Dreams of Nature
From $6,946 - 20 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
This tour grants you the opportunity to explore some of China’s most treasured natural wonders, allowing you access to a world that few people get the chance to experience.
The summit of Mt. Huang is often described by locals as ‘an ink scroll painting come to life’. Embark on a photographer’s dream journey to Zhangjiajie, known as a ‘goddess dancing on a heavenly stage’ where you will be greeted by breathtaking scenery.
Your tour will take you to a part of China that is unknown to many westerners; the wonderful Nine Villages Valley. Ms. Wendy Wu herself has described this area as one of the most beautiful places she has ever been to. The scenery here is UNESCO World Heritage listed and so remains pristine and protected for all to enjoy.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay. Darwin passengers may depart on Day 2.
DAY 3: SHANGHAI
Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening cruise along the Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine.
DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO TUNXI
Visit the Shanghai Museum where you will see antiques and fine arts. Explore a Silk Museum and Xintiandi with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Later, fly to Huangshan and transfer to the ancient town of Tunxi for an overnight stay.
DAY 5: TUNXI TO MT. HUANG
This morning take a cable car to the summit of Mt. Huang for an overnight stay. Take in the spectacular views of rock formations, thousand-year-old pine trees, seas of clouds and mysterious ever-changing mist.
DAY 6: MT. HUANG TO TUNXI
Descend from the summit of Mt. Huang and travel back to Tunxi at the foot of the mountain to explore the ancient sites.
DAY 7: TUNXI TO ZHANGJIAJIE
Transfer to Huangshan airport to board your flight to Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. Drive to Zhangjiajie, famous worldwide for its natural scenery, unique sandstone pillars and wide variety of flora.
DAY 8: ZHANGJIAJIE
Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Zhangjiajie scenic area, which offers a mix of spectacular limestone formations, sub-tropical forests, waterfalls, mountain ranges and valleys. Visit Huanglong Cave and Huangshi Village.
DAY 9: ZHANGJIAJIE TO CHONGQING
Explore Lake Baofeng and Tianzhi Mountain. Fly to Chongqing. Due to the remoteness of this region, flight schedules and touring are subject to change.
DAY 10: CHONGQING
Visit the Old Town of Ciqikou, an important centre of porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, visit the traditional Erlin Gardens and the General Stilwell Museum.
DAY 11: CHONGQING TO WULONG – BLACK MOUNTAIN VALLEY
Drive to Wulong, visiting Black Mountain Valley en route, where you will follow a path through the spectacular gorge. Be immersed in the natural beauty of this picturesque area with its waterfalls and lush vegetation. Continue to Wulong for a two night stay.
DAY 12: WULONG
Spend the day further exploring some of the most fascinating scenery in China. Visit the Three Bridges National Park, featuring some of the highest natural arches in the world and trek through the Longshuixia Fissure, a deep and narrow valley with sheer cliffs.
DAY 13: WULONG TO CHONGQING
Take another scenic walk in the Wulong area. In the afternoon visit Furong Cave to see the illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Chongqing by road.
DAY 14: CHONGQING TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY
Fly to the breathtaking Nine Villages Valley, known as Jiuzhaigou in Mandarin. The area is heavily forested and home to many protected species. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal clear lakes gather at the foot of every waterfall and and there is an abundance of lush green forests dotted with flowers. You will stay in the valley for three nights to explore its beauty and natural wonder. Please note: you will have a two-day ticket to explore the valley on Days 15-16.
DAYS 15-16: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY
Enjoy the next two days exploring the pristine natural scenery of the Nine Villages Valley. The landscape here is stunning and is a true paradise for photographers and artists. The region takes its name from the nine traditional Tibetan villages scattered throughout the valley.
DAY 17: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO CHENGDU
Explore Huanglong Valley, renowned for its sparkling mineral pools, where beautiful colours intertwine and the water cascades down the mountainside. Visit a Tibetan workshop and then fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
DAY 18: CHENGDU
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the beloved animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. You will also visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum, Wuhou Temple, Nanjiao Park and take a leisurely stroll to explore ancient Jinli Street. Enjoy a sumptuous Sichuan banquet as your farewell dinner this evening.
DAY 19: DEPART CHENGDU
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 20: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"This is the 3rd Wendy Wu tour that I have been on and, as always, I found it excellent"Reviewed:
Mr Ed Schalchlin
This is the 3rd Wendy Wu tour that I have been on and, as always, I found it excellent which was the primary reason why I booked again. AND, I plan to do so again in the future.
My reason for this is that I have comprehensively researched the competition and while no tour operator is perfect, my actual experience is that WWT provides a value travel/tour solution with excellent guides, amenity, and itinerary diversity. Also, air fares are included meaning that they do not have to be sourced and booked separately. This single issue is important to me. I also like the fact that ALL meals and other expenses are included in my tour costs, including set tipping charges Hence, I know where I stand financially when I book and the exclusions are clearly set out. SIMPLE! Also, I like the fact that the total tour cost per day Vs what is ACTUALLY provided on the tour is good value for money. Check the competition and you will see what I mean; with most of the others you have to source air fare travel to a base tour start location and back home. When you do your $$$ assessment the costs get strewn all over the place due air fare cost variations and other inclusion/exclusion issues. Hence, its a minefield!
Overall an excellent tour. I’m busy planning 2013, and beyond.
Travelled on: Dreams of Nature
Dates & Prices
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $741. Please note the Tipping amount of USD98 (AUD107) 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.