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Amazing China

Journey in 5 star luxury from Beijing to Shanghai over 26 days and visit the wondrous landscapes of Sichuan, Guangxi & Hunan provinces and see Giant Pandas.

26 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,190
  • 2019/2020 Beijing > Shanghai

    The natural choice

    While many flock to see China’s famous man-made wonders, so many of its most guarded treasures have been provided by Mother Nature.

    This energetic itinerary celebrates the natural China, sometimes overlooked in explorations of this vital and fascinating region. Discover the wondrous landscapes of Sichuan, Guangxi and Hunan provinces, from glorious waterfalls and mystic lakes to soaring peaks and dense woodlands. Marvel at vast areas of natural beauty and discover unique spots you won’t encounter elsewhere, such as the towering quartzite sandstone features near Zhangjiajie, or the lakes of Jiuzhaigou, with their startling shades and hues. This journey is perfect for guests looking for a little more adventure, with plenty of opportunities to get out and actively explore these natural gems on foot. Whether you’re looking to capture all this beauty on camera, or simply in your memories, you can look forward to spectacular images and impressions that have a magic only nature can conjure.

    Tour Code:

    CHEW

    Duration:

    26 Days

    Departure City:

    Beijing

    Return City:

    Shanghai

  • 26 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Peking duck welcome dinner

      Begin your discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next four nights  is located close to the Forbidden City.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Lunch in private home, Scenic Freechoice Dining

      Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the Forbidden City. Enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways.

      Freechoice Dining

      Try Asian at Lost Heaven, or Western dishes at The Exchange.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Take an interactive cooking class or visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy.

      The afternoon is at leisure to shop at the Silk Markets.

      Freechoice

      Experience an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 4 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China

      Visit China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 5 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Summer Palace, Embark Yangtze cruise

      Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

      Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge whilst sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

      Explore the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the gorges.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Fuling excursion, Gala Dinner

      Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Ciqikou Ancient Town

      Disembark and explore the ancient town of Ciqikou. Travel by high speed train to Chengdu, before settling in for a three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Sichuan Cooking Class lunch, Scenic Freechoice Dining

      Discover the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine before an interactive cooking class to learn all about the secrets of this style of Chinese cooking.

      Freechoice Dining

      Dinner is a choice of Sichuan cuisine, Western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish Bar, or an international buffet dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – photo with Panda at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre
      Enrich

      Enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even have your photo taken next to one of these endangered creatures.

      Later wander along Jinli Street to the second century Wuhou Temple.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 12 - Chengdu > Jiuzhaigou
      Highlights:
      Muni Valley, Scenic Freechoice Dining

      Fly to the World Heritage-listed Jiuzhaigou Valley, known as Nine Villages Valley. En route, explore Muni Valley before relaxing at your resort for two nights.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose to dine at Shunxing Chinese restaurant or an international buffet at Nongra Café.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Jiuzhaigou
      Highlights:
      Rize Valley with Five Flower Lake

      At 2,800 metres explore this remarkable World Biosphere Reserve by private bus.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 14 - Jiuzhaigou > Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Songpan Ancient Town

      Discover Songpan Ancient Town then fly to Xi’an for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Xi’an
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Terracotta Warriors, Scenic Enrich – Private museum visit
      Enrich

      Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.

      Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 16 - Xi’an > Guilin
      Highlights:
      City Wall and Muslim markets

      Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall and the Muslim Quarter’s alleyways before flying to Guilin for an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Guilin > Yangshuo
      Highlights:
      Li River cruise

      Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later stroll around the Old Town before settling back at your luxurious accommodation for a two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 18 - Yangshuo
      Highlights:
      Impression Liu Sanjie Show

      Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Yangshuo > Guilin > Guangzhou
      Highlights:
      High speed train Guilin to Guangzhou

      After exploring around Guilin, take the high-speed train to Guangzhou for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Guangzhou
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice, Pearl River cruise
      Freechoice

      Visit the historical Yuexiu Park and Shamian Island or visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Alternatively, ride the Bubble Tram on top of Canton Tower.

      Freechoice

      Your afternoon is at leisure for shopping. This evening admire the city’s futuristic skyline on your cruise along the Pearl River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Guangzhou > Zhangjiajie
      Highlights:
      Zhangjiajie Theatre

      Fly to the World Heritage-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie for a two night stay. Tonight, experience a cultural performance at the Zhangjiajie Theatre.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Zhangjiajie
      Highlights:
      Wulingyuan Scenic Area

      By private shuttle bus, explore this region’s wondrous ravines and gorges. Avoid the queues with your VIP pass and ride the Bailong elevator at Yuanjiajie. See the gravity-defying mesas of Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountain’, then soak in the views from Tianzi Mountain.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Zhangjiajie > Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Tianmen Mountain

      Soar on the world’s longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain, also known as Heaven Gate Mountain. This evening, fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai and enjoy a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 24 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover the modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Wander through the Shanghai Museum, People’s Square and Xintiandi or visit Zhujiajiao. Alternatively, undertake take a cruise on Huangpu River.

      Sundowners

      Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar.

      Later, explore at leisure, before your farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s the end of an amazing journey.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    5-star luxury inclusions
    • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
    • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
    • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
    • Your choice of 18 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
    • 61 meals – 25 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 18 dinners (D)
    • Expert Tour Director
    • All internal flights
    • Return airport transfers
    • All tipping and gratuities