Beijing and Hong Kong (4 nights)

SHA 507-201
Highlights
  • Beijing
    • Great Wall of China
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
    • Home-cooked meal
    • Temple of Heaven
  • Hong Kong
    • Tour of Local Markets
    • Comprehensive tour of Historic Hong Kong
    • Meal at Jumbo Kingdom
Program Overview
Country: China
Depart: 02/01/2017 0900
Return: 02/05/2017 1700
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 16 / Max 199
Program Fee
$2100 (early booking: $1981)

Field Work Conflicts
  • NRRT 320 International Issues in Recreation and Tourism
  • HIST 466 U.S.-China Relations Since 1800
  • IE 471 Children and Youth in Context
  • HDFS 302 Marriage and Family Relationships (Section 1)

Attention: Participants MUST have double/multiple entry visa for China in order to leave and return. One fully blank page is required. 

Begin by flying to Beijing, the capital city of China, and start your explorations at Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, and historical site of famous political protests in 1989. Walk through the Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors after its completion in 1420, and observe what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture. End the day with a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, or narrow lanes, before learning how to make the Chinese dumpling, Jiaozi, with a local family. The next day you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where you will see local residence doing morning exercises. The afternoon will be at the Great Wall of China, where you will take a cable car up to the top and then have time to walk along a portion of the longest man-made structure in the world.

The group will then fly to Hong Kong, which was governed by Great Britain for decades, but retained many traditional Chinese features. Visit some of the monuments, heritage buildings and historical sites that help give Hong Kong its unique atmosphere. Explore the famous local markets including the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market, and Jade Market. Cat Street was once notorious for seamen’s lodging houses and hideouts for criminals. The Man Mo Temple dates back to 1847 and is the oldest temple in the city. Next, visit to Aberdeen, home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community. Enjoy a sampan ride to get a close-up look at this unusual way of life. Ride the tram up to Victoria Peak for a birds-eye view of the city before taking the funicular tram downhill. End your orientation of Hong Kong with a walking tour that passes by some of the major historical buildings. On the final day, fly back to Shanghai and return to the ship.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Meet your guide and travel to Beijing  
  • In the afternoon, visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and explore Beijing’s hutongs via rickshaw
  • Dumpling (Jiaozi) dinner with local family

Day 2

  • In the morning, explore the Temple of Heaven
  • After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Great Wall of China (1.5 hours driving distance to Great Wall)
  • Retire to your hotel after dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3

  • Fly with the group to Hong Kong
  • Tour of several local markets: Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market, Goldfish Market, and Jade Market
  • Lunch and Dinner on your own arrangement

Day 4

  • Exploration of historic Hong Kong
    • Cat Street
    • Man Mo Temple
    • Aberdeen with sampan ride
    • Victoria Peak via funicular tram
    • St. John’s Cathedral, Court of Final Appeal, and Legislative Council Building
    • Museum of Tea Ware
  • Lunch at Jumbo Kingdom
  • After the orientation, enjoy the evening at leisure

Day 5

  • Fly to Shanghai and arrive back at the ship

Meals Included

4B/3L/2D