Tour Highlights    Stroll along the Great Wall  Admire the Hanging Temple  Achieve serenity at Wutaishan  Face the Terracotta Army  Observe the art of Kung Fu  Marvel at Shanghai's bright lights
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HISTORIC CHINA

Fully Inclusive Group Tour

Duration : 18 DAYSPrice : FROM $5060Country : CHINA
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Terracotta Warriors
Longmen Grottoes

Written records on the history of China can be found from as early as 1500 BC under the Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BC). Together with ancient Egypt, Babylon and India, China is recognised as one of the four great ancient civilisations of the world. Remarkably, China is the only ancient civilisation that has continued to this very day and this is why China was one of the cradles of the human race. Boasting a culture, land and people so immersed in history, it’s easy to understand why people from all over the world are fascinated and intrigued by China’s richness, diversity and abundant history. The Historic China tour will take you on the journey of a lifetime, through some of the most precious and holy ancient sites, cities that still today have maintained their ancient relics and artefacts, not to mention the utterly sublime natural wonders that you will visit.

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 fascinating capital, for a four-night stay.

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. 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. In the evening, it’s time to replenish and refuel by experiencing one of Beijing’s most popular delicacies, Peking Duck. An incredible performance by the Beijing Opera will complete tonight’s activities.

Day 3: Great Wall

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.

Day 4: Temple of Heaven

Immerse yourself in the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven Park is located in the Chongwen District, Beijing. This was the location where emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. This masterpiece is the largest of China's ancient sacrificial buildings. Its majestic architectural style and important cultural connotation provide an insight into the practices of ancient Eastern civilisations. Today, there are over 60,000 varieties of trees. The most famous tree, the grandfather tree is a 500 year old, Nine Dragon Cypress tree with branches that resemble nine dragons winding with each other. This quiet environment is an ideal locale for locals to do their morning exercises. Nearby residents partake in many activities here, like running, cycling, singing, dancing, playing chess and flying kites. Wander through Panjiayuan, Beijing’s most extensive arts, crafts and antiques market. Located at the southeast corner of the 3rd Ring Road in Beijing and encompassing an impressive 48,500 square meters, Panjiayuan Flea Market is the largest, most affordable and popular markets selling second hand goods in China. The plethora of goods available in the market make it seem like a museum. You will find antiques, crafts, collectibles, decorations, as well as Chinese paintings, traditional Chinese musical instruments, porcelain and ancient furniture.

Day 5: Travel to Datong

Travel by train to Datong and observe China’s rural splendour right outside your window. Arrive in time for a local dinner in this charming city.

Day 6: The Hanging Temple

Hanging Monastery is located at the foot of Mount Hengshan which is 5 kilometers south of Hunyuan County and 65 kilometers from downtown Datong City. it is called Hanging Monastery or Xuankong Si due to the fact that it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 metres above the ground. Hanging Monestry is incredibly unique and special, as it includes Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Inside the monastery, the sculptures of Sakyamuni, Confucius and Laotzu appear together, which is very rare. There are 40 halls and cabinets that contain approximately 80 sculptures made of copper, iron, terracotta, and stone. The 1,400 year old, gravity-defying Hanging Temple is extraordinary appearing to float 50 metres up the face of Jinxia Gorge. Travel to Wutaishan.

Day 7: Wutaishan

Mt. Wutai is situated in Wutai County in Xinzhou Region, Shanxi Province, which is the most holy land of Chinese Buddhism. The State Council placed it on a list of national scenic spots as well on a list of the Top 10 scenic spots in Shanxi Province. Mt Wutai is just as famous as Mt Emei in the Sichuan Province, Mt. Putuo in the Zhejiang Province and Mt Jiuhua in the Anhui Province, which are all legendary, as the four sacred Buddhist Mountains. Mt Wutai covers an area of 2,837 square kilometres. It is often referred to as "Wutai Shan" (Mountain of Five Terraces) because its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the centre, embrace one another with broad and plain terraces rather than forests. The striking scenery here is truly a masterpiece and is primarily visible over the five main peaks: Wanghai Peak in the east, Guayue Peak in the west, Jinxiu Peak in the south, Yedou Peak in the north, and the central Cuiyan Peak. Visit Bodhisattva Summit and Xiang Tong Temples. Continue to Taiyuan and marvel at the Twin Pagoda Temple, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty.

Day 8: Taiyuan and Pingyao

Enjoy the splendor and serenity of Jinci Temple before travelling to the old town of Pingyao. Founded during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 771 BC) and rebuilt in 1370, the ancient City of Pingyao is regarded as one of China's four best preserved old cities. Unlike some other sites that are known for their abundant verdant landscapes, you won’t find this type of setting here. Instead and what is unique about Pingyao, is the well-preserved ancient city that boasts a grand City Wall, traditional residences, former security guard companies, time-honoured shops, and even the previous government office. This truly is a journey back in time, uncovering Historic China.

Day 9: Pingyao

The characterful old town of Pingyao is considered the best ancient walled town in the country. Stroll along the cobbled streets to view the old city walls and the Rishengchang Financial House Museum. The Rishengchang Exchange Shop (Rishengchang literally meaning sunrise prosperity), is one of the earliest exchange shops in China and is located on West Street in Pingyao Ancient City. West Avenue, where the The Rishengchang Exchange Shop is located, was called 'the First Financial Street of Great Qing (1644-1911)'. Wander down South Avenue to the Ancient Ming-Qing Street. The Ancient Ming-Qing Street was the noisiest centre of business at that time. The street is not very wide and you will see a variety of shops arranged in an orderly manner along the road. These shops were all built with bricks and stones, in the style of Ming and Qing architecture. Visit the Yamen, a former government building from the Qing Dynasty before taking the bullet train to China’s former capital city of Xian.

Day 10: 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 workshop and watch the incredible production process, where you will see the craftspeople recreating the terracotta figures in the same style as the ancient ones. You will even be able to purchase a souvenir warrior to take home with you. Later in the afternoon, stroll along the meticulously preserved 14th century city walls that wrap around Xian’s old town. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful feast of Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. 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.

Day 11: Discover Xi'an

Xi'an, called Chang’an, (meaning the eternal city) 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 many historical sites and cultural relics in the city.Visit the relics of the Xian Museum before visiting the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a world heritage site. Observe a fascinating calligraphy demonstration. This Buddhist pagoda is from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and bears witness to how Buddhism was introduced to China. There will also be time to explore 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.

Day 12: Luoyang

Board a bullet train from Xian to Luoyang, located in west Henan Province, surrounded by mountains and plains. It was the capital city of 13 ancient dynasties from Xia Dynasty (21st-16th century BC). Boasting the world heritage site Longmen Grottoes and adjacent location to the famous Shaoling Temple, it is a popular destination in central China. Longmen Grottoes, together with the Yungang Caves and Mogao Caves are regarded as the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China. The Longmen Grottoes are home to tens of thousands of age-old statues and sculptures that depict Buddha and his disciples and are carved from the limestone cliffs of Xiangshan and Longmenshan.

Day 13: Shaolin Temple

Travel to the famous Shaolin Temple that embraces many exciting attractions, like the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Martial Art Training Center. Visitors are able to follow the virtual guide when visiting the temple. Shaolin Temple will provide you with a better understanding of Buddhism and martial arts. Observe a Kung Fu demonstration by the famous Shaolin Monks. In addition to the fascinating places of interest, you will be able to experience some of the wonders nature has to offer too. You can see wild flowers and pines on the mountain, hear the chirping of birds singing and a brook spattering. It’s a truly beautiful vista that is full of life and vitality. Continue to Zhengzhou.

Day 14: Yellow River

Known as the mother river by Chinese people, the 5,464-kilometer Yellow River is the second longest in China after the Yangtze River. The Yellow River is regarded by almost all Chinese people as the birthplace of Chinese civilisation and the spiritual home of the Chinese people, as the waters of the river are believed to nurture the entire Chinese nation. For thousands of years, this river has been revered by literary giants and artists. Learn about this sacred site at Zhengzhou’s Yellow River Museum before heading to a lookout to see picturesque views over the river. Fly to Shanghai.

Day 15: Cosmopolitan 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. 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 the evening, enjoy a fascinating Chinese acrobatic show.

Day 16: Shanghai river cruise

Stroll through the Xintiandi area to admire the architectural styling of the 1920’s. View the artefacts at the Shanghai Museum, explore the Silk Museum and maze of streets in the old town (Nanshi). In order to fully appreciate the majestic vista, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise this evening and enjoy the delicious and traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.

Day 17: 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. Allow yourself enough time for your transfer to Shanghai airport where you will board your overnight flight to Australia.

Day 18: 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 Historic China tour.

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. 
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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