China and Tibet Discovery
From $6,529 - 17 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
From the capital city of Beijing to the hidden glories of Lhasa on the ‘Roof of the World’, this tour will take you to some of the most amazing sites that China and Tibet have to offer.
A highlight for many will be a visit to Beijing’s awe-inspiring Great Wall, which stretches for over 5,000km. Fly to Xian where you will see one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Travelling to the spiritual city of Lhasa in Tibet will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you explore the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’, the Potala Palace. See the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu and witness the conservation efforts to save them. Discover the dramatic gorges as you cruise along the mighty Yangtze River before ending your journey in the metropolis of Shanghai.
Days 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a three night stay.
Day 3: BEIJING
Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City and the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance and sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
Day 4: 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, take in the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon wander through the Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty.
Day 5: BEIJING TO XIAN
Fly to Xian. Upon arrival visit the 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 6: 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, one of the best preserved in China. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets.
Day 7: XIAN TO LHASA
Fly to Lhasa, the capital and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.
Day 8: LHASA
Stroll around Barkhor Square, where you will see local handicrafts and religious trinkets. Observe the pilgrims and monks expressing their devotion. Explore the 7th-century Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet, and the Sera Monastery, which has approximately 600 monks in residence.
Day 9: LHASA
Explore the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’, the Potala Palace. The palace is an architectural wonder that towers over the city and has hundreds of rooms filled with treasures such as intricate shrines and beautiful frescoes. You will also visit Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, containing several palaces and chapels. This evening enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and dance performance.
Day 10: LHASA TO CHENGDU
Depart Lhasa and fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city visiting ancient Jinli Street. This evening you will feast on a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.
Day 11: CHENGDU TO CHONGQING – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these beloved animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. See the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and drive to Chongqing to board your Yangtze River cruise for the next three nights.
Days 12-13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Over the next two days, you will pass some of the most beautiful and interesting scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes of the tributaries.
Day 14: YICHANG TO SHANGHAI
After visiting the Three Gorges Dam you will disembark your cruise in Yichang and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
Day 15: SHANGHAI
Walk through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Visit a Silk Museum, view the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and walk along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy a farewell cruise along the Huangpu River followed by traditional Shanghai cuisine for your farewell dinner.
Day 16: DEPART SHANGHAI
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"A few days ago my partner and I returned from your excellent ‘China and Tibet discovery tour’"Reviewed:
Dr A Paull and Ms B Stranz
A few days ago my partner and I returned from your excellent ‘China and Tibet discovery tour’. I am pleased to be able to give very favourable feed-back about our busy and well organised holiday.
The whole schedule went very smoothly and we enjoyed a full programme every day. Still, there was also adequate free time for our own activities.
I would particularly praise the many abilities of our ‘National Guide’ Leo Zhang Xu, who very ably co-ordinated our whole journey. This became most important during our Tibet visit. Just after our arrival there, some further political unrest developed and Leo was able to smooth the way very well. This further enhanced a very interesting journey! I would strongly commend his general and guiding abilities. I hope you recognise his great skills and enthusiasm. He should do very well in the future.
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Dates & Prices
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $720. Please note the Tipping amount of USD70, RMB150 (AUD103) 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.