Friday, October 14, 2005

Final itinerary received

We have received our final itinerary. The one below is what is availaable from the People to People web site, but I believe it is pretty close to the final draft. I have left out the professional activities that the career counselors in the group will be doing each day.

We are arriving in Oakland on Thursday, November 10, with Southwest Airline, flight #913, at 1:10 p.m. We have friends to look up as well as tour San Francisco before our departure after midnight, Saturday. We will be staying at the Clarion Hotel at the SF Airport, (650) 692-6363.

Saturday, November 12: Early Morning flight: San Francisco to Beijing. Depart SF on 11/12/2005, at 12:10 a.m., on Cathay Pacific Flight #CX873, arrive Hong Kong at 6:55 a.m. Leave Hong Kong on DragonAir, Flight #KA900 at 8:05 a.m. to arrive in Beijing at 11:20 a.m.

Sunday, November 13: Beijing
Beijing is not only the political and administrative center of the People’s Republic of China, but also China’s single greatest repository of monuments and treasures from the imperial era. It is the second largest and fastest growing municipality in modern China, the home and workplace of 12-million people. Welcome Dinner. We will be staying at the Beijing Marriott Hotel West, telephone 011-86-10-6872-6699.

Monday, November 14: Beijing
Guest program:Visit the Opera School. The school, founded by noted Chinese performing artists, has trained nearly 5,000 professional performers who have specialized in Beijing (Peking) Opera, and various other performance arts.Guests will also visit the Temple of Heaven. The Temple’s compound is one of the largest parks in the city, covering 273 hectares, two times the size of the Palace Museum.

Tuesday, November 15: Beijing
Guest program:Journey to the Old Beijing Hutong (old city). You will get the chance to visit a local family in the Hutong area to help you to understand the real life of the local people.In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace. The area became known because the entire court stayed in the palace during the summer to avoid the Beijing heat.

Wednesday, November 16: Beijing
In the morning, delegates and guests will visit the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), whose massive stone walls were once the residence of Ming and Qing emperors. This afternoon visit the Great Wall of China, from whose high vantage points visitors enjoy breathtaking views of the sections of the wall that meander through the mountainous landscape.

Thursday, November 17: Beijing to Shanghai
We will leave Beijing at 12:00 p.m., on China Eastern, Flight #MU5110. Shanghai, the fourth largest city in the world, is one of China’s most cosmopolitan areas, virtually the only one that strikes an immediately familiar chord with most Western visitors. More than half of Shanghai’s population of 13 million people live in the urban core. The city considers itself the leading cultural and educational center of China.

Friday, November 18: Shanghai
Guest program: Enjoy a visit to the residence of Madam Song, the wife of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the People’s Republic of China. Afterwards, participate in an excursion to the Shanghai Senior Citizen University. The University in the Pu Tuo district was founded in 1985. Courses offered include Chinese painting, calligraphy, knitting, flower arrangements, mounting pictures and traditional Chinese sports. Our hotel in Shanghai is the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel , phone #011-86-3313-4888

Saturday, November 19: Shanghai
Delegates and guests will spend the morning at the Shanghai Museum. Established in 1952 and located in People's Square, the museum is reputed to be one of the four largest in China. Opened to visitors at the end of 1995, the museum contains 120,000 cultural relics of all the historical periods in ancient China, in which collections of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy and ancient sculptures are among the best in China.Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own.

Sunday, November 20: Shanghai
Delegates and guests will spend some time at Yu Garden, which borders the Old Town and is filled with stone dragons, teahouses, pavilions and goldfish ponds. You will also have the opportunity to explore Shanghai’s culture during a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple.A farewell banquet on the final evening in China will give delegates and guests a chance to recap their People to People experience. We will be celebrating Kathy's 55th birthday here.

Monday, November 21: Shanghai to San Francisco
Leave Shanghai at 11:15 a.m., on DragonAir Flight #KA803 to Hong Kong, arrive 2:05 p.m. Depart for San Francisco on Cathay Pacific, Flight #CX872 at 4:40 p.m. and arrive in SF at 12:35 p.m. We will be staying at the Best Western Airport Inn & Suites in Oakland, telephone # 510-633-0500. Depart on 11/22/2005 for Hartford on Southwest Flight #84, arrive in Hartford at 435 p.m. on Flight #638.


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