Tour Highlights    Tantalise your tastebuds with Peking Duck, a favourite of the Chinese emperors  Stroll along the meticulously preserved 14th century Xian city walls  Cruise the sensational Yangtze River to see the outstanding Three Gorges  Discover the idyllic and dreamlike setting of Yangshuo  Admire the intricacies and Fengshui of the Humble Administrator’s Garden  Observe thousands of relics at the Shanghai Museum
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OUTSTANDING CHINA

Fully Inclusive Group Tour

Duration : 22 DAYSPrice : FROM $6390Country : CHINA
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Forbidden City
Yu Garden

China is home to an enormous variety of outstanding and world-renowned places of interest, both historic and natural. This tour integrates them all. Visit the pandas and marvel at the Great Wall and Terracotta Army, then cruise along the Yangtze and Li Rivers.

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 historical 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. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs and visit a local family to gain a greater insight into Chinese culture and local customs. Having worked up an appetite, it’s now time to replenish and refuel. For dinner, experience 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. This evening there is an option to watch Kung Fu masters in action (at your own expense).

Day 4: Temple of Heaven

Immerse yourself in the harmonious ambience of 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. Here you can observe and partake in the activities, like a dance class. End the day watching a spectacular Chinese acrobatic show.

Day 5: Fly to Xi‘’an

Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. The excitement 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 feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings, followed by a Tang Dynasty dance performance. 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 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 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. 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.

Day 7: Fly to Wuhan

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

Days 8-10: Yangtze River 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.

Day 11: Old Ciqikou

Disembark in Chongqing and explore old Ciqikou, whose history spans more than 1,700 years. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), it was famous for its production of porcelain, hence the name Ciqikou translates to Porcelain Village. Three noteworthy attractions of the village are the tea bars, the artists' studios and the Shu Embroidery workshops. There are more than one hundred tea bars, each with their own unique characteristics. The tea bars afford tourists with the wonderful opportunity to meet the locals and become acquainted with the unique folk opera. Ciqikou is known for its ateliers, and you will have the privilege of seeing the work of local artists. Transfer to Chengdu.

Day 12: Giant Pandas

Visit 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. Wander through the engrossing 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. Experience a local teahouse and stroll through the historical Wide and Narrow Alleys. In the evening you will be treated to wonderful Sichuan cuisine.

Day 13: Guilin

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. Discover the vibrant stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Cave. This dazzling cave received its name because of the lush reeds growing on the outside that people make flutes from. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by coloured lighting, the incredible spectacle is found in many variations along this 240 metre long cave.

Day 14: 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 43 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 15: 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 a variety of activities available including cycling and rafting (at your own expense), as well as strolling through the town, enjoying a leisurely walk. In the evening, see the remarkable Cormorant Fishing. Cormorant fishermen are expert swimmers who pursue fish under water. When the evening approaches, a large number of bamboo rafts can be seen and the fishermen light lanterns to attract the fish. The many lanterns on the bamboo rafts is a truly amazing sight. Cormorant fishing takes place at approximately 7.30pm each night and lasts around 45 minutes.

Day 16: Discover Guilin

Return to Guilin by road and take a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake. Here you will find the beautiful Sun and Moon Pagodas, which are two terrific examples of traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture. Guilin's local products and handicrafts include China Sea pearls, so visit The South China Pearl Museum that uncovers the fascinating 1,700 year history of pearling in the South China Sea. You might even be able to watch a fashion show that advertises all their different pearls. There are also gorgeous pieces available to buy.

Day 17: Fly to Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai for a four-night stay. Explore the city’s Xintiandi area, which is located in the centre of Shanghai City, south of Huaihai Zhong Lu. Shanghai Xin Tian Di has become an urban attraction that holds both historical and cultural birthrights of the city. It is a fashionable pedestrian street comprising Shikumen (a traditional Shanghainese architectural style combining Western and Chinese elements that first appeared in the 1860’s) and modern style architecture. Xin Tian Di is unique because of its style of construction, maintaining the antique walls, tiles and exterior of the Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. Its interiors exemplify a completely different world, comprising an international gallery, bars, cafes, boutiques and themed restaurants. When you traverse this are you will be experience get the Shanghai of the 1920's as well as the urban, modern feel of the 21st century.

Day 18: Historic Suzhou

Travel to Suzhou. Suzhou is located in the southern Jiangsu Province in the center of the Yangtze Delta. Built in 514 BC, this is an ancient city, spanning more than 2,500 years of history. Suzhou is referred to as the 'Venice of the Orient' due to the fact that 42% of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams. Explore the incredible ancient water towns in the vicinity and the superb classical gardens in the downtown area. A popular proverb states that, 'Gardens to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them'. These gardens are revered not only due to their vast numbers, but also because of their alluring natural beauty and harmonious construction. Presently, there are more than 60 pristine gardens in the city, some of which have been included on the World Heritage List. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, considered one of best in the region. Cruise the Grand Canal before returning to Shanghai to feast on scrumptious local cuisine.

Days 19-20: Discover 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. Visit the traditional Yu Gardens and the maze of streets in the old town (Nanshi) before taking a stroll along The Bund (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. You will also visit the Shanghai Museum, which is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. Here you will see all the major categories of Chinese art, including Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities. The following day, explore futuristic Pudong, a district of Shanghai located east of the Huangpu River. In order to fully appreciate the majestic vista, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise this evening.

Day 21: 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 22: 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 Outstanding 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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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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