From $4,536 - 18 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
If you desire to learn more about China’s incredible past, we trust this tour will stimulate the historian in you. While touring China’s most ancient cities you will trace the roots of one of Asia’s most fascinating cultures.
This tour will take you from the present capital of Beijing to the ancient capital cities of Xian and Luoyang. Tour the most significant sites of the imperial age; climb the Great Wall and explore the Forbidden City in Beijing. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Yungang Caves and the unforgettable Hanging Monastery near Datong and Longman Grottoes in Luoyang.
Wander the charming streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Pingyao. Be enthralled with Xian and its many wonders, from its ancient City Wall to the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
Your journey ends in the modern city of Shanghai, which is a contrast to the ancient sights you will see during this fascinating tour.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJINGFly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a four night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: BEIJINGStroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, and visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Visit a local home and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck and enjoy the Chinese Opera.
DAY 3: BEIJINGIt is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views. This afternoon you will visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. The groups of locals that gather here to sing folk songs, practice Tai-Chi and sword dancing, play chess or gossip will be the highlight of your visit.
DAY 4: BEIJINGWander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and later, stroll through the antique district.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO DATONGDepart on a train journey to Datong, arriving this afternoon. Datong has a cultural history that dates back over 2,400 years.
DAY 6: DATONG TO WUTAISHANThis morning travel to the Yungang Caves, carved into the north cliff face of Wuzhou Mountain. The caves here contain over 50,000 Buddhist statues and frescoes. You will also visit the 1,400-year-old Hanging Monastery, an ancient architectural wonder.
DAY 7: WUTAISHAN TO TAIYUANDiscover the beauty of Wutaishan (Five Terraced Mountain). Within this alpine valley the monastic village is often referred to as the ‘Holy Land of Chinese Buddhism’, with traditional temples, architecture and sculptures. Afterwards continue to Taiyuan where you will visit the Ming Dynasty’s Twin Pagoda Temple, the Provincial Museum and the Jin Ci Temple.
DAY 8: TAIYUAN TO PINGYAOLeave Taiyuan and travel to Pingyao, an historical and remarkably well preserved UNESCO World Heritage listed town.
DAY 9: PINGYAO TO XIANTour Pingyao, visiting the ancient City Wall, the Rishengchang Financial House Museum, Zhengguo, the Shuang Lin Temple and Yamen, a former government building of the Qing Dynasty. Later you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.
DAYS 10-11: XIANUpon arrival in Xian this morning you will visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty dance performance. The following day you will visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Next visit the ancient City Wall.
DAY 12: XIAN TO LUOYANGBoard your day train to Luoyang, the former imperial capital of China for more than 13 dynasties, arriving in the afternoon.
DAY 13: LUOYANG TO DENGFENGVisit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Longman Grottoes, located in the Songshan Mountains, before continuing to Dengfeng for an overnight stay. Upon arrival you will visit the Shaolin Temple.
DAY 14: DENGFENG TO SHANGHAIThis morning you will view the Yellow River before visiting the Yellow River Museum. Later this evening fly to Shanghai.
DAYS 15-16: SHANGHAIVisit the Shanghai Museum, the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy an acrobatics performance. The following day you will explore the Xintiandi area. As your farewell celebration this evening, enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.
DAY 17: DEPART SHANGHAIThis morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 18: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"A very enjoyable experience. Will recommend Wendy Wu Tours to anyone wanting to visit China. Well organised and arranged. Thank you. Jason was an exceptional tour guide and was always happy to oblige any request. An unforgettable experience. Loved every moment!"
Sandra, New Zealand - April 2011
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"It is now 10 days since we got back from our Chinese Tour. Our Wendy Wu tour guide, Erin, was wonderful. She was charming, very informative and looked after us so well. Everything ran like clockwork from the moment we were personally met at busy Beijing Airport until we were again personally escorted to our checkout point at again busy Shanghai Airport. The hotels we stayed in were top class and the Chinese food delicious wherever we went.
Not only did we see amazing Ancient China - our chosen tour - but so much incredible Modern China - the amazing roadworks throughout the country we travelled and the incredible modern skyscrapers and their amazing architecture. The planting of mature trees everywhere we went and the amazing ride on the Medlev train reaching 431 KPH! The only challenging experience was, at times, the lack of a "Western toilet" but that was to be expected and all part of the Asian experience.
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $416 (correct as at Nov 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD67 (AUD72) is payable on arrival in China.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.