China Trailblazer – Fly Free to China

Take a journey like no other. This is your chance to see the classical sights and also explore a different side to this beautiful country – be it from the back of a bicycle; on a hike through serene countryside, or walk through buzzing city streets.

Price Includes

Active Immerse Yourself Tour:
• Return international economy class airfares, taxes and current fuel surcharges (subject to change)
• Most meals (19 breakfasts, 18 lunches & 12 dinners) 
• Accommodation
• All transportation and transfers
• Touring with guides and entrance fees
• Visa fees for Australian passport holders
• Comprehensive tour dossiers

Bonus

Fly Free* to China

Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer: Discount of $100* per person

Room/Cabin information
Twin Share
Travel Dates

06 May, 20 May, 09 Sep and 23 Sep 2018

Other departures available between Mar and Nov, seasonal surcharges apply.


Offer Ends

21 Jan 18,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Destinations
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Itinerary

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly to Beijing, China’s historic capital, for an overnight stay.

DAY 2: BEIJING’S HUTONGS
This morning visit Yandaixiejie where you’ll have some free time to wander the hutongs; these narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of the old Beijing, before the emergence of high-rise buildings and modern commerce. Visit the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they take part in Tai Chi, dancing and card playing in a flurry of sociable activity you would never see in a park at home. Continue to the Summer Palace and explore the magnificent grounds, before taking a short hike up Longevity Hill to enjoy panoramic views. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: FORBIDDEN CITY
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Walking through this ornately designed complex offers an unsurpassed insight into China’s colourful past. Drive to Simatai Great Wall where you will sail up to the apex of the Wall by cable car to see the sunset. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: HIKE THE GREAT WALL
Travel to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, a section that is much less frequented by tourists than other parts. The stark yet magnificent surroundings allow you to put yourself in the shoes of those who walked this incredible edifice hundreds of years ago. Your trek will last approximately four hours as the wall improbably courses through dramatic landscapes and rugged terrain. Later, head back to Beijing, where you’ll have free time. (B,L)

DAY 5: XIAN
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. Explore the narrow and twisting streets of the Muslim Quarter. The evening is at leisure – Defu Lane offers a vibrant atmosphere at night. (B,L)

DAY 6: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS AND CYCLING ON THE CITY WALL
The ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China’s first Emperor in the afterlife. Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers’ fascinating story. Continue to the ancient city wall for a cycle on the fortifications surrounding the heart of the city. Tonight, dine on Xian’s traditional and delicious dumplings. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: TRAVEL TO YICHANG
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang. Later board your Yangtze Cruise vessel, home for the next four nights. (B,L,D)

DAYS 8-10: YANGTZE CRUISE
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. A three-day voyage along China’s riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing one breathtaking panorama after another. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: CIQIKOU ANCIENT TOWN
Disembark your cruise vessel and enjoy an early lunch in the charming old town of Ciqikou – there’s time to wander the cobbled alleyways and learn about its colourful history. Take a bullet train to Chengdu. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: PINGLE ANCIENT TOWN
Drive to Pingle Ancient Town. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge. Return to Chengdu. (B,L,D)

DAY 13: DUJIANGYAN PANDA BASE
Visit one of the world’s finest panda conservation centres. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Later, ascend Mt Qingcheng, the most holy Taoist mountain in China, by cable car. It is a truly beautiful spot with numerous peaks covered with lush greenery and secluded temples. Take a stroll among the mystic scenery of Yuecheng Lake. (B,L,D)

DAY 14: SUN AND MOON PAGODAS
Take an early morning flight to Guilin. Enjoy a walk around the picturesque Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon Pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture. (B,L)

DAY 15: RICE TERRACES
Wake up to stunning views of the misty, stepped hills of Longji. Today’s full-day hike among the terraces will take you past small hamlets and picture-postcard views of the rice terraces which cover
the landscape in intricate patterns. Whether full of water or bursting with rice plants, a walk in Longji provides an unforgettable experience of rural China. Return to Guilin where the evening is at leisure. (B,L)

DAY 16: LI RIVER CRUISE
Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with the most dramatic, sci-fi style limestone cliffs on the planet, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. This evening there is an option to be wowed by the light spectacular ‘Sanjie Liu’ (at your own expense). (B,L,D)

DAY 17: TAI CHI SESSION AND AFTERNOON AT LEISURE
Start the day with a relaxing yet invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking time with a master to learn this ancient martial art. This afternoon there is the option of riding a bicycle through the countryside or join an optional bamboo rafting trip along the Yulong River (at your own expense) – another chance to really soak up the unspoiled surroundings and explore every corner of this exquisite location. (B,L)

DAY 18: SHANGHAI
Drive back to Guilin. Go from the serene to the supercharged as you fly to Shanghai. This evening cruise down the Huangpu River being serenaded by the neon lights of Pudong. (B,L)

DAY 19: SHANGHAINESE SHANGHAI
Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai, and take a breakfast walking tour between coruscating skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the city’s most fascinating districts before enjoying breakfast as the locals do – sample pancakes, friedbread sticks and tofu. Visit the classical Yu Garden, the old town and the Silk Museum before taking an evening stroll along the Bund. Enjoy a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. (B,L,D)

DAYS 20-21: SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIA
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day. (B)


Helloworld Terms & Conditions

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 03 Jan 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings from Fly Free and $100 discount offer are included in the advertised price. Valid for new bookings only. Subject to availability of airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class. Surcharges apply once airfare is sold out. Pre-flight seat allocation is not available. Flight restrictions and blackout dates apply. Airline fuel surcharge & taxes included in tour price and subject to change. Due to airline schedules, passengers may require extra nights’ accommodation at an additional expense. For imminent departures, urgent visa fees may apply, or passengers may be required to source visas independently. A deposit of $99 per person is due within 3 days of booking. A second payment of $1000 for the airfare portion is due within 4 weeks of the initial deposit and by 15 Mar 2018. All airfares are ticketed upon receipt of the second deposit and any changes made after ticketing may incur an amendment and/or cancellation free and, in some cases tickets are non-refundable. Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB450 (AU$90) is paid locally in China. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer except loyalty discount. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Cathay Pacific Conditions of Carriage, Wendy Wu Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.