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SightSeeing

One-Day Shanghai City Tour

Fee: US$70 (cash)/per person: Application prior to or on November 12, 2011.
         US$80 (cash)/per person: Application during November 13-14, 2011.
Note: The fee includes travel insurance, entrance tickets of the Expo 2010 commemorative exhibition, Yuyuan Garden and a bus trip ticket.
Tour Time: 08:30am-5:00pm, November 17, 2011
Tour Itinerary
8:30: Boarding at the gate of the hotel- Majesty Plaza
8:35: Guided bus tour:
         ->Riming Road (People Square: Municipal Planning Exhibition Hall, Grand Theatre, and Shanghai Museum)
         ->Nanjing Road (Jinan Shi-Jinan Temple - the most well-known Buddhism Temple in Shanghai)
         ->Huashan Road (Xuijihui area - one of the central business areas in Shanghai)
         ->Caoxi Bei Road (Wanti Stadium - one of Shanghai major professional sport center)
         ->Zhaojibong Road; Henshan Road; Huaihai zhong Road (the previous Colony Districts)
         ->Yanan Road (Yanan Tunnel - the major tunnel linked east and west Shanghai)
         ->Lujiazhue Road (International Finance Center-IFC, Nanpu Bridge-the longest bridge in Shanghai)
10:00: Visit the Expo 2010 Commemorative Exhibition (World Expo Museum)
12:30: Visit Chenghuang Miao - Old Market, and self-help Lunch
13:30: Visit Yuyuan Garden
15:30: Free tour and happy hours in Xintiandi Area
17:00: Return back to hotel – Majesty Plaza

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Features:

World Expo Museum

Shanghai will build a World Expo Museum, which is the first and the only Expo museum authorized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), in four years on the site of World Expo Shanghai 2010.

The Expo museum will be the first real 'international' museum in China, it will not only display precious collection of books and objects of the past Expos, but also feature a documentation and research centre with cooperation and support of BIE. The museum will conserve hard copy and digitalized archives from Expo history to the bidding process and operation report to facilitate not only the research of Expo, but the training of working staff for future Expos as well. The after-use of Shanghai Expo site focuses on its public functions, aiming to become a centre for cultural activities, museums, high-end exhibition venues, tourism and recreation.

Shanghai has opened an Expo 2010 commemorative exhibition at the Urban Footprint Pavilion to showcase the memory of the 184 days and some famous exhibits donated by participants, such as Baby Miguelin from Spanish Pavilion.

Chenghuang Miao Area - Old Market

It is located in central Shanghai as a whole temples, gardens and markets. It has become a forever thriving tourism and shopping resort, which is known far and wide for its long history, profound accumulation of culture, landscape radiation ancient flavors, and booming business of special characteristics. Here one can savor the most exquisite places of historic interest and scenic beauty, the traditional culture with most distinct national characteristics, the most charming opera theaters, traditional restaurants, gift shops, tea houses, and the footprints of numerous politically influential figures….

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of the Old City next to the Chenghuangmiao area in Shanghai, China, considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region. It 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". Inside the garden there is the site of the famous uprising of Shanghai's Small Sword Society in Qing Dynasty. The famous scenic spots of the garden include the Wall of Cloud Piercing Dragon, Spring Transforming Hall, Yu Linglong (Jade Exquisite), Moon Appreciating Pavilion, Ancient Performance Stage, Grand Rockery.

The garden was first established in 1559 as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years building a garden to please his father Pan En, a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty, during his father's old age. Over the years, the gardens fell into disrepair until about 1760 when bought by merchants, before suffering extensive damage in the 19th century. In 1842, during the Opium Wars, the British army occupied the Town God Temple for five days. During the Taiping Rebellion the gardens were occupied by imperial troops, and damaged again by the Japanese in 1942. They were repaired by the Shanghai government from 1956–1961, opened to the public in 1961, and declared a national monument in 1982.

Today, Yuyuan Garden occupies an area of 2 hectares (5 acres), and is divided into six general areas laid out in the Suzhou style:

  • Grand Rockery - rockery made of huangshi stone (12 m high), featuring peaks, cliffs, winding caves and gorges. This scenery was possibly created by Zhang Nanyang in the Ming Dynasty. This area also contains the Sansui (Three Corn Ears) Hall.
  • Heralding Spring Hall (Dianchun) - built in 1820, the first year of the Emperor Daoguang's reign. From September 1853 to February 1855, it served as the base of the Small Swords Society (Xiaodao Hui).
  • Inner Garden - rockeries, ponds, pavilions, and towers, first laid out in 1709 and more recently recreated in 1956 by combining its east and west gardens.
  • Jade Magnificence Hall (Yuhua) - furnished with rosewood pieces from the Ming Dynasty.
  • Lotus Pool - with a zigzag bridge and mid-lake pavilion.
  • Ten Thousand-Flower Tower (Wanhua)

Garden areas are separated by "dragon walls" with undulating gray tiled ridges, each terminating in a dragon's head.

Xintiandi

As a re-creation born out of the sprawls of Shikumen housing, which is the architectural symbol of Shanghai in the 20th century, Shanghai Xintiandi, "The City's Living-Room" is a place to unwind and relax after a long day. A window to the past and the future, to China and the world. Shanghai Xintiandi's Shikumen attraction was created by converting residential blocks into a multifunctional dining, retail and entertainment center flowing with restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars of an international standard.

The Shikumen buildings within Shanghai Xintiandi retain the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai, while the internal spaces have been designed and decorated to suit the up tempo lifestyle of the 21st century urbanites, with infinite details that exude the casual elegance of modern city living.
Shanghai Xintiandi is where "yesterday meets tomorrow in Shanghai today." Before the development of Shanghai Xintiandi, the area it encompasses had been a spread of aged lanes crowded with mid-19th century Shikumen buildings which had witnessed the vicissitudes of time. The Shikumen style was a combination of influences from home and abroad, showcasing Shanghai's culture of that era.

With the city's drive toward progress and modernity, Shikumen, as a form of residential design, began to fall out of favor, prompting some experts to predict that by the 21st century Shikumen style housing would altogether disappear.


One-Day Suzhou Tour

Fee: US$80 (cash)/per person: Application prior to or on November 12, 2011;
         US$90 (cash)/per person: Application during November 13-14, 2011.
Note: The fee includes travel insurance, entrance tickets of the Humble Administrator's Garden and Hanshan Temple, lunch at Songhelou Restaurant, and a round trip bus ticket.
Tour Time: 08:00am-18:00pm, November 17, 2011.
Tour Itinerary
8:00: Boarding at the gate of MAJESTY PLAZA
9:30: Visit the most well-known historical Chinese garden - Humble Administrator's Garden, (Zhuozhen Yuan)
12:00: Taste traditional typical local Chinese food (lunch at one of China top four most famous restaurants)
13:30: Visit a famous historical Buddhist temple – Henshan Temple
15:00: Enjoy the traditional silk culture from China
16:30: Boarding to return Shanghai
18:00: Back to Hotel in Shanghai

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Please e-mail the filled application form to Ms. Wandy Wang (shanghaiwd@vip.163.com)

Features:The Humble Administrator's Garden, (拙政园Zhuozhen Yuan in Chinese)

One of China's four most famous Chinese gardens, built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty, covering about 52,000 square meters, is the largest and most renowned in Suzhou city and generally considered the finest garden in southern China. Due to its unique designs and ethereal beauty, the garden has acquired many special honors. In 1997, Zhuozheng Yuan was declared as a UNESCO "World Cultural Heritage" site and has also been designated as one of the "Cultural Relics of National Importance" under the Protection of the State as well as a "Special Tourist Attraction of China".

http://imgsrc.baidu.com/baike/abpic/item/5beeba0fcb56a6a0aa64575f.jpgThe garden's site was a scholar garden during the Tang Dynasty, and later a monastery garden for the Dahong Temple during the Yuan Dynasty. In 1513, during the Ming Dynasty reign of Emperor Zhengde, an administrator named Wang Xianchen appropriated the temple and converted it into a private villa with gardens, which were constructed by digging lakes and piling the resultant earth into artificial islands. The garden was designed into collaboration with renowned Ming artist Wen Zhengming, and was as large as today's garden, with numerous trees and pavilions, the Wang family sold the garden several years later, and it has changed hands many times since then.

http://imgsrc.baidu.com/baike/abpic/item/21e55823c312cd1f9922ed10.jpgThe garden was split up in the later Ming Dynasty, and it remained neglected until the Qing Dynasty reigns of Emperors Shunzhi and Kangxi, when the garden was extensively rebuilt with major modifications to its earlier plan. During Emperor Qianlong's reign the gardens were again divided into the Shu Yuan (Book of Study Garden) and the Fu Yuan(Restored Garden).

http://imgsrc.baidu.com/baike/abpic/item/0ef2112433b3bb77c89559fd.jpgToday's garden is only very loosely related to its earliest version, but closely resembles its late Qing appearance, with numerous pavilions and bridges set among a maze of connected pools and islands, it consists of three major parts set about a large late: the eastern garden(once called Guitian Yuanju 歸田園居, as dwelling upon return the countryside), the central garden(Zhuozhen Yuan, or fu Juan复园), Dwelling Upon Return to the Countryside), and western garden(Bu Yuan补园meaning as Supplementary Garden). Then house lies in the south of the garden.

Hanshan Temple (寒山寺Hanshen Si in Chinese)

Literally "Cold Mountain Temple", is a Buddhist temple and monastery in Suzhou, China. It is located at the town of Fengqiao (Maple Bridge) Township, about 5 kilometers west of the old city of Suzhou.

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Hanshan Temple (寒山寺Hanshen Si in Chinese)

The bell of Hanshan Tample: Two bells are currently used at Hanshan Temple, both dating from the late Qing Dynasty when the temple was last rebuilt. One was forged in China in 1906, and the other was forged in Japan at the same time. The dedication on the bell was written by Japanese Prime Minister Itō Hirobumi镌日本首相伊藤博文铭文. The original Tang Dynasty bell is believed by some taken to Japan in ancient times. A new 108 tone bell commissioned by Hanshan Temple and built by a foundry in Wuhan was completed recently, and is on its way to Hanshan Temple to replace the hundred years old Japanese built bell. The new bell is 8.5 meters high and 5.2 meters in diameter at its widest.

An Hanshan Temple in Japan (pronounced kanzan-ji in Japanese): was established in Ōme, Tokyo, Japan in 1929. The poem about the bell in Hanshan: Hanshan Temple is famed in Asia because of the poem "A Night Mooring by Maple Bridge" by Tang Dynasty poet, Zhang Ji. The poem describes the melancholy scene of a dejected traveler, moored at night at Fengqiao, hearing the bells from Hanshan Temple:

楓橋夜泊 A Night Mooring by Maple Bridge - Zhang Ji-张计, Tang Dynasty poet
月落烏啼霜滿天,While I watch the moon go down, a crow caws through the frost;
江楓漁火對愁眠。Under the shadows of maple-trees a fisherman moves with his torch;
姑蘇城外寒山寺,And I hear, from beyond Suzhou, from the temple on Cold Mountain,
夜半鐘聲到客船。Ringing for me, here in my boat, the midnight bell.

The poem is still popularly read in China, Japan and Korea. It is part of the primary school curriculum in both China and Japan. The ringing of the bell at Hanshan Temple on Chinese New Year eve is a major pilgrimage and tourism event for visitors from these countries.

Songhelou (松鹤楼菜馆Yellow Crane Tower) Restaurant

http://shopimg.sh.focus.cn/upload/rs/hire/1011/pic_effect/430253.jpgIt have been founded about 275 year ago dhttp://i1.dpfile.com/2009-09-04/2644470_m.jpguring the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1737), from as a tinny noodle shop, gradually it developed into a famous restaurant by serving traditional local Suzhou Gourmet. The Emperor Qianlong held his square meals there times during his three visits in the south China during different years.

Many of its dishes; Sweet & Sour Fish; Triple Shrimp with Doufu; Chinese Ham with Honey Source, etc…, have owned the Gold Metals of Chinese National Gourmet Championships in recent years. It is named as one of China top four most famous restaurants (others as: Pinking Duck Restaurant in Beijing, Fuchun Lou Restaurant in Yangzhou, Louwailou Restaurant in Hangzhou).

Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory (苏州第一丝绸厂-丝绸博物馆)

Suzhou is well-known for its best to their silk production in China, so no trip to Suzhou can be complete without visiting a silk factory. The No.1 Silk Factory was founded in 1926 as a state-owned factory today.
With this tour, firstly from the Workshop, you can get the knowledge of the whole life of a silk worm. How amazing about the process is that the silkworm creates its cocoon out of a single silk thread that is continuous for approximately 3,600 feet. Then you will see how the people produce silk with the old style machine, and the making process of handmade silk quilt and a tour of the factory itself. In ancient times, the process around making silk was a closely guarded secret. Divulging the secret to outsiders was punishable by death.

Secondly the Factory Exhibition Hall shows the collections of silk production history, and luxury goods, and antiques, as well as tributes and supplements to the royal families include to the kings or queens.
Then a giant gift shop sells all kinds of silk products in many different verities and fashions. There are all kind of choices to your gift selections for your family members, relatives and friends on your way back to home.


SightSeeing in Shanghai
The pedestrian-only Nanjing Road, China's premier shopping street.

Shanghai has a rich blend of religious heritage as shown by the religious buildings and institutions still scattered around the city. Taoism has a presence in Shanghai in the form of several temples, including the City God Temple, at the heart of the old city, the Wenmiao, dedicated to Confucius, and a temple dedicated to the Three Kingdoms general Guan Yu. Buddhism has had a presence in Shanghai since ancient times. Longhua temple, the largest temple in Shanghai, and Jing'an Temple, were first founded in the Three Kingdoms period. Another important temple is the Jade Buddha Temple, which is named after a large statue of Buddha carved out of jade in the temple. In recent decades, dozens of modern temples have been built throughout the city.



Longhua Temple's inner courtyard.



Shanghai is also an important center of Christianity in China. Churches belonging to various denominations are found throughout Shanghai and maintain significant congregations. Among Catholic churches, St Ignatius Cathedral in Xujiahui is the largest, while She Shan Basilica is the only active pilgrimage site in China. The city is also home to Muslim, Jewish, and Eastern Orthodox communities.There is also some old towns in Shanghai, such as Zhujiajiao Old Town, QIbao Old Town and Fengjing Old Town.



The Shanghai Museum, located in People's Square.



Shanghai boasts several museums of regional and national importance. The Shanghai Museum of art and history has one of the best collections of Chinese historical artifacts in the world, including important archaeological finds since 1949. The Shanghai Art Museum, located near People's Square, is a major art museum holding both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Shanghai Natural History Museum is a large scale natural history museum.





Although often viewed as a modern metropolis, Shanghai still contains some picturesque rural suburban areas.

In addition, there is a variety of smaller, specialist museums, some housed in important historical sites such as the site of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea and the site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

While Beijing is considered the educational center of China, Shanghai is also home to some of the country's most prestigious universities, including Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Tongji University.

In addition, Shanghai is the venue of forthcoming World Expo 2010 to take place from May 1 to October 31.For more information about touring in Shanghai, please refer to Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration.


SightSeeing in Hangzhou

West Lake : A National Park
The shimmering ripples delight the eye on sunny days; The dimming hills present a rare view in rainy haze. West Lake maybe compared to Beauty Xi Zi at the best. It becomes her to be richly adorned or plainly dressed.

Hangzhou West Lake
West Lake of Hangzhou,China

This is perhaps the best known poem of all in praise of West Lake. The great Northern Song poet Su Dongpo (1036-1101) here meant when he compared West Lake to the famous ancient Chinese beauty, Xi Zi, well-known for her natural beauty, West Lake always looks beautiful. Xi Zi is as famous in China as Cleopatra in the Western Countries. So western visitors can really appreciate and enjoy the poem and the exquisite Lake.

The West Lake is the attraction that contributes to the city's reputation as the most popular resort area in China. Foreign tourists often write to us, saying " West Lake is the most abiding memory of Hangzhou and of out China trip as well" Though its pictureque beauty has been beyond description through the ages, the lake has often been imagined, through a legend, to a dazzling pearl dropping from the sky.

The picturesque lake is well matched with the emerald surrounding hills where quite a number of springs, streams and caves can be found. To name some notable ones, there are Tiger Spring, Dragon Well Spring, Jade Spring, the Rosy Cloud Cave, the Yellow Dragon Cave. They are all highlights of Hangzhou visitors who come to this "Shangri-La" for pleasure seeking.

Rich in cultural relics, the West Lake scenic area abounds with temples, pagodas, steles and rocks cavings of Buddhist images. Lingyin Temple, for example, is one of China's most celebrated Buddhist monasteries. In its main hall, there sits  a 24.8-meter-high (81.5-fot-high) statue of Sakyamuni. The delicate workmanship makes it a masterpiece of carving art appreciated by anyone who beholds it . In front of the temple stands the Peak Flying from Afar, on the hillslopes of which are carved 470-odd Buddhist images. Dating from the Five Dynasties. And the Southern Song Dynasty steles inside General Yue Fei's Temple are among the top-notch ancient stone tablets in China. Moreover, ancient aarchitectural marvels such as Pagoda of Six Harmonies, the White Pagoda, Baochu Pagoda, and Lingyin Temple have particular fascination each to interest the seeker. Indeed, West Lake boasts too numerous sights to count.

Leifeng Pagoda

Leifeng Pagoda
Leifeng Pagoda, China

Leifeng Pagoda is one of the renowned scenic spots in Hangzhou. Originally built in the 10th century, Leifeng Pagoda used to stand in front of Jingxi Temple on Nanping Mountain; though failed to stand the test of time, the Pagoda collapsed in early 1900s. In 2002, Leifeng Pagoda was reconstructed; then comes back the typical Sunset Glow over Leifeng Pagoda, one of the "Top Ten Charming Views " of  West Lake, as the Pagoda looks especially majestic when surrounded by the golden hues of the setting sun. With combination of a traditional aesthetic style and modern architecture techniques, Leifeng Pagoda affords a view of West Lake in its entirety.


Linyin Temple


Nestled in a remote valley at the foot of the Northern Peak,Lingyin Temple is the most celebrated spot of interest around West Lake. In 326 A. D., when an Indian monk called Hui Li came to Hangzhou and found this valley in quiet surroundings with wooded hills on three sides, he thought it was really a retreat of the soul.

Linyin Temple
Linyin Temple, China
So he built a temple there and named it Monastery of the Soul's Retreat. Here, "soul" means "ling" and "retreat" means "yin" in Chinese. Therefore, Monastery of the Soul's Retreat is locally known as Lingyin Temple. In the 10th centry during the Kingdom of Wuyue with Hangzhou as its capital, the temple consisted of 9 buildings, 18 pavilions, over 72 halls and 1300 rooms for 3000 monks. Since then the temple has remained one of the ten largest Buddhist temples in China. The buddhist images, a group of relief clay sculptures and others in it have attained an artistic level which is the admitation of modern artists.

The main hall in the temple, also called as the Hall of mahavira"great hero" is a typical kind of Tang-Dynasty-style structure in three layers. It has vermillion pillas, green beams, up-turned roof corners and a roof-top decorated with the design of "Double Dragon Striking for a pearl." At the center of the hall sits a 19.6-meter (64.4 foot)-high statue of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism, caved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood and gilded with 104 ounces of gold, It is China's largest sitting statue of Buddha at present.

For more information about touring in Hangzhou, please refer to Hangzhou City Travel Committee (http://en.gotohz.com/web/guest/home) and Zhejiang Tourism Bureau (http://www.tourzj.gov.cn/zww/)


 
         
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