Applaud Shanghai's bright lights  Four nights on the Yangtze  Observe Giant Pandas playing  Face the Terracotta Army  Stroll along the Great Wall  Feast on Peking Duck
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SPLENDID YANGTZE

Fully Inclusive Group Tour

Duration : 14 DAYSPrice : FROM $5090Country : CHINA
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Yangtze-River
Yu Garden

This classic tour showcases the splendid Yangtze River, as well as highlighting many of the wonders that await you in China. You will travel to Shanghai, Yangtze River, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing. 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. Marvel at the Yangtza River. 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. 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. In Chengdu, a highly memorable experience awaits you, getting up close and personal with pandas at The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. 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. Take a bullet train to Beijing, China’s incredibly vibrant capital city. 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. This unforgettable tour highlights some of China’s greatest wonders.

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 Shanghai for a two-night stay.

Day 2: 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 3: Fly to Yichang

Utilise your morning taking in the sights of the modern, almost futuristic skyscrapers in the Pudong region of the city. Visit the Silk Museum and learn about the the age-old silk production process, from the cultivation of silkworms all the way through to the creation of the final piece. There is an abundance of stunning handmade items that you will be able to purchase. Fly to Yichang, where you will board the Yangtze River cruise vessel.

Days 4-6: 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 7: Drive to Chengdu

After disembarking the cruise vessel in Chongqing, explore old Ciqikou, which is a district renowned for its porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Immerse yourself in the historical and cultural architecture by strolling along the narrow streets of Ciqikou. Transfer to Chengdu and treat yourself to a scrumptious Sichuan dinner with the option of a performance of Sichuan Opera (at your own expense).

Day 8: Giant pandas

A 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. After this wonderful experience, you will fly to Xian, the former capital of China. In the evening you will be treated to a delightful feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings, as well as a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 9: Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Army, also known as Terracotta Warriors and Horses, are the most momentous archaeological 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.

Day 10: Explore Xi'an, fly to Beijing

An exciting 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 11: 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. 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 12: 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. Having worked up an appetite, it’s now time to replenish and refuel, experiencing one of Beijing’s most popular delicacies, Peking Duck.

Day 13: 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 14: 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 Splendid Yangtze 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 tourLa 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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