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Tours and Travel Arrangement

China Star Ltd, the official housing and tour agency of the 2nd Global Symposium, would like to help you experience Beijing’s rich culture and history. A number of tours are offered to the city’s most cultural and historical sights. Descriptions, the tour schedule and conditions are indicated below.

If there are any requirements for private touring, transportation or hospitality services, or interest in other parts of China (such as Xi’an to see the Terra-cotta Warriors, Chengdu to see Pandas, Shanghai or Tibet), please contact the official appointed ground agent, China Star Ltd, who will be pleased to assist with any arrangements.

  

Pre and Post Symposium Tour

29-31 October and 4 November 2012

Prices quoted are based on a group of 10 or more

 

Monday, 29 October (13:00-18:00)

Half day visit to the Badaling Great Wall. The world–renowned Great Wall, a symbol of ancient Chinese civilization, has stood grandly in China for more than 2000 years. Stretching from the coast at Bohai Bay in the east and ending at Jiayu Pass in the west, it snakesbetween lofty mountains for 12,700 li, or 6,350 kilometres, hence its Chinese name Wanlichangcheng (ten-thousand-li-long-wall).

Tour Code: HD-1029A, Half day tour cost: RMB380/US$60per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Badaling Great Wall (excluding cable car)




Monday, 29 October (13:00-18:00)

Half day visit to Tianan Men Square and the Forbidden City.The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace) has been home to 24 emperors beginning with its creator Emperor Yongle in 1420 until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. The entire complex consists of 8,706 rooms in which an estimated 8,000-10,000 people lived at one time within an area of 170 acres. In ancient times the grounds were strictly off limits to ordinary Chinese people, the gates today lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history and architecture.

Tour Code: HD-1029B, Half day tour cost: RMB280/US$45per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Forbidden City



 

Tuesday, 30 October (13:00-18:00)

Half day visit to the Badaling Great Wall (see information above).

Tour Code: HD-1030, Half day tour cost: RMB380/US$60 per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Badaling Great Wall (excluding cable car)




Tuesday, 30 October (08:00-17:30)

Full day visit to theTemple of Heaven.China’s largest temple and altar complex, the Temple of Heaven occupies an area of 270 hectares. Construction of the Temple began in 1420. The emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for abundant harvests at the temple. The tour includes lunch at a local restaurant, visiting theSilk Museum, and an afternoon visit to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is the best kept royal garden in Beijing and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens in the world. In 1998 it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.The Summer Palace is a wonderful place to go to relax.A Dragon boat ride on the Kunming Lake in the Palace will also be included.

Tour Code: FD-1030, Full day tour cost: RMB430/70US$ per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Lunch at local Restaurant, incl. one glass of soft drink, like regular coke, sprite, mineral water or local beer.
  • Admission fee to the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace incl. boat ride



 

Wednesday, 31 October (08:00-13:00)

Half day visit to the Badaling Great Wall (see information above).

Tour Code: HD-1031A, Half day tour cost: RMB380/US$60 per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Badaling Great Wall (excluding cable car)




Wednesday, 31 October (08:00-13:00)

Half day visit to the Tianan Men Square and the Forbidden City (see information above).

Tour Code: HD-1031B, Half day tour cost: RMB280/US$45 per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Forbidden City




Sunday, 4 November (08:00-13:00)

Half day visit to the Badaling Great Wall (see information above).

Tour Code: HD-1104A, Half day tour cost: RMB380/US$60 per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Badaling Great Wall excluding cable car




Sunday, 4 November (08:00-13:00)

Half day visit to the Tianan Men Square and the Forbidden City (see information above).

Tour Code: HD-1104B, Half day tour cost: RMB280/US$45 per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Forbidden City




Companion Program

Date: 1-3 November 2012

Prices quoted are based on a group of 10 or more

 

Thursday, 1 November (08:00-17:30)

Morning visit to the Tian’an Men Square and the Forbidden City, Lying in the centre of Beijing, the Forbidden City was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Construction of the palace complex began in 1407 and was completed fourteen years later in 1420. Until 1924 when the last emperor of China was driven from the Inner Court, fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here.

Hotpot lunch at Nanmen Restaurant, afternoon visit to the Hutong area, hutong is a unique form of community that exists only in China. If you are fed up with high buildings and wide streets, then Beijing’s hutongs are the place to go!These small, winding alleyways between the city’s main boulevards are delightful. Taking a rickshaw tour through the hutongs will give you the opportunity to experience different aspects of the past and the present of Beijing city, the society and daily life. This would be followed by a visit to a tea house to understand Chinese tea and its culture.

Tour Code: FD-1101, Full day tour cost: RMB500/80US$ per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Hot Pot lunch at Nanmen Restaurant, including one soft drink (e.g. coke, sprite, mineral water) or local beer.
  • Admission fee to the to the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace




Friday (08:00-16:30, Nov. 02, 2012)

Morning visit to the Summer Palace which is the best kept royal garden in Beijing and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens in the world. In 1998 it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.The Summer Palace is a wonderful place to go to relax.A Dragon boat ride on the Kunming Lake in the Palace will also be arranged.

Lunch at a local restaurant, afternoon visit to the Lama Temple, (known as Lama Temple Beijing (Yonghegong), Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple or Yonghegong Lamasery), a renowned lama temple of the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism, situated in the northeast part of Beijing city.Lama Temple features five large halls and five courtyards with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves with carved detail. It houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals.

Tour Code: FD-1102, Full day tour cost: RMB430/US$70 per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Lunch at Local Restaurant, including one soft drink (e.g. coke, sprite, mineral water) or local beer.
  • The cost for visit to the summer palace including boat ride on Kunming lake




Saturday, 3 November (08:00-17:00)

Half day visit to the Temple of heaven.China’s largest temple and altar complex, the Temple of Heaven occupies an area of 270 hectares. Construction of the Temple began in 1420. The emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for abundant harvests at the temple.

Afternoon visit to the Silk StreetMarket.Located in Xiushui East Street, ChaoyangDistrict, the Silk Market abuts on the south-east of Ritan embassy and consulate. There are currently 410 booths and nearly a thousand staffs working here. Most of the foreign costumes sold at the market are given prominence to culture connotation of the tour, including silk production and souvenirs, etc. Silk Street attracts both Chinese and foreign visitors.After several years' development, Silk Street has now become one of the most famous business streets in Beijing. Here you can purchase not only Chinese traditional silk products and exquisite handicrafts, but also many well-known foreign brands. Many customers here are foreigners who bargain using basic Chinese and sign language to the sellers. Most of the sellers in Silk Street can recommend their products and bargain with simple foreign languages. This could be considered one of Beijing's famous scenes.

Lunch is on own arrangement, there are some restaurants at the Silk Market.

Tour Code: FD-1103, Full day tour cost: RMB300/US$50 per person

The cost includes:

  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach transfer with English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to the Temple of Heaven




Remarks:

  1. All rates are both in RMB Yuan (Chinese local currency) and in US dollars.
  2. Tour quotations and operation are based on minimum group of 10 people. If bookings received are below 10 people, the tour will be cancelled or we will revise the quotation accordingly.
  3. The quoted prices do not include tipping for the guide and driver.

In recognition of the good service from tour guides, drivers, waiters in high-end restaurants or bellboys, tipping which was once frowned upon has gradually becomeacceptedascommon practice in China as elsewhere in the world. In most Chinese cities, but especially the internationalized metropolis of Beijing, Shanghai,Hong Kong and Macau, and other tourist-famous cities, tipping is very common in tourist areas. In fact it is not a must but will be greatly appreciated by the Chinese. Since tipping is a personal matter, please do not feel uneasy about it. What or when you choose to tip depends entirely on how you rate a service but you are not under any obligation to do so. Here below are some suggestions for tipping:

  • US$ 4 p.p. per day for the guides
  • US$ 2 p.p. per day for drivers
  • US$ 1.5 per piece of luggage check-in or checkout in each city for the bellboys
 
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