From $5,953 - 26 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
China is a truly unforgettable destination, offering a wealth of captivating sites. Every day you will encounter something unique, delightful and exciting. This tour covers what we consider to be the highlights’ of China; the amazing places you have heard about and would love to see with your own eyes.
Your tour starts in Shanghai; its energy and vitality is unmatched. The grey limestone rock formations of Kunming’s Stone Forest will astound you. This is nature at its best! In Dazu you will see some of the world’s finest rock carvings, the Beishan Frescoes and the Baodin Stone Carvings. Experience China’s rail network as you travel overnight by train to Beijing, where you can marvel at the Great Wall.
In 26 days you will certainly feel acquainted with this ancient land. With so much on offer you won’t be disappointed!
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAIFly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a three night stay.
DAY 3: SHANGHAIVisit the Yu Gardens, the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum, the Old Town and the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. Your welcome dinner will be a delicious banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 4: SHANGHAIStroll along the famous riverside area known as the Bund and visit Nanjing Road. In the evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River and view the Pudong area.
DAY 5: SHANGHAI TO SUZHOUTravel to Suzhou and explore the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. Visit a traditional silk mill.
DAY 6: SUZHOU – WUZHEN TO HANGZHOUEnjoy a cruise along the ancient Grand Canal. Travel to Wuzhen and explore this charming town at a leisurely pace. Later travel to Hangzhou for a two night stay.
DAY 7: HANGZHOUVisit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and relax on a cruise on West Lake. DAY 8: HANGZHOU TO GUILIN Enjoy oriental tea-tasting before flying 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 for a two night stay. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café.
DAY 10: YANGSHUOThis morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to stroll through this charming town. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.
DAY 11: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO KUNMINGSee the Reed Flute Caves before flying from Guilin to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.
DAY 12: KUNMINGVisit the Stone Forest, where vast limestone columns rise in surreal shapes and images.
DAY 13: KUNMING TO CHONGQINGSee the Western Hills, often called the ‘Sleeping Beauty Hills’. Later you will fly to Chongqing, China’s most populated city, perched on the banks of the Yangtze River.
DAY 14: CHONGQING TO DAZUStroll through the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Dazu for an overnight stay. Explore the remarkable Beishan Frescoes.
DAY 15: DAZU TO CHENGDUVisit the Baodin Stone Carvings before travelling to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This evening enjoy a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
DAY 16: CHENGDU – LESHANTravel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue hewn from the side of the Lingyun Mountain. Later you will visit Huanglongxi, an ancient town, before returning to Chengdu.
DAY 17: CHENGDU TO XIANVisit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, visit a local bamboo park. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.
DAY 18: XIANArrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 19: XIANExplore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later this afternoon, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.
DAY 20: XIAN TO BEIJINGVisit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, walk through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.
DAY 21: BEIJINGArrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, this morning. Walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex.
DAY 22: BEIJINGTake an exciting walk along the Great Wall admiring the panoramic views before touring the unique Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture.
DAY 23: BEIJINGDiscover the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, a royal garden and summer retreat for the Emperors and their families. This evening you will be entertained by an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 24: BEIJINGVisit the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and enjoy some free time this afternoon. In the evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 25: DEPART BEIJINGThis morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 26: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
We would like to say what a wonderful experience this was. We enjoyed every moment of the trip, the Chinese people, food and culture. The tour was well organised and ran smoothly. We were able to experience many sights and events we never dreamt were possible. In particular we would like to commend all our guides. Each guide went to great efforts to ensure that all group members’ special needs and requests were met. They displayed a wonderful knowledge of their country, its history and culture that they were keen to share with us. Their attitude and friendliness ensured that our trip was a great success. Thank you Wendy Wu Tours and our wonderful local guides for giving us the experience of a lifetime.
Penny - May 2013
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"I travelled on your China Highlights tour departing Sydney 11 February 2012 and wanted to comment on what a fabulous tour it was. The information you pass on before the tour is invaluable. The fact that all the food is included takes the worry out of where to eat and what to eat, especially in a country with limited use of English. We were lucky in that everything went to plan. It was certainly a well balanced tour, with heaps of Highlights. There was no doubt it was value for money.
Tom Luck, the tour guide was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for him and we all enjoyed being part of "Tom's family" as he put it. We were well looked after. All the local tour guides were very knowledgeable and great at their jobs too.
I look forward to travelling with Wendy Wu again at some stage in the future."
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $681 (correct as at Nov 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD98 (AUD106) is payable on arrival in China.
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China Highlights passengers fly with Singapore Airlines. Why not stopover in Singapore to explore this cosmopolitan city? See our Singapore Short Stay and stopover options.
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