From $6,460 - 21 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Visiting China is an exceptional and unique experience. It is a beautiful country that in some parts has remained unchanged for centuries. During this wonderful tour you will experience a culture that is still richly intact and is reflected in many aspects of daily life.
Begin in the urban metropolis of Shanghai, a city that fuses a mix of Eastern and Western influences and has so much to offer. In the capital, Beijing, you will be enthralled by the historic significance of its extraordinary sites. The Yangtze River will amaze you with its backdrop of misty, beautiful mountains. You will adore Guilin, one of the most beautiful cities in China. Wander along the cobblestone streets of Lijiang and relax by the Black Dragon Pool.
This tour will capture your imagination, leave you feeling in touch with China’s incredible history and culture and allow you to mingle with its friendly people.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay. Upon arrival you will explore the Pudong area.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI
Visit the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens, the Old Town and the Silk Museum. Stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River before feasting on a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING
Fly to Beijing this morning and tour the exquisite Summer Palace. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 5: BEIJING
Take an exciting walk along the world famous Great Wall and the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN
This morning stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. This evening, board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.
DAY 7: XIAN
Arrive into Xian and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Later, walk through the Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. This evening feast on a Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 8: XIAN
Explore one of the most significant 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.
DAY 9: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER
Fly to Wuhan this morning and transfer (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.
DAYS 10-12: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Enjoy a tour to the Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the mighty Yangtze River. You will pass some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes of the tributaries.
DAY 13: CHONGQING TO GUILIN
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later you will fly to Guilin.
DAY 14: GUILIN – YANGSHUO
Cruise along the Li River and admire the breathtaking views of this unique landscape. Your journey takes you past tranquil villages and picturesque scenery. Explore the cobblestone streets of Yangshuo before returning to Guilin.
Day 15: GUILIN TO LIJIANG
Visit the Reed Flute Caves this morning before boarding your flight to Lijiang. Located in the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the town of Lijiang is set within a beautiful valley.
Day 16: LIJIANG – TIGER LEAPING GORGE
Visit the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across.
Day 17: LIJIANG – JADE DRAGON SNOW MOUNTAIN
This morning take a gondola to explore one of the meadows of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and enjoy the amazing scenery.
Day 18: LIJIANG TO KUNMING
Explore the quaint cobblestone streets and meandering canals of the Old Quarter before flying to Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province.
Day 19: KUNMING – STONE FOREST
Enjoy a full-day tour to the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a forest of surreal shapes and images. For dinner this evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.
Day 20: DEPART KUNMING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"This was the first time I had experienced an escorted tour and it fulfilled all my expectations.
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $683 (correct as at Jul 2014 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD78(AUD115)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.