, Militangya Alpine Pastures and the Bitta Hai National Park. In the afternoon, visit Shangri-La Old Town.
|8||Full Day Volunteer Work [B, L, D]
Full day volunteer work in The Eastern Tibet Training Institute. The East Tibet Training Institute provides vocational training in a variety of subjects to young people from rural areas in Eastern Tibet. On this day, you’ll be teamed up with local students and conduct educational activities such as English conversation class, games, and cultural exchange.
|9||Local Tibetan Crafts [B, L, D]
Spend a day with a local Tibetan. You’ll learn pottery from locals of Tangdui.
|10||Return to Hong Kong [B]
In the afternoon, depart from Shangri-La to Hong Kong (transit in Kunming).
The price includes
- Doubletree by Hilton Beijing Hotel or similar hotel with Superior Room for 3 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Xi'an Grand Mercure on Renmin Square or similar hotel with Superior Room for 2 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel
- Shangrila Paradise Hotel or similar hotel with Superior Room for 4 nights, with daily breakfast at hotel.
- Entrance fees to sightseeing as stated in the itinerary
- Airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- B = Breakfast in hotel
- L = Lunch outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- D = Dinner outside of hotel at designated local restaurant
- Private English speaking tour guide, and driver
- China domestic airfare (Economy Class)
- Beijing to Xi'an
- Xi'an to Kunming
- Kunming to Shangri-La
- Shangri-La to Kunming
- Inbound and outbound international air (Economy L Class) through the Cathay Pacific Package. Routing based on specific package purchased.
The price excludes
- Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
- Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- China visa
- Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
- Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received
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