16 DAYS ●
Tour price from $11,399 per person
Director of Hong Kong’s new Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts.
An art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald for over 30 years and has being a regular visitor of China since 1989.
Australia's ambassador to China between 2007 and 2011 and is a leading expert on China.
China Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Our Traveller Tour- Cultural China 2019 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.
This evening, join the director of Hong Kong's new Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts, Timothy Calnin, who has held roles with the Sydney Opera House and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, for a welcome dinner at one of the hotel's restaurants. Meal D, Hotel Intercontinental Hotel
Today, enjoy a Hong Kong city tour. Timothy Calnin will meet you at the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts, where he will deliver a short talk and guide you around the centre. Later, ride Hong Kong's famous Peak Tram to Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in the city, take a trip to Aberdeen Fishing Village and browse Stanley Market. In the evening, cruise Victor Harbour aboard the DukLing, a traditional Chinese junk, and see Hong Kong's iconic light show. Meals BLD, Hotel Intercontinental Hotel
Enjoy the morning at your leisure, perhaps exploring the sights and shopping opportunities in Hong Kong. Later, meet your guide for a transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your hotel where and can enjoy a relaxing dinner. Meals BD, Hotel Shanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel
Today, visit Shanghai's old town, known for its cobbled streets lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, tea and tantalising snacks. It's the original centre of Shanghai and was the seat of Chinese authority in Shanghai for many decades. The tranquil Yu Gardens, built by the Ming-era governor Pan Yunduan, are a highlight. They are one of the most perfect examples of the Chinese garden style and feature a jade rock, goldfish-filled ponds and stunning pavilions. In the evening, enjoy a Huangpu River cruise. Meals BLD, Hotel Shanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel
Spend the morning at leisure before your flight to Guilin. On arrival in Guilin transfer to your hotel and enjoy dinner there. Meals BLD, Hotel Guilin Shangri-La
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo, admiring the breathtaking views of jagged peaks and the unspoilt countryside. The small cruise boat, with a capacity of up to 100 passengers, features an enclosed dining area on its lower deck and an open viewing area on the upper deck. In Yangshuo, visit the local markets and then return to Guilin by road, stopping for a photo opportunity with cormorant fishermen on the banks of the Li. Meals BLD, Hotel Guilin Shangri-La
Enjoy the morning at your leisure before flying to Lijiang. On arrival in Lijiang, transfer to your hotel. This evening, join Dr Geoff Raby for dinner and hear about his experiences as Australia's former ambassador to China, and some of his favourite places in Lijiang. Meals BLD, Hotel Lux* Tea Horse Road Lijiang
Spend the day seeing the sights of Lijiang and learning about local Naxi culture in the company of Dr Geoff Raby. Take in the picturesque Zhonghe (Central River) and local life on a walk that takes you past one of the unique Naxi "three-eyed" wells. A local chef will then lead you to Zhongyi market, the vibrant heart of delicious Naxi cuisine, and show you the local produce as he shops for ingredients for this evening’s meal, the signature Naxi hotpot. Later, travel north to view the Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain that guards the northwestern side of the high and fertile Lijiang Plain. After a traditional Yunnan lunch settle in your VIP seating and watch the Impression Lijiang Show. From here, travel to the small town of Baisha, one of the three ancient communities that, together with Dayan and nearby Shuhe, make up the original Naxi settlement of Lijiang. Meals BLD, Hotel Lux Tea Horse Road Lijiang.*
Relax at your leisure ahead of your flight to Xian. On arrival in Xian, transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a talk by the former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon, who will share his experiences of curating one of Australia's most successful exhibitions, The First Emperor: China's Entombed Warriors. Meals BLD, Hotel Shangri La Hotel
In the company of Edmund Capon, visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Later, visit the Xian Art & Ceramics Lacquer exhibition and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy the charms of traditional Chinese culture at a Tang Dynasty show and dumpling banquet where you can learn how to make dumplings. Meals BLD, Hotel Shangri La Hotel
Explore Xian, starting with a morning visit to the City Wall. Afterwards, in the company of Edmund Capon, visit Caligraphy Street and the Stele Forest, also known as Beilin Museum, housed inside a former Confuscian temple. In the afternoon, visit a mosque in the city's Muslim quarter. Meals BLD, Hotel Shangri La Hotel
Take a bullet train from Xian to Beijing. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city's hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) by rickshaw and visit a local family. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Meals BLD, Hotel Regent Hotel
Today, China Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Kirsty Needham, will accompany you on a city tour. Visit the unique walled Temple of Heaven, set in 267-hectares of parkland. An example of Ming architecture, the temple was created as a place of worship for the emperors, who would ask for prosperity, longevity and good harvest for the people. Meals BLD, Hotel Regent Hotel
Visit the Great Wall of China, toast your journey with a glass of Champagne and enjoy a light picnic lunch. On the way back to Beijing, visit the Lama Temple, where Edmund Capon will meet you and your fellow Traveller Tours guests. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at Huajia Yiyuan restaurant in the company of Edmund Capon and Kirsty Needham. Meals BLD, Hotel Regent Hotel
Enjoy the morning at your leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight home.
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).
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