SAVORING CHINA – Art, Food, Tai Chi and Culture
March 6-17, 2019
Touring with Artist/Chef Cai Silver and Artist/Professor Lee Xi
Beijing, Xi’an, Langzhong, Chongqing
12 days $4800 per person
- International fight
- In-China transportation
- Deluxe and first class hotels (double occupancy)
- 3 meals daily (hotpot, Peking duck, 8-course family style meal, and buffet)
- Comprehensive touring program including entrance admission fees
- 2 feet massages and 1 whole body massage
- 1 entry to hot spring
- Not including
- Chinese visa application fee
- Travel insurance
- Additional fee for single occupancy by request
- Excess baggage fees, or advance seat reservations
About Trip leaders
Le Xi, MFA, School of Visual Arts, NY. Established artist and professor. lexistudio.com. Currently he is teaching multimedia arts at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He presents through cxsilvergallery.com and in China. Le has been a program liaison, coordinator, and curriculum designer for The Putney School trimester abroad in China for the past 4 years. Le’s passion is to present China as an optimal travel and learning experience through the lens of the arts and the sense of community daily living and expanding globe understanding of shared living style.
Cai Silver, MFA, Vermont College of Fine Art. Established painter caixiart.com; chef dimsumvt.com; tai chi instructor and Chinese language instructor; owner/curator of cxsilvergallery.com. She is currently teaching at The Putney School and has been leading a trimester abroad for a group of high school students for the past 4 years. Cai has been practicing art for more than 40 years, presenting Chinese art and culture to schools and local communities. Her art practice has expanded into her cooking. Her passion is to extend and enrich our lives by providing explore arts and culture with friends and communities through seeing, touching and tasting.
Small intimate group travels with two native artists who will show you the cultural historical sights as well as the arts, food and local life. Visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an.
Stay in a merchant’s mansion from the Ming Dynasty more than four centuries old with nine courtyards in a 2000-year-old ancient city on the Jialing River. Visit artist studios and practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine and tea ceremony. Try tai chi and Chinese painting lessons. Get a Chinese massage from the blind masseuses. Visit a hot spring.
Fully Escorted & Guided
You can relax and leave all the details to us. We arrange flights, visa, transfers, hotels and a comprehensive touring program that includes all the important places a destination offers. Cai and Le are escorting the group throughout the itinerary and takes care of all the arrangements. However, some free time is always provided for independent exploration, or you can choose optional excursions are available to fill in the leisure time.
What to Expect
This moderately-paced tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.
$1500 nonrefundable deposit payable to CX Silver Gallery by November 1st. Balance due by December 15th.
All documents must provided to CX Silver Gallery.
contact form. For inquiries please include your phone number and interest in the China Tour.
- Chinese visa application process
- Ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least two blank pages available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not acceptable for China visa stamps.
- passport, one 2×2-inch regulation passport photograph.
- Fill out the China visa application (ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, PRINTED). Leave blanks for any unknown information for CX Silver GAllery to fill out.
- http://www.visaexpress.net/china/chinatouristvisa.htm for instructions and http://www.visaexpress.net/forms/china-visa-application-form.pdf to download the form.
- Applying for Chinese visa, $140 per person
- Visa handling. $50 per person plus $30 postal fee
- Trip Checklist
- Flight reservation info (Cai will hold to give out at the airport)
- Passport with Chinese visa (Cai will hold to give out at the airport)
- ATM Visa and Mastercard / debit card with a pin number that contains no leading zero. You can exchange Chinese Yuan at the airport. However the rate will be somewhat higher than at the Bank of China in New York. We can also exchange Dollars to Yuan in Chongqing city. If you bring cash, get new bills. Banks in China won’t take old bills.
- A sketch book and a journal book (suggested)
- Winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf
- Thermal underwear, thick tights
- Swimming suit
- Laptop with charger
- Camera; camera battery charger; extra camera battery (optional)
- Cell phone; its charger
- Small packs of tissues when on the go (not every public bathroom in China has toilet paper)
- Highly advised: condense all personal belongings into one check-in suitcase no bigger than 62 linear inches (length + width + height), no more than 50 lb. (No batteries, charging and electronic devices should be in this suitcase)
- One carry-on luggage (laptop, chargers, electronic devices) no bigger than 10″x16”x24”
- First Aid Kit
- Your prescription medication – you should bring an ample supply with you for the entire duration of your trip. Bring along the prescriptions, just in case you are questioned (highly doubtful) in customs. See your physician before you go to China to ensure you have all the prescriptions you need before you begin your travel.
- Headache medication
- Diarrhea/nausea medication is essential even if the food you eat is fine – it could upset your stomach because you aren’t used to it. Just in case of a bad case of diarrhea.
- Bandaids for the occasional blister from long walks.
- Medical insurance and optional travel insurance
- It is recommended that you get international travel insurance. Please check with your medical insurance provider.
We recommend that the traveler seek advisement from a physician or at a travel medicine clinic at least 4-6 weeks before scheduled to depart.