September 5 - 19, 2020 (14 days)
Due to the recent novel coronavirus outbreak in China, We reluctantly announce that the China 2020 trip has been canceled. We keep this webpage alive for your information. We will resume the China trip program in the future when the situation improves.
Song and Qiang would like to organize another China trip in fall of 2020. We will start in Beijing for 3 days, then travel on the speed train to Xidi, a village famous for plein air painting where we will paint for 5 days. We will go to the most beautiful mountain in China - the Yellow Mountain and stay on the top of the mountain for 2 nights. Then we will visit Wuzhen, a water town for two days. Finally we will visit Shanghai for 2 days.
We have modified the China trip program based on the experiences we have gained from our previous China trips. There are three major improvements on our China 2020 trip. (1) We have slowed down the pace of the trip. Instead of rushing through too many sightseeing attractions, we have slowed down the program and minimized travel time between locations. The trip will be a relaxed vacation, instead of a quick glimpse of tourist spots. (2) In the village where Qiang conducts the art workshop, you will find an art supply store and a place where we can rent easels and other plein air painting equipment. So you don't have to carry your painting gear throughout the trip. (3) We have reduced the amount of arranged dinners, to give you more food choices. So your cullinary experiences can be more personal and enjoyable.
The details on the program are still being developed, but I think it is necessary to give you this preliminary snapshot of this spectacular trip.
This trip is arranged for both artists and non-artists. During the time Qiang teaches the art classes, the non-artists guests can enjoy tours of local culture or simply enjoy free time to relax.
We will also arrange an optional tours for people want to visit Xi'an to see the first Chinese Emperor's Terracotta Army. The trip will be after the main trip ends. Details will be announced soon.
The trip is provided by a professional touring company. Accommodation includes:
Airport pick-up and return services.
English-speaking local guides throughout the trip.
Lodging in hotels with breakfast, lunches, and some dinners.
Entrance fee for all scenic spots.
Travel by train and bus (within China).
International airfare and visa application are not included, We will provide information on services.
Moderate fitness is required for this trip, please check Trip FAQs for details.
Prices: $3500 / person in Double-Occupancy Accommodation, touring + painting workshop.
$3000 / person in Double-Occupancy Accommodation, touring only.
Single - occupancy supplement is $700 / person.
If you have decided to sign up or want to know the registration procedure, please click Registration Procedure, or press the blue "Registration" button on the upper left of this page.
Please contact Song at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information and sign up.
Plein Air Painting and Touring in China 2020
Please check Qiang's previous China trip videos: