Classic China 2017   

23 October 2017 - 08 November 2017
Locations: Beijing, Guilin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xian, Xian and more
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China’s textured and ancient history seamlessly melds into a fascinating, modern country, brimming with breathtaking sights.  This classic tour will open up this vast and wondrous country to the traveler, and will leave no stone unturned.

We will explore the major cities of Hong Kong, Guilin, Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.  In Hong Kong we will visit the Aberdeen Fishing Market and its floating stalls. In Beijing we’ll stand in the midst of Tiananmen Square and have a walking tour through the Forbidden City and of course climb the Great Wall of China. In Xian we will view the Terra Cotta Warriors.  We will fly to Shanghai where we will discover old quarters, stroll along the Grand Colonial Waterfront Promenade, the Bund and the Jewish Quarter and see a breathtaking acrobatic performance. The highlight of our extensive trip is Guilin and its environs. Guilin’s natural beauty will leave us breathless and its history will astound us. In Guilin we will explore the Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill, in Yangshuo we will view the spectacular Impression Show, enjoy a cruise on the Li River and so much more

Day 1: Monday, Oct 23, Depart for Hong Kong

Day 2: Tuesday, Oct 24
Arrival in Hong Kong at 13:55. Meet our local guide at the airport and embark on a scenic tour of Hong Kong. We will start with a visit to Victoria Peak, the tallest mountain on Hong Kong Island. Because of its height, it offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding islands. In order to reach the mountain, we will take the Peak Tram – enjoyed by both locals and tourists.

After arrival at the hotel, get familiar with the local atmosphere and rest up before our welcome dinner at Kehillat Zion Restaurant.

Day 3: Wednesday, Oct 25
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a full day exploring this wondrous city. Start with the Man Mo Temple, which is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), Nathan Road, formerly known as Golden Road, and the great many impressive and sleek skyscrapers that make up this world financial center.

From there we continue to Ohel Leah Synagogue. The Ohel Leah Synagogue has been in continuous use since its completion with the exception of a short period during World War II when Hong Kong was occupied by the Japanese. The synagogue is built in a colonial style and incorporates elements from the Edwardian free classical style. After a tour of the synagogue and an opportunity to learn about the Jewish community, we continue to see the city in the most unique way, via the longest escalator system in the world! Built to shuttle commuters in this busy city, it takes upwards of a half hour to complete the ride!

After this, we continue to Aberdeen. Aberdeen is famous not only to tourists but also to Hong Kong locals for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants located in the Aberdeen Harbor.

After our sightseeing-filled day we will drive to a local kosher restaurant for dinner and a night tour of the city.

Day 4: Thursday, Oct 26
Early morning flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival we will have an introductory tour of Shanghai, including the Yu Garden, a prime example of a Chinese garden and the Chenghuang Miao Bazaar, whose center is a world famous temple.

After check-in at the hotel, we will dine at Chabad house in Shanghai and finish the night with a cruise in the harbor over the neon-lit Huangpu River, with a spectacular view of the Shanghai skyline.

Overnight in Shanghai with dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Friday, Oct 27
Breakfast in the hotel. Morning tour to Jewish Shanghai: the former home of Shanghai’s Jewish community, the Hongkou Ghetto. See the Memorial to Stateless Refugees within the ghetto and Ohel Rachel Synagogue (from the outside), also built by the Sassoon family. Drive through the French Concession, where many of Shanghai’s fine Jewish estates were once located. Within the French Concession, visit the Arts and Crafts Institute, a historic home and former estate of one of Shanghai’s officials. See some of the local crafts designed and created here. Then visit the museum for Urban Planning, or the Shanghai Museum.   Return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.  Dinner at the Chabad restaurant.

Day 6: Saturday, Oct 28
Breakfast at the hotel.  Shabbat Services, followed by Kiddush and lunch.  After lunch we will take an optional walking tour of the city.
Return to the hotel for dinner and, in the evening we will see the Spectacular Acrobatic Show.

Day 7: Sunday, Oct 29
Transfer to Zhouzhuang,visit Zhouzhuang water village with boat, The canals that crisscross Zhouzhuang have many stone bridges, and some of them are ancient. About fourteen of these were built in the imperial era about 150 years ago or more. Representatives of these are the Twin Bridges, Fu’an Bridge, Zhenfeng Bridge and Fuhong Bridge.

The Twin Bridges: The twin Shide and Yong’an Bridges were built between 1573 and 1619. Each bridge has one square and one round opening that look like ancient keys. They are also known as the Key Bridges, then return back to Shanghai in the late afternoon, in the evening, enjoy acrobatic show.

At night we enjoy a night tour including the famous Nanjing Road.

Day 8: Monday, Oct 30
Breakfast in the hotel and morning flight to Guilin. Located in south China, Guilin and its environs is considered to be the pearl of China’s thriving tourist industry on account of its natural beauty and historic treasures. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills, with the verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters and wonderful caves, make the city an appealing destination. It is also an important cultural city with a history of more than 2,000 years. However, adventures in Guilin City will have to wait, as upon arrival, we will drive to Yangshuo, which is a gateway to the beautiful scenery of the region, specifically the Karst Mountains, formed by a unique geological process. We will enjoy a cruise on the peaceful Li River, a perfect place to view the unique karst rock structures. After our cruise and lunch, we will drive to Fuli Town, one of the few preserved ancient towns in Guilin. Locals still keep their traditional way of living in old stone houses, boat fishing and making rice wine.

Tonight we sleep in Yangshou. After dinner at our hotel, we will enjoy the Mirage Show, a fantastic acrobatic show with amazing colorful lights and special-design stage effects.

Day 9: Tuesday, Oct 31
Today we explore the county of Longsheng in Guilin County. Famous for its rice terraces and hot springs, it is also home to widely diverse cultural minorities, all with their own flavor and flair. Once we arrive, we will visit various charming villages which preserve and display age-old traditions, including Yingshui Dong Village, where the Dong people prospered, Jinzhu Zhuang Village, the home of the Zhuang people, which also boasts the best views of the rice terraces. We will also visit two villages of the Yao people, Baimian Yao Village and Huangluo Yao Village, and experience their culture.

Evening: tour including a cruise on the four lakes of Guilin and a view of the two illuminated pagodas, one named the Sun and the other appropriately named the Moon.
Overnight in Guilin with dinner at the hotel.

Day 10: Wednesday, Nov 01
Today we will explore the city of Guilin. We start with the Reed Flute Cave, a natural phenomena of limestone rock lit up by multicolored lights. We then continue on to Elephant Trunk Hill, a hill nicknamed because of its appearance of an elephant drinking water. Lastly, we stop at a pearl factory to shop and learn about this elegant stone.

Afternoon flight to Xian. Dinner will be in the hotel with a delicious kosher fish dinner. After dinner we enjoy an evening tour to the famous musical fountains.

Day 11: Thursday, Nov 02
Breakfast at the hotel.  We start the day with the world famous Terra Cotta Warrior Museum, including a special visit to a panorama movie, Pit1, Pit2, Pit3 and the Bronze Chariot. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum. Given time, we will take a glimpse of the warrior duplication site where molds are created to show the original way of creating them. On to a special lunch with delicious Buddhist Vegan food (made with our own utensils).

In the afternoon we will visit Muslim Street and museum which is a fantastic place to wander around. All shops and restaurants in the street are operated by Muslims. The stalls line the narrow alleys selling almost everything. If you are good at bargaining, you can get some amazing buys. Dinner at hotel.

Day 12: Friday, Nov 03
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure by air to Beijing. Arrive in time to orient ourselves to the city and prepare for Shabbat.

Shabbat dinner with the Beijing Jewish Community at Chabad.  Evening: Shabbat with Chabad of Beijing.

Day 13: Shabbat, Nov 04
Breakfast at the hotel.  Shabbat Services, followed by Kiddush and lunch at the Chabad House. After lunch we will take an optional walking tour of the unique Flower Market featuring beautiful Asian plants and flowers. Walk back to the hotel for Shabbat rest.  Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit and Maariv.

Evening: visit to the exotic Food Market and Wangfujing Street. This evening enjoy the daring Kung Fu Show.

Day 14: Sunday, Nov 05
Morning tour to the Temple of Heaven and traditional Chinese Park. The Temple was the sacred praying site for Chinese emperors (1420-1911) to pray for a good harvest. Visit the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square, which can hold as many as 3 million people. We proceed through the Tiananmen Rostrum to the imperial enclosure – the famed Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, the largest of its kind in the world. It houses more than 9999 rooms.  Five of the rooms had 24 emperors living successively inside them from 1420 until 1911, both the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Climb up the Scenery Hill and have a bird’s eye view of the modern Beijing City as well as the glistening Forbidden City spread out in front of you.

Dinner at Chabad followed by the amazing Golden Mask performance.

Day 15: Monday, Nov 06
Breakfast at the hotel. Deluxe coach to the Great Wall, initially built in 221 BCE by the first emperor of China as a defense against nomadic tribes and has been renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It extends over 10,000 kilometers in the northern part of China from the eastern Pacific Ocean to the western Gobi Desert. Visit the Jade Friendship Store while enjoying the magnificent work done by elite Chinese jade experts on the spot.  Later in the day, visit the Ming Tombs and learn about Chinese Feng Shui as mostly reflected by the layout of the Ming Dynasty Tombs.

This evening enjoy the daring Kung Fu Show. Dinner at the Chabad restaurant.

Day 15: Tuesday, Nov 07
Visit the Summer Palace, an imperial garden which is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. Explore the Pearl Market and learn how to find the best quality pearls and various pearl products which has been part of the Chinese culture.  Visit the Tibetan style Lamasery, housing the world’s largest single white sandal tree Buddhist carving.  Then take an exciting tour of Beijing’s Hutongs (old neighborhoods) on a private and exciting Rickshaw ride. Stop for a traditional Chinese massage and lecture on Chinese medicine and treatment.

After dinner, an evening departure from Beijing with EL AL at 22:00 back to Israel, arriving at 03:10am (Wednesday, Nov 08).

Note: Most trips have varying levels of walking requirements. If yo have any mobility issues, please inquire from your Ophir agent.

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Price: AACI members $5,385 per person in a double                                                                       Currency Converter
Non- AACI members   $ 5,435 per person in a double
Single supplement       $ 770                                                                                                             

Price Includes:
Round trip flights on EL AL from Israel
3 domestic flights: Hong Kong/Shanghai; Shanghai/Guilin; Guilin/Xian; Xian/Beijing
14 night’s good 4-star hotel accommodation
Kosher meals: daily breakfasts in hotels + lunch boxes. Dinners in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai at kosher restaurants. Freshly prepared  vegetarian / fish dinner at hotel in Xian and Guilin
Transportation in air-conditioned coach as per itinerary
Local guides for the excursions and visits as per program, including entrance fees
Israeli English-speaking tour leader
Porterage at hotels and all tips
Varied evening Chinese shows
Water on bus
Individual wireless headphones
AACI staff escort

Not included:
Chinese Visa
Any items of a personal nature
Any other items not mentioned above
Travel/Medical insurance

Prices are subject to change due to fuel or tax increases.  The itinerary may vary.

Deposit of $400 per person at time of reservation.
Final payment due by August 31, 2017

Cancellation from time of registration until August 31, 2017
Cancellation between August 31 – September, 30, 2017: 50% of total package
Cancellation from October 01 to day of departure: 100%

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