Day 1: Australia – – Beijing
Board your Qantas flight to China and arrive in Beijing, the sprawling Chinese capital city. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Please note that some flights may depart one day earlier.
Day 2: Beijing (B)
Your first full day in China begins with what is sure to be a highlight of your trip: the Great Wall of China. The group heads to Juyong Pass, located just outside of Beijing. This is one of the most visited sections of the Great Wall and is where you will have the opportunity to learn about the wall’s construction and even walk along a section of this ancient marvel. Enroute back to Beijing, we stop at one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory.
Optional: Hutong Life Tour
Hop into the back of a rickshaw to explore these Beijing neighbourhoods. The number of these traditional areas is beginning to dwindle in favour of modern technology, and this excursion is a brilliant opportunity for discovering the bygone side to Beijing. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Musical Performance
Enjoy a performance of The Golden Mask Dynasty or Kong Fu Legend. Additional cost applies.
Day 3: Beijing (B)
Breakfast at the hotel before heading out for another jam-packed day of discovering Beijing’s best sites. Tiananmen Square is your destination this morning. This mammoth plaza is the second-largest public square in the world and draws its name from the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located near the Forbidden City. The square is the location of the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
Optional: Forbidden City Tour
Cross into a realm once reserved for Emperors with a tour of the Forbidden City. Learn about the history of imperial China, the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the mystery surrounding this enigmatic site. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Peking Duck Dinner
Enjoy a feast of a local Beijing dish – Peking duck – for dinner tonight. It is served with all of the traditional accompaniments. Additional cost applies.
Day 4: Beijing – Suzhou (B)
Visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional healing arts. You will then board a bullet train for the journey to Suzhou. A local representative will meet you in Suzhou and assist with the hotel transfer. The remainder of the day is free time.
Day 5: Suzhou – Wuxi (B)
The city of Suzhou is often dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’ thanks to its myriad canals and waterways. The cityscape is also dotted with gorgeous bridges, pagodas and gorgeous gardens. Suzhou itself has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Lingering Garden after breakfast and admire its 500-year-old beauty, and then continue to the Suzhou Silk Factory to learn about this luxurious textile. The group travels to Wuxi in the later afternoon and there is a visit to Nanchang Street before check in at the hotel.
Optional: Grand Canal Cruise
Board a boat for a post-lunch cruise of Suzhou’s ancient Grand Canal. Additional cost applies.
Day 6: Wuxi – Hangzhou (B)
First on the agenda for today is a visit to the Brilliance of Lake Lihu. This is followed by a stop at a freshwater pearl farm. Then set out for Hangzhou, a city once described by Marco Polo as the most beautiful in the world. You arrive in the city in the afternoon and have the evening as leisure time.
Optional: The Romantic Show of Songcheng
Take in this symbolic performance of Hangzhou. This production has been performed more than 2000 times and seen by more than 60 million people. Additional cost applies.
Day 7: Hangzhou – Shanghai (B)
Admire the West Lake Cultural Landscape this morning. The manmade West Lake is divided into five sections, each with numerous pagodas, gardens and temples. West Lake is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in China, and the West Lake Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The group follows the time by the lake with a visit to a green tea plantation and you will have the opportunity to learn about the local Dragon Well Tea. The tour then drives to Shanghai.
Optional: West Lake Boat Ride
Experience the beauty of West Lake from the water with a scenic boat ride. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Huangpu River Night Cruise
Admire the Shanghai skyline as it lights up of an evening with a cruise along the city’s Huangpu River. Additional cost applies.
Day 8: Shanghai (B)
There is a trip to the Bund after breakfast at the hotel. The Bund is one of Shanghai’s most prolific sites and is lined with European-influenced colonial architecture. You have the rest of the day as free time to explore Shanghai at your own pace.
Optional: Shanghai Insight Tour
Discover more of Shanghai’s sites and history with this excursion, which takes travellers into the Lujiazui Financial and Trade zone. This area is where you’ll find Jinmao Tower, an 88-storey structure that is a standout feature of the city skyline. The next stop is Xintiandi, a pedestrian street and entertainment district in the middle of Shanghai Town. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Chinese Acrobatic Show
Watch a thrilling performance of Chinese acrobatics on your final night of the tour. The show is ERA The Intersection of Time. Additional cost applies.
Day 9: Shanghai – – Australia (B)
A transfer will take you to the airport where you will begin your return journey back to Australia.
Day 10: Australia
Arrive back in Australia today.