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Beijing, formerly known as Peking, is the capital of China, located in the northern part of the country. It is the second largest city in China after Shanghai and is the cultural, political, and intellectual center of the country, as well as a major industrial and commercial metropolis. Initially settled more than 2,000 years ago, it has been the capital of China for most of the last 700 years. The climate is seasonal, with hot summers and cold winters. Temperatures can climb higher than 38C (higher than 100F) in July and drop lower than -15C (lower than 5F) in January.

More than 90 percent of the population of Beijing are Han Chinese, and the remainder are Manchus, Mongols, Turkic peoples from western China, and other minority nationalities and foreigners. Mandarin Chinese is the language spoken in and around Beijing. Beijing remains a city of great monuments, palaces, mosques and temples and other reminders of the past glory of imperial China. Beijing is the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In and around Beijing, we will visit many of the following sites:

Sites 2002 Tour 2005 Tour
City Tour watch video clip watch video clip
Tiananmen Square watch video clip watch video clip
Forbidden City watch video clip watch video clip
Great Wall of China watch video clip  
Summer Palace watch video clip watch video clip
Imperial Chinese Garden    
Muslim District    
Niujie Mosque watch video clip  
Haidin Mosque watch video clip watch video clip
Chang Ping Mosque watch video clip  



Xian [shyaan] is the capital city of Shaanxi Province in eastern China. One of China's oldest cities, it is home to some major archaeological sites, including one found to contain a vast army of life-sized soldiers made of terra cotta, known as "The Terra Cotta Warriors."

Xian is the beginning of Silk Road and is known as the ancient capital of Xian. Xian means Peaceful. It has a population of 7M people. It is known to be the (geographical) center & Ancient Capital of China for 11 dynasties. The region of Xian has been inhabited from as far back as 6000 years. At that time the now rather barren plains were much greener and ideally suited for farming. The first emperor of the unified China, Qin Shihuang founded the capital of Xianyang, which is a little west of Xian. Following the Qin was the Han dynasty that moved the capital further east, to the plain where Xian is now situated. Xian is enclosed by a wall stretching 8 km north-south, and nearly 10 km east-west.

Modern Xian is only a small part of its former self. As a reminder of the old importance as a center of commerce with many trading partners as far west as Persia and the Arabian world, there are still many Muslims living in the Xian region. Xian is a fertile land and grows apples and many other fruits. It snows mildly in winter.

In and around Xian, we will visit many of the following sites:

Sites 2002 Tour 2005 Tour
City Tour   watch video clip
City Wall   watch video clip
Muslim District watch video clip
Great Mosque of Xian watch video clip watch video clip
Qin Terracotta Warriors   watch video clip



Hohhot [huh hut] is the capital city of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China, and in Mongolian means "blue city," referring to the azure skies that are rarely troubled by clouds. It is located about 400km west of Beijing, at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. The city is known mostly as a stopping point for travelers who wish to visit the grasslands that can be found about 100km from the city or to go on to the Republic of Mongolia to the north. For over a thousand years, Hohhot was a popular resting spot for Mongol nomads, and the city was formally founded by the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 CE). The large number of religious buildings established there led Hohhot to be called the City of Temples and Lamaseries.

The grasslands outside of Hohhot in the region of Gegentala are an amazing sight to see. The experience is capped off by spending a night in a traditional Mongolian tent, called a yurt. The yurts are made of compressed sheep wool and are shaped like squat Native American teepees. While in Gegentala, one can enjoy observing activities such as Mongolian wrestling, horse and camel riding, archery, among others.

In and around Hohhot, we will visit many of the following sites:

Sites 2002 Tour  
Gegentala Grasslands    
Great Mosque of Hohhot watch video clip  
Mongolian Folk Songs watch video clip  
Yurts (Mongolian tents) watch video clip  



Shanghai is called "Hu" for short. It is a bustling metropolis at the mouth of the famous Yangtze River with the East China Sea in the east. Shanghai is a very large city with a population of more than 13 million. The city of Shanghai is among the world's biggest and most booming urban cities today, and is considered the "Pearl of China." In fact, it is home to the world's third tallest TV tower, Oriental Pearl TV Tower (468 meters).

Shanghai is also a great destination for shoppers. Its best-known shopping street in China is Nanjing Road, an exciting avenue lined up with well-known shops and department stores selling clothing, food and specialty goods. Shanghai is a paradise for gourmets, too. Visitors can enjoy a taste of all the different kinds of food in the world. Shanghainese cuisine is hybrid and distinctly different than traditional Chinese cuisine.

In and around Shanghai, we will visit many of the following sites:

Sites   2005 Tour
City Tour   watch video clip
Xiao Tao Yuan Mosque   watch video clip
Shanghai Flea Market   watch video clip
Shanghai Shopping Malls
(Nanjing Road and Xiangyang Road)
  watch video clip



At various points during the tour, we will observe the following performances and activities:

Sites 2002 Tour 2005 Tour
Chinese Acrobatic Show watch video clip  
Chinese Cultural Show   watch video clip
Reflexology Center    
Silk Center watch video clip watch video clip
Jade Factory watch video clip  
Pearl Center watch video clip watch video clip
Tea Tasting and Demonstration watch video clip watch video clip
Chinese-style Arabic Calligraphy watch video clip watch video clip
Mongolian Horse Racing watch video clip  
Night cruise on Huangpu River   watch video clip
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