22 Day Magnificent China
From the Great Wall and Warriors to cruising on the might Yangtze and breakthtaking Li River, this tour encompasses China’s most significant sights as well as spending a little extra time in China’s most exciting cities.
Fully inclusive group tour:
• Return international economy class airfares, taxes and current fuel surcharges (subject to change)
• All meals (20 breakfasts, 19 lunches & 20 dinners)
• All transportation and transfers
• Touring with guides and entrance fees
• Visa fees for Australian passport holders
• Comprehensive tour dossiers
23rd March, 30th March, 01 June, 03rd August, 24th August, 31st August, 02 September, 07th September, 07th October, 12th October.
Additional departures available, seasonal surcharges apply.
Helloworld Exclusive Offer
Up to $100* per person
27 Jan 19,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING
Fly to Beijing, China's historical Capital, for a four-night stay.
DAY 2: IMPERIAL BEIJING
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to discover a complex full of imperial riches. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the warren like hutongs and visit a local family to gain a deeper insight into Chinese culture and local customs. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck.
DAY 3: GREAT WALL
Visit China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. There is no better way to appreciate this incredible structure than a walk along it. Visit a jade factory then savour an afternoon in the idyllic Summer Palace. This evening there is an option to see Kung Fu masters in action (at your own expense).
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: FLY TO XIAN
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. See the delicate Little Wild Goose Pagoda, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a Tang Dynasty dance show.
DAY 6: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang has long intrigued visitors. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-like warriors and the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition where replicas of the statues are created. Next, take an afternoon stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. Also, explore the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter and the many Islamic food stalls.
DAY 7: FLY TO WUHAN
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River cruise vessel.
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 three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another, and take side trips such as the attractive Shennong Stream and Shibaozhai.
DAY 11: OLD CIQIKOU
Disembark in Chongqing and explore old Ciqikou, where the narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu.
DAY 12: GIANT PANDAS
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see and learn about China’s celebrated icons in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Stroll through the vibrant People’s Park with a stop at Matchmaker’s Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, and a hot tea at a traditional tea house. Dine on delicious Sichuan food for dinner.
DAY 13: GUILIN
Enjoy a day at leisure until transferring to the airport for your evening flight to Guilin.
DAY 14: LI RIVER CRUISE
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village 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 a beautiful rural location, surrounded by green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside and stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li River to meet a cormorant fisherman. This afternoon is at leisure. There are many optional activities available including cycling and rafting (at your own expense), or take a relaxing walk through the town.
DAY 16: DISCOVER GUILIN
Travel back to Guilin by road and visit the Reed Flute Caves to admire the stunning colours of the stalagmites and stalactites. It usually takes 1 hour to complete the route and it is very cool inside. The South China Pearl Museum covers the fascinating 1,700-year history of pearling in the South China Sea with displays and demonstrations. There are also beautiful pieces available to buy. Enjoy a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake and visit Sun & Moon Pagodas for a great view over downtown Guilin.
DAY 17: SHANGHAI
Fly to Shanghai for a four-night stay. Later, spend some time in the city’s Xintiandi area, a vibrant entertainment district made up of traditional 19thcentury shikumen architecture.
DAY 18: HISTORIC SUZHOU
Travel to Suzhou. Suzhou is renowned for its gardens – visit one of its finest, the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Cruise the Grand Canal before returning to Shanghai to dine on local cuisine.
DAY 19: DISCOVER SHANGHAI
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis. Visit the Shanghai Museum, People's Square and admire the architecture on the Bund. Later view the city from the Huangpu River during a cruise.
DAY 20: YU GARDEN
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: 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.
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