Duration : 16 DAYSCountry : CHINA
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Shanghai City
Yangtze River

This very popular tour is an extensive journey through China's most sought after sites. Combining Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai this tour will help you to discover the wonders that await you in China. 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. 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. Visit the picturesque city of Guilin that is considered to be the pearl of China’s robust tourist industry, due to the natural beauty and historic treasures. Guilin is famous for remarkable attractions like Seven Stars Cave, Putuo Mountain, Panda Hall and the beautiful Li River. Yangshuo is regarded as one of the most striking in China and the local scenery is the essence of Guilin. Visit West Street, which is modern and fashionable and almost every store has bilingual shop signs. 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 unforgettable tour highlights some of China’s greatest miracles.

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 for a three-night stay. Perth passengers may depart one day earlier

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. Having worked up an appetite, it’s now time to replenish and refuel this evening, experiencing one of Beijing’s most popular delicacies, Peking Duck.

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: Fly to Xian

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. 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. 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 Wuhan

Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board the Yangtze River cruise vessel.

Days 7-9: Yangtze River cruise

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.

Day 10: Fly to Guilin

Disembarking from the cruise vessel, visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Located at Yangjiaping of the Jiulongpo District of Chongqing City, Chongqing Zoo is 8 km from the city centre. Boasting an impressive 45 hectares, the zoo is a vital base for the protection and research of immigrant wild animals. It houses more than 240 species of animals, including herbivores, amphibious animals, wild animals, birds and fish. You will see wonderful areas like Tiger Hill, Bear Hill, Gorilla House, Deer Park, Kangaroo Park, Elephant House, Panda House, Goldfish House and Birds Paradise. Built in 1989, the Panda House is based on the original Panda Cave. Its distinctive design imitates the pandas’ natural environment. There are hills, rocks, caves, streams, waterfalls, pavilions for the pandas to enjoy. You can also see rare animals like the Yakin, argali, South China tiger, golden cat, clouded leopard, and Asian elephant. Fly to the picturesque city of Guilin that is considered to be the pearl of China’s robust tourist industry, due to the natural beauty and historic treasures. The spectacular landscape boasts a special kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills or karsts with lush vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters and amazing caves make the city a much sought after destination. Visit Seven Stars Park, covering an area of more than 120 hectares (297 acres), located at the east bank of Li River. The Seven Stars Park is blessed with elegant mountains, clear water, astounding stone forest, deep and serene valleys, plentiful animals and plants as well as important cultural relics. The main sites contain Flower Bridge, Putuo Mountain, Seven Stars Cave (also called Qixia Cave or Bixu Cave), Camel Hill, Crescent Mountain, Guihai Stele Forest and the ever popular Guilin Zoo. There are approximately 20 exhibition areas at the Guilin Zoo that house over 100 species of animals. The state protected animals, such as giant pandas, golden monkeys, gibbons, red-crowned cranes and Leaf Monkey can be seen here. One of the most popular exhibition areas in the zoo is the Panda Hall, home to pandas in Guilin Zoo, which attracts lots of visitors both locals and tourists alike. The pandas are usually asleep in the afternoon, so it’s highly recommended to visit the pandas in the morning while they are active, enjoying breakfast and playing with each other.

Day 11: Li River cruise

Take a tranquil cruise along the Li River to the delightful village of Yangshuo. The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to the northeastern Guangxi Province. It is 83 kilometers long and is estimated to take four to five hours. Stunning Karst peaks provide you with welcomed surprises at each bend of the luminous river under the blue sky. Water buffalo guard the fields, peasants secure rice paddies while school children and local fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With the breathtaking scenery along the river, this has become one of China's top tourist destinations.

Day 12: Yangshuo

Yangshuo lies to the southeast of Guilin and in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang. The rippling Li River traverses the county and reveals the breathtaking natural beauty. Yangshuo is regarded as one of the most striking in China and the local scenery is the essence of Guilin. More than 1,400 years of history and diverse ethnic minority groups afford it its traditional and impressive cultures. Streets boast their original characters, exposing the atmosphere of the ancient town. Visit West Street, a place frequented by some 100,000 tourists. West Street is also known as 'foreigners' street' and 'the global village' and offers a unique mix of cultures. Don’t be surprised if you hear Chinese women speaking English, as it is commonplace to speak English here! Today, more than 20 stores have been opened by foreigners who have settled here. West Street is modern and fashionable and almost every store has bilingual shop signs. There is also a variety of activities available including cycling and rafting (at your own expense) for you to enjoy.

Day 13: Fly to Shanghai

Fly to the vibrant city of Shanghai, the largest economic and trade centre in China and one of China’s cultural centres. This afternoon, savour the fine arts and antiquities found at the Shanghai Museum and wander around the People’s Square. Shanghai People's Square is located at the very center of Shanghai. The People’s Square is one of the city's chief transportation hubs, so there are many jumping-off stops and public traffic routes that surround it. Each day visitors will see thousands of doves, which provides a truly beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. In order to fully appreciate the majestic vista of Shanghai’s city skyline, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise this evening.

Day 14: Discover Shanghai

Shanghai is China’s most prosperous city 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. Dinner is traditional Shanghainese cuisine. Maintaining the original flavours of the ingredients is of the utmost importance in Shanghaiese foods.

Day 15: 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. Due to flight schedules, Brisbane and Perth passengers may arrive home on Day 15.

Day 16: 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 Miracles of China tour.

LaCityTravel  - Traveller Tips for China

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.

 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.

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.

 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.

 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.