• Choose your own Adventure with wonderful optional experiences• Discover Beijing's hutongs• Stroll along the Great Wall• Engage with Pandas in Chengdu• Experience Shanghai like a local
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CAPTIVATING CHINA

Fully Inclusive Group Tour

Duration : 17 DAYSPrice : FROM $4880Country : CHINA
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Panda
Beijing CityThe Great Wall

Be captivated by China's great cities and places of interest with this relaxed itinerary that takes you to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai. China’s capital, Beijing is a prime example of the country’s commitment to the past being fused together with a vibrant and modern present day. It’s home to the Forbidden City, which is the largest ancient architectural complex in the world, as well as one of the 7 wonders of the world - The Great Wall. Xian boasts an incredible 3,000 years of historical heritage and travellers are awestruck by the many historical sites and cultural relics in the city, like Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province, is famous for being the home of the much celebrated giant pandas. Winding about 3,964 miles, the Yangtze River is the largest in China and the third largest in the world! It is the dividing line between North China and South China. The Yangtze River cruise is spectacular and you will see amazing spectacles, such as The Three Gorges Dam, a man-made wonder that is quite simply put, an extraordinary accomplishment in engineering. Experience Shanghai, China’s most prosperous city that combines Eastern and Western cultures, where tradition and modernity converge. Discover Zhujiajiao, Yu Gardens, the Silk Museum and many other fascinating sites. This tour affords you the opportunity to discover more of what China has to offer and at your own pace.

Included in the price

• International return flights (Economy class ex-Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane)
• Departure taxes and airlines fuel surcharges (approx. $380). 
• Chinese Visa fee and services fee (AUS and NZ passport holders only) $120.
• China domestic flights and taxes.
• 5-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Entrance fees for all sightseeing as scheduled.
• English-speaking local guides and air-conditioned vehicles. 
• Australian national guide for group tours of 16 or more.

Day 1: Fly to Beijing

Fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.

Day 2: Imperial Beijing

Beijing has been the capital of China for more than 800 years and has afforded us some of the most remarkable remnants of China's imperial past, including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Visit the remarkable Tiananmen Square, which is located in the centre of Beijing city. Thousands of people come to the Square every day and this is one of the most frequented places people visit in Beijing City. (B,L) Here you can enter The Forbidden City that is recognised as one of the most important 5 palaces in the world and is the largest ancient architectural complex in the world. The Forbidden City is arranged in two parts, the outer court and the inner palaces. The outer court comprises 3 main buildings; the Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian), The Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghedian) and the Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian). These momentous halls were where emperors frequented the grand ceremonies and conducted state affairs. The inner palaces comprise the three main structures at the rear of the Forbidden City, namely the Palace of Heavenly Peace (Qianqinggong), the Palace of Union and Peace (Jiaotaidian) and the Palace of Terrestrial Tranquility (Kunninggong). Strolling further north you will find the Imperial Garden that offers a lush and colourful atmosphere. This evening enjoy some free time in the vibrant Houhai district. (B,L)

Day 3: Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Wangfujing

The Great Wall, one of the 7 wonders of the world, makes the most verbal of us speechless, as the magnitude of seeing, is simply stated, overwhelming. Like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometers from east to west of China. Walking along this unimaginable structure is the best way to fully experience both the grandeur and splendor of the wall itself and the breathtaking scenery that it crosses. This particular charming section of the wall is accessed via boat and reveals the outstanding views from the top. Spend an afternoon of leisure exploring vibrant Wangfujing market or treat yourself to an optional Peking duck dinner (at your 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 wandering around beautiful Kunming Lake and take a walk up wooded Longevity Hill. At Olympic Park, take a moment to record your incredible day with a photo.(B)

Day 5: Temple of Heaven

Visit the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they begin their days with Tai Chi, dancing and cards in a bustle of sociable activity. Take the bullet train to Xian called Chang’an, (meaning the eternal city) which was the capital city of ancient dynasties for more than 1,100 years. The city boasts an incredible 3,000 years of historical heritage and travelers are awestruck by the multitude of historical sites and cultural relics in the city. (B,L)

Day 6: Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Army, also known as Terracotta Warriors and Horses, are the most momentous archeological excavations of the 20th century. The Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has fascinated visitors ever since their discovery in 1974. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is treasured by every visitor to China. Spend the morning marveling at the life-size terracotta figures of warriors and horses that are organised in battle formations. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition and later in the afternoon, stroll along the meticulously preserved 14th century city walls that wrap around Xian’s old town. Experience the Muslim Quarter, the heart of the Muslim community in Xian city. A feature of this area is the distinctive Muslim food, Islamic food stalls and souvenir market. With your evening free you might like to take a night tour of Xian (at your own expense), experience the mastery of Tang Dynasty dancing (at your own expense) or take a leisurely stroll through Defu Lane where you can enjoy a cold beer.(B,L)

Day 7: Xi'an at leisure

Today is a day of leisure where you are free to explore the ancient town of Xian. You can select options, like enjoying a gentle cycle ride (at your own expense) that will take you around Xian’s beautifully preserved city wall (14km), past the many smiling locals.(B)

Day 8: Chengdu like a local

Fly to Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province that is famous for being the home of the much celebrated giant pandas. Enjoy the day being engrossed in the culture of People’s Park. We are all familiar with ‘people watching’ but here you will be captivated by the diversity of activities all occurring simultaneously. From locals playing mah-jong to lonely singles looking for love in Matchmaker’s Corner. You will be afforded the opportunity to join them in an exciting square dancing session. Experience the stunning Golden Koi, locals dancing and practicing Tai Chi, visit an experience a local teahouse and stroll through the historical Wide and Narrow Alleys. (B,L,)

Day 9: Chengdu at leisure

Today is a day of leisure in Chengdu, where you have the option of visiting the old town of Pingle (at your own expense). Pingle Ancient Town is a historical and cultural town with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. It is located in Qionglai City, 65 kilometers southwest of Chengdu. You will see traditional stilt houses by the Baimo River, streets paved with blue stones, one thousand year old banyan trees and lively, boundless bamboo woods. Everything in this acient town is said to relax and refresh tourists. In the time of the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Discover the maze of teahouse-lined streets on foot, before seeing the forest from a higher vantage point, on the Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge. (B)

Day 10: Giant Pandas

Spend this morning visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This is a day you will fondly remember for a long time. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was created to imitate the natural habitat of giant pandas. The objective was to provide pandas with the optimal breeding and rearing environment. Here you will be afforded the opportunity to see China’s most celebrated bears up close and personal. The museum is highly informative and you will learn about the very successful breeding program. Drive to Chongqing and board your Yangtze cruise vessel.(B,D)

Days 11-12: Yangtze cruise

Today the much anticipated Yangtze River cruise begins. The Three Gorges Dam on the river is the largest dam project and hydropower station in the world. It’s a man-made wonder that is quite simply put, an extraordinary accomplishment in engineering. Technological triumphs aside, gliding upstream reveals the natural fauna that now takes centre stage. Some of the world’s most startling scenery is uncovered, including the Three Gorges themselves. The upcoming three days will be spent watching and gasping at one truly spectacular vista after another. Take a side trip to the beautiful Goddess or Shennong Stream and revel in shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai. The shore excursions include all the natural highlights of the Three Gorges, as well as the fascinating lesser-known sights providing opportunities to experience the real life of Chinese in the region. A two-day passage along China’s riverine treasure provides you with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst marvelling at one breathtaking vista after another. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Fly to Shanghai

Visit the impressive Three Gorges Dam, an extraordinary accomplishment in engineering and disembark your cruise vessel. Transfer to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)

Day 14: Shanghai at leisure

Shanghai is the largest economic and trade centre in China and is one of China’s cultural centres. This city is China’s most prosperous and combines Eastern and Western cultures, where tradition and modernity converge. From the Gothic and Baroque style buildings of The Bund to the incredible sky scrapers that frame the skyline of modern Shanghai, this city is truly remarkable and dynamic. Today, explore this vibrant and cosmopolitan city at your leisure. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Zhujiajiao (at your own expense), which is located in the Qingpu district of Shanghai. This township affectionately referred to as Shanghai’s Venice, is filled with history and was formed 1,700 years ago. Many of the buildings you will see date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Zhujiajiao was an important trading hub, which is why this ancient water township boasts so much character and charm and is well known for its very old and distinctive bridges. There are 36 bridges made of stone, wood and marble that even today are used by locals and tourists alike. Zhujiajiao also has spectacular gardens that all date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Most notably is the Kezhi Garden, commonly named ‘Ma Family Garden’ and is located in the northern part of town. Be sure to ride along the canals, enjoying the serenity and try one of the many tea houses, bars and restaurants.(B)

Day 15: Shanghainese Shanghai

Wake up to the electric energy of Shanghai and take a breakfast walking tour between futuristic skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the city’s most fascinating districts, marvelling at monuments and rickety buildings before enjoying breakfast like a locals – sample pancakes, fried bread sticks and tofu. Visit the traditional Yu Gardens, the Silk Museum and the maze of streets in the old town (Nanshi). Take an evening stroll along The Bund that is approximately 1.5km in length and revere the striking architecture and enjoy a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. The Bund faces the Huangpu River and has been a symbol of the city for more than 100 years. In order to fully appreciate the majestic vista, your final farewell to China will be a cruise down the Huangpu River, courted by the neon lights of Pudong. (B,D)

Day 16: Depart Shanghai

Spend this morning savouring the last day of your China Tour. Revisit your favourite temple, architectural wonder, garden, street or monument and fondly remember all the incredible sites you’ve seen in this splendid country. Board your overnight flight to Australia. (B)

Day 17: Arrive Australia

Arrive home today and begin planning your next wonderful adventure. We’re eager to help you make your next tour just as memorable as your Captivating China tour. • (B,L,D) – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Please note, whenever you see the letters B, L or D, you will know that the selected meals have been included as part of your tour package.

Pandas

Pandas

Sichuan is home to the Giant Panda, one of the most endangered animals on earth and the symbolic mascot of the World Wildlife Fund. There are 18 nature reserves for giant pandas, 16 of which are in Sichuan. The Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre is one of the largest Giant Panda reserves in the world, with around 80 pandas. See these adorable animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. The centre covers an area of 92 acres and also cares for other less endangered animals, including the smaller, red panda. 
The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of the country as the great military defence project of successive Chinese Empires, with a total length of more than 20,000 kilometers.  The Great wall is one of the wonders of the world due to its longevity, length and the role it played as the largest defensive military construction project.
Yangtze River Cruise

Yangtze River Cruise

One of China’s must-see sights, the Yangtze River is one of the world’s largest and most famous waterways, flowing through China’s dramatic and varied scenery. From its source in Qinghai Province, the Yangtze travels almost 4,000 miles eastwards into the East China Sea at Shanghai, dividing China into north and south. The spectacular mixture of history, culture, engineering feats and scenery on offer is unsurpassed. The Three Gorges, namely Qutang, Wu, and Xiling, are the most famous attractions along the Yangtze River, spanning from Eastern Sichuan to Western Hubei and are some of the most dramatic gorges in the world. In addition, visitors can see the Three Gorges Hydroelectric River Dam, which spans the Yangtze River and at more than 5 times the size of Hoover Dam, is the largest dam in the world. A cruise on the River Yangtze will certainly make for an unforgettable holiday experience.
LaCityTravel  - Traveller Tips for China

Visa: 
Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay, Visas are required for Australian travellers, the cost of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our goups of Australian passport holders. Extra copies of passport photos should be taken.

Money / Currency: 
Chinese currency is Renmimbi (RMB), and the basic unit is Yuan or Kwai. Notes are issued in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Yuan. International travellers can exchange Australian Banknotes, Travellers Cheques or US Dollars at any Bank of China or Hotels. Major foreign Credit Cards can be used at ATM’s, Shopping Centres etc.

Clothing and Climate:
 China has contrasting seasonal and regional weather conditions. MARCH to MAY, and SEPTEMBER to NOVEMBER are generally the ideal months to tour in China. Casual clothes, for respective seasonal conditions, are acceptable, but clothes that are too revealing are frowned upon. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for sightseeing.

Shopping and Bargaining: 
Although Government Department store have fixed prices, privately operated local markets and stalls expect bargaining when purchasing – start from less than half the asking price and work your way up. Quality and/or authenticity for any such purchases cannot be guaranteed.
 
Tipping: Tipping is now expected in all quarters of China and travellers should budget Aus $5 to 6 per person per day to be divided between Guide and Driver. Hotel porterage costs are approx. $1 per bag. Giveaways are useful in spreading goodwill.

Water:
 It is recommended that you DO NOT drink local tap water. Bottled water is widely available and should be carried. Most hotels provide some complimentary water. Tea/coffee making facilities can be expected in hotel rooms. Do not accept water in bottles with broken seals.

Time Difference:
 Despite the size, China has ONE time Zone and is 3 hours behind EST in Australia.

Electricity: 
Electrical supply is 220 volts and Australian appliances will operate. Power points will vary in configuration, but universal power adaptors can be purchases to accommodate these variation s and solve the problem of recharging batteries etc.

Health:
 It is recommended that travellers should speak with their personal medicos well in advance of departure dates regarding vaccinations. Personal medication needs to be carried with you along with copies of prescriptions.

Luggage:
 Check in luggage should not exceed 20 Kg.- an airline surcharge can be made with overweight luggage. Restrictions for weight, volume and number of carry on luggage can be gained from specific airlines.

Travel Insurance: 
Travel Insurance is essential for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability BEFORE your commencement of tour. La City Travel can provide insurance options for you. If you are using your credit card company to cover travel insurance you need to be fully aware of inclusions and exclusions. You should obtain a receipt number to contact them in an emergency and a copy of full conditions BEFORE departure.

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Price does not include 

1. Single supplement. 
2. Tips and personal expenses. 
3. Travel insurance. 
4. Items not mentioned above.     

Terms and Conditions 

1. Pricing is subject to airline seat availability at time of booking
2. Deposit of 50% of total tour is required within 5 days of confirmation, with final balance due at least 60 days prior to departure.     

Flights Options 

1.    Reputable airlines such as Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines are chosen to provide safe and high quality service to passengers: between Brisbane and China, flights are provided by China Southern Airlines with a connection flight in Guangzhou; between Sydney/Melbourne and China, flights are more frequently arranged with Air China and China Eastern Airlines. 
2.    You can request for Qantas, Cathay Pacific Airway, Thai International Airways, Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines or Malaysian Airlines for your international flights. Please check with our consultant for seating availability. 
3.    On your international flights, you can choose to stopover in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Hanoi, Saigon or Kuala Lumpur. Check with our travel consultant for any stopover hotel and airport transfer packages.   


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