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Join Us for 2011 Qingdao International Beer Festival

In 2011 Summer Tours, China & Hong Kong Tours on 2011/06/07 at 9:46 am

Qingdao is regarded as one of the most beautiful, clean  and relaxing places in China. Literally translated as  ‘Green Island’, the city possesses a long and beautiful shoreline where summer brides and happy grooms are photographed, making the place picturesque and romantic. Do you love drinking beer and enjoy going to festival? The Tsingtao Brewing Company, originally founded by four German settlers in 1903, remains and keeps a thriving drinking culture in Qingdao.

This summer, Concorde has prepared a weekend get-away trip in August (13-15 Aug) so you can drink as much Tsingtao Beer as you like. For your information, other brands are also available in the beer festival. 😉 Besides, there will be good chances to experience Chinese culture, watch entertainment shows and taste a wide variety of tasty food.

We guarantee a nice 4-star hotel stay, entry to the beer festival, a good tour to the local brewery and a free beer mug. Not only that, when you’re sober, we’ll take you to the most famous tourist spots and get you a dumpling making crash course. Not enough? How about we’ll also send you to the famous beach for you to chill and get a tan before heading home?

The Green Island

The Green Island

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Visit to the Brewery

Visit to the Brewery

Qingdao in a Bag

Qingdao in a Bag

Qingdao Beer!

Qingdao Beer!

The Watch Towers of Kaiping 3 Day Tours Departing 9 Dec

In China & Hong Kong Tours on 2011/05/05 at 2:26 pm

Concorde Travel proudly present two group departure tours to a fantastic area in China called Kaiping this July and December, so mark your calendar! The area is full of exotic buildings that truly embrace the idea of when East meets West. Diaolous(watch towers) were built in great number during 1920’s and 1930’s, but the earliest built and still standing diaolou dated as far back as in the Ming Dynasty, about 460 years ago. Our tours will be led by a scholar, Ms Selia Tan, the lady who was behind the sites gaining accreditation as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. To join the tour, or simply ask for extra information, send an email to us, we’ll reply promptly.

Pictures from Kaiping by Concorde Travel’s Director Graham Elsom:

Kaiping Li Garden

Kaiping Li Garden

Majianglong Village, World Cultural Heritage Site

Majianglong Village, World Cultural Heritage Site

View from a Kaiping Diaolou

View from a Kaiping Diaolou

Various Diaolous

Various Diaolous in Kaiping, since they are scattered in big area, Concorde Travel gets you private transfer and a guide for a full appreciation of this heritage site.

Wave at your friends atop a diaolou

Wave at your friends atop a diaolou

Nice Garden in Kaiping

Nice Garden in Kaiping

Diaolou Deco

Diaolou Deco

The Oldest Diaolou

The Oldest Diaolou

The People, Kaiping

The People, Kaiping

Township

Township


 

Day 1  Hong Kong to Kaiping by ferry

Met on arrival at the Ferry Pier and transfer to Kaiping. On arrival check into hotel.

Rest of day at leisure.

Hotel: Pan Tower International Hotel

 

 

Day 2     Kaiping – Chikan – Majianglong – Zili – Kaiping

Visit Chikan town, established more than 350 years ago.

A typical town, representative of the booming economy of the 1920’s and ‘30’s, when Chikan evolved from being a country market-place into the business centre of Kaiping. Time will be spent in Chikan and will include a one hour walk from the Szeto Clan section of the town to the Kwan Clan section.

Continue to Majianglong Village, a World Cultural Heritage Site. Stroll through the bamboo forest and see some of the seven diaolou and eight villas that were constructed in the early 20th century. Many of the villagers emigrated to the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. This is a very quiet and beautiful environment and two of the villas, which are open to the public, retain their original furniture from prior to the Cultural Revolution.

Arrive at beautiful Zili Village for lunch.’ Another World Cultural Heritage Site. This is a particularly beautiful place with numerous “diaolou” in a rural setting of ponds and pathways. It is wonderful to merely stroll around at this location. It is especially photogenic. Zili Village is very popular with painters.

There is a particularly good history exhibition here, which provides a background to the Kaiping “diaolou”. In addition, there are four “house museums” open to the public.

Day 3       KaipingSanmenliJinjiangli Canada VillageKaiping – Hong Kong   

At Sanmenli Village, another World Cultural Heritage Site, visit the oldest existing “diaolou”. It was built during the Ming Dynasty, 460 years ago.

Continue to Jinjianli Village, also a World Cultural Heritage Site, to see several of the most ornate and impressive “diaolou” in Kaiping. Stroll along the narrow alleyways, between the ancient buildings and admire expansive views over the countryside from the upper floors.

Next, visit Canada Village, an abandoned village which tells the saga of Chinese emigrants in Canada.

After lunch in Kaiping, visit the Fengcai Hall.

Fengcai Hall is a striking building and Ancestral Hall of the Yee Clan.It was constructed between 1906 and 1914 and is now part of a school. It is an unusual melding of traditional Chinese architecture with numerous Western influences.

Transfer to Zhongshan Ferry Pier.

Return to Hong Kong aboard high speed ferry.

 

A small donation to the “Friends of Diaolou”, the organization which was involved in the establishment of Kaiping as a Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site, will be included in the cost of this tour.

 

Tour Price :    Based on 10-14 pax travelling together.
At HKD1,985.00 per person in Twin Sharing.
Single Supplement at HKD450.00 per person.
Tour Price :    Based on 15-19 pax travelling together.
At HKD1,855.00 per person in Twin Sharing.
Single Supplement at HKD450. 00 per person.
Tour Price :    Based on 20 pax up travelling together.
At HKD1,755.00 per person in Twin Sharing.
Single Supplement at HKD450.00 per person.
Tour price includes :
– 2 nights accommodation with daily breakfast in standard room at the Pan Tower International Hotel.
–  Private transfers & sightseeing tours inclusive of entrance fees with English speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.
–  One dinner on Day 01, one lunch + one dinner on Day 02, one lunch on Day 03.  Total 4 meals served at local Chinese restaurant.
–  Ferry tickets Hong Kong / Zhongshan / Hong Kong in economy class.
Tour price excludes :
–  China Visa.
–  Any other items or services not mentioned in the itinerary.
–  All personal expenses.
–  Insurance & gratuities to driver and guide
For enquiries, simply send us an email !

Take My Horse! Mongolia Trekking Tour, Tour of A Lifetime

In 2011 Summer Tours, China & Hong Kong Tours, Our Travel Stories on 2011/05/03 at 11:14 am

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing  Leo Murray who’s going to lead his 12th Mongolia Trekking Tour this summer July 20th- Aug 5. Leo is a true experienced global traveler and among other things, he can easily draw a map and show you three different routes that he’s taken cycling around the United States. The energetic man, a former editor of the Reader’s Digest, has just come back from Nepal and will spend a month in Italy before Mongolia. ‘Mongolia,’ he said, ‘to me means vast open space and the horse riding culture. It’s an amazing country.’

‘The Mongolians use their horses to herd their sheep and they drink the horses’ milk. Horses are the most valuable thing to them besides their yurts, their wife might only come third!’

According to Leo, not only are the Mongolians good singers, they also possess the heart of gold. ‘They never ask for anything, we travelers come bearing gifts not because anyone ever asked for any gifts, but because the Mongolians are so kind that the instant you walk into their yurt, they provide you with everything they could. ‘ In other words, you’re merely exchanging gifts with some very welcoming hosts.

Among all the things Mongolians give out of hospitality, there was once an offer of a horse. Leo accounted a story that on a trip to Mongolia, upon departure, one of the horsemen who had been with him throughout the journey wished to give his horse away to Leo. Although he was touched (and very well traveled), Leo found it a challenge to ride a horse back home to America. Leo asked the horseman to keep his horse for him. The horseman said(guess what!), ‘ I will keep the horse for you, but besides you, no one will be allowed to sit on this horseback again. ‘ Imagine a friend said that to you under the starry skies in Mongolia!

Besides that they are great singers, Mongolians are well known great sportsmen too. The Naadam Festival, in which there are archery, horse racing and wrestling races, is held every year July 11-13. Worried you might miss it? Don’t fret, Leo said across Mongolia, there is Naadam everywhere held on various dates and very often, private sponsorships are enough to bring a local Naadam to life. If you join this trekking tour, you might as well find local Mongolians to wrestle you to the ground, if you’re eager for it! 🙂

I asked Leo what are the customs that travelers should beware of in Mongolia. He said no rubbish thrown in fire. Why? “Because Mongolians consider fire as sacred. Travelers can bury their rubbish instead.’

To experience such an exotic horse riding culture, and know a bunch of new friends, breathe in some fresh air in Mongolian mountains and pitch your tent next to yurts and be neighbors with authentic Mongolians–join this summer tour! Experience of a Lifetime.

Mongolia, Every Nomad's Dream

Mongolia, Every Nomad's Dream

Send an email to us and you’ll be able to get a collection of photos provided in the courtesy of Leo Murray, taken from his trips in Mongolia. You’ll also be able to obtain the itinerary, accommodation details and the costing. Act now!

Can You Sleep on The Great Wall in China?

In 2011 Summer Tours, China & Hong Kong Tours on 2011/04/29 at 4:04 pm

YES! You CAN!

Concorde Travel arranges a two nights tour that allows you to sleep on the Great Wall. No need to wonder no more what to do with a few days of holiday, realize your dream this summer! Here’s the itinerary:

“Clearly, the most memorable part of my multi-country adventure was sleeping for two nights on the Great Wall. Your people were outstanding. Transport, accommodation, meals and your guide all exceeded expectations. In my opinion, it’s one of the best value for money excursions you could partake in China.” 

The Great Wall

Day 1    Beijing/Great Wall

 

 

Depart from your hotel in Beijing for the Ming Tombs, final resting place of 13 Emporers. Two stops are made to give you a complete experience.Walk the Spirit Way and descend into the underground Ding Tomb.

After a Chinese style lunch arrive in Jinshanling village at the base of the Great Wall. Go for a sunset view hike up on the Great Wall.

Dinner is in Jinshanling village at the base of the wall. A wide assortment of fresh Chinese dishes. If it’s not enough tell your guide and more we be ordered! Dinner also includes free flow of soft drinks, bottled water, local beer and tea.

After dinner your guide will take you back up to the watchtower on the Great Wall where you will spend the night. This is a 15 minute walk. Flashlights are supplied. If you have other bags they will be locked in the vehicle for the night. Take what you need for the walk on the Wall in the morning because you will you will not go back down to Jinshanling before walking on the wall.

As the Great Wall is a World Heritage Site there is no development allowed. Accommodation is similar to camping. Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, flashlights, food and drinks are all provided. You may sleep inside the watchtower or under the stars on the Wall. There is no electricity, running water or toilets. There are public toilets in Jinshanling, otherwise be prepared to commune with nature.

Optionally you may stay in the courtyard style hotel (extra charge applies). Private bathrooms are available.

Day 2    Great Wall/Beijing 

Wake up and enjoy breakfast on the Great Wall as the sun rises over your panoramic view. The morning light can produce amazing photographs. Breakfast is western, including German muesli, fruit, milk and other drinks. No cooking is allowed on the wall so sorry, no hot breakfast! At this time of day there are usually no other tourists on the wall. You have it all to yourself.

After breakfast embark on a 3 to 5 hour walk with fantastic scenery along restored and un-restored sections of the Wall, accompanied by your guide. The hike is of medium difficulty, with ups and downs and some loose rocks. Two bottles of water are provided for you to carry with you as well as some snacks. If you prefer not to hike you may choose to ride the bus. Any bags left on the bus overnight will remain on the bus.

After a Chinese style lunch, including drinks, drive back to Beijing. Stop at the Olympic Swim Center (Water Cube) and the Stadium (Bird’s Nest) so you can catch a glimpse of these architectural wonders and take photographs.

Drop off at your hotel will be later in the afternoon.

This itinerary can be combined with other touring arrangements in Beijing or elsewhere in China.

For enquiries, contact us here.

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