America by Bicycle Cycling Delegation to China
April 12 - 26, 1997
April 11 - 25, 1998
People's Republic of China Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Meet in San Francisco for Briefing and Orientation Session. Overnight in the San Francisco Hilton. Day 2 Depart San Francisco for the Capitol of the People's Republic of China, Beijing. Upon arrival, meet Chinese Delegation and motorcoach transfer to Beijing International Hotel - 4 Star Hotel. Beijing is not only the political and administrative center of the People's Republic of China, it is China's single greatest repository of monuments and treasures from the Imperial era. It is also the second- largest and fastest growing municipality in today's China, the home and workplace of 10 million people. Day 3 Morning cycling excursion to the Summer Palace, a 692 acre estate and retreat built for the Imperial Household. Followed by an afternoon cycling excursion to Beihai Park, the most popular spot for recreation in Beijing and the best preserved ancient garden in China. We will also tour Round City. That evening enjoy a special Beijing (Peking) Duck dinner. Overnight at the Beijing International Hotel. Day 4 Morning cycling excursion to the Ming Tombs, a lavish resting sight for 13 of the 16 Ming Emperors. Followed by an afternoon motorcoach to the Great Wall. Overnight at the Beijing International Hotel. Day 5 Depart via motorcoach for Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world (100 acres). We will then tour the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace. Located in the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City is China's most imposing architectural masterpiece spread across 250 acres. Afternoon motorcoach sightseeing visit to the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of 15th century architecture. That evening we will attend a professional acrobatic show. Overnight at the Beijing International Hotel. Day 6 Scheduled morning motorcoach departrure for Nanjing, the capitol of the Jiangxi Province and birthplace of Communist Revolution in 1927. Upon arrival there will be a late morning visit to the Confucius Temple, and then transfer to Xuanwu 4 Star Hotel. Afternoon cycling excursion to Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, an imposing monument located on the southern slopes of the Zijin Mountains. You'll climb the 392 granite steps to Memorial Hall. Overnight at Xuanwu Hotel. Day 7 Mourning departure via bicycle for Yangzhou with arrival at the Western Garden 3 Star Hotel. Settled in 770 B.C., Ynagzhou is an especially charming town lying at the juncture of the Yangtse and Hua rivers in the Jiangsu Province. Afternoon cycling excursion to Slender Western Lake recreational area and Ge Garden, so named for the luxuriant Bamboo groves. Overnight at Western Garden Hotel featuring a formal dinner. Day 8 Morning bicycling excursion to Lacquer Carving Factory, Jade Carving Factory, and Marco Polo Museum. Late morning motorcoach to Changzhou, a peaceful riverine town that lies astride the Grand Canal. We'll visit the Changzhou Bicycle Manufacturing Plant and the centuries old Changzhou Palace Comb Factory. Overnight at the Changzhou Grand 4 Star Hotel. Day 9 Cycling excursion to Yixing, an ancient and picturesque town in southeastern Jiangsu Province bounded by hills on three sides and by Lake Tai, one of China's five largest lakes. Yixing is mainly known for a special kind of stoneware pottery called Boccaro (Zisha). Followed by afternoon visits to Ceramic Museum, Ceramic Arts and Crafts Factory, and Shanjuan Cave, we will return via motorcoach to Changzhou in late afternoon. Overnight at Changzhou Grand hotel with Formal dinner that evening. Day 10 Morning cycling excursion to Wuxi, a resort city on the northern banks of Lake Tia and transfer to Wuxi Grand 4 Star Hotel. Afternoon bicycling excursion to Wuxi No. 1 Silk Filature Factory, the Huishan Clay Figurine Workshop and Jichang Garden known locally as the Garden for Ease of Mind. Overnight at Wuxi Grand Hotel. Day 11 Bicycling excursion to Suzhou, one of China's oldest continuously inhabited towns and is, by Chinese standards, among the country's most beautiful cities. After lunch motorcoach tour of Tiger Hill, hand built over 2500 years ago by the King of Wu, the Tarrying Garden, one of four of Chin's nationally protected gardens, and the Embroidery Research Institute. Evening cultrual visit to the Night Classical Garden in the Garden of the Master-of-the-Nets. Overnight at Suzhou 4 Star Hotel. Day 12 Morning boat trip and motorcoach transfer to Hangzhou, a heavenly city situated on the Qiantang River at the southern end of the Grand Canal. Arrive and overnight at the Yellow Dragon 4 Star hotel. Day 13 Morning boat trip on West Lake and visits to Six Harmonies Pagoda, a pagoda dedicated to the six codes of Buddhism and a visit to a Tea Plantation for the rest of the day. Overnight at the Yellow Dragon Hotel. Day 14 Morning train departure for Shanghai, the fifth largest city in the world and one of China's most cosmopolitan cities. We will arrive at Radisson SAAS Langsheg 4 Star hotel; afternoon visits to Jade Budda Temple and an opportunity to do some shopping. Evening farewell dinner. Overnight at the Radisson Langsheg Hotel. Day 15 Depart via motorcoach to the Shanghai International Airport for return flight home to San Francisco.
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