KHS Chinese Language & Culture Study Tour 2018

KHS Chinese Language & Culture Study Tour 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Spend 4 days with student peers at the KHS sister school in Shanghai - East China Model High School
  • High speed train joruney from Shanghai to Beijing
  • Experience the vibrancy of Shanghai and the history of Beijing
  • Visit to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing
  • Walk an impressive section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
  • Attend a cooking school and take a rickshaw tour of the Hutongs of Beijing
  • Attendance will assist in your studies of HSC level Chinese

Trip Summary

This Chinese language and cultural study tour explores the thriving metropolis and commercial centre of Shanghai and the nations capital and ancient and historical heart, Beijing. The highlight of this tour are the 4-days spent at the East China Model High School attending lessons, making new friends and building relationships. There will be time to explore Shanghai's many sights including the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens and the iconic Pearl Orient Tower. Our last evening will be spent along the picturesque Bund where modern skyscrapers coexist alongside colonial style architecture. China has the world's largest High Speed Rail network with over 16,000 km of track and we experience a portion of this when we travel from Shanghai to Beijing at more than 300kmh. In Beijing we visit the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven and attend the Tiananmen Square dawn flag raising ceremony. Later we travel to the Great Wall where we explore the vastness of this man made wonder away from the main tourist route. Lastly, we enjoy a rickshaw tour to soak up the atmosphere of the quaint cobblestone Hutongs of Beijing where we also attend a cooking school using produce purchased earlier in the day from a traditional 'wet market'. This learning tour explores aspects of both ancient and modern life in China and will greatly assist those studying HSC level Chinese. We hope you can join us for our inaugural KHS Chinese Study Tour!

Suitability

Although there is no commitment to extended physical activity on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the accent on the active. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect and enhance your travel experience. The fitter you are the more you will be able to take part in each day's activities.

Sample Itinerary

After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Chinese Language and Study Tour the day of departure has finally arrived! Your flight to Shanghai aboard Cathay Pacific departs from Sydney’s Kingford Smith Airport at 07:30am after a brief stop over in Hong Kong it continues to Shanghai arriving at 06:40pm. On arrival in Shanghai you will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to the Green Tree Inn hotel which is conveniently located nearby the School you will be attending in the coming days. There will be a group meeting in the hotel foyer and following this we will head out to a local restaurant for our first taste of Chinese cuisine. Our hotel will be our base as we explore this fascinating city for the next four days. There are no activities planned for this evening and we encourage you to have an early night so as your ready to get out and explore and get the most out of tomorrows activities. Accommodation: Green Tree Inn CX 110 15 APR SYD HKG 0730 1510 CX5896 15 APR HKG PVG 1605 1840 (OPERATED BY DRAGON AIR)

Meals:  D

This morning after breakfast we will meet our guide and embark on a full day walking and sightseeing tour of this cosmopolitan and vibrant city. Shanghai is known as the “Paris of the Orient” and it is easy to see why. Long the place of quick fortune, opium and teahouses Shanghai has a vibrant feel that seduces all travellers that pass through her gates. We will visit the Shanghai Museum where its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy will provide an opportunity to marvel up close at some of the countries most treasured works of art. Next we visit the Shanghai Tower, standing 632 meters (about 2,073 feet) high and ranking as China's tallest building, as well as the famous and spectacular Yu Garden which is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City. The vibrant Bund is an awesome place to congregate and has been the setting for countless classic paintings over the years. It is wonderful to walk along the ocean side and observe life here We have the opportunity to wander through the old Frenchtown to view some of the wonderful architecture including the old art-deco apartments and the neo-classical mansions. Our day will be interspersed with tasting the delicious snacks such as steamed dumplings with vinegar dipping sauce that can be found in the many teahouses, bazaars and markets throughout town. Lunch and dinner will be had at local restaurants, buffet style. Accommodation: Green Tree Inn

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we make our own way by foot and public transport to Killara High Schools sister school located on Fumin Road, Jing'an district. The following four days you will attend classes and engage with your Chinese peers where you will practice your Chinese language skills. You will have lunch with your new friends. You will return to the hotel in the afternoon and head out for dinner to a local restaurant. One evening we visit a larfe wet food market in Chenghuang Temple (nearby Yu Garden) and on other evenings we visit shopping centres and the Bung. Accommodation: Green Tree

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we experience China's high speed rail network by travelling from Shanghai to Beijing. Travelling at 300km/h and covering the 1320km in under 5hrs. Upon arriving in Beijing we will be met and transferred by vehicle to our centrally located hotel. Rest of day will be spent visiting Art District 793. Located in the Dashanzi area, to the northeast of central Beijing, it is the site of state-owned factories including Factory 798, which originally produced electronics. Beginning in 2002, artists began to rent out the factory spaces, gradually developing them into galleries, studios and design companies and now it is the largest and most influential art district in China. On the weekend the area becomes popular for the young people of Beijing who want to practice their English with you and where you can practice your Chinese. Dinner will be had at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Dong Fang Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

We rise early to head to Tiananmen Square for the pomp and ceremony of the daily flag raising ceremony. Watched my thousands of people each day the ceremony provides a fascinating observation and reverence. We return the short distance to the hotel for breakfast before returning to Tiananmen Square to visit Mao’s Mausoleum, and the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is a masterpiece of 5000 years of Chinese civilisation and still vividly displays the power and prestige of the former dynasties. Sprawling over acres, the City is a magnificent group of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and deep terracotta walls. Ornately furnished palace rooms, priceless artworks and treasures are all now open to the public after 500 years of seclusion. In the evening we will make our way to the famous Chinese Acrobat Show. Set in an old theatre, the Acrobat show is something to see as very talented young men and women enthral the crowd with daring feats involving bicycles, dragons, swords and double-jointed body parts! *Please notice that Mao’s Mausoleum is open from 8:00-12:00 in the morning, Tuesday to Sunday. Accommodation: Dong Fang Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a real treat as we travel to a beautiful section of the Great Wall of China. The Mutianyu section is approximately a 1.5 hours drive from Beijing, slightly further than the popular and very busy Badaling Gate section. The Mutianyu section is renowned for its Ming Dynasty Guard Towers and stirring views. The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is one of the worlds most unusual and awesome sites. Construction commenced over 2000 years ago, around 221 B.C, as a defence line to keep out invaders, along the course of several thousand kilometres. The Emperor Qin Shihuang unified the various northern walls into the Great Wall we see today. We have the opportunity to walk along this section, quite often with no one else in sight, and appreciate the many watchtowers as well as the surrounding rolling hills. If time and energy levels allows we can visit the Summer Palace on their way back to Beijing. Evening visit for dinner to Snacks Street in Wangfujing Avenue. Accommodation: Dong Fang Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Next we will visit The Temple of Heaven itself is an architectural highlight however it’s the crowds of people that makes this spot so interesting and memorable. Thousands of people gather here to practice ballroom dancing, Tai chi and calligraphy. We start the lesson with a visit to the local market to buy fresh ingredients for our cooking lesson. Set in a charming old house the class is hands on and will help unlock some of the secrets of Chinese cuisine. Relax, sit back and eat what you have cooked! Then explore the hutongs of Beijing by cycle rickshaw before a special farewell dinner is served at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Dong Fang Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

In the time today prior to transferring to the airport, there is some flexibility as to what you can do. There is a Lama Temple nearby where you can visit an 18 meter high statue of Buddha, made from one piece of wood. And there are monks inside at service. Or you may visit the nearby Drum Tower where entry is free. Otherwise there is time for you to do some last minute shopping. At 3:00pm we transfer to the airport for a 07:30pm flight. CX5903 25 APR PEK HKG 1930 2305 (OPERATED BY DRAGON AIR) CX 101 25 APR HKG SYD 2355 1055+1 (arrive SYD 26 April, 2018)

Meals:  B,L

Upon arrival into Sydney all services conclude although the lessons learned and the friendships made will last a lifetime! Congratulations for completing the study tour.

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • Return economy class Cathay Pacific airfare from Sydney to Shanghai and Beijing to Sydney including all taxes and surcharges
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • 4 days immersion at East China Model High School in Shanghai
  • Comfortable hotels throughout on a twin-share basis
  • Second class high speed rail ticket from Shanghai to Beijing
  • Private air conditioned transport
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Expert bilingual guides throughout
  • Medical kit
  • Cultural activities such as cooking school, acrobat show, rickshaw tour
  • Pre Departure Information to help you plan and prepare

What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Guide tips and gratuities
  • Visa costs
  • Suresave Travel Insurance

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:12 Days
Countries:China
Activities:Adventure touring
Language Immersion
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4557