From $5,115 - 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.
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.
Dates & Prices
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $153. 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.