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China Tea Culture Tour - 16 Days

Destination: China
Duration: Sixteen Day
Tour Code: C43
Transportation: Flight & Vehicle
Best Travel Time:September
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For nearly 5000 years, tea has been an integral part of Chinese life. Via the famous trading routes of the Silk Road and the Tea/Horse Road, tea  spread from the source to the outside world. Guided by some of China's leading tea authorities, discover first-hand the lore and lure of tea. Explore remote mist-covered mountains where the legends of tea were born. Visit ancient cities where Emperors once ruled with teacup in hand. Tour ornate temples, lavish palaces, and historic landmarks. And, experience the charm of China's many colorful traditions as we visit famous tea producing and cultural regions.

 

 

Some exceptional tour highlights include: walking the Great Wall; touring the expansive Forbidden City; strolling through the scenic Temple of Heaven; excursions to verdant tea gardens where you can pick and even hand-make your own tea; attending a tea culture practicum; guided tea factory tours; meetings and tea tastings with experts in tea production and trade; touring the inspiring Potala Palace in Tibet; wandering through handicraft and street markets looking for treasures and shopping to your heart's delight at a tea Supermarket.

 

 

Journey to Central China to investigate the processed of making rare Yellow tea, tour the magnificent burial site of the  Terra Cotta Warriors, look far back into ancient history at the National History Museum, peek into the colorful, ritual-filled lives of China's Minority groups, enjoy the special 3 Course Tea of the Bai people in remote Dali, taste exquisite teas just freshly made, behold the breath-taking beauty of the majestic Yellow Mountains and take a boat ride to a remote island tea garden.

 

 

Learn how the prized Pu Erh tea bowls are made;  stay in a real Qing Dynasty village, Delve into the spiritual essence of Chinese culture visiting temples and monasteries, meet and make friends with local people, hear folk tale stories of the days of the Tea/Horse road, peek into the mysterious world of a Tibetan Medicine Hospital, see the colorful displays of culture performances, indulge your appetite at an all-dumpling banquet, learn how to make then enjoy traditional Tibetan butter-tea in a local home, view inspiring mountain ranges and other natural scenery, take in the ambiance at numerous tea houses plus many more surprises.

 


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This 16 day tour is packed full of exciting, interesting, and authentic experiences. With the exhilarating 3 day Beijing pre-tour and 13 day China Base tour, delight in even more memorable experiences. This exciting itinerary is sure to delight both tea professionals and novice tea drinkers, providing invaluable education and special memories that will last a lifetime. Due to the unique nature of this tour, space is limited, so please make your reservations early.

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Beijing Pre-Tour Extension:3Days

 

 

Base Tour: 13Days

 

 

Beijing Three Day Pre-tour Extension - Our adventure begins in the capital city of Beijing, China's political and cultural heart for over 800 years. The bustling metropolis incorporates historical sights and relics along side modern architecture and conveniences. After being met by our guides we transfer to our hotel and rest from the flight.

 

 

¡¡Day 1 ¡¡Beijing

Our first day begins with a short orientation and welcome then we board our private coach and depart for the treasure-laden Eastern Tombs of the Qing Dynasty Emperors. After lunch we venture farther East into the Manchurian frontier to the coastal resort city of QinHuangDao. Tonight we enjoy a Manchurian Cultural Show and dine on traditional fare from the region.  


¡¡Day 2 ¡¡Beijing

After breakfast we'll visit China's most notable landmark, the Great Wall but not at the typical tourist locations. We will see it's very beginning, where it runs right into the sea. On our way back to Beijing we'll stop at the Cloisonn¨¦ workshop to see how these ornate, traditional pieces of art are created. After dinner this evening we'll enjoy some Beijing night life and culture at a local tea house.


¡¡Day 3¡¡Beijing

We'll start our day with a morning stroll through a bustling  local street market followed by a Hu Tong, the traditional Beijing-style home, now being razed to make way for modern buildings. Before lunch we'll wander around the largest square in the world, Tian An Men. Crossing under the busy Chang An Ave., Beijing's main street, we arrive at the remarkable Forbidden City, lavish residence of the Emperors of three dynasties. Next, shop after shop of wonderful teas and treasures await at the expansive Tea Supermarket. Tonight we'll celebrate with a special welcome banquet.


 

 

China Tea Tour  - Base Tour - We continue our adventure with a full 13 days of activities.

 

¡¡Day 1 ¡¡Beijing

We are up early today to take in the tranquility of the sprawling Temple of Heaven park and join in some tai chi, a popular morning exercise. After a tour of the ancient compound we visit a local family's home for a tasty lesson in dumpling making. Next we learn a little about China's spiritual legacy with a visit to White Cloud Taoist Temple. No tour of Beijing is complete without a chance to hunt for treasures in the old Liu Li Chang antique market street. Our evening and time in Beijing is topped when we take in the amazing performances at the Spectacular Martial Arts stage show.


¡¡Day 2 ¡¡Beijing - Huang Shan

Our destination today is the magnificent Huang Shan (Yellow Mtn.) one of the most naturally picturesque sights in China. It also happens to be famous for tea. Transfer directly from the airport to the architecturally preserved Tunxi street for a delicious lunch. We'll attend a lecture on and tasting of some of the region's noted teas and then have some free time to wander through the dozens of small shops. Tonight's dinner will be with representatives from the local tea industry.

¡¡Day 3 ¡¡Huang Shan 

This morning we'll take our coach to the foot of the inspiring mountain. Rather than the 7 hour arduous hike, we'll enjoy the scenic gondola ride up to the peak. A prized photo in every direction you look, we'll trek around the pathways and lookouts to see the unique formations. If mother nature so desires, we may be permitted to see the "Sea of Clouds" below us since the area is blanketed in clouds over 200 days a year. After lunch we'll dive head first into tea when we visit our first tea garden. Roll up your sleeves and find out what it is like to pick your own tea. Learn the manufacturing process during a guided tea factory tour and enjoy a comparative tea tasting. Before returning to the city for dinner we'll stop at a tea market offering dozens of local teas and learn a bit about the history of the area at the culture museum.

¡¡Day 4 ¡¡Huangshan -Changsha 

All aboard! Today we'll take the train to Changsha, capital of Hunan province. After lunch we'll have a very informative meeting at the offices of a local tea company and have a chance to learn about the rare Yellow teas in a special lecture.


¡¡Day 5 ¡¡Changsha

It's time to put theory into practice so we'll coach to placid Dong Ting lake and take a boat ride to the island tea garden. Here we'll really get a chance to see the production of the famous Jun Shan Silver Needle tea. Full of new knowledge, we'll make our way back to Changsha for the night.


¡¡Day 6 ¡¡Changsha - Xi'an

If you thought Beijing's history was long, wait until you see the treasures of our next destination, Xian. The ancient walled city was the capital of China over 2000 years ago. We'll take a walk along one section of the wall and then visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda temple.

¡¡Day 7 ¡¡Xi'an

Today we'll visit the resting place of Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor who unified China over 2 millennia ago. It is also the site of his spiritual guardians, the Terra Cotta Warriors. This remarkable discovered was unearthed only in the 1970 and is now one of the major historical exhibits of the world. After lunch we'll learn more about this ancient culture with a visit to the National Ancient History Museum. Our dinner this evening as a very special banquet and show consisting of different kinds of dumplings and a colorful Tang Dynasty cultural stage performance.

¡¡Day 8 ¡¡Xi'an - Dali

We'll be flying today to Dali in remote Western Yunnan province. Once a kingdom with it's own unique traditions and customs, it is also one of the primary production centers for the fames Pu Er tea. We'll be staying the next two nights in a retreat that is a historically restored, Qing Dynasty estate - recognized by the Chinese government as one of the top places of it's kind.

¡¡Day 9 ¡¡Dali

We'll visit a village of the Bai minority people and enjoy their ritualistic 3 Course Tea and then take in the sights of the iconic Three Pagodas nestled in the protecting embrace of the snow-capped Cai mountain. Wander through a open air market with huge bags of locally made tea and then attend a lecture on the history of Pu Er tea and Dali's relation to the infamous Tea/Horse Road - the arduous route that carried tea into Tibet and onward. Make some new friends when we visit the home of a local story-teller and enjoy some enchanting folk tales from days gone by.


¡¡Day 10 ¡¡Dali - Lhasa

It's back to work this morning when we visit the Xia Guan tea factory. First we'll pick some fresh, tender leaves in the garden and then take them to the factory for processing. Also, see how the legendary Tuo Cha Pu Er tea bowls are made. In the afternoon we'll fly to the mountainous capital city of Lhasa, Tibet. The rest of the day is at rest to adjust to the altitude.


¡¡Day 11 ¡¡Lhasa

After the night to rest, our first stop today is the sacred Potala Palace, official residence of the exiled Dalai Lama. A spiritual experience in every way, walk up the path to the courtyard and the tour some of the endless corridors of ancient artifacts. Conveniently at the foot of the palace is the Tibetan rug factory and showroom. See some of the amazing examples of this traditional craft. After lunch we'll freely stroll (clock-wise) around the Barkor - the main square and trading center. Watch faith-filled Tibetan Buddhists perform their ritual prostrations at the most cherished Jokhong Monastery - traditional site of the Dalai Lamas' ordination. Tibetan Medicine is said to be the foundation of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Learn about its mystical yet practical techniques in a visit to the Tibetan Medicine Hospital.


¡¡Day 12 ¡¡Lhasa

Our journey today is to the sprawling outlying areas of Lhasa; rugged hills, blue lakes and secluded monasteries. We'll get a taste of real Tibetan life with a horse ride across the plains and a visit to a local home for some yak butter tea, the traditional and ubiquitous refreshment. Drepung is one of the largest functioning monasteries and also houses many of the treasures of former Tibetan leaders. Perhaps you may witness the monks in one of their chanting sessions or share a lunch of some Tsampa - dry barley flour. While we enjoy a bountiful spread of local dishes for dinner, be entertained with the flamboyant cultural show.


¡¡Day 13 ¡¡Lhasa Depature

This morning we bid a fond farewell to Tibet and take flight to your next destination.




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