Tour Highlights    Marvel at Chengde's architecture  Stroll across the Great Wall  Face the Terracotta Army  Observe Giant Pandas play  Discover Tibet in Zhongdian  Encounter Tiger Leaping Gorge

SPECTACULAR CHINA

Fully Inclusive Group Tour

Duration : 23 DAYSCountry : CHINA
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Jade Dragon Mountain
Chengde

On this tour you will discover all of the glorious points of interest that make China a spectacular destination. Journey from the incredible Great Wall and mysterious Warriors to the Yunnan province on this impressive cross-country adventure.

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 for a two-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, followed by a lively acrobatics performance.

Days 3-4: Chengde

Savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace before travelling to Chengde by road. The summer retreat of Manchu emperors, this town is home to a wealth of imperial architecture. Over two days visit the magnificent mountain villas and intricate temples, including Puning and Putuo.

Day 5: Great Wall

Make the return journey to Beijing via the 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.

Days 6-7: Terracotta Warriors

Take a bullet train to Xian and enjoy 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. Tonight 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. The next day, marvel at The Terracotta Army, also known as Terracotta Warriors and Horses, 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 8: Bullet train to Wuhan

Take the bullet train to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River cruise vessel.

Days 9-11: 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. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Drive to Chengdu

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. This evening there is an option to enjoy a traditional Sichuan Opera performance (at your own expense).

Day 13: Explore Chengdu

A morning visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding 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. In the afternoon, 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.

Days 14-15: Zhongdian

Fly to Zhongdian, which is also known as Shangri-La. Tour Zhongdian Old Town and Dafo Temple. Tomorrow, visit the incredible Songzanlin Monastery. Being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is one of the most famous monasteries in the Kang region. It is located near Shangri-La County, at the foot of Foping Mountain. Make your way to a rural Tibetan-style village where you will learn about the villagers' way of life, farming and tantalise your taste buds with some home cooked dishes.

Day 16: Tiger Leaping Gorge

About 100 kilometers northwest ofLijiang Old Town lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Xueshan) is Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge). It is one of the deepest gorges in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters below. The gorge stretches approximately 15 kilometers and affords people the possibility of rafting and drifting peacefully in its large quiet sections. It is most definitely one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The entire area is spectacular, so prepare for awe-inspiring views before you travel on to Lijiang.

Day 17: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,600 meters, the mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers and a width of 20 kilometers. Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, which is how it received the name. Take a chairlift and discover one of the stunning high meadows and enjoy the sublime panoramas. Visit Baisha village to view the intriguing murals that were painted during the early Ming Dynasty.

Day 18: Black Dragon Pool

The Old Town of Lijiang is a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with a fascinating culture. The layout of the town is free-style and flexible, the houses are close and diverse, and the lanes are narrow and meandering, revealing an old world charm. It’s a delightful place to stroll through, as The Old Town is built along the lie of mountains and flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of ancient architecture. Heading north along Square Street of Lijiang Old Town, you will arrive at Heilongtan Pool, (Black Dragon Pool) which is at the foot of the Elephant Hill. Heilongtan pool is enormous (an area of 40 hectares) and it provides a sanctuary for bird and water-life, with an array of spectacular plants. Surrounding the pool and within the park's landscape are ancient monuments such as the Longshen Temple, the Deyue Pavilion, the Suocui Bridge and the Hanyue Stage. Be sure to take in the stunning views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Black Dragon Pool. Travel to Dali and explore the energetic Foreigner Street.

Days 19-20: Enchanting Dali

Located northwest of the Yunnan Province, 300 kilometers northwest of Kunming, Dali City is the economic and cultural center. The area is surrounded by mountains on the east, west, and south, and has the Erhai Lake in its centre. Here you will find 25 ethnic minorities that have created a unique cultural heritage amongst picturesque surroundings. Explore Xizhou village and peruse the local market. Visit the Yen family home and observe a tie-dying demonstration. Discover Dali's Ancient Quarter and enjoy a relaxing cruise on Erhai Lake. The next day, visit the Three Pagodas and travel by road to Kunming. For dinner, feast on a local favourite called Crossing the bridge noodles; a rice noodle soup that is one of the most well-known dishes in Yunnan province.

Day 21: Stone Forest

Discover the fascinating formations of the charming Stone Forest. Being crowned as "the essence of karst landforms in the world" and "one of the eight natural wonders on earth", the Stone Forest evolved 270 million years ago. It is widely distributed over 1100 square kilometers with numerous stone peaks, stone stele, stalagmites and etc. In particular, the Stone Forest displays a rare geological vestige that covers various kinds of karst landscapes worldwide. Taking photos of this natural wonder at the sunset is truly spectacular.

Day 22: Depart Kunming

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 Kunming airport where you will board your overnight flight to Australia.

Day 23: 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 Spectacular China tour.

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.   


Departure from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane.