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8 Days Ceramics Study Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your comfortable hotel.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)
You begin today with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Then, move on to visit the Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City", the biggest palace complex in the world. There is abundant porcelain treasure collection in Forbidden City, both on quantity and quality. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for good harvest. You will have an opportunity to visit Liulichang, a small street lined with some antique stores.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
We venture out of Beijing this afternoon for an excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a quieter and less-visited spot of the Great Wall. Though the underlying architecture dates from the Ming Dynasty, the original plan for the Great Wall and some of its construction date back to the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC). We take a cable car up or climb to the highest peak, where we see at least a dozen watchtowers snake off in each direction. Depending on your interests, we can either take a cable car back or a leisurely walk along the great wall back to the foot of the wall.

Later on, you'll be visiting the Ming Tombs and the Sacred Way. The Ming Tombs lie in Changping County, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest from the urban area of Beijing. It is actually a tomb cluster of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), including thirteen emperor's mausoleums, seven tombs for concubines and one grave for eunuchs. This cemetery is world famous because of the thirteen emperors buried here. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Yan and occupying an area of more than 120 square kilometers (29,653 acres), it appears extremely spectacular. It was listed in the World Heritage List in 2003. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your full day activities in China.

Day 4 Beijing - Jingdezhen (B, L, D)
After breakfast, explore the imperial gardens of the Summer Palace originally built in 1750 and rebuilt in 1886. Located in the western outskirts of the city, the Summer Palace is the leading classical garden in China and a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant nearby before exploring the fascinating ancient Hutong neighborhoods. The oldest Beijing Hutongs were constructed during Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Four quadrangles or houses are often built around a quadrangular courtyard; they are often regarded as the main buildings of the Hutongs. Your tour will lead you through some of the best-reserved Hutong neighborhoods that most represented the history, culture and lifestyles of old Beijing. Then, take a late afternoon flight to Jingdezhen, the capital of "China Porcelain".

Day 5 Jingdezhen (B, L, D)
Today is for your professional trip. 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. Afterwards, 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.

Day 6 Jingdezhen - Shanghai (B, L, D)
Today's highlight is visiting the Pottery & Porcelain Sculpturing Factory, the Chinaware Trading Mansion where is the heaven for tasting, appreciating and purchasing of chinaware. Thereafter, you will visit Longzhu Pavilion, located at the top of Mt. Pearl, known as the imperial ceramic kiln in Ming and Qing dynasties. Then, fly to Shanghai in the late afternoon. Be transferred to the hotel on arrival.

Day 7 Shanghai (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit marvelous Shanghai Museum, a leading attraction of the city since it opened in 1994, containing some priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. Then, visit the Bund, at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Jin Mao Tower can be seen on the opposite side. The splendid row of early 20th century Europe buildings remains the quintessential Shanghai sight. Pay a visit to fascinating Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden, and take a walk through the Old Town filled with antique markets and specititley stores. A fabulous Acrobatic Show concludes your first day in Shanghai.

Day 8 Departure (B)
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. 

Price: USD1250 per person for a group of 6 or more pax.

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