From $6,759 - 24 Days, from selected Australian cities
This journey showcases some of China’s most wonderful attractions.
Discover the ancient cities of Beijing, Chengde and Xian. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River and discover for yourself the dramatic gorges, majestic peaks, mountain villages, ancient temples and breathtaking scenery. A visit to see Chengdu’s endangered Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province will delight all.
The highlight for many will be the time spent in the amazing province of Yunnan, which features stunning natural scenery, such as Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
China Encounters is a visual treat, full of unexpected surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered.
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
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a two night stay. Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: BEIJING
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City and the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening you will enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance and will sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 3: BEIJING TO CHENGDE
Travel by train to Chengde. Visit the Imperial Mountain Villas and the exceptional temples built for Tibetan and Mongolian warlords.
DAY 4: CHENGDE TO BEIJING
Visit the temples of Puning and Puyou before returning to Beijing by train.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN
Walk along the Great Wall. Visit a jade factory and the Summer Palace. This evening, board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.
DAY 6: XIAN
Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, the lively Muslim Quarter and Islamic food markets. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 7: 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 the ancient City Wall.
DAY 8: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Travel by train to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your four night Yangtze River cruise.
DAYS 9-11: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Tour the Three Gorges Dam before commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. Over the next three days you will cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the historic and tranquil landscapes.
DAY 12: CHONGQING TO CHENGDU
Disembark in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before travelling to Chengdu. Take an evening stroll around the local markets.
DAY 13: CHENGDU
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Later you will visit Mt. Qingcheng, with it’s lush mountain forests, before touring the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and feasting on a sumptuous Sichuan banquet this evening.
DAY 14: CHENGDU TO ZHONGDIAN
Fly to Zhongdian. Enjoy some free time to acclimatise to the higher altitude.
DAY 15: ZHONGDIAN
Enjoy a visit to Zhongdian’s Old Town, Dafo Temple, a traditional Tibetan-style village and the Songshanlin Monastery, built by the fifth Dalai Lama over 300 years ago.
DAY 16: ZHONGDIAN
This morning visit the beautiful Baishui Terrace, where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools creating many perfect photographic moments.
DAY 17: ZHONGDIAN TO LIJIANG
Explore Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most dramatic and deepest gorges in the world. Legend has it that it’s so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. This afternoon travel to the ‘living museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
DAY 18: LIJIANG
Take a gondola to one of the meadows of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the Baisha Frescoes, representing ancient stories of religions and minorities and the Mu Family Embroidery School.
DAY 19: LIJIANG TO DALI
Wander through the quaint cobblestone streets and meandering canals of the Old Quarter and visit Black Dragon Pool. Travel by road to Dali. In the evening, stroll down Foreigners’ Street and enjoy the lively atmosphere in the markets.
DAY 20: DALI
Visit Xizhou Village and explore the bustling local market. See the Yen family home, an ancient courtyard home and witness a tie-dying demonstration. Explore Dali’s Ancient Quarter and relax on a cruise on Erhai Lake.
DAY 21: DALI TO KUNMING
Tour the Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas and travel by road to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.
DAY 22: KUNMING
Wander through the picturesque Stone Forest where vast limestone columns rise to form surreal shapes and images.
DAY 23: DEPART KUNMING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Dates & Prices
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 727 998 Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $230. Please note the Tipping amount of USD100, RMB150 (AUD136) 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.