$2,970.00 Per person twin share (member)
$3,060.00 Per person twin share (non member)
Other departures available.
- All meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 8 dinners)
- International Flights and taxes
- Domestic transportation
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- Visa fee for Australian passport holders
- Tipping (paid locally)
The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China's glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.
- Soak up the old world charms of Zhujiajiao water town
- Explore Shanghai’s atmospheric old town and Yu Gardens
- Marvel at sparkling Shanghai during an evening river cruise
- Survey Xian from its ancient city wall
- Embrace your inner archaeologist with the Terracotta Warriors
- Admire imperial Beijing – the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
- Wander through the idyllic Summer Palace
Fly to the city of Shanghai for a three-night stay. Brisbane and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.
Zhujiajiao Water Town Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai's sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town's narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Return to Shanghai and enjoy the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum. Dinner is traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Explore Shanghai Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Today's explorations include the traditional Yu Gardens, the Silk Museum and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise
Fly to Xian Fly to Xian,the ancient former capital. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Terracotta Warriors After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors. See the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition, and later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th -century city walls that enclose Xian's old town.
Fly to Beijing A relaxed morning includes a visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda and time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China's capital city.
Imperial Beijing Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Later soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Watch a Chinese acrobatic show this evening.
Great Wall of China This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese and at a jade factory you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Today's sightseeing is the perfect way to build up your appetite for Beijing's best known delicacy – Peking Duck, after which there is an option to enjoy a Kung Fu show (at your own expense).
Depart Beijing This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. Due to flight schedules, Brisbane and Perth passengers may arrive home on Day 9.