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What better way to enhance your travel experience than to engage with local experts in the fine arts, history, culture, cuisine and more? Here is a selection of some of our special activities.
Traditional Chinese painting has always been popular in Guilin because of the stunning natural surrounding mountains and rivers. Head to the Guilin Art Museum first to appreciate the fine collection, then try your hand at painting a masterpiece yourself. A talented painter will demonstrate several essential techniques so you can learn to use the ink and brush in the Chinese painting style
798 is a vibrant art community in Beijing located in the reclaimed industrial zone of the city. Dozens of galleries are open for viewing with artists on site most of the time to offer interesting discussions. In the afternoon, head to CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) which was the first national school of fine arts in Chinese history, and also the beginning of Chinese modern education of fine arts.
Beijing is world renowned for shopping and we’ll show you the best places. Start at the pearl market, a bargain-hunters’ paradise with scores of vendors hawking just about everything from children’s toys to designer clothes. Next visit the Xiu Shui Market, one of the biggest shopping areas with goods, souvenirs, and clothes.
Terra cotta warriors are the most important archaeological discovery of the twentieth century in China. To gain a deeper insight, enjoy our private tour with a professional archaeologist at the site and learn firsthand about the important work carried out here.
Guzheng, aka the Chinese plucked zither, is one of the most typical instruments in traditional Chinese music. Meet an expert today in her music room and learn the first basic techniques of this superb instrument which is said to evoke the senses like no other.
Feng Shui (literally wind water in English) is the ancient Chinese concept of orientating buildings (originally temples) on the most favorable sites and in the most auspicious way. Our professional Feng Shui expert will take you on a fascinating tour of Beijing where you can see the ancient practice still in use today.
Dumplings are a mainstay of Chinese food, especially in northern China. What better way to appreciate the cuisine than to learn how to make it yourself. Head to a local dumpling house today and meet a professional chef who will demonstrate the steps: how to roll the cough, mix the filling, form the dumplings, seal, cook and serve. When it is ready not only you can taste the dumplings you made, but also many other kinds of elegant dumplings made the chef and his team. (meal included)