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The 2017 Inaugural Traveller Readers tour to China has now concluded to raving reviews.
Register today to be the first to hear about our 2018 China Tour.
Details of the 2017 Reader Tour are below:
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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