China Jewels and Tibet Discovery

Discover treasure-filled China on this 22 day journey through its most alluring destinations. From Shanghai to Beijing, your senses will be delighted.

22 Day
From (AUD)
$ 14,490
  • 2017/2018 Shanghai > Beijing

    Jewels of the East

    There are many jewels on this itinerary, from Shanghai to Lijiang to Lhasa to the great Yangtze River. And some of the most captivating of them all are the jewels you’ll chance upon along the way.

    This journey is not about discovering Tibetan Buddhism, but it would be strange if your encounter with this beautiful aspect of Tibet and Western China leaves you completely unmoved. From the Songzanlin Monastery to Potala Palace, the outward beauty of Sino-Tibetan Buddhism is on full display on this itinerary. However, you can also look forward to so much more. Discover exciting Shanghai, delight in unique Xi’an, indulge in China’s incredible cuisine and in the visual splendour of its greatest waterway. When all is done, you may find yourself changed by all you’ve seen and experienced. And that of course will be the finest jewel of all.

    Tour Code:

    CHJW

    Duration:

    22 Days

    Departure City:

    Shanghai

    Return City:

    Beijing

  • 22 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; Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe

      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. From here experience the speed of the Maglev train before returning to your hotel. 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, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Shanghai
      Highlights:
      Freechoice;
      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, visit Zhujiajiao - the ‘Venice of Shanghai’, a water town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911).

      Later, spend your free time exploring and shopping along the famous Nanjing Road.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Shanghai > Yichang >Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Embark cruise

      Rise early for your flight to Yichang. Today you will enjoy a tour of the less visited Chexi Town to view the well preserved Tujia Minority community and experience their local customs.  Later savour afternoon tea at Yichang Crowne Plaza, before transferring to your cruise ship, the Yangzi Explorer for your four-night Yangtze River Cruise. 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - Yangtze River Cruise
      Highlights:
      Fengdu, Gala Dinner

      Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fengdu and the relocated village. Tonight mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Chongqing > Lijiang
      Highlights:
      Pandas at Chongqing Zoo

      Disembark in Chongqing, the largest municipality in southwest China and visit Chongqing Zoo where you’ll get to see the rare and treasured giant panda before flying to the World Heritage-listed town of Lijiang. Complete with elaborate wooden houses lining the cobbled streets and bridges stretching over glimmering waterways, Lijiang is a charming town which you can explore directly from your perfectly located hotel during a three night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Lijiang
      Highlights:
      Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang old town; Freechoice Dining

      Today, wander around the picturesque Black Dragon Pool. Return to Lijiang’s World Heritage-listed Old Town and wander the cobbled streets on your orientation walk. The old city is criss-crossed with canals and the market is crowded with local Naxi women in traditional dress.

      FreechoiceDining

      Try a local restaurant specialising in Sichuan and Yunnan specialties or a restaurant serving Brazilian and South East Asian cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Lijiang
      Highlights:
      Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park

      This morning drive to the nearby Baisha Frescoes and a Naxi village before observing the Impressions Lijiang outdoor cultural show, showcasing the traditions and lifestyle of the local minority people. In Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park, ride a gondola up to Spruce Meadow to witness the stunning views and savour the gentle walk through the alpine scenery.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 11 - Lijiang > Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
      Highlights:
      Tiger Leaping Gorge, Enrich - Tibetan local family

      Drive to Shangri-la via the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge and uncover the secret of the ancient story that surrounds its name. Previously known as Zhongdian, life has changed little in Shangri-la over time and yaks continue to wander through the surrounding fields and Tibetan houses line narrow streets

      Enrich

      Spend time with a Tibetan family. Learn about their traditions, unique way of life and taste yak butter tea.

      Settle in to your two night Special Stay at your hotel in Shangri-la (Zhongdian).

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Songzanlin Monastery meditation
      Enrich

      Experience a private meditation session with a Lama at the 17th century Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery in Yunnan. The roofs are made of gilded copper and the main halls are decorated with magnificent murals depicting Buddhist legends.

      Mingle and enjoy afternoon tea with local kindergarten children.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Shangri-la (Zhongdian) > Lhasa
      Highlights:
      City sightseeing tour, Freechoice Dining

      Welcome to the ‘rooftop of the world’ with an average elevation of 4,900 metres, the Tibetan plateau is the source for several of the world’s most important rivers (and Scenic cruising options), including the Mekong and Yangtze Rivers. The scenery and the isolation is truly spectacular. After a brief orientation tour, the day is yours to enjoy as you wish in order to acclimatise to the elevation. You’ll spend three nights in Lhasa.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine at an international buffet or feast on Cantonese or Sichuan cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Lhasa
      Highlights:
      Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

      The extraordinary Potala Palace, once the winter home of the revered Dalai Lama, dominates the skyline with its immense walls. Explore the incredible maze of corridors and more than 1,000 rooms, including the Red Palace and the White Palace. Explore the 1,300 year old Jokhang Temple, one of the oldest and most sacred in Tibet. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of this spectacular golden roofed temple which is always awash with pilgrims, the smell of butter lamps and incense. Then join the pilgrims as they wander along the holy Barkhor Circuit surrounded by colourful markets. Enjoy a Tibetan buffet dinner followed by a performance of traditional singing and music.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Lhasa
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Sera Monastery
      Freechoice

      Discover the largest monastery in Tibet, Drepung Monastery founded in the 15th century and once housed up to 10,000 monks or visit the Tibet Museum and Norbulingka, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lama, with its parks and gardens. Or delight in a visit to a peaceful place for studying Buddhism, Anitsamkung Nunnery, the only nunnery in Lhasa. Sit down at a tea house to taste tea and mingle with the local people.

      Travel to Sera Monastery and witness the monks gather in the courtyard to discuss the daily debate on the doctrines and teachings of Buddha.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 16 - Lhasa > Xi'an
      Highlights:
      Tang Dynasty Show

      Fly to Xi’an, 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 either by walking, push bike or electric buggy, the city’s walls originally built in the 14th century. Later, check into your hotel for a two night stay. 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Xi'an
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Terracotta Warriors 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 special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Enjoy some refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 18 - Xi'an > Beijing
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Lunch in painter's home, Freechoice Dining
      Enrich

      Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings. You’ll learn about his art and enjoy lunch with his family – a wonderful way of drawing closer to China’s culture, and its people.

      Fly to Beijing one of the world’s truly great cities and enjoy four nights at your hotel located within walking distance of the famous Silk Markets.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose between contemporary Asian or modern Western epicurean cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Great Wall of China , Freechoice

      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.

      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 20 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Freechoice, Summer Palace
      Freechoice

      Indulge in a shopping spree at the Silk Markets or wander the bustling morning markets and hunt for ingredients for a wonderful interactive cooking class with lunch. Alternatively, discover the unique holistic approach and jealously guarded secrets of traditional Chinese medicine, combined with a wellness lunch.or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven, a great example of Ming architecture.  In its surrounding parklands, witness the local people socialising, exercising and enjoying their relaxation time.

      Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace which dates back to 1750 in its use as a royal garden for the royal families to relax and entertain in.  Explore its beautiful gardens and pavilions and enjoy cruise on Kunming Lake.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 21 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Forbidden City, Sundowners, Peking Duck dinner

      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, the Forbidden City, with the towering portrait of Chairman Mao looming above, will astound you with its size and the beauty of the many Imperial Palaces, elegant gardens and pavilions within. Afterwards enjoy 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. Later you have free time for that last minute visit to the Silk Markets.

      Sundowners

      Finish the day as you started, overlooking the Forbidden City. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a drink and take in Beijing at dusk.

      Enjoy wonderful farewell drinks while feasting on a Peking duck banquet at the highly acclaimed restaurant, Duck de Chine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Beijing
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      It’s time to bid farewell to China.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 5 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 17 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 53 meals - 21 breakfasts,
    • 17 lunches and 15 dinners