Wonders of China
From $4,988 - 17 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
China is an immense country where you could spend months travelling through its landscapes and still only touch the surface. The wonders of China are there for all to see, from impressive archaeological sites and stunning dramatic scenery to the friendly charm of its people.
This tour has been designed to showcase some of China’s most amazing sights, yet at the same time allow you a glimpse of the real China, its people, rural backdrops and ever emerging cosmopolitan way of life. China has been an inspiration for photographers and artists alike for centuries.
Along the way, discover bustling markets, sample traditional Chinese cuisine and gather an understanding of this fascinating land and its people. This tour will allow you to capture the true wonders of China and it will leave you longing to return.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJINGFly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a three night stay. Melbourne and Brisbane passengers may depart on Day 2.
DAY 3: BEIJINGThis morning stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum before walking through the treasure-filled Forbidden City. This afternoon visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture that has four gates, one at each of the four points of the compass. Visit a local home and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This evening 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, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and this evening watch an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIANFly to Xian, the former imperial capital of China. Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 6: XIANThis morning explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the UNESCO World Heritage listed life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Walk along the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Later this afternoon wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets.
DAY 7: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVERFly 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.
DAY 8: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISETour the Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the Yangtze River.
DAYS 9-10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISEAlong the way you will journey past some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and landscapes of the Yangtze River’s tributary streams.
DAY 11: CHONGQING TO GUILINDisembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, and visit the stunning Reed Flute Caves.
DAY 12: GUILIN TO YANGSHUOCruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. This boat journey takes you past tranquil farming and fishing villages and picturesque scenery. Spend the evening walking through the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.
DAY 13: YANGSHUOThis 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 14: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO SHANGHAIFly from Guilin to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. See the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and wander the surrounds of the neighbouring People’s Square.
DAY 15: SHANGHAIVisit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous riverside area known as the Bund and view the Pudong area. Visit the Xintiandi area with its 1920s ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. As your farewell celebration this evening, enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.
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.
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $447 (correct as at Nov 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD67 (AUD103) 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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