China Stars International Friendship Games
Hockey ( Girls' and Boys' ) 2016 itinerary
and Boys' Hockey
As at 21 December 2014
Number of meals included depends on package chosen (
eg 7 day package normally includes 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners ).
Meals included in package:
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
1 ( Meals as required )
Friday 15 April
NOTE: Our advice is that ALL teams are best to arrive sometime on Friday
15 April so as to be over jet lag by the time competition commences on Sunday 17 April. At the latest all teams must
arrive before 1200 on 16 April so as to be in attendance at the Opening Ceremony ( provided flights are on schedule and
traffic conditions are favourable ).
prior to 'Day 1' will have an extra day of activities/sightseeing and extended package is all inclusive.
Day 2 BLD
Saturday 16 April
Arrive in Beijing. Meet and greet at Airport by China Stars personnel and attachment
of guide/translator. Transfer to hotel.
( Coach and managers meeting. Competition housekeeping details.) Welcome
Day 3 BLD
Sunday 17 April
Day 4 BLD
Tea Ceremony then tour to
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.
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 5 BLD
Tuesday 19 April
Silk Market (Xiushui Market)
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 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.
Day 6 BLD
Entry fees included.
The 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
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
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.
Thursday 21 April
Tour to the
Entry fees included.
The Great Wall
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
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.
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
Entry into the Olympic venue is dependent on Chinese Govt policy and entrance fees are NOT included in land package )
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 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. From a distance the greyish-silver tone and space between the steel beams
give the structure an airy lightness but up close it is solid and imposing with a brash red interior core, a symbol of China's
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.
Friendship Dinner followed by team cultural presentation.
Day 8 BLD
Entry fees included.
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
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.
Final shopping spree.
Free. Depending on flight schedules, some teams may depart late this night or very
early the next morning.
Day 9 B and other meals as required
Saturday 23 April
Departure from Beijing or commencement of side tours to other cities or other extensions.
Extend your time in China - add on extra days and
see some other sights.
If you want to go to Xi'an to see the Entombed Warriors ( and it really is well worth the trip since
you have come all the way to China! )
or to Shanghai or Suzhou water village, we can organise
everything for you.