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China Splendour

From $5,359 - 14 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities

Start your tour with a visit to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. A trip to China would not be complete without a stop in Beijing to walk along the Great Wall and to marvel at the immensity of this iconic landmark, which stretches for over 5,000km. You will also have the opportunity to view the amazing ancient Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian.

Another incredible area in this itinerary is the UNESCO World Heritage listed Jiuzhaigou (Nine Villages Valley) in Sichuan Province. Imagine a world where turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls appear everywhere you look. Picture a stunning landscape of natural wonders with thick forests, springs and rivers. You will also be able to see the Giant Pandas in Chengdu and the Grand Buddha in Leshan.

This tour provides many opportunities to explore the natural and historical diversity of China. The combination of these attractions is sure to fascinate all who visit.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Adelaide, Perth and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI

Tour this exciting city, visiting the beautiful Yu Gardens, the Old Town and see the superb antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. Stop at a Silk Museum and stroll along the Bund. This evening cruise along the Huangpu River. Dinner will be a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING

Fly to Beijing. This afternoon tour the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. It has four gates, one at each compass point. The local people that gather here to sing folk songs, practise Tai-Chi and sword dancing, play chess or gossip will be the highlight of your visit. This evening sample the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 4: BEIJING

This morning, stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and visiting the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years, it is the world’s largest palace complex. This evening watch an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 5: 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 and labour required for its construction. Later visit a jade factory and explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace.

DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN

Fly to Xian. Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, a 13-storey-tall multi-eave pagoda built during the Tang Dynasty and tour the renowned Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening, feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying 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 walk along the ancient City Wall. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets.

DAY 8: XIAN TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY

Fly to the breathtaking Nine Villages Valley, a botanical area that is heavily forested and home to many protected plant species. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal-clear lakes gather at the foot of every waterfall and rich coloured forests are dotted with flowers. Stay in the valley for two nights to explore the natural beauty and pristine wilderness.

DAY 9: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY

Enjoy the day further exploring the beautiful Nine Villages Valley.

DAY 10: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO CHENGDU

Explore Huanglong Valley, renowned for sparkling mineral pools, where beautiful colours intertwine. Visit a Tibetan workshop and then fly to Chengdu.

DAY 11: CHENGDU

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these beloved animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat in a protected wilderness and breeding centre. Later, tour the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and this evening enjoy delicious Sichuan cuisine.

DAY 12: CHENGDU – LESHAN

Travel to Leshan and marvel at the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Later, visit Huanglongxi, an ancient town dating back to the Qing Dynasty.

DAY 13: DEPART CHENGDU

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Tour Reviews

"The China Splendour trip was spectacular"
Reviewed:

We recently returned from our amazing China Splendour tour and thought it appropriate to provide you with some feedback. Our initial research provided us with a level of confidence in your organisation’s ability to deliver an incredible experience. This was reinforced by a friend of my daughters whom works in the travel industry. Our booking was completed about four months prior to our departure on 29th April 2014. All documentation was timely, informative and comprehensive. Our flights with Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, China Southern and China Eastern were good experiences.

All coach transport was very good and drivers well experienced.

Jay Chen our National Guide was just amazing, good natured, good grasp of English, friendly, professional, extremely well versed with all locations we visited, and knew when to be short and punchy with information he delivered. It was a pleasure to spend time with him and get the inside information of where we were and where we were going. He dealt with some complex issues very well and his focus dedication and caring for his tour group was out of this world. The difference between some of the local guides was significant, some were obviously very new to the job, they were nervous, repetitive and spoke for the sake of speaking forgetting to disgorge the vital information that needed to be disseminated. Thankfully Jay provided this when and where required.

The food was pretty good throughout the trip. The Local cuisines away from hotels were really the treats. At the restaurant near Nine Villages Valley, the high quality of flavoursome food warranted a standing ovation for the owner. But it really was warranted. Our group was very well informed on Chinese cuisine and enjoyed high quality food in local eateries.

The variety of places visited was ideal. The tour was evenly paced, hectic at times but rest breaks more than compensated the physical demands of the tour. Shopping opportunities were provided away from the government factories. More time could be allocated to be spent with locals where you really get to experience the culture, the food etc. The experience of dealing with Tibetans in Nine Villages was just incredible as we wandered out at night whilst the rest of the tour group went to another show. Communicating with people whom can’t speak English but want to know things about you was awesome.

The deviation from the airport to Huang Long was explained to all of us, designed to give us maximum time to explore, however, the downside of this was the lack of time to acclimatise to the altitude. This resulted in a number of tourists succumbing to altitude sickness. In my case I had no problems with Mt Fuji in Japan 3700 metres given the gradual climb in the bus, but we landed at altitude and really in two hours had gone up to 4500 metres.

Nine Villages must be god’s own country and was spectacular everywhere you looked, just gorgeous.

We both enjoyed our tour very much, nothing was too much for our National Guide, Jay was just incredible. Our experience would see us recommend your organisation to anyone contemplating touring in China and surrounds.

We will travel overseas again and would consider using your services again. We will be travelling again in 2015, location and timing yet to be determined.

In summary the China Splendour trip was spectacular, informative, eye opening, challenging, well-paced and a time in our lives we will never forget.

Mr Ray Allen and Ms Penny Georgiou
Victoria
Travelled on: China Splendour

Dates & Prices

From $5,359 per person

14 Days, fully inclusive Twin Share

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

*Adelaide passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai at an additional cost.

From Price Includes Tour cost $5,192 Cathay Pacific Airways Fuel Surcharge $94 & Tipping $73 (Subject to change with Tipping payable on arrival in destination. See Booking Conditions)
From $890 Single Hotel Room Option
From $4,086 Land Only including Tipping
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Important Notes:

Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $167. Please note the Tipping amount of USD67 (AUD73) 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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