China Silk & Fabric Tour

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Tour Details

Group Size: 
1--15 pax 

Travel Season: 
Year around


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Chartered car or bus

Train Shanghai/Hangzhou
Train Kaili/Kunming


Breakfast & lunch

English-speaking guide

Entrance Fees:
Entrance for the sites stated


China Silk & Fabric Tour
Silk originated from China. This special Silk and Fabric tour will let you explore the Silk and Fabric in China from Shanghai to Hangzhou, Guizhou, Yunnan, Tibet, Xian and Beijing to acquire unique knowledge in China.

Day 1.  Arrival Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai. Transfer to hotel upon arrival. 
Overnight in Shanghai 5* hotel 
Meals: None

Day 2.  Shanghai City Tour

Hotel breakfast then start the city tour in Shanghai includingYuyuan Garden, Xintiandi(Former French Concession) and Shanghai Museum.
In Shanghai Museum, there is an exhibition about costume of various ethnic groups in China, very impressive. Walking tour to Bund in the evening.
Overnight in Shanghai 5* hotel 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3.  Shanghai– Hangzhou  Bullet train

Take a bullet train to Hangzhou (50 mins), it is where the silk originated from. Visit Hangzhou Silk Museum to explore the history of Silk in China. Afterwards move to Hangzhou silk market. Visit West Lake this evening.
Overnight in Hangzhou 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4.  Hangzhou –Guiyang  Flight

Take flight to Guiyang this morning. Drive 1.5 hour to Anshun, visit batik workshop of Master Hong, who’s one of the 10 top folk artist in China. Try hand on batik making. Return to Guiyang this late afternoon.
Overnight in Guiyang 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5.  Guiyang – Kaili (180km, 3 hours)

Drive 2.5 hours on the highway to Kaili, capital city of both the Miao & Dong minority. We spend 1 hour in Kaili Museum to get an overall view of the textile art of the minorities in Guizhou. After our light lunch in Kaili, we drive 30 minutes to Matang, a village inhabited by Gejia people, known for their batik making and embroidery. Meet Madam Yang, one of the top 10 batik maker in Guizhou.   
Overnight in Kaili 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6.  Kaili

Drive 1 hour to a small village near Sankeshu town, see how local Miao ladies make Braided Cord embroidery and Crepe embroidery. Both these 2 skills can be easily found on their festive costumes. 
Overnight in Kaili 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7.  Kaili-Kunming   Overnight train

Visit local textile workshop in Kaili, meet Madam Xu or Madam Yang, both have excellent minority textile collection. A lecture of minority textiles will be given by either of them. 
Catch overnight sleeper train to Kunming. 
Overnight on the train
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8.  Kunming-Jianshui

In the morning arrival in Kunming by train, met and drive to Jianshui after breakfast ( about  220K, 3.5hours),  in the afternoon visit the old village of Tuanshan where you will view the traditional minority dressing up traditionally. and the old town of Jianshui. Jianshui is a Yi and Hani minority county.
Overnight in Jianshui Tingziyun Resort Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9.  Jianshui – Jinping  (about 180KM, 4hours)

In the morning visit the Confucian Temple and the Garden of Zhu Family. Then drive to Jinping, a Yao village. visit the local village on the road to explore local colorful costume.
Overnight in Xilong Hotel Jinping or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 10.  Jinping—Yuanyang  (about 160KM, 4hours)

Explore local market and nearby traditional Yao villages where you have opportunity to view local people make their own clothing in a traditional way.  Afternoon drive to Yuanyang On the way explore the local Yi, Yao and Hani villages. 
Overnight in Yuanyang Yunti Shencun Village Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 11.  Yuanyang—Shilin(Stone Forest)   ( 240KM,  5hours)

Yuannyang is a Hani people county, enjoy the imposing rice terrace here and colorful minority costume. Visit the local market and old town of Yuanyang, later afternoon drive to Shilin .
Overnight in Shilin(stone forest) Yinruilin Hotel or similar
Meals:Breakfast and lunch

Day 12.  Shilin – Kunming (90km, 1.5 hours)

Visit Shilin, stone forest in the morning, then visit local embroidery workshop where you can buy and ship back home. Drive to Kunming this afternoon.
Overnight in Kunming 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 13.  Kunming – Lhasa  FLIGHT

Transfer to Kunming airport to catch a flight to Lhasa in the morning. Upon arrival transfer to hotel in Lhasa, orientation walk near the hotel.
Overnight in Lhasa 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 14.  Lhasa

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Tibetan capitol starting with the Potala Palace. The exotic structure stands 13 stories high and contains more than 1,000 rooms. The palace is divided into two sections. The White Palace, built in the mid-17th century, provided living quarters for the fifth through the fourteenth Dalai Lamas. From the White Palace, pilgrims climb to the central Red Palace, completed in the late 17th century and packed with chapels, ornate statues, and the gem-embellished tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The fifth Dalai Lama's tomb, made from two tons of gold, stands three stories tall. Afterwards visit the Tibet’s holiest shrine, the Jokhang Temple, at over 1300 years old it holds one of Tibet's most venerated images, a solid gold statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Finish up with walk around the Barkhor area filled with thousands of pilgrims, shops and tea houses to relax and soak up the atmosphere, you can purchase Tibetan jewelry in the Tibetan shops here as well.
Overnight in Lhasa 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 15.  Lhasa

Sightseeing in Lhasa : Morning time will be spent in Drepung Monastery, which was built in 1416 being one of the six biggest monasteries for the Gelukpa sect. If you are interested, you can visit a local carpet factory and a Tangkha painting school.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit the Sera monastery where lively lama debating will be seen (except Sundays). Many lamas sitting or standing in the yard debate a certain topic their teacher has given.
Overnight in Lhasa 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 16.  Lhasa –Chueshur –Tsedang (250km)

Drive some 80 KM from Lhasa to Sayphu village of Chueshur county, visit local family textile.  This family still keeps their traditional technology of textile, you have opportunity to talk with locals and discussion to local’s daily life.
Also you will enjoy the view of in the valley of Sayphu. After visit here you continue drive 100 km along and Brahmaputra river to Tranang county township, there is a local textile group in the town, those workers come from different villages and working for whole year in this textile factory. There are quite numbers of textile groups and handcraft factories in Tibet, and they still keep the traditional style, their product as Yak hear tent, Yak and sheep wool dress, scarf, Tibetan style shoes, blanket, sweater, pack etc of production equipments. You may enjoy to visit and directly to talk with any of them. In the evening drive to Tsedang。
Overnight in Tsedang hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 17.  Tsedang

Today we will drive to Samye Monastery. Situated in the north bank of the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brhamaputra )river, this monastery was built in 779 A.D, and presided over and constructed by Padmasambava and Trisong Detsen. It is the first monastery allowing tonsured monks to become real Buddhists. In the afternoon, back to Tsedang& visit Yumbu Lhakhang, which was first built by NyatriTsenpo, the first Tibetan king at the beginning of the 2nd century B.C..
Overnight in Tsedang hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 18.  Tsedangto Xian Flight

Transfer to Lhasa airport Take a flight to Xian, the old capital for Tang and Han Dynastic. Time permits, visit Muslim Quarter in the afternoon.
Overnight in Xian 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 19.  Xian

Drive to Terra-cotta Warrior Museum to explore in the morning. You will have opportunity to buy jade in the museum shop. Then visit Xian Fabric market to explore all kinds of fabric this afternoon. 
Overnight in Xian 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 20.  Xian/Beijing  Flight 
Fly to Beijing this morning, then visit Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City this afternoon.
Walking tour in the hutong and dinner is at local family in old Hutongs this evening.
Overnight in Beijing 5* hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 21.  Beijing
Take a ride 2 hours to Mutianyu Great Wall to explore the ancient military project.
Afterwards visit a cloisonné enamel workshop.
Shopping time this afternoon, you can purchase furniture, pearls or silk clothing in shops, our guide will take you to the shops.
Overnight in Beijing 5* hotel
Meals:Breakfast and lunch

Day 22.  Beijing - home

Morning visit Temple of Heaven where you can join local people to dance and sing. 
Transfer to Beijing airport to take flight back to your home. 
End of services.
Meals: Breakfast 

Shanghai 上海
Province: Municipality of Shanghai
Population: 9.8 million (urban)   16.7 million(municipality)
The two Chinese characters in the city's name are 上 ("above") and 海 ("sea"), together meaning "Upon-the-Sea". The earliest occurrence of this name dates from the 11th century Song Dynasty, at which time there was already a river confluence and a town with this name in the area.
Shanghai is one of the four province-level municipalities of China, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010. It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. Shanghai is the commercial and financial center of mainland China, and ranks fifth in the 2011 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index published by the City of London.
Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The vast majority of Shanghai's 6,340.5 km2 (2,448.1 sq mi) land area is flat, apart from a few hills in the southwest corner, with an average elevation of 4 m (13 ft).
Shanghai Climate
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate and experiences four distinct seasons. Winters are chilly and damp, and cold northwesterly winds from Siberia can cause nighttime temperatures to drop below freezing, although most years there are only one or two days of snowfall. Summers are hot and humid, with an average of 8.7 days exceeding 35 °C (95 °F) annually; occasional downpours or freak thunderstorms can be expected. The city averages 4.2 °C (39.6 °F) in January and 27.9 °C (82.2 °F) in July, for an annual mean of 16.1 °C (61.0 °F).
Brief history of Shanghai
As an ideal port, Shanghai is the gateway to the mighty Yangtze River. But when the British opened their first concession here after the first Opium War in 1842, it was little more than a small town supported by fishing and weaving. Change was rapid. The French followed in 1847 and it wasn't long before an International Settlement was established. By the time the Japanese arrived in 1895 the city was being parceled up into settlements, all autonomous and immune from Chinese law, creating China's first fully fledged Special Economic Zone. The world's greatest houses of finance and commerce descended on Shanghai in the 1930s. It had the tallest buildings in Asia and more motor vehicles on its streets than the rest of China put together. Shanghai became a byword for exploitation and vice due to countless opium dens, gambling joints and brothels. Guarding it all were the American, French and Italian marines, British Tommies and Japanese Blue jackets. However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, the city's international influence declined. For the West, the party was over. But since the 1990’s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city.

Lhasa 拉萨
The city has a history more than 1400 years which can traced back to the 7th century when the King Srongtsen Gampo moved the capital to here. Lhasa, literally the place of the Gods, is the hub of Tibet for transportation, education, religion etc. with a population of 550,000 (2013) and 83% are  Tibetans. The altitude of Lhsa is about 3600 meters, it is highly suggested to acclimatise for your first day to do nothing. You can choose flight or trains from various cities in China to Lhasa, such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Lanzhou, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. It is a once-in-the-life experience to take the train from Xining to Lhasa, on the way you can endless snow-covered mountains, green lakes, Tanggula Range(5200 meters), yaks, etc. The climate in Lhasa is quite warm during the daytime as the sun shine is very strong, but quite chilly in the night even in Summer. In winter, it is still very nice to visit Lhasa, you can wander in the daytime around Potala Palace and Jakhang Monastery,  Barkhor Street.

Xi'an 西安
Province: Shaanxi
Population: 3.2 million
Xi'an is the capital of the Shaanxi province,and a sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China. One of the six ancient capitals of China, Xi'an served as the seat of 12imperial dynasties over the last 2000years.With more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang'an before the Ming Dynasty,having held the position under several of the most important dynasties inChinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. It was the starting point for the great trade caravans of the Silk Routes to Central Asia andEurope and the largest city in the world during theTangDynasty (618-907 AD). Rapid industrialization began in the 1950s with manufacturing of cotton textiles, electrical equipment,machinery and fertilizers.By the end of2005, Xi'an had a pulation of 8.07 million.
Xi'an has a temperate, semi-arid climate influenced by the East Asian monsoon. The Wei River valley is characterised by hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Spring and autumn are somewhat brief and dry. Xi'an receives most of its annual precipitation from August to late October in the form of rain. Snow occasionally falls in winter but rarely settles for long. Summer months also experience frequent but short thunderstorms. Monthly mean temperatures range from around the freezing mark in January to 26.6 °C(79.9 °F) in July, with an annual average of 13.7 °C (56.7 °F).
The two Chinese characters "西安" in the name Xi'an literally mean "Western Peace". Xi'an is abbreviated in Chinese to either Haoor Tang (唐). The former abbreviation is derived from the Zhou Dynasty name Haojing,whilst the latter comes from the name of the Tang Dynasty.

Province: Municipality ofBeijing
Population: 20  million
Capital of the People’s Republic of China for more than 800 of the last 3000 years. Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, presumablyoriginated from Guangdong dialect, is the capital of the People's Republic ofChina and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of19,612,368 (in 2010). Beijing, from the Chinese characters (北) for north and (京) for capital, means literally the "Northern Capital".
The city was frequently expanded, destroyed and rebuilt by the 34 Emperors who ruled from here. Kublai Khan (1267-1293)totally rebuilt the city, renaming it Dadu or Great Capital; the Yongle Emperor spent 15 years surrounding the city with walls 12 meters high and 10 meters thick at the base. Expanding from its old confines within the nine gates of theInner City Beijing now covers around 50 square kilometers with Tiananmen Square still at the center and the hutongs (narrow alleyways) are quickly being replaced with highways as Beijing transforms once more in preparation for the2008 Olympic Games.
As China's second largest city by urban population after Shanghai, it is the country's political, cultural, and educational center, and home to the headquarters for most of China's largest state-owned companies. Beijing is a major transportation hub in the national highway, expressway, railway and high-speed rail network. Beijing's Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.
Beijing has a rather dry, monsoon-influenced humid continental climate,characterized by hot, humid summers, and generally cold, windy, dry winters.Spring can bear witness to sandstorms blowing in from the Mongolian steppe,accompanied by rapidly warming, but generally dry, conditions. Autumn, like spring, sees little rain, but is crisp and short. The monthly daily average temperature in January is −3.7 °C (25.3 °F), while in July it is 26.2 °C(79.2 °F). Precipitation averages around 570 mm (22.4 in)annually, with the great majority of it falling in the summer months.

Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa:
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
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You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour

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