China and Tibet Discovery
From $6,653 - 17 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
From the capital city of Beijing to the hidden glories of Lhasa on the ‘Roof of the World’, this tour will take you to some of the most amazing sites that China and Tibet have to offer.
A highlight for many will be a visit to the awe-inspiring Great Wall in Beijing, which stretches for over 5,000km. Fly to Xian where you will see one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Travelling to the spiritual city of Lhasa in Tibet will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you explore the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’, the Potala Palace. This colourful city is sure to enthral you, leaving you with indelible memories.
You will be delighted to see the adorable Giant Pandas in an environment similar to their natural habitat in Chengdu. Discover the dramatic gorges and breathtaking scenery as you cruise along the mighty Yangtze River before ending your journey in the metropolis of Shanghai.
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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJINGFly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a three night stay. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 3: BEIJINGStroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City and the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance and sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 4: 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, take in the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon wander through the Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIANFly to Xian. Upon arrival visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 6: XIANExplore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Later wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets.
DAY 7: XIAN TO LHASAFly to Lhasa, the capital and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.
DAY 8: LHASASightseeing includes a stroll around Barkhor Square, where you will see local handicrafts and religious trinkets. Observe the pilgrims and monks expressing their devotion in this holy place. You will also visit the 7th-century Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet, and the Sera Monastery, which has approximately 600 monks in residence.
DAY 9: LHASAExplore the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’, the Potala Palace. The palace is an architectural wonder that towers over the city and has hundreds of rooms filled with treasures such as intricate shrines and beautiful frescoes. You will also visit Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, containing several palaces and chapels. This evening enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and dance performance.
DAY 10: LHASA TO CHENGDUDepart Lhasa and fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city visiting Jinli Old Street. This evening you will feast on a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
DAY 11: CHENGDU TO CHONGQING – YANGTZE RIVERVisit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitats. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Drive to Chongqing and board your Yangtze River cruise for the next three nights.
DAYS 12-13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISEOver the next two days you will cruise past some of the most beautiful scenery in China. Take shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and landscape of the tributary streams of the Yangtze River.
DAY 14: YICHANG TO SHANGHAIAfter visiting the site of the Three Gorges Dam you will disembark your cruise in Yichang and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
DAY 15: SHANGHAIWalk through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Visit the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and walk along the famous Bund. Explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. This evening enjoy a farewell cruise along the stunning Huangpu River followed by traditional Shanghai cuisine for your farewell dinner.
DAY 16: DEPART SHANGHAIThis morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"A few days ago my partner and I returned from your excellent 'China and Tibet discovery tour'. I am pleased to be able to give very favourable feed-back about our busy and well organised holiday.
The whole schedule went very smoothly and we enjoyed a full programme every day. Still, there was also adequate free time for our own activities.
I would particularly praise the many abilities of our 'National Guide' Leo Zhang Xu, who very ably co-ordinated our whole journey. This became most important during our Tibet visit. Just after our arrival there, some further political unrest developed and Leo was able to smooth the way very well. This further enhanced a very interesting journey! I would strongly commend his general and guiding abilities. I hope you recognise his great skills and enthusiasm. He should do very well in the future.
Dr A Paull and Ms B Stranz, South Australia - May 2012
Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping of $681 (correct as at Nov 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of USD70 (AUD106) is payable on arrival in China.
The Tibet Autonomous Region may be closed by the Chinese authorities at any given time without notice. Such closures may impact the ability to travel in, or to, Tibet.
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.