I just wanted to follow up with you and say what a great time we all had during our trip to Beijing. Candy was an awesome tour guide who was very accommodating to our unique needs (we had some very specific dietary requirements that she made sure were taken care of every place we went). I know we were all impressed with the quality of the accommodations and how smoothly the entire trip went.
If I am ever traveling to China again for vacation, I will definitely book a tour through you.
( Beijing Opera, Zongren Bai, Hutong Tour and learning making jiaozi - Chinese Dumping )
Tour Code: BOL-001 Departure: Daily Duration: One Day Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel in Beijing around 9:00am Finishing point and time: Your Hotel in Beijing around 4:00pm Payment Types: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire Tour Type: a private tour ( personal tour guide and exclusive use of a vehicle ) We speak: English
Tour Review: Beijing Opera: Hand-on experience of the facial make-up relating to Beijing Opera and learning the basic knowledge of Beijing Opera. Facial make-up enables audiences to grasp the personality of a character portrayed and the character's social status at a glance. Beijing Opera makes use of different colours in facial make-up to exaggerate or distort an actor's features. Originally, only there were three colours in use -- red, white and black. Each colour has its own symbolic meaning. Red means loyalty, integrity and courage; black indicates a serious and taciturn disposition, including strength and roughness; white tells a crafty and suspicious character. Later, other colours were gradually formed, such as purple -- a sign of solemnity, serenity and a sense of justice; yellow, showing intelligence and calculation or bravery when used in warrior roles; blue representing uprightness and stubbornness; green shows bravery and irascibility; and gold and silver are sometimes used on the faces of immortals, demons and monsters. Different colours can also tell nobility from the common folk, goodness from evil or loyalty from treachery.
Zongrenbai: Zongren Bai is both the nickname of Mr.Dacheng Bai, a local folk craftsman, famous for making"Zongren Bai", and his products - "Zongren Bai", a kind the figurines of drama characters made of the hair of a pig or a horse, cloth and silk, listed as a city-level intangible cultural heritage in Beijing. Putting the figurines on a copper gong, then beating the gong with a wood stick, you know what has happned? All the figurines are dancing!
Hutong Tour: Take a rickshaw to visit hutongs. The word "hutong" is Mongolian in origin, meaning a "water well". In the old time with the digging of new wells, came the new communities. Later it was referred to as narrow streets or lanes formed by quadrangles. In 1260 Kubla Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, established the Yuan Dynasty. Kubla Khan chosed Beijing as his capital. During the takeover by the Mongols, the old city had been largely demolished, and so he decided to rebuild the city. When the new city was finished, there were clear definitions of streets, lanes and hutongs. A 36 metre wide road was called a "big street". An 18 metre wide one a "small street", and a 9 metre wide lane was called a "hutong". Surrounding the Imperial Palace, hutongs were established throughout the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. Most of the hutongs we see today were built during the Ming and Qinq. You only still find a few hutongs preserved from the Yuan Dynasty.
Drum Tower: It was first built in 1272 during the Yuan Dynasty. Later it was reconstructed in 1297 during the Yuan Dynasty. It was again rebuilt in 1420 and 1539 in the Ming Dynasty. The two-story building was made of wood The Drum Tower is made of wood with a height of 46.7meters. On its second floor there originally were 25 drums. Among them, there were one large drum and 24 smaller drums.
Making jiaozi: Lunch will be arranged at Mr. Kang's courtyard home. The host will help you in learning how to make jiaozi. Jiaozi (Chinese Dumpling) is a traditional Chinese Food, which is essential during holidays in Northern China. Chinese dumpling becomes one of the most widely loved foods in China. Place dumpling skin in the palm of your hand. Dip a finger in cold water and wet the edges of the dumpling skin. Spoon some filling into the middle of the skin. Fold dumpling in half. Put top of semi-circle together. Push in on both sides of dumpling. Bend one half of each "top" and press against middle edge of dumpling. Seal all edges of dumpling. Your dumpling should look like a half-moon with a big bulge in the middle! To cook, drop into a big pot of boiling water under they float to the surface. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Enjoy these dumplings you have made!
Tour Itinerary: Pick up from your hotel by your private tour guide and car or van around 9:00am. First drive to Shichahai bar area. Shichahai area is a centraly preserved zone showcasing the life of old Beijing. It is comprised of three-lake area: Qian Hai Lake, meaning Front Sea; Hou Hai Lake, meaning Back Sea and Xi Hai Lake, meaning Western Sea. Lots of bars are clustered in the Shichahai area or along the Shichahai Lakeshore. Tale a pedicab riding around Shichahai area. Then visit the Bell Tower. It dates from 1420, ascending the big drum tower and having bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of hutongs and siheyuan. After climbing the bell tower, visit Zongren Bai, a traditional "Zongren", a kind the figurines of drama characters made from the hair of a pig or a horse, cloth and silk, listed a city-level intangible cultural heritage in Beijing. Lunch will be arranged at Mr. Kang's courtyard home. During the lunch time, the host will teach you how to make Jiaozi ( Chinese Dumpling ). After the home-made lunch, start to have a hand-on experience of the facial make-up of Peking Opera. The makeup expert will tell you the basic knowledge of Beijing Opera. You either have a model for you to do the makeup or you yourself serve a model to experience the makeup on the spot. After the tour, transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.
Service package includes:
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2. Pick-up service from hotel
3. Private air-conditioned car or van
4. Private English speaking tour guide
5. Chinee Lunch
Service package excludes:
1. Personal Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
2. Tips to the tour guide and driver
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