AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING | MEALS: IN-FLIGHT

Fly to Beijing via connecting cities and transfer to the hotel. Note: Some flights may depart the night before.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SHANGHAI – AUSTRALIA | MEALS: N/A

Conclude your memorable tour with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight via connecting cities.

AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Day1

AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING | MEALS: IN-FLIGHT

Fly to Beijing via connecting cities and transfer to the hotel. Note: Some flights may depart the night before.

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.

Day2

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.

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.

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 – AUSTRALIA | MEALS: N/A

Conclude your memorable tour with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight via connecting cities.

Day 11

AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

IMPORTANT NOTES

#   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)

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (NOT INCLUDED)

City & Day Activities Price (per person)
Beijing (Day 02) Forbidden City Tour 78 AUD/390 RMB
Beijing (Day 02) Peking Duck Dinner 38 AUD/190 RMB
Beijing (Day 03) “The Golden Mask Dynasty” or “Kong Fu Legend” Show 73 AUD/365 RMB
Beijing (Day 04) Hutong Life & Panda House Tour 78 AUD/390 RMB
Wuxi (Day 06) Grand Canal Cruise 33 AUD/165 RMB
Suzhou (Day 06) Western Buffet Dinner 48 AUD/240 RMB
Hangzhou (Day 07) Impression West Lake 78 AUD/390 RMB
Shanghai (Day 08) Huangpu River Cruise 38 AUD/190 RMB
Shanghai (Day 09) Jin Mao Tower, Xintiandi & Maglev Train Tour 68 AUD/340 RMB
Shanghai (Day 09) Chinese Acrobatic Show 73 AUD/365 RMB

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