Bespoke Tours

Bespoke Tours


If you can't join us at the China Stars International Friendship Games, then we can offer you an excitingly different experience for your team.  We can also build as per your requirements.  China Stars Events is able to organise your very own experience in China.  We'll make sure that you take your team on an unforgettable journey that combines top quality competition and excellent cultural experiences.  We are able to cater for many sports and below we've laid out a sample itinerary for you to consider as a starting point for your bespoke tour.

Sample itinerary for a 4-5 games / 8 night tour to beijing

Below is an example of a bespoke itinerary for a sports team to visit Beijing for 5 games / 8 nights. The itinerary is entirely flexible and days can be reordered in any sequence to suit your desired program.  The itinerary below is focused on Beijing, but we can also arrange competition in Shanghai for some sports.
Parents and supports are most welcome to participate in the adventure and typically they choose to do all the activities in the group's itinerary.
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Day 1
Arrival at Beijing International Airport.
Met at airport. Guide attached. Transfer to Hotel
Day 2
Summer Palace Tour.
Hutong Tour.
Chinese Tea Ceremony.
Welcome Dinner.
Day 3
Friendship Game 1.
Friendship Game 2.
Free time.
Day 4
Temple of Heaven.
Hongqiao Market.
Friendship Game 3
Shopping at Wangfujing Street.
Day 5
Art District 798.
Friendship Game 4.
Beijing (Peking) Duck Banquet.
Day 6
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Friendship Game 5.
Chinese Kong Fu Show.
Day 7
Old Ming City Wall.
Shopping at Xiushui (Silk) Market.
Acrobatic Show.
Day 8
Great Wall of China Tour.
Visit Olympic Venue e.g. Bird's Nest.
Free for packing.
Day 9
Check out at 8.30am.  Depending on flight times, side tours to other points of interest may be possible.
Day 1
Arrive in Beijing. Meet and greet at Beijing Capital Airport.  Your translator /guide attaches to your group now. Transfer to 3* hotel (4* hotel for supporters). Transfers in quality coaches with luggage bins or trailer.
Lunch and Dinner: Depending on arrival time.
Day 2
Breakfast: At Hotel. Western and Chinese selections available.
Morning: Tour to Summer Palace.  Transfers provided.  Entry fees included.
Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called "Yiheyuan" (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China.  Situated in the western outskirts of Haidian District, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Having the largest royal park and being well preserved, it was designated in 1960 as a Key Cultural Relics Protection Site of China.  Containing examples of the ancient arts, it also has graceful landscapes and magnificent constructions. The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, UNESCO listed it as one of the World Heritage Sites. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares (726.5 acres), three quarters of which is water. Guided by nature, artists designed the gardens exquisitely so that visitors would see marvellous views and be amazed by perfect examples of refined craftwork using the finest materials. The hill was man-made!
Lunch: At local restaurant.
Afternoon:    Tour a Hutong and have a Chinese Tea Ceremony.   Transfers provided. Rickshaw fees included. 
During this tour you will enter the home of a typical Beijing family as well as see the ‘old Beijing'.  A hutong is a unique form of community that exists only in China. If you are fed up with high buildings and wide streets, then enter Beijing's hutongs. Here, you will find "Hutong Culture" and "Courtyard Culture". "Hutong" literally means a small street or a lane between two courtyards, although the word can also mean a community within the city consisting of hutongs and residences. There are thousands of hutongs in Beijing City. Most of them were built in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty (1271-1911). Every hutong has a name. Some hutongs have had only one name since the hutong was formed, but some have had more than five names in the past. People name each hutong by various means. Some got their names from places such as Inner Xizhimen Hutong; some from plants such as Liushu (Willow) Hutong; some from directions such as Xi (West) hongmen Hutong; some from Beijing idioms such as Yizi (Beijing local people call soap as yizi) Hutong; some from good words such as Xiqing (Happy) Hutong; some from markets for business such as Yangshi (Sheep Market) Hutong; some from temples such as Guanyinsi (Kwan-yin Temple) Hutong, and some are even from the names of common people such as Mengduan Hutong. The oldest hutong in Beijing is called Sanmiao Street. It has been there for more than 900 years! The longest is Dongxi Jiaomin Lane. The total length of it is 6.5 kilometres. The shortest one had a name of Yi Chi Street because it was only a little more than ten meters long. Usually most of Beijing's hutongs are straight. However, if you enter Jiudaowan Hutong, you will probably get lost as you have to turn corners 19 times.
Dinner / Evening: Welcome Dinner.
Day 3
Breakfast: At Hotel. Western and Chinese selections available.
Morning: Friendship Game 1.  Your first game will be against a local Chinese school.
Lunch: At local restaurant.
Morning: Friendship Game 2.  
Evening: Free after a big day.  There are quite a few shops in the area and it is safe for the players to walk around as long as they are in groups. You might even get to see park dancing...old time ball room dancing is very popular on the sidewalks in the early evening.
Day 4
Breakfast: At Hotel. Western and Chinese selections available.
Morning: Temple of Heaven and Hongqiao Market. Transfers provided.
The Temple of Heaven, completed in 1420 during the reign of the Ming Yongle Emperor, was the most sacred space in which the emperor—also known as the Son of Heaven—performed the most important sacrifices and rites. The temple's layout reflects the Confucian worldview that anchored the imperial order. The square base represents Earth, the circular temple represents Heaven, and the emperor symbolically serves as intermediary between human beings and the divine order. The Throne is gone, as are the imperial days—the Temple has been open to the public since 1912 and the revolution that dispensed with the Qing Dynasty—but it's still possible to feel why so many Chinese believed for so long that this was the centre of the world.
Hongqiao Market, contrary to the name which means the Pearl Market, offers more than just pearls. The three basement floors house a massive seafood market where many of Beijing’s major hotels and restaurants come to bid on fresh seafood. On the ground floor, you’ll find electronics and watches, and the second floor houses silks, brand name clothing, shoes, handbags and luggage. Haggling is expected throughout the market.
Lunch: At local restaurant (most likely western food eg Subway, McDonald's).
Afternoon: Friendship Game 3 . Your game will be against a local Chinese team or an International school team.
Dinner : At local restaurant
Evening: Shopping at Wangfujing Street. Transfers provided.
Wangfujing Street dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and has been China's most famous commercial street since 1949. It has attracted a raft of multinational corporations, famous chain stores and international management groups after undergoing three major upgrades over the past 20 years. Wangfujing, now considered the central heart of the city, is a fairly long street. A walk from end to end would take you about 30 minutes, and that's without looking at any shops. The street has two major shopping malls, one of which, Oriental Plaza, sprawls a further 2 blocks to the east (and another 15 minute walk). Wangfujing Street is also home to a number of large department stores, souvenir stores, and whole side streets full of food stalls, Chinese painting stores and other goodies.
Day 5
Breakfast: At Hotel. Western and Chinese selections available.
Morning: Art District 798. Transfers provided.
Art District 798 is located in the Dashanzi area, to the northeast of central Beijing. It is the site of previously state-owned factories including Factory 798, which originally produced electronics. Beginning in 2002, artists and cultural organizations began to divide, rent out, and re-make the factory spaces, gradually developing them into galleries, art centers, artists' studios, design companies, restaurants, and bars. It is a vibrant place to visit and is a great example of new wave Chinese entrepreneurship. 798 stands for much more than a three digit number: in Beijing these numbers symbolize the country's cutting edge art movement led by the Chinese vanguard, unchained artistic personalities with alternative life goals. The largest, most influential art district in China - the 798 - hosts world-class international and Chinese exhibitions in the midst of former weapons factories.
Lunch: At local restaurant.
Afternoon: Friendship Game 4. Your game will be against a local Chinese team.
Dinner / Evening: Beijing (Peking) Duck Banquet.
Beijing Duck ( formerly known as Peking Duck ) is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is prized for its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with shallot, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used.  The first restaurant specialising in Peking Duck, Bianyifang, was established in the Xianyukou, Qianmen area of Beijing in 1416. In 1864, the Quanjude (全聚德) restaurant was established in Beijing. Yang Quanren, the founder of Quanjude, developed the hung oven to roast ducks. With its innovations and efficient management, the restaurant became well known in China, introducing the Peking Duck to the rest of the world. Quanjude will be the restaurant at which we dine.
Day 6
Breakfast: At Hotel. Western and Chinese selections available.
Morning:  Tour to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  Transfers provided.  Entry fees included.
Tiananmen Square in the centre of Beijing is said to be the biggest square in the world. It is 880 meters from north to south, and 500 meters from east to west, with total area of 440,000 square meters and can hold one million people. The Tiananmen Gate Tower sits at the north, the Five-Star Red Flag flies high on the square, the Monument to the People's Heroes dominates the centre, the Great Hall of the People is to the east and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History to the west. Inside the Chinese Revolutionary Museum are a lot of material objects, pictures, books and models to present the development of modern China. The Chinese History Museum shows a large number of cultural relics illustrating the long history and culture of China from 1,700,000 years ago to 1921 when the last emperor left the throne. The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Qianmen gate, sit in the south of the square. Tens of thousands of people, both local and tourists, visit daily.
Lying at the centre of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in shape, it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a six metre deep moat and a ten metre high wall are 9,999 buildings. The wall has a gate on each side. Opposite the Tiananmen Gate, to the north is the Gate of Devine Might (Shenwumen), which faces Jingshan Park. The distance between these two gates is 960 metres, while the distance between the gates in the east and a west wall is 750 metres. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Until 1924 when the last emperor of China was driven from the Inner Court, fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here. Having been the imperial palace for some five centuries, it houses numerous rare treasures and curiosities although most of the Treasure was spirited out of the country to Taiwan by the retreating Kuomintang forces in 1949. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace Museum is now one of the most popular tourist attractions worldwide
Lunch: At local restaurant.
Afternoon: Friendship Game 5.
Dinner: At local restaurant.
Evening: Chinese Kong Fu Show.
The term Kong Fu ( pronounced Gong Fu in Chinese ) is an English language term used to describe a wide range of Chinese Martial Arts. In Chinese however there are many different names for many different types and elements of these Arts. The show you see tonight tells a story and in doing so demonstrates many different elements of Martial Arts. All are about body and mental control but physically appear different.
Day 7
Breakfast: At Hotel. Western and Chinese selections available.
Morning: Old Ming City Wall.  Transfers provided.
Lunch: At Local restaurant
Afternoon: Shopping at Silk Market (Xiushui Market).  Transfers provided.
The Silk Market is one of the famous markets in Beijing. It attracts domestic and foreign tourists with a huge selection of garments of every description, bags, jewellery, IT items, manchester and souvenirs all at bargain prices - and the more you haggle the better the bargain! Recently it has been relocated into a new building but the value still remains. The Silk Market used to be a wholesale market winding down and around many lanes where businessmen from Eastern European countries purchased clothes, and all business was conducted in English and Russian. Today, the Silk Market is a tourist spot where people speaking many languages go shopping, both wholesale and retail.
Dinner: At local restaurant.
Evening: Acrobatic Show.  Transfers provided.  Entry fees included.
In China, acrobats are revered much as prima ballerinas or opera singers are revered in the West, and it takes years of rigorous training to achieve the excellence demanded by this ancient art form. Children hoping to become acrobats begin their training as young as four or five years old.  Specific training with an acrobat troupe may begin by the age of eight. The basics - balancing, tumbling, dancing, flexibility, and strength are taught in the first two years, and students spend the next three to five years perfecting specific acts.  Eventually, they will do their first performances when they reach the age of sixteen or seventeen. You will certainly be amazed at their feats of balance and strength.
Day 8
Breakfast: At Hotel. Western and Chinese selections available.
Morning: Tour to the Great Wall of China.  Transfers provided. Entry fees included.
To the northwest and north of Beijing, a huge, serrated wall zigzags its way to the east and west along the undulating mountains. This is the Great Wall. UNESCO listed the Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, as a World Heritage site in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus stretching approximately 6,700 kilometres (4,163 miles ) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance. The Great Wall was originally built in the Spring, Autumn, and Warring States Periods as a defensive fortification by the three states: Yan, Zhao and Qin. The Great Wall went through constant extensions and repairs in later dynasties. In fact, it began as independent walls for different states when it was first built, and did not become the "Great" wall until the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qin Shihuang succeeded in his effort to have the walls joined together to fend off the invasions from the Huns in the north after the unification of China. Since then, the Great Wall has served as a monument of the Chinese nation throughout history.  You will be amazed at the enormity of the effort to build this structure...it's size is astounding!
Lunch: At Local restaurant
Afternoon: Tour of Olympic Venue. (Entry inside the Olympic venue will depend on Chinese Government policy. Any entrance fees are NOT included in the costing for the tour.)
Costing nearly half a billion dollars and filled with hidden symbolism, the showpiece stadium hosted the USD300 million Olympic opening ceremony, and has been hailed as an architectural masterpiece. The National Stadium, better known as the "Bird's Nest" because of its striking design of interlocking steel girders, drew the eyes of the world when the Games were declared open in a spectacular ceremony. The eye-catching venue designed by prize-winning Swiss architects seats 91,000 people in a rice bowl design made up of more than 36 kilometres (24 miles) of high quality steel weighing 45,000 tonnes. The stadium is rich in references to Chinese mythology -- the sun is represented by the circle of the stadium and the moon by the square-shaped aquatics center opposite. The effect is reinforced at night when the stadium is lit in red colours, and the swimming arena is turned blue. The shapes of the two venues also echo the Chinese symbols for male and female, and are constructed on either side of the north-south axis road which runs in a perfect straight line through Beijing.
Evening: Packing night.  Depending on flight schedules some groups may depart late this night or very early the next morning.
Day 9
Departure from Beijing or commencement of side tours to other cities or other extensions.  

ITINERARY LAND PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Hotel accommodation at 3* standard. Typically twin rooms for players and coaches/managers. Single room accommodation is available at an additional cost.
  • Three meals daily with some soft drinks.
  • Meet and greet, transfers on arrival and departure.
  • Team bus for scheduled transfers as detailed in itinerary.
  • Team guide/translator ( English>Chinese>English ) attached to team.
  • Acrobatic Show and Kong Fu Show.
  • Transfers and entrance fees to scheduled events except as noted.
  • Transfer to Birds' Nest.
  • Transfers to shopping excursions - Wangfujing Street, Silk Market as per itinerary.
  • 5 games against quality opposition.
  • Officials and pitch usage fees.
  • Welcome Dinner.
  • Farewell Dinner.
Land package exclusions:
Medical insurance, drinks, phone calls, laundry or any other personal expenditure, transfers to shopping on free nights or any activities not mentioned in the above itinerary. Any side trips to other cities pre or post event.
Flights:
China Stars Events is an event organiser that works in conjunction with your chosen travel agent and agents in China, Malaysia or India.  We do not organise your flights for you - our speciality is organising your competition at the level that is appropriate to you.  China Stars Events will only work in conjunction with a travel agent licensed in your country and will direct any enquiries about travel arrangements back to them.  See the Worldwide Travel Partners page for our recommended travel agent in your country. 
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