From $4,976 - 21 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
China is a surprising country full of contrasts in both landscape and historical sites. It is no wonder that people return time and time again to this fascinating land. It has some of the world’s most ancient traditions, yet in some cities you will find futuristic building and a pace of life that can only be described as frantic.
Rice fields, river cruises and memorable sites such as the Yu Gardens in Shanghai, Suzhou’s ancient gardens and Hangzhou’s West Lake, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian and the Great Wall in Beijing are some of the must-see attractions of this land. In just 21 days you will experience the very heart of this amazing country.
The combination of the places visited creates a fusion of China’s past, present and future. This is a magical tour of amazing experiences.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAIFly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a three night stay. Darwin passengers may depart on Day 2.
DAY 3: SHANGHAIExplore the Yu Gardens and Old Town and stroll along the famous Bund. Visit the Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Enjoy a traditional banquet of Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 4: SHANGHAIThis morning cross the great Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong area. Later, see the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. This evening you will cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.
DAY 5: SHANGHAI TO SUZHOUTravel to Suzhou where you will visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. Later this afternoon visit a traditional silk mill, which is still operational.
DAY 6: SUZHOU – WUZHEN TO HANGZHOUEnjoy a morning cruise on a section of the ancient Grand Canal. Travel to the town of Wuzhen and take a walking tour of the intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Continue to picturesque Hangzhou for a two night stay.
DAY 7: HANGZHOUVisit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the Six Harmonies Pagoda before relaxing on a cruise on West Lake.
DAY 8: HANGZHOU TO GUILINStroll around the local markets and enjoy oriental tea-tasting. This afternoon, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.
DAY 9: GUILIN TO YANGSHUOCruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere of the township.
DAY 10: YANGSHUOThis morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.
DAY 11: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO CHENGDUVisit the Reed Flute Caves before travelling back to Guilin for your flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
DAY 12: CHENGDU – LESHANTravel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue hewn from the side of the Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Travel to the ancient town of Huanglongxi, dating back to the Qing Dynasty, before returning to Chengdu. Dinner this evening will be a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO XIANVisit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, a museum and research facility. This evening you will be transferred to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to the former imperial capital city, Xian, for a two night stay.
DAY 14: XIANArrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, a 13-storey-tall multi-eave pagoda built during the Tang Dynasty. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 15: XIANExplore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Next visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.
DAY 16: XIAN TO BEIJINGVisit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and the lively Muslim Quarter where you can explore the Islamic food markets. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.
DAY 17: BEIJINGArrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, and visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture set in a 267 hectare park with four gates at each point of a compass.
DAY 18: 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, the wall is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material required for its construction.
DAY 19: BEIJINGStroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex. Wander through the Summer Palace admiring the landscaped beauty. In the evening enjoy a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 20: DEPART BEIJINGThis morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"My wife and I have recently returned from one of your 21 day China Delights group tours. We had a fantastic time and this was largely through the superb service and attention provided by your National Tour Guide Emmanuel (Manny) Tian. He is worth his weight in gold several times over to your business and if you could possibly clone him then you would undoubtedly have the best tour business on the planet. I also understand that a tour business that runs like clockwork has many unsung heroes and whilst the national guide was the main contact point on our holiday, we would like to thank you and all your staff for providing our best holiday ever. We didn’t need to think about anything for 3 weeks and everything went like clockwork. There were the odd occasion when we were a little unsure of some of the local customs, but Manny was always close at hand to step in with advice or sort an issue out with very little fuss.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"Maggie our National Tour Escort was wonderful in every way. A special thank you to her. Melody was also beautiful; a very special thank you to her too. In fact all our guides were very helpful with wonderful English. They are a great asset to Wendy Wu Tours.
Marjory McKay, New South Wales - May 2011
Important note: Above prices include Airline fuel surcharges and Tipping of $655 (correct as at Dec 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of US$80 (AUD87) 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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