Walk along the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall & enjoy a glass of champagne while you take in the panoramic views. Explore some of the most famous and historically significant sites in Beijing. Learn from well-regarded experts about the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian and the endangered Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Yangtze River and take shore excursions along this important waterway. Shanghai will dazzle you with its cosmopolitan vibe with a touch of ageless tradition.
Fly to Beijing with Cathay Pacific Airways for a three night stay.
Enjoy a morning Tai-Chi session at the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the Forbidden City and view the many treasures and ancient antiques in the Treasure Hall. This evening sample the signature delicacy of Beijing, Peking Duck, at Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant. Later, watch a death-defying acrobatics performance. (B,L,D)
Explore China’s most revered historical structure, the Great Wall of China. Visit one of the less known sections, Huanghuacheng and while here, relax with a glass of champagne. Return to Beijing and take a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s Hutong district, stopping en route for a lesson in traditional calligraphy. End the day at Houhai Lake, where the evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. (B,L)
Fly to Xian. Stroll along the ancient City Wall, which was built in the Tang and Qing dynasties. This evening, be entertained by skilled dumpling artists at De Fa Chang Restaurant and try your hand at making these delicate parcels, which you will dine on for dinner. Later, watch a colourful Tang Dynasty Dancing performance. (B,L,D)
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. After a briefing by an experienced archaeologist, wander the complex as the story of the Warriors is brought to life. Explore the Muslim Quarter then the Great Mosque. Enjoy some free time in the evening. (B,L)
Rise early and explore the Hanyangling Mausoleum, the joint tomb of Emperor Liu Qu and Empress Wang. This morning, fly to Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Find yourself surrounded by old-world stores along ancient Jinli Street. Watch a Changing Faces performance and enjoy dinner at Shujiu Xiang Hot Pot restaurant. (B,L,D)
Tour the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding with an expert to see these endangered animals in the protected wilderness, conservation and breeding centre. After stopping at the Shu Brocade Institute, travel to Chongqing and wander through the ancient town of Ciqikou. Enjoy some free time for dinner and then embark the President 8 cruise vessel for your three night cruise along the Yangtze River. (B,L)
Explore Fengdu, which became known as a ‘Ghost City’ during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Captain’s reception dinner will be held this evening. (B,L,D)
The ship will pass through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of the gorges, followed by the beautiful Wu Gorge. Next, cruise the scenic Shennong Stream and board a sampan steered by local boatmen. Later, cruise through Xiling Gorge, the deepest of the Three Gorges. (B,L,D)
Arrive at the Three Gorges Dam site, the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. Disembark the cruise vessel and transfer to Yichang airport for your flight to Shanghai. (B,L)
Explore Zhujiajiao a 1,700-year-old town criss-crossed with small rivers and old bridges. Later, return to Shanghai where the rest of the day is free at your leisure. (B)
Discover the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, the fascinating Shanghai Museum, a Silk Museum and the dizzying heights of the Shanghai Financial Centre’s viewing platform. Dinner will be served at Dintaifeng restaurant. Toast the end of the tour with a cocktail on the rooftop of M on the Bund for stunning views of Shanghai’s Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to the Maglev station for your super-fast train ride to Pudong airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (B)
Arrive home today.
Twin Share AUD
|09 May - 22 May||$6,743|
|12 Sep - 25 Sep||$6,743|
|10 Oct - 23 Oct||$6,443|
Twin Share AUD
|07 May - 20 May||$7,527|
|10 Sep - 23 Sep||$7,527|
|08 Oct - 21 Oct||$7,127|
Prices include airline fuel surcharge $82 & tipping $123 (paid locally).
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Departs Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways.Based on Sydney departures
Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost
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