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Ceramic and Porcelain Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai
Upon arrival, be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Shanghai - Yixing (B, L, D)
Drive to Yixing, a city most famous national wide for its purple sand pottery production, among which teapots are the major product. For thousands of years the unique qualities of the extensive "purple sand" clay deposits in and around Yixing have supported a thriving pottery industry. They make excellent gifts, fine ornamentals and are very "collectable", too! Works of masters both ancient and modern can now command extremely high prices in recent years. We will visit the local Pottery and Ceremic Museum, pottery research institute and purple sand village where you can see a lot of family-based workshops of pottery production. In addition, we'll pay a visit to the biggest state-owned pottery factory. For those who are fond of purple sand teapots, here is the right place to do the shopping.

Day 3 Yixing - Hangzhou (B, L, D)
Today we'll drive to Hangzhou, a scenic destination comparable favorably to the heaven ever since the ancient time for its graceful West Lake, surrounding scenery and temples. We will make an excursion on the lake before visiting Lingyin Temple which is most famous for its "laughing Buddha". Later, we'll pay a visit to Hangzhou Museum of Imperial Kiln of the Southern Song Dynasty, the first museum on ceramics constructed on relic of ancient kiln. The museum is endowed with graceful environment, elegant display and affluent connotation.

Day 4 Hangzhou - Tunxi (B, L, D)
We need to drive for 3 hours today to reach Tunxi in Huangshan City. Tunxi's Old Street, center of the old town section, is lined with ancient wooden buildings from the Song dynasty, many of which have been converted into antique shops selling furniture and souvenirs. On this bustling and hustling Old Street, there are quite a few tea shops where you may have a good pastime by drinking a cup of local green tea.

Day 5 Tunxi - Jingdezhen (B, L, D)
We will take a bus ride for about 2 hours to reach Jingdezhen, widely known as China's "Capital of Ceramics" for its porcelain and pottery production ever since the Han Dynasty. From the Song Dynasty, its products were popular with the imperial court and royal families. Many of the porcelain articles collected by foreign museums were produced here. We will visit Jingdezhen Ceramic History Museum located in a secluded and quiet forested valley. What attracts most attention at this Jingdezhen Ceramics History Museum are the exhibits of valuable ancient ceramics and the demonstrations of handicrafts by which these ceramics were originally made.

In the great hall of the Yuhua Tang some of these valuable ceramics are on display. They include recently excavated examples of Ming-dynasty pieces from the reigns of Yongle and Xuande. The glazes are lustrous and soft, the pieces are dated with reign marks and are masterpieces of the art at the time, with tremendous artistic as well as scientific research value. We'll also visit porcelain factory and Sanbao International Pottery Art Village.

Day 6 Jingdezhen - Shanghai (B, L, D)
Today we will be visiting the ancient kiln site at Hutian, Porcelain Research Institute and Porcelain Bazaar where you can do shopping. Take flight to Shanghai in the evening.

Hotel Accommodations (based on twin-sharing)

Location First Class Deluxe
Shanghai Central Asia Hotel *** Days Hotel Shanghai *****
Yixin Huating Hotel *** Yixing Int'l Hotel ****
Hangzhou Joyor Hotel *** Hangzhou Sunny Hotel ****
Tunxi Guangjiao Hotel *** Huangshan Int'l Hotel ****
Jingdezhen Jinye Hotel *** Kaimenzi Hotel ****

Tour Quotation (per person)

Category Seasons 6 Pax or more Single Supplement
First Class Low Season US$801 US$112
High Season US$905 US$132
Deluxe Low Season US$921 US$158
High Season US$1025 US$174

Low Season: December, January, February
High Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Note: The above package price includes land transportation, accommodation, meals, admission  fees, flight ticket back to Shanghai and English-speaking guide service throughout trip (See our guides). It does not include personal expense and/or gratuity to the guide and driver (See: Policy of Payment).

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