Applaud Shanghai's bright lights Cruise the serene Li River Face the Terracotta Army Walk on the Great Wall Delight in Peking Duck Traverse the Forbidden City  
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WONDERS OF CHINA

Fully Inclusive Group Tour

Duration : 14 DAYSPrice : FROM $4870Country : CHINA
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Li River
Li River

Combining Shanghai, Guilin, Xian and Beijing, this tour will help you to discover the wonders that await you in China. 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. 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. 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 three-night stay.

Days 2-3: 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. Begin by visiting Zhujiajiao, located in the Qingpu district of Shanghai. This township affectionately referred to as Shanghai’s Venice, is filled with history and was formed 1,700 years ago. Many of the buildings you will see date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Zhujiajiao was an important trading hub, which is why this ancient water township boasts so much character and charm and is well known for its very old and distinctive bridges. There are 36 bridges made of stone, wood and marble that even today are used by locals and tourists alike. Zhujiajiao also has spectacular gardens that all date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the afternoon, savour the fine arts and antiquities found at the Shanghai Museum and 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 traditional Shanghainese cuisine. Maintaining the original flavours of the ingredients is of the utmost importance in Shanghaiese foods. On day 3 visit the traditional Yu Gardens, the Silk Museum and explore the 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.

Day 4: Fly to 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. 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Cormorant fishermen

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. 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 8: Tang Dynasty dancing

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 many historical sites and cultural relics in the city. Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a world heritage site. This Buddhist pagoda is from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and bears witness to how Buddhism was introduced to China. A fantastic meal will be spent enjoying traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and then watching a terrific 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 9: 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.

Day 10: Bullet train to Beijing

Board the bullet train to Beijing, China’s magnificent capital city. China’s bullet trains are fast speed trains (their highest speed is 300 km/hour) that run daily along the high speed rail with a length of over 22,000 km. Enjoy a delightful rickshaw ride through the mazelike hutongs. People comment that the true culture of Beijing is the culture of hutongs and courtyards. In fact, they attract more tourists than the high-rise buildings and large mansions. Visit a local family to learn more about and truly experience Chinese culture and local customs.

Day 11: Great Wall of China

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. Finish the day with an evening 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: Forbidden City

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. 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 Wonders of China tour.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of the country as the great military defence project of successive Chinese Empires, with a total length of more than 20,000 kilometers.  The Great wall is one of the wonders of the world due to its longevity, length and the role it played as the largest defensive military construction project.
Li River (Guilin)

Li River (Guilin)

The highlight of the 437 km Li River lies between Guilin and Yangshuo. The 83 km watercourse is flanked on both sides by stunning limestone formations, with crystal clear water meandering through it. Enjoy a cruise excursion down the Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the breathtaking landscape of beautiful green mountains, tranquil cormorant fishing scenes and picturesque villages. Famous sights along the river include Jingping Mountain, Wangfu Mountain, Banbiandu and Guanyan.
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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