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China Encounters

From $6,750 - 24 Days, fully inclusive 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.

Tour itinerary

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

From $6,750 per person

24 Days, fully inclusive Twin Share

Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways

*Brisbane passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

From Price Includes Tour cost $6,529 Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $85 & Tipping $136 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in destination. See Booking Conditions)
From $1,120 Single Hotel Room Option
From $420 Single Cruise Cabin Option
From $5,266 Land Only including Tipping
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09/09/15 02/10/15 $6,750 Cathay Pacific
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Important Notes:

Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $221. 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.

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