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KHS Chinese Language & Culture Study Tour 2018

KHS Chinese Language & Culture Study Tour 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Spend 4 days with your Chinese student peers at the KHS sister school in Shanghai
  • 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
  • Learn tai chi, attend a cooking school, experience the ancient art of calligraphy
  • Attendance will assist in your studies of HSC level Chinese

Trip Summary

From the thriving metropolis and the commercial centre of Shanghai to the nations capital and ancient and historical heart, Beijing. 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 the 2016 departure, your tour begins in Shanghai where we spend 4 days attending lessons at the KHS sister school making new friends and building relationships. You will be studying and learning about Chinese language and culture. There will be time to explore the cities many museums which will aid in your studies such as the Urban Planning Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha, Shanghai Museum, and the iconic Pearl TV 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 to Beijing in second class carriage at more than 300kmh. In Beijing we 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. 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 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 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.

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. Welcome to China! 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 is the interesting Shanghai Urban Planning Museum which displays Shanghai's well documented rapid rate of urban planning and development. The focus of the museum is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, including smaller scaled models focusing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund. Next we visit 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. Accommodation: Green Tree Inn

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: Chongwenmen Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

We rise early to head to Tienanmen 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 Tienanmen 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 theater, the Acrobat show is something to see as very talented young men and women enthrall 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: Chongwenmen 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: Chongwenmen 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,

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. Another alternative is to have a Race Around The World style 'race' through Beijing! The group would be split into smaller groups and then let to explore the MTR system of Beijing, finding out their way to pre arranged places. Each group would be supervised by an assistant, to ensure no group is 'lost' in this huge city! 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 then Beijing to Sydney including all taxes and surcharges
  • All meals. 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • 4 day exchange at KHS Sister School, 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, tai chi and calligraphy lessons
  • Pre Departure Information to help you plan and prepare

What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Guide tips and gratuities
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:12 Days
Starting Point:Sydney. From 9 - 12 Students
Activities:Day Walking
Language Workshop
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4557