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Dreams of Nature

23 days Go Beyond Group Tour

Dreams of Nature

Experience an epic journey that traverses China's majestic UNESCO World Heritage sites and breathtaking natural wonders. Behold the ethereal beauty of Zhangjiajie, whose mist-enshrouded pinnacles inspired the cinematic universe of Avatar. Sail through the serene landscapes of the Li and Yangtze rivers and walk the serpentine rice terraces of Longji. This journey offers intimate encounters with the people who call it home, from simple farmers tending their crops to minority hilltribe communities who will invite you into their village, and stumble on ancient traditions in the most unlikely of places.
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 20 , Lunches: 18 , Dinners: 15
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    20 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Cruise
    Yangtze River Cruise, Li River Cruise
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 4
    A good level of fitness is required as you can expect to be walking, or taking part in a physical activity like cycling, for longer periods of time on several days throughout the tour, and may be required to tackle some more challenging terrain.
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    Extended walking. Physical activities on challenging terrain.
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23 DAYS
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Shanghai - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Zhangjiajie (2N) - Changsha (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Emeishan (2N) - Chengdu (1N) - Nine Villages Valley (3N) - Chengdu (2N)
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Tour Highlights

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

Day by Day Itinerary

Shanghai - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Zhangjiajie (2N) - Changsha (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Emeishan (2N) - Chengdu (1N) - Nine Villages Valley (3N) - Chengdu (2N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly Overnight to Shanghai
    Dinner
    DAYS 1-2: Fly Overnight to Shanghai

    Fly overnight into Shanghai and take a connecting domestic flight to Guilin. Stay overnight in Guilin.

    Dinner
  • Day 3
    Longji Rice Terraces
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 3: Longji Rice Terraces

    Travel to the iconic Longji Rice Terraces and head out for a three-hour walk through the traditional rural landscapes. There are several viewpoints boasting picture-postcard views of the extensive rice terraces that cover the hillside in intricate patterns. Drive back to Guilin.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 4
    Yangshuo's Landscapes
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 4: Yangshuo's Landscapes

    Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with dramatic limestone cliffs, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. Later, take a walk through this idyllic wonderland and get an insight into life here. There’s an option to take a rewarding hike to Moon Hill for beautiful views.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Tai Chi And Bamboo Rafting
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 5: Tai Chi And Bamboo Rafting

    Start the day with a relaxing and invigorating session of tai chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. This afternoon, there is an option to go bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Drift past verdant riverbanks and under ancient bridges as you paddle on the glass-like water. This evening, you have the option of enjoying the magical Liu Sanjie night show.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 6
    Reed Flute Cave
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 6: Reed Flute Cave

    Drive back to Guilin and spend the afternoon exploring the Reed Flute Cave and learning about the South China pearling industry at the Pearl Museum. Take the bullet train to Zhangjiajie.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Zhangjiajie
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Zhangjiajie

    A scenic area of over 3,000 sandstone pillars, rising from misty folds of subtropical forest and cloaked in vibrant green vegetation, Zhangjiajie's striking beauty is unforgettable. Trek to Jinbian Stream and explore the Ten-Mile Natural Gallery. You will also see the famous Yuanjiajie Avatar Mountain and Emperor Mountain.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Zhiangjiajie
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Zhiangjiajie

    Today explore Zhiangjiajie on foot from the entrance to the national park. Enjoy some beautiful walks, take a cruise on Lake Baofeng and spend time exploring Huanglong Cave, also known as ‘Yellow Dragon Cave'. Later, travel by road to Changsha.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Orange Island
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 9: Orange Island

    Today at Changhsa begin at Hunan Museum, a treasure trove of ancient relics and artworks. Step into history at Yuelu Academy, a hub of learning for centuries, nestled by scenic Mt. Yuelu. In the late afternoon, explore the bamboo and sculpture gardens of Orange Island, where a towering 32-meter statue of Chairman Mao Zedong stands. Later, indulge in the lively Yangfan night market.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Board Yangtze River Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 10: Board Yangtze River Cruise

    Take a train to Yichang, then continue by road to Yangtze River cruise ship, your home for next 4 nights.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 11-13
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAYS 11-13: Yangtze River Cruise

    A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as you cruise upstream, nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. A voyage along China's riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing extraordinary countryside. Over the next three days, take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy various shore excursions.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Leshan Grand Buddha
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 14: Leshan Grand Buddha

    Disembark the ship and take a bullet train to Leshan to see the 71-metre-high UNESCO-listed Grand Buddha. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddha's presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. View the Buddha from below on a short boat trip. Later, continue and drive to Emeishan.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Explore Emeishan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 15: Explore Emeishan

    Emeishan is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built on its peak in the 1st century. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and inconspicuous old temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and its setting. Spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Pingle Ancient Town
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 16: Pingle Ancient Town

    Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on the Jinji Rope Bridge. Drive back to Chengdu.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 17
    Huanglong Pools
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 17: Huanglong Pools

    Take the bullet train to Jiuzhaigou, also known as the Nine Village Valley and visit Huanglong Valley, home to hundreds of vivid pools in striking colours, formed by thousands of years of mineral deposits tumbling gently down through the bright green forests. There is an option to take a chairlift into the valley.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 18
    Nine Villages Valley
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 18: Nine Villages Valley

    A national park of ragged peaks, sapphire lakes, abundant forests and rushing waterfalls, Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou National Park) is considered one of China's most beautiful areas. Named after the nine Tibetan settlements scattered through the valley, the park is a World Biosphere Reserve, full of endemic flora and 140 species of birds. Spend the day exploring and later, enjoy traditional lamb skewers.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 19
    Shuzheng Village
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 19: Shuzheng Village

    Visit Shuzheng Village, the largest settlement in the park. Spend some time with a local Tibetan family who will give you an insight into daily life in Nine Villages Valley. A lovely afternoon walk takes you from Rhinoceros Lake, passing Tiger Lake ending at Reed Lake – an excellent way to really appreciate the local scenery. Pass an old watermill and Tibetan prayer flags en route.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 20
    Bullet Train to Chengdu
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 20: Bullet Train to Chengdu

    Take the bullet train to Chengdu and enjoy an afternoon of leisure in Chengdu town.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 21
    Chengdu Panda Base
    Breakfast, Dinner
    DAY 21: Chengdu Panda Base

    Spend the morning visiting the giant pandas. This afternoon, absorb the culture at People's Park. People-watching here is an endless pleasure, from the lively locals playing mahjong to the singles looking for love in Matchmaker's Corner. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Sichuanese dinner and an optional 'face-changing' show.

    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Days 22-23
    Fly Chengdu To Australia
    Breakfast
    DAYS 22-23: Fly Chengdu 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)
  • Chengdu
  • 3
    9
    6
  • 8
  • Guilin
  • 5
    12
    8
  • 63
  • Shanghai
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 74
  • Yangshuo
  • 6
    13
    10
  • 53
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 0
    7
    4
  • 35
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 12
  • Guilin
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 97
  • Shanghai
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 59
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    13
    10
  • 81
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 2
    9
    6
  • 50
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 20
  • Guilin
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 137
  • Shanghai
  • 7
    14
    10
  • 94
  • Yangshuo
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 114
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 92
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 13
    22
    17
  • 44
  • Guilin
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 247
  • Shanghai
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 74
  • Yangshuo
  • 16
    23
    20
  • 224
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 11
    20
    16
  • 167
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 78
  • Guilin
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 352
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 84
  • Yangshuo
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 312
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 218
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 107
  • Guilin
  • 23
    30
    27
  • 347
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 182
  • Yangshuo
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 293
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 243
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 224
  • Guilin
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 231
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 146
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 200
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 193
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 201
  • Guilin
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 173
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 214
  • Yangshuo
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 186
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 155
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 19
    25
    22
  • 119
  • Guilin
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 82
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 87
  • Yangshuo
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 83
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 108
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 15
    21
    18
  • 35
  • Guilin
  • 17
    26
    21
  • 66
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 56
  • Yangshuo
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 85
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 13
    21
    17
  • 111
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 16
  • Guilin
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 64
  • Shanghai
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 52
  • Yangshuo
  • 12
    21
    16
  • 69
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 8
    15
    12
  • 69
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 4
    11
    8
  • 5
  • Guilin
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 43
  • Shanghai
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 44
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    16
    12
  • 44
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 3
    10
    6
  • 35

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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 RMB1,215pp (AU$270pp) 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)
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    • 4-star accommodation
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