An Immersive Summer with Chinese Ancient Capitals and Culture首都师范大学文2019暑期中国文化古都旅

This trip is designed specifically for American students age 12-22. In this trip, students will live on the beautiful campus of Capital Normal University and have the unique opportunity to explore
  • Chinese language courses taught by top-notch teachers from one of the best Chinese programs in China (Capital Normal University)
  • Fun hands-on cultural activities such as Beijing Opera, face-changing art, calligraphy, brush painting, martial arts, Tai Chi, traditional Chinese instrument Guzheng, etc.
  • Unique volunteering projects that earn students service hours while helping others
  • 5 UNESCO world heritage sites: Visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Longmen Grottoes, and many places rich in history and culture
  • 4 Ancient Capitals & World renowned cultural and historical cities in China: Beijing, Kaifeng, Luoyang, Xi’an

Program Begins
Jul 6, 2019
Duration
21 Days
Wheather
July - 72℉ to 88℉

PROGRAM ITINERARY Every step Of Your 21-Days Journey

START END
July 6th (Saturday): Onboard Flight to Beijing
Day 1

July 6th (Saturday): Onboard Flight to Beijing

Begin your journey by boarding Air China CA 986 for Beijing with the group.

Flight Information :
Air China CA 986
Day 2

July 7th (Sunday): Check-in to School and Dormitory

Arrive in Beijing, China, check-in hotel.

NOTE :
Beijing, China is 15 hours ahead of Pacific Time
Place 2
July 8th (Monday): Session One
Day 3

July 8th (Monday): Session One

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Day 4

July 9th (Tuesday): Session Two

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Place 2
July 10th (Wednesday): Session Three
Day 5

July 10th (Wednesday): Session Three

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Day 6

July 11th (Thursday): Session Four

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Place 2
July 12th (Friday): Session Five
Day 7

July 12th (Friday): Session Five

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Day 8

July 13th (Saturday): Weekend One – Great Wall Tour

One day field trip to Mutianyu Great Wall is located in Huairou district, Beijing. To the west of Mutianyu is Juyongguan Great Wall, while to the north is Gubeikou. Since ancient times, this has been a location with military significance and has defended Beijing from attack. Mutianyu Great Wall is principally built on the edge of a steep hill, using the hillside as an advantage. The height of the Great Wall reaches seven to eight meters and the width reaches four to five meters. The main building material is granite, making the structure both majestic and solid. There are many towers on the Mutianyu section.

NOTE :
There are 22 towers on the currently open section, which is 2250 meters long.
Place 2
July 14th (Sunday): Weekend One – Forbidden City Tour
Day 9

July 14th (Sunday): Weekend One – Forbidden City Tour

Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, and GU Gong in Chinese, lies in the city center of Beijing, and once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). It was first built throughout 14 years during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ancient Chinese Astronomers believed that the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. The Palace of the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the emperor. Hence its name ‘The Purple Forbidden City’, usually ‘The Forbidden City’.

Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in shape, it is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall is more than 8,700 rooms. The wall has a gate on each side. The distance between the south Meridian Gate (Wumen) and the North Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen) is 961 meters (1,051 yards), while the distance between the east and west gates is 753 meters (823 yards). There are unique and delicately structured towers on each of the four corners of the curtain wall. These afford views over both the palace and the city outside.

NOTE :
The Forbidden City consists of 980 buildings and covers over 180 acres.
Day 10

July 15th (Monday): Session Six

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Place 2
July 16th (Tuesday): Session Seven
Day 11

July 16th (Tuesday): Session Seven

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Day 12

July 17th (Wednesday): Session Eight

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Place 2
July 18th (Thursday): Session Nine
Day 13

July 18th (Thursday): Session Nine

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Day 14

July 19th (Friday): Session Ten

NOTE :
Three meals provided in Dining Hall
Place 2
July 20th (Saturday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day One – Kaifeng
Day 15

July 20th (Saturday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day One – Kaifeng

Kaifeng is located in eastern Henan. It is one of China’s seven great ancient capitals and a famous historic city. Early during the Northern Song Dynasty, this was the economic, cultural and legal center of China. Today it has become known as a bustling international metropolis. The famous scroll painting “Along the River During Qingming Festival” showcases the glory of Kaifeng during its era as the eastern capital of China. The current city of Kaifeng still has an ineffable air of antiquity. When searching for the ancient capital among the ruins and broken tiles, it is easy to find yourself imagining the incredible prosperity the city must have had at the time “Along the River During Qingming Festival” was painted. “Along the River” is far from being the only painting Kaifeng is famous for. The city has also been home over the years to many calligraphers and painters and is known as a city of refined culture and entertainment. To stroll among the various local academies and theaters is a unique experience in and of itself.

The Qingming Riverside Landscape Park is a cultural theme park mimicking the famous painting “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” by Zhang Zeduan in the Song Dynasty. The park brings to life the bustling Bianjing city, capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, and you can see replicas of the famous buildings of that city, including restaurants, tea houses, and pawn shops, among other civilian living facilities. The staff in the garden are all dressed in Song Dynasty clothes and you can experience the fun of Song Dynasty games. Every day, there are many cultural performances, such as “Baogong patrolling the Jinghe River” and “Wangyuan marrying off her daughter”, showcasing the interesting folk traditions of that period.

  • Transportation:
    G801/G804: Beijing to Kaifeng (3h 9m)
  • City: Kaifeng
    It is one of China's seven great ancient capitals and a famous historic city.
  • Tourist Attraction: The Qingming Riverside Landscape Park
    The cultural theme park mimicking the famous painting “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”
  • Tourist Attraction: Song Dynasty-Dongjing Menghua
    A performance on the water in Qingming River Park in Kaifeng. The performance lasts 70 minutes, and there are more than 700 actors involved.
NOTE :
All Fees and Meals Included, Except Self Purchases.
Day 16

July 21th (Sunday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day Two – Luoyang

Luoyang is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. This place is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Longmen Grottoes and the Buddhist White Horse Temple, which, according to tradition, was the first Buddhist temple established in China. There is also the beautiful Luoyang Peony Garden. If you want to explore Luoyang’s mysterious history and culture, you can go to the Longmen Grottoes. These are one of China’s four great Buddhist grottoes. Pay respects to the statue of the Vairocana Buddha, which was carved to resemble Empress Wu Zetian—China’s first and only female emperor. Afterward, go to White Horse Temple where you can see the Yuan Dynasty-era lacquered statues and precious monuments. The Luoyang Ruins of Sui and Tang Dynasty site has scenes from Empress Wu Zetian’s life, including both political and religious aspects. If you really enjoy going to museums, Luoyang has a number of excellent ones, including the Tianzi Jialiu Museum, the Luoyang Museum, and the Luoyang Ancient Art Museum. Once night falls, consider strolling through the bustling streets of old Luoyang.

Shaolin Temple is not only the holy place of the Buddhist “Zen” but also the sacred place of the world martial arts. They all said that “the martial arts in the world are born in Shaolin.” Not to mention the local people who have been influenced by Shaolin Kungfu since childhood, many other foreign visitors will also want to visit the Shaolin Temple. Try mimicking a few classic martial arts moves at the Shaolin Temple, and imagine a flurry of swords and the shadows come to life in front of you.

  • Transportation: Bus
    Kaifeng to Luoyang
  • City: Luoyang
    Luoyang is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, and is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.
  • Tourist Attraction: Daxiangguo Temple
    It was a royal temple in the Northern Song Dynasty and the place where Lu Zhishen pulled out a willow tree with his bare hands in the classic Ming dynasty novel, "The Water Margin."
  • Tourist Attraction: Shaolin Temple
    Shaolin Temple is not only the holy place of the Buddhist "Zen" but also the sacred place of the world martial arts.
NOTE :
All Fees and Meals Included, Except Self Purchases.
Place 2
July 22th (Monday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day Three – Longmen Grottoes
Day 17

July 22th (Monday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day Three – Longmen Grottoes

One of the four major grottoes of China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Longmen Grottoes is a trove of 1000 years of Buddhist art treasures. Bounded by the Yi River, the caverns are divided into two sections at East Hill and West Hill. The caverns at East Hill contain mostly Tang dynasty (618-907) works, while the caverns at West Hill were cut out during the Northern, Sui, and Tang dynasties and contain the carvings that are most representative of the site. The Buddha and bodhisattva sculptures that inhabit the caverns are carved into an endless variety of poses and expressions of mercy and kindness, while the caves themselves lend a stately and dignified atmosphere. The artistry of these sculptures is truly a priceless inheritance of Buddhist art.

  • Transportation:
    Bullet Train, Luoyang to Xi'an
  • Tourist Attraction: Longmen Grottoes
    One of the four major grottoes of China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
NOTE :
All Fees and Meals Included, Except Self Purchases.
Day 18

July 23th (Tuesday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day Four – Xi’an

Xi’an City is one of the world’s four great ancient cities, being most famous for its role as the starting point of the Silk Road. In the past, it was previously known as Chang’an. Familiar to every Chinese person, this is a name that evokes a sense of pride. Xi’an is widely regarded as the greatest city in Chinese history. During imperial dynasties such as the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang, this was the nation’s capital city. The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor sits quietly on the outskirts of town waiting to welcome visitors. Big Wild Goose Pagoda offers adventure for travelers in search of traces left behind by monk Xuanzang. The towering heights of the city walls have 600 legends and stories to tell. Xi’an City’s local delicacies are a must-try. There are many different types of food, all of which are completely suffused with the characteristics of northwestern China.

The Huaqing Palace on the outskirts of Xi’an has been a hot spring bathing resort since ancient times and was also where the Xi’an Incident took place. During Emperor Xuanzong’s reign in the Tang Dynasty, it was a bathing place for the royal family and court ministers. Now, you can visit the royal pools of Tang Xuanzong and Yang Guifei, named Lotus Pool and Haitang Pool respectively. In 1936, the Xi’an Incident took place and changed China’s destiny. In the southern part of the scenic spot, the “five halls” of Chiang Kai-shek’s old residential site was preserved intact, and the bullet marks of the fierce battle are still left on the walls.

The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, also known as the Terracotta Army, is located about 1.5 kilometers east of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and forms part of the extensive necropolis. There were more than a thousand terracotta soldiers unearthed here, each with a different facial expression. Standing before the massive underground army, you will feel the extraordinary might of the Qin Emperor that enabled him to unify six warring states two thousand years ago. The Qin Emperor Ying Zheng began building the mausoleum for himself at the age of 13. Nearly 720000 men and 38 years were required to complete this vast project.

  • City: Xi'an
    it is one of the oldest cities in China, and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals.
  • Tourist Attraction: Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
    Daci'en Temple was once a magnificent royal temple in Chang’an City during the Tang Dynasty.
  • Tourist Attraction: The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses
    The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife.
  • Tourist Attraction: The Huaqing Hot Springs
    A complex of hot springs located in an area characterized by mild weather and scenic views at the northern foot of Mount Li, one of the three major peaks of the Qinling.
NOTE :
All Fees and Meals Included, Except Self Purchases.
Place 2
July 24th (Wednesday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day Five – Mount Hua
Day 19

July 24th (Wednesday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day Five – Mount Hua

Mount Hua(Huashan), one of China’s five sacred mountains is located in Western China, in the territory of Huayin City, 120km away from Xi An. The mountain has five main peaks —a North, South, East, West, and Center. It has a Plank Walk located at South Peak that is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. Hikers who challenge it will have to traverse paths made up of narrow planks of wood bolted to the side of a cliff, 2000 feet in the air. Even though there are harnesses attached to all hikers challenging the path, the experience is still one of the most thrilling on earth! Besides that, the mountain is also famous for its narrow pathways and steep stairways. If you are someone that is looking for a challenging hike, Huashan is definitely one of the toughest available out there. Just make sure that safety is your utmost priority. Watch your steps and stay alert during the hike!

  • Transportation: Bus
    Xi'an to Mount Hua
  • Tourist Attraction: Mount Hua
    It is the western mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China, and has a long history of religious significance. Originally classified as having three peaks, in modern times the mountain is classified as five main peaks, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2,154.9 meters (7,070 ft).
NOTE :
All Fees and Meals Included, Except Self Purchases.
Day 20

July 25th (Thursday): Chinese Ancient Capitals Trip Day Six – Return to Beijing

The Shaanxi History Museum is a good place to learn about ancient Chinese civilization. The museum houses bronze artifacts from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, gold and silver artifacts of the Han and Tang dynasties, and Tang dynasty murals, of which a large portion of them are treasures of the Han and Tang period. The Beast-Head-Shaped Agate Cup, the Silver Pot with Design of A Horse Dancing and Holding A Cup in Its Mouth, and the “Huang Hou Zhi Xi” are cultural artifacts that the country has prohibited from leaving the country and can only be seen in the Shaanxi History Museum.

Xi’an City Wall Ride is an excellent experience. The fortification walls surround the city center. During the ride, visitors will almost feel as if they have traveled through time back to the ancient Chang’an City. They can enjoy a view of a busy modern city with all of its lights and glory as well as a view of marvelous ancient historical sites and culture. It is quite a different experience.

Xi’an Beilin Museum is located near Wenchang Gate. The museum contains a forest of stone monuments, stone carvings, etc. Among them, the forest of stone monuments is composed of monuments and epitaphs from past dynasties. It is the highlight of the museum. In the Beilin Museum, you can admire inscriptions and epitaphs of different dynasties. The collection of inscriptions and epitaphs spans over 2,000 years.

  • Transportation:
    Bullet Train, Xi'an to Beijing
  • Tourist Attraction: Xi'an Beilin Museum
    The museum, which is housed in a former Confucian Temple, has housed a growing collection of Steles since 1087.
  • Tourist Attraction: The Shaanxi History Museum
    The museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects.
  • Tourist Attraction: Fortifications of Xi'an
    Represent one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Chinese city walls. It was built under the rule of the Hongwu Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang as a military defense system.
NOTE :
All Fees and Meals Included, Except Self Purchases.
Place 2
July 26th (Friday): Onboard Returning to Departure City
Day 21

July 26th (Friday): Onboard Returning to Departure City

End your journey by boarding Air China CA 985 returning to San Francisco with the group.

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