Songzhuang Art Colony Day Tour

Beijing
Songzhuang Art DistrictSongzhuang Art District in Beijing Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a quotation 1 day As you request TCG-325 When most people hear the words ‘Beijing art scene’, they imagine ancient architecture, Chinese calligraphy and ink paintings; but there is so much more going on than that.

On the outskirts of Beijing lies Songzhuang, a traditional Chinese village that has been taken over by a community of artists and is now home to creative types from all over China and the rest of the world.

We offer you an insider look into the homes of the artists and their studios and workshops. Some artists live in huge warehouses, where they keep their large installations and paintings. Others live and work in humble courtyard homes, crammed with paint and brushes.

Getting to know Chinese and China-based artists over a cup of tea is a great way to learn about the culture of this ever-changing country, and learn about how contemporary art plays a part in its narrative.
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  • Meals: lunch
Songzhuang Art District
Songzhuang Art District
Songzhuang Art Museum Visit
Songzhuang Art Museum Visit
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Tour code: TCG-325
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  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
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  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


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Songzhuang Art District   宋庄艺术区

The Songzhuang Arts District is located about 20 km outside of the Beijing central business district in the rural suburb of Songzhuang. Songzhuang, which was officially established as an artist community in 1994, is home to several thousand artists from throughout China and the world. Songzhuang offers everything from modern museums to humble artist studios, giving a glimpse into the artists' personal lives and work. Set in a traditional rural environment, Songzhuang’s peaceful and accepting nature has nurtured the organic development of a dynamic socio-economic, political and cultural exchange of ideas that has resulted in some of the most thought provoking and beautiful works of art produced in modern China.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm

Songzhuang Art Museum Visit   宋庄美术馆

Some pieces are too large to appreciate in a studio. We will arrange a visit to a local museum that celebrates the diversity of artistic expression available in Songzhuang. You will have the opportunity to see and experience a wide variety artistic styles displayed over an assortment of mediums in one location. (Please note that museum selection will depend on the exhibitions available at the time of your tour.)

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunshine International Museum   上上美术馆

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
10:00am - 5:00pm

Artist home / studio visit   艺术家走访

We will arrange a visit to an artists home and studio depending on who is in town and available at the time of your tour. It gives you a chance to see where art is actually created and meet the artist.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
10:00am - 5:00pm

Beijing 北京

Beijing is an enormous municipality abundant in culture, history, beautiful landscapes, and fine cuisine.

The first sight is one of a sprawling city, dotted with towering buildings with only the giant, red Chinese characters atop to show visitors they have arrived in China. This is when it becomes important to look a little closer in order to find out what Beijing has to offer. The real gems in this city are the low-rise, narrow alleyways known as hutongs, which give you an exciting glimpse into the local culture and history. Strolling into a hutong, with its grey brick walls and upturned ‘artichoke-leaf’ roofs, you disappear into the Beijing of old. The noisy city melts away and is replaced by sleepy seniors sitting and watching the world go by, people going about their daily business, and the curious and delicious smells of truly authentic restaurants. It is a view of old Beijing before modernization, and represents...   Read more

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.
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