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China Delights

  • Duration

    18 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    $5,480pp
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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.

Tour Highlights

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

Authentic Experiences

Our China Delights 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 tour is suited for customers who are looking for a very comprehensive tour of China, visiting the country’s main cities and scenic areas. This tour is best suited for customers who perhaps do not want to take a Yangtze River Cruise but are interested in experiencing the bullet train in 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • Day 3

    EVEN MORE SHANGHAI

    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.

  • Day 4

    HISTORIC SUZHOU

    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.

  • Day 5

    WUZHEN

    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.

  • Day 6

    HISTORIC HANGZHOU

    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.

  • Day 7

    LUSH TEA PLANTATIONS

    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.

  • Day 8

    LI RIVER CRUISE

    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.

  • Day 9

    YANGSHUO

    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.

  • Day 10

    CHENGDU

    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'.

  • Day 11

    GRAND BUDDHA OF LESHAN

    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.

  • Day 12

    GIANT PANDAS

    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.

  • Day 13

    TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

    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.

  • Day 14

    BEIJING

    DAY 14: BEIJING

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

  • Day 15

    IMPERIAL BEIJING

    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.

  • Day 16

    GREAT WALL

    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.

  • Days 17-18

    FLY BEIJING TO AUSTRALIA

    DAYS 17-18: FLY BEIJING TO AUSTRALIA

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

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

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