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China Highlights

This 12 day journey is perfect for those with less time who want more wonder. From Shanghai to Beijing, explore China's most wonderful destinations.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,590
  • 2017/2018 Shanghai > Beijing

    Tour Code:

    CHHG

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Shanghai

    Return City:

    Beijing

    The loveliness of China

    A whistle-stop journey featuring the iconic and the astonishing.

    This new journey is the perfect introduction to the wonders of China, both man-made and natural. Experience the excitement of Shanghai before heading to the ancient water city of Suzhou. Visit the great gardens of Hangzhou and enjoy a Tang Dynasty Cultural Show in Xi’an. Your tour concludes in Beijing where you’ll venture out xto explore the Silk Markets, wander through Tiananmen Square, experience the famed Peking Opera or Kung Fu Show and visit the Great Wall in neighbouring Mutianyu. It’s a revelatory experience you’ll long remember.

  • 12 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 two 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 > Beijing
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Freechoice Dining
      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.

      Fly to Beijing and enjoy two nights at your hotel, located within walking distance of the Silk Markets.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose between contemporary Asian or Western and modern epicurean cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Hutongs

      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. Eat lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before taking a rickshaw ride through these atmospheric old narrow winding alleyways to witness traditional Chinese life in a city.

      Freechoice

      Attend the 200-year-old Peking Opera for music, vocals, mime, dance and acrobatics or the spectacular Kung Fu Show, a martial arts spectacular of Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 11 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China, Sundowners, Peking Duck Dinner

      Today visit China’s most iconic attraction – the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the lesser visited sections of the Great Wall. 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 fully appreciate this magnificent structure, built more than 2,500 years ago. Later explore the new Wu Town at Simatai located beneath another section of the Great Wall and learn about ancient industries and how the craft is being kept alive. 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 your Peking duck dinner, both in the ambience of and overlooking the illuminated Great Wall.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Bid a fond farewell to China, taking with you many wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 12 Freechoice acitivites and dining
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 25 meals - 11 breakfasts,
    • 7 lunches, 7 dinners