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14-day China Ceramic Focus Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Depart on your flight bound for Beijing, the capital of People's Republic of China. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)
This morning, explore the best of Beijing with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest square. Around the vast square, you can see The Great Hall of People, holding the congress of the Communist Party and National People's Congress, History Museum, Military Museum and Monuments to the People's heroes. Under the famous Mao's portrait, which is positioned at the center of "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" entrance, you will walk into the Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace), which holds 9,999 rooms. Experience the intricate architecture and exquisitely designed layout of these grand buildings once housed by Chinese Emperors who ruled during the period of the Qing and Ming Dynasties for almost 500 years (1420-1911). After lunch, visit the spectacular and vast Summer Palace with an optional boat ride on Lake Kunming. Evening enjoy a memorable Peking Opera performance. This evening, you are invited to a Peking duck banquet.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Today you will begin the morning by setting out to the Great Wall of China, also considered as one of the greatest wonders of the world. This massive wall stretches well over 4,000 miles and once was used as the soldier's safeguard to protect the Chinese empire's northern borders against invaders. You then have the opportunity to climb up the mammoth sized wall at your own pace. Be sure to take in the experience and enjoy the breath-taking view from the top of one of the greatest achievements of civilization. Later on, we'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. Enjoy a spectacular Chinese Kongfu performance in the evening.

Day 4 Beijing - Quyang - Shijiazhuang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel for about 4 hours to Quyang (Hebei Province), the home for the famous "Dingyao Ceramics" that represented the highest white ceramics making level in Northern China. Upon arrival, visit the ancient kiln site that is regarded as the most well-preserved in present China. Continue the visit to Quyang Ding Ceramics Co., Ltd where you can view the reproduction of the famous "Dingyao Ceramics" in the traditional way. Then travel for about 1.5 hours to Shijiazhuan, the capital city of Hebei province. Check into the hotel and rest.

Day 5 Shijiazhuang - Beijing (B, L, D)
After breakfast, take the express way and drive back to Beijing. After checking into the hotel and relaxing, visit the China History Museum and its ceramics collection. This large museum displays the long history of China's civilization. Contained within are more than 400,000 cultural relics, the oldest of which date back to over 1.7 million years ago.

Day 6 Beijing - Zhengzhou (B, L, D)
In the morning, fly to Zhengzhou. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Then visit the Henan Provincial Museum with a well-displayed ceramics collection, where you learn of the ancient cultures.

Day 7 Zhengzhou - Yuzhou - Zhengzhou (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel for about 2 hours to Yuzhou, the birth place of the famous "Junyao Ceramics" that are regarded as one of the best ceramics by Chinese people. Upon arrival, visit the Jun Yao Ceramics Research Institute and find out the production techniques of the famous Jun porcelain. In the afternoon, visit two Qing Dynasty "Hui Guan" (merchant's associations). These "Huanguang" were built in ancient Chinese temple style and used to the places for the merchants to stay and congregate in Yuzhou on trading trips. Travel back to Zhengzhou by coach.

Day 8 Zhengzhou - Xi'an (B, L, D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning. Transfer to the railway station and catch the express train to X'ian (about 6 and half hours ride). Upon arrival, check into the hotel.

Day 9 Xi'an (B, L, D)
A full-day tour will take you to the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses which are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Then travel to Shaanxi History Museum. The Shaanxi Provincial History Museum is a massive modern museum up to the national standard. It houses a collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi province. Overnight in Xi'an.

Day 10 Xi'an - Tongchuan - Xi'an (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel for two hours to Tongchuan by coach and visit the famous "Yaozhou Ceramics" Museum that is the largest among its kinds in China. "Yaozhou Ceramics" are the masterpieces of Northern China ceramics. After the visit, travel back to Xi'an. Enroute, visit the newly-opened Han Yangling Mausoleum. Get back to the hotel and rest.

Day 11 Xi'an - Nanchang - Jingdezhen (B, L, D)
Fly to Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi Province in the morning. Upon arrival, transfer to Jingdezhen, the ceramic-making center in China after Yuan Dynasty. After checking into the hotel, visit Imperial Porcelain Kiln Site, Ceramic Art Museum and Ancient Porcelain Factory.

Day 12 Jingdezhen (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit Jingdezhen International Ceramic Art and Design Center, (historically famous Hutian Kiln Site remains), Provincial Ceramic Research Institute, Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute. You will also visit the Gaoling Mountain (original Kaolin Mine near the village of Gaoling). In China, the name "Gaoling" for centuries has been the term for the clay of porcelains. Take the evening flight to Shanghai. Met and transferred to your hotel

Day 13 Shanghai (B, L, D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning. In the afternoon, visit the fabulous Shanghai Museum and appreciate the beauties of the well-displayed ceramics. Shanghai Museum is the first museum in China that meets international exhibition standard. It is in the possession of a collection of 123,000 cultural artifacts in 21 categories.

Day 14 Depart (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

Quotation: USD1860per person for a group of 2~5 persons.

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