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A China Experience

  • Duration
    10 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    $4,480pp

The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China's glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 8 , Lunches: 7 , Dinners: 8
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    8 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Cruise
    Huangpu River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our A China Experience tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our A China Experience Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China.

  • Day 1
    Fly To Shanghai
    Day 1: Fly To Shanghai

    Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Explore Shanghai
    Day 2: Explore Shanghai

    Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Today's explorations include the traditional Yu Garden, the Silk Museum and a stop in the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Dinner is traditional Shanghainese cuisine.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Zhujiajiao Water Town
    Day 3: Zhujiajiao Water Town

    Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai's sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town's narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Return to Shanghai to enjoy the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum, and explore People's Square. End the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Little Wild Goose Pagoda
    Day 4: Little Wild Goose Pagoda

    Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. This afternoon take a visit to the fascinating Little Wild Goose Pagoda and spend time walking through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Here you will gain an insight into the city's fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Terracotta Warriors
    Day 5: Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate terracotta warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century ancient city walls that enclose Xian's old town. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Bullet Train To Beijing
    Day 6: Bullet Train To Beijing

    Board the bullet train to Beijing, China's historic capital city. After dinner, there is an option to enjoy a kung fu show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Imperial Beijing
    Day 7: Imperial Beijing

    Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart and stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Here, mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they spend their afternoon practising tai chi, dancing and playing cards. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the traditional hutongs, where the narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of old Beijing. Meet a local family and learn first-hand about hutong life.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    The Great Wall
    Day 8: The Great Wall

    This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. You will have an opportunity to visit a jade factory, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China, it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Spend the afternoon strolling through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Today's sightseeing is the perfect way to build up your appetite for Beijing's most famous delicacy – Peking duck.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 9-10
    Fly Beijing To Australia
    Days 9-10: Fly Beijing To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 3
    Jinjiang Huating Hotel
    Jinjiang Huating Hotel
    A short distance from Shanghai's major tourist attractions, the 5-star Jinjiang Huating hotel offers elegant guest rooms with large windows providing views of Shanghai. This beautiful hotel is home to the rooftop Moon View Restaurant, offering breathtaking city views and exquisite Chinese dishes.
  • Nights 2
    Lanxi International Hotel
    Lanxi International Hotel
    A short distance from Xian's historic old town, the 4-star Lanxi International hotel features a terrace for you to enjoy, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. The modern guest rooms offer a private bathroom, desk and flat screen TV.
  • Nights 3
    Mercure Beijing Downtown
    Mercure Beijing Downtown
    The 4-star Mercure Beijing Downtown is very well connected across the city, with easy access to the city centre and multiple transport links. The elegant and spacious guests rooms offer free internet access and satelite TV.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
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A China Experience map

Places Visited: Australia - Shanghai (3N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - Australia

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Tour Dates & Prices

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