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16-day China Jewish Heritage Tour

Tour code: ETC-B33   

Discover the Jewish history in China by taking this heritage tour! A unique trip presents the Jewish cultural legacy in China, and discovers the century-long relationship between the two ancient cultures. Come to Harbin, Kaifeng, Luoyang & Shanghai, this trip offers unforgettable experience by combing the stunning sites in Beijing, Xian & Guilin!

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Beijing
Arrive Beijing, Free Day
2 Beijing
Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Peking duck dinner
3 Beijing
the Great Wall, the Sacred Road, a photo stop at major Beijing Olympic venues
4 Beijng / Harbin
Summer Palace, Hutong, fly to Harbin
5 Harbin
Jewish Community like the site of Jewish High School, bank and hospital; Huangshan Jewish Cemetery
6 Harbin / Zhengzhou
synagogue of Jewish people, flight to Zhengzhou
7 Zhengzhou / Kaifeng
Drive to Kaifeng, a local family, Kaifeng Museum, Judaic Exhibition, a Jewish Cemetery
8 Kaifeng / Dengfeng / Luoyang
Shaolin Temple, Dagoba Forest, Chinese Kung Fu performances, proceed to Luoyang
9 Luoyang
Prince Mansion Park, Longmen Grottoes, local cave dwelling, a walk at old city quarters
10
Luoyang / Xian
Train to Xian, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda
11 Xian / Guilin
Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, flight to Guilin
12 Guilin / Yangshuo
Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Biking
13 Yangshuo / Guilin / Shanghai
Reed Flute Cave, a walk around the Central Lake Park, flight to Shanghai
14 Shanghai
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, Jewish community
15 Shanghai
Yu Garden and the shopping area around it, the Bund, Nanjing Road
16
Shanghai Shanghai  departure, service ends
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing (D)
Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel at downtown.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)

Private escorted tour Temple of Heaven which is one of Beijing's most impressive sites in terms of architecture, color and significance and was used by Emperor to communicate directly with Heaven. After visiting it, we go to the most famous and representative square--Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city center square and the center of Beijing. And then go to the Forbidden City, officially known as the Imperial Palace Museum. It is the supreme model in the development of ancient Chinese palaces, providing insight into the social development of late dynastic China, especially the ritual and court culture. At night, a tasty Peking duck dinner is well-prepared.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, one of the great wonders in the world and the symbol of China. Then go to the Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven"; which is guarded on both sides with 12 stone statues. Later, a photo stop at major Beijing Olympic venues to appreciate their amazing architecture designs.

Day 4 Beijng - Harbin (B, L)
Visit the Summer Palace. Locates northwest of Beijing, it was listed on the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in 1998--a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design with outstanding aesthetic value. Take a pedicab tour to Hutong (Beijing's traditional alleyways). The name of a Hutong represents its origin, location or history. It is in these gray-tiled long lanes that families play, buy goods, gossip, and connect. Transfer to fly to Harbin, be met and transfer to check in Modern Hotel first opened by a French Jew- Y. A. Kaspe.

Day 5 Harbin (B, L)
Pay a visit to the once-established Jewish Community like the site of Jewish High School, bank and hospital, to know varied sides of Jewish life there. Then visit the Huangshan Jewish Cemetery, the largest and the best-preserved one in East Asia.

Day 6 Harbin - Zhengzhou (B, L)
Further explore he new synagogue of Jewish people, and see the history and cultural exhibition. Then take a flight to Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province, which locates south of Yellow River and borders Kaifeng. Be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 7 Zhengzhou - Kaifeng (B, L)
Drive to Kaifeng, a thousand-year-old town, and was once the capital city of Northern Song Dynasty. The Jews began to reside in this town at that time. Visit a local family, and then visit Kaifeng Museum to learn things about its history and culture. Besides, go to see Judaic Exhibition and a Jewish Cemetery to gain more knowledge about Jewish culture.

Day 8 Kaifeng- Dengfeng - Luoyang (B, L)
Drive to visit Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng County. It is known in and outside of China for Shaolin martial arts. The temple was built in 495, the 19th year of the reign of Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty. Dagoba Forest and Chinese Kung Fu performances are also in the following plan. Then proceed to historical and brilliant city Luoyang.

Day 9 Luoyang (B, L)
Firstly pay a visit to Prince Mansion Park in the early morning to see local people do exercises there. Secondly, go to Longmen Grottoes, as a world heritage site named in 2000, the sculptures in it are an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity. Later, have a walk at old city quarters to get close to local people's life and appreciate their architecture style.

Day 10 Luoyang - Xian (B, L)
Take a morning train to Xian. Be met and transferred to visit Bell Tower-- first built in 1384, the largest and best preserved of its kind. Then go to Wild Goose Pagoda-- the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.

Day 11 Xian - Guilin (B, L)
In the morning, visit one of the top attractions in China--Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is significant because the hundreds of detailed life-size models represent the army that triumphed over all other Chinese armies. Take an afternoon flight to the picturesque city Guilin.

Day 12 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)

In the morning, take a Li River cruise leisurely. Bamboo groves, jagged, sharp-edged hills, a wide placid river and peaceful farm and village terrain are along the tour. Biking (or taking a golf-car-like vehicle) to the countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life is interesting and enjoyable.

Day 13 Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai (B, L)
Go to visit the outstanding Karst style Reed Flute Cave nearby the downtown: a fascinating gallery of natural sculpture, now enhanced by multicolored lighting, which has been one of Guilin's most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. Then have a walk around the Central Lake Park. Then transfer to take an afternoon flight to Shanghai. Be met and transfer to hotel.

Day 14 Shanghai (B, L)

Visit Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum that located at 62 Changyang Road, Hongkou District. It is an important component of the "Tilanqiao Historic Area" and serves as a witness commemorating the phase of history when the Jewish refugees lived in Shanghai. Then go to the Jewish community to see people's life there.

Day 15 Shanghai (B, L)
Visit Yu Garden which is one of China's loveliest private classical gardens and indeed a pastoral world apart from modern and hectic Shanghai. After short break in the shopping area around Yu Garden, go to wander along the Bund. It refers to Shanghai's famous waterfront running along the west shore of Huangpu River, forming the eastern boundary of old downtown Shanghai. Then free shopping on Nanjing Road, the so-called No.1 shopping street on the Chinese mainland, is being developed over the next 10 years into a world-class commercial destination.

Day 16 Shanghai departure (B)
Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.
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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give an exact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. Contact our sales people for the detailed price of this tour package.

Included Services
Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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Beijing is absolutely the No.1 destination in China! If you can pick up some readings about its history, maybe you will better understand the place after arrival.

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