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VALENTINES DAY COUPLES RETREAT 
5 Day Chinese Cultural Immersion
Explore. Experience. Enjoy
Shanghai
Experience Life in a Modern Chinese City


Come Explore Chinese Culture in Shanghai, China -- a “Mega-City” where Traditional Chinese Arts and Customs Intersect with Modern Sensibilities and Western Ideas.


During this 5 day All-inclusive (no wallet needed) cultural excursion you will participate in the traditional Chinese cultural arts - including Dough Figurine Making, Yixing Teapot Crafting, Tea Ceremonies, Chinese Calligraphy, and Chinese Dumpling making. Dive into the rich history behind these practices, often dating back thousands of years!

You will spend five days touring Shanghai, pampering yourself, attending lectures, eating home-made local cuisine, shopping, site-seeing, and experiencing all the city has to offer. 

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 Day 1 :
Experience and Participate in a Traditional Tea Ceremony 
(4 HourClass + A Visit to The Bund)
Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony
Tea is a cultural treasure in China, with a history dating back over 5000 years.
According to legend, tea was first discovered by the legendary Chinese emperor and herbalist, Shennong, in 2737 BCE. These beginnings have evolved into a tradition with dozens (over 50!) of varieties of tea.

Discover the rich history and more through the unique cultural experience of the Chinese Tea Ceremony, an event which elevates the simple consumption of the drink into a whole communal gathering, a way to share the experience with those around you. Learn about the history and significance of this ceremony, and get a primer on hosting one of your very own!
The Bund
Finish the day at the Bund, the most famous area of modern day Shanghai. The Bund refers to the entire waterfront area on the west side of the Huangpu River. The buildings on the main road are gorgeous architectural examples from the colonial powers of Shanghai’s past. 
Day 2 :  
Create High Value Teapots and Zisha Cups
(4 Hourlecture + A Trip to Shanghai Nightlife)
Chinese Teapots
Louise’s Chinese Culture House, originally Lu Yu ZishaClayResearch Institute, was established in 1986 and officially registered in 2010, by Master Wu Baohua.   Master Wu holds the world record for the thinnest Zisha clay teapot. All the teapots from Master Wu’s studio are original designs, incorporating the natural characteristics of ZishaClay. Master Wu Yuntao is another master artist of zisha clay design who spends some of his time working at Louise’s Chinese Culture House.
Shanghai Nightlife
We finish the day in the downtown of the modern metropolis of Shanghai for the American New Years Eve.
Day 3 :
Learn the Art of Dough Figurines
(4 Hour Class + Trip to Yuyuan Garden)
Dough Figurines
Tianzifang is an artistic enclave developed in the former French Concession (on the Western side of Shanghai). Our focus here will be on the wonderful and enchanting art of Dough Figurine. Thesestarted as a simple folk handicraft, but have since evolved into high art, requiring extraordinary artistry and skill. The craft has a history dating back over 1,340 years. The vivid figurinesaremade by skilled craftsmen from sticky rice dough mixed with pigments, honey and olefin. After cutting, slashing, pinching and twisting the dough, the figure begins to emerge – sometime a lifelike child, or a beautiful girl or any other creation the artist imagines.In cities like Beijing, you can witness craftsmen making dough figurines along the exhibition streets and marvel at their skill and dedication to their craft

Our Expert Artist and Teacher Qi:
She is a lifelong craftsman in this field, with numerous professional level designations and achievement for her work designing, creating, and promoting the Dough Figurine craft.

Yuyuan Garden
We finish the day here, at Yuyuan Garden. Learn about what makes a Chinese garden truly balanced, and explore this meeting of tradition and modernity right in the downtown of the modern metropolis of Shanghai.
Day 4 :
Experience the Art of Chinese Calligraphy + Learn how to make Dumplings
Chinese calligraphy
Join in a survey class of this ancient Chinese art form, including an overview of the history, how it relates to Chinese traditional culture, and some of the impact this storied art form has as China continues to merge old and new traditions. 
Dumpling Making 
If you think of stereotypical foods from China, the dumpling would be certainly be on the short list! Learn the proper Shanghai way of making dumplings, with a variety of fillings and spices to wow your friends-Just make sure you don’t eat all the dumplings as we make them! 
Day 5 : 
A Visit to Zhouzhuang Water Town (周庄) + Shopping Downtown
Zhouzhuang Water Town
Waters Towns take you back to an earlier time in China, before the rush to modernize started sweeping over the country. Zhouzhuang, (1.5 hours from Shanghai) is a fantastic window into what traditional Chinese life looked like with numberous well-preserved ancient residences. A ferry boat ride is a must, and the absolute best way to experience the 1,000 households still there from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911).
Shopping
Shanghai is home to some of the world’s best shopping, that ranges from traditional open air markets to truly luxury, high-end experiences. Discover some of each, from the quite famous experiences like the The South Bund Fabric Market and the Hongqiao International Pearl City, to something more intimate like the Caojiadu Flower and Bird Market and the TheJiashan Market. Discover this collision of old and new styles, sometimes with contradictions, always with adventure!
The Shanghai Maglev Train or Shanghai Transrapid (Chinese: 上海磁浮示范运营线) is a magnetic levitation train, or maglevline that operates in Shanghai, China. The line was the third commercially operated magnetic levitation line to open in history. The journey takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the distance of 30 km (18.6 mi)
Services included 
We’ll handle accommodations, meals, local transportation for group events, in-house activities, & entrance tickets. 
Please inquire for detailed schedule and service. 
TravelChineseCulture@gmail.com

*Flight not included*
*Must Obtain Travel Insurance*
*Once Package is purchased, the legal contracts will be emailed to you for signature. If you would like to review them before purchasing, please email us at TravelChineseCulture@gmail.com and we will provide a copy.*

Our Culture Office is over 1800 square feet.

Location: Near The Bund, No. 31 Sijing Road, Huangpu district. (Line2,East Nanjing Lu, Exit 2)

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