Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai
- Walk on the incredible Great Wall near Beijing
- Sit by tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou, beloved by Marco Polo
- Stroll in one of the finest Chinese classical gardens in Suzhou
- Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai
- Enjoy a wide range of optional shows, activities, and special meals
This package offers an ultra low-cost opportunity to discover China’s ancient history, rich culture, delicate cuisine, thriving industries, and modern architecture. Walk along the Great Wall and unfold the mystery of the Forbidden City in China’s capital Beijing, discover the exquisite cities Wuxi, Suzhou, and Hangzhou – known for their lakes, canals, and classical gardens. Finally, immerse yourself in dynamic and cosmopolitan Shanghai. A range of optional activities, such as shows, cruises, and special meals, are available for you to tailor your holiday to your satisfaction.
After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square in the centre of Beijing. The square is named after the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its north, which provides entry to the famed Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. You may also wish to take an optional Forbidden City Tour (at your own expense). You’ll discover the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece, and is home to the fascinating National Palace Museum.Optional activities;
- Peking Duck Lunch ($50): Dine on Peking Duck.
- Forbidden City Tour ($85): Explore the ancient and imposing heart of China’s imperial past.
- Authentic Old Beijing Tour, with Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour, and Dinner ($115): The Temple of Heaven is recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is an architectural masterpiece, and was built between 1406 and 1460 AD. The temple was used by China’s emperors for ceremonies honouring the god of harvests. Then, take a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s ancient Hutong neighbourhoods, and visit a local family. This package also includes a traditional Beijing Noodle dish – zhajiangmian (fried bean sauce noodles) meal at a local restaurant. A speciality of Beijing, zhajiangmian is cooked by mixing noodles with vegetables and fried soybean sauce.
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! You’ll have a chance to climb a portion of this 6,000km marvel, at Juyong Pass. Then tour the iconic Beijing 2008 Olympic Centre; which includes the famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadiums, which now host many spectacular events. You’ll see these magnificent structures from the outside, providing a perfect photo opportunity. You’ll visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en route, and after lunch, see skilled artisans work at a cloisonné factory.Optional activity
- The Golden Mask Dynasty ($75): Be amazed by the colour, music, and action of this large-scale stage production (evening).
Suzhou has long been known as the ‘Venice of the East’, for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, tour the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the largest silk factory in the country, and discover how silk is manufactured from mulberry-munching silkworms. You may also take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) and view life along this section of the longest and oldest canal in the world. Late afternoon, we continue to Wuxi and visit Three Kingdoms City, which is a major CCTV (China Central Television) production studio, and a renowned tourist attraction. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a historical TV series, was filmed there.Optional activity
- Grand Canal Cruise ($45): Cruise on China’s Grand Canal, at 1,776km long and reaching all the way to Beijing, this massive engineering feat was unparalleled in the ancient world.
This morning, tour beautiful Li Lake (Lihu), which is the most scenic corner of Wuxi’s huge Lake Tai (Taihu), followed by a visit to a freshwater pearl exhibition and store. Continue on to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, You may take an optional cruise on the serene West Lake (Xihu), which the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, and is noted for its scenic beauty, which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. In the evening, you may wish to attend Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes.Optional activity
- West Lake Cruise ($55): An optional cruise on the serene West Lake.
- Show: Enduring Memories of Hangzhou ($95): See the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes (season runs Feb-Oct)
Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation, which produces some of the the best ‘Longjing’ Green Tea in China. After lunch we drive to Shanghai. The Bund, on the Huangpu River and lined by historical architecture of European design, is the best place to capture the Western influences of the colonial era. Then, visit the City God Temple Bazaar, which is composed of stores selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine, and souvenirs. Tonight you can watch a thrilling Chinese acrobatic show SPIRAL (at your own expense).Optional activity
- SPIRAL Acrobatic Show ($85): A thrilling Chinese acrobatic show, featuring dance, drama, music, and multimedia effects.
In the morning, tour Shanghai Museum, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade, followed by a visit to an emerald exhibition centre. In the afternoon, you may enjoy an optional half day tour of the Jin Mao Tower and Xintiandi ($85/person). You’ll visit the Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck on the 88th floor, for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund. Xintiandi (New Heaven and Earth) holds the historical and cultural legacy of the city. It was the site of the first congress of the Chinese Communist Party, but is now the most expensive place to live in China. Tonight, you may enjoy an optional Huangpu River night cruise.Optional activity
- Half-day City Tour ($85): Tour the Jin Mao Tower and see the city from the 88-floor observation deck, then visit the famed Xintiandi district.
- Huangpu River night cruise ($75): Get a glimpse of the dazzling night view of Shanghai, with the colonial-era Bund on one side and the futuristic skyscrapers of Lujiazui financial district on the other.
Guaranteed Departure Dates
|2019||Price Per Person Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|07 Aug||23 Oct||
Valued at $1,499
|02 Mar~||01 Jun||31 Aug|
|09 Mar~||08 Jun||07 Sep|
|16 Mar~||15 Jun||14 Sep|
|23 Mar~||22 Jun*||21 Sep**|
|30 Mar*~||29 Jun**||
|06 Apr*||06 Jul*||12 Oct|
|13 Apr*||20 Jul||19 Oct|
|20 Apr||27 Jul||26 Oct|
|04 May||03 Aug||02 Nov|
|11 May||10 Aug||09 Nov|
|18 May||17 Aug|
|25 May||24 Aug|
|* = Peak Season Surcharge $300
** = School Holiday Surcharge $400
~ = Yangtze River Cruise extension is not available
- Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier (China Eastern /Southern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines or similar alternative, subject to availability)
- 8 nights 3-4 star (local rating) hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated on itinerary
- Beijing to Shanghai internal flight or High-speed bullet train from Beijing to Suzhou
- Round trip airport & hotel transfers
- Air conditioned coach transportation.
- Baggage limit: 1 piece 20kg per person
- Selected sightseeing & entrance fees
- English-speaking tour guide(s)
- China visa (required)
- Tipping: $90
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses & anything optional