Old World China with Jingdezhen – Deluxe 14 day ceramic arts tour from A$5,280
Private tour dates: 31 July - 13 August 2019
Combine your passion for travel and the ceramic arts on this unique trip as we explore the different regions in China and their historical influences on Chinese pottery and ceramic arts today.
In Beijing, visit the classic bucket-list Great Wall of China and Forbidden City. Then journey through time at the National Museum of China for a historical perspective on pottery and ceramic arts in China. We then fast forward with a visit to the contemporary 798 Art Zone in a labyrinth of converted industrial buildings to learn about China’s contemporary art scene while mingling with the artists and gallerists.
Take a bullet train to Xi’an to behold the thousands of terracotta warriors standing their silent vigil at the Tang Tomb. We also visit the Banpo Museum - discovered in 1953, it is the actual archaeological village representing 6,000-year-old Neolithic Yangshao culture, renowned for its colourful ceramics.
From Xi'an, enjoy a 2-hour drive into the countryside for a porcelain tour to Chenlu Ancient town and Yaozhou Kiln Museum.
Fly south to Guilin to sail on the famous Li River, the centerpiece of many iconic Chinese brush paintings. On the east bank of the Li River explore Daxu Ancient Town, dating back 1,000 years and originally formed in the early Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1126)
A short drive from Guilin is Zengpiyan, considered to be one of the most important cave sites of the Neolithic in China. Dating has revealed that the cave was occupied between 9,000 and 7,500 years ago, the oldest layer reaching as far back as 12,000 years ago.
Fly from Guilin to Shanghai to visit the impressive pottery and ceramic arts exhibits of the Shanghai museum, as well as a visit to Zhujiajiao, a preserved ancient water town close to the modern, developing city.
Last leg of our journey is a 3-day visit to Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China .. if not, the world .. which has a 1700-year history of ceramic making. Here, we'll not only learn about the history and culture of porcelain, but also experience how exquisite ceramic is made in traditional ways.
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