16 DAYS ●
Embark on a comprehensive journey through the great cities of China – Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong, interspersed with unmissable sights that encompass ancient treasures, natural wonders and tranquil landscapes.
Marvel at this sparkling city on a Huangpu River Cruise
Walk along this incredible modern wonder
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Take a 3-night voyage and take a glimpse of China's past and present
Our Cities of the Orient 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 with Cathay Pacific Airways for a three-night stay.
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find
a complex full of imperial riches. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the warren-like hutongs where you will meet a local family. Eat traditional Peking Duck for dinner and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
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 wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit a jade factory then savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.
Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, and wander in the surrounding park where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Transfer to the airport and fly to the ancient city of Xian. This evening enjoy a delicious feast of
traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
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 visit the workshop where the warriors are intricately recreated. Stroll along the beautifully preserved 14thcentury city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
A relaxed morning includes time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, take a bullet train to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and home of the Giant Panda.
A visit to Chengdu’s famous Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Take a stroll through People's Park to see Matchmaker’s Corner, where parents search for suitable partners for their children. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Wide and
Drive from Chengdu to Chongqing and spend some time wandering the picturesque old alleyways of Ciqikou. Later, board your Yangtze cruise vessel and set sail.
Cruise down the Yangtze through some of China’s most dramatic scenery, particularly the Three
Gorges themselves. Over the next two days, prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai. You will see Three Gorges Dam, which showcases a simply massive feat of engineering. Disembark, transfer to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Visit the Yu Garden and old town before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Follow the age-old silk production process at the Silk Museum and take an optional trip on the super-fast Maglev train (at your own expense). This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
This morning, fly nearly 3 hours to Hong Kong and enjoy a tour of iconic Hong Kong Island. Search for bargains at beachside Stanley Market, before discovering Aberdeen Fishing Village for visions of old-fashioned junks and houseboats, and taking a 15-minute sampan ride through the harbour. Touring around Hong Kong Island is at an easy pace and will last 3-4 hours.
Today, discover Hong Kong’s largest island – Lantau. Transfer to Tung Chung for a stunning cable car ride up to Ngong Ping Plateau. Here, the iconic Tian Tan (Grand) Buddha sits majestically next to the Po Lin Monastery. After, visit the historical fishing village of Tai O and enjoy a short boat ride to see how the Tanka people still live in traditional stilt houses. Sightseeing on Lantau is approximately 6 and a half hours at an easy pace. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner on top of Victoria Peak.
Your day is at leisure until your flight home. Depending on your time of departure there is an optional tour to the New Territories (at your own expense). Visit Plover Cove Country Park and the Sam Mun Tsai Fishing Zone, the Yuen Yuen Institute, Luk Keng bird sanctuary and Tai Mo Shan. Transfer to Hong Kong airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
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). View Hotels Here
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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