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CGS Chinese Language Immersion Tour 2017

CGS Chinese Language Immersion Tour 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the the history of Beijing and vibrancy of Shanghai.
  • Spend 9 days with your Chinese student peers at the CGS sister schools in Beijing and Hangzhou.
  • Overnight train journey from Beijing to Hangzhou.
  • High speed train joruney from Hangzhou to Shanghai.
  • Attendance will assist in your studies of HSC level Chinese

Trip Summary

From the nations capital and ancient and historical heart of Beijing to the thriving metropolis and the commercial centre of Shanghai. This Chinese language and cultural study tour visits sites and conducts lessons which will assist with your learning and understanding of HSC level Chinese. Building on the success of previous CGS Chinese study tours, your tour begins in Beijing where you spend 6 days attending lessons at the CGS sister school making new friends and building relationships. You will be hosted by a Chinese family where opportunities to learn about language and culture will be plentiful and you will experience what living in Beijing and attending school is like. There will be a chance to visit the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven and attend the Tienanmen Square dawn flag raising ceremony where the people watching is as interesting as the procession and the surroundings.

Saying Farewell to your host family and new found friends, you depart for Hangzhou on an overnight train journey where you spend 3 more days attending the CGS sister school and learning about this southern region of the country. We then travel by high speed train to Shanghai where for 2 days you explore the many sites and iconic locations of this thriving metropolis.

This is a learning tour of all aspects of ancient and modern life in China and will greatly assist those studying HSC level Chinese. We hope you can join us for the CGS 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.

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 Beijing aboard QANTAS departs from Canberra Airport and after a brief stop over in Sydney continues to Beijing arriving at 10:15pm where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Holiday Inn Changan West. Due to the late arrival a group meeting will be held in the hotel foyer tomorrow morning before departing to the school. Welcome to China! Accommodation: Holiday Inn Changan West

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast we will have a group meeting to discuss plans for the coming immersion week whilst being hosted by a local family. A coach will trasport the group to the CGS sister school where you will meet your host families and a local guide will stay around helping with the transfer to the families. Accommodation: students hosted by family. CGS staff at Holiday Inn Changan West

Meals:  B

Spending days attending school and classes and learning and experiencing life as a resident of Beijing. Accommodation: students hosted by family. CGS staff at Holiday Inn Changan West

Meals:  Nil

Your final day at school. 16:30-17:PM pick up baggage of the 3 teachers, and pick up students and teachers from sister school. Transfer to Beijing West Station for Train Z9 (19:08-09:29) Beijing to Hangzhou. Overnight on train in 4 passenger shared cabin. Guide will be group to make sure all goes well. Included today: national guide, transfer on group basis and train on soft sleeper cabin. Accommodation: overnight train

Meals:  Nil

Train arrives in Hangzhou at 09:29AM. The group is collected and transferred to check in JW Marriott Hotel. Own arrangement for the day. Included today: arrival transfer and hotel accommodation.

Meals:  Nil

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel

Meals:  B

Afternoon transfer to station for high speed train to Shanghai. On arrival, transferred by coach to check in Central Hotel Shanghai. Included today: transfers on group basis, train on regular class seat and hotel accommodation. Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai

Meals:  B

Own arrangements today to go and explore the many fascinating sites of Shanghai. In the evening you will attend the world famous acrobatic show. Return transportation is included from the hotel. Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai

Meals:  B

Today is at leisure to do some last minute shopping before it is time Transfer by coach to the Maglev Station where we board the highspeed train to Pudong Aiport for yoru flight home to Canberra via Sydney. Included today: guide, breakfast, one group transfer and Maglev only

Meals:  B

Upon arrival into Canberra 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 QANTAS airfares from Canberra to Beijing then Shangahi to Canberra including all taxes and surcharges
  • Some meals. 6 breakfasts
  • Comfortable hotels throughout on a twin-share basis
  • Second class soft sleeper rail ticket from Beijing to Hangzhou
  • Private air conditioned transport airport or train station transfers
  • Pre Departure Information to help you plan and prepare
  • 3 CGS accompanying staff members
  • Acrobat performance and transport in Shanghai
  • High speed train from Hangzhou to Shanghai
  • Maglev train transfer to Pudong Airport, Shanghai

What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature (drinks, laundry, souvenirs)
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Additional entry fees or sightseeing
  • Meals beyond what is included
  • Transport beyond what is included

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:15 Days
Starting Point:Canberra. From 14+ Students
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4590