China

A Glimpse of China Ex SYD & MEL

Tour Code: GC Ex Syd
Prices start from: $999 per person

10 Days  Valued Journey

Day

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1: AUSTRALIA / BEIJING

Depart Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for Beijing. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for three nights at the Friendship Hotel or similar. (Brisbane passengers surcharge $250 applies)

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2: BEIJING - Forbidden City

Your exploration of Beijing begins at the vast open Tiananmen Square in the heart of the city. Stroll through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, the world’s best preserved imperial palace complex and the residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming through to the Qing dynasties. This extraordinary walled complex, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years and is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax at the hotel or continue exploring Beijing. Optional Tour: See the charm of old Beijing through the ‘Hutongs’ – the back alleys. (Cost: $52 per person)

Meals: Breakfast 1

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3: BEIJING - Jade Museum & The Great Wall

Today, the first stop will be at a local jade carving workshop to learn about the history of Chinese jade culture. Then an exciting visit to China’s most iconic symbol – the Great Wall. Once you set foot on the wall, you will be impressed by the longest, oldest and most labour-intensive projects in mankind’s history. Climb the ramparts of this ancient wonder to view the beautiful mountain passes, plateaus and grasslands from atop this 7th century defensive fortification. Optional Tour: ‘The Golden Mask Dynasty’ performance. (Cost $60 per person)

Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1

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4: BEIJING / WUXI (High-speed train experience)

This morning visit Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. Enjoy some free time to shop in Wangfujing, one of the most famous shopping streets in Beijing. Then transfer to the railway station and enjoy a 6-hour high-speed train journey from Beijing to Wuxi. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for one night at Swiss Bel Hotel or similar.

Meals: Breakfast 1

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5: WUXI / SUZHOU

This morning visit Li Lake Park and view Taihu Lake, the second biggest fresh water lake of China. Make a stop at Freshwater Cultured Pearl Factory and then drive to Suzhou, known for its canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Visit Shantang Street, a prosperous ancient street block built in 852 AD where you will see many featured old houses selling local food, delicate handicrafts and feel the real flavour of old Suzhou and Wu culture in ancient times. Stay one night at Vienna International Hotel or similar. Optional Tour: Grand Canal Cruise. (Cost $36 per person)

Meals: Breakfast 1

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6: SUZHOU / HANGZHOU

See lovely gardens and waterways as you admire the Lingering Garden. Later visit the Silk Spinning Factory for an insight into the history of Chinese silk manufacturing. Continue a coach ride to Hangzhou where you will spend one night at the Brain International Hotel or similar. Hangzhou – renowned as ‘heavenly beauty’ and later today, you will enjoy a leisurely cruise on the West Lake.

Meals: Breakfast 1

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7: HANGZHOU / SHANGHAI

Hangzhou is the tea capital of China, you will take a drive to a local Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village as well as enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about the authentic tea culture and learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, detailed process of stir-frying tea and tasting. Followed by a coach journey to Shanghai for two nights at the Holiday Inn Express or similar. Upon arrival, explore this gracious and cosmopolitan city, visit the old charm of the Bund as you walk along the park-like waterfront promenade with gorgeous views of the old and new Shanghai. Optional Tour: Watch a superb Chinese Acrobatic Show - ERA “The Intersection of Time”. (Cost per person: A$71)

Meals: Breakfast 1

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8: SHANGHAI

This morning step back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 ancient Chinese artifacts on display. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. Optional Tours: Half Day: Yu Garden, Old Town and Xintiandi. (Cost $35 per person) Huangpu River Night Cruise. (Cost A$44 per person)

Meals: Breakfast 1

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9: SHANGHAI / AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a day at leisure to further explore this cosmopolitan city. This afternoon, your incredible journey through China comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Meals: Breakfast 1

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10: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Economy class airfare to/from China 
  • Economy class high speed train from Beijing to Wuxi
  • 8-nights 4 star Hotel accommodation 
  • 8 Breakfasts & 1 Lunch
  • Specified sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Taxes, security and fuel surcharges 
  • English speaking guide
  • Travel kit

April

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August

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September

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Important Notes

To take advantage of the FREE airfare offer, travellers from Adelaide will need to take a domestic flight to and from either Sydney or Melbourne.

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Highlights

  • See the extraordinary walled complex – the Forbidden City
  • Climb China’s most iconic symbol – the Great Wall
  • Experience the high-speed bullet train
  • Learn about the authentic Chinese tea culture
  • Appreciate the traditional Chinese Garden in Suzhou
  • Marvel over the old charm of The Bund