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China Delights

18 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

China Delights

From cosmopolitan Shanghai and the Giant Pandas of Chengdu, to Beijing's imperial highlights, and all the dramatic landscapes in between, you will relish the historical, cultural and natural delights of China on this comprehensive trip.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 16 , Lunches: 15 , Dinners: 16
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    16 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Cruise
    Li River Cruise, Huangpu River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1
    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.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
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18 DAYS
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Shanghai (3N) - Suzhou (1N) - Hangzhou (2N) - Guilin (1N+1N) - Yangshuo (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N)
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Tour Highlights

Our China Delights tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Shanghai (3N) - Suzhou (1N) - Hangzhou (2N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N)
  • Day 1
    Fly To Shanghai
    Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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. Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the classical Yu Garden and a stop in the old town before admiring the colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Round off the day with a delicious meal of traditional Shanghainese cuisine.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Even More Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: Even More Shanghai

    Explore ultra-modern Pudong followed by a visit to a silk factory and the Shanghai Museum to see the collection of fine arts and antiquities. This evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Historic Suzhou
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Historic Suzhou

    Suzhou’s centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm even as the city has grown up around it. Renowned for its traditional gardens, visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Later, cruise on the thousand-year-old Grand Canal.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Wuzhen
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Wuzhen

    Travel to the water town of Wuzhen. A charming place of old-world timber buildings, cobbled streets and narrow waterways, it is an easy place to while away the day. Later, continue to the garden city of Hangzhou.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Historic Hangzhou
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Historic Hangzhou

    A restful morning is spent wandering around the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, one of China’s most renowned Buddhist temples. Later, enjoy a cruise on Hangzhou’s West Lake, admiring the gardens, pagodas and old bridges on its shores.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Lush Tea Plantations
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Lush Tea Plantations

    Browse the bustling local markets and visit the plantations of Meijiawu to learn the tea-making process, from bush to brew. Enjoy a cup of organic green tea and ponder which of the locally produced teas you might like to purchase. Later, fly to the beautiful city of Guilin and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Li River Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Li River Cruise

    Begin today with a relaxing cruise along the Li River to the charming town of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery and grazing buffalo. Wander through the cobbled streets and visit the local market, then stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Yangshuo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Yangshuo

    Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Start the day with a relaxing and invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the countryside and enjoy some time at leisure. Later, travel through the countryside as you return by road to Guilin.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Chengdu
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Chengdu

    Visit Reed Flute Cave to admire the colourful stalagmites and stalactites. Continue to the pearl factory, then fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This evening, enjoy an optional performance of Sichuan opera for the actors' famous 'face-changing'.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Grand Buddha Of Leshan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Grand Buddha Of Leshan

    Travel to Leshan to visit the UNESCO-listed Grand Buddha which, at 71 metres, is the world's largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. Get a bird's eye view of the Buddha from the adjacent park, then a short boat trip will give excellent views from the river. Return to Chengdu and in the evening, sample a delicious Sichuanese meal.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Giant Pandas
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Giant Pandas

    Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Later, take the bullet train to Xian, the ancient former capital.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Terracotta Warriors
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: 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. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen to see where the warriors are intricately recreated in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, stroll along the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. This evening, sit down to a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Beijing
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Beijing

    Visit the fascinating Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, fly to Beijing, the capital of China.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Imperial Beijing
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 15: Imperial Beijing

    Spend the morning soaking 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 practise tai chi, dance or play cards. Next, head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Great Wall
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 16: 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 surrounds it. Visit a jade factory before spending the afternoon enjoying the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, wandering through traditional Chinese gardens and seeing the exquisite architecture. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dinner of Peking duck followed by an optional kung fu show.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 17-18
    Fly Beijing To Australia
    Breakfast
    Days 17-18: Fly Beijing To Australia

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

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

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.

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When to go

The best times to visit China are in spring, April to May and autumn, September to October, when the days are warm and rainfall and humidity low.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -8
    2
    -3
  • 3
  • Chengdu
  • 3
    9
    6
  • 8
  • Guilin
  • 5
    12
    8
  • 63
  • Hangzhou
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 81
  • Shanghai
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 74
  • Suzhou
  • 0
    7
    4
  • 40
  • Xian
  • -4
    5
    0
  • 7
  • Yangshuo
  • 6
    13
    10
  • 53
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    5
    0
  • 5
  • Chengdu
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 12
  • Guilin
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 97
  • Hangzhou
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 88
  • Shanghai
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 59
  • Suzhou
  • 1
    8
    4
  • 75
  • Xian
  • -1
    8
    4
  • 10
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 81
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    12
    6
  • 8
  • Chengdu
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 20
  • Guilin
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 137
  • Hangzhou
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 141
  • Shanghai
  • 7
    14
    10
  • 94
  • Suzhou
  • 5
    13
    9
  • 193
  • Xian
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 29
  • Yangshuo
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 114
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    20
    14
  • 21
  • Chengdu
  • 13
    22
    17
  • 44
  • Guilin
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 247
  • Hangzhou
  • 12
    21
    17
  • 123
  • Shanghai
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 74
  • Suzhou
  • 10
    19
    14
  • 83
  • Xian
  • 10
    21
    15
  • 43
  • Yangshuo
  • 16
    23
    20
  • 224
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 34
  • Chengdu
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 78
  • Guilin
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 352
  • Hangzhou
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 129
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 84
  • Suzhou
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 67
  • Xian
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 60
  • Yangshuo
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 312
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 19
    30
    24
  • 78
  • Chengdu
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 107
  • Guilin
  • 23
    30
    27
  • 347
  • Hangzhou
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 219
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 182
  • Suzhou
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 59
  • Xian
  • 19
    31
    25
  • 54
  • Yangshuo
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 293
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 185
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 224
  • Guilin
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 231
  • Hangzhou
  • 25
    34
    29
  • 173
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 146
  • Suzhou
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 191
  • Xian
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 99
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 200
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 21
    30
    25
  • 160
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 201
  • Guilin
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 173
  • Hangzhou
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 162
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 214
  • Suzhou
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 54
  • Xian
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 71
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 186
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 15
    26
    20
  • 46
  • Chengdu
  • 19
    25
    22
  • 119
  • Guilin
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 82
  • Hangzhou
  • 21
    28
    25
  • 124
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 87
  • Suzhou
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 67
  • Xian
  • 16
    25
    21
  • 92
  • Yangshuo
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 83
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 8
    19
    14
  • 22
  • Chengdu
  • 15
    21
    18
  • 35
  • Guilin
  • 17
    26
    21
  • 66
  • Hangzhou
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 78
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 56
  • Suzhou
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 56
  • Xian
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 60
  • Yangshuo
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 85
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 7
  • Chengdu
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 16
  • Guilin
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 64
  • Hangzhou
  • 9
    17
    13
  • 72
  • Shanghai
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 52
  • Suzhou
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 3
  • Xian
  • 3
    12
    8
  • 24
  • Yangshuo
  • 12
    21
    16
  • 69
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Beijing
  • -6
    4
    -1
  • 3
  • Chengdu
  • 4
    11
    8
  • 5
  • Guilin
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 43
  • Hangzhou
  • 4
    11
    8
  • 49
  • Shanghai
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 44
  • Suzhou
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 43
  • Xian
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 6
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    16
    12
  • 44

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All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB860pp (AU$191pp) is paid locally in China.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 4-star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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