From $6,125 - 24 Days, from selected Australian cities
China is a truly unforgettable destination, offering a wealth of captivating sites. Every day you will encounter something unique, delightful and exciting. This tour covers what we consider to be the highlights of China; the amazing places you have heard about and would love to see with your own eyes.
Your tour starts in Shanghai; its energy is unmatched. The grey limestone rock formations of Kunming’s Stone Forest will astound you. This is nature at its best! In Dazu you will see some of the world’s finest stone carvings, the Beishan Frescoes and the Baoding Stone Carvings. Experience China’s rail network as you travel overnight by train to Beijing, where you can marvel at the Great Wall.
In 24 days you will certainly feel acquainted with this ancient land. With so much on offer you won’t be disappointed!
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
Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town, view the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. Your welcome dinner will be delicious traditional Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI
Stroll along the riverside area known as the Bund and visit Nanjing Road. In the evening, cruise along the Huangpu River.
DAY 5: SHANGHAI TO SUZHOU
Travel to Suzhou and explore the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Master of the Nets Garden and visit a silk mill.
DAY 6: SUZHOU – WUZHEN TO HANGZHOU
Enjoy a cruise along the ancient Grand Canal. Travel to Wuzhen and explore this charming town at a leisurely pace. Later travel to Hangzhou for a two night stay.
DAY 7: HANGZHOU
Visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and relax while cruising on the beautiful West Lake.
DAY 8: HANGZHOU TO GUILIN
Enjoy oriental tea-tasting before flying to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.
DAY 9: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO
Cruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets.
DAY 10: YANGSHUO
This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to stroll through this charming town. This evening watch a display of traditional Cormorant fishing.
DAY 11: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO KUNMING
See the Reed Flute Caves and a Pearl Museum before flying to Kunming. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.
DAY 12: KUNMING
Visit the Stone Forest, where vast limestone columns rise in surreal shapes and images.
DAY 13: KUNMING TO CHONGQING
See the Western Hills, often called the ‘Sleeping Beauty Hills’, and Dianchi Lake. Fly to Chongqing and visit Erlin Park.
DAY 14: CHONGQING TO DAZU
Stroll through the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Dazu to explore the remarkable Beishan Frescoes.
DAY 15: DAZU TO CHENGDU
Visit the Baoding Stone Carvings before travelling to Chengdu. This evening enjoy a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
DAY 16: CHENGDU – LESHAN
Travel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of Lingyun Mountain. Later you will visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and the ancient town of Huanglongxi.
DAY 17: 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, as well as a museum and research facility. Later, explore a bamboo park before flying to Xian. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 18: 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.
DAY 19: XIAN TO BEIJING
Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, stroll through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.
DAY 20: BEIJING
Arrive in Beijing this morning. Walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex. This afternoon, enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 21: BEIJING
Walk along the Great Wall before visiting a jade factory and discovering the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, a royal garden and summer retreat for the emperors and their families.
DAY 22: BEIJING
Visit the unique Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. Next explore the Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple), which means ‘Palace of Peace and Harmony’. This evening, sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 23: DEPART BEIJING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"We enjoyed every moment of the trip, the Chinese people, food and culture"Reviewed:
Geoff and Penny
We would like to say what a wonderful experience our China Highlights tour was. We enjoyed every moment of the trip, the Chinese people, food and culture. The tour was well organised and ran very smoothly. We were able to experience many sights and events we never dreamt were possible. In particular we would like to commend all our guides.
We were a small group and therefore had no national guide. Each guide went to great efforts to ensure that all group members’ special needs and requests were met. They displayed a wonderful knowledge of their country, its history and culture that they were keen to share with us. Their attitude and friendliness ensured that our trip was a great success.
Thank you once again to Wendy Wu Tours and our wonderful local guides for giving us the experience of a lifetime. We have already and will continue to recommend Wendy Wu Tours to friends and family.
New South Wales
Travelled on: China Highlights
"Wanted to comment on what a fabulous tour it was"Reviewed:
I travelled on your China Highlights tour departing Sydney 11 February 2012 and wanted to comment on what a fabulous tour it was. The information you pass on before the tour is invaluable. The fact that all the food is included takes the worry out of where to eat and what to eat, especially in a country with limited use of English. We were lucky in that everything went to plan. It was certainly a well balanced tour, with heaps of Highlights. There was no doubt it was value for money.
Tom Luck, the tour guide was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for him and we all enjoyed being part of “Tom’s family” as he put it. We were well looked after. All the local tour guides were very knowledgeable and great at their jobs too.
I look forward to travelling with Wendy Wu again at some stage in the future.
New South Wales
Travelled on: China Highlights
"We would like to say what a wonderful experience this was"Reviewed:
We would like to say what a wonderful experience this was. We enjoyed every moment of the trip, the Chinese people, food and culture. The tour was well organised and ran smoothly. We were able to experience many sights and events we never dreamt were possible. In particular we would like to commend all our guides. Each guide went to great efforts to ensure that all group members’ special needs and requests were met. They displayed a wonderful knowledge of their country, its history and culture that they were keen to share with us. Their attitude and friendliness ensured that our trip was a great success. Thank you Wendy Wu Tours and our wonderful local guides for giving us the experience of a lifetime.
New South Wales
Travelled on: China Highlights
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.
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $722. Please note the Tipping amount of USD100 (AUD109) 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.