A trip to China, including Hong Kong and Macao, is a fascinating journey into the country of the people with a continuous culture with ups and downs, as the Great Wall symbolizing the historical and cultural continuum of “The Chosen People’s Country”.
Zhong Guo (China for Westerners), is the country of a fifth of the world’s population, which consumes daily more than a quarter million ton of rice and has a population of about a quarter of a billion children more than France, England, Germany, Spain and Italy combined. These are data that a mortal cannot digest, especially for countries that began developing culturally hundreds of years after the Chinese Giant laid its cultural, historical, economical and philosophical anchor, and justified its binding titles. It is difficult to write down impressions, and experiences, no matter from which field or interest such as medicine, nutrition, discovery and mapping of countries, philosophy, religion, customs, art, painting, sculpture, etc. Thousands of books were written and more will be written about the Chinese Giant of the thousands masks, each a whole world in itself. We are but a tool for any intelligent person interested by and not afraid to be exposed and understand the huge Chinese Culture , its tribulations, customs, ways of thinking and many different ways of working and integrating.
TOUR ITINERARY IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASIA TRAVEL
Day 1 – (Tue) - Hong Kong
Arriving Hong Kong at noon- Meeting with our guide; We will then take the cable car to the summit of Mount Victoria for an impressive view of the bay, and visit the stunning synagogue of the Jewish Community Ohel Leah in the city. In the evening we will enjoy a night tour of the Kowloon district and take a walk along NATAN ROAD. Dinner and accommodation in Hong Kong.
Day 2 – (Wed) - Hong Kong - Macau
After breakfast, we shall board the ferry to reach Macao and stroll between the hotels and the beautiful sites of the peninsula. A paradise for gamblers, this cultural enclave has two faces. On the one side are fortresses, churches and architecture of the former Portuguese Empire, and a unique Mediterranean culture on the southern shores of China, and on the opposite side, a gambling city Las Vegas style. This is a unique encounter between East and West, where we will visit the Golden Lotus Flower Square, the A-Ma Temple, located in the southeast of the Macau Peninsula, and its oldest temple; It was constructed in the year of 1488 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to commemorate Mazu, the sacred sea goddess who blesses the fishermen. The Macau Museum and Kum Lam Statue, the remains of St. Paul and more. In the afternoon, we will head to Stanley Market in Hong Kong for some shopping. Dinner and accommodation in Hong Kong.
Day 3 – (Thu) - Hong Kong - Shenzhen - Guilin
Today we will drive to Shenzhen and from there board a fast train to Guilin where we will arrive in the afternoon – We shall then proceed to the Lakes area for a walking tour - after the tour we will move to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Guilin is a city in southern China known for its dramatic and magn ificent landscape of limestone karst hills, and the thick mist surrounding it; A city praised by China’s poets and writers. At its center are 2 lakes, Shanhu (Cedar) and Ronghu (Banyan), remaining from a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city. On Shanhu Lake’s shore, twin pagodas, the Sun and Moon, light up the sky at night. Dinner and overnight in Guilin.
Day 4 – (Fri) - Guilin
Today we shall climb to the heights of the Yao Mountain to get a panoramic view of the city, and visit the Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), also known as "the Palace of Natural Arts”] is a natural limestone cave over 180 million years old, with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. The Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. Return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
Day 5- (Shabbat)- Guilin
After Shabbat services we will take a walking tour to the Elephant Trunk Hill and the gardens surrounding it. In the evening we shall enjoy a “Cormorants Show”. The cormorants are trained to dive into the river among the school of fish that live in the clear water.Dinner and overnight in Guilin.
Day 6 (Sun) – Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Today we shall spend the day in the county and resort town of Yangshuo. Located in southern China’s Guangxi region, Yangshuo is known for its dramatic karst mountain landscape and outdoor recreation. The town is set amid pinnacles, the highest peak (and some will say the most beautiful) is Bilian Feng (Green Lotus Peak, which have long since become a local icon. We shall enjoy rafting in a bamboo boat for an ho ur. In addition, Yangshuo offers an excellent shopping experience, with a variety of booths selling items of clothing and handicrafts. And we will not miss the Liu San Jie Impression Light Show; A spectacular night show combining music and light, ethnic songs and dances, using the Li River and surrounding karst mountains as the stage and backdrop. Dinner and overnight in Guilin.
Day 7 (Mon) – Guilin - Long Sheng - Xian
A day full of Nature experiences ahead of us. A journey to the Long Sheng Rice Terraces, also called the Longji Terraced Fields or Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, offer some of the most fantastic scenery in China. Longji is a feast for the eyes...The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang and Yao people. ... Scattered across the rice fields are these ethnic minority villages. It is unique that so many different minority groups live in the same area in harmony and have yet maintained their own unique traditions, which differ from the Chinese people in clothing, language and food. We will visit a number of these minority tribes’ villages. We shall enjoy a unique show by the Yao (long-hair) tribe” - Dinner prior to our flight to Xi'an - Overnight in Xi’an.
Day 8 (Tue) Xian (Terracotta Soldiers)Xi’an
Called Chang'an (meaning the Eternal City) in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area, and one of the highlights of the trip ahead of us. The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses; a burial object for Qin Shi Huang, the first feudal emperor in ancient China; this excavation is regarded as one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. It has lain underground for more than 2000 years before farmers digging a well in 1974 uncovered it. In the underground excavation, we will see weapons, horse-drawn chariots, each figure and each soldier having a specific expression. We will then see the fortified city walls and the "Wild Goose Pagoda". In the evening, we will enjoy the "Tang Dynasty Show" performance. Overnight in Xi’an.
Day 9 (Wed) Xi’an - Shanghai
Early morning departure from our hotel to board our flight to Shanghai. Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis; Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. We will visit the Yuyuan (Yu) Gardens believed to have been built during the Ming Dynasty period, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. We will visit the ancient quarter, the main pedestrian Mall Nanjing, and the Bund Promenade…. We will enhance our trip with the remarkable history of the Jews in Shanghai; For one hundred years, from 1850s to 1950s, Jews made an important cultural impact on the economy and the development of Shanghai. Others would find here a safe haven escaping Nazi persecution. We will then proceed to the commercial Pu Dong area and enjoy a panoramic city view from the TV tower. Accommodation and dinner in Shanghai.
Day 10 (Thu) Shanghai - "Zhouzhuang" Ancient Water Town- Shanghai
This morning we will travel to the most famous ancient water town in China; it has a profound cultural background and well-preserved ancient residences and is famous for its folk art and crafts. Its elegant waterways are undisputed. 1,000 households live in old dwellings built during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911) and the Republic of China era (1911 – 1949). We shall drive back to Shanghai, and in the evening enjoy the city’s famous “Acrobatic Show”. Accommodation and dinner in Shanghai.
Day 11 (Fri) Shanghai - Beijing
A unique experience is ahead of us - a six-hour journey on the world's fastest train from Shanghai to Beijing. On our way northwards, we will pass through luxuriant areas, and villages that have grown into huge cities; Upon our arrival in Beijing we shall visit the 2008 Summer Olympic Games facilities area.Accommodation and Shabbat Dinner in Beijing.
Day 12 (Shabbat) Beijing
Following Shabbat services, we will take a walking tour near the hotel. In the evening we shall stroll along the Wangfujing Food Market.
Day 13 (Sun) Beijing
Quite a busy day awaits us in Beijing; We will start at the Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. The square is considered the core of the city and the place where Mao Tse Dong declared the establishment of the Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Tiananmen Square is also known due to the “incident”, also called “June Fourth Incident” or 6/4Series of protests and demonstrations in the spring of 1989 that culminated on the night of June 3–4 with a government crackdown on the demonstrators.We will visit the Forbidden City; see the Imperial Palaces and the 999 buildings used by the imperial dynasties. We will visit Jingshan Public Park (Also known as “Prospect Hill”), and later visit a family living in Hutong. Hutong is the name given to a narrow lane, alley, or small street between rows of single-storey Siheyuan (a compound with buildings around a courtyard) dwelled by Beijingers in the past. We will ride rickshaws and walk through the streets of Hutong. Dinner and overnight in Beijing.
Day 14 (Mon) Beijing – The Great Wall of China
Today we will travel to the Badaling section of the Great Wall. Several walls were built from as early as the 7th century BC; these were later joined together and made bigger by Qin Shi Huang (220–206 BC), the first Emperor of China. Little of that wall remains. Later on, many successive dynasties have repaired, maintained, and built multiple stretches of border walls. The most well-known of the walls were built during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Apart from defense, other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls. Furthermore, the defensive characteristics of the Great Wall were enhanced by the construction of watchtowers, troop barracks, garrison stations, signaling capabilities through the means of smoke or fire, and the fact that the path of the Great Wall also served as a transportation corridor. From there we will proceed to the Ming Dynasty Tombs site where lie the mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). We will follow the Sacred Way, where we will see a number of sites of interest and beauty, including the Stone Tablet Archway, Great Red Gate, Tablet Pavilion, Ornamental Columns, Stone Figures, Lingxin Gate. We will stop at a “Cloisonne” factory and in the evening we shall enjoy an original and large scale Chinese musical drama, the "Golden Mask Dynasty" Show. Dinner and overnight in Beijing.
Day 15 (Tue) Beijing – The Temple of Heaven& The Summer Palace
Today we will visit the Temple of Heaven- The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest, the success of the people and Forgiveness for their sins. The temple is built according to the principles of the "Feng Shui”, where each shape and structure has a spiritual significance. We will continue and visit the Silk Market where anything that comes to mind may be found. We will then proceed to the Summer Palace where the Royal Family used to escape the terrible heat of the summer; there are magnificent gardens on the grounds of the Palace, temples and pagodas that were renovated and even an artificial lake, Lake Kunming, where we will sail. Many of the Palace buildings were damaged by the foreign armies in the 1860s as a result of the Second Opium War, but we can still feel and absorb the atmosphere in the imperial buildings that remained. Evening transfer to Beijing International airport for our home bound flight….
8 Degrees Harbor Plaza Hotel
Ramada Bell Tower Hotel Xi'an
Metro Park Lido Hotel
|China & Hong Kong Tour|
|Price Land Only||$4,890|
|Pre/Post Hotel Night||$220 twin share|
|Arrival/departure transfers||$50 per person|
Our Kosher Travelers Tour gives you more!
Price includes: ·
- 2 Domestic flights: Guilin / Xi'an + Xi'an / Shanghai.·
- 2 Express train travel: Shenzhen / Guilin + Shanghai / Beijing.·
- First class hotels 4*·
- Half board Basis + sandwiches for lunch·
- Air-conditioned tourist bus throughout the route.·
- 4 Cruises: sailing to Macau, sailing on the Li River, Zhouzhuang waterways, ·
- Kunming Lake Cruise (Summer Palace.)·
- Rickshaw Tour in Beijing·
- Cormoran Show, Impression, Long Hair show, Tang Dynasty show, ·
- Acrobatic Show, Golden Mask Dynasty Show·
- Night tour in Beijing.·
- Entrances to all sites as per itinerary·
- Entry visa to China.·
- English-speaking local guide and English speaking group leader.·
- Tips to service providers abroad.
Tour price does not include:·
- International Flights/Airport Taxes·
- Tip for the English group leader, accepted (5$ per person per day)·
- Luggage & Medical insurance (Strongly recommended)·
- Personal expenses (Laundry, Room Service, Business Room, drinks, etc.).·
- Any tour &/or service not listed in the "Price Includes" section.
- There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
- The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
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