Dreams of Nature
From $6,340 - 20 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
This tour grants you the opportunity to explore some of China’s most treasured natural wonders, allowing you access to a world that few people get the chance to experience.
The summit of Mt. Huang is often referred to by locals as ‘an ink scroll painting come to life’. Embark on a photographer’s dream journey to Zhangjiajie, often described as a ‘goddess dancing on a heavenly stage’ where you will be greeted by breathtaking scenery.
Your tour will take you to a part of China that is unknown to many Westerners; the wonderful Nine Villages Valley. Ms. Wendy Wu has described this area as one of the most beautiful places she has ever been to. The scenery here is stunning and is a true paradise for photographers and artists.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI
Enjoy a full-day tour to explore the exciting city of Shanghai. Visit the Yu Gardens, Old Town, stroll along the famous Bund and view the Pudong area. In the evening, you will cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO TUNXI
Visit the Shanghai Museum where you will see antiques and fine arts. Also explore the area of Xintiandi with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Later you will be transferred to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to the ancient town of Tunxi.
DAY 5: TUNXI TO MT. HUANG
Arrive in the ancient town of Tunxi this morning and take a cable car to the summit of Mt. Huang for an overnight stay. View the spectacular views of rock formations and thousand-year-old pine trees and mysterious ever-changing mist.
DAY 6: MT. HUANG TO TUNXI
Descend from the summit of Mt. Huang and travel back to Tunxi at the foot of the mountain to explore the ancient sites.
DAY 7: TUNXI TO ZHANGJIAJIE
Transfer to Huangshan airport to board your flight to Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. Drive to Zhangjiajie, famous worldwide for its natural scenery, unique sandstone pillars and wide variety of flora.
DAY 8: ZHANGJIAJIE
Embark on a photographer’s dream journey. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Zhangjiajie area, which offers a mix of spectacular limestone formations, sub-tropical forests, waterfalls, mountain ranges and majestic valleys.
DAY 9: ZHANGJIAJIE TO CHONGQING
Spend the day further exploring more of this striking and pristine area. This evening fly to Chongqing, gateway to some of China’s most scenic locations.
DAY 10: CHONGqING
Explore Chongqing visiting the Old Town of Ciqikou, an important centre of porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, visit the traditional Erlin Gardens and the General Stilwell Museum.
DAY 11: CHONGQING TO WULONG – BLACK MOUNTAIN VALLEY
Drive to Wulong, en route visiting the Black Mountain Valley (Heishangu) and follow a path through the spectacular gorge. Be immersed in the natural beauty of this picturesque area with its rushing streams, waterfalls and lush vegetation. Continue by road to Wulong for a two night stay.
DAY 12: WULONG – BLACK MOUNTAIN VALLEY
Spend the day further exploring some of the most fascinating scenery in China. Visit the Three Bridges National Park, featuring some of the highest natural arches in the world. Also trek through the Longshuixia Fissure, a deep and narrow valley with sheer cliffs.
DAY 13: WULONG TO CHONGQING
Spend the morning taking a further scenic walk in the Wulong area. In the afternoon visit Furong Cave to see the illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Chongqing by road.
DAY 14: CHONGQING TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY
Fly to the breathtaking Nine Villages Valley, known as Jiuzhaigou in Chinese. The area is heavily forested and home to many protected species. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal clear lakes and rich coloured forests dotted with flowers gather at the foot of every waterfall. You will stay in the valley for three nights to further explore its beauty and natural wonder. Please note: you will have a two day entrance to the valley on Days 15-16.
DAYS 15-16: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY
Enjoy the next two days exploring the pristine natural scenery of the Nine Villages Valley. The scenery here is stunning and is a true paradise for photographers and artists.
DAY 17: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO CHENGDU
Visit Huanglong Valley. Huanglong is also known as ‘Five-Coloured Ponds’ and has some of the most amazing ponds where you will see beautiful colours intertwined into a rainbow splendour. Later you have the option to take a cable car or walk past the many waterfalls to visit Huanglong Temple. Leave the Nine Villages Valley and drive to Juizhaigou airport for your flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, where you will stay for the next two nights.
DAY 18: CHENGDU
This morning you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. You will also visit Wuhou Temple, Nanjiao Park and take a leisurely stroll to explore the ancient Jinli Street. For your farewell dinner this evening, enjoy a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
DAY 19: DEPART CHENGDU
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 20: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"This is the 3rd Wendy Wu tour that I have been on and, as always, I found it excellent which was the primary reason why I booked again. AND, I plan to do so again in the future.
My reason for this is that I have comprehensively researched the competition and while no tour operator is perfect, my actual experience is that WWT provides a value travel/tour solution with excellent guides, amenity, and itinerary diversity. Also, air fares are included meaning that they do not have to be sourced and booked separately. This single issue is important to me. I also like the fact that ALL meals and other expenses are included in my tour costs, including set tipping charges Hence, I know where I stand financially when I book and the exclusions are clearly set out. SIMPLE! Also, I like the fact that the total tour cost per day Vs what is ACTUALLY provided on the tour is good value for money. Check the competition and you will see what I mean; with most of the others you have to source air fare travel to a base tour start location and back home. When you do your $$$ assessment the costs get strewn all over the place due air fare cost variations and other inclusion/exclusion issues. Hence, its a minefield!
Overall an excellent tour. I'm busy planning 2013, and beyond."
Mr Ed Schalchlin, Queensland - September 2012
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $568 and tipping of $106 (correct as at Jul 2014 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$98 (AU$106) is payable on arrival in China.
Please note for Day 9: Due to the remoteness of the area, flight schedules are subject to changes without prior notice. An alternative option will be offered on Day 9.
Wish to extend your stay? Why not travel to Dazu and Chongqing to explore the ancient carvings and other attractions? See page 99 for our Dazu & Chongqing Short Stay.
Additional fees and taxes may apply.