Day 1: Australia – – Beijing
Your phenomenal tour through China awaits! Begin your trip with an international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport you’ll be greeted by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel, the luxurious 5-star Shangri-la China World Hotel, Beijing.
Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.
Day 2: Beijing (B)
Today you’ll discover some of Beijing’s most extraordinary imperial treasures. You’ll begin at Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world and the site of several important events in Chinese history. Followed by a visit to the famous local freshwater pearls workshop. Pearls, particularly freshwater pearls are one of China’s many sought-after products. If you’re travelling with that special someone or looking for the perfect gift for someone back home, then you can’t go wrong with pearls. From here you’ll enjoy the rest of the day at free leisure and explore this captivating city at your own pace. Alternatively, you can join our handpicked optional tour and proceed to the expansive Forbidden City, an iconic palace complex in central Beijing.
Optional: Forbidden City Tour (Lunch included)
On this tour, you’ll first taste the delicious Old Beijing Noodle with Soy Bean Paste during lunch before exploring the world famous Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Golden Mask Dynasty
The large-scale poetic dancing drama, Golden Mask Dynasty Show, is based on a legendary age in China. The Golden Mask Dynasty Show incorporates dancing, lighting and acoustics, acrobatics and some magnificent costumes to recreate the wonderful legend. Additional cost applies.
Day 3: Beijing (B)
Today you’ll visit the majestic Great Wall (Juyong Pass) – it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, stop at a jade museum to learn the history of jade and observe skilled artisans at work as they create intricate designs. Jade, known as the royal gem, has been a popular stone for prosperity and luck since ancient times. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rugged mountain scenery of the countryside to reach China’s most renowned monument. We’ll visit Juyong Pass, one of the most important forts on the Great Wall. It’s not as crowded as the other sections. You’ll have a chance to climb a portion of this ancient wall. This afternoon you’ll take a relaxing break and enjoy your own time exploring the local shopping mall in Beijing. Alternatively, you can experience the authentic old Beijing local life and culture by joining the optional Hutong tour.
Optional: Hutong Life Tour (Lunch included)
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 and enjoy a meal of local home cooking. 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.
Day 4: Beijing – – Tai’an (B)
Chinese Traditional Medicine is thought to be over 2000 years old, it is very common throughout China and is used in most households. This morning you’ll visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to discover and participate in learning this ancient way of healing. Afterward you’ll enjoy some free time in a Beijing’s veteran shopping mall where you can find a broad choice of local and world famous brands. Alternatively, you can join our optional tour to Temple of Heaven and step back in time to discover the history of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. This afternoon you’ll board the bullet train and travel to Tai’an. Upon your arrival, our local representative will meet and greet you at the Tai’an Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel Sheraton Tai-an for rest.
Optional: Temple of Heaven Tour (Lunch included)
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. Additional cost applies.
Day 5: Tai’an (B)
Today’s excursion is one of the most anticipated of our trip, a visit to the Mount Tai Scenic Area. Mount Tai, also known as Taishan has been a famous mountain in China since ancient times and has the reputation of “the head of the Five Sacred Mountains”. This morning your journey starts with a guided walking tour on the Mount Tai Ancient Imperial Walkway, that was the royal steps exclusive to the emperors to climb the mountain. Along the stone-paved walkway, you’ll see the unique Taoist Temples, ancient trees and stone tablets and appreciate the magnificent view of Mount Tai from foothill. After, catch your transfer to hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Alternatively, an optional cultural tour to Qufu will be an excellent choice for you to have insights into Chinese culture, traditional foods and history.
Additional: Confucius Culture & Food Tour
Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. He is widely considered as one of the most important and influential individuals in shaping Chinese culture and history. Confucius was a great thinker and educator, but he was also undoubtedly a gourmet. Many of his ideas regarding food and diets have played a significant role in the forming and development of Chinese food culture. On this tour, you are invited to enjoy the unique style of Confucius Family Cuisine and a cultural immersion in the Nishan Holy Land. Additional cost applies.
Optional: Feng Shan Sacrifice Performance
This live performance was created with utmost care by the production team of Mr. Mei Shuaiyuan, the founder of China’s large-scale landscape live performances. This large-scale landscape performance was divided into seven chapters, recreating the fengshan ceremony scene of the emperors of the Taishan Five Dynasties. The performance, taking Taishan history and culture as the core and Taishan natural landscape as the background, fully demonstrates the unique value and profound connotation of Taishan culture. Additional cost applies.
Day 6: Tai’an – – Suzhou (B)
Enjoy a relaxing morning and explore the city at your own pace. Tai’an is host to a great number of historical and cultural sites. Alternatively, you can experience the real rural life in a Chinese village by joining our optional farm-visit tour. This afternoon you’ll travel to Suzhou by bullet train.
Optional: Chinese Farm-visit Tour (Lunch included)
This tour gives you the unique experience of Chinese rural life. You’ll visit the traditional village tribe of Shandong, see seasonal farming activities in action and experience firsthand some indigenous heritage by viewing tools, carvings and artwork. Additional cost applies.
Day 7: Suzhou – Shanghai (B)
Suzhou, the city of paradise, is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens, and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, you’ll visit the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history, and continue your journey to the Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest silk manufacturer in the country. In the late afternoon, you can enjoy an optional excursion to explore the famous Grand Canal further. Your group will then drive to Shanghai.
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.
Optional: Chinese Acrobatic Show
As a multi million-dollar stunning acrobatic extravaganza, the first of its kind in China, ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. Just like Shanghai, ERA evolves through a constant collision between the past and future. Additional cost applies.
Day 8: Shanghai (B)
This morning, you’ll visit the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai. Along the way, you’ll see the most famous and attractive sight in the Bund, namely 26 colonial-era buildings of different western architectural styles. Followed by a visit to a local tea house and taste the local well-known Dragon Well Tea. It is science proved that green tea is excellent for maintaining well-being, and today you will have the opportunity of learning the tea culture. Later you’ll step back in time at the Shanghai Museum. You’ll have the afternoon free, or you may explore this buzzing city further by joining one of the optional tours.
Optional: Shanghai City Tour
This tour takes you to Lujiazui Financial & Trade zone, where the Jinmao Tower is located. Jinmao is 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, and literally means “Gold Luxuriance Building” in Chinese. Here, you can find the perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world’s modern architectural technology. Next, you will visit another famous site in Shanghai – Xin’tian’di. This fashionable pedestrian street holds historical and cultural significance within the city, with its unique Shikumen Shanghai-based construction attracting people from all over the globe to explore the special area. Additional cost applies.
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 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.
Please note: Passengers will be departing at various times throughout the day. Standard hotel check-out times will apply no matter what time your flight is scheduled to depart. Check-out time is generally anywhere from 10am-12pm. You are welcome to leave your luggage at hotel reception and spend your final moments of free time exploring the area or alternatively please speak with hotel staff if you would like to extend your check-out time. Please note this service is subject to availability and will likely come at an additional cost. Your tour guide (or hotel staff) will confirm the time of your airport transfer with you directly.
Day 10: Shanghai – – Australia
Arrive back home in Australia today.