In the spirit of Chinese New Year – Celebrate with a brief list of Private Experiences which can be incorporated into a detailed Journey.
Private & Special Experiences
Chinese New Year Celebrations: We can create some wonderful private and special experiences throughout China and these can easily be built into touring itineraries. If you would like any assistance in tailoring these into a Chinese journey please let us know and we will be delighted to assist you in creating a memorable exploration of this stunning destination.
BEIJING – SHANGHAI – HONG KONG: Always Include VIP Arrival Service. You will be met as you exit from the plane and assisted with Immigration Procedures. After clearing Customs you are introduced to our Eastern Journey Guide. BEIJING: Private Access at Chonghua Palace at The Forbidden City We can offer an ‘exclusive access’ visit at the Chonghua Gong (Palace of Double Brilliance), where Emperor Qianlong lived as a young man before his accession to the throne. This area is normally off-limits to the public and offers a stunning and private opportunity to absorb one of the world’s largest former palaces.
BEIJING: A Day of Trekking on The Great Wall of China – Jinshanling As an alternative to more main-stream Wall visits, the “Wild Wall” is a much more remote section of China’s fascinating Great Wall and where there are generally very few other visitors. A picnic lunch box is offered as is a 4 hour (or so) trek and which is truly the best way to experience the Great Wall.
BEIJING: Lunch on the Great Wall – Jinshanling Memorable to say the least, enjoy your own private Lunch atop The Great Wall of China.
BEIJING: A Cooking Session with the Beijing Housewives Rather than a glitzy hotel-experience we can privately offer a much earthier and, we believe, more meaningful experience. In a traditional home in the Hutongs our local ‘house-wives’ introduce you to daily life in this city through a couple of local dishes that they would make for their families. An experience of today’s China.
BEIJING – Other Special Experiences We exclusively work with a number of experts and we can offer a Historian to accompany you on your visit to the Great Wall. While if your forte is contemporary art enjoy a guided visit to the 798 Art District set in a former munitions factory.
SHANGHAI: Jewish Interest Tour We can arrange for our locally based Israeli expert to relive the fascinating history of the part of Shanghai in which the many Jewish Immigrants made their home. Dvir will explain the reasons they arrived, the notable events during their stay and the continuing influence they still have today.
SHANGHAI: A Historian’s Introduction to Shanghai. We work with Patrick Cranley an engaging Local Historian and Writer who specializes in the history of foreign communities who helped make this cosmopolitan city what it is today. Focusing on the area around the Bund and the French Concession, the city’s rich and very colorful history will be brought to life.
SHANGHAI: Motorcycle Tour of Historical Shanghai We can also offer a tour of Shanghai from a motorcycle sidecar. The tour will go through the French Concession, Old Town and the Bund with other locations available on request. This is a fun, exciting and unique view of the city.
XIAN: Special Access at the Warriors Exclusive arrangements arrange for guests to visit the private Lower Viewing Gallery at The Army of Terracotta Warriors while at the Han Dynasty Warriors (dating from 80 years later), we can offer very privileged access into the Curator’s Restoration Room.
XIAN: The Shaanxi Museum’s Treasure House Access to the vaults of the Shaanxi Museum. In the Museum’s Treasure House, normally closed to the public for preservation purposes, you have the opportunity to view their stunning collection of mausoleum frescoes dating from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 – 907). Closed: Monday’s
XIAN: Join a Kung Fu Lesson Held at the city’s Martial Arts University, this is a wonderful opportunity for all followers of Kung Fu.
HONG KONG: Tea & Calligraphy An absorbing immersion into the tea and calligraphy traditions in Hong Kong. Set in an atmospheric location reminiscent of the old teahouses; you will learn about the different varieties of Chinese teas from our tea master, the history of the utensils, before tasting a couple of perfectly brewed samples with proper tea-drinking etiquette of course! The master is also an expert on Chinese culture and literature and you will also be introduced to the beautiful art of Chinese Calligraphy. He will present the history of how Chinese characters evolved from symbols, teach you some simple words and you will have a chance to produce your own calligraphy for a wonderful memento of Hong Kong.
HONG KONG: Meet a Feng Shui Master We can arrange for a Feng Shui master to introduce this fascinating and important aspect of Chinese life. The belief of balance between elements on Earth has a great influence on Chinese customs and architecture. The Feng Shui Master will explain the ideas behind buildings and locations of landmarks in Hong Kong’s central District including the iconic Bank of China as well as maybe offering some general advice for your own home arrangements.
HONG KONG: Helicopter Flights Various options range for 15 to 60 minute flights over Hong Kong’s amazing city sights and landscapes and which truly offers one of the best ways to experience this vibrant ‘east meets west’ city.
ALL CITIES: RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS We are delighted to offer restaurant reservations and in Beijing we are able to offer the atmospheric private- members China Club. In our land team is known to many of the city’s leading restaurants and whether it is a meal with local flavor, a terrace table overlooking the Bund or even the romantic 2 person private dining room set in a Cupola catered by Jean Gorges Restaurant, we can offer reservations along with transfers from and to your hotel.
If you decide to visit China and I would suggest you avoid the Chinese New Year holidays which usually fall around end of January to early February. The first week of May and first week of October are also big holidays in China so we suggest avoiding these dates as well. If you are planning a visit to Tibet then the whole month of March is normally closed to foreign visitors.
Spring and Autumn remain the most pleasant times to visit China.