Magnificent China - Early Bird 2020 Specials
China is home to a great number of magnificent and world-renowned sights. This tour incorporates them all – visit the pandas and admire the Great Wall and Terracotta Army, then cruise along the Yangtze and Li Rivers. Our Magnificent China itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
• 22 days touring exploring Beijing to Shanghai
• 4 night Yangtze River Cruise and Day Cruise on the Li River
• All main meals, entrance fees and airport transfers
• Visa Fees for Australian Passport holders
• Giant Pandas in Chengdu Conservation Centre
14 March 2020
Save up to $600* per person
22 Aug 19,
unless sold out prior.
DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly to Beijing, China’s historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 2: IMPERIAL BEIJING
This morning, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to discover a complex full of imperial riches. Take a rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys of the warren-like hutongs and learn more about living in this traditional area. This evening, sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck.
DAY 3: THE GREAT WALL
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. Spend the afternoon at the idyllic Summer Palace, wandering through traditional Chinese gardens and seeing the exquisite architecture.
DAY 4: TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
Spend the morning soaking up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape and mingle with the locals as they practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards.
DAY 5: TANG DYNASTY DANCING
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a Tang Dynasty dance show.
DAY 6: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Workshop to see where the warriors are intricately recreated. Later this afternoon, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. Also explore the narrow and winding streets of the atmospheric Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Here, you will gain an insight into the city's fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road.
DAY 7: BOARD YOUR CRUISE
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel, where you will stay for the next four nights.
DAYS 8-10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
The Three Gorges Dam showcases a massive feat of engineering but as we cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next few days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Enjoy a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Stream and a shore excursion to Shibaozhai or Fengdu.
DAY 11: OLD CIQIKOU
Disembark in Chongqing and explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer by road to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.
DAY 12: GIANT PANDAS
Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about China's celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the Reserve's breeding programme. Also stroll through the vibrant People’s Park with a stop at Matchmaker’s Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, ending with a visit to a traditional tea house. Tonight, dine on delicious Sichuanese food.
DAY 13: GUILIN
Fly to the beautiful city of Guilin and discover the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Cave.
DAY 14: LI RIVER CRUISE
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming town of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen.
DAY 15: YANGSHUO
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside and stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. This afternoon is at leisure where you can choose from the many optional activities available including cycling, bamboo rafting and hiking (at your own expense).
DAY 16: DISCOVER GUILIN
Travel back to Guilin and enjoy a walk around Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture. Continue to the South China Pearl Factory to see the fascinating 1,700-year history of pearling in the South China Sea with displays and demonstrations.
DAY 17: FLY TO SHANGHAI
Fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also know as the 'Paris of the East'. Later, spend some time in the city’s Xintiandi area, a vibrant entertainment district made up of traditional 19th Century Shikumen architecture.
DAY 18: HISTORIC SUZHOU
Travel to Suzhou, renowned for its gardens – visit one of its finest, the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Cruise the Grand Canal before returning to Shanghai for a dinner of Shanghainese cuisine.
DAYS 19-20: EXPLORE SHANGHAI
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide. Visit the Shanghai Museum, People's Square and admire the architecture on the Bund. Later, view the city from the Huangpu River on a cruise. The next day visit the Silk Factory, the classical Yu Garden and stop in the Old Town before exploring futuristic Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the ERA acrobatic show.
DAYS 21-22: FLY SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIAFly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 23 July 2019 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 are included in the advertised price. Valid for travel on selected flight inclusive 2020 group tours from selected Australian cities. Savings based on availability of partner airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class. Surcharges apply once seats are sold out. Advance seat selection on flights is not available. Airline fuel surcharge (where applicable) included, and subject to change. All services are subject to availability. Due to airline connections, extra nights’ accommodation may be required at additional expense. A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due within 5 days of booking or quote is not guaranteed. Balance of payment due 75 days prior to departure. Full payment is required immediately for departures within 75 days. All air is ticketed upon receipt of deposit (or full payment for bookings departing within 75 days). Loyalty discount applies. Customary tipping amount of approximately RMB930 (AU$186) is paid locally in China. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Wendy Wu Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.