Discover China tour

Discover China tour

From AUD 4,710.00
Trip Length 28 Trip Code CH - FA - 5
Tour Group 2 - 14 Age Range 14 - 55+

Discover China tour: Tour Information

This 28 day Discover China tour from  Shanghai to Beijing, a feast of Chinese tour highlights awaits not only comfort but the amazing sites you see. Join our journey to China's major sights and attractions combined with the chance to experience travel on the extensive railway network that crisscrosses China. This tour is perfectly suited for the first time visitor or those wishing to experience highlights such as the Great Wall, Xian's Terracotta Warriors, the beautiful garden cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou, the spectacular Li River and visiting Chengdu's endangered and cuddly Pandas.

Days 1-2:  Shanghai --> Day 3:       Shanghai
Day 4:       Suzhou
Days 5-6:   Hangzhou
Day 7:        Hangzhou/Wuzhen/Shanghai
Day 8:        Shanghai
Day 9:        Shanghai/Guilin
Days 10-11: Li River Cruise/Yangshuo
Day 12:       Guilin/Kunming
Day 13:       Kunming
Day 14:       Kunming/Chongqing
Day 15:       Chongqing/Dazu
Day 16:       Dazu/Chengdu
Day 17:       Chengdu - Leshan
Days 18-19: Chengdu
Day 20:        Xian
Day 21:        Xian
Day 22:        Xian
Days 23-26: Beijing
Days 27-28: Beijing/Home

China Tour Highlights

Days 1-2: Shanghai

Arrive Shanghai, one of China's most cosmopolitan cities for 2 nights. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our National Escort and transferred to our hotel. Our welcoming dinner will be a banquet of traditional cuisine.

Day 3: Shanghai

Experience this exciting city on a sightseeing tour of the beautiful Yu Gardens, Shanghai Museum, Children's Palace (time permitting) and the fascinating Old Town. Explore the Xintiandi area with 1920's style 'shikumen' buildings unique to Shanghai.

Day 4: Suzhou

Take a coach trip to Suzhou, known as the 'Venice of the East' to visit two of the finest oriental gardens - the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. Later we will enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, followed by a visit to a Silk Mill still in operation today.

Days 5-6: Hangzhou

Travel by coach to beautiful Hangzhou and transfer to our hotel for 2 nights. Visit the local markets and enjoy an oriental tea-tasting. The next day we visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Relax in the afternoon as we cruise on West Lake.

Day 7: Hangzhou/Wuzhen/Shanghai

Travel by coach to the picturesque town of Wuzhen, where an intricate system of canals and ancient pavilions and overhead bridges combine with an abundance of handmade traditional wares and charismatic locals. We have plenty of time to explore this charming town at a leisurely walking pace. Return to Shanghai.

Day 8: Shanghai

Today enjoy a visit to the famous Bund and enjoy shopping opportunities along Shanghai's famed Nanjing Road. As our farewell celebration to the city, we will take an evening cruise on the Huangpu River and enjoy the stunning water views.

Day 9: Shanghai/Guilin

This morning cross the impressive Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong New Economic Zone before flying to Guilin, one of China's most beautiful cities, for an overnight stay.

Days 10-11: Li River Cruise/Yangshuo

Cruise on the spectacular Li River. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking views as we travel to the picturesque town of Yangshuo for an overnight stay. On the next day, we return to Guilin visiting Mt Diecai en-route.

Day 12: Guilin/Kunming

Visit the stunning Reed Flute Caves before boarding our afternoon flight to Kunming, the capital of the Yunnan Province, for a 2-night stay. Sample the 'Across the Bridge Noodles' in the evening, the most famous meal in the province.

Day 13: Kunming

Enjoy a full day tour to the picturesque Stone Forest, where vast limestone columns rise in surreal shapes and images.

Day 14: Kunming/Chongqing

Visit the Western Hills, often called the 'Sleeping Beauty Hills' as they resemble a woman's prone body wrapping around the Dianchi Lake. Afterwards, fly to Chongqing for an overnight stay.

Day 15: Chongqing/Dazu

During our time here we will enjoy a tour of the city taking in Erlin Park, the People's Hall and the General Stilwell Museum. We travel by coach to Dazu, home to arguably the most fascinating rock carvings in the world, the Beishan Frescoes.

Day 16: Dazu/Chengdu

Today we visit the Baoding stone carvings, before travelling to Chengdu for a 3-night stay. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, renowned for its lush and dramatic landscapes as well as its popular and tasty cuisine. This evening you can enjoy a sumptuous Sichuan Banquet.

Day 17: Chengdu - Leshan

Today we take an excursion to Leshan, to see the remarkable Giant Buddha. This enormous statue is carved into the side of Lingyun Mountain and is over 71 metres tall and wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. The massive carving began in 713 AD during the Tang Dynasty and was completed in 803 AD. The Buddha overlooks the confluence of the Min, Qingyi and Dadu rivers and is reputed to be the largest carved stone Buddha in the world. A local saying says, 'The Mountain is a Buddha, the Buddha is a Mountain'.

Days 18-19: Chengdu

Visit the famous Panda Reserve to see these delightful animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their native habitat; the lush mountain forests of Sichuan, as well as a local bamboo park. The next morning we will embark on a city tour of Chengdu before boarding our overnight sleeper train which takes us to the ancient capital of Xian.

Day 20: Xian

Arrive in Xian for a 2-night stay. This afternoon, explore the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and then enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao banquet in the evening.

Day 21: Xian

Today we visit one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century - the life-size Terracotta Warriors, followed by a visit to the ancient City Wall, one of the few completely intact walls remaining in all of China. Complete this magical day with a live performance of Tang Dynasty dancing in the evening.

Day 22: Xian

On the next day visit the renowned Shaanxi Museum, where thousands of priceless relics are housed. Walk through the lively Muslim Quarter, visit the Great Mosque and explore the interesting Islamic food markets, before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Beijing.

Days 23-26: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing early this morning. Our first day of sightseeing includes a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City tour and a stroll along famous Tiananmen Square past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. In the evening enjoy a sample of the delicacy 'Peking Duck'. Tomorrow take an exciting walk on the Great Wall and tour the unique Temple of Heaven. On the following day, visit the exquisite Summer Palace and enjoy a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic Show as our evening entertainment.

Days 27-28: Beijing/Home

Enjoy a last minute shopping spree at the famous Silk Markets and visit the unique Lama Temple before boarding our flight home. Arrive home

Note: A single supplement (extra fee). of Au$900.

Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.

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