TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY
TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY

Classical China

14 days

Preview

This is an extraordinary excursion to a captivating culture. Big bustling cities on breathtaking landscapes; tasty exotic teas and fertile rice paddies; soft silk and exquisitely pleasing pearls, and the marvels of Chinese medicine – see them all up close and personal as the greatest transformation of the modern age takes place before our very eyes. Our tour menu includes the enchanting vistas of Guilin and the enchanting Li River; the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, and quaint countryside villages. An exciting exploration of both ancient and modern Chinese culture and of the Jewish communities that called China their home.

Best time to visit
April-May & September-November

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday, Beijing
Arrival to Beijing airport till 12:00PM. Transfer to the hotel.
The tour will start at 2:00PM. We will start at Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is the central square of Beijing, capital of China. Its name means The Gate of Heavenly Peace. It is named for Tiananmen Gate which stands at its northern end, and which is the entrance to the Forbidden City. The square was built in 1417. At its center stands the Mausoleum of Mao Ze Dong which contains his mummified body. Tiananmen Square became infamous due to the quelling of the student demonstrations which took place there in 1989. Later we shall visit the very heart of Beijing – the Forbidden City. Built in the 15th century, as the palace of China’s Ming Dynasty Emperors, it’s an impressive example of traditional Chinese architecture. We’ll traverse the entire length of the Forbidden City as we view the many splendid palaces and vast courtyards. Used as the set for the film “The Last Emperor”, it was indeed forbidden to the Chinese masses until the onset of the revolution at the beginning of the 20th century.

Day 2: Friday, Beijing
Today we begin our visit to Beijing with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a magnificent complex used by the Emperor for prayer and also used today as a large, outdoor community center for the residents of Beijing. We will continue to a pearl factory. .After the city tour we shall then return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

Day 3: Shabbat, Beijing
After Shabbat services we’ll take a walking tour near the hotel.
In the evening we shall stroll along the Wangfujing Food Market.

Day 4: Sunday, Beijing
Today we’ll depart for the greatest wall in the world. The Great Wall of China is the largest construction project ever undertaken by man– measuring over 6,000 kilometers. Large sections of the wall were built between the 7th and 4th centuries BCE, over 2500 years ago. For hundreds of years, according to security needs arising from political conflicts in different ages, some sections of the Great Wall of China were added and strengthened while other sections were neglected. The Great Wall is made up of three primary components: passes, signal and watch towers, and defensive walls. Walking along the Great Wall will enable us to sense the historical dimension of the project. Afterwards, we’ll visit a Cloisonne Factory and then very best place in all of China to shop!
In the evening, we will see the spectacular Golden Mask show. You will find it unforgettable!

Day 5: Monday, Beijing – Xi’an
In the morning we will depart to the airport for our flight to Xi’an. We will visit one of the city’s picturesque quarters to see the Grand Mosque, a building that serves as a center for more than 50,000 Muslims. It bears a striking resemblance to the ancient synagogue of Kaifeng, China.
In the evening, we will see the colorful Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 6: Tuesday, Xian – Guilin
Today we will visit one of the wonders of the world: the immense Terra Cotta Army that the great Emperor Qin Xi Huang Di prepared for himself for his “eternal life.” We’ll view the mountains at the foot of which lie the Hua Qin Springs, which became famous as the place where Chiang Kai-shek was captured and from where he escaped. After the tour we will drive to the airport for a flight to Guilin.

Day 7: Wednesday, Guilin – Longsheng – Sanjiang
Today we will get up early for our trip to an area north of Guilin. The trip to Longsheng is picturesque, strewn by rice fields, tea plantations, and filled with villages populated with people of some of China’s ethnic minorities. We will stop for some pictures of these villages nestled in the foothills of the rice terraces and bamboo forests. We will see some of the Yao and Dong minority people. At night we’ll reach Sanjiang, a central village for the TONG tribe.

Day 8: Thursday, Sanjiang – Guilin
After breakfast, we shall visit the amazing 2 stories bridge, which was constructed on 1912. We shall visit the village and pay a visit to a local family.
From there we’ll continue to Guilin.

Day 9: Friday, Guilin
Today we will have a city tour in Guilin. We will visit the Reed Flute cave. We will see the magnificent views from the top of Mount Yao which we shall reach by Cable Car. Before Shabbat we will go back to the hotel.

Day 10: Shabbat, Guilin
After Shabbat services, we’ll take a walking tour near the hotel.

Day 11: Sunday, Guilin, Yangshuo
Today we will set out on a cruise upon the Li River, one of the most beautiful and famous journeys in China and maybe in the entire world. Along the banks we will see the magnificent green Karst mountains and then arrive in the small town of Yangshuo, a charming town with a magical atmosphere. In the evening we will see a spectacular show, the “Impression Sanjie Liu” that was produced by China’s most famous producer, Zhang Yimou, the man who also produced the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.

Day 12: Monday, Guilin – Shanghai
Today we will fly to Shanghai, the second largest city in China, and by all accounts the most modern. Visitors are often amazed at the sheer number and variety of architectural styles of its skyscrapers. Throughout today’s tour of Shanghai we’ll acquaint ourselves with its varying characteristics. We shall visit the Jewish Quarter – a fascinating and unique story in itself. We will see the museum that will acquaint us with the story of the refuge given to the Jews during World War II. We will continue to Yu Yuan gardens.
In the evening, we will see Shanghai’s famous Bund promenade along the Huang Pu River, where the city’s famous 19th Century colonial buildings are located. We shall enjoy a cruise on the Huang Pu River.

Day 13: Tuesday, Shanghai
This morning we’ll make our way to the City Planning Museum, one of the most important and best loved museums. We will continue to Jin Mao tower for panoramic view.
In the evening we will see a spectacular Acrobatic Show.

Day 14: Wednesday, Shanghai, Zhouzhuang- flight back home
Today we’ will visit Zhouzhuang, a beautifully preserved Chinese village on the water. We will see and learn about their traditional crafts and enjoy a boat ride; we shall then drive back to Shanghai for dinner. After dinner we will make our way to the airport for our home-bound flight….
We’ve had an unforgettable experience, seen a beautiful and fascinating part of the world, and developed an appetite for more.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
CHN18/2 10/18/2018 10/31/2018 Book this tour
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
CHN18/2 10/18/2018 4750 $ 995 $

* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.

** Supplement for single room.

* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.

 

Need to Know

Price Includes:

  • Domestic flights & local taxes as per the itinerary
  • 4* & 5* Hotels wherever available
  • Tips for local service providers
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
  • Kosher half board & Kosher supplies for the confection of sandwiches for Lunch.
  • Local English-speaking Guides as required

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Chinese Visa (USD $70 for Israeli Passport Holders) Visa to China is mandatory for all western Nationalities
  • Tips for local service providers
  • Travel & health insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Shows and evening entertainment not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for Tour Guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc.

Important to Know:

  • 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.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 60 working days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 30-59 working days prior to departure 25% of total per passenger
• 15-29 days prior to departure: 50% of total per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

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