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China Classics with Tang Dynasty Grand Welcoming Ceremony

Witness the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show, a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the ancient capital Xi'an on your 17 day journey from Shanghai to Chengdu.

17 Day
From (AUD)
$ 11,090
  • 2017 Shanghai > Chengdu

    Tour Code:

    CHCC

    Duration:

    17 Days

    Departure City:

    Shanghai

    Return City:

    Chengdu

  • 17 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Ni Hao and welcome to China. On arrival you will be welcomed by your Scenic Representative and transferred to your hotel located on the famous Bund, for a luxurious three night Special Stay. Relax and settle in until you meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for your tour briefing, followed by your Welcome Shanghainese Dinner.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour

      Stroll along the famous Bund and its lively waterfront, admiring the 1930s European colonial architecture. Compare its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens before enjoying a delicious lunch of dim sum, a Shanghai speciality.  Afterwards cross the Huangpu River to the modern side of Shanghai, Pudong and admire the view of Shanghai from Shanghai Tower, the recently completed and second tallest building in the world.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe
      Freechoice

      Encounter amazing treasures, including bronzes, ceramic and calligraphy on your visit to the Shanghai Museum, one of the largest museums in China with a collection of more than 120,000 treasures. Then wander through People’s Square, the large public square adjacent to the museum, which was part of the horse racing course of Shanghai, before exploring the French Concession district. Finish at Xintiandi, an area characterised by 1920s style shikumen buildings transformed into trendy clubs, restaurants and boutiques.  Alternatively take an organised shopping tour of Shanghai’s markets and bargain to your heart’s content or cruise on the Huangpu River to see the Shanghai’s amazing skyline from the water.

      Later, spend your free time exploring and shopping along the famous Nanjing Road. Tonight marvel at the agility and skill of the renowned Shanghai Acrobats. This amazing show blends Chinese acrobatics with state-of-the-art multimedia technology and innovation and is sure to be a highlight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4 - Shanghai > Suzhou
      Highlights:
      Cruise Suzhou Grand Canal

      Travel to the ancient water city of Suzhou and cruise along the Grand Canal before visiting a traditional silk mill to learn about the ancient methods of making silk. Spend the night at the historically themed hotel, located in the old town area of Suzhou.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Suzhou > Hangzhou
      Highlights:
      Humble Administrators Garden, Impressions of West Lake Show

      In Suzhou, known for beautiful classical gardens, visit its two most famous, the Humble Administrators Garden and Masters of the Nets Garden. Later travel to Hangzhou, once described by Marco Polo as the most splendid city in the world. With its stunningly beautiful West Lake, this World Heritage-listed Site has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. Tonight be awed by the Impression of West Lake show, a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics based on an ancient Hangzhou legend, staged entirely upon the lake. Enjoy a two night stay in Hangzhou.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Hangzhou
      Highlights:
      Cruise West Lake, Freechoice

      Cruise on the magnificent West Lake, arguably China’s most famous lake, created in the 8th century during the Tang Dynasty. Afterwards visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda, featured in the works of poets and artists alike.

      Freechoice

      Learn about the Chinese cultural pillars by visiting the China Silk Museum, the China Tea Museum and the Hu Qingyu’s Museum of Chinese Medicine or explore Hangzhou’s Buddhist heritage in the hill area known as Feilai Feng and visit Lingyin Si (Soul’s Retreat Temple), founded in 326. Alternatively navigate the Xixi National Wetlands and discover how this rare urban wetland successfully combines farming, urban life and culture with mother nature.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Hangzhou > Xi'an
      Highlights:
      Tang Dynasty Show

      Fly to Xian, the ancient capital for eleven dynasties and east end of the Silk Road. Delve into Xi’an’s historical past and enjoy the panoramic views as you navigate the city’s walls, originally built in the 14th century. Tonight enjoy the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner. Witness a grand performance of traditional songs, dances and colourful costumes from the Tang Dynasty. This spectacular cultural show features more than 145 performers on stage together with a classical Chinese orchestra. You’ll spend the next three nights in Xi'an.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Xi'an
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Terracotta Warrior and private museum visit
      Enrich

      Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator. More than 2,000 years old, these terracotta warriors and horses were created to protect the tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang and were only discovered by a local farmer late in the 20th century. (VIP viewing platform closed indefinitely for major repairs)

      Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple or retire to your hotel across the road to prepare for this evening’s highlight.

      Enrich

      Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enjoy a refreshing drink while learning about local history from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Xi'an
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Chang’an Impression Grand Welcoming Ceremony
      Freechoice

      Shop for souvenirs as you roam through the market’s alleys of the Muslim Quarter, or climb both the Drum and Bell Towers located in the centre of the Old Town and learn about their traditional purpose.

      Enjoy free time this afternoon before your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

      Enrich

      Beginning with a hosted reception nearby, you will then attend a ceremony normally reserved for visiting Heads of State. In celebration of 2017 being the China-Australia Year of Tourism, you will be one of the selected guests who will be honoured to attend and partake in the Chang’an Impression, a multi-media Tang Dynasty Grand Welcoming Ceremony within Xi’an’s Ancient City Wall.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 10 - Xi’an > Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China, Sundowners

      Fly to Beijing where you will visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The dramatic scenery provides a picture-perfect backdrop to the Great Wall as it snakes through the mountains and countryside. Standing on the ancient ramparts is the only way to appreciate this magnificent structure, built more than 2,500 years ago. Later explore the new Gubei Water (Wu) Town at Simatai located beneath another section of the Great Wall and learn about ancient industries and how these crafts are being kept alive today. Take a gentle cruise along the canal through the ancient themed town. You’ll spend the night at your boutique hotel located within the town.

      Sundowners

      Enjoy an enchanting evening sharing a drink with your fellow travellers by the canal before enjoying dinner, both in the ambience of and overlooking the illuminated Great Wall.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Hutongs, Kung Fu Show

      Enjoy the morning at local artisan workshops in Wu Town. Transfer to Beijing’s Hutongs, where you will eat lunch with a local family in a traditional home before taking a rickshaw ride through these atmospheric old narrow winding alleyways to witness traditional Chinese life in a city.
      Attend the spectacular Kung Fu Show, a martial arts spectacular of Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics.
      Enjoy and overnight stay at your hotel, located within walking distance of the Silk Markets.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between contemporary Asian or Western cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Embark Yangtze cruise

      Wander through Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest public squares and home to the Great Hall of the People and the Mao Zedong Mausoleum before entering the mysterious Forbidden City, home to the Imperial families during the Ming era.
      After lunch, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship Yangzi Explorer. Upon boarding enjoy your first à la carte dinner including wine and beer, as you can with every lunch and dinner whilst on board your cruise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Three Gorges Dam Project, Captain’s Reception

      Inspect the Three Gorges Dam project site and experience the ship locks in operation. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges while sampling afternoon tea delights. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge

      Explore the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest covered mountains and sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the gorges.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Fengdu, Gala Dinner

      Join an insightful excursion to Fengdu. Tonight, mingle at the ‘Taste of China’ gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Chongqing > Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Dining

      Disembark in Chongqing, the largest municipality in southwest China and visit the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network to Chengdu, before settling in for your overnight stay at your luxurious hotel in Chengdu.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dinner is a choice of Sichuan cuisine at Shang Restaurant or a Western steak or burger at Mooneys.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Chengdu
      Highlights:
      Farewell
      Enrich

      Observe some of the many programs being implemented to protect the endangered giant panda and their habitat before being treated to an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even get to hold these endangered creatures.

      It’s time to bid farewell to China with many wonderful memories, finish after lunch and transfer to the airport. Please book flights to depart after 4pm.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch