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Magnificent China

22 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Magnificent China

China is home to a great number of magnificent and world-renowned sights. This tour incorporates them all – visit the pandas and admire the Great Wall and Terracotta Army, then cruise along the Yangtze and Li Rivers.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 20 , Lunches: 19 , Dinners: 20
  • 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, 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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Classic Group Tour
22 DAYS
From $7,280PP
Beijing (3N) - Xian (3N) - Chengdu (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Guilin (1N+1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Shanghai (4N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Magnificent China 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

Beijing (3N) - Xian (3N) - Chengdu (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Guilin (1N+1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Shanghai (4N)
  • Day 1
    Fly To Beijing
    Dinner
    Day 1: Fly To Beijing

    Fly to Beijing, China's historic capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Imperial Beijing
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Imperial Beijing

    This morning, head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to discover a complex full of imperial riches. Next, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven. This evening, sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    The Great Wall
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: The 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 then spend the afternoon at the idyllic Summer Palace, wandering through traditional Chinese gardens and seeing the exquisite architecture.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Beijing's Hutongs
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Beijing's Hutongs

    This morning, enjoy a leisurely stroll in the warren-like hutongs where you will meet a local family. Later, take the bullet train to Xian, the ancient former capital.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Terracotta Warriors
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: 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 Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Workshop to see where the warriors are intricately recreated. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and watch a Tang Dynasty dance show.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Ancient City Wall
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Ancient City Wall

    Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and take a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. Later this afternoon, explore the narrow streets of the atmospheric Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Here, you will gain an insight into the city’s fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Bullet Train To Chengdu
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Bullet Train To Chengdu

    Board the bullet train to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. Tonight, there is an option to see a performance of Sichuan Opera, famous for 'face-changing'.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Chengdu Giant Pandas
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Chengdu Giant Pandas

    Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve's breeding programme. Later, stroll through the vibrant People's Park with a stop at Matchmaker's Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children. Also stop at a traditional tea house and wander through the Wide and Narrow Alleys. Tonight, dine on delicious Sichuanese food.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Board Your Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Board Your Cruise

    Board the bullet train to Yichang and board your Yangtze River cruise vessel, where you will stay for the next four nights.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 10-12
    Yangtze River Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 10-12: Yangtze River Cruise

    Visit The Three Gorges Dam which showcases a massive feat of engineering. As you cruise upstream, nature takes over revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next few days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Enjoy a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Stream, as well as various shore excursions.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Bullet Train To Guilin
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: Bullet Train To Guilin

    Disembark in Chongqing and then board the bullet train to the beautiful city of Guilin.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Li River Cruise
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Li River Cruise

    Take a relaxed 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, grazing buffalo and local fishermen.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15
    Yangshuo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 15: Yangshuo

    Yangshuo sits in a beautiful rural location, surrounded by green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside and stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li River to meet a cormorant fisherman. This afternoon is at leisure where you can choose from the many optional activities available including cycling, bamboo rafting and hiking.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16
    Discover Guilin
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 16: Discover Guilin

    Travel back to Guilin and enjoy a walk around Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture. Discover the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Cave and continue to the South China Pearl Factory to see the fascinating 1,700-year history of pearling in the South China Sea with displays and demonstrations.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17
    Fly To Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 17: Fly To Shanghai

    Fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. Later, spend some time in the city's Xintiandi area, a vibrant entertainment district made up of traditional 19th-century Shikumen architecture.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18
    Historic Suzhou
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 18: Historic Suzhou

    Travel to Suzhou. Suzhou is renowned for its gardens – visit one of its finest, the Humble Administrator's Garden. Cruise the Grand Canal before returning to Shanghai for a dinner of Shanghainese cuisine.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 19-20
    Explore Shanghai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Days 19-20: Explore Shanghai

    Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide. Visit the Shanghai Museum, People's Square and admire the architecture on the Bund. Later, view the city from the Huangpu River on a cruise. The next day visit a silk factory, the classical Yu Garden and stop in the old town before exploring futuristic Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the ERA acrobatic show.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 21-22
    Fly Shanghai To Australia
    Breakfast
    Days 21-22: Fly Shanghai 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
  • Shanghai
  • 2
    8
    5
  • 74
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 4
    10
    7
  • 59
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 7
    14
    10
  • 94
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 74
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 84
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 182
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 146
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 214
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 87
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 52
  • 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
  • Shanghai
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 44
  • Xian
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 6
  • Yangshuo
  • 7
    16
    12
  • 44

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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 RMB1055pp (AU$234pp) 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.
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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
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    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 4-star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders
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