2011 China Itinerary

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May 14th, 2011

Place

Newark Airport

Activities

Depart from Newark Airport

Each participant must provide their own transportation to Newark Airport. It is advised that you arrive two hours before our scheduled departure time and head straight to the gate. We will meet as a group at the gate.

Airport Flight Itinerary China 2011

Air Canada flight #763 14 May Newark/Toronto 6:30am/7:58am
Air Canada flight #87 14 May Toronto/Shanghai1:00pm/3:15pm

Day 1 - May 15th, 2011

Walk on the BundPlace

Shanghai

Activities

Shanghai airport pick-up and check-in to Metropole Hotel.

Walk on the Bund - Visit the historic banking center of Asia.

Chinese style dinner

Foot Massage - A great way to recover from the flight!

Drive back to the Metropole Hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - May 16th

Urban Planning Museum - ShanghaiPlace

Shanghai

Activities

Morning: Pick-up from hotel at 10 am.
Bao Steel Factory - Visit includes: Hot Metal Workshop, Harbour of Bao steel, Blast Furnace, Electric Factory, and Water treatment.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Urban Planning Museum - See a scale model of Shanghai, its history and future plans. Walk on Nanjing Road - A pedestrian street famous for people watching and shopping.

Evening: Chinese Style Dinner. Return to the Metropole Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - May 17th

Visit to DOW ChemicalPlace

Shanghai

Activities

Morning: DOW Quingpu Chemical Visit

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: DOW Zhangjiang Visit 

Evening: Shanghai Specialties Dinner - Experience dinner in a local restaurant with Shanghai style dishes introduced by your guide. Followed by a Huangpu river cruise. See the Bund, Yangpu Bridge, Waigaoqiao Industrial Park, Shipping Container Terminal, Hudong Shipyard, and Naval Facility. Return to the Metropole Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - May 18th

Oriental Pearl TowerPlace

Shanghai - Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Visit Jade Buddha Temple - Functioning Buddhist temple that is colorful and busy. Oriental Pearl TV Tower - A famous Shanghai landmark, get a 360° view of the city, the Bund and the river.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Train station drop-off. Take a train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Wuxi. Arrive in Wuxi around 4 - 5 pm.

Evening: Check-in to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - May 19th

Wuxi CityPlace

Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Tour of Jiangnan University campus and Chinese Traditional Garments Museum. Orientation of the program (objectives, arrangements, and introduction of the professors and students from both Penn State and Jiangnan University.)

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Tour of Wuxi City, Taihu Lake and Center of Algae Salvage in Yangwan Bay and Nanyang Hoggery for its methane production.

Evening: Welcome dinner by host institution and special presentations by Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin on the CHANCE Program. Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - May 20th

JiangnanPlace

Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Mandarin language and Chinese customs/history class. Introduction to Lake Taihu and its past, present, and future pollution realities by Dr. He Liu, Associate Deputy, Jiangnan University, School of Environmental and Civil Engineering.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Tour of Lake Taihu and its tributaries.

Workshop A - Penn State Faculty Research Presentations.
Dr. Richard Alley
Dr. Denice Wardrop
Dr. David Abler
Dr. Rachel Brennan

Workshop B - Jiangnan University Faculty Research Presentations
Dr. Xiaoying Cheng
Dr. Xiaolong Hao
Dr. Yan Qun
Dr. Guijun Yang
Dr. Hua Zou


Evening: Group assignments and aquatic research activities/plan defined (Drs. Wardrop, Liu, and Cheng.) Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - May 21st

Place

Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Presentation - Overview of Wuxi City urbanization and industrialization and socio-economic realities by Dr. Xu Liqing.

Typical Chinese style lunch in Wuxi City.

Afternoon: Visit to Wuxi Hi-tech Industrial Zone. Visit the Industrial Enterprises Sewage Treatment. Visit to Lucun City Sewage Treatment Facilities. Visit to Tire Factory.

Late afternoon: Group Reflection hosted by Drs. Abler and Liqing.

Evening: Interaction with Jiangnan University students. Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - May 22nd

Silkworms

Place

Wuxi, Suzhou

Activities

Morning and Afternoon Field Trip: Tour of Suzhou City - Sightseeing to the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Visit the Suzhou Museum. Sightseeing to Tiger Hill and visit to a Silk Workshop.

Chinese style lunch in Suzhou City.

Evening: Free time or shopping trip to Wuxi City. Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - May 23rd

Research on Lake TaihuPlace

Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Begin field-based aquatic research activities.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Aquatic research activities continued.

Evening: Mandarin language and Chinese customs/history class. Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - May 24th

Chinese art classPlace

Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Mandarin language and Chinese customs/history class. Aquatic research activities continued.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Aquatic research activities continued.

Evening: Chinese art class. Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - May 25th

Dinner EntreePlace

Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Mandarin language and Chinese customs/history class. Aquatic research activities continued.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Aquatic research activities continued.

Evening:Panel Discussion (representatives from business, industry, government, academic and local Wuxi citizens.) Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - May 26th

Research in the Lab

Place

Wuxi

Activities

Morning: Mandarin language and Chinese customs/history class. Aquatic research activities continued.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Preparation of Chinese and American student presentations.

Evening: Farewell dinner. Return to Changguangxi Hotel at Jiangnan University.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - May 27th

PresentationsPlace

Wuxi - Beijing

Activities

Morning: Preparation for student presentations.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Workshop C - Presentations by Chinese and American student research groups.

Evening: Train station drop-off. Overnight sleeper train from Wuxi to Beijing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - May 28th

Tiananmen Square

Place

Beijing

Activities

Morning: Arrive Beijing train station (pick-up by your Beijing guide and driver.) Visit Tiananmen Square - The largest public square in the world (Mao Mausoleum can be visited if open and line not too long.) Also, visit The Forbidden City - The former imperial palace which was the home to twenty-four Chinese emperors over 491 years between 1420 and 1911.

Make dumplings and eat a homemade lunch in a local Chinese home in the hutongs.

Afternoon: Take a Hutong Tour, a Cycle Rickshaw Ride, and go up Drum Tower. Visit Temple of Heaven - Visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

Evening: Peking Duck Dinner. See a Chaoyang Acrobat Show - A Broadway style production with Kungfu masters. Drive to hotel: Soluxe Courtyard Hotel Beijing.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - May 29th

Place

Beijing & The Great Wall

Great Wall

Activities

Morning: 8 - 9 am - Pick-up in Beijing from Soluxe Courtyard Hotel. Visit Ming Tombs - Final resting place of 13 Emperors. We make two stops to give you a complete experience. Walk the Spirit Way and the descend into the underground Ding Tomb.

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Arrive in Jinshanling village at the base of the Great Wall in late afternoon. Go for a sunset view hike up on the great wall.

Dinner: Served in Jinshanling village at the base of the wall. A wide assortment of fresh Chinese dishes. Dinner also includes free flow of soft drinks, bottled water and tea.

Evening: After dinner your guide will take you back up to the watchtower on the Great Wall where you will spend the night. This is a 15 minute walk. We supply flashlights. If you have other bags we will lock them in the vehicle for the night. Take what you need for the walk on the wall in the morning as we do not come back down to Jinshanling before walking on the wall. No Hotel room needed.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 - May 30th

Olympic Stadium - Bird's Nest

Place

The Great Wall & Beijing

Activities

Morning: Wake up and enjoy breakfast on the Great Wall as the sun rises on your panoramic view. The morning light can produce amazing photographs. Breakfast is western, including German muesli, fruit, milk and other drinks. At this time of day there are usually no other tourists on the wall, you have it to yourself. After breakfast - embark on a 2 to 3 hour walk with fantastic scenery along restored and un-restored sections accompanied by your guide. The hike is medium difficulty with ups and downs and some loose rocks. We give you two bottles of water each to carry with you. If you prefer not to hike you may choose to ride the bus. Any bags left on the bus overnight will remain on the bus.

Architectural Wonders

Chinese style lunch

Afternoon: Drive back to Beijing. We stop at the Olympic Swim Center (Water Cube) and the Stadium (Bird's Nest) so you can catch a glimpse of these architectural wonders and take photographs.

Drive back to hotel: Soluxe Courtyard Hotel Beijing.

Evening: Walk, shop, and dine at Houhai to Nanluoguxiang Area (meal not included) - The old part of Beijing, great people watching and strolling.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, "Farewell Dinner"

Day 17 - May 31st

Sightseeing in BeijingActivities

Beijing airport drop-off.

Departure to USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Airport Flight Itinerary China 2011

Air Canada flight #3031 MayBeijing/Vancouver 4:15pm/12:15pm
Air Canada flight #54831 MayVancouver/Newark 2:00pm/10:13pm