Martial Arts China Culture Trip

Visiting Places: 
Beijing -  Shaolin Temple - Chen Tai Chi Village

(Extension Trip: Wudang Mt or Xian Terracotta Warriors)

Trip Length: 14 days
Trip Code:   STMAM10
Trip Dates:  -2nd Apr - 15th Apr  (Available anually)
                  -2th Apr - 25th Apr
                  -8th Apr - 1st May
                  -8th Aug - 31st Aug
                  -6th Sep - 29th Sep
                  -2th Oct - 25th Oct

Trip Fee:     USD $1980 per person
(excludes visa & flight).   
                 
GBP £1580 per person
(excludes visa & flight).                   
                 
mimimum number of 10 participants.

 

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    Introducation

    This is a unique trip that is specially designed for Tai Chi, Wushu, Kung Fu schools, clubs, organizations and Chinese cultural enthusiasts, families and anyone interested in experiencing authentic Chinese culture. The trip is flexible to suit all individuals or group needs centred around China's famous martial arts history and practice.


    Program Features

    -Train with the Masters in Martial Arts workshops in Beijing, Shaolin Temple and Chen Village
    -See all the sights including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Longmen Caves etc
    -Learn new skills like Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting and Chinese Medicine etc
    -Enjoy social activities such the Peking Opera, Acrobatics, sampling tea and making dumplings
    -Select an extension trip to Wudang Mt or Xian Terracotta Warriors
    -Take 2 free days to discover other historical sites, visit Olympic Venues and souvenir shopping


    1. Martial Arts Workshops

    Learn or train Chinese Martial Arts, Wushu, Qigong and Taiji quan (Taichi) in the land of its origins, under the guidance of famous Chinese young and old masters. Our martial arts workshops encompass traditional and contemporary styles as well as external and internal forms. The external group includes Modern Wushu, Traditional Kung Fu and Sanshou. The internal group includes Tai Chi, Tai Chi weapons and Chi Gong.  In Shaolin, there will be three groups namely Buddhism Qigong, Shaolin Empty Hand Forms and Weapon Forms, In Chen Village, there will be three groups, namely Chen style Tai Chi, Tai Chi Weapons, Pushing Hands. All workshops will focus on improving students' levels through intensive basic training and learning of new competition forms. (Suitable for both beginners and advanced students.)

    Training Certificate

    All participants will be given a certificate signed by the masters and certifying all training sessions in Beijing, the Kung Fu sessions in Shaolin Temple, Tai Chi sessions in Chen Village in Henan and Wudang Kung Fu training in Wudang Mountains.


    2. Sightseeing Programs

    Our sightseeing programs provide a great chance for participants to discover China's major historical and cultural attractions. Beijing sights include the Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City. Henan province excursions include the famous Shaolin Temple, Chen Tai Chi Village and extension trips to Wudang Mountains or Terracotta Warriors are also available. These tours give a chance for participants to experience China's rich unique history and cultural heritage. Admission, transportation and English-speaking guides are included in all of the trips.


    3. Local Activities

    A wide range of local and social activities will be organized throughout the trip program including a Peking Duck feast, Chinese Hot Pot night, karaoke night, Chinese teahouse, Peking opera and souvenir shopping. Our dinners and social evenings are fun-filled events and are a great way to meet other people from all over the world.


    4. Culture & Arts Workshops

    Our culture and arts workshops such as Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, Chinese medicine, traditional musical instruments, making Chinese dumplings etc are a unique opportunity for students to learn and experience some of China's traditional skills and crafts. All workshops are taught and demonstrated by professionals of each craft.


    5. Extension Trips

    The Terracotta Army or Warriors and Wudang Mountain are two famous historical attractions in China. An extension trip to either of these two places is available in an additional cost in the last two days of the trip. Other extension trips to other cities such as Shanghai, Tibet, Pingyao, Hong Kong, Yunnan, etc are also available. 


    6. Free time & Personal Assistance

    Our trip is full of activities, but don't worry. We have plenty of free time that allows you to rest or go shopping, or if you prefer, make your own way to explore other interesting places at each of our destinations. Our staff members treat you as friends and are always available to assist you and provide all the information you need.



                                                                                                                        Once you are in China

    Airport Pick Up

    Our staff will meet you at Beijing International Capital Airport and will be holding an orange colored SCIC sign to identify them. A trip welcome pack will be handed out to every participant so you can start enjoying your China experience straight away, whilst our staff introduces the program on the coach. We will take you back to the airport once the trip finished.
       
    Transportation

    A private coach and driver will be provided during your trip in China for safe and pleasant transport to and from the hotels and to everywhere your activities take place, such the historical sites, training places, downtown Beijing and the train station.

    Accommodation

    Our accommodation ranges from 3, 4 or 5 star hotels, depending on the standard you selected for your visit in China. All standard rooms have one double or twin beds, air-conditioning, en suite shower/bath room and satellite television. Some hotels offer facilities such as choice of restaurants and pubs, a health and fitness club with gym, Jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, massage, bowling, table tennis and games room. All the accommodation we select is in good condition, with two people sharing a standard room.

    Food & Beverages

    Most meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) are included in our travel programs except last two free days. Breakfast in the hotel is generally buffet style with a choice of both Western and Chinese food, but lunches and dinners in local restaurants are mostly Chinese. Chinese tea, soft drinks and Chinese beer are served with lunch and dinner and there are plenty of dishes available for vegetarians. If you have special requirements for your meals, please inform us on the registration form in advance. (Plus a wonderful welcome dinner and the farewell party).

    Trip Brief & Orientation

    Participants will be given a comprehensive orientation session on the first day of arrival. This briefing will provide all the information about our trip including local map, itinerary, timetable, emergency contact numbers, plus the locations of amenities such as pubs, supermarkets and post office. In addition, participants will be taken on a brief tour around the hotel and then on a more extensive walking tour of the neighborhood so you can orientate yourself and make the most of local facilities.

    Contact Your Family or Friends

    To drop a line to say you have arrived in China safely on the first day, simply bring your mobile with you, call or text your family, or purchase a Chinese SIM Card. If you want use a hotel phone to call your family, call charges are usually around 8 yuan (1 dollar) per minute. Moreover, Internet cafes are available everywhere in Beijing. Fees are around 2 - 5 RMB per hour. If you have your own laptop, you can access a wireless connection at most bars or restaurants.

    Enjoy Free Time & Personal Assistance

    Our program is full of activities, but don't worry, we have plenty of free time that allows you to rest or do your shopping, and if you prefer you make your own way to explore other interesting places everywhere we visit. Our staff will be your new friends and help you get around the places and provide all information you need.


    Plan for More Tours, Activities & Travels

    We are happy to provide further travel information and assistance for trip participants if they require travel to other parts of China such as Shanghai and Hong Kong, or other oriental countries such as Japan, Thailand and Singapore. We can also help someone who would like to extend his or her study and stay in China after the trip has finished.

     

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                     Standard Itinerary


    The aim of the itinerary is to provide a brief idea of what the participants of the cultural trip will experience during the visit in China. It is designed to be flexible which means it can be altered if required, but we will make sure that all the activities listed on the trip itinerary will be carried out.

    There are Martial Arts training, sightseeing, culture & arts workshops and local social activities, times and frequency of these activities vary depending on the program selected. There will be one or two days for self-catering which allows our students to relax. There will be plenty of time to take in the sights of Beijing that you may not have seen. (A more detailed itinerary will be provided at the orientation day)


    Day 1 UK / Beijing
    Take flight from your home country to Beijing Capital International

    Day 2 Beijing
    Upon arrival meet the SCIC staff in the airport and transfer back to Hotel, have a rest at hotel. After lunch carry on the Briefing and orientation in the afternoon, a welcome dinner Stay at hotel

    Day 3 Beijing
    Sightseeing Program (Visit the Tianan Men Square and the Forbidden City in the morning, have lunch in the local Chinese family. After lunch have tour of Hutong and Gongwangfu by rickshaw. Visit Beihai Park, enjoy the Peking Opera Show. Stay at hotel

    Day 4 Beijing
    The MA Training Sessions 1 (Option: Internal or External styles ) from 9 to 10:30 am at the back garden of the hotel, start the sightseeing program at the 11:00am in the morning and visit the Ming Tombs (Sacred Way), lunch in Dayi restaurant, Visit the Badaling Great Wall in the afternoon. Visit the Tea House. Peking Duck Banquet followed by the workshop (Chinese Stone Seals & Chops Workshop 8 to 9pm. Stay at hotel

    Day 5 Beijing
    The MA Training Sessions 2 (Options: internal or external styles) from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning, Lunch at a local restaurant near by the hotel .

    Culture & Arts workshops in the afternoon: 1. Chinese Medicine 1:30pm to 3:00pm, 2. Chinese Music & Instrument workshop from 3:20pm to 4:20pm 3. Chinese Calligraphy and Painting from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Dinner at a local restaurant. Stay at hotel

    Day 6 Beijing
    The MA training Session 3 (Taichi Ball) 9:30 to 10:30am at the Temple of Heaven Park. Visit the Temple of Heaven. After lunch visit the Summer Palace, Have a Hotpot dinner and enjoy the Chinese Acrobatics Show in the evening. Take overnight train K179 22:38 - 07:11 to Zhengzhou (Shaolin)

    Day 7 Zhengzhou
    Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for breakfast; have a good rest in the Morning, after lunch. Visit the professional Tai Chi Team, Enjoy the paper cutting,Majiang and Dumpling Making workshops from 5 to 6 pm, stay at Fengleyuan Hotel 4 star.

    Day 8 Shaolin Temple
    After breakfast, travel to Shaolin Temple, enjoy the Shaolin Kungfu Show, Shaolin Kungfu Whole Day tour of Shaolin Temple, Stay at Shaolin International Hotel 4 star.

    Day 9 Shaolin Temple
     After breakfast, the Shaolin Buddhist Meditation or Kung Fu Training Session from 9am to 11am in the Shaolin Kung Fu School, After lunch, enjoy Kung Fu Training 3 to 5pm. Stay at Shaolin International Hotel

    Day 10 Shaolin Temple / Chen Village
    Take the bus to Wenxian (Chen Tai Chi Village), Visit the Cheng Family Memorial Temple and learn the Taiji at the Village in the afternoon. Travel to Luoyang, stay at Peony Hotel.

    Day 11 Luoyang / Beijing
    After breakfast enjoy your free time, after lunch visit the Longmen Grottos, after dinner take overnight train back to Beijing.

    Day 12 Beijing
    upon arrival, transfer to hotel, free time for rest and self explorations, lunch and dinner are not provided, stay at hotel.

    Day 13 Beijing
    enjoy free time that allows you to take rest or explore other places in Beijing, lunch is not provided, afternoon transfer to the famous shopping place, the Silk Market, so you can practice your haggling skills and buy some souvenirs, Farewell Dinner with the Certificate Presentation in the evening. Stay at hotel

    Day 14 Beijing
    Transfer to Beijing Capital airport for your flight back. The trip is officially ended.
    (Please note, due to the tight schedule, the Chinese Language and Song workshops will be carried out on the coach during the trip)



    Extension Trip to Xian Terracotta Warriors:
    Trip Fee: USD$580 per person / GBP380 per person
    (Based on a numinum number of 4 participants)

    Day 11 Luoyang / Xian
    After breakfast, take a train to Xian 9:29 to 14:31, visit The Ancient City Wall, Big Mosque and have a walk around at the mosque area, lunch, Drum Tower. Stay at Xian Diamond Hotel 4 Star.

    Day 12 Xian
    Breakfast, whole day visit of Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Lunch, visit Huaqing Pool, Wild Goose Pagoda, dinner, take overnight train Z20( 19:23 - 06:53) to Beijing

    Day 13 Beijing
    upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, Free day that allows you to take rest or explore other places in Beijing, afternoon transfer to the famous shopping place, the Silk Market, so you can practice your haggling skills and buy some souvenirs,  Farewell Dinner with the Certificate Presentation in the evening. Stay at hotel

    Day 14 Beijing / Your home
    Transfer to Beijing Capital airport for your flight back. The trip is officially ended.


    Extension Trip to Wudang Mountain
    Trip Fee: USD$ 680 per person / GBP 480 per person
    (Based on a numinum number of 4 participants)

    Day 11 Luoyang / Wudang
    After breakfast enjoy your free time, after lunch visit the Longmen Grottos, after dinner take train to Xiangfan, upon arrival, meet our guide, and transfer to Wudang.

    Day 12 Wudang
    Breakfast, Whole day tour of Wudang Mountains visit Baixiaogong and Nanyan, after the lunch and take the cable car back to bottom, Stay at Wudang Hotel

    Day13 Wudang
    Breakfast, Wudang Kung Fu / Taiji training is from 9: 30 to 11:30, After lunch transfer to Xiangfan Train Station, take train K280 17:52 - 13:09 back to Beijing

    Day 14 Wudang / Beijing
    upon arrival, transfer to hotel, have a rest, Free day that allows you to take rest or explore other places in Beijing, afternoon transfer to the famous shopping place, the Silk Market, so you can practice your huggling skills and buy some souvenirs,  Farewell Dinner with the Certificate Presentation in the evening. Stay at hotel

    Day 15 Beijing / Your home
    Transfer to Beijing Capital airport for your flight back. The trip is officially ended.

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