Chinapac Announces 12 Day Deluxe China Arts & Culture Experience

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Chinapac International, Vancouver’s Premier Specialist in China, offers exclusive China Arts and Cultural tour for spring 2013.

Experience the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

This tour begins in Beijing, China’s capital with over 3,000 years of history; highlights include the Mutianyu Great Wall, Shanghai, Suzhou, Terra Cotta Warriors, National museums, wine tasting, an Art Community and visits to a local family

The Vancouver based Asia tour operator, Chinapac International, reveals an innovative spring tour especially designed to showcase China’s rich history, art and culture. Guests will walk the mighty Mutianyu Great Wall; visit art and history museums, palaces and an Art Community.

“This tour begins in Beijing, China’s capital with over 3,000 years of history; highlights include the Mutianyu Great Wall, Shanghai, Suzhou, Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, National Museum, wine tasting, an Art Community and visits to a local family, a village and a watertown”, says President Jenny Soares. “Chinapac is excited to offer this culturally rich tour. Each participant is sure to appreciate the artist studios, galleries and museums.”

While in Beijing, participants visit Tian Men Square, the Forbidden City and a Pearl Factory to learn about pearl farming in China. After a delicious Dim Sum lunch, they visit the classical Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site with the largest imperial garden in the world. The grounds include over 3,000 structures with a variety of pavilions, towers and arched bridges surrounding beautiful Lake Kunming. Guests will enjoy a boat ride on the tranquil water of the Kunming Lake with time to stroll about the famous Wangfujing Street and the night markets after dinner.

The following day, the tour continues to the Temple of Heaven to see local people doing Tai Chi. Participants also visit a Tea House and the City Zoo to see the lovely pandas. Hop onto a Pedi-cab to enjoy a tour of the Hutong through the narrow alleys of the old residential area of Beijing where guests will visit a local home to see their daily life, how a dumpling is made and a chance to have a dumpling lunch with the family. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum; one of the biggest museums in the world, the National Museum houses numerous cultural relics, art and paintings dating back over 2500 years. After dinner, enjoy an amazing show of the Golden Mask Dynasty.

On the final day in Beijing, participants will have a chance to photograph the iconic “Bird’s Nest”– the Beijing National Stadium; host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. They will visit a Jade Factory and observe the skilled artisans at work as they create intricate designs. En route to the legendary Mutianyu Great Wall, visit China’s oldest and largest Winery, its wine yard, museum and cellars. Each guest will have a chance to taste some of the famous wines, which were once enjoyed by the Han emperor over 2,000 years ago.

Guests will enjoy a short flight to Xian, with time to enjoy a local lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the ancient Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell Tower will provide architectural delight to all guests. A local dumpling dinner with some Chinese dishes awaits guests tonight, followed by a leisurely stroll along the ancient City Wall near the hotel.

On the final day in Xian guests will enjoy an excursion to Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and, en route, a visit the Art Ceramic and Lacquer Factory. Upon return from the museum, if time permits, participants will explore the Muslim quarter market and enjoy a leisurely dinner with an optional Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.

This cultural tour includes a short scenic coach ride to Suzhou ‘Venice of the East’; where guests will take a boat ride on the Grand Canal of the Qli Shantang Watertown, enjoy a delicious local dinner and a visit to the Suzhou Singapore Industrial Park.

The final stops in Suzhou highlight the intricate art pieces at the Suzhou Museum; floral art, architecture of the 12th century Master of Nets Garden; and a local silk factory and embroidery workshop.

At the center of Shanghai’s most revered cultural events, Shanghai Biennale is the famous Shanghai Museum. The museum possesses more than 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art. Participants will continue on to visit Children’s Palace, enjoy a Dim Sum lunch, visit the Yu Garden and the city’s colonial European past at The Bund, and the Shanghai silk carpet factory.

The tour culminates with a driving tour of the Old Quarters and the modern Xintiandi. Guests also visit the M50 Art Community where the best of Shanghai’s contemporary artists as well as emerging talents are found. It is an exciting place to wander and see the various art galleries and studios.

Departures are March 21, May 28 and October 29, 2013. Land only packages begin at $1299. Full package rates begin as low as $1799 and include round trip airfare via Air China economy class from YVR, 5* hotels, buffet breakfast and hotel taxes or similar, ground transportation, English tour guides, daily meals as specified in the itinerary, admissions to attractions and two cultural shows. For more information, call 1-800-661-8182 or http://www.chinapac.com.

Chinapac International specializes in travel service to China and the Orient and is proud to celebrate 27 successful years in the travel industry as the premier travel package tour operator to the People's Republic of China and South East Asia.

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