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Tea of China
 
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[ GW - CTC - 001 ] Beijing-Yixing-Suzhou-Hangzhou-Huangshan-Jingdezhen-Wuyishan-Shanghai ( 17 days )
Tea is native to China, and Chinese people are believed to have enjoyed tea drinking for more than 4,000 years. The Classic of Tea (Cha Jing),
wrote by Lu Yu, the Tea Sage of China, was considered as the world’s first comprehensive treatise on tea. This little book details rules concerning
various aspects of tea, such as growth areas for tea trees, wares and skills for processing tea, tea tasting, the history of Chinese tea and
quotations from other records, comments on tea from various places, and notes on what occasions tea wares should be complete and when
some wares could be omitted.

Day 1 Arrive
Beijing
Arrive in Beijing in the morning, the capital of China. Pick up from the airport. Begin the day’s activity with a visit to
Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Tian’anmen was built in 1417 and served as the entrance
gate to the Imperial Palace. Move on to visit the Imperial Palace, well-known as Forbidden City which is the large scale
construction of the palace extended from 1406 to 1420. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
24 emperors lived and ruled China from here. In the afternoon, visit Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 A.D., which was
originally the platform to offer sacrifices to Heaven during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The buildings and parklands reflect
an ancient Chinese thought of “the Heaven is round and the earth is square”. (L,D)
Day 2 Beijing
Today’s highlight is the visit to the Great Wall, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a symbol of Chinese
civilization. Climb Mutianyu Great Wall (excluded cable car) to avoid the crowds. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great
Wall winds up and down across mountains. In the afternoon, visit the enchanting Summer Palace, the largest and
best-preserved imperial garden in China. As a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design, it integrates the
natural landscape of hills and open water with manmade features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and
bridges into a harmonious and aesthetically exceptional whole. On the way back to the hotel, stop at Olympic Park and
outside view
the National Stadium (Bird's Nest, no entry) and the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube, no entry),
which are the main stadium of the 29th Olympiad in 2008. You could have your pictures taken by these marvelous
buildings! (B,L,D)
Day 3 Beijing
-Wuxi(overnight
train)
In the morning, you will take a rickshaw through some old “Hutongs”, lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a
compound with houses around a courtyard). In the afternoon, visit Maliandao Tea Street. Take overnight train to Wuxi
with soft sleeper (the first class in China, 4 persons sharing one cabin). (B,L,D)
Day 4 Wuxi-Yixing

Arrive in Wuxi and transfer to Yixing, local pottery production has a history of more than 3,000 years, longer than local
recorded history. You will see most teapots, and other pieces, big and small, some with painting and calligraphy, but
all exquisite in workmanship, in the world. Begin today’s activity with the visit to Yixing Pottery Museum, a type of
Chinese palace with green roof tiles, wonderfully ancient in appearance. It has, in excess of, 10,000 ceramic pieces in
its collection. Some of these pieces were excavated from the local area, and some of these pieces were donated by the
artists. Then, you will visit the Purple Sand Pottery Factory, then, pay a visit to Red Pottery Arts Factory. Traditional
craft techniques were taught in these factories. There are dozens series product, such as pot, cup, bottle and oven,
with flower carving, poem and picture on pottery
. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Yixing-
Suzhou

Drive to Suzhou in the morning, known as “Venice in the East”, so named by early travelers because the town was built
around a network of canals and 300 bridges. Today’s highlight is visit the famous private garden in Suzhou.  Visit to
Lion’s Grove Garden, the representative of Yuan Dynasty. A part of the Imperial Summer Resort of the Qing Dynasty in
Chengde of Hebei Province was a mimic of Lion Grove Garden. Move on to visit  Garden of the Master of the Nets, the
smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the
illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. You will also visit Silk Museum to see how the world’s most
beautiful silk is produced. Grand Canal of China is the world's oldest and longest man-made canal. Enjoy a boat on
the Grand Canal
reveals the traditional way of lift for the people who have lived here for generations. China’s emperors
took such route many times to inspect their territory and people in the South, leaving lots of legends and stories in the
history. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Suzhou-
Hangzhou
Drive to Hangzhou, en route, pay a visit to Biluochun tea plantations on Taihu Lake. Biluochun is a famous green tea
originally grown in the Dong Ting mountain of Taihu Lake. Hangzhou is another ancient capital city in southern China,
and is famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages. Visit Lingying Temple, passing by a series of
rock carvings on the “Peak that Flew from Afar”. Lingyin Temple is one of the best-known Buddhist monasteries in
China and it was built in 326 A.D. at the foot of Lingyin Mountain. Then, pay a visit to Tiger Running Spring (Hupao
Spring)
, ranked the third in China, according to scientific research on the quality of the water of the spring, followed by
Leng Spring in Zhejiang and Hui Spring in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. Hupao Spring is well famed for its unique fountain.
People of all ages highly praise it after tasting a cup of Longjing Tea made of water from Hupao fountain. You will also
visit Tea Museum showing the history and production of Chinese tea. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Hangzhou-
Tunxi
Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake area as a land of intoxicating beauty. “Ripping water shimmering on
sunny day; Misty mountains shrouded the rain; Plain or gaily decked out like Xizi; West Lake is always alluring.”, was
composed by the famous Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1127) to describe its beauty. Today’s highlight is to
appreciate the incomparably lovely West Lake with its soaring bridges and flower-bright islets. Enjoy a boat ride on
West Lake. Then, transfer to Tunxi, stop to visit some Huangshan Tea Plantation en route. Stay overnight in Tunxi.
(B,L,D)
Day 8 Yellow
Mountain
This morning, you will ascend the Yellow Mountain, characterized by the four wonders, namely, odd-shaped pines,
grotesque rock formation, seas of clouds and crystal-clear hot springs. Yellow Mountain was listed as one of the World
Natural and Cultural Heritages in 1990. Ride Yungu (Cloud Valley) station cable car up to Yellow Mountain, and the full
day is visiting Yellow Mountain including Beginning-to-Believe Peak, the Lion Peak, Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion, Flying-
over Rock, Bright Summit and sun-set. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Yellow
Mountain-
Jingdezhen
Get up early in the morning to watch the sun-rise. After breakfast, a 3.5-hour hike will be conducted to enjoy the
premium views of the western side of Huangshan Mountain including the Sea-Turtle Peak, Lotus Peak, Jade Screen
Peak, Guest-welcoming Pine before taking the Yuping cable car down the mountain and transfer to Jingdezhen, the
capital of “China Porcelain”. Check in hotel on arrival. (B,L,D)
Day 10
Jingdezhen-
Wuyishan
After breakfast, pay a visit Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum, a special museum of Chinese ceramics. This museum,
seized about 18,000 collections, showed the ceramic development history of Jingdezhen. Move on to visit Jingdezhen
Ceramic History Museum, composed of historical museum and ancient kiln workshop. Here the visitors learn the
history behind the city, famed for its ceramics. Then, visit Hutian Ancient Kiln Site which represents the development of
porcelain-making techniques, artistic quality and production scale, and provides important concrete materials for the
research into the developing history of Chinese porcelain. Also the Gaoling Mountain Original Kaolin Mine near the
village of Gaoling. In China, the name “Gaoling” or “Kaoling” has been for centuries the term for the clay of porcelains.
In this busy day, you also have some opportunity to make ceramics on your own. Then, trasnfer to Wuyishan (330km).
Check in hotel on arrival. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Wuyishan
In the morning, visit Dahongpao (Big Red Robe) Park and walk to the Water Curtain Cave. Meet Tea Master
(Traditional Rock Oolong Tea)
,  from his garden to his workshop, the tea master will show you the entire process of
picking and producing traditional rock oolong teas. He will teach how different bushes, soils, roasting techniques, and
grades all yield different flavors of oolong. Come thirsty…we’ll taste a lot of tea today! Stay overnight in Wuyishan.
(B,L,D)
Day 12 Wuyishan
Wuyishan (Mount Wuyi) is located in northern Fujian Province, with an area of 70 sq. km, the area has what is probably
the largest, most typical and best-preserved humid subtropical native forest in the world. The Wuyi mountain range,
usually called Greater Mt. Wuyi, straddles the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, stretching over 500 km. The
average height of the peaks is over 1,000m above sea level. In the morning, you will visit Clouds and Mist Nest,
Floating Top
and Peach Blossom Taoist temple. In the afternoon, take a bamboo raft sightseeing of the Stream with
Nine Turnings
.  Mt. Wuyi has a long cultural history, pay a visit to the site of the Wuyi Palace built in the seventh century
for emperors to conduct sacrificial activities remains today. Then, visit Zhuxi Garden and walk around Song Dynasty
Ancient Street
. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Wuyishan
Today’s highlight is to visit Tong Mu Village (Lapsang Souchong Black Tea). You’ll take a break from oolongs to visit
Tong Mu Village, nestled in the Tong Mu Natural Preserve, which is the home of Lapsang Souchong. You’ll meet the
family who has been responsible for authentic Lapsang Souchong for many generations, and see a 100-year-old tea
factory constructed entirely of wood. You’ll learn why this tea is smoky and have an opportunity to witness the whole
process of making this special tea, starting with the famous black tea bush, the “Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong”, in family’s
wild tea garden. Stay overnight in Bao Dao Hotel in Wuyishan. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Wuyishan-
Shanghai
Today’s highlight is to know Wuyi Yan Tea (Wuyi Rock Tea). Visit the local villages, historical Caogong village and
Yulonggu Waterfall. Then, transfer to the railway station, and take overnight train to Shanghai with soft sleeper (the first
class in China, 4 persons sharing one cabin).  (B,L,D)
Day 15 Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai in the morning, known as “Paris in the East”. Pick up from the railway station, and transfer to the
hotel for breakfast. Visit the Bund in the morning, at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the splendid row of early 20th
century Europe buildings remains the quintessential Shanghai sight. Pay a visit to Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored
Suzhou-style garden, which was specially built for Pan’s parents as a place to enjoy themselves a tranquil and happy
time in their old age. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters are unique characteristic. And also take a walk
through Chenghuangmiao (known as Yuyuan Garden Market) built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. It
filled with antique markets and specialty stores. Enjoy a fabulous Acrobatic Show in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Shanghai
This morning, you will visit Shanghai Museum (excluded audio guide), a leading attraction of the city since it opened in
1994, containing some priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. Then, move on to check out Xujiahui
Cathedral (St. Ignatius Cathedral)
,
Shanghai's great cathedral, opened by the Jesuits who'd had a church here as
early as 1608 (today's structure dates to 1910). Walk around Shanghai French Concession, the area of Shanghai once
designated for the French since the mid-19th century, which now is a busy shopping street where the combination of
leafy, tree-lined avenues, European-blended-with-Chinese architectures and shopping boutiques is unique. Also pay a
visit to Dongtai Road Antique Market, a great place to go treasure hunting in Shanghai. Just located south of Huaihai
Zhonglu, it is the only remaining flea market in Shanghai area tha is still devoted to selling antiques. Most antiques
here are replicas, but you will find plenty of vintage items, traditional crafts, curios and assorted knick-knacks. (B,L,D)
Day 17 Depart
from Shanghai
Transfer to the airport and prepare for boarding on your homebound flight. TOUR ENDS! (B)
B:Breakfast  L:Lunch  D:Dinner


Hotel list (or the same standard):

Beijing: *** Ping An Fu Hotel Beijing
Nanjing: ** Jin Inn near Fuzimiao Nanjing
Suzhou: *** Chang Men Hotel Suzhou
Hangzhou: **(*) Wan Kai Hotel Hangzhou
Huangshan(Tunxi): ***(*) Huangshan Tiandu  International Hotel
Huangshan (on the mountain): Lodge Cabin of Beihai Hotel
Jingdezhen: *** Xin Changjiang Hotel Jingdezhen
Wuyishan: *** Bao Dao Hotel Wuyishan
Shanghai: *** New Asia Hotel Shanghai

Include:

  • 14 nights twin sharing accommodation with buffet breakfast
  • Train ticket (soft sleeper): Beijing-Wuxi, Wuyishan-Shanghai 
  • Lunch and Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary
  • (first) Entrance fee mentioned above
  • Special visit to the tea plantations
  • English speaking accompanying guide through out program on all days with excursions
  • All Transfers specified in the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle 



Exclude:

  • Chinese visa
  • International Flight and airport tax
  • Tips, personal expenses
  • Transfer for “day at leisure”
  • Guide Service during the plane and train
 


Chinese Tea
(Chinese Tea)
Tour Code: GW-CTC-001
Beijing-Wuxi-Yixing-Suzhou-Hangzhou-Yellow
Mountain-Wuyishan-Shanghai ( 17days )
Tea
(China Green Tea)
 
 


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