Culture Street
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Suzhou Museum
Yuyuan Bazaar

Serving as a capital city as early as the 5th century BCE, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center. It is
also China's most important center for international trade and communications. Beijing is one of the six most ancient cities in China.

Arrive at Beijing International Airport; reception and transfer to four-star Jianguo Garden  Hotel
Dinner at Wangfujing pedestrian street

Oct. 9 (B,L)
General orientation on the program and travel tips
Visit the
Great Wall (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    The Great Wall, an impressive military architectural structure of Imperial China, was built by different dynasties over a period of two

Visit a cloisonné factory
Lunch in a Chinese restaurant (included)
Visit the
Summer Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    The Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in the world, is a veritable museum of Chinese classical gardens. Its
    construction was begun in 1750 and took 15 years to complete.

Oct. 10 (B)
Visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City (UNESCO World Heritage
Site), where the movie The Last Emperor was filmed.
    The Forbidden City, with 9,999 rooms, was the residence of 24 emperors over 5 centuries, from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to
    the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Lunch in an Italian restaurant (not included)
Visit the
Beijing City Planning Exhibition Center, which houses a 302 m2 scale model of Beijing city
Visit historical
Qianmen pedestrian street

Oct. 11 (B,L)  
Visit Temple of Heaven (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
    Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven is the altar where the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasty emperors offered
    sacrifices to heaven and prayed for good harvests.

Visit Bai Gong Fang, a store offering pearl jewelry and cosmetic pearl creams
Lunch in a Chinese restaurant (included)
Visit the
Confucius Temple, where the Sage was honored during the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644), and
Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties.

Visit the
Silk Street Market, which offers clothing and Chinese artefacts
Visit "
The Place," one of China's most audacious contemporary shopping showcases, with a digital canopy that arches
over its central outdoor plaza - the biggest LED screen in Asia

DIA 12/10, 3a. feira (C)
Visit the Grand National Theatre (“The Egg”), both outside and inside the structure
    This project was designed by the French architect Paul Andreu and is the first in a series of futuristic buildings in Beijing,
    representing yet another break in architectural tradition. “The Egg” is a complex of theatres covered by a semitransparent dome of
    glass and gray titanium, surrounded by water.

Visit the Ancient Architecture Museum and the Temple of Agriculture
    Housed in the Xiannong Temple, the location where the Ming and Qing emperors offered sacrifices to the gods of agriculture, the  
    Ancient Architecture Museum is the first museum in China dedicated to ancient Chinese architecture.
Lunch in an international restaurant (not included)
Visit the world famous
798 Art Zone
    The 798 Art Zone, the largest artistic zone in Beijing, was a military electronics factory originally designed by  East German
    technicians, eventually being deactivated and subsequently abandoned. Today, it is a concentration of unique architectural
    structures which maintain their earlier Bauhaus-like style and still house some of the original industrial equipment, lending a
    retro-chic flavor to the buildings. The 798 Art Zone is frequently compared to New York's Greenwich Village and Soho areas.
Obs.: The 798 Art Zone has bookstores with an ample collection of books on art and architecture.

Visit the olympic venues: "The Bird’s Nest" and "The Water Cube"
    The Beijing National Stadium or “The Bird’s Nest” was the site of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games and is part of
    the Olympic Park. Today, “The Bird’s Nest” has replaced Tiananmen Square as the symbol of Beijing.

Dinner of imperial cuisine at the famous Baijia Dayuan restaurant (optional, not included: approx. US$ 24,00)
    Baijia Dayuan, the former residence of Prince Li, one of the sons of the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty, is a garden-style
    imperial cuisine restaurant.

Oct. 13 (B, L): BEIJING-XI'AN

Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province is the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. It was the capital of China during the reign of the first
emperor Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.E.), who unified China during the Qin dynasty (221-207 B.C.E.).

Transfer to Beijing airport, fly to Xi'an
Check in at four-star Titan Times Hotel or similar
Lunch at a Chinese restaurant (included)
Visit the
Terracotta Army Museum (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Visit the
Muslim Mosque and Bazaar

Oct. 14 (B,L)
Visit the Big Goose Pagoda
Visit the ancient city wall
Lunch in a Chinese restaurant (included)
Visit the
Shaanxi Provincial Museum
Attend the Tang Dynasty show (optional, not included: approx. US$ 40,00)


Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and is its political, economic and cultural center. With its famous natural beauty and cultural
heritages, Hangzhou is one of China's most important tourist venues. Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon type climate with four quite
distinct seasons. However, it is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter, making it a year-round destination.

Transfer to airport, fly to Hangzhou
Check in at four-star Hangzhou Sunny Hotel or similar
Lunch at a Chinese restaurant (included)
Stroll along
West Lake

Attend “West Lake Impressions” show, with music composed by Kitaro, produced by the famous cineast Zhang
Yimou, creator of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony (optional, not included: approx. US$ 40.00)
(dinner not included; a simple meal costs approx. US$10,00)

Nov. 16 (B,L)
Visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda on the Moon Disk Hill
    The Six Harmonies Pagoda, located on Crescent Moon Hill, is one of the true masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture, being
    an octagonal wooden structure originally built during the Northern Song Dynasty (386-581). The six harmonies refer to the six
    Buddhist criteria: corporal harmony, verbal harmony, mental harmony, ethical harmony, ideological harmony, and material
Visit the Southern Song Imperial Kiln Museum

Lunch at a Chinese restaurant (included)
Hu Xueyan’s Residence (founder of the Huqinyutang TCM pharmacy). This residence, constructed in 1872,  
is considered to have been one of the most luxurious residences of its time and is one of the best conserved mansions
in China.

Lunch in Chinese restaurant (included)
Visit the
Jade Emperor Hill. Stop at the Purple Grotto with its view of the Eight-Trigram field, built in the Song
Dynasty (960-1279) and personally tilled by the Song emperor

Visit Xi Hu Tian Di, an area on the bank of the famous West Lake that is surrounded by restaurants and cafés
(dinner not included; a simple meal costs approx. US$10,00)


Famous for its high-quality silk products, as well as being one of the oldest cities in the Yangzi River basin, Suzhou stands out for its
gardens and canals. It is known as "The Silk Capital" and "The World of Gardens." The UNESCO World Heritage Commission
designated the Classical Gardens of Suzhou as World Hertitage sites on the basis that "...the four classical gardens of Suzhou are
masterpieces of Chinese landscape garden design in which art, nature, and ideas are integrated perfectly to create ensembles of great
beauty and peaceful harmony, and four gardens are integral to the entire historic urban plan."

Transfer to Suzhou by bus (3 hours)
Check in at four-star Suzhou Bamboo Hotel or similar
Lunch in Chinese restaurant (included)
Stroll down the
Ping Jiang Historical Street
Stroll down the Furen Fang pedestrian street, a shopping district with stores that offer Chinese objects and artifacts

Oct. 18 (B,L)
Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty, the
Humble Administrator's Garden is one of the 4 most famous gardens in China.
Visit the
Suzhou Garden Museum

Lunch in a Chinese restaurant (included)
Visit the
Silk Embroidery Museum
Visit the Suzhou New District, including the Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre, designed by Paul Andreu,
designer of the Grand National Theatre in Beijing ("The Egg")

Attend the concert at the Master of the Nets Garden - a UNESCO World Heritage Site (optional, not included:
approx. US$ 12.00)

Oct. 19 (B,L)
Visit the Suzhou Urban Planning Exhibition Center

Visit the
Suzhou Museum, designed by I. M. Pei., one of the most famous architects in the world, responsible for the
Bank of China building in Hong Kong.
    Finalized in July 2007, the Suzhou Museum, a project costing 40 million dollars and occupying 1.5 hectares, represents one of the
    most important contemporary achievements in Chinese architecture.

Lunch in Chinese restaurant (included)
Visit the
Suzhou Silk Museum and store, renowned for its high quality silk products


Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village. Its gradual development led to it being granted county status. It is now a multi-cultural
metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Known as "the Paris of the Orient," Shanghai is regarded as a shopper's

Go to Shanghai by bus (1.5 hours)
Check in at four-star Shanghai Grand Mercure Hongqiao or similar
Lunch (not included)
    Xintiandi  has become a famous cultural and historic area of Shanghai. It is a pedestrian street lined with renovated "Shikumen"
    style traditional buildings. Xin Tian Di includes art galleries, cafés, bars, shops and thematic restaurants.

Visit the Shanghai Museum
Visit the Bund
    The Bund is an exposition of classic European architecture and, up until 1949, was considered the Wall Street of China. Its Deco,
    Neo-Greek and Renaissance style buildings were the headquarters of the major foreign banks and firms of the times. The Bund
    is considered to be the most famous symbol of Shanghai.
Stroll along the riverside in the new Pudong area

Oct. 21(B)
Visit the 2010 World Expo
Lunch at the 2010 World Expo
Visit the 2010 World Expo
(lunch and dinner are not included)

Obs.: During the visits to the World Expo participants will have free time to visit the pavilions of their
choice, on their own. Transfer will be available from hotel to Expo and from the Expo to the hotel, at
appointed times. SBAEC presidents, Kevin and Simone will be present at the Expo.

    Given that 55% of the world population will live in cities by the year 2010, the issue of urban life is
    relevant to all nations. The 2010 World Expo, the first world exposition to focus on urban life, has
    "Better City, Better Life" as its slogan.

    This event is being held in Shanghai over 184 days, from May 1 to October 31, 2010. Various
    countries and corporations have pavilions, with the objective of promoting an exchange of ideas on
    urban development and new perspectives on the human habitat, lifestyle and work environments in
    the new century. Occupying an area of 5.28 square kilometers, the World Expo will include pavilions
    from the different countries and corporations, as well as cultural activities and leisure areas with
    restaurants and cafés.

    The Exposition's logo (at left) shows the image of three persons (you, me and her/him) together  
    holding hands, symbolizing the family of humanity. This design is based on the Chinese character
    which stands for "world," expressing the spirit of the exposition presenting the diverse cultures of the

Oct. 22 (B)
Visit the 2010 World Expo
Lunch at the World Expo
Visit the 2010 World Expo
(lunch and dinner not included)


Oct. 23 (B)
Free day
Transfer to airport
Departure to country of origin
Brazilian BBQ
The Suzhou Museum, a significant construction that blends traditional Chinese architectural design with the future
Grand National Theatre, "The Egg”
Ouyuan Garden
Baijia Dayuan Imperial Cuisine Restaurant
Leifeng Pagoda, Hangzhou
West Lake
Confucius Temple
Templo do Céu
Hu Xueyan's Mansion, the most luxurious residence in China
Cultural Excursion: Ancient and Futuristic China
16 days in China: Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai
Beijing International Airport, Terminal 3

The futuristic terminal 3 of the Capital Airport in Beijing was designed by
British architect Norman Foster. Some say it has the format of a dragon.

It is estimated that by 2015 the terminal will receive approximately 55 million
passengers per year. The project has an area of approximately 1 million
square meters.
“The Water Cube”
“The Bird's Nest”
Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Denmark Pavilion
Japan Pavilion
Lithuania Pavilion
Norway Pavilion
The Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre in the Suzhou New District
© Suzhou Museum

1. Participants will be accompanied during the entire trip by the presidents of SBAEC, Kevin de La Tour and Simone
de Magalhães Pinto de La Tour, who have over 12 years of experience in China

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
Concert at the Master of the Nets Garden
The Humble Administrator’s Garden
The participants of this cultural excursion will have the opportunity to become familiar with ancient and modern Chinese
architecture in a specially selected itinerary of noteworthy cities.

The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and Gardens of Suzhou are some of the ancient sites in this
itinerary, in contrast with the ultra-modern mega-constructions of the Bird's Nest, Water Cube, CCTV Tower and the
Grand National Theatre. Participants will also visit the futuristic urban proposals at the
2010 World Expo in Shanghai,
which includes pavilions by 200 countries and organizations, and plans to draw a total of 70 million visitors.

16 days of unique opportunities in 5 cities showcasing ancient and contemporary Chinese culture: Beijing,
Xi'an, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai
. See detailed itinerary below.
“West Lake Impressions” show
Silk Street Market
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Lao She Tea House
Forbidden City
Great Wall
Confucius Temple
China Pavilion
Brazil Pavilion
October 8-23, 2010, China
Tang Dynasty Show
Zona de Arte 798
Eight-Trigram Field
Purple Grotto
Jade Emperor Hill
Suzhou Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Southern Song Imperial Kiln Museum
Qianmen Pedestrian Street