As we usher in the Year of the Rooster, our local teams in Asia shared some of the new experiences that guests will be able to enjoy during the next 12 months – from mountains and rural discovery, to city alleys and Kung Fu fighting.
Beijing’s Secrets – Discover vibrant food & authentic traditions
Follow the savvy backpackers to Working People’s Cultural Palace, a forgotten and hidden temple, and then climb up to Jingshan Park for the perfect panoramic photo. Wander narrow streets and join a local family making Chinese dumplings for lunch. Then go back in time at Capital Museum, followed by the Tiananmen Square flag lowering ceremony.
Back to School – Join a high school class of senior citizens
Due to the Cultural Revolution, a whole generation never finished high school – now senior citizens, the Dalian government is giving them the chance to go back to school. Join a class as they learn about Chinese calligraphy, music, Tai Chi and Opera. You will not see a happier classroom, full of smiling people that remind us we should not take education for granted.
Immortal Mountain – Gain immortality at this natural wonder
Gaze at a natural wonder that thrusts from the sea, with low and flat ranges to the west and deep valleys and waterfalls in the east. Rich in history, Mountain Laoshan has become a symbol of religious harmony, central to legends from Taosim and Buddhism and considered by many to be the “perfect peak”. Take a moment to appreciate pure nature.
Terracotta Warriors & Great Wall – Wonders of China’s past
Discover these fantastic relics of human invention from China’s Tang & Qin dynasties. Walk along (some of!) the 6400km long Great Wall and gaze upon this unrivalled feat of engineering. Then discover one of the world’s greatest archaeological findings – the Terracotta Warriors; over 8000 life-sized clay soldiers that are over 2200 years old, believed to bear likeness to each member of the Emperor’s personal army.
Bali Rural Discovery – Enjoying the countryside lifestyle
Step back by visiting locals at a traditional rural village, experiencing disappearing trades, such as blacksmithing, traditional wine-making, weaving and haberdashery . Learn local farming skills like coconut harvesting and rice planting & cultivation, before stopping a school, where you meet the local children and help them with their activities.
Hong Kong Fu – Learn from the local village Kung Fu Master
Wonder at the legendary Shaolin Kung Fu as you fall into steps of the basic stances and techniques before a master practitioner, before exploring a traditional fishing village that offers a glimpse into a bygone era where locals live as their ancestors did a century ago. Embrace your inner spirituality at the Po Lin Monastery, which is home to the largest “sitting-Buddha” statue in the world.
For more information contact the Intercruises Asia Team:
Isaac Vidales – Director Asia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Errol Chicano – Shorex Manager Asia, email@example.com