From $6,048 - 20 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
China is a beautiful country that in some parts has remained unchanged for centuries. During this wonderful tour you will experience a culture that is still richly intact and is reflected in many aspects of daily life.
Begin in the urban metropolis of Shanghai, a city that fuses a mix of eastern and western influences and has so much to offer travellers. In the capital, Beijing, you will be enthralled by the historic significance of its extraordinary attractions. The Yangtze River will amaze you with its backdrop of beautiful mountains. You will adore Guilin, one of the most beautiful cities in China. Wander along the cobblestone streets of Lijiang and through one of the meadows of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
This tour will give you an understanding of China’s incredible history and culture and allow you to mingle with its friendly people.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: SHANGHAI
Visit the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and wander through the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Tour a Silk Museum and stroll along the Bund. This evening enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River before feasting on a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING
Fly to Beijing. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 4: BEIJING
Take a walk along the world famous Great Wall and tour the beauty of the Summer Palace. Visit a jade factory and this evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.
DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN
Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City and the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening, board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian, the former imperial capital of China.
DAY 6: XIAN
Arrive in Xian and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Later, walk through the Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. This evening feast on a Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
DAY 7: XIAN
Explore the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and the City Wall.
DAY 8: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Fly to Wuhan this morning and transfer (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.
DAYS 9-11: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
Enjoy a tour to the Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the mighty Yangtze River. You will pass some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes of the tributaries.
DAY 12: CHONGQING TO GUILIN
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later you will fly to Guilin.
DAY 13: GUILIN – YANGSHUO
Cruise along the Li River and admire the breathtaking views of this unique landscape. Your journey takes you past tranquil villages and picturesque scenery. Explore the cobblestone streets of Yangshuo before returning to Guilin by road.
Day 14: Guilin to KUNMING
Return to Guilin airport, visiting the Reed Flute Caves and Pearl Museum en route. Fly to Kunming. For dinner this evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.
Day 15: KUNMING
Enjoy a full-day tour to the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a forest of surreal shapes and images.
Day 16: KUNMING TO LIJIANG
Fly to Lijiang, located in a beautiful valley in the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool and wander the Old Quarter and markets filled with Naxi women wearing traditional costumes.
Day 17: LIJIANG
Discover Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the narrowest and deepest gorges in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. This afternoon visit the Mu Family Embroidery School.
Day 18: LIJIANG TO KUNMING
Take a gondola to explore one of the meadows of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain before returning to Kunming.
Day 19: DEPART KUNMING
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 20: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"I would like to you to pass on my personal thanks to Steven our National Guide"Reviewed:
I have recently returned from the Classic China tour, which I thoroughly enjoyed and would not hesitate to recommend to family and friends.
I would like to you to pass on my personal thanks to Steven our National Guide, he was a knowledgeable person with a brilliant personality who I believe made this trip so good for all of us.
Even on the last night when the poor boy had a caught a cold off one of us and he had a fever he joined in a sing song even though he probably would have been better off in bed.
Nothing was to much trouble and even though he had to recover stuff we left behind on more than one occasion he just smiled and said it was no problem.
As I said earlier in this note please thank him, I feel sure the trip would not have been so good without him
Travelled on: Classic China
"Our excellent national guide Maggie"Reviewed:
Mr and Mrs O’Donoghue
We were lucky enough to join a group of 16 Australians and 2 New Zealanders who after a few days became a large happy family. This in no small measure was due to our excellent national guide Maggie. Maggie was happy, knowledgeable and had great communication skills. She really made the tour a pleasure. We felt that the Classic China tour was good value for money and would be happy to recommend it to all our friends. We did the tour on the recommendation of friends.
Travelled on: Classic China
"This was the first time I had experienced an escorted tour and it fulfilled all my expectations"Reviewed:
This was the first time I had experienced an escorted tour and it fulfilled all my expectations.
I feel this was in a large way due to the delightful National tour guide, Linda Yang. She was friendly, very efficient, fun to be with; exhibited a great amount of knowledge of China, the cities, the people and their customs. She displayed a great national pride and explained the changes happening everywhere. Linda also showed friendly interest in all of us and we definitely felt like her ’family’ as she was fond of calling us. I had need of her help when finding the eastern doctor hard to understand on the Yangtze river cruise ship, I was grateful for her interpretation and support at the consultation. The itinerary was excellent.
I will always remember the excellent evening in Kunming when we watched ‘The Grand Original Native Song and Dance Medley’ – ‘Shangri La Dynamic Yunnan’ with the highlights being Yang Liping dancing in ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Spirit of the Peacock’. What a talent
Travelled on: Classic China
Dates & Prices
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $199. Please note the Tipping amount of USD80, RMB150 (AUD114) is payable on arrival in China.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.