From $5,025 - 20 Days, from selected Australian cities
China is a surprising country full of contrasts in both landscape and historical sites. It is no wonder that people return time and time again to this fascinating land. It has some of the world’s most ancient traditions, yet in some cities you will find futuristic buildings and a pace of life that can only be described as frantic.
Rice fields, river cruises and memorable sites such as the Yu Gardens in Shanghai, Suzhou’s ancient gardens, Hangzhou’s West Lake, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, and the Great Wall in Beijing are some of the must-see attractions explored in China Delights.
In just 20 days you will experience the very heart of this amazing country. The combination of the places visited creates a fusion of China’s past, present and future.
You will find our 2015 tour prices have also been listed for your convenience. While these departures are not included as part of our Early Bird Specials, we have a great range of tours available for travel in 2015! Take advantage of these great prices before 2016 increases.
Please note that itineraries are based on 2015 programmes. Variations to itineraries and durations may occur for travel in 2016 – please refer to our Early Bird brochure. 2016 Specials are valid when flying Cathay Pacific. Road to Samarkand utilises China Southern Airlines. 2016 Early Bird savings are based on the price reduction from the 2016 group tour prices published 26 May 2015
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a three night stay.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI
Explore the Yu Gardens and Old Town and stroll along the famous Bund. Visit the Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings and enjoy a traditional banquet of Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI
This morning cross the Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong district. Later, see the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. This evening you will cruise along the Huangpu River.
DAY 5: SHANGHAI TO SUZHOU
Travel to Suzhou where you will visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. Later this afternoon visit a traditional silk mill, which is still in operation today.
DAY 6: SUZHOU – WUZHEN TO HANGZHOU
Enjoy a morning cruise on a section of the ancient Grand Canal. Travel to the town of Wuzhen and take a walking tour through the intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Continue to picturesque Hangzhou for a two night stay.
DAY 7: HANGZHOU
Visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the Six Harmonies Pagoda before relaxing on a cruise on the West Lake.
DAY 8: HANGZHOU TO GUILIN
Stroll around the local markets and enjoy oriental tea-tasting. This afternoon, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, located among many karst limestone peaks.
DAY 9: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO
Cruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere of the township.
DAY 10: YANGSHUO
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 11: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO CHENGDU
Return to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves and a Pearl Museum before flying to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
DAY 12: CHENGDU – LESHAN
Travel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Continue to the ancient town of Huanglongxi, dating back to the Qing Dynasty, before returning to Chengdu. Dinner this evening will be a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
DAY 13: CHENGDU TO XIAN
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these beloved animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, a museum and research facility. Explore the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and then fly to Xian. 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 14: XIAN
Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and walk along the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in China.
DAY 15: XIAN TO BEIJING
Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and explore the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, a 13-storey-tall pagoda built during the Tang Dynasty. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter where you can explore the Islamic food markets. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.
DAY 16: BEIJING
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, and visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture set in a 267 hectare park. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 17: BEIJING
It is often said in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. It is more than 5,000km long, stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material required for its construction. This afternoon, visit a jade factory.
DAY 18: BEIJING
Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex. Wander through the Summer Palace and admire the landscaped beauty. In the evening enjoy a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 19: DEPART BEIJING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 20: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"Maggie our National Tour Escort was wonderful in every way"Reviewed:
Maggie our National Tour Escort was wonderful in every way. A special thank you to her. Melody was also beautiful; a very special thank you to her too. In fact all our guides were very helpful with wonderful English. They are a great asset to Wendy Wu Tours.
A special thank you also to Wendy Wu Tours.
New South Wales
Travelled on: China Delights
"We had a fantastic time…"Reviewed:
My wife and I have recently returned from one of your 21 day China Delights group tours. We had a fantastic time and this was largely through the superb service and attention provided by your National Tour Guide Emmanuel (Manny) Tian. He is worth his weight in gold several times over to your business and if you could possibly clone him then you would undoubtedly have the best tour business on the planet. I also understand that a tour business that runs like clockwork has many unsung heroes and whilst the national guide was the main contact point on our holiday, we would like to thank you and all your staff for providing our best holiday ever. We didn’t need to think about anything for 3 weeks and everything went like clockwork. There were the odd occasion when we were a little unsure of some of the local customs, but Manny was always close at hand to step in with advice or sort an issue out with very little fuss.
Thank you so much for a fantastic and memorable holiday that we will talk about for years to come. Our extra special memories include Manny “the TG Legend” Tian’s great jokes and information sessions on the bus and train journeys along with some really special conversations (in English) with a few local Chinese primary students at the Panda Reserve in Chengdu. No matter where you go in the world – all kids are very much the same.
Travelled on: China Delights
Dates & Prices
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $700. Please note the Tipping amount of USD80 (AUD87) is payable on arrival in China.
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.