Cultural Tour

Scenic & Culture tour
Exploring the Cultural
Landscape of China


Sept. 12 to 25, 2012

A & A Gallery Inc.
920 Falaise Crescent
Victoria, B.C. V8Y 1A3
Telephone: 250-658-9381


Scenic & Culture Tour Itinerary
(Subject to change and rearrangement)

Day 1 – Sept. 12, 2012
Leave Vancouver to Beijing.

Day 2 – Sept. 13, 2012
Arrive Beijing in the afternoon,
transfer to hotel after dinner.

Day 3 – Sept. 14, 2012
After a leisurely breakfast, we will visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City,
Hutong tour and the Bird Nest, 2008 Olympic Summer Game venues.

Day 4 – Sept. 15, 2012
Visit the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and
Liu-Li-Chang culture street. Enjoy Peking  Duck dinner in the evening.

Day 5 – Sept. 16, 2012
Visit the National Art Gallery in the morning.  In the afternoon, we will take
a train (soft sleeper) to Mt. Wuyi.

Day 6 – Sept. 17, 2012
Visit the majestic Mt. Wuyi scenic area – Heavenly Tour Peak, Cloud Nest, Tea Cave and Cloth Drying Rock etc.
In the evening, we will enjoy a Folk Dance & Music show.

Day 7 – Sept. 18, 2012
After breakfast, we will visit the Tiger Roaring Crag Scenic Area - One Ray Sky, Wind Cave, Fairy Pavilion etc.

Day 8 Sept. 19, 2012
In the morning, we will take the Bamboo raft cruising on the Nine Bends Stream (1.5 hr.) and enjoy the gem of Mt. Wuji as we drift along the 9.5 Km route. Then, we will take an afternoon train to Fu Zhou.

Day 9 – Sept. 20, 2012
Visit the beautiful West Lake Park, stroll along the Historical Cultural Corridors and the picturesque Yu Hill Scenic Area.

Day 10 – Sept. 21, 2012
Enjoy a short boat ride from Putian to the famous Mazu Temple, then we will visit the Guanghua Temple that was built on the Phoenix Mountain, view the Guqiao Tower and enjoy a leisure walk on the Pedestrian Street.

Day 11 – Sept. 22, 2012
Quan Zhou, a beautiful ancient town. First, we will visit the famous Luoyang Bridge, the ancient Kaiyuen Temple and admire the East and West Pagodas. 
In the afternoon, we will visit the Lin Zexu
Memorial Pavilion & Nanshaolin Temple.

Day 12 – Sept. 23, 2012
We will visit the unique Hakka Earth
Towers and then our coach will take us to
Xia Men.

Day 13 – Sept. 24, 2012
Today, we will relax on the scenic Gulangyu Island to view many of its international styles buildings, visit the Shuzhuang Park, Piano Museum and Nanputuo Temple.

Day 14 – Sept. 25, 2011
After breakfast, check out of hotel and take the memories and magic of China with us as we board your transpacific flight home.


Liability and Responsibility

The A & A Gallery Inc. of Victoria will exercise all reasonable care in making arrangements for conducting the tour. We are, however, acting only in the capacity of an agent and do not assume liability for any damage to persons or property resulting from or arising out of any act or inadvertence of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, or other company or persons rendering any of the services included in the tour or for any damage caused by other factors beyond our control.

The passage contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the passengers. A & A Gallery Inc. has no obligation to the participants in respect of such airline travel. All prices are based on current international exchange rates and airfare prices and are subject to change.

In the event that it becomes necessary or advisable to alter the itinerary or arrangements for any reason whatsoever, such alterations may be made. Additional expenses, if any, shall be borne by the participants. The right is reserved to decline to accept or to retain any participant or tour member at any time.

Registration Form

A deposit of Can $500 (non refundable) and a completed registration form must be received by or before May 1, 2012. Make cheque payable to the A & A Gallery Inc.  Final payment of Can. $2800 (double occupancy) is due by July 1, 2012.  Additional cost for single occupancy is $500.

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Mail to: A & A Gallery Inc.
920 Falaise Crescent
Victoria, B.C. V8Y 1A3
Tel/Fax: 250-658-9381

Tour Special Features:

Tour Leader - Andy Shutse Lou, owner of
A & A Gallery Inc., was raised in an artist's family in Beijing and obtained his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. He has taught Chinese Brush Painting at U.B.C. , S.F.U., the University of Victoria and the A & A Gallery. Andy will be your personal tutor in Chinese history, language, philosophy and art.

Tour special features - Each year
A & A Gallery Inc. organizes a cultural tour to China with 4 Star Hotel accommodation   and excellent meals.  However, our focus is on cultural study. This year’s tour is specially designed for people who love Chinese art, history and landscape.  Andy Lou, your Tour Leader for the entire tour, is a Beijing native and a well-known painter in both Chinese and western styles.  His friendships, family ties and contacts in the Chinese artistic community open doors into art galleries and studios.  Tour members have been painters, photographers, print makers, potters and textile artists - many of us frequent visitors to China. Bring your sketch pad and camera.

Special cultural events for 2012
(Year of the Dragon) tour includes:

  1. The Great Wall, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
  2. Museums and art galleries
  3. Picturesque Mt. Wuyi
  4. Unique Hakka Earth Tower
  5. Southern Pu Tuo Temple and Shao Lin Temple
  6. Folk Dance & Music Show


Important Information

Cost: Can. $3300 based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy: additional $500 Cdn.

Fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Beijingi.
  • Transportation inside China
  • English speaking local tour guides
  • 4 Star hotel accommodation
  • All meals
  • Hotel baggage handling
  • Cultural and entertainment events


  • Transportation to and from Vancouver Airport before and after the tour
  • Passport and China visa fees
  • Medical, luggage and trip cancellation insurance (Private arrangements recommended)
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Expenses of personal nature    

Registration: submit the completed registration form with a deposit of $500 to A & A Gallery Inc. by or before May 1, 2012. The final payment of $2800 (double occupancy) is due by July 1, 2012. Space is limited.  The trip is subject to cancellation if there are less than ten registrants.

Please check with local health unit re: immunization.