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Beijing
Being the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center.
As one of the six ancient cities in China, it has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development.
Tour A
Day tour to the Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong
09:00 Depart from your hotel
09:45 Arrive at the Tian’anmen Square
10:30 Arrive at the Forbidden City
10:30-12:30 Visit the Forbidden City
13:00-14:00 Lunch in local restaurant
14:40-16:00 Visit to Hutong (Old Beijing) including family visit, rickshaw ride and etc.
16:00-17:00 Go back to the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure

Cost of the tour: 149 US dollars / person
Remarks:
1.The cost is based on a group of minimum 2 paying guests.
2.The cost include a private car, professional English speaking guide, lunch in local restaurant and entrance fee to the mentioned places of interests.


Tian’anmen Square
Located at the center of Beijing City and the midpoint of Chang'an Avenue is the remarkable Tiananmen Square, where you can visit the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. Thousands of people come to the Square every day. It is the must place to visit in Beijing City.

The Forbidden City
Situated at the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City is approached through Tiananmen Gate. It is a location endowed with cosmic significance by ancient China's astronomers. The Forbidden City was built from 1406 to 1420 by the third Ming emperor Yongle, who upon usurping the throne, determined to move his capital north from Nanjing to Beijing. In 1911 the Qing dynasty fell to the republican revolutionaries. The last emperor, Puyi, continued to live in the palace after his abdication until he was expelled in 1924. Twenty-four emperors lived and ruled from this palace during this 500-year span.

Hutong
A Hutong is a unique form of community that exists only in China. The Hutong, built during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, is the narrow network of lanes created by closely built quadrangular homes. The houses and courtyards, hidden away and boxed, are closed off with wooden gates that often have carved characters intended to bring good fortune to the house owners.


Tour B

Day tour to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace
09:00 Depart from your hotel
09:45 Arrive at the Temple of Heaven
10:00-12:00 Visit the Temple of Heaven
13:00-14:00 Lunch in local restaurant
14:40-16:00 Visit the Summer Palace (including boat ride on the Kunming Lake)
16:00-17:00 Go back to the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Cost of the tour: 149 US dollars / person
Remarks:
1.The cost is based on a group of minimum 2 paying guests.
2.The cost includes private car, professional English speaking guide, lunch in local restaurant and entrance fee to the mentioned places of interests.

Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven Park is located in the Chongwen District, Beijing. Originally, this was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is China's largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. First built in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), it was enlarged and rebuilt during the reigns of the Ming emperor Jiajing and the Qing emperor Qianlong. In 1988, the Temple of Heaven was opened to the public as a park, showing ancient philosophy, history and religion. Its grand architectural style and profound cultural connotation give an insight into the practices of the ancient Eastern civilization.

Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is the best kept existing royal garden in Beijing and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Summer Palace is a nice place to go to relax. The first palace known to have existed on the site was built in the twelfth century. At that stage the lake was not very extensive; it was considerably enlarged under the Yuan dynasty in the fourteen century. Other temples and pavilions were built there under the Ming dynasty, and the site was developed enormously under Emperor Qian Long (1736--1796) of the Qing dynasty.


Tour C
Day tour to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs
08:00 Depart from your hotel
10:00 Arrive at the Badaling Great Wall
10:00-12:00 Visit the Great Wall
12:30-13:30 Lunch in local restaurant
14:30-16:30 Visit the Ming Tombs ( including Changling and Sacred Way)
16:30-18:00 Go back to the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Cost of the tour: 180 US dollars / person
Remarks:
1.The cost is based on a group of minimum 2 paying guests.
2.The cost includes private car, professional English speaking guide, lunch in local restaurant and entrance fee to the mentioned places of interests.


Badaling Great Wall
Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of urban Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality. The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance. The highest point of Badaling is Beibalou, approximately 1,015 metres (3,330 ft) above sea level.

Ming Tombs
50 kilometers northwest from Beijing City, at the foot of Tianshou Mountain, is the Ming Tombs Scenic Area, where lie the mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Since 1409 when Zhu Di, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty, built his Changling Tomb here, the succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling during the next 230 years, covering a total area of over 120 square kilometers (46.3 square miles). This is the best preserved tomb area with the most emperors buried. Every year millions of tourists come to the site to appreciate its long history and palatial architecture.


Tour D
Four nights (five days) tour
Beijing-Chengdu(2 nights)-Shanghai(2 nights)

Hour by hour:
Day 1. Arrive in Chengdu by air CA4102(11:00-14:10) and visit Renmin Park in the afternoon Overnight at Tianfu Sunshine hotel (4*)
Day 2. Visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in the morning and Dark Ram Temple in the afternoon Lunch in local restaurant
Day 3. Morning flight to Shanghai CA 4513 ( 10:25-13:25) Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure to explore Overnight at Bund Riverside hotel (4* level)
Day 4. Visit the Yu Garden , the Bund and Jade Buddha Temple
Day 5. Flight back home

Cost:1540 US dollars /person, with single supplement of 189 US dollars / person
Remarks:
1. The cost is based on a group of minimum 2 paying guests.
2. The cost include a private car, professional English speaking guide,hotel accommodation, air tickets (economy class), entrance fee to the mentioned places of interests and meals.
3. Single supplement means that one needs to pay 189 US dollars if he wants to have private room during the trip.

Chengdu

Chengdu Renmin Park
Arrive in Chengdu, transfer to the Hotel, after freshening up, we go to the Renmin Park ( People’s Park ) to experience the local people’s daily life. People in Chengdu are well known enjoying life with playing Mahjong, singing, dancing, tasting tea and chatting with friends. Teahouses are indispensable for the local people. The picture on the right is the match making corner in the park where parents exchange information of their children and try to find spouses for them.



Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center
Of course, meeting with the pandas is the highlight of our trip to Chengdu. This time we are lucky to see three panda babies of 2-3 months together. I have been to the breeding center for several times, but it is my first time to see three of them together.


Dark Ram Temple
According to legend, Dark Ram Temple was said to be the birth place of the founder of Taoism, Lao Tsu, and is where he made the first sermon about Taoism. The name of the palace is derived from one pair of black bronze goat sculptures placed in the front of Sanqing Hall. The single-horned goat on the left is in a unique shape, which looks like a sheep at a glance, but it is actually a mythical looking creature which combines features of the 12 animal signs in Chinese Zodiac
It is the oldest and largest Taoist temple in the Southwest of China. Originally built in the early Tang Dynasty (618-907), this temple has been rebuilt and repaired many times. The existing buildings were mostly built during The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Shanghai



Yu Garden
Yu Garden is an important traditional tourist resort in Shanghai, which enjoys the reputation of “the crown of beauty in southeast China”. Most exquisitely decked out, the garden offers charming and pleasant views. With noble flora and exotic rocks setting off each other, it serves as a perfect model of "famous garden of Jiangnan". It was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.
The Chenghuangmiao Market is located in Shanghai‘s old town surrounded by ancient Chinese buildings. The complex consists of tourist and shopping areas. It is known as a "paradise for tourists" to get handicrafts, small commodities and to try the Shanghai local snacks. The shopping area has expanded from its former 18,000 square meters to 80,000 square meters. The shops known in the past as "a kingdom of small commodities" are now also selling large and medium commodities and special noted for their complete collection of tourist souvenirs with local feature.



Old Town
It is easy to lose yourself in the narrow, winding alleys of Shanghai’s Old town. Stroll through the local bazaars and shops for traditional handicrafts, crossover the pond for lunch and tea in Huxinting Teahouse and then rest in the Garden of the Purple Clouds of Autumn and enjoy its classical Chinese landscaping.




The Bund
The Bund, with a length of 1.5 kilometers is located in the Huangpu District which is downtown Shanghai. On the east of this area, you won't miss the mother river of Shanghai----Huangpu River; and on the west of it, you will see the 1930s resplendence of Shanghai proved by a row of buildings of variegated western architectures titled as 'the museum of international architecture‘. The Bund is an influential attraction, a landmark and one of the most famous destinations worth traveling in Shanghai.

Jade Buddha Temple
In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928.


Tour E
Beijing-Xi’an(2 nights)-Shanghai(2 nights)

Hour by hour:
Day 1. Arrive in Xian by high speed train G655 (09:43-15:31) and visit the Grand Mosque Overnight at Grand Mercure hotel (4*)
Day 2. Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and the Provincial Museum
Day 3. Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda & afternoon flight to Shanghai MU2161(16:00-18:15)
Day 4. Visit the Yu Garden , the Bund and Jade Buddha Temple
Day 5. Flight back home

Cost:1390 US dollars / person, with supplement of 206 US dollars/ person
Remarks:
1. The cost is based on a group of minimum 2 paying guests.
2. The cost include a private car, professional English speaking guide, hotel accommodation, air and train tickets (economy class, second class seats), entrance fee to the mentioned places of interests and meals specified.
3. Single supplement means that one needs to pay 206 US dollars if he wants to have a private room during the trip.

Xi’an


Terra Cotta Warriors
The Terra Cotta Warriors, the mighty army of terracotta warriors and horses, was  discovered accidentally by a number of peasants in three vaults 39 km east of Xi'an and 1.5 km from the Qin emperor's mausoleum. An in-site museum has been built over these pits, covering a floor space of 20,000 square meters and displaying 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors, 100 or so chariots, and 30,000 weapons-an assemblage billed as the Eighth World Wonder and a world cultural heritage site.

The Great Mosque
The Great Mosque in Xian is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China and its location is northwest of the Drum Tower (Gu Lou) on Huajue Lane,Xian.
According to historical records engraved on a stone tablet inside, it was built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). This was a result of Islam being introduced into Northwest China by Arab merchants and travelers from Persia and Afghanistan during the mid-7th century when some of them settled down in China and married women of Han Nationality. Their descendants became Muslim of today. The Muslim played an important role in the unifications of China during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Hence, other mosques were also built to honor them. In Xian, it is really well worth a trip to see the Great Mosque, not only for its centuries-old history but also for its particular design of mixed architecture - traditional Muslim and Chinese styles.



Muslim Bazaar
Muslim Street has a long history. It is said that in old days, foreign diplomatic envoys and merchants lived here then they married and had children, so gradually the population increased. Today, most of the inhabitants of the Muslim Quarter are the descendants of those immigrants. All the Muslims here are the pious and devout followers of Islam so they form a tight knit community, which maintains its own culture and traditions to this day even in such a modern society. People here are very familiar with each other because they were companions when they were children and then they grew to adults together and still then one after another they got married and had their own children. As time goes on, definitely they will become older and older or even pass by together.



Shanxi Provincial Museum
The Shaanxi History Museum is situated on Yan Ta Road in Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. It covers 65,000 square meters, with a building area of 60,000 square meters. The newly built modern building recreates Tang-dynasty architecture and successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi history and its remarkable culture.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
As the symbol of the old-line Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is located in the southern suburb of Xian City, about 4 kilometers from the downtown of the city. Standing in the Da Ci'en Temple complex, it attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion, its simple but appealing style of construction, and its new square in front of the temple.

Deadline

-112 Days

 

Date:

September 20, 2016

Submission of Abstract

February 29, 2016

March 31, 2016

Submission of Papers

June 15, 2016