Day 1 Australia– – Shanghai
Board your flight for China today. Arrive in Shanghai, Please clear all immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall where you will be met by the tour guide and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2 Shanghai (B,L)
Shanghai has a long history as a gateway to China on the Yangtze River delta. It is a major hub for finance and trade hub, and as well as the arts and media.
This Morning we walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of old Shanghai. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business souvenirs and food.
After a dumpling welcome lunch visit a Silk Spinning Mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Huangpu River Cruise – Cruise along the Huangpu River to view the soaring skyscrapers and the juxtaposing colonial architecture of the Bund.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): ERA: Intersection of Time – See a captivating combination of Chinese history, mesmerizing martial arts and incredible special effects throughout the unique spectacle. Watch China evolve from humble beginnings to the global superpower it is today, and enjoy entertaining live music and elaborate costumes as you experience show
Day 3 Shanghai – – Beijing (B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Shanghai at your own pace.
Optional Tour: Shanghai Museum & Xintiandi Area – Visit the Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. Then we explore the Xintiandi Area, which holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city.
In the Afternoon, experience the high-speed train to Beijing. Travelling at up to 300km/h, they are a testament to China’s desire to be a technological power house.
Day 4 Beijing (B)
Begin this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, located in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People¡¯s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history, including the declaration of the People’s Republic in 1949, and the ‘May 4th Incident’ in 1989.
Then, visit a Chinese herbal institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine which has existed for thousands of years, as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage.
After, continue on to the incredible Forbidden City, which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty, the years 1420 to 1912. The complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Peking Duck Dinner – Tonight, head out for one of the most famous Chinese dishes and a specialty of Beijing, Peking Duck.
Day 5 Beijing – Great Wall of China – Beijing (B)
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. Juyong Pass is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was a solid stronghold encircling a valley, which was the northern direct access to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there will be plenty of time to learn about the walls construction. You will be given the chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km marvel.
Return to Beijing and stop at one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia en-route. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonn factory. Cloisonn is a famous traditional enamelled metalware, known as the ‘Blue of Jingtai’ in China, with a history of over 500 years.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Golden Mask Show – The Golden Mask Dynasty, the show incorporates dancing, acrobatics, some magnificent costumes and one or two surprises. Seen by an estimated of 1.1 million people, it is one of Beijing’s must see shows.
Day 6 Beijing (B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Beijing at your own pace. Beijing has something for everyone, from rich culture, to gourmet food, to some of the best shopping in the world. Tonight, cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Kung-Fu Show (at your own expense).
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Hutong Life Tour with lunch, Summer Palace & Beijing Zoo – A rickshaw will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. Even today, there are many residents reluctant to move from their beloved hutongs. You are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic Beijing life. Enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors (most famously for China’s ‘Dowager Empress’, Cixi), followed by the Beijing Zoo, to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda.
Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Chinese Kung Fu Show
Day 7 Beijing –– Australia (B)
Enjoy the morning at leisure (time permitting) before you transfer to the airport for your flights home. We hope you had a safe and pleasant trip and we hope to see you again.
Day 8 Australia
Arrive home today.