China Group Tours & Short Stay holidays

China Overview

China is a destination that inspires and fascinates with its historic sites, diverse scenery and rich culture. It is a land of beauty, poetic landscapes, dramatic gorges and striking alpine backdrops. In remote areas, the people and their culture are a world away from the rest of China. Following a proud history spanning over 5,000 years, China’s importance in the world continues to grow and will surely leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

Time – China is 2 hours behind Australian EST

Language – The official national language is Mandarin, which has eight major dialect groups that are region specific. Cantonese and several ethnic minority languages are spoken in the western and southern-most provinces.

Entry Requirements – Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian travellers, the price of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our group tours for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame).
Tibet Permits are obtained by our office in China as these are not available in Australia.

CHINESE GOLDEN WEEK

The Chinese Golden Week public holidays fall annually from 1 to 7 May and 1 to 7 October during which various sites and attractions will be more crowded than usual.

BEIJING

Beijing, meaning ‘Northern Capital’, is a city full of wonders and holds an important position as China’s historical and cultural centre. It is here where the  old mixes with the new and, in doing so,  provides a treasure chest of sites and attractions ranging from the Great Wall and Forbidden City to the beautiful Summer Palace.

SHANGHAI

Shanghai is China’s largest cosmopolitan  city, as well as the country’s main financial  institution. The city is filled with an abundance of beautiful old buildings and modern-day high-rise developments that are architectural masterpieces, combining the China of yesterday with that of tomorrow. Shanghai is China’s premier shopping haven and has much to offer its visitors, rightly earning it the name ‘Paris of the East’.

XIAN

Xian, meaning ‘Western Peace’, possesses a history dating back to 1,000BC. The city served as the capital of China’s greatest Emperor, Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and was also the starting point of the world famous trade route, the Silk Road. Xian is home to the magnificent display of Terracotta Warriors, as well as an abundance of other historic attractions.

KUNMING

Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province, home to a mixture of lush rainforests, mountainous snow-capped peaks and over 50 per cent of China’s ethnic minorities. The city is the gateway to the Stone Forest, a collection of massive limestone columns located 120km to the southeast.

GUILIN & YANGSHUO

Guilin is undoubtedly one of China’s greatest areas of natural beauty with stunning karst topography alongside the banks of the Li River. Bordering one side of the Li River, 65km south of Guilin, is Yangshuo, a perfect haven for relaxing in peace and quiet whilst enjoying the magnificent views on offer.

LIJIANG

At the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the town of Lijiang is set within a beautiful valley. Its Old Quarter offers a wonderful array of cobbled streets lined with traditional wooden buildings and meandering canals.

XIAHE

Xiahe is set in a stunning mountain valley and is home to the Labrang Monastery, one of the leading Tibetan monasteries of the Yellow Hat sect. Many Tibetans gather here each year on pilgrimage.

YANGTZE RIVER

One of the largest engineering projects undertaken by man is the damming of the Three Gorges area on the Yangtze River. This area offers some of the most magnificent natural scenery in China.

LHASA

The city of Lhasa is not only the capital of Tibet but also its heart and spiritual home. It is here, on the ‘Roof of the World’, where one will find the Potala Palace, the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and the Jokhang Temple, where Tibet’s holiest shrine lies.

CHONGQING

As one of the most populated cities in the world, Chongqing has a wealth of resources, transport options, attractions and culinary delights. The biggest drawcards to this ‘mountain’ city are the Yangtze River, museums and natural scenery such as Wulong and Heishangu(Black Mountain Valley), and cultural attractions such as Ciqikou Old Town.

DAZU

This small town is home to an amazing array of cliff carvings and scattered statues that rival many others found within China. There are thousands of figures influenced by Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian beliefs.

CHENDGU

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and home to a grand selection of natural scenery, including Mt. Emei and the Nine Villages Valley. The Grand Buddha of Leshan and the Panda Research Centre are also located nearby.

ZHONGDIAN

Zhongdian is often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’ due to its location and traditional Tibetan residents. The town is set amidst some of China’s most striking scenery, with the main drawcard being the Songshanlin Monastery.

DALI

Dali lies on the edge of Erhai Lake at the base of Cangshan Mountain, a truly beautiful setting. Its Ancient Quarter is lined with narrow cobbled streets and traditional stone architecture, which lie within the original city walls. The city is home to the Bai ethnic minority group.

ZHANGJIAJIE

A natural gallery of botanical gardens and spectacular rock formations, Zhangjiajie was declared a World Heritage listed site by UNESCO in 1990. Its scenery consists of endless waterfalls, caves, rivers and approximately 243 imposing peaks, which are surrounded by over 3,000
mountains; a beautiful combination unseen elsewhere.

KASHGAR

Kashgar has been a historic landmark for the past two millennia as the crossroads of the famous Silk Road trading route. Merchants from across the East and the
West gathered here for the world famous Sunday Bazaar where the exchange of goods, food, livestock and culture took place.

NINE VILLAGES VALLEY (JIUZHAIGOU)

Located within the borders of Sichuan Province, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nine Villages Valley is a magnificent alpine valley consisting of crystal clear lakes, lush forests and snow-capped mountains. Its name is derived from the nine Tibetan villages found within the valley.

China Group Tours

Group Tour Name
Prices From
No of Days
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
In Pursuit of Pandas $2,979 9
Simply China $2,181 9
A China Experience $2,981 10
Simply Yangtze $2,881 12
Sichuan Explorer $4,159 13
China Splendour $5,359 14
Glories of China $3,984 14
Majestic Yangtze $4,078 14
China’s Mountains & Gardens $6,990 15
Gardens of China $N/A 15
Plant Seekers $9,990 15
Wonders of China $4,770 16
China and Tibet Discovery $6,545 17
Southern Odyssey $N/A 17
Yunnan Adventure $4,980 17
Ancient China $4,565 18
Grand Yangtze $6,052 18
Cities of the Orient $6,180 19
China Delights $5,025 20
Classic China $6,259 20
Dreams of Nature $7,125 20
Himalayan Adventure – Tibet to Nepal $6,994 20
Magnificent China $4,872 21
China Highlights $6,125 24
China Encounters $6,759 24
Silk Road Explorer $6,359 24
Grand Tour of China $6,751 26
Road to Samarkand $9,280 26
Treasures of Vietnam and China $6,969 27

China Short Stays

Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.

Group Tour Name
Prices From
No of Days
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Beyond the Great Wall $460 2
Xian Short Stay $290 3
Shanghai Short Stay $370 3
Guangzhou City Stay $295 3
Chengdu City Stopover $715 3
Beijing Short Stay $380 4
Nine Villages Valley $1,860 4
Dazu & Chongqing short stay $1,175 4
Chengdu Short Stay $750 4
Chongqing Short Stay $720 4
Mt. Huang Short Stay $975 5
Guilin, Yangshuo & Longji $690 5
Pure Yangtze $480 5
Suzhou & Hangzhou Short Stay $950 5
Zhangjiajie Scenic Wonder $1,095 5
Xiamen & Nanjing Short Stay $1,045 5
Hainan Island Short Stay $505 5
Hong Kong & Guangzhou City Stopover $760 5
China Express $1,050 6
Beijing & Xian Short Stay $1,065 7
Yangtze in Focus $1,870 10
Discover Yunnan $2,885 10
Flavours of China $2,690 10

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Images from China

Giant Panda Research Base, Chengdu City Wall, Xian Three Gorges Dam Local farm Yangshao, Guilin Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City, Beijing Terracotta Warriors & Horses, Xian The Great Wall, Beijing

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