Take that comfort zone and fly right past it on your way to China! Visit China's unique and bustling cities and discover its ancient history on your sightseeing excursions. Experience exotic cuisines in the local markets and perform in the country's most renowned venues. If you're feeling adventurous, you may consider our Indochina itinerary featuring performances in Vietnam and Cambodia.
From China to Vietnam to Cambodia, our sample itineraries offer the best suggestions for traveling out East.
Travel from China's capital city to its largest city on this nine day performance tour. Participate in Tai Chi classes in Beijing, witness the Terracotta Army (UNESCO World Heritage Site) of Xi'an and explore modern Shanghai.Full Itinerary
Find the true meaning of "bustling" on this performance tour of Beijing and Hong Kong. Highlights include Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Taichi Classes, Opera Makeup Class, a Hutong Rickshaw Ride, a Kung Fu Show and more!Full Itinerary
Discover Southeast Asia on a fascinating performance tour through Vietnam and Cambodia. You will visit Ho Chi Minh City and former Saigon before continuing on to Siem Reap, known for its many ancient temples.Full Itinerary
Learn about Asia's most popular cities including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing, plus Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City!
Its name means "fragrant harbor," renowned for its expansive skyline and one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Politically, Hong Kong is very different from the rest of China making a stark cultural shift when visiting multiple Chinese cities. While here, you may see Victoria Peak, the Central District, the floating community at Aberdeen, Repulse Bay or Stanley Market and even take the ferry to Kowloon where you can stroll along the waterfront!
Once a fishing and textiles town, today the most populous city in China, denoted as a global city for its influence over commerce, finance, culture, art, fashion, research, and entertainment. Explore the business district called the Bund, Yu Yuan Garden, the only fully restored classical Chinese garden in Shanghai, and the Jade Buddha Temple. Participation in a silk workshop is possible where you can observe the process for making this luxurious textile. Souvenir browsing can take place along Taikang Road, winding through a restored traditional shikumen neighborhood.
One of the oldest cities in China with over 3,100 years of history and also one of the four great ancient capitals of China, well-known as home to the Terra Cotta Warriors. As you explore the city, you may come across the Wild Goose Pagoda then perhaps see a Shadow Show, a Chinese ancient folk art! Xi'an's Muslim Quarter offers you the opportunity to learn more about China's minority cultures.
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China. Here, visitors can see the Forbidden City, a maze of buildings also known as the Imperial Palace that was off-limits to the public for 500 years, Tiananmen Square, and visit old Beijing with a tour of the Hutong area by rickshaw, where you'll see how some Chinese live in an enclosed community and learn about their daily lifestyle. Sightseeing tours of Beijing would not be complete without an excursion to the Great Wall, the world's largest manmade structure, and seeing the Olympic site en route. Don't forget to experience a Peking duck dinner while traveling here!
Formerly known as Saigon, this largest city in Vietnam was once a small fishing village. When Saigon merged with the Gia Dinh Province in 1976, the city was named after former prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh. With a population of more than 9 million people, it is Vietnam's most populous urban areas.
China offers a plethora of venue options for all traveling ensembles, from universities to professional concert halls.
One of the most interesting architectural designs in China, the Xi'an Concert Hall is expertly designed to diffuse the appropriate amount of sound to each seat. With seating for 1,250 concertgoers, this venue is perfect for symphony orchestra and chamber music concerts. The hall has featured impressive ensembles such as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Symphony Orchestra. This performance venue is sure to excite your auditory and visual senses.
A few minutes' drive from Tiananmen Square, this concert hall is most well-known as the residence of Prince Chun and the birthplace of Emperor Kuang-hsu of the Qing Dynasty. Many famous Chinese musicians began their journey in this very hall and Encore is thrilled to offer such a prestigious location to our incredibly talented ensembles. This is an excellent venue suitable for choirs and symphony orchestras.
Founded in 1927, this award-winning conservatory, often named 'cradle of musicians', was the first music institution of higher education in China. This school places theory, creation, teaching and performing of western music combined with traditional Chinese music as its top priority with emphasis on preparing students for a professional music career. This is the perfect place for a local exchange or perhaps a workshop on traditional Chinese styles of music.
This venue offers not one, but three concert halls (Concert Hall, Opera Hall and Performance Hall ) ranging in capacity from 300 to nearly 2,000 seats. The building opened in 2005 and since has hosted professional and amateur ensembles from around the globe. The venue is probably most famous for its architectural design in which its halls are connected to resemble a butterfly orchid from the view above!
Also known as the Saigon Opera House, the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City is an impressive venue in Vietnam. Its French colonial architecture mimics, in part, both the Opera Garnier and the Petit Palais in Paris. The venue holds 800 in the audience and can fit large choirs and orchestras with both the use of its main stage and open orchestra pit.