China Culture Tour 2014 Itinerary

Meal plan code: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinne

Day 1 : London/your home country – Beijing (28th July 2014)

Give a fond farewell to home and set off! Depart from London or your home country to Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport [PEK], Beijing, China)

Please note: Irrespective of your departing airport, members must arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).

Meals: In-flight

Day 2: Beijing – Hebei University (BISC) (29th July 2014)

Welcome to Beijing! The tour group will convene at Beijing Capital International Airport. From there a coach will transfer us to the Beijing International Shaolin Culture (BISC) housed at the celebrated Hebei University.

Upon arrival you will be shown to your room and have time to settle in. You will also receive a BISC uniform. Take this time to rest or explore the campus, with stunning architecture and beautiful natural features.

During the evening, a spectacular welcome dinner will be held to welcome you by the Head of the BISC. There will also be a Kung Fu show for everyone to enjoy after dinner.

Meals: LD

Day 3: BISC (30th July 2014)

Today you will meet the BISC teachers and other students. Afterwards, you will continue your real Shaolin Kung Fu training with your instructor.

Early morning: 5.30am – 6.30am: Training
Morning 8.30am – 11.30am: Training, Meet the BISC Masters
Noon Midday rest: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon 3.00pm – 6.00pm: Training
Evening 8.00pm – 9.00pm: Training

Meals: BLD

Day 4: BISC (31st July 2014)

Early morning: 5.30am – 6.30am: Training
Morning 8.30am – 11.30am: Training
Noon Midday rest: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon 3.00pm – 6.00pm: Training
Evening 8.00pm – 9.00pm: Training

Meals: BLD

Day 5: BISC (1st August 2014)

Early morning: 5.30am – 6.30am: Buddhism Ch’an study
Morning 8.30am – 11.30am: Training
Noon Midday rest: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon 3.00pm – 6.00pm: Mandarin Studies
Evening 8.00pm – 9.00pm: Training

Meals: BLD

Day 6: BISC (2nd August 2014)

Early morning: 5.30am – 6.30am: San Da
Morning 8.30am – 11.30am: Buddhism Ch’an study
Noon Midday rest: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon 3.00pm – 6.00pm: San Da, Chinese cooking
Evening 8.00pm – 9.00pm: Chinese Calligraphy

Meals: BLD

Day 7: BISC 3rd August 2014)

Early morning: 5.30am – 6.30am: Tai Chi, Qi Gong
Morning 8.30am – 11.30am: Tai Chi
Noon Midday rest: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon 3.00pm – 6.00pm: Training
Evening 8.00pm – 9.00pm: Chinese tea ceremony

Meals: BLD

Day 8: BISC (4th August 2014)

Early morning: 5.30am – 6.30am: Training
Morning 8.30am – 11.30am: Training
Noon Midday rest: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Afternoon 3.00pm – 6.00pm: Traditional Chinese music
Evening 8.00pm – 9.00pm: Training

Meals: BLD

Day 9: BISC – Shaolin Temple (5th August 2014)

Early morning: 5.30am – 6.30am: Training
Morning 8.30am – 11.30pm: Kung Fu, Ba Gua, Bua Ji, Xing Yi
Noon Midday rest: 1.00pm – 2.30pm

In the afternoon, the BISC Headmaster will check the skills that you have achieved during your training.

You will also receive a certificate to commemorate your training. This will be followed up by an exciting celebration meal in the early evening. Afterwards, we will say goodbye to the BISC and travel by train to Dengfeng city. Upon arrival to our hotel in Dengfeng, we will sleep until morning.

Meals: BLD

Day 10: Shaolin Temple (6th August 2014)

Today, we will visit the Shaolin Temple and its surrounding areas of natural beauty. We will begin with the famous Shaolin Temple, including the Temple grounds and the neighboring Pagoda Forest. In the afternoon, we will climb Songshan Mountain and view Damo Cave, where the founder of Chan meditated for nine years. Following this, a visit to the sublime Wulongtan – ‘Five Dragon Lake’. Afterwards we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. During the evening, you will have free time to relax and explore the area.

Dengfeng is a city rich in spiritual heritage; you’ll find numerous Temples, from Taosit, Buddhist and Confucian. But it is also a contemporary city with many leisures, from restaurants, shops, bars and spas.

Meals: BLD

Day 11: Shaolin Temple – Yichang (7th August 2014)

During the morning, you will have the chance to explore the local Shaolin stores of Dengfeng City. This is your chance to purchase Martial Arts items including clothing, equipment and decorative items. Hopefully you will bring home some wonderful gifts.

After lunch, we will travel by train to Yichang. Upon arrival, the rest of the day will allow you to rest up for the following day.

Yichang is closely dependent on water. It possesses the largest hydroelectric base in the world. Elsewhere, it has an abundance of natural resources but also historic and modern sites.

Meals: BLD

Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise (8th August 2014)

After breakfast, we will visit the Yangtze River. As the longest river in Asia, Yangtze runs from Tibet to Shanghai. Our visit will feature a phenomenal leisure cruise down this vast natural wonder. Along our route, we will see the famous Three Gorges: Qutang, Wu and Xiling.

After our exhilarating boat ride, we will stop for lunch and then move on to visit the Three Gorges Dam. This includes the Tanziling Ridge, which features the Dam exhibition hall. 185 Platform; where you’ll feel like you are on top of the dam itself. Finally the commemorative Interception Park.

After this packed day, we will rest for the night, enjoying local sumptuous food and unwinding.

Meals: BLD

Day 13: Yichang  – Wudang (9th August 2014)

In the morning we say farewell to Yichang and board a train to Wudang. After arriving, we will check-in to our hotel to rest.

Wudang Mountain’s fame derives for its relationship to Taoism and Martial Arts. Wudang Shan has featured in many films and is a paramount place of pilgrimage for Taoists.

In the afternoon, we will see our first sights of Wudang Shan. The Crown Prince Slope and the Nanyan Temple; which are reputed to be special places for achieving enlightenment for Taoists. The final site for the day will be at Zhongguan – Wudang Shan’s largest Taoist Temple.

Following this we will sleep in a nearby hotel on Wudang Shan.

Meals: BLD

Day 14: Wudang – Beijing (10th August 2014)

After spending the night on Wudang Mountain, we take a cable car up to the Golden Summit, which is the higher part of the mountain. This speedy transfer promises spectacular views of the mountain. The Golden Summit features the Golden Hall, Scripture Hall and the neighboring Purple Cloud Palace. These halls hold many Taoist treasures including relics, altars and religious and musical instruments.

After a fruitful morning of sightseeing, we will climb down the mountain and tuck in to a well-deserved lunch.

Following this, we will travel to Xiangyang by bus to catch a flight to Beijing. After arriving and checking-in to our luxury hotel, we will unwind for the remainder of the day. You can choose to rest, explore the hotel’s facilities such as the spa, sauna, or café; or maybe explore Beijing’s nightlife.

Meals: BLD

Day 15: Beijing (11th August 2014)

After breakfast, we will visit two of Beijing’s famous sites: Tianamen Square and Forbidden City.

Afterwards we will tackle the big one: Great Wall of China. The construction and dizzying scenery is unlike any other and are marvels to behold. Climb as far as you can go and boast to your friends that you are a “hero” of the Great Wall.

Later, we will briefly stop at the Olympic Village to see the Bird’s Nest up close. This famous Olympic stadium boasts China’s architectural creativity and its originality. Followed later by a delicious commemorative feast and entertainment such as KTV (karaoke), to celebrate our last night in China.

Meals: BLD

Day 16: Beijing – Your home country (12th August 2014)

Farewell China. Our tour comes to an end today, and it’s time to pack up all your belongings, mementos, and special memories, as you get ready to return home.

But if you aren’t ready to return yet, an optional extension of the tour or study with the BISC can be arranged upon request.

Meals: B, In-flight LD.

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