Trident Academy - China - March 13-20, 2009


Tour Highlights:
Forbidden City Tour - The Summer Palace 
 Xi'an City Tour
Temple of Heaven - Beijing City Tour
The Great Wall - Ming Tombs
The Horse Museum - Terra Cotta Warriors
Huaqing Springs


The Great Wall of China

Friday, March 13   Charleston-Beijing
Board your flight to China, crossing the International Date Line.
Saturday, March 14  Beijing
Welcome to the fascinating and ancient land of China.
Sunday, March 15  Beijing
Explore the Magnificent Temple of Heaven.  Discover the capital city of Beijing on a guided Beijing City Tour.  See the infamous Tian'anmen Square, the Great Hall of People and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.
Monday, March 16  Beijing
Walk China.  Explore a small part of the 3,700 mile long and 2,600 year old Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.  Visit the Ming Tombs along the Sacred Way with their giant marble figures and animals guarding the tomb area for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty.
Tuesday, March 17  Beijing
Enter the Forbidden City, built between 1406 and 1420 in the center of Beijing City.  See the Imperial Garden, the Palace of Heavenly Purity and the 14 Gates.  Travel to the city's outskirts and visit the Summer Palace or Garden of Harmonious Unity.
Wednesday, March 18  Xi'an
Fly to Xi'an, the great ancient capital and eastern end of the Silk Road, the main trade route between China, central Asia and Europe.  See the eight mile long ancient city wall, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and other highlights.  Visit the 7-story Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the Ci'en Temple.
Thursday, March 19  Xi'an
Visit the Horse Museum where more than 7,000 life size Terra Cotta Warriors and their horses have been guarding the emperor's tomb for over 2,000 years. Later relax at the Huaquing Springs, an imperial villa built in the Tang Dynasty.
Friday, March 20, Xi'an-Beijing-Charleston
Depart on your return flight to Charleston.

Trident Academy

Mary M. Silgals, MLIS
January 23, 2009