• Applaud Shanghai's bright lights• Discover the past in Zhujiajiao• Face the Terracotta Army • Stroll along the Great Wall • Roam the Summer Palace • Delight in Peking Duck
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EXPLORE CHINA

FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOUR

Duration : 10 DAYSPrice : FROM $2980Country : CHINA
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Terracotta Warrriors

This introductory tour epitomizes the wonder that is China. 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. Xi'an boasts an incredible 3,000 years of historical heritage and travelers are awestruck by the many historical sites and cultural relics in the city, like Terracotta Warriors and Horses. 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. Beijing is home to the Forbidden City, which is the largest ancient architectural complex in the world, as well as one of the seven wonders of the world - The Great Wall. Marvel at the extraordinary, as we explore the unique cities of Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing.

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 Shanghai

Fly to China’s biggest city and global financial hub of Shanghai for a 3 night stay.

Day 2: Zhujiajiao water town

Visit Zhujiajiao, 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.Return to Shanghai and savour the fine arts and antiquities found at the Shanghai Museum. Dinner is traditional Shanghainese cuisine. Maintaining the original flavours of the ingredients is of the utmost importance in Shanghaiese foods.

Day 3: Explore Shanghai

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’s explorations include the traditional Yu Gardens, the Silk Museum and the maze of streets in the old town (Nanshi). Take a stroll along The Bund that is approximately 1.5km in length and revere the striking architecture. 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, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise this evening.

Day 4: Fly to Xi'an

Fly 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 travellers are awestruck by the multitude of historical sites and cultural relics in the city. The Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) was regarded as the most prosperous and magnificent of all the dynasties. Tang was receptive to external influences and welcomed the best of various art forms of previous dynasties, as well as those originating from ethnic groups in China’s northwest and those from central and western Asia. Today’s Tang Dynasty dancing combines a wide variety of musical instruments, dance, singing and poetry. Tonight you will be treated to traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a wonderful performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: Fly to Beijing

A relaxed morning in Xian begins with a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a world heritage site. This Buddhist pagoda is from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and bears witness to how Buddhism was introduced to China. After admiring the artistic heritage of Buddhist architecture, it’s time to 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. Later, the much anticipated flight to Beijing, China’s capital city, will have finally arrived.

Day 7: 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. 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, watch a Chinese acrobatic show. Chinese acrobatics is rich in history and is one of the most well-known and beloved art forms among Chinese people. Performers have achieved worldwide success for their incredible skill and phenomenal acts.

Day 8: Great Wall of China

This morning is devoted to The Great Wall, one of the 7 wonders of the world. The Great Wall 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. Jade is a precious stone that is adored by Chinese people. A jade factory will provide you with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the delicate process of carving the stone. You will have the opportunity to purchase a piece if you so desire. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the Summer Palace this afternoon, while relaxing in the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Having worked up an appetite, it’s now time to replenish and refuel, experiencing one of Beijing’s most popular delicacies, Peking Duck. After dinner, there is an opportunity to enjoy a Kung Fu show (at your own expense).

Day 9: Depart Beijing

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. Allow yourself enough time for your transfer to Beijing airport where you will board your overnight flight to Australia.

Day 10: 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 Explore China tour.

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.
The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army or the "Terracotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.
The Bund

The Bund

The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. 
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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1. Single supplement. 
2. Tips and personal expenses. 
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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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