Land of the Dragon


Take a relaxed journey through the great sights of China, walking on the Great Wall, admiring the Terracotta Warriors and visiting with the Giant Pandas, while also having plenty of free time and optional excursions to make the holiday your very own.

Members from: $5,275 P.PNon-members from: $5,380 P.PSolo traveller from: $6,650

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Asia

  • Supplier

    Wendy Wu

  • Booking Code

    WWLD

  • Company

    Wendy Wu


Includes


  • BEIJING - Discover the imperial highlights and explore the hutongs of China's capital city

  • LI RIVER - Enjoy a relaxing cruise along this languid river

  • GIANT PANDAS - Gaze upon China's most famous resident at the Chengdu Panda Base

  • SHANGHAI - Taste true Shanghai cuisine on a walking breakfast tour in this captivating city

  • International flights and current taxes

  • All meals (19 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 4 dinners)

  • Domestic transportation

  • Touring with guides and entrance fees

  • Accommodation

  • Visa fees for Australian passport holders


Our Land of the Dragon 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.

Day 1: Australia to Beijing

Fly to Beijing, China’s historic capital city.

Day 2: Imperial Beijing

Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Visit Yandaixiejie, where you’ll have some free time to wander the hutongs. These narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of the old Beijing. Sit down for lunch with one of the families who call the hutongs home. This evening enjoy some free time in the vibrant Houhai district. (B,L)

Day 3: Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Wangfujing

This particularly scenic section of the wall is reached by boat, and boasts spectacular views from the top. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring colourful Wangfujing market, or enjoy an optional Peking Duck dinner (at own expense). (B,L)

Day 4: Summer Palace

Explore the beautifully designed grounds of the Summer Palace including the Long Corridor and the Marble Boat. Spend time strolling around pretty Kunming Lake and walk up wooded Longevity Hill. Enjoy a photo stop at the Olympic Park. (B)

Day 5: Temple of Heaven

Visit the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with Tai Chi, dancing and cards in a flurry of sociable activity. Take the overnight train to Xian. (B,L)

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors

Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China’s first Emperor. Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, while you are introduced to these lifelike soldiers’ fascinating story. Take a walking tour of the Muslim Quarter and maybe sample some of the freshly cooked snacks. With the evening free, why not enjoy a cold beer in Defu Lane or take an optional tour of the city by night (at own expense). (B,L)

Day 7: Xian at Leisure

Today is a day at leisure to explore Xian. There is the option to take a gentle cycle ride that will take you the 14km around Xian’s beautifully preserved city wall, past many smiling locals (at own expense). (B)

Day 8: Fly to Guilin

Fly to Guilin. On arrival explore the magnificent formations of the Reed Flute Cave and browse the displays of the South China Pearl Museum. Later, take a late afternoon stroll around the picturesque Ronghu and Shanhu lakes, mingling with the local people as you go, then head to the vibrant Zhengyang Pedestrian Street where you are free to enjoy dinner and drinks. (B)

Day 9: Guilin at Leisure

Today there is an option to take a four-hour hike in the stunning rice terraces of Longji (at own expense). Walk past small hamlets and picture-postcard views of the terraces which cover the landscape in intricate patterns. Otherwise, spend more time in Guilin. (B)

Day 10: Li River Cruise

Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with dramatic, sci-fi style limestone cliffs, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. Take a walk through this idyllic wonderland and get an insight into life here. Later visit the magnificent Moon Hill. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 11: Yangshuo Tai Chi

Start the day with a relaxing yet invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking time with a master to learn this ancient martial art. You may wish to join an optional bamboo-rafting trip along the Yulong River or cycle through the countryside for one last, tranquil jaunt in Yangshuo (at own expense). (B)

Day 12: Chengdu Like a Local

Return to Guilin and fly to Chengdu. Walk around People’s Park, a hive of activity. See beautiful golden koi, locals dancing and practicing Tai Chi. Visit a teahouse and Matchmaker’s Corner. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy an optional hot pot dinner and 'face changing' show (at own expense). (B,L)

Day 13: Chengdu at Leisure

Today is a day at leisure in Chengdu, with the option of visiting the old town of Pingle (at own expense). Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before viewing the bamboo forest from above on the Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge. (B)

Day 14: Giant Pandas

Spend the morning visiting with the Giant Pandas of Chengdu Research Base. Here you can observe these gorgeous creatures lounging, playing and chomping through piles of bamboo in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Drive to Chongqing and board your Yangtze cruise vessel (B,D).

Days 15 16: Yangtze Cruise

As you cruise downstream the Yangtze nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. A two-day voyage along China’s riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing one breathtaking panorama after another. (B,L,D)

Day 17: Fly to Shanghai

Visit Three Gorges Dam. Disembark, transfer to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)

Day 18: Shanghainese Shanghai

Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai, and take a breakfast walking tour between coruscating skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the city’s most fascinating districts, marvelling at monuments and rickety buildings before enjoying breakfast as the locals do – sample pancakes, fried bread sticks and tofu. Visit Yu Garden, the old town and the Silk Museum before a cruise down the Huangpu River, as you are serenaded by the neon lights of Pudong. (B)

Day 19: Shanghai at Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure in Shanghai. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Zhujiajiao (at your own expense), one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over China. The town’s narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. (B,D)

Days 20 21: Shanghai to Australia

This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day. (B)


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Disclaimer


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.