China’s mystical heritage is transposed into handcrafted sculptures, digital masterpieces, graphic design and aesthetic paintings – resulting in unrivaled creations. Amid the 1.3 billion people, you will encounter quiet spaces brimming with carefully constructed artwork throughout all four stops of your adventure across China. In Beijing, you will find a synchronized balance between hushed viewings and popular, must-see attractions; in Suzhou, you will be enveloped by breathtaking scenery, which is highlighted by lush garden beds and the stream stretching through middle of the city; in Shenzhen – the urban hub for shoppers and extravagant restaurants – you will be enraptured by its futuristic modern style and architecture; and in Taipei you will find that its contemporary, yet peculiar interpretations will perfectly tie together your exploration through China’s finest artistic venues.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
The unveiling of China’s artistic collection begins in the city where modernized culture meets ancient spectacles: Beijing. Upon arrival, you’ll check into either the elegant and modern-styled Opposite House or Summer House, which is surrounded by eloquent courtyards. You will be free to spend the evening at your leisure, whether that be enjoying a lavish sit-down dinner at your hotel, or strolling through the city collecting snapshots of Beijing’s lifestyle.
Commence your day of exploring with an expert-led promenade to Caochangdi Art Village. City sounds will disperse as the sophisticated brick structures of Galerie Urs Meile envelop you. Following lunch at Guardian Auction House, you will travel to the Red Gate Gallery, the primary privatized contemporary art gallery in China, brimming with alluring depictions of its home country.
Today starts with a walk led by an arts connoisseur into the 798 district, which harks back to the 1950’s Mao communist era, and is layered with a variety of artistic expression, such as statues, slogans, machinery, street art, and avant-garde contemporary images. After delighting in Beijing’s most popular collection of galleries, you’ll escape the mainstream scene and venture towards the grassroots-inspired Hutong Galleries. Enjoy an afternoon sauntering through the studios on the fringes of the city, where structures seamlessly blend artistic vision with everyday living.
Begin your day with a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Shanghai and a short to the lush natural landmarks nestled in Suzhou. After checking in at Lamborghini Hotel, embark on an expedition admiring the Asian-constructed cottages, an array of flora, and the creek bending in harmony with the path of the Humble Administrator's Garden. The next destination brings you to the ancient Chinese artefacts decorating Suzhou Museum, followed by an evening stroll alongside the freshwater avenue of Pinjiang Road.
After breakfast, head to the non-profit Jinji Lake Art Museum and discover the creative magic of Chinese and international artists alike. From Jinji Lake, move onwards to the masterpieces fashioned by British and South African illustrators in the Lan Art Gallery. Take a midday break and peek into shops along Shantang Street. Sip a cup of tea at a calligrapher's studio, followed by a visit to either the True Color Museum – home to recently created modern art – or the Pantocrator Gallery, for unique depictions of human activity.
The day commences with a journey from Suzhou to Shenzhen. On arrival your private transfer will drive to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel - a perfect haven for art enthusiasts who adore tasteful minimalistic features. After check-in, you will have the freedom to plan your afternoon, whether that be relaxing at the hotel’s spa or venturing out into Shenzhen's metropolis of high-end shopping.
While still in Shenzhen, you’ll visit OCT-LOFT arts district, a microcosm of Beijing’s 798, with its blend of uniquely crafted structures, vibrant graffiti designs on buildings, and galleries. Afterwards, uncover the work of China’s avant-garde elitists at the He Xiangning Art Gallery. From there, you will travel to OCT Art & Design Gallery, a warehouse filled with futuristic and groundbreaking discoveries in graphic and spatial design. Complete your day with a visit to MoCAPE, a museum rich with architectural structures.
Before journeying among Taipei’s landmarks - a combination of historical tributes with artistic decor - you will embark on a short flight from Shenzhen. You will travel from the five-star Mandarin Oriental to MOCA, Taiwan’s premier contemporary art museum, which is quickly becoming a hub for digital artisans and unique-minded craftsman. Complete your afternoon of explorations by losing yourself in China’s cultural heritage, catapulted by the sophisticated yet simplistic creations decorating the Tina Keng Gallery.
Begin your day with a visit to Treasure Hill Artist Village – amidst the pleasurable walking lanes and scenic surroundings are a selection of art studios. Afterwards, immerse yourself in Taipei Fine Arts Museum. On the second floor of the grande museum, you will find their “Jewels of 25 Years Museum Collection”. Conclude your artistic adventure at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park where you can watch a live interpretive story under the roof of a formerly abandoned brewery.
Depart from the Mandarin Oriental hotel to the airport via our private transfer to your next port of call, whether starting your journey home or onwards to your next Asian destination.
Aman at Summer Palace, which opened in fall 2008, is located just outside the east gate of the palace, and meticulously designed to harmonize with the graceful architecture of the former retreat of China's emperors. A series of century-old guesthouses, built for guests awaiting an audience with Empress Dowager Cixi, have been transformed into a hotel with 18 rooms and 25 suites. With their trademark sensitivity to historic properties, Aman has decorated the interiors with period furniture and rich fabrics that evoke the grandeur of the palace itself. There are three restaurants: The Grill; The Chinese Restaurant, which has an elegant Ming Dynasty interior; and Naoki, helmed by chef Naoki Okamura and specializing in his trademark "French Kaiseki", which combines the best of French haute cuisine with Japanese artistry. Other amenities include a bar, a library, and the Aman Club — a spa and fitness-center complex including a large pool, located underground to preserve the harmonious aesthetic of the architecture. The Aman is a 45-minute drive from central Beijing and a 45-minute drive from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
Located in Beijing's stylish new Village at Sanlitun shopping and entertainment complex, the Opposite House is a unique small hotel designed by noted Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. While the exterior is clad in squares of varying hues of vibrant green, the 99 rooms and suites are soothing, decorated in warm, neutral tones and fitted with pale wood furniture and crisp white linens. Kuma says he intended for the blend to create the calm of an "urban forest." The hotel's name is derived from the Chinese term for the guest house in a traditional courtyard compound, which was located opposite the main house. There are a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from, in keeping with the hotel's Sanlitun location: Michelin-starred Jing Yaa Tang is known for its Peking duck and dim sum; Frasca offers wholesome Italian dishes; Superfly is a modern mix of Sichuan plates, creative cocktails and craft beers; while UNION is all about the welcoming hospitality along the Silk Road. There is no business center, but wi-fi is available in all rooms and public spaces. There is also a high-design spa surrounding a large and visually striking stainless-steel-clad pool, which offers massage therapies, a steam room, sauna and fitness center. Opposite House is 40 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
Strategically located in the center of the booming southern Chinese metropolis, the 282-room Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen sits just opposite the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center and is a short walk from the metro. The hotel features seven dining options with everything from world-class Chinese and Italian restaurants to an International buffet and light bite options. All of the hotel's rooms provide an escape from the tumult of the city with comfortable, chic furniture, flat screen televisions, and opulent toiletry essentials. For guest's seeking an even deeper level of relaxation, the luxury day spa offers an array of pampering treatments to instill a feeling of serenity with the finest of botanical products. State-of-the-art technology is also installed to ensure business travelers are well accommodated while the hotels nine meeting rooms, Executive Boardroom, and Grand Ballroom are available for an array of hosting needs.
Situated in the heart of Shenzhen's new central business district of Futian, the Four Seasons Shenzhen offers guests easy access to the bustling city's attractions while also providing a haven of relaxation and many opulent attractions of its own. Its 266 guest rooms and 34 suites are all fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that afford dramatic views of the surrounding cityscape and are equipped with modern luxuries such as Plasma and LCD screen televisions, iPod docking stations, private minibars, and luxurious linens. Guests' culinary experiences at the hotel are guided by Zhuo Yue Xuan, a restaurant serving Cantonese dishes with private dining rooms and spectacular views. FOO provides international dishes with an Asian focus in an inviting, casual environment and the Yi Bar & Lounge allows guests to relax over tea and cocktails with indoor and outdoor seating options. The hotel's on-site spa provides guests with an opportunity to unwind and enjoy the various facial treatments, body therapy, and massage regiments offered. Additionally, two swimming pools, a private exercise studio, and a 24-hour fitness facility are housed in the Four Seasons.
Conveniently placed in the heart of southern China's booming metropolis is the St. Regis Shenzhen. A nine-minute walk from the subway, the modern hotel is covered with floor-to-ceiling windows and its 290 rooms and 40 sweets are luxuriously designed and furnished, offering such amenities as complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, iPod docks, and refreshment options. International dishes are prepared all day long at Social, masterful Chinese cuisine is available at Tian Gong, and Elba provides an elegant Italian dining experience. Floors 99 and 100 house a lush wine bar serving select wines and premium whiskies. The hotel is also equipped with a state-of-the-art business center, world-class spa, opulent infinity pool, and fitness center. Additionally, the hotel has gone to great lengths to be inviting for children and family friendly.
The utterly stunning Mandarin Oriental Taipei stands shining over Dun Hua North Road in central Taipei. Just a short distance from both Songshan Airport Station and from Nanjing East Road MRT station, this architectural marvel is within easy reach of the city and all its delights. Nearby attractions certain to interest guests include Taipei Arena, Taipei Fine Art Museum, a number of beautiful riverside parks and the city’s shopping district with Taipei 101. Within the hotel are a range of opulent rooms and suites to suit all tastes, sumptuously decorated and well equipped for comfort and luxury. Guests can choose between three formal restaurants serving a range of cuisines from around the world, while the hotel’s bar and cake shop serve delightful little treats. What’s more, the pool, spa and lounge encourage guests to relax and unwind, while the fitness center is perfect for invigorating workouts.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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