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TRAVELS 2013

CHINA FOR FAMILIES:

A TOUR OF CLASSICAL HIGHLIGHTS, PANDAS AND

YANGZI RIVER

with Erez Manela, Professor of History

June 26, 2013 - July 7, 2013


CHINA FOR FAMILIES

A TOUR OF CLASSICAL HIGHLIGHTS, PANDAS AND YANGZI RIVER

June 26, 2013 - July 7, 2013

DISCOVER THE PAST AND PRESENT

OF CLASSICAL CHINA......

On this specially-designed family

program, join fellow Harvard alumni and

professor of history, Erez Manela on an

exploration of China’s magnificent

civilization. With a view to amaze travelers

young and old, this tour places you right in

the middle of effusive Chinese charm.

Each day you’ll enjoy activities that bring

out the local color of Chinese life, especially

tailored for families who enjoy learning new

things. In Beijing, witness the spectacular

imperial architecture of the Forbidden City

and visit the renowned Great Wall of China.

Children will fly kites at the Temple of

Heaven and observe the dedicated students

at the Beijing Martial Arts Academy. In Xian,

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TRIP OVERVIEW

the Qin dynasty emerges before your eyes

with Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta

Warriors. A tour highlight will certainly be at

the Chongqing Zoo and interacting with the

lovable giant pandas, an unforgettable

experience for everyone. During your

3-night cruise, the carved valleys and

towering mountains of the Yangzi River will

leave you speechless. And in Shanghai

witness the marvelous dynamism of the city

as it pursues world-class status.

All along the way, Professor Manela and

your resourceful local guides will provide

insightful commentary that gives context to

the China you will see. This is a special

opportunity to see the marvels of this great

civilization through your children’s eyes and

create family memories for a lifetime.


HARVARD STUDY LEADER

PROFESSOR EREZ MANELA

Professor Manela is a historian of the United States in the

world and modern international history. His research has

spanned much of the twentieth century, from World War I

and its aftermath to the late Cold War, and his

publications include The Wilsonian Moment (2007) and

The Shock of the Global (2010). At Harvard he directs the

Program on Global Society and Security at the

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and also

co-chairs the International & Global History program in the History Department. His

most recent research seeks to reexamine the Sino-American alliance in World War II,

and what it meant to both Americans and Chinese. Manela has lectured across the U.S.

and elsewhere, including in Australia, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, and the

U.K. He has spent time in recent summers teaching and conducting research in China,

sometimes with his family in tow.

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SCHEDULE BY DAY

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 –

THURSDAY, JUNE 27

U.S. – BEIJING

Depart the U.S. on flights to

Beijing, arriving in China the next

day. Transfer to the hotel, located

in the heart of Beijing.

(MEALS ALOFT)

Overnight: Grand Hotel

FRIDAY JUNE 28

BEIJING

After breakfast, visit the National

Museum by Tiananmen Square.

The largest museum in the world

today, it houses the finest art and

antiquities of China. Next, explore

Beijing’s picturesque Houhai

district, where well-preserved

courtyard homes and narrow

hutong alleys border tree-lined

lakes. Tour the district by

“pedicab” for a closer and more

engaging experience of traditional

Chinese life. Later, divide into

smaller groups to enjoy a lunch at

the private homes of local families.

In the afternoon, tour the Temple

of Heaven, one of the finest

cultural expressions of the Ming

dynasty. Then fly kites in the open

temple grounds with a Chinese

kite master. This evening, savor

the imperial city’s most famous

delicacy, Peking duck, at the China

Lounge Restaurant. (B,L,D)

Overnight: Grand Hotel

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

BEIJING

In the morning, visit the Forbidden

City, the abiding symbol of

Imperial China. One of the great

achievements of civilization, its

construction employed hundreds

of thousands of workers between

1406 and 1420. Marvel at its

expansive architecture,

magnificent imperial gardens, and

many museums of Chinese

antiquities and treasures. Enjoy

Sichuan cuisine at lunch. In the

afternoon visit the beautiful

grounds of the Summer Palace.

Saunter through the exquisite

royal gardens and cruise on lovely

Kunming Lake. Also walk the

Painted Gallery, the longest garden

walkway in China, famous for its

lake views. Tonight is free and

dinner is on your own. You may

consider going to a performance

at the new National Grand Theatre.

Designed by the French architect

Paul Andreau, the “Big Egg” took

ten years to construct and is the

most expensive theatre ever built

in the world. (B,L)

Overnight: Grand Hotel

SUNDAY JUNE 30

BEIJING

In the morning, drive to the Great

Wall of China Mutianyu, a rugged

section of the Wall that offers less

crowded access and a more

striking perspective of the

surrounding hills. You may take the

chairlift up to the summit.

Scholars estimate that the Wallonce

stretched for 3,700 miles,

passing through sixteen provinces.

Children and adults alike- may

enjoy an Alpine Slide coming

downhill after hiking the Wall.

Lunch is at a nearby restaurant

famous for fresh farmers’ produce

and local flavors. Dinner is at the

newly opened Ken de Rouge

restaurant, beautifully designed by

Chinese architect, Gu Peng and

featuring fine fusion cuisine.

(B,L,D)

Overnight: Grand Hotel

MONDAY JULY 1

BEIJING/XIAN

This morning fly to the ancient

Tang dynasty capital of Xian. Upon

arrival, tour the extraordinary

2,300-year-old terracotta

warriors, the tomb of China’s first

emperor, Qinshihuang. The

warriors still stand on the original

site of the emperor’s burial

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complex, where peasants

discovered them in 1974. Before

dinner, stroll Xian's Muslim Street

and visit its Grand Mosque.

Chinese Muslim culture traces its

heritage from the once flourishing

Silk Road culture of the Tang

dynasty. The day concludes with a

Dumpling Banquet, featuring 20

varieties of traditional Chinese

dumplings. (B,L,D)

Overnight: Hilton Hotel

TUESDAY, JULY 2

XIAN/CHONGQING

Fly to Chongqing. After lunch, visit

the pandas at Chongqing Zoo.

Placed amid rolling hills and

beautiful natural scenery, the zoo

houses more than 2,000 animals

of over 200 different species. The

Panda House covers two hectares

with a large open den for pandas

to roam around. Other rare

animals such as golden monkeys

and South China tigers find their

homes here. Following dinner,

board the Yangzi cruise ship.

(B,L,D)

Aboard Victoria Anna

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3-

THURSDAY, JULY 4

YANGZI RIVER CRUISE

The main focus of the cruise is the

extraordinary Three Gorges -- the

deep valleys and towering

mountains carved by the Yangzi

River. Each day enjoy special

excursions on shore, including

visits to the Fengdu Ghost City and

the Lesser Gorge Daninghe. Tour


the immense Three Gorges Dam

construction site at Sandouping

and sail through the new

ship-locks. (B,L,D - both days)

Aboard Victoria Anna

FRIDAY, JULY 5

YICHANG/SHANGHAI

Disembark the ship in Yichang

after lunch. Then fly to Shanghai in

the late afternoon and transfer to

your hotel. The evening is free for

you and your family to enjoy. You

have the option to explore

Xintiandi in downtown Shanghai.

Designed by MIT architect Ben

Wood, Xintiandi is a $200 million

two-block “entertainment

environment” with modern

restaurants, clubs, cafes and

boutiques. (B,L)

Overnight: Portman Ritz-Carlton

Hotel

SATURDAY, JULY 6

SHANGHAI

In the morning, tour Yuyuan

Gardens, an elegant southern

literati garden. Enjoy the Chinese

love of porous rockeries and

zigzag bridges. Walk the historic

French Concession with European

style villas and church. Stop by the

lively Taikang Market Street with

boutique shops, galleries and

cafes. Visit the Silk Factory where

you will see the old silk production.

The silk shop features fine silk

garment, ties, dresses and

souvenirs. Lunch is at the popular

Lv Bo Lang Restaurant featuring

Shanghai Dim Sum. Then immerse

yourself in the wonderful

collections of the Shanghai

Museum, including its world-class

displays of Chinese bronzes,

ceramics, paintings, and

calligraphy. Later, ride on the

HIGHLIGHTS

• Walk on top of the world famous Great Wall of China, and

then slide down!

• Fly kites with a Chinese kite master and have lunch at the

home of a local family in the Hutong Disctrict.

• Tour the ancient burial complex where the extraordinary

2,300-year-old terracotta warriors still stand today.

• Watch the playful antics of pandas at the Chongqing Zoo.

• Cruise the Yangzi through the spectacular Three Gorges.

• Marvel at the world-class displays of Chinese bronze, jade,

pottery, ceramics, painting, and calligraphy at the Shanghai

Museum.

• Ride on the cutting-edge German technology magnetic

levitation train.

magnetic levitation train, or

“Maglev,” that reaches 260 miles

an hour, arriving at Pudong Airport

in eight minutes (normally an

hour’s drive by car!) This evening,

enjoy a farewell dinner at

Dingxiang Restaurant. Here,

Shanghai cuisine is the specialty.

(B,L,D)

Overnight: Portman Ritz-Carlton

Hotel

SUNDAY, JULY 7

SHANGHAI – U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the

Shanghai airport for flight home.

Arrive at the U.S. the same day.

(B, MEALS ALOFT)


OPTIONAL EXTENSION TOURS

CHENGDE JUNE 23-27

Arrive in China a few days early and experience the grandeur of one of China’s greatest cultural landmarks, the Qing

Dynasty Summer Palace at Chengde. The garden complex includes imperial halls, southern-style lake gardens,

Mongolian yurts and a wooded hillside with numerous pavilions. Eight Tibetan Buddhist temples, each one

architecturally unique, were built just beyond the palace; five of the temples remain.

Price: $1,155 per person based on double occupancy, $495 for single supplement

HUANG MOUNTAINS & HUIZHOU CULTURE JULY 7 – 11

This five-day extension focuses on Anhui Province and its idyllic landscape of rice paddies, Ming and Qing Dynasty

villages and old town centers. Discover traditional Anhui life, regional architecture and museums and the crown

jewels of the region, the Huang Mountains. The beauty of granite precipices towering above the morning valley

clouds has provided inspiration for Chinese artists for centuries. On foot and by cable car, explore the mountains’

gorgeous views.

Price: $1,995 per person based on double occupancy, $895 for single supplement

GUILIN, YANGSHUO, AND LONGSHENG JULY 7 – 11

This five-day exploration focuses on the sublime scenery of Guilin, Longsheng and the famous Li River. Known for

rice terraces cut into precipitous hills since the Yuan Dynasty, Longsheng’s beauty is awe-inspiring. Take in the

famous spectacular karst limestone formations of Guilin, vertical mountains thrust up from the seabed some 300

million years ago. Cruise down the Li River, winding past the ancient villages at Mural Hill, Folded Brocade Hill,

Crescent Moon Hill, and many more.

Price: $2,095 per person based on double occupancy, $995 for single supplement

PRICING: MAIN TOUR

Adult, double occupancy: $6,195

Single Supplement: $1,585

GENERAL INFORMATION

TRAVEL IN CHINA: The schedule will be demanding with moderate

physical activities. Travel in China will require good physical condition

and health (special needs must be pre-arranged and may result in

additional cost), a spirit of adventure, a flexible attitude, and a sense of

humor.

TOUR COST INCLUSIONS: Double occupancy accommodations in

centrally located, first class hotels;Double occupancy accomodations

on deluxe Victoria Cruise ship-Victoria Anna; All meals listed in the

itinerary, at fine Chinese restaurants specializing in regional cuisines or

in private homes; All sightseeing, entertainment, and cultural activities

listed in the itinerary; All air and ground transportation within China;

Chinese airport taxes; English-speaking Chinese National and local tour

guides; Harvard Study Leader; $50,000 emergency medical evacuation

insurance; Gratuities to National guides, local guides and drivers;

Preparatory material.

TOUR COST EXCLUSIONS: Domestic U.S. and international airfare;

Airport transfers and porterage; Gratuities on extension tours; Visa

processing; Meals not listed in the itinerary; Excess baggage charges;

Travel insurance; Items of a personal nature;

RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS, & FINAL PAYMENT: To reserve a space

on this program, a $1,000 deposit is required per person. Please either

call us at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806 or fill out and mail or fax the

registration form found in the back of this brochure. Reservations are

acknowledged in order of receipt until the maximum enrollment has

been reached. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure, and

must be paid in check. Payment terms will be sent to you with your

reservation confirmation from our partner tour operator.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: All cancellations must be made in writing

to the Harvard Alumni Association. Cancellation penalties based on

the date of receipt of written notice are as follows: 91 or more days prior

to departure, a cancellation fee of $500 per person is retained; 90-46

days prior to departure, $1500 per person; 45-31 days prior to

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Children under 17, double occupancy: $5,795

Children under 17, triple rate: $5,695

(rate applies to third child in room)

departure, $2,500 per person; 30-0 days prior to departure, no refund

is made. Cancellation fees increase as the trip departure date

approaches. Please refer to the full terms and conditions at

http://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/family-china-2013

INTERNATIONAL AIR ARRANGEMENTS: Roundtrip International Air is

available through AirTreks. For pricing, please contact AirTreks directly

at 415-977-7136 or at china-advocates@airtreks.com. Air cancellations

and penalities are based on each carrier and ticket. Be sure to review

these policies before purchasing air via AirTreks.

CHANGES IN ITINERARY AND COSTS: The itinerary is subject to

change at the discretion of HAA Travels and the tour operator.

Deviations from the scheduled itinerary are at the expense of the

individual. All prices quoted are based on prevailing fuel prices, airfare

and currency exchange rates in effect at the time of brochure printing

and are subject to change. While the tour operator will do everything

possible to maintain the published trip price, it may be necessary to

institute a surcharge.

INSURANCE: We highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation

insurance. An application for insurance will be provided by the HAA

upon confirmation.

RESPONSIBILITY: Certain other provisions apply regarding limitations

of liability and rights of HAA and the tour operator. The statement of

responsibility is available at http://alumni.harvard.edu/travel/trips/

family-china-2013. If you are not able to access the Internet, please call

HAA Travels at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806

DISCLAIMER: Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the

accuracy of information presented in this publication. HAA Travels nor

the tour operator is responsible for errors in or damages resulting from

use of the information contained herein. Information contained in this

brochure is subject to change.

QUESTIONS: Please call HAA Travels at 800.422.1636 or 617.496.0806,

email: haatravels@harvard.edu.


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