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17-Day China Discovery Tour (XP17)

Accommodation:

  • Beijing: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar
  • Wuxi: Wuxi International Hotel or similar
  • Suzhou: Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar
  • Hangzhou: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar
  • Shanghai: Wassim Hotel or similar
  • Xian: Titan Times Hotel or similar
  • Yangtze River: Victoria cruises
*Accommodation may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard.

2019: Non-high season tour dates

2020: High season tour dates 2020: Non-high season tour dates

Nov: 05

Apr: 23*

May: 07*

Jul: 23*

Aug: 06*

Oct: 08*

Dates with a * incur a surcharge of AUD480 per person

Mar: 12, 26

Apr: 09

May: 21

Jun: 11, 25

Jul: 09

Aug: 20

Sep: 10

Oct: 22

 

Please contact our team for other tour dates.

Route

AU - BEIJING (4N) - WUXI (1N) - SUZHOU (1N) -  HANGZHOU (1N) - SHANGHAI (2N) - Xi'AN (2N) - YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE (4N) - AU


Departure Cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane*, Perth*  or Adelaide*

Tour Highlights

  • Explore China to the fullest, from ancient historical sites to modern bustling city sights
  • Explore the cosmopolitan paradise of Shanghai, known across the world as a food and shopping paradise
  • Discover the charm of beautiful Suzhou
  • Visit the stunning West Lake in the beautiful city of Hangzhou
  • Be amazed by the China's iconic attraction the Great Wall
  • Have an opportunity to visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • Relax on a Yangtze River cruise and discover different scenery each day

Tour Cost:

  • From AU$3,998 (per person / twin-share)
  • Minimum Group Size: 10 people

Inclusions:

  • International return airfares and taxes (economy class)
  • 11-night twin share hotel accommodation
  • 4-night twin share cruise accommodation
  • Intra-China transportation
  • Tours, transfers & admissions as per itinerary * Local English-speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping (industrial tipping $15 per person per day is recommended)
  • Visa to China
  • Travel insurance
  • Applicable surcharge, i.e. optional activities, single supplement & etc.
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary, i.e. laundry, personal items, alcoholic drinks & etc.

Surcharges:

  • High-season surcharge: AUD380 per person
  • Single supplement surcharge: AUD1,050 per person
  • Brisbane interstate surcharge: AUD480 per person
  • Perth interstate surcharge: AUD480 per person
  • Adelaide interstate surcharge: AUD580 per person

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the essential trip information relating to your tip prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the trip you are undertaking.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

DAY 1: ARRIVING BEIJING | MEALS: IN-FLIGHT

Fly to Beijing via connecting cities and transfer to the hotel.
Note: Some flights may depart prior to day 1.


Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be picked up by one of our professional and friendly tour guides and be transferred to your hotel. Beijing, China's massive capital, has a history stretching back three millennia. Yet since the 2008 Olympic Games, it's known for its modern architecture as well as ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

DAY 2: BEIJING | MEALS: B

After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, the second-largest public square in the world! Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen ("Gate of Heavenly Peace") located to the north of the square, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People's Heroes, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong, and holds great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Forbidden City Tour:
Hailed as landmark of Beijing and the centre of imperial China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Forbidden City is a great place to be if you want to learn about Chinese culture and history.

Peking Duck Dinner:
Authentic Peking Duck Banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.

DAY 3: BEIJING | MEALS: B

Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. This is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was the northern route to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there is plenty of time to learn about the wall's constriction and you'll have the chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km marvel. On the way back to Beijing, we stop at one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia. Then, after lunch see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonné is a famous traditional enamel ware, known as the 'Blue of Jingtai' in China, with a history of over 500 years.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Musical Performance:
"The Golden Mask Dynasty" Show or "Kong Fu Legend" Show

DAY 4: BEIJING | MEALS: B

Enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors followed by a visit to the Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage which has existed for thousands of years.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Hutong Life & Panda House Tour:
A rickshaw 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. Next, visit the Panda House in Beijing Zoo to see China's adorable national treasure the Giant Panda.

DAY 5: BEIJING - WUXI | MEALS: B

Take a high speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with natural attractions. Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the 'Land of Fish and Rice'. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, we will stroll along the trendy yet traditional Nanchang Street composed of both ancient and modern architecture juxtaposed with the peacefulness of the waterside town and fashionable life of Wuxi.

DAY 6: WUXI - SUZHOU | MEALS: B

This morning visit one of the largest freshwater pearl exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges, and meticulously designed gardens. Suzhou has been referred to as 'Paradise on Earth' by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. It is also known as the 'Garden City' due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty. Visit the Lingering Garden, which is among the finest in China.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Grand Canal Cruise:
Take a cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage listed Grand Canal of over a thousand years to view life along what was known as 'China's golden waterway' in its heyday.

Western Buffet Dinner:
Enjoy a sumptuous western style buffet dinner with at your hotel, a relaxing way to wind down the day.

DAY 7: SUZHOU - HANGZHOU | MEALS: B

This morning visit a silk spinning mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Impression West Lake:
This evening, enjoy an open-air performance, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony.

DAY 8: HANGZHOU - SHANGHAI | MEALS: B

Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis and the commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architecture of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Huangpu River Cruise:
Cruising on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai.

DAY 9: SHANGHAI  | MEALS: B

This morning, visit the Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. The rest of the afternoon is at your own leisure, or you may join our optional programs.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Jin Mao Tower, Xintiandi & Maglev Train Tour:
Visit the Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund. Then explore the affluent Xintiandi area, before experiencing the world's fastest commercially operating train, with a top speed of 431km/h.

Chinese Acrobatic Show:
ERA The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL - Tonight you can watch a stunning Chinese acrobatic show combining Chinese arts and modern technology, comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Musical.

DAY 10: SHANGHAI - XI'AN | MEALS: B

Today you will travel to Xi'an. It is an ancient city in China and records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. In the evening, you can treat yourself by joining our suggested optional activities.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Dumpling Feast & Tang Dynasty Cultural Show:
Xi'an was the China's capital city during the Tang Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty culture plays a significant part of sharping today's Chinese local culture. You will be fascinating by the Tang Dynasty culture during the show while enjoying the signature local Chinese food dumplings. You will be surprised how many types of dumpling are serving during the feast.

DAY 11: LEISURE DAY | MEALS: B

Today is a leisure day. Alternatively, you can join the optional Terracotta Warriors excursion and discover the secret of this mysterious Chinese historical master piece.

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Terracotta Warriors Excursion:
During this tour, you will visit the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors in the company of our professional and experienced local guide. You may also have the opportunity of meeting the man who discovered the Warriors and learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. Followed by a visit to the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious local snacks and souvenirs are available for purchase.

DAY 12: XI'AN - YICHANG | MEALS: B

Today you will travel to Yichang to board the Victoria Cruise Boat your home for the next four nights as you sail along the Yangtze River. Settle into your room, then perhaps join your friends in the bar for a drink.

DAY 13: THREE GORGES DAM PROJECT | MEALS: B, L, D

Start your first day of cruising with a delicious on-board breakfast before disembarking to the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric power station, then press through the Xiling Gorge the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges. This evening, you'll be greeted on the ship with a captain's welcome banquet and a riveting evening of entertainment.

Optional Shore Excursion (Not Included)
Tribe of The Three Gorges:
Embark on an tour to meet some of the tribes of the Three Gorges if you wish.

DAY 14: SHENNONG STREAM | MEALS: B, L, D

Transfer to another vessel and begin a relaxing excursion through the beautiful gorges of the Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, you may end up travelling to the gorges of Shennong Stream instead. Continue to Wu Gorge, quietly beautiful with forest-covered mountains and sheer cliffs surrounding its waters. You'll then continue to Qutang Gorge, the area's shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge.

Optional Shore Excursion (Not Included)
White Emperor City:
Visit the ancient White Emperor City overlooking the Qutang Gorge during the day, just let your tour guide know if you're interested.

DAY 15: FENGDU JADE EMPEROR | MEALS: B, L, D

Today you will visit the Fengdu Jade Emperor. This scenic area fusions of astronomy, history, religion, literature, architecture, art, formed the palace, the temple, hall, tower, corridor, garden culture as core of culture of tourism experience. Return to the ship and continue to pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Tonight enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation for disembarking tomorrow.

Optional Shore Excursion (Not Included)
Fengdu Ghost City:
The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people's imagination of hell. 

DAY 16: CHONGQING - AUSTRALIA | MEALS: B

Today you will disembark the cruise at Chongqing, which is known as the Mountain City in China. You can explore this beautiful city at your own pace before travel to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 17: AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

  1. Beijing (Day 02) Forbidden City Tour 78 AUD/390 RMB
  2. Beijing (Day 02) Peking Duck Dinner 38 AUD/190 RMB
  3. Beijing (Day 03) "The Golden Mask Dynasty" or "Kong Fu Legend" Show 73 AUD/365 RMB
  4. Beijing (Day 04) Hutong Life & Panda House Tour 78 AUD/390 RMB
  5. Wuxi (Day 06) Grand Canal Cruise 33 AUD/165 RMB
  6. Suzhou (Day 06) Western Buffet Dinner 48 AUD/240 RMB
  7. Hangzhou (Day 07) Impression West Lake 78 AUD/390 RMB
  8. Shanghai (Day 08) Huangpu River Cruise 38 AUD/190 RMB
  9. Shanghai (Day 09) Jin Mao Tower, Xintiandi & Maglev Train Tour 68 AUD/340 RMB
  10. Shanghai (Day 09) Chinese Acrobatic Show 73 AUD/365 RMB
  11. Xi'an (Day 10) Dumpling Feast & Tang Dynasty Cultural Show 65 AUD/300 RMB
  12. Xi'an (Day 11) Terracotta Warriors Excursion 110 AUD/480 RMB
  13. Yangtze River Cruise (Day 13) Tribe of The Three Gorges (arranged by the cruise)
  14. Yangtze River Cruise (Day 14) White Emperor City (arranged by the cruise)
  15. Yangtze River Cruise (Day 15) Fengdu "Ghost City" (arranged by the cruise)

*The amount in AUD is subject to the currency exchange rate and it may change at any time without advance notice.

  • Airlines: China Southern, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines or similar
  • Flight Class Upgrades: 2900 AUD per person (strictly subject to airline availability)
  • Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people
  • Child Policy: no child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with adults.
  • Unaccompanied Minors: not allowed
  • Bedding Configuration: double or twin (subject to availability)