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2020.01.15 The 36th Harbin Ice & Snow Festival & Chinese New Year Celebration in Hong Kong

Dalian, Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin, Shenzhen & Hong Kong

Itinerary, Departures, & Destinations

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner

Day 1**Jan. 15 |  Honolulu –> Incheon
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight to Dalian via Incheon.  Meals and snacks will be provided on board.

Day 2**Jan. 16 | Incheon
Arrive at Incheon International Airport.  We will stay overnight in Incheon where hotel accommodations will be provided by the airline. 

Day 3**Jan. 17 | Incheon –> Dalian | (L)
Depart for Dalian, China – a beautiful seaside city on the southern tip of Liaodong Peninsula.  Upon our arrival we will proceed to immigration & customs.  Once we exit customs we will be greeted by an Air & Sea Travel representative.  After lunch, we will take a City Tour and visit Tiger Beach, Concert Square and Dalian Port, one of the most important trade harbors in East Asia.  We will check into our hotel and stay overnight.

Day 4**Jan. 18 | Dalian – Shenyang | (B, L, D)
Today, we will drive to Anshan, the “steel capital of China” where we will visit a 260-ton Jade Buddha.  In the afternoon, we continue on our bus ride to Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province.  Shenyang is an important center for trade industry and culture in northeast China. Then, we will try a local specialty for Dinner – Chun Bing, a Chinese burrito made with a flour pancake wrapped around vegetables and meat.  The origins of Chun Bing date back to the Jin Dynasty.  Northern Chinese would eat this pancake to celebrate the beginning of spring.  The literal translation of this dish is “bite the spring.” 

Day 5**Jan. 19 | Shenyang | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is to Shenyang Imperial Palace.  Besides the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Shenyang Imperial Palace is the only other existing palace complex in China.  The unique architectural style of the Shenyang Imperial Palace reflects a blend of Han, Manchu and Mongolian cultures which originated from the shape of a nomadic tent.  In 2004, it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an extension of the Imperial Palace site, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing.  After lunch, we will visit General Chang’s Residence, built in 1914.  This square shaped mansion is the largest and perfectly preserved former residence of celebrities in modern times and is reputed to be the first former residence of celebrities in Northeast China.  Today’s dinner features Northeast Braised Bones  

Day 6**Jan. 20 | Shenyang – Changchun | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit the Shenyang Middle Street to experience the local life, and where you can find about everything you could possibly want to buy. After lunch, we will transfer to Changchun, the capital of the puppet “Manchu State” established by the Japanese during World War II. In the evening, we have arranged a special Barbecue Dinner.

Day 7**Jan. 21 | Changchun | (B, L, D)
Today, we will visit The Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu StateThe Palace was the official residence created by the Imperial Japanese Army for China’s last emperor Puyi to live in as part of his role as Emperor of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo.  In the People’s Republic of China the structures are generally referred to as the Puppet Emperor’s Palace & Exhibition Hall.  It is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.  After lunch, we will drive through the Eight Departments of Manchukuo.  In 1932 the Japanese set up a State Council with Puyi, the last emperor of China, as its head.  Known as the Manchukuo, it governed from 1932 until 1945.  These eight buildings, namely eight branches of Manchukuo, were built, combining Chinese style and Western style into one entity.  Surrounded by green trees, exotic moods filled the air, and each has its own unique and distinctive characteristics.  Tonight, a North Korean Cuisine is arranged.

Day 8**Jan. 22 | Changchun – Harbin | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will drive to Harbin, the city with the most bitter cold winters among major Chinese cities.  Harbin is heralded as the Ice City for its well-known winter tourism, recreational activities, and its beautiful ice sculpture festival.  Besides being well known for its historical Russian legacy, the city serves as an important gateway in Sino-Russian trade today and has a sizable population of Russian immigrants.  The city was voted the “Top Chinese Tourist City” by the China National Tourism Administration in 2004.  On June 22, 2010, Harbin was appointed a UNESCO “City of Music” as part of the Creative Cities Network.   Upon our arrival, we will walk around the St. Sophia Church Square built with timber and completed in March, 1907.  The church was part of a plan to strengthen the confidence of the army by building an imposing spiritual symbol.

Day 9**Jan. 23 | Harbin | (B, L, D)
One of today’s highlight is the Siberian Tiger Park, the largest breeding center in the world for Siberian tigers, the most endangered species in the world.  We will take a bus with wire-mesh protection through the Siberian Tiger Park to see at close quarters about 100 purebred Siberian tigers, who roam freely inside the park.  There is also a cage area housing lions, pumas, leopards and ligers.  After having local dishes – Northeastern Dumplings, we will visit Sun Island — birthplace of China’s snow sculpture art.  Every year it attracts snow sculpture masters from all over the world, and it is considered the world’s biggest Ice & Snow Carnival.  Huge snow sculptures are given different meanings, and people can enjoy the snow in many different ways, such as snowmobiles and snow golf.  In the early evening, we will go to the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.  When darkness comes, it’s time to explore the colorfully lit Ice and Snow World.  Have fun in the ice labyrinth, ice slide and ice castle–you will find everything imaginable in a fairyland.  We will be wowed by all the illuminated full size buildings made from thick crystal clear ice or single blocks of snow.  With complex computer-controlled LED systems, these spectacular sculptures light up the city’s night sky.  A Hot Pot Dinner is arranged for tonight’s meal.  Hot pot is sometimes known as Chinese fondue or steamboat, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table.  While the hot pot is simmering, ingredients are cooked in the pot.  The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.  In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter.

Day 12 **Jan. 24 | Harbin –> Shenzhen | (B, D)
Today we will transfer to the airport and fly to Shenzhen, a major city in Southern China and next to Hong Kong.  The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the Reunion Dinner, called “Nian Ye Fan”.  This meal is comparable to Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. and remotely similar to Christmas dinner in other countries with a large Christian population.  This evening we will enjoy a special Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner

Day 13 **Jan. 25 | ShenzhenHong Kong |  (B)
Kung Hee Fat Choy!!   Today is the first day of Chinese New Year, known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival”.  After breakfast, we will go to Hong Kong.  Late this afternoon, we will walk to Tsimshatsui and join the local crowds to celebrate one of the most well known and biggest events of the year, the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade!  Our Reserved Seats will provide us a perfect view of the International Parade.  As one of the world’s most festive events, the parade is comprised of colorful floats, dragon dancers, celebrities and performers from all over the world. 

Day 14 **Jan. 26 | Hong Kong  | (B)
The second day of the Chinese New Year, known as “beginning of the year” was when married daughters visited their birth parents, relatives and close friends.  Traditionally, married daughters didn’t have the opportunity to visit their families frequently.  Today, you can take an optional day excursion to Macau or spend leisure time on your own.  The celebration continues tonight with a magnificent Lunar New Year Fireworks Show over Victoria Harbor.  We will walk to the harbor waterfront and watch the beautiful Fireworks shooting from the tops of skyscrapers.  This fireworks display has been an annual event in Hong Kong since 1982 and has become a Chinese New Year greeting to the citizens.

Day 15 **Jan. 27  | Hong Kong | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will go to Sha Tin Racecourse to see the Traditional Chinese New Year Horse Races.  A Private Box is reserved for our group.  This is a legalized gambling event and one of the most popular sports in Hong Kong.  Enjoy this exciting race and try your luck in the New Year.  A Premium Buffet lunch With Complimentary Drinks, Including Wines and Liquors will be provided.  You will have a very pleasant and comfortable experience in the balcony private box that offers unparalleled views of the racetrack.

 Day 16 **Jan. 28 | Hong Kong –> Incheon –> Honolulu  | (B)
Today morning, we will drive to the airport for our return flight home, ending our fantastic tour of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival and Chinese New Year Celebration.  We will fly back home via Incheon.

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Tour Fee Includes

  • International Flight from HONOLULU
  • 5* Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
  • Admissions and 27 Meals as Stated
  • The 36th Harbin Ice Carving & Snow Sculptures Festival
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Shenyang Imperial Palace
  • Hands on Activity — Dumpling Making
  • Local Specialty Cuisine:
    * Northeast Braised Bones
    * North Korean Cuisine
    * Chun Bing
    * Barbecue Dinner
    * Hot Pot
    * Hong Kong New Year Eve’s Dinner
  • New Year Spectacular Fireworks Show
  • International Chinese New Year Light Parade – Reserved Seats
  • Horse Racing – Private Box
  • Free Set of Winter Wear
  • Gratuity for Tour Guides & Drivers is included

Payment & Cancellation Policy

CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY.  A deposit of $350 per person is required at the time of application.  The balance is due 70 Days Prior To Departure.  In the event payment balance is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a cancellation fee.

Written notice is required for any cancellation.  $350 deposit is non-refundable if you cancel Within 70 Days Before Departure.

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Within 70 days before departure, the cancellation fee will be as follow:

** 69-31 days prior to departure, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** 30 days prior to departure or withdrawing during the tour shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for other services as a substitute shall not be accepted.  We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance when you make a reservation.

Price from: $4,488.00

Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge

(SINGLE SUPP: $1100)

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