From $6,463 - 26 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
This journey showcases some of China’s most wonderful attractions. Discover the ancient cities of Beijing, Chengde and Xian. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River and discover for yourself the dramatic gorges, majestic peaks, mountain villages, ancient temples and breathtaking scenery. A visit to see Chengdu’s endangered Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province will delight everyone.
The highlight for many will be the time spent in the amazing province of Yunnan, which features stunning natural scenery. China Encounters is a visual treat, full of unexpected surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a two night stay.
DAY 3: BEIJING
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening you will be entertained by an exciting acrobatics performance. Dinner will include a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 4: BEIJING TO CHENGDE
Travel by train to Chengde. Visit the Imperial Mountain Villas and the exceptional temples built for Tibetan and Mongolian warlords.
DAY 5: CHENGDE TO BEIJING
Visit the temples of Puning and Puyou before returning to Beijing by train.
DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN
Take an exciting walk along 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. Later, visit the 15thcentury Temple of Heaven. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.
DAY 7: XIAN
Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 8: XIAN
Explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, walk along the ancient City Wall.
DAY 9: XIAN TO WUHAN
Visit the antiques at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before walking through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. This evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Wuhan.
DAY 10: WUHAN TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER
Arrive in Wuhan this morning and visit the Yellow Crane Tower and East Lake. From here, transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your four night Yangtze River cruise.
DAYS 11-13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Tour the Three Gorges Dam before, commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. Over the next three days you will cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the historic and tranquil landscapes.
DAY 14: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before travelling to Chengdu. Take an evening stroll around the local markets.
DAY 15: CHENGDU
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later you will visit Mt. Qincheng, with its lush mountain forests, before feasting on a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
DAY 16: CHENGDU TO ZHONGDIAN
Fly to Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La.
DAY 17: ZHONGDIAN
Enjoy a visit to Zhongdian’s Old Town, a traditional Tibetan-style village and the Songshanlin Monastery, built by the 5th Dalai Lama over 300 years ago. The Tibetan name for this monastery is Ganden Sumtzeling.
DAY 18: ZHONGDIAN
This morning visit the beautiful Baishui Terrace, where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools creating a perfect photographic moment.
DAY 19: ZHONGDIAN TO LIJIANG
Explore Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most dramatic and deepest gorges in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. This afternoon arrive in the `Living Museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
DAY 20: LIJIANG
Take a gondola to explore one of the meadows of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and enjoy the amazing scenery. Later you will visit the Baisha Frescoes, representing ancient stories of religions and minorities.
DAY 21: LIJIANG TO DALI
Wander through the quaint cobbled streets and meandering canals of the Old Quarter and visit Black Dragon Pool. Travel by road to Dali. In the evening, stroll down Foreigners’ Street and enjoy the lively atmosphere.
DAY 22: DALI
Visit Xizhou Village and explore the bustling local market. See the Yen family home, an ancient courtyard home and witness a tiedying demonstration. Explore Dali’s Ancient Quarter and relax on a cruise on Erhai Lake.
DAY 23: DALI TO KUNMING
Visit the Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas and travel by road to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.
DAY 24: KUNMING
Visit the picturesque Stone Forest where vast limestone columns rise to form surreal shapes and images.
DAY 25: DEPART KUNMING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 26: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"We were very impressed with the value of the tour and how very well our tour director looked after us all. Nothing was too much bother for him and he made sure our rooms were satisfactory and sorted out any problems, if any. He remained cheerful always. Our city guides were also mainly very good, easily understood.
Mr and Mrs Clarke, New Zealand - May 2012
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $713 (correct as at Nov 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD100 (AUD138) is payable on arrival in China.
Yangtze River Cruise operators, Victoria Cruises and Century Cruises have introduced a compulsory service levy of RMB150 per person (approximately AU$28 per person) which is to be paid upon check-in when boarding the cruise vessel. For the purposes of your overall cost, this has been calculated into your AUD/USD tipping amount. Your required tipping amount will need to be paid in two different currencies (US Dollars and Chinese Renminbi/Yuan) whilst you are in China. The specific amounts for each currency will be outlined in your final documentation.
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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