CHINA FOLKLORE ( 6 Nights / 7 Days)

CHINA FOLKLORE ( 6 Nights / 7 Days)

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Day 1 India/Shanghai by Int’l flight 
MU564   DELPVG   0230   1100 
Arrive Shanghai , airport pick up by our guide, then transfer to hotel and check in. Assemble at Lobby and transfer to enjoy Foot Message Visit Shanghai Global Financial Hub (94th Floor). Visit the pearl shop . Cultural program: Huangpu River Cruise along the bund in the evening. Indian dinner at local Indian restaurant. 
Indian Dinner
Day2 Shanghai 
Breakfast at hotel, Visit the Shanghai Museum which is the largest museum of ancient Chinese art in Shanghai. visit the People Square and Nanjing Road for shopping. Walking on the bund. Crystal shop. later visit the lovely old Yuyuan Garden-outside look nine zig zag bridge with golden fish pond, bridges and pavilions. Then we step onto Yu Market. Later, visit Xintiandi, the essential night life of Shanghai with bars, Shikumen Buildings, galleries, fashion shops, themed restaurants, coffee shops. Transfer back hotel. 
Breakfast + Indian Lunch + Indian Dinner 
Day 3 Shanghai/Xian by domestic flight
MU2158   PVGXIY   1705   1925 
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, and then maglev train ride transfer to Airport flight to Xi'an , Arrive to Xi’an, one of the most ancient cities in China, which was the national capital for over 1,000 years, and the starting point of the Silk Road. Despite a lot of modern development Xi'an remains a charming city. Upon arrival, airport pick up and then transfer to Dinner at indian restaurant ,check in hotel
Breakfast + Indian Dinner
Day 4 Xian 
Breakfast at hotel, you will set off for one of today's highlights - the incredible 2000 year-old Terra Cotta Warriors. Each one is part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. And visit the City Wall photo stop. Ceramics Factory. You can watch the Bell and Drum tower outside look, Shuyuanmen, especially from overseas come and shop here. 
Breakfast + Indian Lunch+ Indian Dinner
Day 5 Xian/Beijing by domestic flight
MU2103   XIYPEK   0855   1050 
Fly to Beijing, arrive at Beijing Capital Int’l Airport, airport pick up with our English-speaking guide, transfer to hotel and take a rest. Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Later Go to silk shop. Acrobatic Show in the evening. Later transfer to Indian restaurant for dinner. Back to hotel.
Breakfast + Indian Dinner
Day 6 Beijing 
Breakfast at hotel, Begin today’s full tour with visit the fabled Great Wall Badaling with Cable Car a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a massive defensive structure built to keep off intrusion. Visit a Jade shop where we will learn about Chinese jade culture. In the afternoon, silk shop, and visit the Summer Palace with MARBLE BOAT RIDE, the largest and best preserved of all the imperial palace gardens, and boasts such delights as the “Marble Boat” and the ornately painted” Long Corridor”. proceed to Olympic stadium and bird nest( both are Outside looking). 
Breakfast+ Chinese Lunch + Indian Dinner
Day7 Beijing /India by Int’l flight
MU563   PEKDEL   1530   0105+1 
Breakfast at hotel. Free shopping and then transfer to airport fly to India. 
Accommodation on twin sharing basis
Daily Breakfast at hotel + 2 Indian Lunch+ 1 Chinese Lunch + 6 Indian Dinner;
Arrival/Departure Transfer / Sightseeing Using Air-conditioned Coach on private basis;
Foot Message in Shanghai
Acrobatic show in Beijing;
Shanghai Global Financial Hub (94th Floor).
Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai;
Hutong Tour in Beijing;
Maglev train in shanghai;
Accompanying professional English-speaking Guide
One bottle of mineral water per
Souvenirs as free gifts;
All Entrance Fee mentioned in itinerary, first gate entrance;
Tip for driver and guide;
No refund for un-used tours, rooms, meals, free gist package and transfer service.
Air Fare with Taxes and Visa Fee
The China Folk Culture Villages covers an area of 2.38 square kilometres and opened in August 1991 to present the architecture, folk arts (music, dancing, craft work) and culture of 23 of the ethnic minorities. It contains features such as houses and other buildings of the Bouyei people, the Dong, the Jingpo, the Miao, the Yao, the Yi, and the Zhuang minorities, a Tibetan house and lamasery, yurts from Inner Mongolia and Kazakstan, the Tuija over-water market of Xianju, Buddhist pagodas from Nanfeng and the Dai autonomous region, a mosque from Uighur, and many other attractions. In its first full year of operations, 1992, almost 4.3 million visitors (of whom 790,000 were from overseas and Hong Kong) toured the park (China Travel International Investment Ltd Prospectus 1993).
Several of the dwellings have been transported from their original sites and re-erected, authentic in origin but now of course located in a composite village of 23 other nationalities rather than in their original homogenous cultural setting. Other buildings are replicas which closely follow traditional architecture, construction methods and materials such as the Uighur house and the thatched-roofed Hani compound. Artefacts within the buildings are usually the genuine (authentic) article and are positioned as they would be in their source home; but they may be displayed under neon lights with a waterproof concrete floor underfoot - such as the fittings and floor coverings inside the camel-felt yurt of the nomadic Kazaks.
The 'actors' in the Folk Culture Villages theme park are all of the appropriate ethnicity. An important criterion for selection is that they should not have been out of their villages before being employed in Shenzhen, in order to portray authentic behaviour unpolluted by external influences. They demonstrate traditional skills such as the manufacture of artefacts according to traditional methods utilising traditional materials, sing traditional songs in their own languages, play a wide range of traditional musical instruments, dance and present other aspects of folklore (camel riding, acrobatics, cooking local dishes, and so on). These, according to the management, "faithfully portray the life, customs and conditions of different nationalities in the villages" (Shenzhen Splendid China Development Ltd Report 1994). However, all the actors are aged from 18-25 years, and may be described as vibrant and beautiful. 
Middle-aged and elderly people are conspicuous by their absence. Some of the activities (eg. dances and ceremonies) have been modified for presentation to tourists, most obviously in the evening Grand Parade involving all of the ethnic minorities, so that much of the original form and meaning is lost. It is also assumed that the craft and other skills accumulated through years of practice are absent in most of the young people. The quality of the presentations must therefore be interpreted in this context as well as whether any trivialization has occurred. The end result is a mix of the authentic and the artificial.
When one speaks of folk dances in connection with Chinese culture, most people today think of the quaint folk dances of ethnic minorities, forgetting that the forefathers of the "tribe" that would later be referred to as the Han Chinese were perhaps the first Chinese people to make use of ritual dancing. The early Chinese folk dances, like other forms of primitive art, were essentially ritual enactments of superstitious beliefs performed in the hope of a good harvest, or – in the case of the earliest Chinese folk dances – in the hope of a good hunt, since the earliest Chinese folk dances were performed by hunter-gatherer folk.
Though no corresponding written historical source exists, archeologists have found pottery shards in China dating from the 4th millenium BC (about 6000 years ago) which depict dancers brandishing spears and other weapons that were used for hunting. There is thus a direct parallel between the earliest Chinese hunting-dance rituals and the Cro-Magnon paintings on the walls of the caves of Lascaux in south-central France (the Department of Dordogne) that depict the animals hunted by those cave dwellers, and before which, to the flickering flames of a nightly bonfire, hunting dances may well have been performed; both were done in the belief that by performing these rituals, the hunter thus gained power over the hunted.Niuyangge Niuyangge is one of the most popular folk dances  in North China. It is performed by a group of women and men, usually middle aged, holding fans.
Much, much later, during the Han (BC206 – CD 220) Dynasty period, when most of the folk dances of the many ethnic minorities of present-day China were developed, the ethnic groups in question had long since become primarily farmers, if not farmer-gatherers, i.e., farmers who supplemented their annual harvest with the gathering of freely growing fruits and nuts as well as with fishes caught from rivers, lakes – and the ocean, where applicable – and of course some hunting, especially with the aid of traps, was practiced. Therefore the folk dances that were developed during this period reflected a superstitious belief that in making ritual sacrifices to the gods in appreciation of the "harvest" (i.e., to include freely growing nuts & berries, fishes, etc.), one could persuade the gods to provide another bountiful harvest in the following year.


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