BEAUTIFUL CHINA WITH HONG KONG EXTENSION - 2018
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From $5603 AUD
On this tour of China, experience the awe-inspiring beauty and history of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. You’ll start in Beijing, end in Hong Kong, and overnight in between in Xi’an, three nights aboard your cruise ship on the mighty Yangtze River, Guilin, Yangshou, Suzhou and Shanghai.
Take in the expansive Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure in the world. Stand beside the guard towers and feel the overpowering history of the site. In Xi’an, marvel at the 2,000 year-old Terracotta Army created to accompany the first emperor into the afterlife. Relax as you cruise down the breathtaking Yangtze River and sail through two of the three beautiful gorges. Get a glimpse of rural Chinese life during your excursion to Shibaozhai, and visit the Three Gorges Dam site.
In Guilin, cruise down the picturesque Li River through limestone pinnacles and witness traditional cormorant fishing, and in Suzhou, cruise along the Grand Canal, before visiting the 1000-year old water town of Tongli.
You’ll also enjoy a Peking duck dinner in Beijing, a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing in Xi’an, and an acrobatic show in Shanghai. In Hong Kong, take a cable car ride for panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, and enjoy a free day to explore. This value-minded tour has it all!
In Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Suzhou, and Shanghai. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall of China, Li River Cruise, Garden of the Master of Nets, Suzhou Grand Canal, and the Bund.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring; 4-night cruise; internal flights.
Hotel and cruise accommodation in twin-bed rooms/cabins with private facilities.
Breakfast daily (B), 13 Lunches (L), 10 Dinners (D)
Day by Day
Welcome to Beijing, China's second largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world. Join your Tour Director and travelling companions for dinner this evening. (D)
Enjoy the iconic sights of China's vibrant capital city today, including TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world; the magnificent FORBIDDEN CITY, a palace complex that housed successive emperors for over 500 years; and the glorious SUMMER PALACE, a park of lakeside pagodas and ornate pavilions set among beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding Kunming Lake. (B,L)
This morning, drive to Mutianyu to visit the legendary GREAT WALL OF CHINA. The Great Wall of China once stretched 6,000 kilometres across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi desert. Walk along a well-preserved section of the wall for sweeping views of this huge fortress. Return to Beijing after lunch for a visit to the JADE MUSEUM, before enjoying the remainder of your day at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a PEKING DUCK DINNER. (B,L,D)
This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN before your flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival in Xi'an, the remainder of your day is free to enjoy one of the greatest ancient capitals of China. (B,L)
Today, enjoy a visit to the first emperor's funeral vault to see the amazing TERRACOTTA WARRIORS. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots, and horses. Later, visit the ancient CITY WALL, built in 1378 and surrounding the old city; then visit the XI'AN ART CERAMICS AND LACQUER EXHIBITION CENTRE. This evening, sample a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal, followed by a performance of TANG DYNASTY DANCING. (B,L,D)
XI'AN-WUHAN-YICHANG (EMBARKATION)-YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE.
A morning tour brings you to LITTLE WILD GOOSE PAGODA. Then, fly to Wuhan, where you will board a BULLET TRAIN for Yichang. Upon arrival, board your 4-night CRUISE through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. (B,L,D)
CRUISING: THREE GORGES DAM SITE.
Set sail this morning and watch dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge. After a shore excursion to the incredible THREE GORGES DAM, you'll sail through the Three Gorges Dam five-stage ship lock. (B,L,D)
CRUISING: WU GORGE-QUTANG GORGE.
Today, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Goddess Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship, you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. Later, sail through two of the three gorges-Wu Gorge, known for its forest-covered mountains, and Qutang, the shortest but most dramatic gorge. (B,L,D)
NOTE: Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Shennong Stream.
Today, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red-wooden pagoda perched high on a cliffside. (B,L,D)
NOTE: Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.
CRUISING: CHONGQING (DISEMBARKATION)-GUILIN.
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and fly to Guilin. (B,L)
Take a half day CRUISE down the picturesque Li River which snakes through limestone pinnacles and rice fields to Yangshuo. (B,L)
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Yangshuo before returning to Guilin, where you will visit the REED FLUTE CAVE and witness traditional CORMORANT FISHING. (B)
Today, fly to Shanghai and transfer to Suzhou. Tonight, dancers, folk singers, and musicians with classical Chinese instruments will entertain you in Suzhou's GARDEN OF THE MASTER OF THE NETS. (B,L,D)
Suzhou is famed for its ancient canals and bridges which earned it the nickname "Venice of the East." Your exploration of Suzhou begins with a visit to TIGER HILL, on the summit of which stands the Pagoda of Yunyan. Visit the LINGERING GARDEN before taking a short cruise along the GRAND CANAL. After lunch, visit a SILK FACTORY, then drive to TONGLI, a 1000-year-old "water town," and experience the life of local people living along the canals, before continuing on to Shanghai. (B,L,D)
Once dubbed the "Paris of the Orient," Shanghai still retains much of the sophistication and ebullience of yesteryear. Today's sightseeing tour features the famous YU YUAN GARDENS, the atmospheric Old Town and the stunning JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE. Stroll along the colonial Bund before visiting the SHANGHAI MUSEUM. Later this evening, enjoy a spectacular ACROBATIC SHOW. (B,L,D)
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. (B)
Your morning sightseeing starts with a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Victoria Peak for panoramic vistas over Victoria Harbour. Next, visit STANLEY MARKET and ABDERDEEN FISHING VILLAGE. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Enjoy the day at your leisure. (B)
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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