15 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
Pairing China's classic sights with a Yangtze cruise, this itinerary brings you closer to the authentic charms of China. Revel in atmospheric ancient towns and hike along the incredible, undulating Great Wall.
Trek the unrestored Jinshanling section of the Great Wall
Come face to face with these lovable creatures at Dujiangyan Panda Reserve
Spend two days cruising one of China's most famous rivers
Become one of the locals with a taste tour of the city's best breakfast cuisine
Our China Explorer itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Beijing, China’s capital.
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Walking through this ornately designed complex offers an unsurpassed insight into China’s colourful past. Continue to the idyllic Summer Palace and explore the magnificent grounds, before taking a short walk up Longevity Hill to enjoy panoramic views. Later, stop for a photo opportunity at Olympic Park. (B,L,D)
Arrive early for a visit to the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with Tai Chi, dancing and card playing in a flurry of sociable activity you would never see in a park at home. Next, you’ll visit Yandaixiejie, where you’ll have some free time to wander the hutongs; these narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of the old Beijing, before the emergence of high-rise buildings and modern commerce. Sit down for lunch with one of the families who call the hutongs home before driving to Simatai Great Wall. Sail up to the apex of the Wall by cable car to witness the sunset. (B,L,D)
Travel to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, a section that is much less frequented by tourists than other parts. The stark yet magnificent surroundings allow you to put yourself in the shoes of those who walked this incredible edifice hundreds of years ago. Your trek will last approximately five hours as the wall improbably courses through dramatic landscapes and rugged terrain. Later, head back to Beijing, where you will have free time. Buzzing Sunlitun or lakeside Houhai are a great choice for the evening. (B,L)
Fly to Xian and enjoy a walking tour of the narrow and twisting streets of the Muslim Quarter. Sample the delicious, freshly cooked snacks (at your own expense). Take in an optional fountain and light show (at your own expense) and be dazzled by the city at night. (B,L,D)
Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China’s first Emperor in the afterlife. Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers’ fascinating story. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition. Return to Xian, the ancient former capital is surrounded by an imposing wall, which is used as a city thoroughfare. You will enjoy a gentle cycle ride that will take you the 14km around the wall. The evening is at leisure. (B,L)
This morning, take a 4-hour bullet train to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. On arrival, drive 2 hours to the ancient town of Pingle, dating back to the Han Dynasty. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before walking through Jinji’s dense bamboo forest, and taking a walk across the magnificent Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge for vistas of the bamboo forest. Stay overnight in Pingle. (B,L,D)
Drive back to Chengdu. Located in the forested Sichuanese countryside north of Chengdu, Dujiangyan offers refuge to Giant Pandas with the aim to reintroduce them into the wild. The centre offers one of the most authentic, spacious and natural settings in the country. Later, explore the slopes of Mt Qingcheng, one of China’s most sacred Taoist Mountains. Ascend by cable car to the higher slopes, and take a walk around Yuecheng Lake. Drive back to Chengdu for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Jump on the bullet train to Chongqing. Continue to the old town of Ciqikou – there is time to wander the cobbled alleyways and learn about its colourful history. Later board your Yangtze cruise vessel, home for the next three nights. (B,D)
During your Yangtze cruise, nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next two days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. A voyage along China’s riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing extraordinary countryside. (B,L,D)
Visit the Three Gorges Dam. Disembark your cruise, transfer to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai. The evening is at leisure. (B,L)
Wake to the buzz of Shanghai, and take a breakfast walking tour between modern skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the city’s most fascinating districts, marvelling at monuments and rickety buildings before enjoying breakfast as the locals do – sample pancakes, fried bread sticks and tofu. Visit the Yu Gardens, the old town and the Silk Museum before taking an evening stroll along the Bund and a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. Your final farewell will be a cruise down the Huangpu River. (B,L,D)
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your
flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. Government laws in China require air conditioning be switched on nationally in May and central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate.
Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally. Beer is drunk in small glasses; not large glasses that you may be used to.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. The Yangtze River cruise service charge is paid when embarking. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to China. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
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