HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
G reat C iviLizationS aLonG
the S iLk r oad
Beijing • urumqi • kuche • kashgar • turpan
• dunhuang • Xian • Shanghai
October 12– 29, 2012
E x t r a o r d i n a r y To u r
Welcome to China
Dear Friends of Honolulu Museum of Art,
You are invited on this unique 18-day tour of China. We'll experience some of China's most beautiful regions and delve into
China's past and present through immersion in its unique life and culture.
With visits to Beijing, Urumqi, Kuche, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Xian, and Shanghai, our itinerary reveals China’s
geographical as well as cultural diversity. We’ll explore imperial palaces, Buddhist monasteries, ancient capitals, and sand-covered
archaeological sites. We will also immerse ourselves in the modernizing dynamism of Beijing and Shanghai.
The Silk Road offers a journey back in time, to a region vastly different from the rest of the country. Highlights include
explorations of Islam in Kuche, Kashgar and Urumqi, the lost city of Turpan, and the Buddhist Mogao Caves at Dunhuang. Two
millennia of art and religion are found here; and we’ll learn of the rising and falling of civilizations, and their historical
connection to the dynastic changes in China.
Shawn Eichman, curator of Asian Arts at the Honolulu Museum of Art, will share his copious insights and knowledge of
China. This will make for a grand experience for all. We hope you can join us!
Director of the Honolulu Museum of Art
S tudy L eader
Shawn Eichman is curator of Asian Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art. He received his B.S. in
Chinese Studies from Georgetown University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from the
University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a second M.A. in East Asian Philosophy from Waseda
University in Tokyo, Japan. Before assuming the curatorship in Honolulu, he worked at The Art
Institute of Chicago, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, and the Virginia Museum of Fine
Arts in Richmond. A specialist in Chinese art, he has been involved in numerous exhibitions and
publications, including Taoism and the Arts of China at The Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, and
Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Forbidden City at the Honolulu Museum of Art in
OCTOBER 12-13 • Park to observe local residents practicing the Chinese as the far end of civilization.
HONOLULU – BEIJING taiji and qigong. This lovely city park Yet civilization was transcendent here
Depart the U.S. on a flight to Beijing. features numerous traditional buildings nevertheless. Over the next few days, you
Cross the international date line and and pavilions facing onto a variety of will investigate the grand traditions of
arrive in China the next day. Check in at Chinese gardens, one of the most Buddhism and Islam along the Silk Road
the hotel, located in the heart of Beijing. successful landscape creations in the and their individual attempts to thrive in
(MEALS ALOFT) capital. a difficult terrain.
Accommodations at the Grand Hotel From the park, we exit to Tiananmen The story of the Silk Road unfolds at
Square and enter the gate of the the newly renovated Xinjiang Museum,
OCTOBER 14 • BEIJING Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of which houses fascinating exhibits from
We spend the whole morning at the imperial China. Truly one of the great more than 12 minority groups. Meet
newly renovated National Museum by achievements of civilization, its with the museum curator to learn about
Tiananmen Square. The museum displays construction employed hundreds of priceless museum artifacts, among them
the finest art and antiquities of China. thousands of workers between 1406 and a perfectly preserved mummy, the
The stone-clad atrium is a grand 1420. Marvel at its expansive architecture, “Beauty of Loulan,”more than 3,800
architectural space unmatched in the magnificent imperial gardens, and many years old. (B,L,D)
world. museums of Chinese antiquities and Accommodations at the Sheraton Hotel
Then enjoy lunch at local family’s treasures. Visit the Wuyingdian, now
homes in the historic Houhai District, dedicated to the display of paintings and OCTOBER 17 • KUCHE
followed by exploring Beijing’s calligraphy from the Forbidden City's In the morning, fly to Kuche.
picturesque Houhai district, where well- extensive collection. In the afternoon we head to the
preserved courtyard homes and narrow Lunch is at the beautiful Ken de Rouge Subashi Buddhist Temple located on the
hutong alleys border tree-lined lakes. featuring fine fusion cuisine. This Kuche River, 23 kilometers north of
Tour the district by“pedicab” for a closer restaurant was designed by a Chinese Kuche. Ruins of stupas, temples and
and more engaging experience of architect trained in the United States, who grottoes from as early as the 4th century
traditional Chinese life. combined traditional Chinese artistic make it the largest Buddhist site in
Afterwards, visit the Yonghegong elements with a contemporary touch to Xinjiang Province. (B,L,D)
Tibetan Temple, the largest and best create an elegant and inviting ambiance Accommodations at Kuche Hotel
preserved lamasery in Beijing. It was for diners.
built in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty In the afternoon, head northeast for OCTOBER 18 • KUCHE
(1644-1911) as the residence of the the Great Wall of China. Encounter this Today, spend the whole day touring the
Emperor Yongzheng (the third emperor extraordinary rampart at Mutianyu, a Kizil Caves and Kezilgaha Caves. Located
of the Manchu Qing Dynasty), before he rugged section of the wall that offers easy 67 kilometers from Kuche, the Kizil
ascended the throne. In the year 1744, access by foot or cable car. The Great Wall Caves were excavated on the cliff of
the residence was completely converted presents a visual experience that Qul-tagh Mountain by the Muzart River.
into a lamasery. This resplendent dramatically exceeds visitors’ There are 236 recorded caves, dating
architectural complex is endowed with expectations. Construction of a few miles back as early as the 3rd century, with 80
the style of an imperial palace and of the wall on such jagged peaks seems caves decorated with 90,000 square feet
houses the tallest standing Buddha in nearly miraculous, but the rampart of murals in vivid lapis lazuli and
Beijing, a gift from the Dalai Lama of stretches for 3,700 miles and passes malachite mineral pigments, depicting
the mid-18th century to the Qianlong through 16 provinces. Jataka tales of the Buddha's past lives.
Emperor (reigned 1735-1796). Tonight is free with dinner on your These caves are among the best
This evening, savor the imperial city’s own. (B,L) surviving examples of early Central
most famous delicacy, Peking duck, at Asian Buddhist art along the Silk Road,
the renowned Da Dong Restaurant. (B,L,D OCTOBER 16 • URUMQI as well as important prototypes for the
______________________________) murals at Dunhuang. (B,L,D)
Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) are Take a morning flight to Urumqi, the
included in the day’s program. capital of Xinjiang province in western
China. OCTOBER 19 • KUCHE
After breakfast, visit the Friday Bazaar,
OCTOBER 15 • BEIJING You are now thousands of miles to the
the biggest trading day in the region.
After breakfast, walk through Changpuhe west in what was historically perceived by
Then tour the Kuche Mosque located in
the old city. With a capacity of 3,000 the 8th-9th centuries. Today tens of Then examine the collections of the
people, the mosque is the second largest thousands of people converge on the Underground Museum at Astana. The
in Xinjiang. Built in 1922 in Uygur, with town each week, with Uygurs, Tajiks, museum director will give an overview
an architectural style of the Qing Kyrgyz, and Han Chinese of the artifacts and contents of graves
Dynasty, the mosque is an important predominating. that provide a fascinating window on the
example of Central Asian Islamic Then explore the Id Kah Mosque, an history of the Silk Road. Numerous
architecture. Islamic structure in the Central Asian expeditions in the 20th century,
In the afternoon, visit the Kumtura style. The grand main hall has intricately including one by the famous British-
Caves, located at the outfall of the carved wood columns finished in flower Hungarian explorer Aurel Stein in 1914,
Weigan River, about 30 kilometers patterns. So extensive are the facilities have unearthed more than 10,000
northwest of Kuche, on the cliff of here that 7,000 worshippers can attend objects.
Mount Dinggu. These 112 caves with service at one time. Tonight, enjoy dinner with a local
36,000 square feet of murals, include In the afternoon visit the Three Uygur family and enjoy a music and
chapels, monks' residences, and Immortal Buddhist Caves, dating to the dance performance. (B,L,D)
meditation retreats. The Kumtura Caves 3rd century. Of special note are the Accommodations at Petroleum Hotel
were made during three distinct periods, historic murals of Buddhist deities in
the first closely related to the Kizil the east cave, quite possibly the best OCTOBER 23 • TURPAN – URUMQI
Caves, the second reflecting Chinese evidence of Buddhism’s early arrival on In the morning, we will make our way to
occupation during the 8th-9th centuries the Silk Road. the Thousand Buddha Caves hewn into
in the Tang dynasty, and third revealing After dinner fly to Urumqi and check the sides of the Sengim Gorge.
stylistic influences from the Uygurs in at hotel. (B,L,D) Then, let your imagination soar amid
during the 10th-11th centuries. (B,L,D) Accommodations at Sheraton Hotel the vast ruins of Gaochang, a city
surrounded by 33 foot high walls.
OCTOBER 20 • KASHGAR OCTOBER 22 • TURPAN Founded in the 1st century CE, it had
After breakfast, fly to Kashgar. This morning, follow the new highway become the capital of the Western Han
Historically, Kashgar was an important to exotic Turpan. empire by the 4th century, and was an
hub for the northern and southern Silk Turpan will be an unusual experience, important political center, remaining
Roads, and a key center for the for it is situated 400 feet below sea level, occupied through the 14th century.
dissemination of Buddhism. one of the lowest elevations on earth. Then return to Urumqi in the evening
After resting at the hotel, tour the Because of the aridity, an astonishing with dinner on one’s own at the hotel.
Aba Khoja Mausoleum, an impressive array of artifacts have survived in near (B,L)
complex of four prayer halls, lecture pristine condition. This affords a Accommodations at Sheraton Hotel
hall, and mausoleum. The halls exude copious sense of history, and you’ll see
sophistication with exquisitely painted plenty of evidence of what life was like OCTOBER 24 • DUNHUANG
wood beams supported by intricately here so many years ago. In the morning, fly to Dunhuang, one of
detailed columns and capitals. The After lunch, we will wander the site of the world’s great repositories of
striking minarets and dome are covered Jiaohe, an ancient walled city dating religious art, providing an excellent
with floral and geometric patterns, back to the 3rd century. This was a window into life along the Silk Road.
scalloped edges, and finials. fortress intended to protect against raids Tour the spectacular Mogao Caves.
Dinner is at the hotel. (B,L,D) by the Xiongnu. The ruins date mostly Cut into steep stone cliffs, a secure
Accommodations at International Hotel to the 8th-9th centuries, and include a shelter has protected the thousands of
OCTOBER 21 • KASHGAR large Buddhist stupa. Buddhist murals and statuary for
In the morning, wander through the Returning from Jiaohe, stop to see centuries. Wander at your leisure
Great Market, an unrivaled Central the Karez irrigation site. Used through- through a succession of grottos,
Asian experience, with its vast throngs out Xinjiang, this ingenious system of marveling at a remarkable variety of art
of horses, traders, shoppers, hagglers, irrigation taps into natural underground preserved in their interiors.
and the merely curious. The Great water sources by using a network of Meet with a scholar from the
Market has been at the center of subterranean tunnels that channel Dunhuang Research Institute to learn
Kashgar’s commercial life since at least water to fields. about recent excavations and ongoing
efforts for cultural preservation. OCTOBER 26 • XIAN seem much larger than it really is. You’ll
Those with a spirit of adventure can Start the second day in Xian with a find one of the best Ming rockeries here,
take an optional camel ride over the viewing of the extraordinary 2,300-year- and traversing the zigzag bridge to
sand dunes at Crescent Moon Spring old terracotta warriors in the tomb of Huxingting Teahouse is a delight.
Park. (B,L,D) China’s first emperor, Qinshihuang. The This evening is free with dinner on
Accommodations at Shazhou Hotel warriors still stand on the site where one’s own. (B,L)
they were discovered by farmers in 1974. Accommodations at the Portman Ritz
OCTOBER 25 • XIAN After lunch, explore the Shanxi Carlton
This morning, fly to the ancient capital History Museum and its artifacts
of Xian, formerly known as Chang’an. spanning many dynasties. The curator OCTOBER 28 • SHANGHAI
Upon arrival, make a special stop at will greet you and provide an In the morning, explore the Shanghai
the Yangling Museum to view introduction to the museum’s unique Museum, viewing its extensive and
archeological finds recently unearthed collections. superb collections of Chinese bronze,
from this Han dynasty emperor's tomb.. The day concludes with a dumpling jade, ceramics, furniture, painting and
Though not on as grand a scale as the banquet at Defachang Dumpling calligraphy.
mausoleum of the First Emperor of Restaurant, where you can feast on over Lunch is on one’s own. This afternoon
Qin,the Han emperor sought the same 20 kinds of Chinese dumplings, a Xian is free for shopping and personal
power in the afterlife. specialty. (B,L,D) exploration.
Then, stroll lively Muslim Street and This evening enjoy a farewell dinner
get a sense of the Islamic past that traces OCTOBER 27 • XIAN – SHANGHAI at Dingxiang Garden Restaurant,
its heritage to the flourishing Silk Road In the morning, fly to Shanghai. What famous is the specialty. (B,D)
culture of the Tang Dynasty. strikes everyone about Shanghai is its
Explore the Grand Mosque, first vitality. Nothing restrains Shanghai in OCTOBER 29 • SHANGHAI –
established in the Tang Dynasty. Laid its immense ambition to achieve world- HONOLULU
out in quadrants, the mosque uses class status; and in only a few short After breakfast, transfer to the Shanghai
Chinese architectural design for Islamic years it has surpassed Hong Kong as the airport for flight home. Arrive in the
purposes. Here one can see the powerful leading Chinese city. U.S. on the same day. (MEALS ALOFT)
tendency of Chinese culture to Lunch is at Lv Bo Lang Restaurant,
assimilate all outside forces into its famous for Shanghai dim sum.
civilization, and the equally grand power Then tour the old town in
of Islam to retain its own identity. Chenghuangmiao and visit Yuyuan
Dinner in on one’s own. (B,L) Garden, which is designed in six
Accommodations at Sofitel Hotel distinctive parts, making the garden
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