16 DAYS ●
With Special Guests
Be part of the inaugural Traveller Readers Tour, in association with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, as we celebrate the first China-Australia Year of Tourism. This remarkable trip includes China's most spectacular destinations, along with guest appearances from Wendy Wu herself, Kirsty Needham, China Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and Dr Geoff Raby, former Australian ambassador to China.
From Beijing to Shanghai, this tour will be lead by China experts from a range of backgrounds and includes visits to the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Yangtze River and more.
Each participant will be offered the choice of one of these exclusive experiences as a complimentary inclusion. Bookings made prior to February 20, 2017,will receive
a second bonus exclusive experience.
Founder and chairperson of Wendy Wu Tours.
National Travel Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
China Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Dr Geoff Raby
Australia's ambassador to China between 2007 and 2011.
Our Traveller Readers Tour - China 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 city. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, there will be a welcome briefing at the hotel with your National Escort.
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum and into the
imperial magnificence of the Forbidden City. Here you will explore the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China.
Continue to the Temple of Heaven, a tranquil space in the heart of the city that
perfectly illustrates the harmony of Confucian design. Admire the symmetrical
beauty of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and discover more about the ritual
worship performed here. Join Kirsty and Wendy for dinner where Kirsty will share her insights into this magnificent city.
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst
admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Yellow Sea on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west.
You will visit Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall, providing a glimpse of how the structure would have looked when it was first built to keep out the Mongol hordes. Reached by a short cable car ride, the views from the top over the surrounding mountains are awe-inspiring. Our evening meal includes the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.
Spend today exploring two of Dr Geoff Raby's favourite places in Beijing; the Silk
Markets, a shopper's paradise where you will find everything from fashion, to jewellery, electronics and of course silk items! Continue onto the 798 Art District, otherwise known as Dashanzi. This unique district has been transformed from an industrial area into an urban and edgy hotspot filled with galleries, museums and art exhibitions. Later, you will have a photo opportunity at some of the sites of the 2008 Olympic Games.
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital and visit the beautifully preserved 14th century
city walls that enclose Xian's old town.
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shi Huang into the afterlife. For a deeper understanding of the on-going work at this site, we will meet with one of the archaeologists who will share their historical insights.
Return to Xian and walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Spend your morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Guilin, a city at the heart of spectacular karst formations of the Li River valley.
Join Anthony and Wendy as you embark on a leisurely cruise through the poetic
landscapes of the Li River, winding between towering limestone karst peaks and sleepy countryside. Look out for weathered farmers tending their fields, fishermen angling for their daily catch and water buffalo wallowing in the shallows, all watched over by the dramatic geology for which Yangshuo is famed. On arrival in Yangshuo, take some time to explore before driving through the countryside back to Guilin.
Transfer to Guilin airport for your flight to Chongqing. You will have the opportunity to visit two of Anthony's favourite places: the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo to see China's celebrated icon up close – you may even be lucky enough to see the twin pandas who recently made their debut. Afterwards explore the vibrant streets of the Old Town of Ciqikou before enjoying dinner. Board your Yangtze River Cruise ship.
Visit the impressivewooden Pagoda of Shibaozhai or the Ghost City of Fengdu. In the afternoon enjoy a reception with the captain and the cruise director and learn about life on the river.
Enter the dramatic Three Gorges, passing through Qutang,Wu and Xiling Gorges. Later transfer to a smaller vessel for a side trip along the Goddess or Shennong Stream, both narrow, cliff-lined tributaries of the Yangtze. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.
Visit the Three Gorges Dam, one of the largest engineering projects in the world. Disembark the cruise ship, drive to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.
Spend the daywandering through the tree-lined streets of Shanghai's French Concession, and the antiquities of the Shanghai Museum.
Visit theYu Garden, a classical example of Chinese horticulture, before strolling
through Shanghai's old town. Walk along the Bund, learn about the fascinating history of the area and admire the Art Deco buildings.
This evening, join Geoff and Wendy on a panoramic Huangpu River cruise viewing the spectacular lights of Shanghai.
Fly overnight to Sydney/Melbourne, arriving home the following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are per person based on twin share. 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.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call Australia the international access code is 0061. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.
Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy.
The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our 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. Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and Australia's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th.
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