Land of the Dragon
touring with Wendy Wu Tours
- Early bird savings of $900*pp
- Flights included
- Enjoy a Yangtze River Cruise
Take a relaxed journey through the great sights of China, walking on the Great Wall, admiring the Terracotta Warriors and visiting the giant pandas, while also having a plenty of free time. From the vibrant cities to tranquil countryside, this trip encompass' it all.
- Hike a less-visited section of the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
- Embrace your inner archaeologist at the Terracotta Warriors
- Stroll around picture-perfect Ronghu and Shanhu lakes in Guilin
- Meet the playful giant pandas
- Watch the world pass by on Yangtze River cruise
- Explore Shanghai's streets during a breakfast walking tour
- International flights and current taxes
- Domestic transportation
- Most meals
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- Visa fees for Australian passport holders
- Tipping (paid locally)
Day 1: Australia to Beijing
Fly to Beijing, the capital of China, for a four-night stay. On arrival in Beijing Capital International Airport, you will be met in the arrival hall by your Local Guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately one hour to your hotel. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel either this evening or the next. Food and drinks will not be served at this meeting, it is simply an opportunity for your group to meet and learn more about travelling in China.
Day 2: Beijing
Walk through Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. Next, explore the Hutongs, visiting Yandaixiejie Hutong where you will have lunch with a local family. This morning’s sightseeing will be approximately 4 hours. Later enjoy some free time in the traditional Houhai area. There will be an optional Kung Fu Show this evening (at your own expense). Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be rearranged round so that the forbidden city is visited on an alternative day.
Day 3: Beijing
Rise early this morning and transfer 2 hours to the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall of China, one of the most picturesque sections. You will need to get on and off a boat, which will take you across the lake nearby the wall to get to where you will begin your walk on the wall. First, you will be given a brief history of the area before having a couple of hours free to walk on the crenelated wall. Returning to Beijing via the Jade Factory. This evening, stroll around Wangfujing a lively area in central Beijing renowned for its small eats food stalls. There will be an optional Peking duck dinner this evening (at your own expense).
Day 4: Beijing
Wander round the grounds of the Summer Palace, former holiday home of the Qing emperors. Whilst here, climb magnificent Longevity Hill for spectacular views over the palace’s Kunming Lake. Make a photo stop this afternoon at the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium, home of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The time at the Olympic Village will not include entry to any of the Olympic venues.
Day 5: Beijing - Overnight train to Xian
Start your day at the Temple of Heaven where you can watch the locals taking part in daily exercise, including dancing, Tai Chi and Mah-jong. This afternoon is at leisure before transferring this evening to the railway station and boarding your overnight train to Xian. The overnight train takes approximately 12 hours (over 1,300km). Cabins are first class soft sleeper compartments where each cabin consists of 4 shared berths. Wear comfortable clothes on board to sleep in on the train and you may wish to take some snacks.
Day 6: Xian
Arrive into Xian this morning and spend today viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located more than 1-hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance, it is a 15-minute walk. There are electric carts offered by private vendors, which can be organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to explore. Return to the city and explore the Muslim Quarter, Xian’s Islamic centre, where there are a myriad of small food stalls selling ample mouth-watering dishes. The Muslim Quarter can get crowded, so please be mindful of your belongings. This evening there will be an optional Tang Everbright Night tour (at your own expense).
Day 7: Xian
Your National Escort will arrange an optional cycle ride around the fortification of the Xian Ancient City Wall and tonight there will be an optional Tang Dynasty Dancing Show (both activities are at your own expense). There will be no other sightseeing or activities arranged today however, your National Escort will be happy to recommend places for you to visit (at your own expense) such as the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda the Xian Museum to see the 130,000 fine cultural relics on display.
Day 8: Xian to Guilin
Fly 2 hours to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful spots and visit the South China Pearl Museum and Reed Flute Cave to admire the stunning colours of the stalagmites and stalactites. It usually takes an hour to complete the route and it is very cool inside. This afternoon, take a stroll around two of Guilin’s most beautiful lakes, Ronghu and Shanhu before heading to Zhengyang Pedestrain Street where there are many dining options for your perusal. There will be an optional visit to the Sun and Moon Pagodas today (at your own expense) if you wish to visit.
Day 9: Guilin
There is an option today to take a full day tour around the Longji Rice Terraces at Ping An visiting both viewing terraces named Nine Dragons, Five Tigers and Moon surrounded by 7 stars. Trekking will be approximately 6 hours today depending on the capability of the group. Alternatively, you can explore the beautiful scenery of Guilin independently and your National Escort will be happy to suggest sights for you to visit.
Day 10: Guilin to Yangshuo
Take a relaxed 4-hour cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo where you will spend 2 nights. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalos and local fishermen. These are small cruise boats usually holding approximately 100 passengers; with an enclosed dining area on the lower deck and an open viewing area on the upper deck. As it is so popular, there are generally many boats at the docks - please be reassured that the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing as the boats cruise past unspoilt countryside. Usually the boats depart at 9am from the dock located a 1-hour drive from your hotel. However, when the river level is low they depart from further downstream which would mean a longer drive and an earlier check-out from your hotel. Disembarking from the cruise, your Local Guide will walk with you to your hotel, approximately a 15-minute walk from the river. There are electric carts offered by private vendors, which can be organised at your own costs. Take a walk up Moon Hill this afternoon for spectacular views of Yangshuo. This evening there will be an optional Impression Liu Sanjie show (at your own expense).
Day 11: Yangshuo
This morning take part in a traditional Tai Chi class learning the skills behind this ancient and spiritual exercise. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; there are many activities to take part in including cycling and rafting along the Yulong River (arranged locally and at extra cost).
Day 12: Yangshuo - Guilin to Chengdu
Return to Guilin by road and fly to Chengdu, capital of fascinating Sichuan Province. Take a stroll around People’s Park and visit a teahouse for a cup of delicious Chinese tea. Next, visit Matchmaker’s Corner where parents search for suitable suitors for their children and the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. This evening there will be an optional Hot Pot dinner and Face Changing Show (at your own expense).
Day 13: Chengdu
Today will be at leisure for you to explore the delights of Chengdu independently. There will be an optional day trip to Pingle Ancient Town for those who wish to take part (at your own expense). There will be no other sightseeing or activities arranged however, your National Escort will be happy to recommend places for you to visit such as bustling Jinli Pedestrian Street or the peaceful Wuhou Memorial Temple.
Day 14: Chengdu To Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise
Today we will visit China’s most famous resident, the Giant Panda. At the Panda Conservation Centre, you will learn about China’s celebrated bear. See these lovable creatures in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Transfer 4 - 5 hours by coach to Chongqing, one of the most important cities on the Yangtze River. Tonight board your Yangtze River Cruise ship for a 3-night stay
Day 15: Yangtze River Cruise
Today visit the Shibaozhai Temple or the Ghost City of Fengdu (which site you visit is dependent on local conditions). Also river conditions permitting, the other site may also be offered as an optional excursion at an additional cost payable locally. Visit the Shibaozhai Temple, an 18th century architectural marvel. This small temple was built at the top of a ninestorey pavilion clinging to the sheer south bank near Qutang Gorge. Disembark from the ship to the dock close to the pavilion’s entrance. Sightseeing here involves climbing the nine storeys inside the building. OR Visit Fengdu, known as the Ghost City and located on Ming Mountain. Fengdu is home to complexes of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the Chinese belief of the afterlife. After disembarking from the boat, you will be taken in vehicles half way up the mountain and continue to the top on foot or by an open-air escalator.
Day 16: Yangtze River Cruise
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as the ship passes through Wu and Qutang gorges. Switching to smaller vessels take a relaxing trip on the Goddess Stream or the Shennong Stream (which you visit is dependent on local conditions) cruising through the beautiful and narrow gorges. Many protected species make the stunning peaks their home, including monkeys, mountain goats, deer and wild boar. Depending on local conditions you may travel along the Shennong Stream instead of the Goddess Stream.
Day 17: Yangtze River Cruise - Wuhan - Shanghai
Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Disembark the ship and drive approximately 20 minutes passing through the surrounding areas (the coach is not permitted to stop for photos) and will drop your group off at the viewing area above the ship locks to truly appreciate the scale of this hydroelectric project. There is a small museum and a lookout and the sightseeing will involve around 1 hour on foot. Disembark your cruise ship in Yichang, transfer by coach to Wuhan Airport (approximately a 4 - 5 hour drive) and board your 2-hour flight to Shanghai. The planned flight from Yichang to Shanghai will occasionally be changed from a coach transfer from Yichang to Wuhan; and a flight from Wuhan to Shanghai due to limited availability. Please be assured that this will not affect any sightseeing on your tour.
Day 18: Shanghai
Today is free to explore the vibrant city of Shanghai independently or take an optional day trip to the laid back water town of Zhujiajiao (at your own expense). There will be no other sightseeing or activities arranged however, your National Escort will be happy to recommend things for you to do (at your own expense) such as heading up the Jinmao Tower, exploring the impressive Shanghai Museum or taking a ride on the futuristic Maglev Train.
Day 19: Shanghai
This morning take an exciting breakfast tour around some of Shanghai’s most exciting districts, tasting local delicacies, including pancakes and fried bread sticks. Wander the pleasant Yu Gardens and bustling Old Town before visiting the informative Silk Museum. Take a stroll on the colonial Bund and enjoy a farewell Shanghainese meal this evening, before cruising down the Huangpu River to see the neon lights of Pudong.
Day 20: Depart Shanghai
Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight.
Day 21: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
2018 departures & prices:
10 April - 30 April - $5,710*
8 May - 28 May - $5,810*
11 September - 1 October - $5,810*
16 October - 5 November - $5,560*
*based on per person, twin share
Single supplement: $1,390
- Advertised prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation
- Price advertised is the lead-in price, based on travel during low season (October 2018)
- Earlybird pricing is only valid until the 22nd of September
- A $99 non-refundable deposit is required to book
- Price includes airline fuel surcharge, which is subject to change
- Single supplement applies for solo passengers
- Peak season surcharges will apply
- All prices and offers are subject to availability, currency fluctuations and can change or be withdrawn without notice
- Wendy Wu terms and conditions apply
- Credit card fees of up to 2.5% may apply
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