_ DAIRY INDUSTRY STUDY TOUR TO CHINA 24 Days
To gain an understanding of the Chinese market for dairy products.
To learn about the dairy industry in China - the present state
of the industry and where it is heading.
To evaluate the dairy industry in China from a technological
point of view and for investment opportunities.
To experience the culture and history of China.
Day01 Your Country/Hong
Depart your country arriving in Hong Kong. Short walk to hotel.
Overnight Hong Kong
This morning we fly to Beijing departing Hong Kong at 8.00am
on Dragon Air KA900, arriving Beijing at 11.15am. Enjoy many
of the famous sights of Beijing such Tian'anmen Square - the
world largest square and discussion this afternoon with representatives
of New Zealand Milk known in China as Archie or a discussion
on the Chinese dairy industry with Chinese agricultural officials.
This evening a Peking Duck banquet. After dinner, explore
the night food markets where you can buy just about anything
you can think of to eat.
No visit to China would be complete without seeing the Great
Wall. The original wall was built over 2000 years ago and
stretched over 6000km. Its main objective was to keep out
Genghis Khan and the Mongolian hordes. This proved only partially
successful. Today it represents one of the wonders of the
world. Visit the Forbidden City, home of the Ming and Qing
dynasty emperors. Sited on 72 hectares of land with 9000 rooms
covering a floor space of 150,000 square metres. For those
who have seen these magnificent sights before and wish to
do something else the day is free for shopping or visiting
other sights. This evening depart by train No.K89 for overnight
journey to Hohhot.
Arrive Hohhot this morning and visit a big Dairy Farm (700
cows). See the milking, and discuss distribution and marketing
with management and staff. The average milk production is
5000kg to 8000kg/per cow/per year for this farm. Then visit
Wang Zhaojun's Tomb. Wang was the one of the four famous beauties
in Chinese history. This afternoon visit the company which
processes milk from the Dairy Farm we visited this morning,
and produces dairy products like ice cream, milk powder, cheese,
yoghurt etc. Talk with company management and staff. Then
a city tour and visit Inner Mongolia Museum.
Air China Mansion Huhhot****
This morning visit the Inner Mongolia Academy of Animal Sciences
and its experimental farm. This Academy undertakes research
work in various fields of animal breeding. It is the biggest
Animal Scienceacademy in Inner Mongolia and was established
during the 1950's. Meet with scientists from this academy.
In the afternoon, visit the Five Pagodas followed by a visit
to Shorgan Biotech Co. Ltd This was established in 1997 and
produced the first test-tube goat in the world. This corporation
focuses on the industrialization of biotechnology, especially
reproductive biotechnology, such as MOET, IVF, cloning and
transgenic animals and has used these technologies to improve
both the breed and productivity of farm animals.
Air China Mansion Huhhot****
Day06 Hohhot - Xian
The Inner Mongolia Livestock Breeding & Improving Centre
was established in 1958 with the aim of; importing livestock
from other countries and keeping them to produce semen; developing
and improving the characteristics of the local breeds; and
increasing the number of well bred farm animals using breeding
technologies, such as AI and ET. After this visit fly from
Hohhot to Xian arriving early afternoon. On the way from the
airport visit Wei Wei milk processing factory. Fresh milk
production is 40 tons a day.
Purple Mountain Hotel**** Xian
Today the incredible sight of the Terra-Cotta Army will still
amaze you even if you have seen it before. Other sights include
the Ban-Po Primitive Society Museum. Visit some local peasant
families followed by a city tour to see the old well preserved
city wall which was built from 1370 -1387.Alternatively you
can explore the city on your own. This evening enjoy the spectacular
Tang Dynasty show with dinner.
Purple Mountain Hotel**** Xian
Morning visit famous old Wall, then free time. Early evening
we depart on train No.KI19 for Lanzhou.
We arrive in Lanzhou early in the morning. Lanzhou is on the
upper reaches of the Yellow River and has a population of
1.2 million people consisting of many nationalities including
Han, Hui, Manchu, Dongxiang, Tibetan and Mongolian. It is
the capital city of Gansu province, is one of the most important
industrial cities in North West China and was an important
communication link in the old Silk Road. First check in to
the hotel. After breakfast we will visit The Union Corporation
of Animal Husbandry, Industry and Commerce. It processes milk
and provides milk and eggs, to Lanzhou. The Union has 9 enterprises
including milk processing, cow breeding, milk trading companies
and one chicken farm. Between 1998 - 2001, the company developed
a policy of " Company plus peasants" to set up milk
supply from three townships with 2000 cows providing 20 tons
of milk per day from three peasants' milk stations.
Drive 280km (6 hours) along the tributary of the Yellow River
to Tibetan area visiting Labrang Monastery (Alt: 2900m). The
driving is beautiful; we pass many Chinese, Moslem and Tibetan
villages on the way. We can stop to make visits of their schools,
private peasant’s families and field for different crops
along the roadsides. Lunch is in Linxia Hui Autonomous City,
which is horned as "Small Hong Kong" by local people
as you can buy anything you want in this Moslem city. There
is one street specially selling Tibetan antiques and souvenirs,
which is worth seeing for half an hour as the prices may cheaper
than Labrang. At last part of the road wherever you see the
white pagoda, which will make you felling you are in Tibetan
area and landscape is much more beautiful.
Overseas hotel. Good condition and clean like 3 star.
In the morning we visit Labrang monastery built in 1709, now
it has 1000monks. It is one of the six important Gelukpa (the
Yellow Sect) monasteries in whole Tibet and a center of Tibetan
learning in eastern Tibet. We can find many Tibetan nomads
who come here for pilgrimage and to buy textiles for their
clothing and jewellery along numerous Tibetan shops. After
lunch we drive back to Lanzhou.
Day12 Lanzhou - Jiayuguan
Local sights this morning (white pagoda, Five spring Park
and so on) This afternoon fly to Jiayuguan.
Day13 Jiayuguan - Dunhuang
Visit the western end of the Great Wall.After lunch travel
by coach to Dunhuang city on the edge of the Gobi desert which
Marco Polo described as Ôso long that it would take
a year to go from end to end.
Visit the Mogao Grottoes, the most famous attraction on the
Silk Road. There are 492 of these Thousand Buddah Caves left
(1000 were originally excavated) with 45,000 square meters
of murals and 2,000 coloured statues. The first of these caves
was built in 366AD. In the afternoon, visit the Crescent Moon
Spring and Dune Hill. This evening depart on train No K889
for overnight journey to Turpan which means 'low land' in
the Uygur language. Turpan was an important link in the Silk
Road and the majority of its population are Uygurs.
Arrive at Turpan early in the morning (5.53am). Visit the
Baizeklik Buddha Cave and the ruins of the ancient Silk Road
cities of Jiahoe and Gaochang. Visit the Flaming Mountain
where it is so hot you can fry an egg on the rocks. Other
visits include Grape Valley, the Karrez Well (underground
irrigation) system and Ermin Mineret.
Day16 Turpan - Urumqi
We travel on the expressway to Urumqi. Dairy farm or other
agricultural enterprise visits today.
Day17 Urumqi - Kashgar
All day excursion to Heavenly Mountain and Heavenly Lake on
the slope of Mt Bogda the 5,445m principal peak of the Tian
mountains. We then fly to Kashgar the border oasis town, said
to be further from the sea than any other town on earth.
All day excursion.
Day19 Kashgar - Urumqi
Local sights today including Id Kah Mosque and Abakh Hoja
Tomb, a major burial spot for the Moslem aristocracy of the
region. This evening fly back to Urumqi.
Day20 Urumqi - Chongqing
This morning we fly to Chongqing. Chongqing is also called
Mountain City (like San Francisco) and has the biggest population
of any city in China (16,000,000). Boat on the Yangtze River.
Overnight On Board
Day21 Yangtze Cruise
In the morning the boat sets off for Fengdu as we begin our
exciting trip on the Yangtze River. The steep mountains are
very changeable and we see villages with different crops on
the slopes on each side of the river. In the afternoon, we
arrive at Fengdu, the city of ghosts. We take a cable car
ride to visit a Taoist temple and a Buddhist temple.
Overnight On Board
Day22 Yangtze Cruise
The boat passes White Emperor Temple which was built in the
4th century on the north bank. Then the boat approaches the
magnificent Qutang Gorge. After more than one hour, we arrive
in Badong County at the east mouth of the Wu Gorge. Here we
take several small boats which were pulled by local peasants
men in a very traditional way spending one and half hours
up to a tributary of the Yangtze, the Shennong stream.
During the journey, on both sides of the steep cliffs, the
ruins of the ancient plank road and suspended coffins are
visible. This is still a mystery. No one knows how the ancient
people hung those coffins on such high steep cliffs. After
a round trip for three hours on the Shennong Stream, we return
to the main boat and then we go through the beautiful Xiling
Gorge, extending 66km, the longest and historically most dangerous
of the Three Gorges and the site of the new Three Gorges Dam
Overnight On Board
Day23 Yangtze Cruise--Wuhan
In the morning at 8:30, we finish the cruise on the Yangtze
and then take bus to visit the big Three Gorges Dam project.
After lunch we take bus driving 4 hours to Wuhan, one of the
biggest cities in China.
Overnight in Qingchuan Hotel 4 stars
Day24 Wuhan-Hong Kong