CHAMBER GOES TO CHINA 2019
Jade articles produced in ancient China were used in sacrificial ceremonies, rituals and adornments. With their solid and smooth quality, and lustrous colors, jade products have always been famous for their beauty and style.
In ancient times, jade was only used for personal ornaments. After the middle and later Neolithic age, large jade articles replaced small ones. Large jade article usually symbolizing a certain prestige, began to reflect the ideas of social class system and ancient religions.
In the book of Rites, jade is described as “mild, smooth and lustrous like the virtue of a kind and decent man. It is cut with angles and corners, but will not hurt anyone, like the virtue of a righteous man. A jade ornament worn as a pendant is like benign, modest man of good manners. When it is struck, it gives a clear, resonant and lingering sound which lasts till it comes to a sudden stop, just like the attitude of a man of virtue toward music.
So the art of jade carving and traditional is most representative respect of Chinese culture, it is subtle to detail, deeply involved in craftsmanship and natural beauty, which shows a unique form of the glorious Chinese civilization.
As early as 4000 years ago, Chinese people discovered a kind of delicate gem with soft brilliance when searching ocean for food. This is pearl. Since then, countless pearl jewelry and artwork have been created by talented Chinese people. Hence, pearl has been one of the important parts of Chinese culture.The first book note of pearl is four thousand years ago in China. And people in China have been collecting, growing, and harvesting pearls for over two thousand years - we have the oldest pearl production tradition anywhere in the world. China was also the first country to develop cultured pearls, around 1082 A.D. The country is huge, with diverse waterways that provide many different environments for oysters providing kinds of freshwater pearls and salted-water pearls.
Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry, but in the past they were also stitched onto lavish clothing. Pearls have also been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines, and in paint formulations. Generally, saltwater pearls are higher in quality than freshwater pearls. They often have a smooth, round, regular shape—freshwater pearls tend to be more irregular. Saltwater pearls have a glossy surface with moderate luster. Their color is most often white or light. Because a saltwater oyster can produce only one pearl, while a freshwater mollusk can produce several at once, saltwater pearls are more rare than freshwater—and thus more expensive.
LanLiyuan Embroidery Research Institute（SUZHOU）
Lan Liyuan Embroidery Research Institute , located at No 518 Huqiu Road, is one of the biggest embroidery research institute in China.Suzhou or "Su" embroidery is one of the oldest embroidery techniques in the world, with origins stretching back more than 2,000 years. Suzhou embroidery was one of the first embroidery styles to be developed in China, but its detailed needlework and intricate images are still produced today. It is a style characterized by brightly colored silk embroidered with well-proportioned and uncluttered representations of almost any pastoral scene, person, animal, or object. Examples of Suzhou embroidery were so detailed and intricate that many people used the pieces as artwork, and some of the oldest pieces still in existence date back hundreds of years.
MeiJiawu Tea Culture Village（HANGZHOU）
Hangzhou’s Mei Jiawu tea culture village has more than 600 years of history. It is situated to the west of the famous West Lake scenic area, to the south of the Mei Lin tunnel and runs along both sides of Mei Lin road for ten miles. The village is located in a deep and secluded valley and is surrounded entirely by green hills. With small streams running down through the valley and abundance of wild life, this fertile land is a true paradise on earth. The fragrant green tea aroma that fills the atmosphere is that of the famous West Lake Dragon Well green tea. Mei Jiawu remains Hangzhou’s most affluent suburb and is characterised by the timeless tea farmers who continue to farm and labor in the same manor as their ancestors. The area remains an important tourist attraction allowing the promotion of Chinese tea culture across the world. During 1950s’ and 1960s’ Mei Jiawu had already been a focal point for opening Chinese culture to the world. As a sightseeing village, it has received a lot of distinguished guests from both home and abroad. Today Mei Jiawu’s exquisite scenery, unique style and friendly character have firmly placed it on the world map as a representative of Chinese tea culture.
Shanghai Artistic Carpet Factory（SHANGHAI）
Shanghai Artistic Carpet Factory was set up in 1904with a long history, which is almost 100 years. Now, it is a big government carpet woven factory with six branches distributed around suburbs of shanghai. They have about 2000 fixed employees and professional designers. They are one of the biggest produce and sale carpet factories in South China. They can also design and produce according to the customers’ demands. They attach great attention to the quality and credit, try to seek high quality for living and they won good reputation during the national carpet quality competition many times. Most of their products are exported to America, European countries and so on.
Xi’an Art Ceramic & Lacquer Ware Factory（XIAN）
Xi’an Art Ceramic & Lacquer Ware Factory also named Terra-cotta army museum government factory. It shows how to make the real ng Dynasty terracotta warriors, we know there are 8,000 individual warriors in the Terracotta warriors museum, but we don’t know how to make it in the Qing Dynasty, many tourists feel wonder. We can get this answer in it.
We also can see the some lacquer products, which has long history in China. such as lacquer panel screens, lacquer furniture, elm wood and other precious hard wood furniture.
Day 1 9/22 IAD/Beijing
Free shuttle bus service from Chamber Office to Washington Dulles Airport. Check in at for an afternoon flight by 4:35pm to Beijing. Your adventure begins as you fly trans-Pacific aboard a wide cabin jetliner. Cross the International Dateline.
Day 2 9/23 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the Capital of China at 6:15pm. You will be met by your local tour guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel Shangri-La (5 Star) after Dinner.
Day 3 9/24 Beijing
In the morning visit the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 A.D., where the emperors prayed to the heaven for a good harvest. Visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues for the outside views of National Stadium the Bird’s Nest and the National Aquatic Center. Continue the tour to the Great Wall. En route visit the Jade Factory. The Great Wall, the 4,000- mile long and 2,000 years old construction is said to be the only man-made structure visible by naked eye from the moon. Visit one of the Ming tombs, one of 13 Ming Emperors’ Tombs is fully excavated and open for exploration.
Day 4 9/25 Beijing
Sightseeing includes the Tian An Men Square, the largest square in the world.; the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, home of 24 emperors with a total space of 9,999 rooms. Visit the Pearl Market. The Summer Palace, known for many significance such as the Long Corridor with painted gallery, Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, Seventeen- Arch Bridge and Marble Boat.
Day 5 9/26 Beijing/Shanghai/Suzhou Morning free time. Afternoon flight to Shanghai then take a bus riding to Suzhou.
Day 6 9/27 Suzhou/Hangzhou
Sightseeing to the Tiger Hill. Visit the Suzhou Silk factory. Continue the tour with the centuries old Lingering Garden. Afternoon visit to the National Embroidery Institute to see silk embroidery, an important local craft with 1,000 years history. Take a bus riding to Hangzhou.
Day 7 9/28 Hangzhou/Shanghai
In the morning have a boat ride on West Lake with relaxing stopover at jewel-like pagodas. Visit the Longjing Green Tea Plantation. The centuries old Lingyin Temple, with the main feature of the 64.3 ft-high camphor-wood carved Buddha. Continue the bus journey to Shanghai.
Day 8 9/29 Shanghai
The Bund, a famous waterfront park. Visit the Shanghai Silk Rug Factory. Afternoon enjoy the Yu Garden, a maze of marvelous pavilions, ponds, rocky works and over arching trees. Free time exploration of the old town bazaar. Visit the Pudong District.
Day 9 9/30 Shanghai/Beijing/IAD
In the morning fly to Beijing 8:55am/11:15am. Afternoon flight will depart by 1:00pm for IAD where you will arrive at 2:35pm on the same day, free shuttle bus return to Chamber.