A Musical Discovery of China - Music tours - Master Travel

A Musical Discovery of China

16th - 25th September 2017

Regular price Deposit for this tour: £290 Sale

Songlines Music Travel and Master Travel are delighted to announce our new trip to China. Join us on our epic journey to find the best local sounds and to immerse yourself in a true cultural adventure.

Full Tour Price: £2,895 Dates: 16/09/17 - 25/09/17 | Duration: 9 days

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Saturday 16th September: Beijing (B/L/D)

AM: Upon arrival into Beijing, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where you can relax after your flight.
PM: Meet our tour leader and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby, before being taken out on a city tour.
EVE: Enjoy a welcome dinner and experience our first night of music in the city.

Sunday 17th September: Beijing (B/L/D)

AM: Drive to Zhongshan Park, then visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. 
PM: Visit an independent record company for an introduction to Chinese music.
EVE: Watch a live music performance in The School in the old town.

Monday 18th September: Beijing (B/L/D)

AM: Drive to the Great Wall of China, have lunch on the wall.
PM: Visit a traditional music instrument workshop.
EVE: Have a backstage tour of the Peking Opera and enjoy a live performance. 

Tuesday 19th September: Beijing – Xian (B/L)

AM: Visit the Hutong, have a rickshaw ride, a cookery lesson and lunch with a family.
PM: Free time to do some shopping or listen to some street music.
EVE: Travel to Xian on the overnight sleeper train.

Wednesday 20th September: Beijing (L)

AM: Transfer to the hotel and rest after the overnight journey.
PM: Explore the city and watch Huayin old tunes in the Muslim Quarter.
EVE: Experience some live music in Xian’s bars.

Thursday 21st September: Xian (B/L)

AM: Drive to the Terracotta Warriors.
PM: Visit the Xian Music Academy to hear more about Chinese music culture.

Friday 22nd September: Xian – Shanghai (B)

AM: Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel.
PM: Visit the Yu Yuan Garden, the old town and the Bund
EVE: Free time in Xintiandi, the French Quarter.

Saturday 23rd September: Shanghai (B/L)

AM/PM: Day trip to Zhujiajiao, a traditional water town. Visit Tan Dun’s studio and watch a performance.
EVE: More time to experience Shanghai’s nightlife.

Sunday 24th September: Shanghai – Suzhou – Shanghai (B/L/D)

AM/PM: Day trip to Suzhou by bullet train.
EVE: Farewell dinner and live music by Bund.

Monday 25th September: Shanghai – London (B)

AM: Drive to Maglev train station and travel to the airport using the fastest train in the world.

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    The cost includes

    • 8 night's accommodation in hotels on a twin share basis, with breakfast included. A single room is available on payment of a supplement
    • Transfers between the airport and hotel
    • Domestic flights between Xian and Shanghai
    • Ground transportation within China
    • The services of a Songlines Music Travel Leader and a local guide
    • All visits and musical activities listed in the itinerary
    • Pre-departure information

    The cost excludes

    • International flights to/from Beijing/Shanghai
    • Visas and travel insurance. Please ensure you purchase adequate insurance cover before you leave home
    • Meals with the exception of breakfast
    • Alcoholic drinks, dinners, snacks or any purchased of a personal nature
    • Tips to the hotel staff, drivers and guides, not specified by the tour leader
    • Anything not specified in the inclusions and itinerary above



    Feedback from previous Songlines trips

    "The whole trip was excellent! The opportunities provided by the tour leader to meet local bands and have private performances were outstanding, memorable and very special. So was the group of fellow travellers. The two weeks passed by so fast and I enjoyed every minute. Many thanks to all involved.”

    Jane Foulsham on the Songlines trip to Cuba

    “This is an incredible tour. We had the privilege of meeting musicians in their own homes and villages – and listening to their music was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.”

    Tiki Kyte on the Songlines trip to Rajasthan