June 23, 2023     Encore Tours

Taking Your Ensemble to China


Prepare to embark on an extraordinary musical adventure to the enchanting land of China. This captivating destination invites you to immerse yourself in a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern marvels. From the vibrant cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an to the historical wonders they hold, this exciting destinations offers countless remarkable performance venues and unique cultural experiences for you and your ensemble. Get ready to expand your horizons, savor exotic cuisines, and create unforgettable memories while showcasing your musical talents.

Performance Venues

As your ensemble takes center stage in the mesmerizing land of China, you will have the privilege of performing at some of the country’s most prestigious and captivating venues. From the imperial grandeur of Beijing to the vibrant energy of Shanghai, these performance spaces embody China’s deep appreciation for music and its rich cultural heritage.

In addition to the incredible immersion opportunities, such as participating in workshops with local musicians or performing in exchange concerts, your ensemble will have the privilege of gracing the stages of some of our favorite venues. These remarkable spaces are just a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of performance opportunities awaiting your ensemble in China. Let’s explore five of our favorite venues that will provide the perfect backdrop for your ensemble’s music, creating unforgettable memories for both your performers and the local audience.

  • Central Conservatory Hall of Beijing (Beijing): In the heart of China’s bustling capital, Beijing, lies the esteemed Central Conservatory Hall. This prestigious venue sets the stage for your ensemble to captivate audiences, providing an unforgettable experience enriched by the city’s deep musical heritage.
  • Shanghai Conservatory of Music (Shanghai): As you enter the vibrant city of Shanghai, prepare to be embraced by its thriving music scene. The renowned Shanghai Conservatory of Music welcomes your ensemble to showcase its talents, surrounded by the city’s captivating energy and artistic spirit.
  • Shanghai Oriental Art Center (Shanghai): Nestled amidst Shanghai’s breathtaking skyline, the visually striking Shanghai Oriental Art Center stands as a testament to the city’s dedication to the arts. Experience the exceptional acoustics and modern elegance of this venue, where your ensemble’s performance will resonate with both locals and visitors alike.
  • Yi Fu Theater (Shanghai): Located in the vibrant city of Shanghai, the intimate Yi Fu Theater provides a unique and personal performance space for your ensemble. Step into this charming venue and engage in a musical exchange that will create lasting memories and connections with the audience.
  • Xi’an Conservatory of Music (Xi’an): Immerse yourselves in the rich musical heritage of Xi’an as you perform at the esteemed Xi’an Conservatory of Music. This renowned institution in the ancient city of Xi’an offers an extraordinary setting for your ensemble to showcase its talents, surrounded by the echoes of centuries-old traditions.

Exploring China’s Unique Cities

China dazzles with its diverse heritage and cultural richness. From Beijing’s imperial grandeur to Shanghai’s vibrant energy and Xi’an’s ancient wonders, visitors will encounter a tapestry of history, modernity, and cultural splendor. Our itineraries focus on these three major cities, but group leaders can leverage additional destinations as well.

Beijing, the capital of China, offers a range of attractions. The Forbidden City, also called the Imperial Palace, was once inaccessible for 500 years and is now open to visitors. Tiananmen Square is another prominent site, and you can explore the old Beijing area known as Hutong by rickshaw, observing the enclosed community and daily lifestyle of the locals. A trip to Beijing is incomplete without visiting the Great Wall, the world’s largest manmade structure, and passing by the Olympic site. Lastly, make sure to savor a delicious Peking duck dinner during your travels here!

Shanghai, a symbol of China’s modern vitality, was once a small fishing and textiles town but has now transformed into the country’s most populous city. It is renowned as a global city, influencing commerce, finance, culture, art, fashion, research, and entertainment. Key attractions include the business district known as the Bund, the beautifully restored Yu Yuan Garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple. You can also visit a silk workshop to witness the production of this luxurious textile. For souvenir shopping, explore Taikang Road, which winds through a restored traditional shikumen neighborhood.

Our final featured city is Xi’an, an ancient capital. Xi’an has a rich history spanning over 3,100 years, and is among the four great ancient capitals of China. It is perhaps most famous for its remarkable Terra Cotta Warriors. While exploring the city, you can visit the Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a traditional Chinese Shadow Show, an ancient folk art. The Muslim Quarter in Xi’an provides a chance to delve into the diverse cultures of China’s ethnic minorities.

Beyond China, Vietnam and Cambodia beckon with wonders like Hanoi’s bustling streets and Angkor Wat’s temples. These destinations enrich your musical odyssey and Southeast Asia’s cultural tapestry.

Cultural Experiences and Landmarks

Taking your ensemble on a performance tour to China opens up a world of cultural experiences and breathes life into iconic landmarks that will leave you feeling awed and inspired. There are countless incredible destinations to explore, and you’re able to customize your itinerary to find the perfect balance of music and culture. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of the most popular Chinese landmarks that travelers will request to see on their tour:

  • The Summer Palace in Beijing is a captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing the elegance of Chinese imperial gardens. Its harmonious blend of nature, exquisite architecture, and serene water features invites visitors to wander its picturesque paths and admire its ornate pavilions. With its tranquil Kunming Lake and majestic Longevity Hill, the Summer Palace offers a glimpse into ancient China’s artistic prowess.
  • The Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches over 13,000 miles and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Walking along its ancient ramparts is a truly awe-inspiring experience that showcases the architectural marvels of ancient China.
  • The Yangtze River, a majestic waterway coursing through China, mesmerizes with its grandeur and historical significance. From its humble beginnings in the Tibetan Plateau to its dramatic journey through gorges and cliffs, the river showcases China’s breathtaking natural wonders. Cruising along the Yangtze offers a unique perspective of cascading waterfalls and picturesque riverside villages. As China’s lifeblood, the Yangtze River embodies the nation’s spirit and rich cultural heritage.

In addition to these fan-favorite destinations, our tours offer groups the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic Chinese traditions that showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage. Engage in a Tai Chi class and learn the graceful movements of this ancient martial art, harmonizing your body and mind. Delve into the art of tea preparation and appreciation through a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, savoring the fragrant and soothing flavors of different tea varieties. Expand your culinary skills with a Chinese Dumpling Class, where you’ll learn to create these delectable treats from scratch.

While designing your itinerary, consider adding other cultural experiences that await you, such as witnessing the awe-inspiring army of Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, exploring the vibrant Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai, and taking a Hutong Rickshaw Ride to discover the charming narrow alleyways of Beijing. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing performing arts of China with acrobat shows, opera classes, or Kung Fu performances. Capture breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour, and be enchanted by the Symphony of Light Show that illuminates the city skyline with a dazzling display of lights and music.

Customize your ensemble tour further by joining a public sing-along, participating in Chinese instrument workshops, collaborating with local Chinese groups for joint performances, or engaging in outreach and service learning projects. These incredible experiences will ensure an unforgettable journey through the heart of Chinese culture.

With its rich musical heritage, captivating sights, and exceptional performance venues, China offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your ensemble. Interested in learning more about taking your ensemble on a Chinese performance tour? Speak with one of our qualified tour consultants and get a free quote today!

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