Our Cities of the Orient itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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Shanghai: Marvel at this sparkling city on a Huangpu River Cruise
The Great Wall: Walk along this incredible modern wonder
Xian: Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Yangtze River Cruise: Take a 3-night voyage and take a glimpse of China's past and present
International flights and current taxes
Touring with guides and entrance fees
All meals in China (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 14 dinners)
Day 1: Australia to Beijing
Fly to Beijing with Cathay Pacific Airways for a three-night stay.
Day 2: 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. Explore Beijing’s old hutongs by rickshaw and visit the home of a local family. Eat traditional Peking Duck for dinner and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
Day 3: The Great Wall
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 wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit a jade factory then savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.
Day 4: Temple of Heaven
Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, and wander in the surrounding park where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. Transfer to the airport and fly to the ancient city of Xian. This evening enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 5: 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 and visit the workshop where the warriors are intricately recreated. Stroll along the beautifully preserved 14thcentury city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
Day 6: Bullet Train to Chengdu
A relaxed morning includes time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, take a bullet train to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and home of the Giant Panda.
Day 7: Giant Pandas
A visit to Chengdu’s famous Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Visit the Shu Brocade Museum and take a stroll through People's Park to see Matchmaker’s Corner, where parents search for suitable partners for their children. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Wide and Narrow Alleys.
Day 8: Old Ciqikou
Drive from Chengdu to Chongqing and spend some time wandering the picturesque old alleyways of Ciqikou. Later, board your Yangtze cruise vessel and set sail.
Days 9 11: Yangtze River Cruise
Cruise down the Yangtze through some of China’s most dramatic scenery, particularly the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next two days, prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai. You will see Three Gorges Dam, which showcases a simply massive feat of engineering. Disembark, transfer to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai.
Days 10: Yangtze River Cruise
Days 11: Yangtze River Cruise
Day 12: Explore Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Visit the Yu Garden and old town before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Follow the age-old silk production process at the Silk Museum and take an optional trip on the super-fast Maglev train (at your own expense). This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 13: Fly to Hong Kong
This morning, fly nearly 3 hours to Hong Kong and enjoy a tour of iconic Hong Kong Island. Search for bargains at beachside Stanley Market, before discovering Aberdeen Fishing Village for visions of old-fashioned junks and houseboats, and taking a 15-minute sampan ride through the harbour. Touring around Hong Kong Island is at an easy pace and will last 3-4 hours.
Day 14: Lantau Island
Today, discover Hong Kong’s largest island – Lantau. Transfer to Tung Chung for a stunning cable car ride up to Ngong Ping Plateau. Here, the iconic Tian Tan (Grand) Buddha sits majestically next to the Po Lin Monastery. After, visit the historical fishing village of Tai O and enjoy a short boat ride to see how the Tanka people still live in traditional stilt houses. Sightseeing on Lantau is approximately 6 and a half hours at an easy pace. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner on top of Victoria Peak.
Days 15 16: Hong Kong to Australia
Your day is at leisure until your flight home. Depending on your time of departure there is an optional tour to the New Territories (at your own expense). Visit Plover Cove Country Park and the Sam Mun Tsai Fishing Zone, the Yuen Yuen Institute, Luk Keng bird sanctuary and Tai Mo Shan. Transfer to Hong Kong airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
Tour prices are subject to availability of tour, airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class availability. Prices may differ once airfare is sold out. All services are subject to availability. Please forward a deposit of $300 per person to Wendy Wu Tours or your travel agent to arrive within three days of receiving confirmation that the company is holding space for you. All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.