Manhattan Mandarin Travel

Immersion Excursion 2018

On behalf of the entire team at Manhattan Mandarin we'd like to thank our first group of students for an amazing trip. We spent two weeks in June in some of our favorite spots in China including The French Concession in Shanghai, a walk through the ancient tea fields of Hangzhou, the Terracotta Army and Hui street in Xi'an, and all the must-see spots of Beijing.

 

The students had 25 hours of Chinese class during the tour and did an amazing job communicating with the locals. We can't wait to run this trip once a year and continue to share with our student the China that we know and love.

-Jamie 

June 16- June 30 

Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi'an, Beijing​

26 hours of customized Mandarin Classes

The Highlights Tour

Day 1:

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  • Morning/Afternoon:

    • Arrive, transfer from airport in private coach and check-in to Accommodation

    • Walking tour of People’s Square, Nanjing Road and the Bund and learn about China’s rapid urban development

  • Evening:

    • Welcome Dinner and trip briefing.

Day 2:

  • Morning:

    • Look for gifts and local delicacies at Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar.

  • Lunch: Feast on Shanghai's famous Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings).

  • Afternoon:

    • Then take a tour of Shanghai’s financial district, Lujiazui, and head to the top of the Pearl TV Tower for a view of the whole city

  • Evening:

    • Enjoy an evening cruise on the Huangpu River for more amazing views of the Shanghai skyline.

Day 3:

  • Morning:

    • Take a bus to Hangzhou

  • Afternoon:

    • Head to the Longjing tea fields to try picking leaves and tasting the final product.

Day 4:

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  • Morning:

    • Break into groups for Mandarin class

  • Afternoon:

    • Take a boat ride on West Lake and look for temples and pagodas on the shoreline.

  • Evening:

    • Enjoy the Xi’hu musical fountain

 

Day 5:

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  • Morning:

    • Break into gourps for Mandarin class

  • Afternoon:

    • Visit Songcheng Hangzhou scenic spot and enjoy a show in the evening.

 

 

Day 6:

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  • Morning:

    • Break into groups for Mandarin class

  • Afternoon:

    • Walk down bustling Hefang Ancient Street.

  • Night train from Hangzhou to Xi’an  16:47-09:16+1 soft sleeper

Day 7:

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  • Morning:

    • Drive outside the city (1.5 hour) and go deeper into China’s ancient past at the Terracotta Warriors.

  • Afternoon:

    • Then take a tour of Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter market with all its sights and sounds.

  • Evening:

    • For dinner Sample the unique flavours of Hui Muslim food.

    • An evening stroll to see the Drum and Bell tower lit up at night. (Entrance not included)

Day 8:

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  • Morning:

    • Break into groups for Mandarin class

  • Afternoon:

    • Then travel to Qinling Mountain outside Xi’an (2 hours). Have lunch at a countryside farm before starting a 1 – 2 hour hike to a tranquil temple. Return to the farm for a calligraphy lesson and campfire

  • Evening:

    • Return back to Xi’an.

Day 9:

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  • Morning:

    • Break into groups for Mandarin class

  • Afternoon:

    • Take a bike ride around the top of Xi’an’s ancient City Walls.

  • Evening:

    • Finish the day with Tang dynasty dance and music all while enjoying a dumpling feast.

Day 10:

 

  • Morning:

    • Break into groups for Mandarin class

  • Afternoon:

    • Visit a local art street Shu Yuan Men

    • And then Visit Shaanxi History Museum

  • Evening:

    • Night train from Xi’an to Beijing  Z20 19:21-06:58  soft sleeper

Day 11:

  • Morning:

    • The morning starts with a Kung Fu lesson in the park. Then continue to see the Temple of Heaven to see classic imperial Chinese architecture and get a taste of Chinese park life.

    • Experience a Chinese tea ceremony in teahouse in the corner of the park.

  • Afternoon:

    • In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, walk through the grounds and then take a boat across the lake (boat only available (April – October).

Day 12:

  • Morning:

    • Break into groups for Mandarin class

  • Afternoon:

    • Learn about China’s imperial history at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, then take in the panoramic view of historic Beijing from Jingshan Park.

  • Evening:

    • Then enjoy a Peking roast duck banquet.

Day 13:

  • Morning/Afternoon:

    • Travel and hike to a secluded and incredibly beautiful section of the Great Wall, avoiding the crowds.

  • Evening:

    • In the evening watch an amazing Acrobatic show

Day 14:

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  • Morning:

    • Transfer to airport for flight home