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Your time in China begins in Beijing, the behemoth and buzzing capital city of China. Start your sightseeing by gazing around in wonder at the size and scale of Tiananmen Square, which is home to some of the city's most popular attractions including the Forbidden City. Leave the city's limits to tick off a bucket list experience: walking a section of the Great Wall of China.
Take bullet train from Beijing (the north capital) to Nanjing (the south capital).
Travel to Suzhou to appreciate why this city of canals and gardens has been a source of inspiration to artists for so many generations. Head to Hangzhou to watch silkworms at work in a silk-spinning mill and also take a boat ride on West Lake. Cleanse the palate with a tea-tasting session at a local tea plantation and finally arrive in Shanghai, a sprawling metropolis that is both China's biggest city and its commercial epicentre.
From AU$1,750 (per person / twin-share)
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Welcome to China! Meet local tour guide upon arrival at Beijing airport. A comfortable transfer will take you to hotel. Free for the rest of the day! Please note: Some flights may depart the day before.
Start your day off with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the most spectacular public plazas in the world.
Continue to the Forbidden City, a 15th-century palace complex which now houses a museum full of collections from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Then you will be free for the rest of the day, or choose to join optional tour as follows (multiple choice is possible).
# Hutong Life Tour: This tour will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. You are invited to visit a local family's house to experience authentic Beijing life.
# Temple of Heaven Tour: Explore the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest and most representative existing masterpiece amongst China's ancient sacrificial buildings. Step back in time as you admire the long wall enclosing the place where emperors of many dynasties held their Heaven Worship Ceremonies. You may also have the opportunity to learn and practice Tai Chi boxing.
# Peking-Duck Dinner: An authentic Peking-duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. This famous roasted duck dish dates back to the Ming Dynasty, some 600 years ago. Peking duck is named after Beijing Peking is an older spelling.
# Beijing Kung Fu Show: The legend of Kung Fu Show is produced by China's leading performance company and the best of China's Kung Fu practitioners have been found for this show. Visually stunning with a great story line and martial arts skills.
After enjoying your breakfast, head north of the city to visit the famous Juyong Pass segment of the Great Wall of China. Surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains, this part of the wall stands out for its stunning Cloud Platform gate a white marble fortification standing at 9.5 metres tall. Make a stop at the largest Jade carving factory in Beijing to learn how Jade was used to create finest ornaments for Chinese imperial dynasties. Visit the site of the 2008 Olympic Games and marvel at structures such as the Bird's Nest and Water Cube, then unwind with a stop at a traditional Chinese medicine centre.
# Summer Palace Tour: The Summer Palace is the summer resort for the Qing dynasty's royal family. It is covered 3/4 with the water, the rest are hills and palaces. The Long corridor is the longest corridor in the world. From the eastern end, Moon invited gate you can see it is like straight line, then it's twisting and turning like in the wonderland. On the right side of the Long corridor, it is a beautiful lake. After this you will enjoy a visit to the famous Houhai area.
# Hot-pot Dinner: Hot pots are a winter specialty in the north of China. Cooked in water or soup in pots made of copper, aluminium or clay are usually such food as lamb, beef, fish, shrimps, bean curd products and fresh vegetables. In Beijing, the most popular is the lamb hot pot.
After breakfast, take bullet train from Beijing (the north capital) to Nanjing (the south capital). Meet local guide upon arrival and then get driven to the must-visit site of Nanjing. It is Mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat-sun, who is revered as father of the Republic of China, the first democratic regime of China. Visit a local jade shop and see the different jade-carving workmanship between Beijing and Nanjing.
# Confucius Temple Tour: The Confucian Temple in the Qinhuai Scenic Zone refers to the zone along the Qinhuai River around the Confucian Temple. The zone includes the streets and lanes on both banks, residences, nearby historic sites, and scenic sites. This site is referred to by a verse in Liu Yuxi's "Lane of Black-gowned Mansions" that reads "Beneath the eaves of their lordships, oh swallow you used to nest, but now to homes of the commoners you go." Visiting the Confucian Temple, taking a boat tour of the Qinhuai River, dining, and watching the scenery at night are things you must do when you travel to Nanjing.
This morning, take a tour of Grand Bao'en Temple, the second oldest temple in China with a history of over 1500 years, also used to be the largest and the most significant Buddhist temple in China. Visit a crystal artefacts shop and learn how Feng Shui culture is embedded into these exquisite artefacts. Transfer from Nanjing to Suzhou. Dubbed as Oriental Venice, Suzhou is famous for its extraordinary silk products and classic gardens. This afternoon, you will visit Lion Grove Garden, one of Suzhou's Great Four Classic Gardens.
# Grand Canal Cruise: Enjoy a cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal, which is the best way to appreciate the stunning views of a water town.
This morning, you will visit the largest silk factory in Suzhou and see how fabulous silk products are made.
Proceed to Hangzhou. Marco Polo praised it as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Take a boat ride on the picturesque West Lake, the most scenic region of Hangzhou.
# Impression West Lake: Staged entirely upon the lake itself, Impression West Lake (Enduring Memories of Hangzhou), directed by Zhang Yimou, is a grand open-air show of light, music, dance and theatrics. First initiated in 2007, Impression West Lake deploys the lake and its surroundings as props to create a life-like charming background. Through the vividly performed folklores and myths of Hangzhou, Impression West Lake highly exhibits the deep-rooted culture and natural beauty of Hangzhou.
Hangzhou's mild climate makes it an ideal place for tea-planting. This morning, you will visit a famed tea plantation where you could try tea-picking and learn about how tea is processed. Drive to Shanghai and take stroll along the Bund area.
# Huangpu River Cruise: The Huangpu River offers intriguing views of the Bund, Pudong and riverfront activity. Experience the Bund from a different perspective with a river cruise experience. Gaze at the eclectic group of architectural styles that make up the striking Shanghai skyline from the water.
The day is yours to discover exciting Shanghai as you wish. Or you may choose to join the following optional tours (multiple choice is possible).
# Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour: Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town also known as the "pearl stream." Best known for its bridges, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, the various spans are built of wood, marble and stone.
# Shanghai City Tour: This tour takes you to Lujiazui Financial & Trade zone, where the Jinmao Tower is located. Jinmao is with 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, it is literally means "Gold Luxuriance Building" in Chinese. In here, you can find the perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world's modern architectural technology. After this, we will visit another famous site in Shanghai Asia Pafic plaza.
Enjoy one last delicious breakfast this morning, before your Chinese adventure comes to an end. At the appropriate time, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home, unless you choose to extend your stay and continue to explore other mesmerising cities. You'll be returning home with knowledge of a new culture, connections with new friends and memories to last you a lifetime.
Arrive home today.
1. [Beijing] D02 Hutong Life Tour RMB150 / AUD30
2. [Beijing] D02 Temple of Heaven Tour RMB300 / AUD60
3. [Beijing] D02 Peking-Duck Dinner RMB150 / AUD30
4. [Beijing] D02 Beijing Kung Fu Show RMB300 / AUD60
5. [Beijing] D03 Summer Palace Tour RMB300 / AUD60
6. [Beijing] D03 Hot-pot Dinner RMB150 / AUD30
7. [Nanjing] D04 Confucius Temple Tour RMB330 / AUD65
8. [Suzhou] D05 Grand Canal Cruise RMB225 / AUD45
9. [Hangzhou] D06 Impression West Lake RMB550 / AUD110
10. [Shanghai] D07 Huangpu River Cruise RMB225 / AUD45
11. [Shanghai] D08 Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour RMB550 / AUD110
12. [Shanghai] D08 Shanghai City Tour RMB550 / AUD110
*The amount in AUD is subject to the currency exchange rate and it may change at any time without advance notice.