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Discover Islamic China

Travel with Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi to China, and experience a journey to one of the most historic and ancient civilizations in the world!

 

Daily lectures, guided historical tours with locals, halal breakfast and dinners, one-on-one sessions with the Shaykh, great company and opportunities for worship - what more can one ask for?!

 

Islam in China has an illustrious history dating to the seventh century CE.  Notable Companions visited and established links with what eventually became communities of Muslims in China. The first mosques were built in the Tang Dynasty, and date back to the era of the Companions themselves. Hence, some of the world's oldest mosques are actually in China.

 

Come and walk on the Great Wall of China, shop in Bazaars along the Silk Route, visit historic Mosques in multiple cities, and be inspired by Muslims living out their faith in the farthest regions of the world. Our tours explore ancient historical sites while highlighting the Islamic contribution to Chinese culture and history. Coupled with daily lectures by Sh. Yasir, this tour is an ideal way for Muslims to explore and learn about this fascinating civilization and culture.

 

We understand that time away from home is hard-earned vacation time, hence we aim to maximize both the adventure and the learning opportunities for our tours. As well, there is time in every city for personal exploration and shopping.

 

Additionally, given the difficulties of language and culture (and hence navigating restaurants!), we are offering full halal breakfasts and dinners as a part of our package, with a variety of cuisines (Chinese, Arab, Indian, etc.)

LAND ONLY PACKAGE

Arrival Jun 30 - Return Jul 08, 2018

Rooms & Rates Per Person

Triple

1,895 USD

Double

2,045 USD

Single

2,595 USD

Air & LAND PACKAGE (FROM JFK Airport)

From Jun 29 - Jul 08, 2018

Rooms & Rates Per Person

Triple

3,195 USD

Double

3,345 USD

Single

3,895 USD

Travel Itinerary

  • Inclusions and Exclusions
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

Inclusions:

  • All admission tickets to sightseeing places.
  • Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • Second class ticket on bullet train from Beijing to Xian
  • Domestic flight Xian/Guilin/Shanghai with airport tax & fuel tax included.
  • Halal Meals as specified breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the local Halal restaurant).
  • Private air-conditioned coach for land transportation.
  • Experienced English language speaking national & local guide.
  • All admission tickets to sightseeing places.
  • All government taxes.

Tours do not include:

  • All Visa Fees ($190 per person)
  • Optional tour & Insurance.
  • International flight to Beijing and departing from ShanghaiGratuities (for land Package only)
  • to service staffs (national guide $3pp/day, local guide $2pp/day, driver $1pp/day).
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc.

Jun 30: Arrival in Beijing

Our professional Muslim expert tour guide will pick you up at Beijing capital international airport and transfer you to the hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag.

Meals Included: Dinner at local Halal restaurant

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Beijing

Jul 01: Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Silk Store, Temple of Heaven

We will start to explore Beijing from the largest city square in the world; the impressive Tian’anmen Square. From there we will enter the “Imperial Palace” known as the Forbidden City to explore its many fascinating halls and pavilions. After lunch and prayer at Niujie Mosque we will visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors worshiped the Heaven for good harvests. Later we will taste various kinds of Chinese tea at a local tea house.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, dinner at local Halal restaurant

Salat: Niujie Mosque

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Beijing

 

Jul 02: Great Wall of China, Jade Museum, Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, Summer Palace

Today is the highlight of our China tour, the climbing of the Great Wall of China. In 220 B.C., under Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defense system against invasions from the north. Construction of the great wall continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the worlds largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance. After salat at Changping Mosque we will visit fresh water pearl and Summer Palace which was built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886. Summer Palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. Thee will make a photo stop at 2008 Beijing Olympic Venues of Bird Nest & Water Cube.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, dinner at local Halal restaurant

Salat: Golden Palace Restaurant

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Beijing

Jul 03: Hutong Tour on Richshaw, High-Speed Train to Xian

In the morning we will ride rickshaws to have a unique cultural experience that allows us to take a glance on local life of Beijing. Hutongs are traditional housing structures that have been home to Beijing’s families for centuries. A “Hutong” is an ancient city alley or lane typically lined with Siheyuan (the traditional residential areas in Beijing, also known as Beijing Quadrangle). In fact, a Hutong is a passage formed between the walls of Siheyuan. A Siheyuan is a walled compound of small buildings surrounding a courtyard. Then we will take the high-speed bullet train to Xian (about five hours), the ancient capital city of China as well as the starting point of the famous Silk Road.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, dinner at local Halal restaurant

Salat: Madina Mosque

Accommodations: Golden Flower Hotel Xian or similar

Jul 04: City Wall of Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors & Reproduction Factory 

After breakfast at hotel, we will visit the world heritage site of Xian City Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty between 1370-1387, the 12km long Xian City Wall is the best-preserved city wall now in the world. It is the representative of the Chinese rampart architecture at the later stage of the Middle Ages and is the witness of the civilization of the Ming and Qing period with its large scale and well preservation. Later we will visit the Terr Cotta Warriors reproduction factory and the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang. The Terra Cotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world with three exhibition halls, the largest of which is 180 meters by 60 meters, housing the continuing excavation of an army of 8,000 Terra Cotta soldiers and horses that guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the unified China. It is a stunning exhibition of ancient artifacts that are well laid out and easy to view.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, dinner at local Halal restaurant

Accommodations: Golden Flower Hotel Xian or similar

Jul 05: Shaanxi History Museum, North Square of Big Wild Pagoda, Bell & Drum Tower Square, Great Mosque, Muslim Bazaar, Night Flight to Guilin

We will visit the Shaanxi History Museum and North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the morning. Designed in China’s grand and elegant ancient Tang Dynasty style, Shaanxi History Museum is a tribute to Shaanxi’s glamorous imperial past. Considered to be one of most exceptional museums in China, the exhibitions range from ancient bronze tools to Ming and Qing dynasty artifacts. The famous collections include Zhou Dynasty bronze wares, pottery figurines of Qin and Han Dynasties, Tang Dynasty tomb murals and Tang Dynasty gold and silver wares. The Tang Dynasty constructed Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located inside a Buddhist temple. The Pagoda was built in 652 by Monk Xuanzhuang who went to India looking for the truth of Buddhism and as a result, he brought back over 600 volumes of Buddhist scriptures from India and this pagoda was hence constructed to store those scriptures. In the afternoon we will visit the Bell & Drum Tower Square. From the square, we will walk to one of the oldest mosques in China, Xian Great Mosque. This Mosque was built in 742 and underwent several reconstructions in the following dynasties. The existing buildings of this Mosque were mainly built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and expanded in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Muslim Bazaar outside the Great Mosque is a great place testing your bargaining skills where you can find almost anything you can think of. Fly to Guilin at night.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, dinner at local Halal restaurant

Salat: Xian Great Mosque

Accommodations: Bravo Hotel Guilin or similar

Jul 06: Li River Cruise, Yangshuo West Street, Tea House, Reed Flute Cave

Guilin, a cultural city with a history of over 2,000 years, is world famous for its serene landscapes and mysterious limestone formations mist covered hills and bamboo groves. The region boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and is one of the most photographed areas of China. The cruise that we are going to take today from Guilin to Yangshuo, following an 83 km long belt of strange landforms, is like traveling along a traditional Chinese Painting. You may be also in luck and seeing the ospreys catching fish on the river. Upon arrival at Yangshuo, we will walk along the famous West Street. Back to Guilin, we will taste Chinese tea and visit Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations formed by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch on cruise boat, dinner at local Halal restaurant

Salat: Guilin Ancient Mosque

Accommodations: Bravo Hotel Guilin or similar

Jul 07: Flight to Shanghai, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuanmiao Market

We will visit the Yuyuan Garden and its nearby Chenghuangmiao Market in the afternoon. Yuyuan Garden is an attractive labyrinth of over 30 Ming-dynasty pavilions, built in 1577 for Pan Yunduan, the governor of Sichuan. Linking the pavilions are elaborate rockeries, arched bridges and carp-laden ponds. It is a fine spot for a gentle saunter after fighting our way through the markets stalls. Where the garden meets the bazaar is an ornamental lake traversed by the Bridge of Nine Turnings, its zigzag shape designed to prevent evil spirits from crossing the water. In the afternoon we will stroll along the Bund and Nanjing Road to appreciate early 19th century European Style architectures.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, dinner at local Halal restaurant

Salat: Guilin Chongshan Mosque

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel Shanghai or similar

Jul 08:  Departure from Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the airport after breakfast at hotel.