Performance Tour Itinerary
Note: (B,L,D) codes indicate meals provided: breakfast, lunch, dinner. All flights include meals aboard.
Saturday, January 4 On-campus Preparation Day
All participants return to campus. Tour rehearsal and final information meeting.
Sunday, January 5 Depart the U.S. Flight to China
Depart on our flight from a Washington DC area airport. Your flight to Beijing takes you over the Arctic and we’ll cross the International Date Line. All meals served on board as well as complimentary beverages, movies, and earphones for your travel comfort.
Monday, January 6 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, our local representative will meet us and escort the group to the private coaches and then to the hotel to check-in. Beijing is located in the North and is China’s capital and its most modern city. China’s two dynasties (1368-1911) and 26 emperors have bestowed Beijing with the richest dynastic heritage in the world. We’ll enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner this evening. (D)
Tuesday, January 7 Beijing Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
Breakfast at hotel. This morning we’ll visit the vast Tiananmen Square, the largest public space in the world in the heart of modern China. Located at the center of Beijing, the present Square has an area of 440,000 square meters. Tiananmen is flanked by the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, and the China National Museum. Originally the Square was the front door of the Forbidden City.
From here we visit the Forbidden City. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the world’s largest palace complex, with 9,999 rooms, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall. We’ll end with a visit to the Temple of Heaven-it was the largest complex of ancient sacrificial buildings. It is three times the area of the Forbidden City and was built fin 1420 for emperors to worship Heaven.
This afternoon you will visit the Central Conservatory of Music where you will have an opportunity to meet the students and perhaps participate in exchange performances between the two schools. Your first performance may be scheduled in the Concert Hall at the Central Conservatory of Music. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided today. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, January 8 Beijing Great Wall & Summer Palace
Breakfast at hotel. An emblem of Chinese civilization, a cultural phenomenon of world caliber, the Great Wall is a must see. The Wall remains one of man’s most remarkable accomplishments. The amount of brick and stone used to construct the Great Wall could circle the earth with a wall eight feet high. You will walk and hike the stairs that have been trodden since 403 B.C. Lunch will be provided.
This afternoon we’ll enjoy a relaxing walk around the enchanting Summer Palace. An UNESCO Heritage Site, it was the renowned imperial retreat in the Qing Dynasty. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner this evening followed by a spectacular Chinese Acrobatic performance. (B,L,D)
Thursday, January 9 Xi’an Depart Beijing for Xi’an
Concert in Music Hall of Xi’an Music Conservatory
Breakfast at hotel. Arrival in Xian this morning followed by check-in to hotel. Lunch will be provided followed by a visit to the Xian Music Conservatory, where you will have an opportunity to meet students and faculty and possibly watch a rehearsal. Time will be available this afternoon for a short rehearsal followed by dinner. A special concert performance will be scheduled this evening in the Music Hall of Xian Music Conservatory. (B,L,D)
Friday, January 10 Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and Factory, Muslim Quarter & Ancient City Wall
Breakfast at hotel followed by a visit to see the Qin Dynasty Terra Cotta Warriors, one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. There are over 6,000 life-sized terra-cotta soldiers and horses that guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of the unified China. The Muslim Quarter of Xi’an is one of China’s oldest neighborhoods, which was once the center of trade at the end of the Silk Road. The Muslim Quarter also offers some of China’s best shopping, in a traditional market setting. Lunch and dinner will be provided. (B,L,D)
Saturday, January 11 Shanghai Depart Xi’an for Shanghai
Breakfast at hotel followed by check-out and departure for Shanghai. We arrive in Shanghai, the Financial and Economic Center of China. Our local representative will meet us and escort the group to the private coaches and then to our hotel. This evening we’ll enjoy a Welcome dinner at the hotel. You may have free time this evening to visit the ultimate shoppers’ Mecca and Shanghai’s “Fifth Avenue”. Here you will find China’s greatest variety of retail stores, restaurants, sweet shops, gift boutiques and night-clubs. (B,L,D)
Sunday, January 12 Shanghai Yuyuan Garden & Chenghuang Temple Market
Concert at Shanghai Jiaotong University
Breakfast at hotel. We’ll start the day with a visit to the tranquil Yuyuan Garden, a 16th century maze of colorful pavilions, ponds, stone dragons, arching trees and flowers, surrounding the instantly recognizable zigzag bridge. It is one of China’s finest examples of Ming Dynasty gardens and architecture. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll visit Shanghai Jiatong University, a top 5 Chinese university, and go on a campus tour guided by Chinese university students and have dinner with them. Afternoon rehearsal and concert at the university this evening. (B,L,D)
Sunday, January 13 Shanghai Bund, Shanghai Museum, Silk Factory, Jinan Temple & Acrobatic Show
Breakfast at hotel. Today’s city tour starts with a visit to Shanghai Museum which offers a first class collection of Chinese antique furniture, Chinese painting and ceramics. Stop at a silk factory to learn about silk production. Lunch will be provided today. Visit one of the most beautiful Buddha temples in China – Jinan Temple. Take a walking tour at the picturesque Bund at Huangpu River. Dinner will be included this evening. (B,L,D)
Monday, January 14 Suzhou Day Trip to Suzhou
Breakfast at hotel followed by bus transfer to Suzhou, one of China’s oldest cities and also one of the most beautiful. It is a city crisscrossed with a network of canals and subsequently known as the “Venice of the East” with its own Grand Canal. While there we’ll visit Yipu Garden where students can learn how to write Chinese Calligraphy. Visit the Silk Embroidery Institute and see how silk is processed from the silkworm to the final woven cloth. Then float down the Grand Canal, the world’s oldest and longest waterway, to see the local people’s life in classical South-China style. See the streets, the open markets and the local people’s life by a rickshaw ride along canals and over bridges through the old town of Suzhou. Lunch and dinner provided today. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, January 15 Singapore Depart Shanghai for Singapore
Breakfast at hotel followed by check out and transfer to airport for our flight to Singapore. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of Singapore to include the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. You'll have great views of Marina Bay when you stop for photos at Merlion Park and the Merlion, Singapore's mythological creature that is part lion, part fish. We’ll transfer to our hotel and check-in. You’ll have free time this afternoon and evening to explore this beautiful and exciting city. Have dinner on your own this evening. (B)
Wednesday, January 16 Singapore Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. This is a prestigious School of Music that is an integral part of the National University of Singapore, offering a 4-year undergraduate music degree program comparable to programs at major conservatories of music around the world. You’ll spend the day meeting the students from the conservatory and there will be an opportunity for exchange performances between the two schools. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner followed by one of Singapore’s most acclaimed attractions, the Night Safari. The Night Safari is the world's first nocturnal zoo and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore. (B,L,D)
Thursday, January 17 Singapore Sentosa Island
Breakfast at hotel. Today we’ll enjoy a visit to Sentosa Island. There are so many activities and attractions including the MegaZip Adventure Park, Sentosa Luge & Skyride, Azzura Beach Club, Underwater World & Dolphin Lagoon and the Tiger Sky Tower. Lunch and dinner on your own. (B)
Friday, January 18 Depart Flight back to the U.S.
Breakfast at hotel followed by check-out and transfer to the airport for our flight home to the USA.
Saturday, January 19 Arrival in US
Relax, recover and prepare for the start of classes on Monday!