St Leonard's College CUE China 2018

St Leonard's College CUE China 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Dujiangyan Panda Breeding Centre volunteer program
  • 2 day community service immersion at Miao Village
  • Explore the Giant Buddha in Leshan
  • Urban exploration Shanghai
  • Dinners focusing on regional delicacies
  • Visit to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing
  • Explore an impressive section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
  • Experience the remarkable Terracotta Warriors

Trip Summary

An in-depth journey through China for the St Leonard's Year 9 CUE Program featuring Community Service, Urban Exploration and Environmental Sustainability.

Itinerary

Check-in at Melbourne Airport for your flight to Chengdu. On arrival in China you will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Chengdu Garden City Hotel

Meals:  Nil

Today we meet our guide for a full trip briefing before heading out to explore Chengdu including the main temple. peoples park and ancient street. Overnight: Chengdu Garden City Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we will be met by our guide and private coach for the drive to Leshan, home to the UNESCO World heritage listed Giant Buddha. The 71mtr tall statue, built between 713 and 803, is the largest and tallest Buddha statue in the world and carved out of a sheer cliff face at the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River. We will view the statue from a boat cruise on the river before climbing to the top of the structure, to gain wonderful views of the surrounding area. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, one of the 4 sacred Buddha Mountains of China. This afternoon we return to Chengdu and enjoy a traditional dinner. Overnight: Chengdu Garden City Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we drive to the Dujiangyan Panda Breeding Centre where we will participate in the Panda research volunteer day program. The program involves students participating in a number of activities, including the Panda enrichment program. In the afternoon we return to our hotel, and later walk to a restaurant for a local delicacy, the Sichuan Hot Pot. Overnight: Chengdu Garden City Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we head to the train station for the 9:41am high speed train to Guiyang. The train journey takes 4 hours arriving in Guiyang at approximately 13:42. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before boarding our coach for the transfer to the ethnic minority Miao and Yao village. Overnight: Xiaozhu Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will hike to the local village school through terraced fields, passing simple homes and learning about village life and how the villagers farm the land in a sustainable manner. We arrive and commence our activities at the school, stopping for lunch, and saying farewell the students late afternoon. Activities at the village school will be advised but may include assisting with English language skills, joining sport activities and helping to improve the school environment. Overnight: Xiaozhu Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we board our coach to return the local school village where we will meet the local Miao students and villagers. After a day experiencing a cultural immersion program at the school we will drive to Guiyang and our hotel. Overnight: Guiyang hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we transfer to Guiyang airport for our flight to Xian. On arrival we transfer to our hotel and explore this exciting city prior to dinner. Overnight: Xian Skytel Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Xian was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. The modernised new city bustles around the quaint, winding lanes of the Old Quarter, where old men sit and chat and where heavy carts are pulled by hand and hawkers sell their wares. Today we will explore on foot and by public transport. We start the day with a visit to Huilin Community Centre, established to support people with learning disabilities. We will join the local students and participate in a range of activities including games, sport, dancing and singing. We finish the day with a walking tour around the Muslim Quarter and focus on the ancient Silk Road. Our tour will include a visit to the Grand Mosque, Wild Goose Pagoda and the city wall. The Grand Mosque is the oldest and one of the most important mosques in China, and was founded in 742 during the Tang dynasty (618-907). There is time to explore the bazaar, where the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower are spectacularly illuminated at night and worth seeing on our way back to the hotel. Overnight: Xian Skytel Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we visit the famous Terracotta Warriors. These warriors stand in their thousands outside the tomb of Qin Shihuang, where they were uncovered in 1974 by villagers digging a well. The warriors stand over 183cm tall, and each has different features and characteristics. Some stand in a vanguard with crossbow and longbow bearers; others hold spears, daggers and axes at the ready. They are accompanied by dozens of horse-drawn carriages and enormous terracotta horses. The sight of the warriors arising from their clay pit, some intact, others still buried in the ground, is an extraordinary one. This afternoon we transfer to the train station for our overnight train to Shanghai. Overnight: Train. 4 berth compartments.

Meals:  B,L,D

Upon arrival in Shanghai we transfer to our well-located hotel to freshen up before we start our exploration. For 100 years Shanghai has been perhaps the most important economic and cultural city in the Pacific. Shanghai has a vibrant feel that infects all travellers who visit. We use public transport - metro and ferry, and some walking. We pay our own fares as we go, learning how the city operates. We will have 3 groups, each with a teacher and a guide. This morning after breakfast we will embark on a day of exploration that might include visits to the Long Hua Buddhist Temple, and take a walk through the famous and spectacular Yu Garden precinct. The river ferry will take us to Pudong, with time at the underground market, and sunset at The Bund. We will walk along the Bund with its amazing view, and visit Nanjing East Road. Overnight Metropole Hotel

Meals:  B

Today we continue our exploration of Shanghai with a visit to the Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, Shanghai Tower and the Shanghai Museum. The Urban Planning Centre lays out Shanghai before you, explaining the past, and presenting the future of this mega city. We head to the top of The Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre, 128-story megatall skyscraper with the world's highest observation deck and the world's fastest elevators. The Shanghai Museum houses over 120,000 cultural relics including Chinese bronze, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, with a section dedicated to China’s hill-tribes. Overnight Metropole Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we have some leisure time for reflection and relaxation before we transfer to the train station for the high speed train to Beijing. On arrival in Beijing we will be met by our vehicle and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we have a orientation of Beijing. Overnight Chongwenmen Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we will start our exploration of Beijing. Our sightseeing in Beijing will include a visit to the Beijing National Capital Museum, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Zhongshan Park. Late this afternoon we will make our way to the famous Chinese Acrobat show. Set in an old theatre, the Acrobat show is an amazing display by very talented young men and women who enthral the crowd with daring feats involving bicycles, motor bikes and a host of spectacular skills. Overnight Chongwenmen Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today 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 and less busy than the sections close to the city. The Mutianyu section is renowned for its Ming Dynasty Guard Towers and stirring views. Construction commenced over 2000 years ago, around 221 B.C, as a defence line of several thousand kilometres to keep out invaders from the north. We have the opportunity to hike along this spectacular section, quite often with no one else in sight, and to appreciate the many imposing watchtowers, as well as the surrounding rolling hills. Overnight Chongwenmen Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we travel by Metro and visit the Lama Temple and have a Q and A session with the Monks to learn about Buddhism. We have time to wander around the famous Hutongs. Hutongs are a maze of narrow streets and alleys with traditional courtyard residences. They are a wonderful glimpse into a bygone era before modernisation, and were originally established by Genghis Khan when his army captured Beijing. In the afternoon we have time to visit the Pearl Market. Tonight we will enjoy a meal close to our hotel and head back to our room to pack. Overnight Chongwenmen Hotel

Meals:  B

This morning we continue to explore Beijing and visit the Temple of Heaven. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Melbourne via Singapore

Meals:  B,L

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 3 teachers from St Leonard's College travelling with group
  • 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 13 dinners
  • 3* hotels throughout China on a twin-share basis
  • International Airfares ex Melbourne
  • Domestic airfares within China
  • Expert bilingual guide throughout
  • Fast train where indicated in economy class
  • Sleeper train travel between Xian and Shanghai
  • Private air conditioned coach transport
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Medical kit
  • Visa costs
  • Allocation of drinking water provided daily water
  • Tips and gratuities

What's Not Included

  • 2 lunches, 2 dinners, bottled water in excess of that provided
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Cost of community project materials

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:18 Days
Countries:China
Starting Point:Melbourne
Activities:Community Project
Day Hikes
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5135