China Adventure of Culture & Arts Study Tour
Route 1 : Deep into the hinterland of China
-- 12-day Exploration of the origin of China 3000 years ago
Day 1 : Ancient Beauty Meets Modern Charm
– History of Development of Chinese Clothing
Highlight 1) : Arrival on Beijing. We arrange airport pick-up and transfer before 6pm.
Highlight 2) : Welcome Chinese Costume Party from 8pm.
The party is an ice-breaking event for you to get to know and make friends with each other, whom you will start the journey together for the next 12 days.
Theme of the party is “Chinese in your eyes”. In your knowledge of Chinese costumes, which age is the most attractive or representative? Bring them, and show off in the party! At the end of the party, we will have a simple demonstration of models wearing Chinese costumes from all ages , to explain the history of development of Chinese clothing , and each of their cultural meanings.
Day 2 : Noble Aristocracy Meets Ordinary Arts Creator
– Walk Into the Lives From Chinese Ancient Royalties to Folk Artists
Highlight 1) : Learn the history and traditional Chinese architecture – the Forbidden City
Within this architecture wonder, you will be able to feel the history of past 500 years of time . You will learn the symbolic meanings of the complex building, the unique Chinese architectural aesthetics and characteristic and so forth. Apart from that, you will also get to experience the real life of ancient Chinese aristocracies, and a better understanding of history that mostly appeared in the television scripts and literatures.
Highlight 2) : Chinese folk arts and crafts course: paper cutting, clay sculptures, shadow puppet
We have elaborately chosen 3 most representative and popular Chinese folk art forms: paper cutting, clay sculptures, and shadow puppet play, for you to have personal experience of observing and learning the process of the artworks being produced. Nowadays, the professional Chinese folk artists are becoming much rarer than before due to the rapidly mordernised society. Thus, this is a great opportunity to have an actual conversation with these talented artists and be able to see the working environment of them.
Day 3 : National Cultural Treasure of China – Peking Opera
Highlight 1) : One-day course of Pecking Opera in Pecking Opera Theatre
The Pecking Opera is famous for its unique singing skills, costumes and distinct facial paintings for specific characters. During this one-day activity course of Pecking Opera, you will not only enjoy the most famous and popular acts and get to know the typical stage and theatre set-up, but you also get to personally experience the fascination of this art form by dressing on the costumes, having the facial paintings, and learning a few singing and dancing skills from masters of the Pecking Opera. At end of the day, you will need to perform a few lines from a specific act on the stage as a result of one-day’s learning.
Highlight 2) : Beijing's local food culture - Peking Roast Duck
You will taste the most authentic Peking Roast Duck in Beijing, and other local delicacies to have a deeper understanding of the famous Chinese food culture.
Highlight 1) : One-day view and activity course of Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting
In the first viewing course, you will learn how to distinguish and appreciate the meaning of different styles and genres of Chinese calligraphy and brush paintings in the exhibition of these artworks. The calligrapher and painting artists will explain the artistic achievements of some most famous artworks for you to have a further understanding.
In the latter activity course, you will have a hands-on experience to turn your theoretical knowledge into practical skills. The calligrapher and painting artists will teach you step by step of those rudimental skills. After the course, each of you will create one of your own work on a beautifully mounted scroll, and bring it home with you.
Highlight 2) : Beijing's Bar Culture (Optional)
As a modern city, Beijing has developed its own culture regarding to clubs and bars during the development of the country over the recent decades. You can choose to hangout in a stylish bar, or just wander along the street to experience a different bar culture from UK , and leave a memorable night in Beijing.
Day 4 : Explore the World of the Antique Rolls of Wonder
– Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting
Highlight 1) : Climb the Great Wall
Chinese people believes an old saying: He who never been to the Great Wall is not a true man. As such, climbing onto the Great Wall is an indispensable activity in China. Furthermore, on the Great Wall, you will learn more facts and folklores about the Great Wall, and the reason that ancient Chinese people built it. After this trip, you will gain new respect to the wisdom and diligence of people from ancient times.
Highlight 2) : One-day view and activity course of Chinese acrobatics.
During the first viewing course, you will enjoy and appreciate the fascinating performance of Chinese traditional acrobatics. The course will continue with actual learning of the simple movements including proper breathing techniques, better controlling of your body muscles, and some martial arts that are related to Qigong, a slow and deliberate movement exercise. During the course, you will also have the opportunity to talk to these acrobatics artists, to learn more stories behind the stage.
Day 5 : The Arts of Impossible Created by Ancient Intelligence
– The Great Wall and the Chinese Acrobatics
Highlight 1) : Take the bullet train (300km/h) from Beijing to Xi’an
You will take the high-speed bullet train transporting from Beijing to Xi’an. The fully operated bullet train will reach the speed as high as 300-350km/h (the top speed of UK railway is 225km/h). The journey will not only allow you to experience the technology in fast-developing modern China, but also to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.
Highlight 2) : Chinese traditional music concert, and theoretical course of Chinese music
followed by interaction and activity with musicians.
Since Xi’an is the cultural origin of China, many Chinese traditional musical instruments were originated from here. Thus, you will get to enjoy the most authentic Chinese music to where it was given birth. After the concert, you will learn the differences between western and Chinese music, the introduction to each of the instrument, and the development of these music forms and instruments. The evening will continue with hands-on activity to these musical instruments, for you to have personal experience of how these beautiful arts are made.
Day 6 : Marching Towards West: City of Xi’an – Penetrate Into the Origin of China
Highlights : Meditation Course in the Temple of Great Maternal Grace.
The Temple of Great Maternal Grace was built around 1350 years ago in Tang dynasty by the emperor Li Zhi to commemorate his mother. It was the most famous and grand temple in the city of Xi’an (called Chang’an in ancient times). Within the temple, a giant pagoda called the Giant Goose Pagoda was built to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveller Xuanzang. The famous fairy story book of “Monkey King” was adapted from this history of the journey.
While visiting the temple and the pagoda, you will learn the history and the development of Chinese (Han) Buddhism with its own cultural characteristics and adaptations. You will understand how the ideas and concepts of Buddhism have infiltrated into the daily living styles of ordinary Chinese people and philosophy of the country. To further understand the religion, you can choose to continue with the meditation course (not required for other religious people), and have the vegetarian meal during the day to spiritualise your body and your mind.
Day 7 : Religious Study – The Origin and the Development of Buddhism Culture
Highlight 1) : One-day view and knowledge expansion course in Terracotta Warriors (Army)
and Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Museum.
The Terracotta Army was guarding the mausoleum of the first emperor of China 2200 years ago, Qin Shi Huang. He was the one who instigated to build another wonder of the world, the Great Wall.
With nearly 8000 life-sized terracotta figures that have been recovered, each one of them was constructed differently. The wonderwork was not only because its total size or numbers, but was also attributed to its extremely high level of arts and crafts skills back 2000 years ago. Standing in the scene of this great wonder while learning more stories about this history, you will have an unforgettable experience and a vivid memory of the uniqueness of the Terracotta Warriors.
Highlight 2) : Half-day leisure at your time to travel around the city centre of Xi’an.
As the economic, political, and cultural centre of north-west of China, Xi’an is a combination of modern and tradition. Other than historical heritages, local traditional food and places like the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, and Muslim’s Quarter also attract people all over the world.
You will have half day of your own time to travel around the city centre of Xi’an and experience yourself of this old and mysterious city.
Day 8 : The Mysterious Mausoleum Culture and the Funerary Art of Ancient
Chinese Emperors – “The Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World”:
Highlights : Knowledge expanding and activity course of Martial Arts in Martial Art School
During the knowledge expanding course, you will understand the working philosophy behind martial arts and Tai Chi, which profoundly disagree with what normally people thought they were used for fighting. You will also learn different styles of martial arts and the secrets of Tai Chi to maintain your inner balance, which will coincide with the balance of nature.
The one-day course will have the martial arts and Tai Chi teachers to teach you the basic movements, breathing tricks and so on to complete a simple set.
Day 9 : A Profound Art of Athletic Fighting and the Balance of Nature
- Chinese Martial Arts (Kong Fu) and Tai Chi
Highlight 1) : Local food culture – the most authentic Chinese Hot Pot
Over thousands of years, Chengdu is rewarded as a magic city because of its richest resources, different landscapes, and famous food culture. Therefore, the first stop at this city will be try out the most famous Sichuan Hot Pot which is the most authentic version of Chinese hot pot.
Day 10 : A Land of Abundance – Chengdu
Highlight 2) : Historical and cultural ancient street – Jinli Promenade, Broad and Narrow
They are rebuilt trading and folk art streets imitating the ancient-style buildings in West Sichuan. Wandering around these streets, having a cup of tea in the traditional tea bar, or try out the local delicacies will give you a feeling of travelling back to thousands of years ago.
Highlight 1) : View course of Sichuan Opera and face changing followed by knowledge-
expansion and activity course with the performing artists.
Sichuan Opera and Face changing is one of the most unique and popular local culture and a beloved performing art by Chinese people. The course will start with the performance of the opera, then followed by artists to unveil the secrets behind the instant make-up and face changing. You will also get to try out the facial make-up and practise with the skills that have being taught in the previous session.
Day 11 : Classic Combining Arts of Drama and Magic – Sichuan Opera and Face
Highlights : See the Giant Panda and learn everything about breeding the Giant Panda
Day 12 : The Living Fossil – The Giant Panda