- Round trip International airfare from the United States to China
- Internal flights within China.
- All taxes and round trip transfers to and from the hotel.
- Private deluxe motor coach and driver!
- 5-star hotel accommodations for seven nights in central Beijing and Xian.
- Tour a Chinese pottery factory.
- Most meals.
- Special hand sewing class with Bonnie Hunter.
- Walk on the Great Wall of China.
- Special Peking Duck dinner.
- Tour a Cloisonné and Jade Carving Factories.
- Sightseeing at the Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square.
- Extraordinary shopping at the Pearl Market & Silk Alley.
- Rickshaw ride through the oldest area of Beijing.
- Lunch in the home of a local Chinese family.
- Optional Chinese Acrobatic Show & foot massage.
- Arts and crafts workshop with a master Chinese artisan.
- Tour the famous Terra Cotta Warriors Museum.
- Visit the Wild Goose Pagoda.
- Visit to a student art gallery.
- Professional Chinese tour guide and Craftours tour escort the entire time.
- Commemorative Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and totebag.
Tiananman Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace
) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City
. Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall.
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.
In China, a vast land spanning many degrees of latitude with complicated terrain, climate varies radically. China has a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. In winter most areas become cold and dry, in summer hot and rainy. For current weather go to weather.com or click here
Chinese Currency is called Renminbi (RMB or CNY) means "People's Currency" in Chinese language.
for a currency converter.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST CHINA TRIPS:
Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Sew Many Places over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all the while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."
Jayne Willbur, Battle Creek, MI - "Exciting and awesome! What an adventure and one I thought would never happen for me. Everyone in the group were courteous to each other. We experienced some NEW things while on this trip and the sites and scenery -- wow! I can honestly say the food served us was exceptional, even though I learned to eat with chopsticks (fun) I can honestly say by the end of each meal I felt satisfied. We took in a lot of information in the two-week period and I felt there couldn’t have been better drivers, tour guides, and timeliness of each adventure done any better than what was done for us."
Judith Kirk, Unley, S. Australia - "China was great with so many new experiences in such a short time. And such a joy to meet Ali!"
Lisa Bialock, Sun City West, AZ - "Craftours and their team do not just take you on a journey, they experience it with you."
Ute Jarasitis, Tacoma, WI- "When I travel with Craftours, I know we’ll go first class and everything will be taken care of with a smile."
Mary Ellen Francis, Weybridge, VT- "This was my first trip with Sew Many Places. The only word that I would use to describe the experience was fantastic. All the tours, accommodations and food was first class. The trip was obviously well orchestrated, and ran smoothly. All the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, willing to answer any question and fulfill any request. I would not hesitate to go on another trip."
Barb Glasier, Kentwood, MI- "This said Ultimate China Trip and it was--every little detail and lots more than I expected. Loved every minute and felt I saw so much and learned so much about China. Enjoyed trying all the different foods of China. Really loved all the different arts and crafts we saw being done."
Debbie Rey, Richland, MI - "The Ultimate China Expedition was my second tour with Craftours, and it was absolutely stellar from start to finish. One of my favorite reasons for going with this company is that the trip is so much more than just sight-seeing. China (and my prior trip, Ireland) were both a terrific blend of history, culture, shopping, restaurant/food experiences and other unique experiences where I leave a country truly feeling that I have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience and made some new friends as well. The handling of all of the details a group tour entails were impeccably executed. If you want to see the world, I can think of no better company than this one."
Bev Burington, Prineville, OR - "Really enjoyed the trip. Would like to go back and spend some more time in certain cities."
Gina Ellingen, Naperville, IL - "It was a tour with magic in almost every single day, a fantastic trip!"
Peggie Murray Tampa, FL - "I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was just the right size for the type of tour. It allowed for everyone to feel like they had personal attention when needed. The individual tour guides were awesome. I learned a great deal about Tuscany while relaxing and enjoying my vacation."
Bev Palko, Okotoks, Alberta - "The trip was wonderful. It was very well organized. I would not have been able to see all of these places on my own."
Debbie McClelland, Groveland, Massachusetts - "I traveled with Kaye England and Sew Many Places to China seven years ago. This was a dream of mine and I was not disappointed. This was the trip of a lifetime and we experienced the ultimate in travel. Sew Many Places made sure we have first class accommodations and that we not only saw the sights but experienced the culture. Our guides were topnotch and enriched our experience."
Sheri Renaud, North Las Vegas, NV - "I had an occasion to take a quilting tour through Mc’Calls and Sew Many Places to Bejing, China in 2005, I believe. I have to say, I had no idea what to expect on the trip, but going with fellow quilters was reassuring. It turned out to be an exceptional experience. From the arrival in China to our final departure, things could not have been better. SewManyPlaces had thought of everything, including a place to purchase extra luggage for all our goodies when we were ready to come home. The hotel was five-star with excellent cuisine. The tours and tour guides were exceptional. All of the tours were well thought out to allow us to experience as much of China as possible without feeling overwhelmed. It was something I will never forget and am so glad for the opportunity to experience it with a quality tour company such as SewManyPlaces.
Next chance I get, I will definitely tour with Sew Many Places again, especially if it involves quilting."
Rosemary Hopkins, St. Louis, MO - "I took a trip to China with Sew Many Places. It was amazing, even the cruise on the Yangtze where our accommodations were less than sterling. I would love to go to Ireland with you."
Mary Osborne, Shingle Springs, CA -"I went to China with Sew Many Places. The trip was very well planned except for the fact we were there during the week of national holiday. Everything was very crowded but it was fun to see the people learning about their own culture. My only complaint was that we had no time on our own but I did get to see all the big things I had wanted.
If I take another tour I will check with Sew Many Places first!"
Lois Wolfe, Little Suamico, WI- "I have traveled with Sew Many Places to China, New York, Ireland and France. I feel very blessed to have the wonderful memories of these trips with lots of laughs and wonderful friends that were made. The TravelAgency is very thoughtful when planning your dining, lodging, and sight seeing, its like they are planning it for themselves. All I can say is THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES."
Karen Cooper, Coralville, Iowa- "I have traveled on two of your trips, one to Ireland (This was before you had the quilt show over there) and the other to China. I had to find a partner to go on that one. That was the most fabulous trip I have ever taken. We were with a great group of people and everyone was very friendly and helpful to each other. Charlie was a fabulous guide. It was a very fast paced trip and the trip down the Yangse was the number one best loved feature. I have done quite a bit of traveling but I think your trips are the absolute best as far as organization goes. I hope to travel with you again."
Martha Lynn - "The trip I took to China was the very best of all the trips I have taken abroad. Great hotels. Will go to South America as that is next on my bucket list."
Sandra Geho, Marietta, Georgia - "I loved the opportunity to see and experience many beautiful places and historic sites. As a gardener, and quilter, the trips opened so many creative opportunities that will influence me the rest of my life."
Carol Dunn, Salem, Wisconsin - "This tour went way beyond my expectations. I found the tour guides to be informative, helpful and friendly. "
Bonnie Holtz, Des Plaines, Illinois - "I loved the way Charlie took care of us all the time."
Tamera Kaplan, Savage, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the entire trip. The people were fabulous Americans and Chinese. Always friendly and helpful."
Margaret Bushaw, Laguna Niguel, California - "This China tour surpassed all of my expectations! It was inspirational, educational, and fantastically fun!"
Rhonda Denney, Canon City, Colorado - "Talk about a full tour trip! I had always wanted to see the Great Wall of China and the Terra Cotta Warriors. Each day was chock full of activity and sights."