Day 1: Australia – – Beijing
Make for the airport with plenty of time to spare as you prepare to board your international flight to Beijing. After your flight lands you will be met by your local tour guide where a comfortable transfer awaits to take you to your hotel. The remainder of the day can be spent as free time, where you can head out to explore your surrounds.
Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.
Day 2: Beijing (B)
Your first stop on your exploration of Beijing is a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the most spectacular public plazas in the world. This is an icon of the Beijing cityscape and its one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. There are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities to be had here so make sure you have your camera at the ready! Continue to the neighbouring Forbidden City, a 15th-century palace complex which now houses a museum full of collections from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Afterwards, free time awaits for the remainder of the day, or choose to join one or more of the optional tours.
Optional: Hutong Life Tour
This tour 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. You are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic Beijing life. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Temple of Heaven Tour
Explore the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest and most representative existing masterpiece amongst China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. Step back in time as you admire the long wall enclosing the place where emperors of many dynasties held their Heaven Worship Ceremonies. You may also have the opportunity to learn and practice Tai Chi boxing. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Peking-Duck Dinner
An authentic Peking-duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. This famous roasted duck dish dates back to the Ming Dynasty, some 600 years ago. Peking duck is named after Beijing – Peking is an older spelling. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Beijing Kung Fu Show
The legend of Kung Fu Show is produced by China’s leading performance company and the best of China’s Kung Fu practitioners have been found for this show. Visually stunning with a great story line and martial arts skills. Additional cost applies.
Day 3: Beijing (B)
After enjoying breakfast, head north of the city to visit the famous Juyong Pass segment of the Great Wall of China. Surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains, this part of the wall stands out for its stunning Cloud Platform gate – a white marble fortification standing at 9.5 metres tall. Make a stop at the largest Jade carving factory in Beijing to learn how Jade was used to create finest ornaments for Chinese imperial dynasties. Visit the site of the 2008 Olympic Games and marvel at structures such as the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, then unwind with a stop at a traditional Chinese medicine centre.
Optional: Summer Palace Tour
The Summer Palace is the summer resort for the Qing dynasty’s royal family. It is covered 3/4 with the water, the rest are hills and palaces. The Long corridor is the longest corridor in the world. From the eastern end, Moon invited gate you can see it is like straight line, then it’s twisting and turning like in the wonderland. On the right side of the Long corridor, it is a beautiful lake. After this you will enjoy a visit to the famous Houhai area. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Hot-pot Dinner
Hot pots are a winter specialty in the north of China. Cooked in water or soup in pots made of copper, aluminium or clay are usually such food as lamb, beef, fish, shrimps, bean curd products and fresh vegetables. In Beijing, the most popular is the lamb hot pot. Additional cost applies.
Day 4: Beijing – – Nanjing (B)
After breakfast, take a bullet train from Beijing (the north capital) to Nanjing (the south capital). Meet your local guide upon arrival and then get driven to the must-visit site of Nanjing, the Mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat-sun who is revered as the father of the Republic of China, the first democratic regime of China. Next, visit a local jade shop and see the different jade-carving workmanship between Beijing and Nanjing.
Optional: Confucius Temple Tour
The Confucian Temple in the Qinhuai Scenic Zone refers to the zone along the Qinhuai River around the Confucian Temple. The zone includes the streets and lanes on both banks, residences, nearby historic sites, and scenic sites. This site is referred to by a verse in Liu Yuxi’s “Lane of Black-gowned Mansions” that reads “Beneath the eaves of their lordships, oh swallow you used to nest, but now to homes of the commoners you go.” Visiting the Confucian Temple, taking a boat tour of the Qinhuai River, dining, and watching the scenery at night are things you must do when you travel to Nanjing. Additional cost applies.
Day 5: Nanjing – Suzhou (B)
This morning, take a tour of Grand Bao’en Temple, the second oldest temple in China with a history of over 1500 years. Visit a crystal artefacts shop and learn how Feng Shui culture is embedded into these exquisite artefacts. You’ll then catch a transfer from Nanjing to Suzhou. Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Suzhou is iconic for its grand winding canals, many bridges, pagodas and magnificent gardens. This afternoon, you will visit Lion Grove Garden, one of Suzhou’s Great Four Classic Gardens.
Optional: Grand Canal Cruise
Enjoy a cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal, which is the best way to appreciate the stunning views of a water town. Additional cost applies.
Day 6: Suzhou – Hangzhou (B)
Wake this morning and visit the largest silk factory in Suzhou to where you’ll have the chance to witness first hand the production process that goes into making the precious fabric. Proceed to Hangzhou. Famous adventurer Marco Polo once described it as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Take a boat ride on the picturesque West Lake, the most scenic region of Hangzhou.
Optional: Impression West Lake
Staged entirely upon the lake itself, Impression West Lake (Enduring Memories of Hangzhou), directed by Zhang Yimou, is a grand open-air show of light, music, dance and theatrics. First initiated in 2007, Impression West Lake deploys the lake and its surroundings as props to create a life-like charming background. Through the vividly performed folklores and myths of Hangzhou, Impression West Lake highly exhibits the deep-rooted culture and natural beauty of Hangzhou. Additional cost applies.
Day 7: Shanghai (B)
Hangzhou’s mild climate makes it an ideal place for tea-planting. This morning, you will visit a famed tea plantation where you could try tea-picking and learn about how tea is processed. Drive to the impressive city of Shanghai after lunch, where you’ll bare witness to some of this city’s most extraordinary sites including The Bund area.
Optional: Huangpu River Cruise
The Huangpu River offers intriguing views of the Bund, Pudong and riverfront activity. Experience the Bund from a different perspective with a river cruise experience. Gaze at the eclectic group of architectural styles that make up the striking Shanghai skyline from the water. Additional cost applies.
Day 8: Shanghai (B)
The day is yours to discover exciting Shanghai as you wish. Or you may choose to join one or more optional tours.
Optional: Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour
Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town also known as the “pearl stream.” Best known for its bridges, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, the various spans are built of wood, marble and stone. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Shanghai City Tour
This tour takes you to Lujiazui Financial & Trade zone, where the Jinmao Tower is located. Jinmao is with 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, it is literally means “Gold Luxuriance Building” in Chinese. In here, you can find the perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world’s modern architectural technology. After this, we will visit another famous site in Shanghai – Asia Pafic plaza. Additional cost applies.
Day 9: Shanghai (B)
Enjoy one last delicious breakfast this morning, before your Chinese adventure comes to an end. At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Day 10: Shanghai – – Australia
Arrive home in Australia today.