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Classic China

From $6,460 - 22 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.

Tour itinerary

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.

Tour reviews

Wendy Wu Tours Review:

"This was the first time I had experienced an escorted tour and it fulfilled all my expectations.

I feel this was in a large way due to the delightful National tour guide, Linda Yang. She was friendly, very efficient, fun to be with; exhibited a great amount of knowledge of China, the cities, the people and their customs. She displayed a great national pride and explained the changes happening everywhere. Linda also showed friendly interest in all of us and we definitely felt like her ’family’ as she was fond of calling us. I had need of her help when finding the eastern doctor hard to understand on the Yangtze river cruise ship, I was grateful for her interpretation and support at the consultation. The itinerary was excellent.

I will always remember the excellent evening in Kunming when we watched ‘The Grand Original Native Song and Dance Medley’ – ‘Shangri La Dynamic Yunnan’ with the highlights being Yang Liping dancing in ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Spirit of the Peacock’. What a talent!"

Mrs Scruby, South Australia - May 2012

Wendy Wu Tours Review:

"We were lucky enough to join a group of 16 Australians and 2 New Zealanders who after a few days became a large happy family. This in no small measure was due to our excellent national guide Maggie. Maggie was happy, knowledgeable and had great communication skills. She really made the tour a pleasure. We felt that the Classic China tour was good value for money and would be happy to recommend it to all our friends. We did the tour on the recommendation of friends."

Mr and Mrs O’Donoghue, Queensland - April 2011

 

Price guide

From $6,460 per person 21 Days Fully Inclusive, Twin Share
Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin* with Singapore Airlines
*Darwin Passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost.
From Price Includes Tour cost $5,783, Airline Fuel Surcharge $568 & Tipping $115 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in China. See Booking Conditions)
From $1,050 Single Hotel Room Option
From $440 Single Cruise Cabin Option
From $5,080 Land Only (Shanghai to Kunming) including Tipping
Depart Australia Return Australia Twin Share Price AUD
 2014    
02-Sep 22-Sep $6,660
09-Sep 29-Sep $6,660
16-Sep 06-Oct $6,660
23-Sep 13-Oct $6,660
07-Oct 27-Oct $6,460
2015    
25-Mar 14-Apr $7,140
08-Apr 28-Apr $7,140
06-May 26-May $7,340
13-May 02-Jun $7,340
27-May 16-Jun $7,340
17-Jun 07-Jul $7,140
02-Sep 22-Sep $7,340
09-Sep 29-Sep $7,340
16-Sep 06-Oct $7,340
23-Sep 13-Oct $7,340
07-Oct 27-Oct $7,140

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.

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