Tick off all the experiences on your China bucket list on this epic 10 Day tour! Not only will you step on to the Great Wall and get lost in the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, you’ll also be dazzled by a beautiful jade, pearls and silk, chilling in Suzhou’s Lingering Garden and Li Lake Park, wandering The Bund and sipping Longjing Tea while floating along West Lake. All this, plus you’ll understand more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and get around on a high-speed Bullet Train! China bucket list accomplished!
We’ll get you to and from your holiday with no troubles – all you need to do is pack your bag and make your way to the airport! Enjoy return airfare with a full-service carrier included in the price!
Race to Suzhou on-board a high-speed bullet train in a 2nd class cabin or upgrade to the 1st class cabin.
Enjoy a total of 8 nights deluxe hotel accommodation during your tour. Your stay is sorted as you make your way through China this holiday.
Feast on a delicious breakfast every day when you pull up a seat for breakfast during your tour! For more information check out the itinerary!
The last thing you want to do on your holiday is stress about how you’re going to get from A to B in China. With us, you won’t have to worry! Enjoy group transfers on us this holiday!
Get around in total comfort! Enjoy air-conditioned coach transportation when touring China this holiday as you see the sites without breaking a sweat!
There’s no need to go digging through your pockets for entrance fees this holiday, we’ve got you covered! We’ve included all your sightseeing & entry fees so you can focus on your tour and savour the beauty of China!
Don’t miss out on a thing this holiday! Your tour includes English-speaking tour guide(s) throughout your time in China!
31 July 2019
3 DAY XI’AN TERRACOTTA WARRIORS PACKAGE (PRE-TOUR)
$699 per person twin-share
5 DAY STANDARD YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE PACKAGE (POST-TOUR)
$999 per person twin-share
5 DAY VIP YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE PACKAGE (POST-TOUR)
$1299 per person twin-share
BULLET TRAIN UPGRADE
$199 per person
BUSINESS CLASS AIRFARE
From $2,699 per person
DEPARTURE CITY SURCHARGES
2019 TRAVEL DATES
2020 TRAVEL DATES
XI’AN TERRACOTTA WARRIORS PRE-TOUR EXTENSION (NOT INCLUDED)
Day 1: Australia – Plane – Xi’an (In-flight Meals)
You will be greeted at the airport by a representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Marking the eastern end of the Silk Road, Xi’an is one of the ancient capitals of China, symbolic of ‘Eternal Peace’.
Day 2: Terracotta Warriors & Horses (B)
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum followed by the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory. Unearthed near Xi’an, the thousands of life-size sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses are considered a world wonder. With different facial expressions and weaponry adorning each soldier, the Terracotta Warriors were believed to have been created to accompany the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century and will leave you astounded by the sheer scale of the army. In the evening, enjoy an optional Imperial Dumpling Banquet and Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show (not included).
Day 3: Xi’an – Bullet Train – Beijing (B)
Unearth the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a AAAA scenic spot and World Heritage Site surviving from the Tang dynasty. Although built entirely of stone, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is very delicate in appearance. The top three floors have been damaged, yet it really adds to the appeal of the pagoda. Later, travel to China’s sprawling capital Beijing on a high-speed train.
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Day 1/3: Australia – Plane – Beijing (In-flight Meals)
Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 2/4: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City (B)
Visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and the venue of the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Acclaimed as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, it is the foreground to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otherwise known as the Imperial Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is the citadel of China’s last 24 Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was the political and ritual centre of China. Cap off the day with an opportunity to attend a legendary large-scale musical drama, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).
Day 3/5: Great Wall of China (B, L)
Continue your educational journey of China’s fascinating history with a stop at a Jade Museum to observe skilled artisans carve intricate designs. With more than four thousand years of history, jade stone in Chinese culture symbolises preciousness and beauty, and embodies the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom and compassion. Before long, you will drive through the mountainous countryside to one of the top archaeological wonders of the world, the iconic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, an accessible and gentle stretch meandering over 3500 miles of China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert. Immerse yourself with an optional tour to experience Beijing’s 700-year old Hutongs or narrow alleys by old-fashioned rickshaw with local dinner (not included), including a visit to a local family to witness the daily lives of the people living in a courtyard-style houses.
Day 4/6: Beijing – Bullet Train – Suzhou (B)
Today is your chance to become experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5000-year-old practice that incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. Based on the concept of a connection between mind, body and environment to prevent and manage diseases, elements of its natural and holistic approach are widely adopted in Western medicine. With your mind and body at ease, travel to the harmonious city of Suzhou, often described as the ‘Venice of the East’ for its classical gardens, palaces, canals and bridges.
Day 5/7: Suzhou – Wuxi (B)
China is the largest silk producer in the world and Suzhou is renowned for its exquisite quality silk. Today you can witness the delicate silk-making process from silkworm cocoons at the Silk Spinning Factory and testify that the handmade quilts are as light as feather. Then take a stroll in the world-famous Lingering Garden, featuring ornate viewing pavilions and a splendid landscape of water and striking rockeries. You have an opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Travel to Wuxi, the ‘land of fish and rice’, to conclude the day at famous Nanchang Street, an ancient thoroughfare showcasing the juxtaposition of traditional and modern living.
Day 6/8: Wuxi – Hangzhou (B)
Gain an insight into China’s enormous manufacturing and production capabilities with a visit to a Pearl Factory to learn about freshwater pearls, a key export commodity with great cultural significance since the Han dynasty. Then take in the pleasant sounds at Li Lake Park, home to egrets and many rare species of birds, and the wonderful scenery of picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China. Top off your evening with a spectacular “Impression West Lake” show (not included) staged entirely upon the open-air of the West Lake with a backdrop of natural mountains and real water – a truly captivating artistic masterpiece of music, light and dance produced by the theatrical director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
Day 7/9: Hangzhou – Shanghai (B)
Described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’, Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China. Learn how to make local specialty Longjing Tea at a tea house while immersed in the stunning natural scenery of the village surrounds. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the UNESCO-listed West Lake where you will see the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow-draped islands. Next, transfer to cosmopolitan metropolis Shanghai to visit the famous Bund, a five-block riverfront promenade of shops and commercial buildings. Modern mega high-rises on the east and traditional European-style architecture on the west are divided by the Huangpu River. Complete a memorable evening with the option to attend a spectacular Chinese acrobatic show, “ERA: The Intersection of Time” or “SPIRAL” (not included), widely praised as the best acrobatic show in Shanghai.
Day 8/10: Shanghai (B)
Today is free at leisure or you may join a Shanghai Day Tour with Maglev Train Experience (not included) to soak up Shanghai’s best sights including Shanghai Bazaar where you can shop for last minute souvenirs, the affluent streets of Xintiandi composed of old-style Shikumen residences and modern architecture, and the world’s fastest commercially operating train with a top speed of 390km/h. Last but not least, one of the best ways to enjoy the extraordinary evening scenery along the Huangpu River is to take a charming “Huangpu River Cruise” (not included).
Day 9/11: Shanghai – Plane – Australia (B, In-flight Meals)
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Day 10/12: Arrive Australia
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE POST-TOUR EXTENSION (NOT INCLUDED)
Day 9/11: Shanghai – Bullet Train – Yichang – Yangtze River Cruise (B)
Transfer to the railway station for a high-speed train ride to Yichang, known as ‘Gateway to the Three Gorges’, an important trading port along the majestic Yangtze River. Then transfer to your Yangtze River Cruise ship.
Day 10/12: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges Dam (B, L, D)
Experience your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. Enjoy a captain’s welcome party and cultural activities in the evening. Optional shore excursion: Tribe of the Three Gorges (not included) – the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, showcasing the Ba and Shu Cultures.
Day 11/13: Yangtze River Cruise – Shennong Stream (B, L, D)
Enjoy a shore excursion to Shennong Stream, a mysterious and narrow tributary famous for its picturesque scenery and announced a National AAAAA Tourist Attraction. All along the stream are signs of ancient Chinese civilisation and nature’s splendour characterised by steep ridges and peaks, massive caves, wildflowers, plank roads built along cliffs and ancient hanging coffins. Be prepared to take in the elegance of Wu Gorge and the beauty of Qutang Gorge, the defining highlights of your cruise. Optional shore excursion: White Emperor City (not included) – White Emperor City is an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River.
Day 12/14: Yangtze River Cruise – Jade Emperor Scenic Area (B, L, D)
Escape to your final shore excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area in Fengdu, a recently debuted shore excursion. The sacred site features a 100-foot-tall statue depicting the Jade Emperor, an important deity in Chinese Taoism, and more than 200 Taoist and Buddhist sculptures. You will be farewelled in the evening with a captain’s banquet. Optional shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (not included) – Fengdu Ghost City is regarded as the ‘City of Ghosts’. The temples built on Ming Mountain depict punishment instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.
Day 13/15: Yangtze River Cruise – Chongqing – Plane – Australia (B, In-flight Meals)
Disembark the cruise ship at Chongqing, known as the ‘Mountain City’ of China, and transfer to the airport.
Day 14/16: Arrive Australia
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