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Ancient China

From $4,230 - 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.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a four night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.

DAY 2: BEIJING

Stroll 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: BEIJING

It 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: BEIJING

Wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and later, stroll through the antique district.

DAY 5: BEIJING TO DATONG

Depart 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 WUTAISHAN

This 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 TAIYUAN

Discover 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 PINGYAO

Leave Taiyuan and travel to Pingyao, an historical and remarkably well preserved UNESCO World Heritage listed town.

DAY 9: PINGYAO TO XIAN

Tour 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: XIAN

Upon 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 LUOYANG

Board your day train to Luoyang, the former imperial capital of China for more than 13 dynasties, arriving in the afternoon.

DAY 13: LUOYANG TO DENGFENG

Visit 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 SHANGHAI

This morning you will view the Yellow River before visiting the Yellow River Museum. Later this evening fly to Shanghai.

DAYS 15-16: SHANGHAI

Visit 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 SHANGHAI

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 18: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Tour reviews

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.

Altogether a wonderful Tour which we can highly recommend."

Brian and Janet Kilpin, South Africa - September 2011

Price guide

From $4,530 per person 18 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific.
*Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.
From Price Includes Tour cost $4,102, Airline Fuel Surcharge $360 & Tipping $72 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $5,340 per person 18 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Darwin** with Singapore Airlines.
**Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost.
From Price Includes Tour cost $4,636, Airline Fuel Surcharge $603 & Tipping $72 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $880 Single Hotel Room Option
From $3,245 Land Only (Beijing to Shanghai) including Tipping
Depart Australia
Return Australia
Twin Share Price AUD
 2014    
01-Apr 18-Apr $4,530
29-Apr 16-May $4,530
27-May 13-Jun $4,830
02-Sep 19-Sep $4,830
16-Sep 03-Oct $4,830
14-Oct 31-Oct $4,530
28 Oct 14 Nov $4,530
2015    
31-Mar 17-Apr $4,990
28-Apr 15-May $4,990
26-May 12-Jun $5,290
01-Sep 18-Sep $5,290
15-Sep 02-Oct $5,290
13-Oct 30-Oct $4,940
29-Oct 15-Nov $4,990

Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $428 (correct as at Dec 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.

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From $4,230 per person 18 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth* with Cathay Pacific.
*Adelaide & Perth passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.
From Price Includes Tour cost $3,798, Airline Fuel Surcharge $360 & Tipping $72 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $880 Single Hotel Room Option
Depart Australia Return Australia Twin Share Price AUD
 2014    
02-Sep 19-Sep $4,530
16-Sep 03-Oct $4,530
14-Oct 31-Oct $4,230
28 Oct 14 Nov $4,230

Important Note: Above prices include Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge of $360 and tipping of $72 (correct as at Mar 2014 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.

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