China Study Tour Itinerary

10 nights in China for the tours-only program; 12 nights for those who will combine the tour and GPN Congress in Zhenjing.

Book your own international tickets. Make sure your departure time is ONE day ahead of the arrival date; you will lose one day in traveling from the U.S.

Special airfares are available at the East Travel Agency; attention Alice Chou, 212-334-8333.

Day 1

October 20-21, Monday/Tuesday

International traveling
Arrive Beijing, meet and transfer to hotel
Buffet dinner at hotel
Overnight at Beijing New Otani Chang Fu Gong Hotel (5 stars) including breakfast

Day 2

October 22, Wednesday


AM: Program Kick-off at the National Library of China
Exclusive Exhibition for the program: Rare Collection of the Ancient Chinese Maps and City Plans

Special Lectures:

Professor Xu Ziqiang, Chief-Librarian of the NLC: The Chinese Sense of Space — on the rare collection of ancient maps and city plans at the library

Mr. Wang Jun; Journalist and author of "Beijing Record": The Rise and Fall of an Imperial City: Beijing (1100 AD – )

PM: Visit Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City

Peking Duck dinner at Quan Ju De Restaurant
Overnight at Beijing New Otani Chang Fu Gong Hotel including breakfast

Day 3

October 23, Thursday


AM: Visit the Great Wall; lunch at a fishing farmer's home restaurant

PM: Visit the Summer Palace
Boat ride on Lake Kunming with Empresses' afternoon tea
Royal Banquet at the Tingliguan 
Overnight at Beijing New Otani Chang Fu Gong Hotel including breakfast

Day 4

October 24, Friday

Beijing — Xi'an

AM: Planning Forum 1 (at Hotel Conference room)
Two Speakers from the delegation on planning in the U.S. for an audience of Chinese planners, architects, developers

PM: Visit the Temple of Heaven;
Beijing to Xi'an by air; Arrive Xi'an, meet and transfer to hotel
Dumpling dinner at De Ga Chang Restaurant
Overnight at Hyatt Regency Hotel Xi'an (5 stars) including breakfast

Day 5

October 25, Saturday


Full day visit The Qin Tomb Museum (Terra-Cotta Warriors)


Professor Wu Yongqi; Chief Curator of the Museum: The Discovery of the New World's Wonder: Qin Emperor Tomb

Exclusive tour for the program: the new archaeological works

Lunch at Museum Restaurant

Museum tour

Evening: Tang Dynasty Dance show and dinner
Overnight at Hyatt Regency Hotel Xi'an (5 stars) includng breakfast

Day 6

October 26, Sunday

Xi'an — Hangzhou



Professor An Jiayao; Chief Archaeologist of Ancient Xi'an Department National Institute of Archaeology on The First Capital City of the Central Kingdom: Xi'an (300 BC–800 AD)

PM: Tour of City (City Wall; Bell Tower; Big Goose Pagoda);
Departure transfer to airport:  Xi'an / Hangzhou by evening flight
Overnight at Shi Mao Hotel Hangzhou (5 stars) including breakfast

Day 7

October 27, Monday


AM: City tour and West Lake boat ride


Professor Huang Zi; Director of Hangzhou Inst. Of Historic Preservation: Landscape of the Ancient Capital Hangzhou

Professor Zhang Zhiping; Chief-Engineer, National Historic Preservation Inst.: Chinese Ancient Cities and Today's Challenge

PM: Visit Lingyin temple followed by visit to Dragon-Well Green Tea Plantation
Evening: Dinner at Lou Wai Lou restaurant
Overnight at Shi Mao Hotel Hangzhou, including breakfast

Day 8

October 28, Tuesday

Hangzhou — Nanjing

AM: Fly to Nanjing

PM:City tour; walk on the City Wall and streets


Mr. Yuan Liu, APA China Program Managing Director: Nanjing's Three Historic Plans from 900AD–1400AD

Overnight at Xuanwu Hotel Nanjing (5 stars) including breakfast

Day 9

October 29, Wednesday


Full day city tour: visit Ming Royal Tombs and Dr. Sun's Mausoleum; Qixia Temple
Dinner with local planners at Future Hotel Restaurant
Overnight at Xuanwu Hotel Nanjing incl. breakfast

Day 10

October 30, Thursday

Nanjing — Yangzhou — Zhenjiang (Global Planners Network)

Visiting historic city of Yangzhou
Slender West Lake; Merchants Gardens;
Lunch at Fuchun Teahouse

The group will be divided in the evening:

  1. Tour-only members will return to Nanjing and will leave China or on their own travel destinations next day. APA will help with ground transportation (airport, railways)

  2. Tour-plus-GPN members will go on to Zhenjiang. Overnight at Zhenjiang Biyuyuan Resort Hotel (5 stars) including breakfast.

Day 11

October 31, Friday

Zhenjiang (Global Planners Network Congress / City Tour)

AM: GPN Registration and City Tour: Ancient port and historic old town

PM: GPN Congress and evening banquet at GPN Congress
Overnight at Zhenjiang Biyuyuan Resort Hotel including breakfast

Day 12

November 1, Saturday


GPN Congress
Overnight at Zhenjiang Biyuyuan Resort Hotel including breakfast

Day 13

November 2, Sunday

Zhenjiang (Global Planners Network Congress) — Shanghai

AM: GPN Closing

PM: Bus Transfer GPN attendants to Nanjing Airport or Zhenjiang Railway Station
Return to the U.S. (same day), or to your own next destinations
Bus to and stay in Shanghai (optional and additional fees)
Overnight at Hengshan Hotel Shanghai (4 stars) including breakfast

Day 14

November 3, Monday

Return to the U.S. Same-day arrival or on your own plan