From $5,973 - 21 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Experience a journey through some of China’s most famous sites and attractions.
Commencing in China’s capital city, Beijing, take a walk along the Great Wall and discover the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Marvel at the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian and relax on a cruise while travelling along the mighty Yangtze River.
At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding you will see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Guilin, famous for its scenery, will surprise you with its beauty. The vibrant city of Shanghai is a true representation of modern-day China where you will visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town.
If you wish to savour the many wonderful sights and sounds of China, you will find this tour to be quite magnificent!
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a four night stay. Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: BEIJING
Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, and visit the Forbidden City. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 3: BEIJING
Walk along the Great Wall and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, the wall is more than 5,000km long. Later, see the unique 15thcentury Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture.
DAY 4: BEIJING
Wander through the Summer Palace this morning, admiring its landscaped beauty. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN
Fly to Xian this morning for a two night stay. 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: XIAN
See one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Next visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets.
DAY 7: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER
This morning visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda before flying to Wuhan. Upon arrival you will be transferred by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang to board your cruise for the next four nights along one of the world’s greatest waterways, the Yangtze River.
DAYS 8-10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Tour the incredible Three Gorges Dam before continuing your cruise along the mighty Yangtze River. You will pass some of the most beautiful scenery in China at the Three Gorges and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscape of the tributaries.
DAY 11: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
DAY 12: CHENGDU – LESHAN
Travel to Leshan to view the Grand Buddha. This enormous statue is carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain; it is over 71m tall and wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Later you will visit Huanglongxi, an ancient town dating back to the Qing Dynasty, before returning to Chengdu for an overnight stay. This evening you will feast on sumptuous Sichuan cuisine.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO GUILIN
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in surroundings similar to their natural habitat. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Fly to Guilin this evening, one of China’s most beautiful cities.
DAY 14: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO
This morning cruise along the stunning Li River to Yangshuo for a two night stay. Your journey takes you past tranquil farming and fishing villages and picturesque scenery. The evening is free at your leisure to walk through the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.
DAY 15: YANGSHUO
This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.
DAY 16: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO SUZHOU
Visit the stunning Reed Flute Caves before travelling to Guilin airport and flying to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Upon arrival travel to the ancient canal city of Suzhou, which has a history dating back 2,500 years. Suzhou is known for its gardens and silk.
DAY 17: SUZHOU TO SHANGHAI
This morning visit a traditional silk mill, which is still operational. Later you will cruise on a section of the ancient Grand Canal and see classical oriental gardens, before returning to Shanghai. This evening enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.
DAY 18: SHANGHAI
View the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and stroll through the Yu Gardens. Explore the Old Town where cobbled streets are lined with shops, before walking along the famous Bund.
DAY 19: SHANGHAI
Visit the Pudong district and travel across town to explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings that are unique to Shanghai. This evening you will enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River as your farewell celebration.
DAY 20: DEPART SHANGHAI
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Important Note: Above prices include Singapore Fuel surcharges and tipping of $690 (correct as at Nov 2013 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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