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Natural Treasures of China

16 days Go Beyond Group Tour

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Natural Treasures of China

Join us on an epic journey down the road less travelled to uncover China's most incredible natural treasures, including the sapphire lakes of Nine Villages Valley, the dramatic yet serene valleys at Black Mountain and the mythical Zhangjiajie, whose soaring peaks were the inspiration for the blockbuster film 'Avatar'.

Amongst the incredible scenery, immerse yourself in China's ancient and modern marvels. Experience the thrill of traveling on the high-speed bullet train, take a walk on the glass bridge suspended over Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, wander through the streets of Fenghuang Ancient Town and be awed by the intricate beauty of the historic Dazu Rock Carvings.

  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 12 , Dinners: 10
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    13 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 2
    A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats.
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    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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16 DAYS
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Changsha (1N) - Zhangjiajie (3N) - Fenghuang (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - Nine Villages Valley (3N) - Chongqing (3N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Natural Treasures of 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

Changsha (1N) - Zhangjiajie (3N) - Fenghuang (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - Nine Villages Valley (3N) - Chongqing (3N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly overnight to Changsha
    Dinner
    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Changsha

    Fly overnight to Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 3
    Explore Changsha
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: Explore Changsha

    Begin the day by stepping into history at the Yuelu Academy, a hub of learning for centuries, nestled by scenic Mt. Yuelu. Later, travel by road to Zhangjiajie, and this evening enjoy a 72 Qilou night tour, exploring the 72 strange and spectacular buildings – the tallest Tujia stilted building in the world.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Avatar Mountains
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Avatar Mountains

    Begin the day with a ride in the remarkable Bailong glass elevator. Embedded into the mountain, the elevator soars up the mountain side to a towering height of 326 metres in as little as two minutes! Soak up the amazing views of the 'First Bridge under the Sun' and Hallelujah Mountain. Continue to Emperor Mountain and Helong Park before taking a cable car down. Later, explore Jinbian Stream and Ten-Mile Natural Gallery with a ride on the scenic train. End the day with a scenic sampan cruise on Lake Baofeng, a turquoise expanse of water amongst picturesque karst scenery.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Zhangjiajie's Glass Skywalk
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Zhangjiajie's Glass Skywalk

    Brace yourself for an exhilarating walk across Zhangjiajie's Glass Bridge, the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge spanning 430-metres over the Grand Canyon. Later, soar up the heights of Tianmen Mountain in the world's longest cable car, a 7-kilometre journey taking approximately 40-minutes. Atop the Mountain, marvel at Tianmen Cave, nicknamed 'Heaven's Door', standing proudly at the top of 999 steep steps and take a thrilling walk along a glass skywalk, aptly named the 'Walk of Faith'.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Fenhuang Ancient Town
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Day 6: Fenhuang Ancient Town

    Travel by road to Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient Town, a scenic and quaint town rich in culture and natural beauty. Visit the Former Residence of Shen Congwen and enjoy an evening at your leisure to wander the ancient streets illuminated at night.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 7
    Cruise the Tuojiang River
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Cruise the Tuojiang River

    Relax with a scenic cruise along the Tuojiang River, before boarding your 5 hour bullet train to Chengdu, China's symbolic western capital and the residence of the country's most lovable black and white bear.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Giant Panda's
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Day 8: Giant Panda's

    Spend the morning getting to know China's most famous resident, the giant panda, at Chengdu's Panda Conservation Centre. Later, soak up the culture at People's Park. People-watching here is an endless pleasure, from the lively locals playing mahjong to the parents searching for suitable partners for their children in Matchmaker's Corner. Head to the local food markets for a dinner at your leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 9
    Huanglong Pools
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Huanglong Pools

    Travel by bullet train to Nine Villages Valley. In the afternoon, explore Huanglong pools where you will find hundreds of vivid pools in striking colours, formed by thousands of years of mineral deposit, tumbling gently down through the bright green forests of the Huanglong Valley.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Nine Villages Valley
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Nine Villages Valley

    Enjoy a full day exploring the diverse scenery of the splendid Nine Villages Valley, China's most awe-inspiring National Park. Spend the day taking in the natural sights of Long Lake, Five Coloured Lake and Nuorilang Falls.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Shuzeng Village
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Shuzeng Village

    Visit Shuzheng Village, where you will spend some time with a local Tibetan family who will give you an insight into daily life in Nine Villages Valley. This afternoon, stroll by Rhinoceros Lake, passing Tiger Lake ending at Reed Lake – an excellent way to really appreciate the local scenery. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Chongqing's Hongya Cave
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Day 12: Chongqing's Hongya Cave

    Board your bullet trains to Chongqing. Visit the Hongya Cave to see the impressive architecture of the 11 storey stilt building, beautifully constructed in traditional Bayu architecture style. In the evening, wander the night food markets with your local guide on hand to recommend the most delicious Sichuanese snacks!

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 13
    Black Mountain Valley
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: Black Mountain Valley

    Take a day trip out of Chongqing to Black Mountain Valley, also known as Heishan Valley. This is a serene and picturesque area covering over 100 square kilometres, brimming with dramatic mountains, deep valley floors, waterfalls and sheer cliffs, along with an impressive 13 kilometre long gorge. The luscious landscapes are cloaked in green vegetation and are home to a variety of wildlife, offering some great photo opportunities!

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    Dazu Day Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 14: Dazu Day Tour

    Travel by road to Dazu, home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dazu Rock Carvings. Here, you'll find thousands of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist idols and symbols carved into rock faces over 70 sites. Made between the 9th and 13th centuries, they are some of the best preserved in China. Enjoy the day in Dazu before returning to Chongqing.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 15-16
    Depart Chongqing
    Breakfast
    Day 15-16: Depart Chongqing

    Depart Chongqing, arriving home the 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
  • Chongqing
  • 6
    10
    8
  • 20
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 0
    7
    4
  • 35
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 5
    11
    8
  • 12
  • Chongqing
  • 8
    12
    10
  • 21
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 2
    9
    6
  • 50
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 20
  • Chongqing
  • 11
    17
    14
  • 36
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 92
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 13
    22
    17
  • 44
  • Chongqing
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 105
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 11
    20
    16
  • 167
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 17
    26
    22
  • 78
  • Chongqing
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 152
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 218
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 107
  • Chongqing
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 171
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 243
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 224
  • Chongqing
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 175
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 193
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 201
  • Chongqing
  • 25
    34
    29
  • 134
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 155
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 19
    25
    22
  • 119
  • Chongqing
  • 21
    28
    24
  • 128
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 108
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 15
    21
    18
  • 35
  • Chongqing
  • 16
    22
    19
  • 92
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 13
    21
    17
  • 111
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 10
    16
    13
  • 16
  • Chongqing
  • 12
    17
    14
  • 46
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 8
    15
    12
  • 69
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chengdu
  • 4
    11
    8
  • 5
  • Chongqing
  • 8
    12
    10
  • 25
  • Zhangjiajie
  • 3
    10
    6
  • 35

Pricing & Availability

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 May 2024. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB840pp (AU$183pp) 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

    Group Tour includes

    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • Most Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 4-star accommodation, plus basic guesthouse

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