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China Tibet, Mongolia, Central Asia, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ON BOOKING CONDITIONS Details of important consumer Booking Conditions and operators’ responsibilities relating to all holiday and travel packages booked through Wendy Wu Tours are outlined on page 126 of this brochure. BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR BOOKING The information contained in this brochure was correct at the time of printing; however, changes outside of our control may have occurred since then. Please check with Wendy Wu Tours or your travel agent to determine whether any changes have occurred to your selected tour. The information and pricing contained within this brochure supersedes any information or pricing for 2014 touring outlined in previous brochures and any additional information you may have received. We strongly urge you to carefully read all components of the Booking Conditions on page 126 and Booking Form on page 127 before making your booking.

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Contents Welcome to Wendy Wu Tours Philosophy A Wendy Wu Tours Experience Customer Comments What’s New in 2014?

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Introduction to China Map & Cities of China Accommodation

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Introduction to Fully Inclusive Group Tours 27 Days from $6,820 Grand Tour of China 26 Days from $6,470 China Encounters 26 Days from $5,960 China Highlights 21 Days from $4,990 China Delights 21 Days from $5,980 Magnificent China 21 Days from $6,480 Classic China 19 Days from $5,480 Cities of the Orient 19 Days from $5,990 Grand Yangtze 17 Days from $4,960 Wonders of China neouwp 15 Days from $5,190 Yangtze Splendour gr new 14 Days from $3,680 Glories of China new degroluupxe 14 Days from $4,350 Majestic Yangtze 10 Days from $2,950 A China Experience new tour 9 Days from $2,690 In Pursuit of Pandas w

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Introduction to Mongolia Map, Cities & Accommodation in Mongolia Mongolia & the Naadam Festival 24 Days from $9,595

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Introduction to Central Asia Map, Cities and Accommodation in Central Asia 26 Days from $7,895 Road to Samarkand

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Introduction to Independent Travel Yangtze River Cruising China

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Stopover Destinations Hong Kong Macau Singapore

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Welcome

TO WENDY WU TOURS’ LATEST RANGE OF HOLIDAYS TO CHINA AND BEYOND.

Now in my twentieth year of taking tour groups to Asia, I am still as excited and enthralled by the prospect of exploring the countries that make up this fascinating and beautiful region of the world. I am very pleased to bring you Wendy Wu Tours new brochure for 2014 to China, together with Tibet, Mongolia, Central Asia, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Each of the countries visited by Wendy Wu Tours has its own special attractions from big and grandiose sites such as the Great Wall in China, Naadam Festival in Mongolia, to the ancient Silk Route through Central Asia. When travelling with Wendy Wu Tours there will be a number of experiences that will stand out as the special highlights. It is those highlights that we endeavour to ensure on all itineraries we offer across the region to make your holiday a wonderful experience. We are constantly sourcing new ideas and improving our tours. Many ideas come from our own customers’ comments, while others are from the personal travel of our own staff both from Australia and our offices overseas. When planning this China brochure, we had a great deal of feedback to assist us in deciding what changes we might make. Some are small, some are significant, but all are made to make the journey more enjoyable. This year we have added some new tours to this brochure, including the 15-day Yangtze Splendour (page 42) that cruises for eight nights upstream on the Yangtze River from Shanghai to Chongqing. We have also added the fascinating Southern Odyssey, a 17-day tour (page 60) that explores the unique cultural and scenic diversity of the south of China and includes visits to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Tu Lou roundhouses in Fujian Province, the limestone karst formations on the Li River near Yangshuo in Guangxi Province and the cities of Dali and Lijiang in Yunnan Province, finishing with three nights in bustling Hong Kong, a great choice for the second or third time visitor to China. Finally, we have also added some new Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising packages (pages 85-97) that utilise deluxe and boutique hotels and have some subtle differences to our great value fully inclusive tours. Our fully inclusive prices make for great value group tours. With the wide range of different independent itineraries we offer, I am confident that whether you are a first time visitor to China or if this will be your second, third or even fourth visit to this vast country, you will find something in this brochure to suit your interests and your budget. I wish you a very enjoyable holiday experience in China in 2014. Happy travelling!

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Philosophy THE WENDY WU TOURS PHILOSOPHY Our philosophy is to provide popular, comfortable, excellent-value tours to remote and exotic destinations. Our aim is to offer fully inclusive, deluxe and independent tours with the best price, best inclusions and first-class personalised service.

WE care The comfort and safety of our customers is our highest priority. As our valued customers, Wendy Wu Tours is committed to providing you with a stress-free stay throughout your journey. We are proactive in our approach to ensuring that hotels used on our group tours regularly undergo comprehensive fire safety, security and hygiene audits. These audits are carried out by our staff members and local operators to ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained.

FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOUR INCLUSIONS Applies to fully inclusive group tours only (pages 24-83).

• Return international economy airfares • Australia, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Central Asia, Vietnam, Nepal and Hong Kong departure taxes • Domestic airport and land taxes • Accommodation • All meals (from lunch on day of group’s arrival until lunch on day of group’s departure) • All transportation, daily tours and entrance fees to scenic attractions as listed in the itinerary • English-speaking Local Guides and/or a National Escort accompanying you throughout your tour (based on a minimum number of tour participants) • Visa fees for Australian passport holders only (China, Tibet, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Nepal) • Current airline fuel surcharge (see Booking Conditions on page 126) • Tipping (see Booking Conditions on page 126) • A Wendy Wu Tours travel wallet

FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOUR EXCLUSIONS • Personal expenditure such as all drinks (including during meal times), laundry service, souvenirs and telephone calls • Taxes, accommodation, transportation and meals in country of transit if required • Insurance of any kind • Land only price excludes visa fees and arrival/departure transfers • Arrival/departure transfers if not travelling on group flights • Early check-in and late check-out are not guaranteed; if requested these options are at an additional cost

PRICE GUARANTEE Once your deposit has been received, Wendy Wu Tours will guarantee the price of your fully inclusive group tour, giving you certainty and peace of mind. Better yet, if we reduce the cost of your tour, these savings will be passed automatically on to you! The Price Guarantee does not include the airline fuel surcharge and the cost of tipping. For further details please refer to the Booking Conditions on page 126.

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A Wendy Wu Tours Experience Your first time travelling with Wendy Wu Tours is only the beginning – we trust that you will be coming back!

GREAT TOURS Specialising in tours within the Asia region and supported by a team with almost 40 years’ experience in the travel industry, we are able to present you with the very best each country has to offer. Our programmes visit everything from major tourist attractions to the hidden treasures in beautiful and fascinating rural areas. When combined, they offer a diverse mix of history, culture, scenery and unique experiences.

YOUR FIRST CONTACT Our knowledgeable and well trained staff are more than happy to provide you with detailed information relating to our tour products, advice on which itinerary in our extensive product range is ideal for you, or alternatively, design a personalised itinerary based on your specific needs.

BEFORE YOUR TOUR We will supply you with a Tour Dossier and Travel Guide that will include helpful information on currency, transportation, meals, recommended reading, and basically everything else you need to know. A detailed day-by-day itinerary arrives with your documents approximately two to three weeks prior to your group tour departure date. You will also receive a phrase book to practise your language skills!

FULLY INCLUSIVE Wendy Wu Tours prides itself on ‘no hidden extras’ and therefore all of our fully inclusive group tours (pages 24-83) are inclusive of international economy airfares, transportation, accommodation, meals, Local Guides, taxes and charges, entrance fees and visa fees for Australian passport holders. Please refer to the ‘Inclusions’ as outlined on the individual tour pages for more details.

VALUE FOR MONEY Wendy Wu Tours has always thrived on its motto of ‘value for money’, which is reflected in our entire product range. We believe that this

approach to group travel allows our customers to receive the very best prices by consolidating all of the tour components into one costeffective package.

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TOUR GRADING All tours are graded to assist you in deciding which itinerary best suits your personal liking and ability. The gradings are outlined below with symbols which are also reflected on each tour page:

COMFORTABLY PACED TOUR While you will encounter extensive sightseeing on foot, climbing of stairs and in/out of boats

throughout the tour, these programmes are comfortably operated to appeal to most people. Generally these tours are shorter in duration and visit the mainstream tourist attractions.

MEDIUM PACED TOUR These tours are not strenuous but do include several days where long periods of sightseeing on foot, climbing of stairs and in/out of boats will be necessary. These tours are generally longer in duration and could involve long days of driving or overnight train journeys. Some programmes may also include easy hiking or a homestay.

ACTIVE PACED TOUR Refers to programmes where long periods of sightseeing on foot, climbing of stairs and in/ out of boats and physical involvement is necessary. These tours are generally longer in duration and could involve long days of driving or overnight train journeys. Some programmes may also include easy hiking or a homestay. These tours may travel to remote areas and areas of high altitude, reaching up to 5,000m. Accommodation on these tours may be in basic hotels or camps. These programmes require a good level of fitness and mobility.

TOUR AT HIGH ALTITUDE This symbol indicates that high altitude areas of over 3,000m are visited during touring. Please refer to your Tour Dossier (if travelling on a group tour) for information regarding locations of altitude within your chosen itinerary, AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and recommendations for planning travel to high altitudes. If you have an existing medical condition, we recommend checking with your doctor before undertaking a tour that includes high altitude.

TOUR DOSSIERS Tour Dossiers are available from our Reservations Department or on our website. These provide day-to-day descriptions of the physical activities and other important

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Rice Terraces, Longji

information about the itinerary. We recommend you read the relevant Tour Dossier and Active Paced Checklist (if applicable) thoroughly before booking.

MEDICAL INFORMATION FORMS Customers who are over 70 years of age, have a pre-existing medical condition or any medical dietary requirements must complete and return the Medical Information Form in conjunction with their Booking Form. We recommend all customers visit their doctor for these aforementioned purposes, and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour. Please refer to the Tour Dossier for more information.

AGE REqUIREMENTS For smooth operations on the ground we do not accept children under the age of 12 years on any of our group tours , except In Pursuit of Pandas (page 50) which is for ages 8 years and over. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our independent packages, as this will give you more flexibility while you are travelling.

GROUP SIZES All tour departures are guaranteed at the listed price operating with a National Escort, providing a minimum of 10 participants are booked to travel on that departure.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS Many single travellers prefer to have a private room during their group tour and a Single Hotel Room Option is charged in those circumstances. At Wendy Wu Tours we understand that some single travellers would happily share a room to avoid paying an additional supplement if they had a partner to share with. If you are a single traveller who is willing to share, Wendy Wu Tours will match

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you up with another single traveller of the same gender on your tour and neither of you will pay the Single Hotel Room Option. However, if we are unable to find another single traveller who is willing to share, Wendy Wu Tours will waive the Single Hotel Room Option. The willing to share option is not available on Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising tours. Yangtze River Single Cruise Cabin Options are additional and cannot be waived.

Wendy Wu Tours experience all the more memorable. Local Guides, who have specialised knowledge of their own areas, will also be with you in certain regions. It is in this way that Wendy Wu Tours’ representatives are on hand at all times to ensure a smooth and enjoyable tour.

OUR PARTNERS OVERSEAS

CHINESE GOLDEN WEEK

Our tours would not be as successful as they are without our solid working relationship with our local partners in Tibet, Mongolia, Central Asia, Vietnam, Nepal, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as the professionalism of our own offices in China. With years of experience operating tours throughout their respective areas, you can be assured that their local knowledge in operations, touring, guides and transport means our tours operate efficiently and smoothly. In addition, they ensure that Wendy Wu Tours has a reliable presence on which you can always depend. Our local partners have an experienced team dedicated to the provision of personal service to all Wendy Wu Tours customers throughout their network of offices.

OUR NATIONAL ESCORTS One of the very special features of a Wendy Wu Tours group tour is the constant presence of our local National Escorts on all group tours with 10 or more participants. Upon arrival at your destination your National Escort will be there to welcome you. The National Escort will accompany your group throughout the duration of your stay in their country, catering for all of your personal needs. Meeting strict qualification standards, they are among the finest professionals in tourism and make your

TOUR CONTENT Order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions. The Chinese Golden Week public holidays fall annually around 1-7 May and 1-7 October during which various sites and attractions will be more crowded than usual.

JOINING YOUR TOUR – FLIGHT SCHEDULES We choose to fly with Singapore Airlines, QANTAS Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Southern Airlines and Vietnam Airlines to our destinations. Connecting flights are with codeshare partners such as Silk Air and Dragonair. All prices quoted for international flights are based on economy class travel. On tours flying with QANTAS Airways, travellers from Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne may fly domestically via Sydney. Travellers from Perth fly with Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair respectively. On tours flying with China Southern Airlines, travellers from some cities may need to make their own way to another capital city to join the tour. Limited flight schedules out of Darwin mean that for some tours, Darwin travellers will need to make their own way to another capital city to join the tour. Due to constantly changing airline schedules some travellers may require pre or post-tour accommdation, an overnight stopover or have a lengthy transit en route to your destination.


Any cost for accommodation, transportation or meals incurred will be at the passengers’ own expense. Travellers who require an overnight stopover in Singapore or Hong Kong please refer to our stopover destinations, hotels and touring on pages 118-123. Customers with stopovers in Guangzhou, may be interested in our Guangzhou City Stay on page 117. Normally, frequent flyer miles are not accrued on our packaged group fares and this is at the discretion of each airline. Although Wendy Wu Tours makes every effort to use the airlines noted on each tour page, an alternative airline may be used due to flight schedule changes or lack of availability.

ACCOMMODATION RATINGS Star ratings identify the standard of quality of accommodation. Differences may exist between the standard of some overseas hotels and those in Australia. For example a 4-star hotel in this region cannot be compared to a 4-star Australian hotel. Wendy Wu Tours has set high standards for the hotels used on our tours. All hotels are regularly inspected by Wendy Wu Tours staff and operators to ensure acceptable standards of safety, cleanliness and security.

TRANSPORTATION We have specially planned the modes of travel included in our tours with variety, comfort and enjoyment in mind. Coach travel, cruises, trains, rickshaws and flights are included to make your holiday more enjoyable, enabling you to enrich your ‘authentic’ Chinese experience. All coach travel is in comfortable, air conditioned vehicles. Generally there are no toilets on board coaches. In some tourist areas taxi buggies have started operating and these are available at an extra cost if you do not wish to walk. Domestic flights within China are with reliable local carriers.

TRAINS All overnight train journeys are 1st-class, soft sleeper compartments where each compartment consists of four berths. Due to booking regulations, sole use of overnight sleeper compartments is no longer available. We will always endeavour to keep group members together in the same compartment, however, there may be times where this is not possible. In these circumstances, you may find yourself sharing with other travellers. Shared cabins may combine male and female travellers. Facilities on board are basic with both Western-style and Asian-style toilets.

BOATS On some of our tours there are boat cruises as part of our sightseeing. Depending on the location, the type and size of the boat used will vary. Single Hotel Room Options do not cover single cabins on the Yangtze River cruise as all cabins are twin share. Single travellers who wish to have a single cabin will need to pay the Single Cruise Cabin Option to have sole use of a twin cabin. However, if you opt to share a cabin and you are not matched up with

another Wendy Wu Tours customer the cabin allocation will be communally based and you may be matched up with another passenger on board possibly of the opposite gender.

MEALS Fully Inclusive Group Tour Meals All meals (excluding drinks) are included in our fully inclusive group tours from lunch on the day of group’s arrival until lunch on the day of group’s departure, except where otherwise stated. Breakfast is a combination of local and Western food, usually served buffet-style. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine served as a banquet, with a wide range of specialties to choose from. Western-style meals are rarely provided. Meals are designed so that you can experience the local dishes, their individual flavours as well as the different ways they are prepared throughout the country. Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising Meals To allow more flexibility and choice when travelling on our Deluxe China Holiday & River Cruising tours, we have included special highlight meals in each city that is visited, carefully balanced with evenings at leisure so that you can explore the many culinary delights that China has to offer at your own pace. Breakfast is included daily, and is a combination of local and Western food, usually served in a buffet-style. Lunches on full days of touring are included and will be at deluxe restaurants in each city. These may be à la carte or buffet-style.

TIPPING Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry. A nominated tipping amount is included in all group tour pricing, however it is not collected in your final payment received by Wendy Wu Tours. This is so that it can be paid directly to your National Escort who will then distribute the tips among your main service providers – guides and drivers – on your behalf. Any other tipping, such as tips for bathroom attendants, hotel porters or river guides is at your discretion based on satisfaction of services received, as are gratuities for additional requested special services. For tours that include a Yangtze River cruise, tipping will need to be paid in US Dollars and Chinese Yuan. For the ‘Cities of the Orient’ and ‘Southern Odyssey’ tours which travel to Hong Kong tipping is paid in US Dollars, Hong Kong Dollars and Chinese Yuan. The final amounts of each currency will be outlined in your final documentation.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS If time permits, your National Escort or Local Guide may suggest optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing. Such options are at an additional cost and prices range from 100-400 Yuan per person and involve experiences such as a rickshaw ride through a Hutong district in Beijing or on the Maglev train in Shanghai.

Zechawa Village, Jiuzhaigou

YOUR NEXT TOUR WITH US Once you have completed your tour, we hope that you will return to travel with us again. As a repeat customer of Wendy Wu Tours, you will receive a special past passenger discount on your next group tour and early notification of new itineraries and destinations. Past passenger discount does not apply to independent arrangements.

Charities Wendy Wu Tours supports the following carefully selected charity in China:

With a mission to improve the education and welfare of disadvantaged students in China, Stepping Stones’ goal is being achieved by providing free English lessons to 6,000 students per week in migrant schools throughout Shanghai. Stepping Stones recruits, trains and supports hundreds of volunteer teachers to undertake their valuable work. They also take volunteers to rural areas to teach English and provide vital eyecare assistance.

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Customer Comments Many of our happy customers have enjoyed the benefits of travelling as part of a comprehensive and fully inclusive group tour and have continually returned with experiences that have far exceeded their expectations, new friendships and irreplaceable memories. We are delighted to have been able to take part in making our customers’ dreams a reality and turning their journey into memories that will last a lifetime. We invite you to view some of our customers’ comments and look forward to welcoming you on an unforgettable Wendy Wu Tours experience.

This is our first experience travelling on a group package. We thoroughly appreciated being able to sit back and relax knowing that everything to do with the itinerary had been meticulously planned and all we had to do was be available at a nominated time. Our guide was ‘fantastic’; one often hears comments like ‘exceeding expectations’. Our guide most certainly did that. He is an absolute gem and a real asset to the company. Thank you for a wonderful experience and rest assured we will be using Wendy Wu Tours again. William Bradshaw A China Experience February 2013 We have now been home for a week, but the dream still lives on and will do so for a very long time. Words cannot describe just how good this trip was for us and it would seem by the feedback from all others, they had the same reaction. Great group of fellow travellers, everyone got on so well and had fun. Fantastic guides, the National Guide was brilliant and funny. The Local Guides knew their stuff too. Mind-blowing sites and adventures. Greg & Sherrie Robinson Majestic Yangtze March 2013

We have just returned from our amazing trip to China. From the day we booked we were impressed with Wendy Wu Tours’ efficiency. We had booking forms and information sheets within days of paying deposit. These forms helped us to consider whether the tour was for us and whether our level of fitness was up to the challenge. The value for money was a well talked about topic and we had never been on a tour before where we got so much for our money. You are to be congratulated! When we arrived in Beijing the National Guide was the nicest and most efficient young man. As the weeks went on no task was too big or too small for him. The itinerary was well paced. More than adequate time was allowed at the different sites and the number of places we visited were great. We never could have done a trip like this ourselves. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. We will not hesitate to rebook a Wendy Wu Tour. Gilliana & Alan Stevens Grand Tour of China May 2013 My sister and I would like to congratulate Wendy Wu Tours on the professional way the tour was conducted. The tour was everything we anticipated. We would also like to mention our tour guide who we found most pleasant and professional. He helped in no small way in making this a memorable trip. We would have no hesitation in recommending your company. Sheryle Robertson Magnificent China May 2013

From the moment we booked we were informed of the things that would be beneficial for us to bring which was included in our Tour Dossier and Travel Guide. Our National Guide was exceptional and catered to our every need, her communication and English was exceptional, knowledge of each city and the pride she showed towards her country and employment left us inspired. We were extremely happy with the variety of places visited and the pace of the tour was great. Our Wendy Wu Tour was a wonderful experience. Vito & Antonietta Nocera Glories of China May 2013 We would like to say what a wonderful experience this was. We enjoyed every moment of the trip, the Chinese people, food and culture. The tour was well organised and ran smoothly. We were able to experience many sights and events we never dreamt were possible. In particular we would like to commend all our guides. Each guide went to great efforts to ensure that all group members’ special needs and requests were met. They displayed a wonderful knowledge of their country, its history and culture that they were keen to share with us. Their attitude and friendliness ensured that our trip was a great success. Thank you Wendy Wu Tours and our wonderful local guides for giving us the experience of a lifetime. Penny China Highlights May 2013

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What’s New in 2014? China is in the top three most visited countries in the world and receives over 50 million foreign visitors each year. And yet it is such a large and diverse nation that even despite the tens of millions of overseas visitors travelling there annually, there are still many exciting natural sites and hidden gems of history waiting for foreign visitors to discover. With this in mind as well as suggestions for additions to tours from our many customers, we have introduced some new locations to our existing programmes for 2014.

Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing

Chongqing With a population of over 30 million people and already the world’s fastest growing city, Chongqing is well known to many thousands of Wendy Wu Tours customers as the place where they disembarked from a Yangtze River cruise. Many people disembark their cruise and head to Chongqing to fly elsewhere and so they miss out on some little gems that, while known to the local population, are only just coming to light for overseas visitors. It is our intention to include these in as many of our itineraries for 2014 as time allows.

CIqIKOU Dating back over 1,000 years, Ciqikou was an important centre of porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Originally named Longgyinzhen, Ciqikou was also known as Little Chongqing because of its location on the Jialing River just upstream from the main port of Chongqing. Local residents of Chongqing Municipality like to visit Ciqikou whenever possible because of the food delicacies that are available in the

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small town centre, especially Douban Fish. Ciqikou is a well-preserved old town with many small shops selling porcelain and pottery, small handicrafts and gifts as well as many local cafés and restaurants. Several small alleyways go up the side of a mountain and take visitors into small courtyards. On top of the mountain is a 1,500 year old Buddhist temple and at one end of the main street, ancient stone steps take the visitors down to the Jialing River. A selection of our groups travelling in 2014 will have the chance to visit this ancient town so close to the bustling city of Chongqing.

CHONGqING PANDA HOUSE Chongqing used to be part of Sichuan Province which is the home of the Giant Panda, and so the region of Chongqing is also a natural home for these adorable animals. For tours that do not go to Chengdu, a visit to the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo will be a great opportunity to view the Giant Pandas and their offspring. A visit here will surely be a highlight for everyone.

Giant Pandas, Chongqing Panda House


Yongding Yongding County is situated in Fujian Province in the east of China. Fujian Province is home to a large population of the Hakka people whose traditional homes are large enclosed multifamily mud brick buildings built in a multi-tiered and built in a circular or square style with a large inner courtyard. These buildings are known as Tu Lou which literally translates to ‘earthen structure’. In many locations throughout Fujian Province there are groups or clusters of the Tu

Lous that date back several hundred years and ten of these Tu Lou clusters are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Of these ten, five are located within Yongding County and a visit to them offers a fascinating insight into everyday lives of the Hakka people, a communal atmosphere of traditional high-rise life. In 2014 we will visit a Tu Lou on our new Southern Odyssey tour (pages 60-61).

Tu Lou roundhouses, Yongding

Wulong Located just 22km southeast from Chongqing this scenic spot is the location of the Wulong Karst, a part of the South China Karst UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is an absolute photographer’s dream. This location boasts a typical karst landscape as well as the world’s largest group of natural bridges spanning steep valleys. Visitors are able to wander down into the valleys below to walk under these magnificent natural arches.

HEISHANGU (BLACK MOUNTAIN VALLEY) Approximately 2 hours drive from Chongqing city is the Ridge Valley of Hei Mountain, locally known as Heishangu or Black Mountain Valley.

Located here are two beautiful narrow valleys full of waterfalls. Primitive forests cover about 97 per cent of the area of Black Mountain Valley, where ancient trees nearly reach to the sky and the surrounds ring with the singing of birds. The fauna here includes the Black Leaf Monkey and Pangolin. A cable car is available to take visitors down into the valley, where about 6km of planked boardwalk provides a pleasurable walk through the valley and then an electromobile will continue the journey to the end of the valley. In 2014 we will visit Black Mountain Valley on our Dreams of Nature tour (pages 58-59). Heishangu (Black Mountain Valley), Wulong

Yangshuo On many of our tours in China we visit the city of Guilin from where we take a day cruise down the Li River passing by the beautiful limestone karst landscape that is typical to the region. At the end of the cruise we disembark in Yangshuo, a quiet little town embedded within the fascinating scenic surrounds of stunning karst topography rising above the rice paddies alongside the Li River. This is the perfect haven to just simply stroll through the quiet streets lined with shops, restaurants and bars all located close by and to observe the local people going about their daily business. Enjoy the views of the limestone hills that have inspired generations of Chinese painters and poets. Time and again our customers return home from China and say that one of the highlights of their holiday by far is Yangshuo and that a one night stay just isn’t enough. So we are delighted to announce that commencing in 2014 all the tours which had an overnight stop in Yangshuo will now include two nights in this beautiful cobblestone town.

Yangshuo scenery

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China INTRODUCTION TO CHINA For many, travelling to China is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream; to explore the Forbidden City, home to Chinese Emperors over the centuries, to gaze in awe at an entire army of Terracotta Warriors and Horses and to walk proudly along the Great Wall that stretches for over 5,000km. For others, it is the allure of the adorable Giant Pandas that is the main attraction to China. Yet these amazing experiences are only the first steps in discovering this fascinating country. China is a land of beauty with its poetic landscapes around Guilin, dramatic gorges along the Yangtze River and the striking alpine scenery in the Nine Villages Valley. The physical contrasts are great, from vast mountain ranges to forest wilderness and arid deserts. For the more adventurous, there is the opportunity to explore parts of China rarely visited by Westerners. In these remote areas, the people and their culture are a world away from the rest of China. Following a proud history spanning over 5,000 years, China’s importance in the world continues to grow as it emerges as an economic superpower of the 21st Century. Nowhere can this be better witnessed than in the

cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. With its towering skyscrapers, designer shops and vibrant nightlife, it represents the pinnacle of modern China. China is a land with endless opportunities offering the enthusiastic traveller. It is a destination that inspires and fascinates with its historic sites, diverse landscapes and rich culture. Yet beyond these great wonders, the most enduring memory is often the charm of the Chinese people themselves. China is surely a country that will leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

TIME China is 2 hours behind Australian EST.

LANGUAGE The official national language is Mandarin, which has eight major dialect groups that are region specific. In addition, there are several ethnic minority languages in the western and southernmost provinces.

CURRENCY The local currency is known as the Renmimbi (RMB), with the basic unit being the Yuan. 1AUD = 6.6 Yuan (approximately)

CLIMATE China generally experiences four distinct seasons. Summer (June to August) is normally hot and humid, with most rainfall occurring during this time. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) generally offer the best travel periods with comfortable temperatures. Winter (December to February) is typically sunny during the daytime with little or no rain, however, temperatures are extremely cold. Due to the unpredictable climate changes around the world we strongly recommend you check the current weather at your destination prior to your departure in order to pack accordingly.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian travellers, the price of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our group tours for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame). Tibet Permits are obtained by our office in China as these are not available in Australia.

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China BEIJING

LIJIANG

Beijing, meaning ‘Northern Capital’, is a city full of wonders and holds an important position as China’s historical and cultural centre. It is here where the old mixes with the new and, in doing so, provides a treasure chest of sites and attractions ranging from the Great Wall and Forbidden City to the beautiful Summer Palace.

At the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the town of Lijiang is set within a beautiful valley. Its Old Quarter offers a wonderful array of cobbled streets lined with traditional wooden buildings and meandering canals.

SHANGHAI Shanghai is China’s largest cosmopolitan city, as well as the country’s main financial centre. The city is filled with an abundance of beautiful old buildings and modern-day high-rise developments that are architectural masterpieces, combining the China of yesterday with that of tomorrow. Shanghai is China’s premier shopping haven and has much to offer its visitors, rightly earning it the name ‘Paris of the East’.

XIAN Xian, meaning ‘Western Peace’, possesses a history dating back to 1,000 BC. The city served as the capital of China’s greatest Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and was also the starting point of the world famous trade route, the Silk Road. Xian is home to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses, as well as an abundance of other historic attractions.

KUNMING Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province, home to a mixture of lush rainforests, mountainous snow-capped peaks and over half of China’s ethnic minorities. The city is the gateway to the Stone Forest, a collection of massive limestone columns located 120km to the southeast of Kunming.

GUILIN & YANGSHUO Guilin is undoubtedly one of China’s greatest areas of natural beauty with stunning karst topography alongside the banks of the Li River. Bordering one side of the Li River, 65km south of Guilin, is Yangshuo, a perfect haven for relaxing in peace and quiet while enjoying the magnificent views on offer.

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XINJIANG

XIAHE

Kashgar

Xiahe is set in a stunning mountain valley and is home to the Labrang Monastery, one of the leading Tibetan monasteries of the Yellow Hat sect. Many Tibetans gather here each year on pilgrimage.

YANGTZE RIVER One of the largest engineering projects undertaken by man is the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. This area offers some of the most magnificent natural scenery in China.

TIBET

LHASA

Paryang

The city of Lhasa is not only the capital of Tibet but also its heart and spiritual home. It is here, on the ‘Roof of the World’, where one will find the Potala Palace, the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and the Jokhang Temple, where Tibet’s holiest shrine lies.

Old Tingri

Chongqing As one of the most populated cities in the world, Chongqing has a wealth of resources, transport options, attractions and culinary delights. The biggest drawcards to this ‘mountain’ city are the Yangtze River, museums and natural scenery such as Wulong and Heishangu (Black Mountain Valley), and cultural attractions such as Ciqikou Old Town.

DAZU This small town is home to an amazing array of cliff carvings and scattered statues that rival many others found within China. There are thousands of figures influenced by Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian beliefs.

CHENgdU Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province and is a gateway to a grand selection of natural scenery, including Mt.

Emei and the Nine Villages Valley. The Grand Buddha of Leshan and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding are also located nearby.

ZHONGDIAN (shangri-la) Zhongdian is often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’ due to its location and traditional Tibetan residents. The town is set amidst some of China’s most striking scenery, with the premier attraction being the Songshanlin Monastery.

DALI Dali lies on the edge of Erhai Lake at the base of Cangshan Mountain, a truly beautiful setting. Its Ancient Quarter is lined with narrow cobbled streets and traditional stone architecture, which lie within the original city walls. The city is home to the Bai ethnic minority group.

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HEILONGJIANG Urumqi JILIN

Turpan LIAONING Chengde

Dunhuang Jiayuguan

INNER MONGOLIA Datong GANSU

QINGHAI

New Tingri

NINGXIA

Lanzhou

Ya ng tze Riv er

HEBEI Taiyuan Pingyao SHANDONG SHANXI

Xiahe Nine Villages Valley

BEIJING

Wutaishan

Xian SHAANXI

Luoyang HENAN

JIANGSU Nanjing ANHUI Suzhou

HUBEI CHONGQING Yichang Wuhan SICHUAN Chengdu Wulong Dazu Leshan Zhangjiajie Chongqing Mt. Emei Changsha JIANGXI Mianyang

Shigatse LHASA

Mt. Everest Zhongdian

GUIZHOU

Guiyang

Lijiang Dali Kunming YUNNAN

Guilin Yangshuo GUANGXI

HUNAN

Shanghai

Hangzhou ZHEJIANG

FUJIAN Xiamen

GUANGDONG Guangzhou Hong Kong

HAINAN ISLAND Sanya

ZHANGJIAJIE

KASHGAR

A natural gallery of botanical gardens and spectacular rock formations, Zhangjiajie was declared a World Heritage listed site by UNESCO in 1990. Its scenery consists of endless waterfalls, caves, rivers and approximately 243 imposing peaks, which are surrounded by over 3,000 mountains forming a beautiful combination unseen elsewhere.

Kashgar has been a market town and historic landmark for the past two millennia as the crossroads of the famous Silk Road trading route. Merchants from across the East and the West gathered here for the world famous Sunday Bazaar where the exchange of goods, food, livestock and culture took place.

NINE VILLAGES VALLEY (JIUZHAIGOU) Located within the borders of Sichuan Province, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nine Villages Valley is a magnificent alpine valley consisting of crystal clear lakes, lush forests and snow-capped mountains. Its name is derived from the nine Tibetan villages found within.

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Accommodation Throughout your stay in China and Tibet your accommodation will be in properties that are generally ‘medium range’ and can vary from a business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas we use the best accommodation available. Below are some of the properties used by Wendy Wu Tours for our group tours. Keep in mind that your final itinerary will determine which property is used in each city.

China BEIJING The 4-star Jiangxi Grand Hotel is located in the Fengtai District, on the edge of the 3rd Ring Road, with many of Beijing’s attractions and shopping opportunities a short driving distance away. The hotel provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities. All guestrooms are equipped with modern amenities. The Super House International Hotel is a 4-star business hotel with modern amenities. The hotel is located in Beijing’s CBD, near the Capital Library and Beijing Antique City. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and fitness centre.

SHANGHAI The Shanxi Business Hotel is a 4-star hotel located within close proximity of West Nanjing Road, People’s Square and Westgate Mall. The hotel has a restaurant and café, shopping mall and fitness centre. All guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, an in-room safe, tea/ coffee making facilities and a minibar. The Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown is a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Shanghai city, within walking distance to Shanghai railway station and close to several shopping centres. Hotel features include a health and fitness centre, retail shops and an internet café. There is also a wide range of restaurants to choose from, as well as a coffee shop and lounge.

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SUZHOU

CHENGDU

The Garden Hotel (Yuan Wai Lou) is conveniently located within walking distance of the ancient Shan Tang Street. The hotel features an award winning restaurant, chess and card rooms and a fitness centre. All rooms are equipped with an in-room safe, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and a minibar. The 4-star New Century Hotel is located in the lively business area of Suzhou and is close to attractions such as Hanshan Temple, shopping and nightlife areas. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and café, and all guestrooms are equipped with modern facilities.

The Sichuan Hotel is located in the commercial district of Chengdu, 6km from the railway station and 19km from the international airport. The hotel is within walking distance of shopping malls and markets. The hotel has two buildings – the west building and the main building – and features a restaurant and currency exchange. All guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning and an in-room safe.

YANGSHUO The Yangshuo New Century Hotel is a 4-star hotel located in downtown Yangshuo, close to the bustling market and the cobblestone lanes that are lined with cafés. The hotel features a restaurant and café and all rooms are equipped with an in-room safe, minibar and air conditioning.

GUILIN Hotel Universal Guilin is located in the heart of Guilin city on the banks of the Li River. The night markets are a short walk away. The hotel features a restaurant and bar and currency exchange. All the rooms are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and an in-room safe.

XIAN The King Dynasty Hotel is located close to a number of attractions including the ancient City Wall. The hotel offers Western and Chinese restaurants, a swimming pool and bar. All rooms feature modern amenities including a minibar and an in-room safe.

KUNMING The 4-star Kunming Jin Jiang Hotel is located in the centre of Kunming’s business district. The hotel features a bar, sauna, fitness centre and six restaurants. All rooms include an in-room safe, a minibar and air conditioning.

HANGZHOU The 4-star Culture Plaza Hotel Zhejiang is located north of the West Lake. Hotel facilities include a fitness centre, Chinese restaurant, coffee shop, business centre and currency exchange. All rooms feature air conditioning, minibar and an in-room safe. Situated near the picturesque West Lake, the 3-star Lily Hotel is 3km from the city centre. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, chess room and indoor pool.


DALI With a backdrop of the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain Range and facing Erhai Lake, the 4-star Asia Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area due to its location. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar and fitness centre.

LIJIANG Located at the entrance to the ancient town and near the beautiful Jade River, the Lijiang Grand Hotel boasts views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The hotel has a restaurant and business centre, as well as 24-hour room service.

NINE VILLAGES VALLEY (JIUZHAIGOU) The 4-star Jiuzhaigou Grand Hotel is conveniently located only 1.5km from the entrance of the scenic spot of the Nine Villages Valley. The hotel features Tibetanstyle architecture and its facilities include a restaurant, beauty salon, business centre, bar, chess and card rooms and a fitness centre. Guestrooms are equipped with modern facilities.

KASHGAR

Offering comfortable accommodation in downtown Lhasa, the Tibet Hotel is close to major attractions such as the Potala Palace and Lhasa Square. All guestrooms are equipped with modern facilities.

The Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel is a 4-star hotel located in central Kashgar adjacent to the People’s Square. Hotel amenities include a coffee shop, laundromat, currency exchange, health club, bar, restaurant, in-room safe and internet access. All guestrooms are equipped with modern facilities such as cable television, tea/coffee making facilities, internet access and a minibar.

ZHONGDIAN

YUANYANG

The Moon Light Hotel is a small hotel close to the Old Town of Zhongdian offering comfortable accommodation as well as Western and Chinese breakfast options. The hotel also includes a business centre and a small gift shop and is located approximately 6km away from the airport.

The Yunti Hotel is a small 3-star hotel located in Yunnan Province in the rural hometown of the China rice terraces of Yuanyang. With a Tibetan lamasery-style, all rooms face inwards towards a central courtyard, which includes an al fresco restaurant and relaxing outdoor space. The rooms are equipped with facilities including air conditioning, kettle, hairdryer and television.

LHASA

URUMQI

The Diwang Hotel is a 4-star hotel conveniently located close to a shopping mall and the railway station in the heart of Urumqi. The airport is located approximately 40 minutes away. The hotel provides a range of services for guests, including a concierge and a business centre. All guestrooms offer modern facilities.

YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Where there is a cruise along the Yangtze River on our group tours, we utilise cruise vessels from Victoria Cruises, President Cruises, Century Cruises and Changjiang Cruise Overseas Travel Co. Each cruise company has a range of vessels, all of which differ in interior dĂŠcor and cabin layouts. Standard twin cabins are fully equipped with air conditioning, Western bathroom facilities, a television and telephone. On board facilities include a bar, gift shop and laundry service. Properties listed are indicative only and are subject to change.

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Introduction to Fully Inclusive Group Tours Organising your holiday can be daunting when you are faced with choosing from among numerous tour operators and accommodation choices. How do you know if you are getting the most out of your holiday? Travelling on a group tour is the best way to ensure you do not miss out on any highlights of the country you are visiting, however, travelling with Wendy Wu Tours promises much more than that. Our group tours are fully inclusive, so once you book with us you do not need to worry about a thing. Our comprehensive itineraries cover the highlights, as well as the hidden gems of China, Tibet, Mongolia, Central Asia, Vietnam and Nepal. We organise international flights and visas for Australian passport holders prior to your departure. All transportation and touring listed in your itinerary is included, offering great value for money. Our National Escorts and Local Guides are experts on their countries, are passionate about their jobs and eager to teach you all they know. All meals are included from lunch on the day of the group’s arrival to lunch on the day of the group’s departure and have been selected so you get the opportunity to taste the array of local flavours. Western meals are rarely offered. You can also relax secure in the knowlege that we have chosen comfortable accommodation in convenient locations. We even take care of tipping. We specify an amount for you to give to your National Escort on the first day of your tour, which is distributed on your behalf to all the necessary people (guides, drivers, restaurant staff, etc.). We currently offer 27 fully inclusive group tours covering China, Tibet, Mongolia, Central Asia, Vietnam and Nepal. Each tour offers a different experience from the next. You may prefer to leisurely explore the country you are visiting, or to move ‘off the beaten track’ and partake in some more adventurous activities or visit remote areas. For this reason we have graded our tours as either ‘Comfortably Paced’, ‘Medium Paced’, ‘Active Paced’ or ‘Tour at High Altitude’ to help you decide which tour is the right one for you. See page 9 for Tour Grading. We also offer independent packages and extensions which can be added to either the beginning or end of your group tour, enabling you to make the most of your holiday. Suggestions are listed on each tour page, with detailed information from pages 105-123. For the enjoyment of those on tour and in order to keep a steady pace, all customers on our group tours must be over 12 years of age, except on In Pursuit of Pandas (page 50) which allows ages 8 years and over at the time of travel. For most of our customers age is no barrier. As long as tour participants are physically able to complete the itinerary and, more importantly, eager to experience a different culture so unlike your own, we are ready to help you explore China and its surrounding countries and regions.

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Forbidden City, Beijing

Grand Tour of China

27 days

FROM $6,820 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 27 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH AND DARWIN* From price includes: Tour Cost $6,100, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $138 (subject to change)

You are invited to experience the many wonders of China on this grand tour that captures not only the historical and cultural aspects of China, but also allows you to discover its many other, lesser known treasures. Commence your tour in the capital city of Beijing, where the highlight for many may be climbing the Great Wall. View the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, hidden underground until 1974 when they were discovered by local farmers. Relax on board a Yangtze River cruise, see the Giant Pandas in Chengdu and tour the amazing Stone Forest in Kunming. Visit Guilin, one of the most picturesque places in the world, and cruise along the Li River. Stroll through the streets of Yangshuo and observe locals going about their daily business. Wander through the traditional Yu Gardens in Shanghai. By the end of this tour you will feel amazed by what you have learned about China, its people, its incredible past and promising future.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide

CHINA

27 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $6,820 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin* with Singapore Airlines *Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Beijing and a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost.

Land Only (Beijing to Shanghai) – From $5,420 per person (includes tipping)

INBOUND (1N)

Overnight Train (1N)

Xian (2N) Yangtze River Cruise (4N) Chengdu (1N)

Suzhou (2N) Wuhan

Yichang Chongqing

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,090 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $440

BEIJING (3N)

Dali (2N)

SHANGHAI (2N)

OUTBOUND (1N) Hangzhou (2N)

Guilin (1N) Kunming (2N)

Yangshuo (2N)

Medium Paced Tour (see page 9) Air Road Rail Boat

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a three night stay.

an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, fly to Kunming and this evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles.

Departures

DAY 3: BEIJING

DAY 14: KUNMING

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Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Rectangular in shape, surrounded by a 6m-deep moat and a 10m-high wall, it is the world’s largest palace complex. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Travel to the Stone Forest and explore the massive limestone columns.

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$6,820

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05 May 19 May 09 Jun

$6,980

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25 Jun 06 Aug 27 Aug

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$6,820

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DAY 4: BEIJING Take an exciting walk along the Great Wall of China. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Later, tour the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN Explore Liulichang’s ancient shopfronts and the calligraphy market. Wander through the Summer Palace and admire its landscaped beauty. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian, the former imperial capital of China. Home to many ancient relics, Xian was once the starting point for the famous Silk Road.

DAY 6: XIAN

DAY 15: KUNMING TO DALI Leave Kunming and drive to Dali, home to the Bai ethnic minority, and visit the Three Pagodas.

DAY 16: DALI Visit Xizhou Village before exploring the local market and the Yen family home. Later, cruise on Erhai Lake, enjoy traditional tea-tasting and explore Dali’s Ancient Quarter.

DAY 17: DALI – KUNMING TO GUILIN Return to Kunming by road and fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.

DAY 18: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO

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$7,520

DAY 19: YANGSHUO

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$7,720

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20 Jul 31 Aug 21 Sep

$7,520

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$7,720

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This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 22: HANGZHOU TO SUZHOU

DAYS 9-11: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Tour the incredible Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the Yangtze River, passing beautiful scenery along the way. Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes.

DAY 12: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.

DAY 13: CHENGDU TO KUNMING Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in

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DAY 7: XIAN

Fly to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.

$6,820

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DAY 20: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO HANGZHOU

DAY 8: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER

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Relax on a stunning Li River cruise as you travel to the picturesque town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. This afternoon, wander through the local markets.

Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Later, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. For dinner this evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.

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Travel back to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves before flying to the city of Hangzhou.

DAY 21: HANGZHOU Discover the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and relax as you cruise on the tranquil West Lake.

FRoM PRICE

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $138 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$100 and RMB150 (AU$138) are payable on arrival in China.

Explore the local markets and experience oriental tea-tasting. Continue to Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’.

DAY 23: SUZHOU Stroll through the Humble Administrator’s and the Master of the Nets gardens. Visit a traditional silk mill and enjoy a cruise on the ancient Grand Canal.

DAY 24: SUZHOU TO SHANGHAI Return to Shanghai this morning and explore the unique ‘shikumen’ buildings in the Xintiandi area. This evening feast on delicious Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 25: SHANGHAI Walk through the Yu Gardens and the Old Town, visit the Shanghai Museum and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

DAY 26: DEPART SHANGHAI This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 27: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

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hy not? Grand Tour of China passengers fly with Singapore Airlines. Why not stop in Singapore to explore this cosmopolitan city? See pages 122-123 for our Singapore packages and stopover options. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Stone Forest, Kunming

China Encounters

26 days

FROM $6,470 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 26 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $5,750, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $138 (subject to change)

This journey showcases some of China’s most wonderful attractions. Discover the ancient cities of Beijing, Chengde and Xian. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River and discover for yourself the dramatic gorges, majestic peaks, mountain villages, ancient temples and breathtaking scenery. A visit to see Chengdu’s endangered Giant Pandas in Sichuan Province will delight everyone. The highlight for many will be the time spent in the amazing province of Yunnan, which features stunning natural scenery. China Encounters is a visual treat, full of unexpected surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Chengde (1N) BEIJING (2N+1N)

Price guide 26 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $6,470 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with Singapore Airlines

CHINA

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,150 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $440

Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

Overnight Train (1N)

Chengdu (2N) Zhongdian (3N)

Land Only (Beijing to Kunming) – From $5,070 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

Overnight Train (1N) Xian (2N)

Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

Lijiang (2N) Dali (2N)

Wuhan Yichang Chongqing Yangtze River Cruise (4N)

KUNMING (2N)

OUTBOUND (1N)

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

DAY 15: CHENGDU

Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a two night stay.

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later you will visit Mt. Qincheng, with its lush mountain forests, before feasting on a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.

DAY 3: BEIJING Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening you will be entertained by an exciting acrobatics performance. Dinner will include a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 16: CHENGDU TO ZHONGDIAN Fly to Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La.

DAY 17: ZHONGDIAN

Travel by train to Chengde. Visit the Imperial Mountain Villas and the exceptional temples built for Tibetan and Mongolian warlords.

Enjoy a visit to Zhongdian’s Old Town, a traditional Tibetan-style village and the Songshanlin Monastery, built by the 5th Dalai Lama over 300 years ago. The Tibetan name for this monastery is Ganden Sumtzeling.

DAY 5: CHENGDE TO BEIJING

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DAY 4: BEIJING TO CHENGDE

Visit the temples of Puning and Puyou before returning to Beijing by train.

DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN Take an exciting walk along the Great Wall. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Later, visit the 15thcentury Temple of Heaven. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.

DAY 7: XIAN Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 8: XIAN Explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, walk along the ancient City Wall.

DAY 9: XIAN TO WUHAN Visit the antiques at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before walking through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. This evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Wuhan.

DAY 10: WUHAN TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER Arrive in Wuhan this morning and visit the Yellow Crane Tower and East Lake. From here, transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your four night Yangtze River cruise.

DAYS 11-13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

This morning visit the beautiful Baishui Terrace, where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools creating a perfect photographic moment.

DAY 19: ZHONGDIAN TO LIJIANG Explore Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most dramatic and deepest gorges in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. This afternoon arrive in the `Living Museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Departures

DAY 20: LIJIANG

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Take a gondola to explore one of the meadows of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and enjoy the amazing scenery. Later you will visit the Baisha Frescoes, representing ancient stories of religions and minorities.

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$6,700

13 Oct

07 Nov

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06 Apr

01 May

27 Apr

22 May

$7,130

Wander through the quaint cobbled streets and meandering canals of the Old Quarter and visit Black Dragon Pool. Travel by road to Dali. In the evening, stroll down Foreigners’ Street and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

11 May

05 Jun

25 May

19 Jun

$7,370

06 Jul

31 Jul

17 Aug

11 Sep

$7,130

31 Aug 21 Sep

25 Sep 16 Oct

14 Sep

09 Oct

$7,370

12 Oct

06 Nov

DAY 22: DALI Visit Xizhou Village and explore the bustling local market. See the Yen family home, an ancient courtyard home and witness a tiedying demonstration. Explore Dali’s Ancient Quarter and relax on a cruise on Erhai Lake.

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FRoM PRICE

$6,470 FRoM PRICE

$7,130

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $138 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$100 and RMB150 (AU$138) are payable on arrival in China.

DAY 23: DALI TO KUNMING Visit the Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas and travel by road to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.

Tour the Three Gorges Dam before, commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. Over the next three days you will cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the historic and tranquil landscapes.

DAY 24: KUNMING

DAY 14: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

Disembark in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before travelling to Chengdu. Take an evening stroll around the local markets.

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Visit the picturesque Stone Forest where vast limestone columns rise to form surreal shapes and images.

DAY 25: DEPART KUNMING

DAY 26: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Baodin Stone Carvings, Dazu

China Highlights

26 days

FROM $5,960 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 26 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH AND DARWIN* From price includes: Tour Cost $5,272, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $106 (subject to change)

China is a truly unforgettable destination, offering a wealth of captivating sites. Every day you will encounter something unique, delightful and exciting. This tour covers what we consider to be the ‘highlights’ of China; the amazing places you have heard about and would love to see with your own eyes. Your tour starts in Shanghai; its energy and vitality is unmatched. The grey limestone rock formations of Kunming’s Stone Forest will astound you. This is nature at its best! In Dazu you will see some of the world’s finest rock carvings, the Beishan Frescoes and the Baodin Stone Carvings. Experience China’s rail network as you travel overnight by train to Beijing, where you can marvel at the Great Wall. In 26 days you will certainly feel acquainted with this ancient land. With so much on offer you won’t be disappointed!

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 26 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,960 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin* with Singapore Airlines *Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and one night post-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost.

BEIJING (4N)

CHINA

OUTBOUND (1N)

Overnight Train (1N)

Suzhou (1N)

Xian (2N) Overnight Train (1N) Chengdu (2N) Leshan

Wuzhen Dazu (1N) Hangzhou (2N)

INBOUND (1N) SHANGHAI (3N)

Chongqing (1N)

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,220 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $4,560 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

Guilin (1N) Kunming (2N) Yangshuo (2N)

Air Road Rail Boat

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 15: DAZU TO CHENGDU

Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a three night stay.

Visit the Baodin Stone Carvings before travelling to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This evening enjoy a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Visit the Yu Gardens, the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum, the Old Town and the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. Your welcome dinner will be a delicious banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 4: SHANGHAI Stroll along the famous riverside area known as the Bund and visit Nanjing Road. In the evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River and view the Pudong area.

DAY 5: SHANGHAI TO SUZHOU Travel to Suzhou and explore the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. Visit a traditional silk mill.

DAY 6: SUZHOU – WUZHEN TO HANGZHOU Enjoy a cruise along the ancient Grand Canal. Travel to Wuzhen and explore this charming town at a leisurely pace. Later travel to Hangzhou for a two night stay.

DAY 16: CHENGDU – LESHAN Travel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue hewn from the side of the Lingyun Mountain. Later you will visit Huanglongxi, an ancient town, before returning to Chengdu.

DAY 17: CHENGDU TO XIAN Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, visit a local bamboo park. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.

DAY 18: XIAN Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 19: XIAN

Visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and relax on a cruise on West Lake.

Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later this afternoon, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.

DAY 8: HANGZHOU TO GUILIN

DAY 20: XIAN TO BEIJING

DAY 7: HANGZHOU

Enjoy oriental tea-tasting before flying to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.

DAY 9: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Cruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café.

DAY 10: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to stroll through this charming town. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 11: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO KUNMING See the Reed Flute Caves before flying from Guilin to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.

DAY 12: KUNMING Visit the Stone Forest, where vast limestone columns rise in surreal shapes and images.

DAY 13: KUNMING TO CHONGqING See the Western Hills, often called the ‘Sleeping Beauty Hills’. Later you will fly to Chongqing, China’s most populated city, perched on the banks of the Yangtze River.

DAY 14: CHONGqING TO DAZU Stroll through the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Dazu for an overnight stay. Explore the remarkable Beishan Frescoes.

Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, walk through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.

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15 Feb

12 Mar

15 Mar 19 Apr

09 Apr 14 May

05 Apr

30 Apr

$5,960 $6,460

10 May

04 Jun

24 May

18 Jun

$6,660

07 Jun

02 Jul

26 Jul

20 Aug

$6,460

06 Sep

01 Oct

20 Sep

15 Oct

$6,660

11 Oct 01 Nov

05 Nov 26 Nov

18 Oct

12 Nov

$6,460

15 Nov

10 Dec

$5,960

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14 Feb

11 Mar

$6,580

14 Mar 18 Apr

08 Apr 13 May

04 Apr

29 Apr

$6,980

09 May

03 Jun

23 May

17 Jun

$7,280

06 Jun

01 Jul

25 Jul

19 Aug

$6,980

05 Sep

30 Sep

19 Sep

14 Oct

$7,280

10 Oct 31 Oct

04 Nov 25 Nov

17 Oct

11 Nov

$6,980

14 Nov

09 Dec

$6,580

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $106 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$98 (AU$106) is payable on arrival in China.

DAY 21: BEIJING Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, this morning. Walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex.

DAY 22: BEIJING Take an exciting walk along the Great Wall admiring the panoramic views before touring the unique Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture.

DAY 23: BEIJING Discover the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, a royal garden and summer retreat for the Emperors and their families. This evening you will be entertained by an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 24: BEIJING Visit the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and enjoy some free time this afternoon. In the evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 25: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 26: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Terracotta Warriors and Horses , Xian

China Delights

21 days

FROM $4,990 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 21 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH AND DARWIN* From price includes: Tour Cost $4,321, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $87 (subject to change)

China is a surprising country full of contrasts in both landscape and historical sites. It is no wonder that people return time and time again to this fascinating land. It has some of the world’s most ancient traditions, yet in some cities you will find futuristic buildings and a pace of life that can only be described as frantic. Rice fields, river cruises and memorable sites such as the Yu Gardens in Shanghai, Suzhou’s ancient gardens and Hangzhou’s West Lake, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian and the Great Wall in Beijing are some of the must-see attractions of this land. In just 21 days you will experience the very heart of this amazing country. The combination of the places visited creates a fusion of China’s past, present and future. This is a magical tour of amazing experiences!

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 21 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $4,990 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin* with Singapore Airlines *Darwin passengers may require a stopover in Singapore on the way home at an additional cost. Single Hotel Room Option – From $670 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $3,590 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

CHINA

BEIJING (3N)

OUTBOUND (1N) Overnight Train (1N)

Xian (2N)

Suzhou (1N)

Overnight Train (1N)

Wuzhen

Chengdu (2N)

Hangzhou (2N)

INBOUND (1N) SHANGHAI (3N)

Leshan Guilin (1N) Yangshuo (2N)

Air Road Rail Boat

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a three night stay. Darwin passengers may depart on Day 2.

ancient town of Huanglongxi, dating back to the Qing Dynasty, before returning to Chengdu. Dinner this evening will be a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI

DAY 13: CHENGDU TO XIAN

Explore the Yu Gardens and Old Town and stroll along the famous Bund. Visit the Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Enjoy a traditional banquet of Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 4: SHANGHAI This morning cross the great Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong area. Later, see the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. This evening you will cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

DAY 5: SHANGHAI TO SUZHOU Travel to Suzhou where you will visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. Later this afternoon visit a traditional silk mill, which is still operational.

DAY 6: SUZHOU – WUZHEN TO HANGZHOU Enjoy a morning cruise on a section of the ancient Grand Canal. Travel to the town of Wuzhen and take a walking tour of the intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Continue to picturesque Hangzhou for a two night stay.

DAY 7: HANGZHOU Visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the Six Harmonies Pagoda before relaxing on a cruise on West Lake.

DAY 8: HANGZHOU TO GUILIN Stroll around the local markets and enjoy oriental tea-tasting. This afternoon, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.

DAY 9: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Cruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere of the township.

DAY 10: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 11: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO CHENGDU Visit the Reed Flute Caves before travelling back to Guilin for your flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.

DAY 12: CHENGDU – LESHAN Travel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue hewn from the side of the Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Travel to the

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, a museum and research facility. This evening you will be transferred to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to the former imperial capital city, Xian, for a two night stay.

DAY 14: XIAN Arrive in Xian this morning and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, a 13-storey-tall multi-eave pagoda built during the Tang Dynasty. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 15: XIAN Explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Next visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.

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21 Apr

11 May

$5,390

05 May

25 May

$5,590

02 Jun 18 Aug

22 Jun 07 Sep

04 Aug

24 Aug

$5,390

01 Sep

21 Sep

22 Sep

12 Oct

$5,590

06 Oct

26 Oct

20 Oct

09 Nov

$5,390

DAY 17: BEIJING

17 Nov

07 Dec

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, and visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture set in a 267 hectare park with four gates at each point of a compass.

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DAY 16: XIAN TO BEIJING Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and the lively Muslim Quarter where you can explore the Islamic food markets. This evening board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.

DAY 18: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, the wall is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material required for its construction.

DAY 19: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex. Wander through the Summer Palace admiring the landscaped beauty. In the evening enjoy a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 20: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

$4,990

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20 Apr

10 May

$5,960

04 May

24 May

$6,160

01 Jun 17 Aug

21 Jun 06 Sep

21 Sep

11 Oct

05 Oct

25 Oct

16 Nov

06 Dec

03 Aug 31 Aug

23 Aug 20 Sep

$5,960 $6,160

19 Oct

08 Nov

$5,960 $5,660

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $87 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$80 (AU$87) is payable on arrival in China.

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Shanghai Skyline

Magnificent China

21 days

FROM $5,980 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 21 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $5,283, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $115 (subject to change)

Experience a journey through some of China’s most famous sites and attractions. Commencing in China’s capital city, Beijing, take a walk along the Great Wall and discover the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Marvel at the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian and relax on a cruise while travelling along the mighty Yangtze River. At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding you will see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Guilin, famous for its scenery, will surprise you with its beauty. The vibrant city of Shanghai is a true representation of modern-day China where you will visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. If you wish to savour the many wonderful sights and sounds of China, you will find this tour to be quite magnificent!

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Price guide

BEIJING (4N)

CHINA

21 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,980 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Singapore Airlines *Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10. Single Hotel Room Option – From $860 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $440 Land Only (Beijing to Shanghai) – From $4,580 per person (includes tipping)

Xian (2N) Chengdu (2N) Leshan

Yangtze River Cruise (4N)

Suzhou (1N) Wuhan

OUTBOUND (1N) SHANGHAI (3N)

Yichang Chongqing Guilin (1N) Yangshuo (2N)

Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9) Air Road Boat

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING Fly with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a four night stay. Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier.

DAY 2: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, and visit the Forbidden City. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 3: BEIJING Walk along the Great Wall and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, the wall is more than 5,000km long. Later, see the unique 15thcentury Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture.

DAY 4: BEIJING Wander through the Summer Palace this morning, admiring its landscaped beauty. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian this morning for a two night stay. Upon arrival visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 6: XIAN See one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Next visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets.

DAY 7: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER This morning visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda before flying to Wuhan. Upon arrival you will be transferred by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang to board your cruise for the next four nights along one of the world’s greatest waterways, the Yangtze River.

DAYS 8-10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Tour the incredible Three Gorges Dam before continuing your cruise along the mighty Yangtze River. You will pass some of the most beautiful scenery in China at the Three Gorges and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscape of the tributaries.

DAY 11: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU

This enormous statue is carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain; it is over 71m tall and wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Later you will visit Huanglongxi, an ancient town dating back to the Qing Dynasty, before returning to Chengdu for an overnight stay. This evening you will feast on sumptuous Sichuan cuisine.

DAY 13: CHENGDU TO GUILIN Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in surroundings similar to their natural habitat. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Fly to Guilin this evening, one of China’s most beautiful cities.

DAY 14: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO This morning cruise along the stunning Li River to Yangshuo for a two night stay. Your journey takes you past tranquil farming and fishing villages and picturesque scenery. The evening is free at your leisure to walk through the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.

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10 Mar 24 Mar 07 Apr 21 Apr 28 Apr

30 Mar 13 Apr 27 Apr 11 May 18 May

17 Mar 31 Mar 14 Apr 26 Apr

06 Apr 20 Apr 04 May 16 May

$5,980

05 May 12 May 19 May

25 May 01 Jun 08 Jun

10 May 17 May 26 May

30 May 06 Jun 15 Jun

$6,280

02 Jun 23 Jun 04 Aug 18 Aug

22 Jun 13 Jul 24 Aug 07 Sep

09 Jun 07 Jul 11 Aug 30 Aug

29 Jun 27 Jul 31 Aug 19 Sep

$5,980

01 Sep 08 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 25 Sep

21 Sep 28 Sep 03 Oct 10 Oct 15 Oct

04 Sep 11 Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 27 Sep

24 Sep 01 Oct 05 Oct 12 Oct 17 Oct

$6,280

06 Oct 27 Oct

26 Oct 16 Nov

13 Oct 03 Nov

02 Nov 23 Nov

$5,980

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DAY 15: YANGSHUO

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This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

09 Mar 23 Mar 06 Apr 20 Apr 27 Apr

29 Mar 12 Apr 26 Apr 10 May 17 May

16 Mar 30 Mar 13 Apr 25 Apr

05 Apr 19 Apr 03 May 15 May

$6,790

04 May 11 May 18 May

24 May 31 May 07 Jun

09 May 16 May 25 May

29 May 05 Jun 14 Jun

$6,990

01 Jun 22 Jun 03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Aug

21 Jun 12 Jul 23 Aug 06 Sep 20 Sep

08 Jun 06 Jul 10 Aug 29 Aug

28 Jun 26 Jul 30 Aug 18 Sep

$6,790

03 Sep 10 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 26 Sep

23 Sep 30 Sep 04 Oct 11 Oct 16 Oct

07 Sep 12 Sep 19 Sep 24 Sep

27 Sep 02 Oct 09 Oct 14 Oct

$6,990

05 Oct 26 Oct

25 Oct 15 Nov

12 Oct 02 Nov

01 Nov 22 Nov

$6,790

DAY 16: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO SUZHOU Visit the stunning Reed Flute Caves before travelling to Guilin airport and flying to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Upon arrival travel to the ancient canal city of Suzhou, which has a history dating back 2,500 years. Suzhou is known for its gardens and silk.

DAY 17: SUZHOU TO SHANGHAI This morning visit a traditional silk mill, which is still operational. Later you will cruise on a section of the ancient Grand Canal and see classical oriental gardens, before returning to Shanghai. This evening enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.

DAY 18: SHANGHAI View the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and stroll through the Yu Gardens. Explore the Old Town where cobbled streets are lined with shops, before walking along the famous Bund.

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $115 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$78 and RMB150 (AU$115) are payable on arrival in China.

DAY 19: SHANGHAI Visit the Pudong district and travel across town to explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings that are unique to Shanghai. This evening you will enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River as your farewell celebration.

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.

DAY 20: DEPART SHANGHAI

DAY 12: CHENGDU – LESHAN

DAY 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Travel to Leshan to view the Grand Buddha.

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Old Quarter, Lijiang

Classic China

21 days

FROM $6,480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 21 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH AND DARWIN* From price includes: Tour Cost $5,783, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $115 (subject to change)

Visiting China is an exceptional and unique experience. It is a beautiful country that in some parts has remained unchanged for centuries. During this wonderful tour you will experience a culture that is still richly intact and is reflected in many aspects of daily life. Begin in the urban metropolis of Shanghai, a city that fuses a mix of Eastern and Western influences and has so much to offer. In the capital, Beijing, you will be enthralled by the historic significance of its extraordinary sites. The Yangtze River will amaze you with its backdrop of misty, beautiful mountains. You will adore Guilin, one of the most beautiful cities in China. Wander along the cobblestone streets of Lijiang and relax by the Black Dragon Pool. This tour will capture your imagination, leave you feeling in touch with China’s incredible history and culture and allow you to mingle with its friendly people.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Beijing (2N) Overnight Train (1N)

Price guide 21 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $6,480 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin* with Singapore Airlines

CHINA

SHANGHAI (2N)

*Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,050 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $440 Land Only (Shanghai to Kunming) – From $5,080 per person (includes tipping)

INBOUND (1N)

Xian (2N)

Yangtze River Cruise (4N) Chongqing

Lijiang (2N)

Wuhan Yichang

Guilin (2N) KUNMING (2N+1N)

Yangshuo

Medium Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

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OUTBOUND (1N)

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay. Upon arrival you will explore the Pudong area.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Visit the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens, the Old Town and the Silk Museum. Stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River before feasting on a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING Fly to Beijing this morning and tour the exquisite Summer Palace. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

China and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating historic and tranquil landscapes of the tributaries.

DAY 13: CHONGqING TO GUILIN Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later you will fly to Guilin.

DAY 14: GUILIN – YANGSHUO Cruise along the Li River and admire the breathtaking views of this unique landscape. Your journey takes you past tranquil villages and picturesque scenery. Explore the cobblestone streets of Yangshuo before returning to Guilin.

DAY 15: GUILIN TO KUNMING

Take an exciting walk along the world famous Great Wall and the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.

Visit the Reed Flute Caves this morning before boarding your flight to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. For dinner this evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.

DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN

DAY 16: KUNMING

DAY 5: BEIJING

This morning stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. This evening, board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.

Enjoy a full-day tour to the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a forest of surreal shapes and images.

Departures

DAY 17: KUNMING TO LIJIANG

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DAY 7: XIAN

Fly to Lijiang. Located in the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the town of Lijiang is set within a beautiful valley. Upon arrival wander through the quaint cobblestone streets and around the meandering canals of the Old Quarter. Later this afternoon you will visit the Black Dragon Pool.

11 Mar 08 Apr

31 Mar 28 Apr

25 Mar 29 Apr

14 Apr 19 May

$6,480

06 May 27 May

26 May 16 Jun

13 May

02 Jun

$6,680

17 Jun

07 Jul

19 Aug

08 Sep

$6,480

02 Sep 16 Sep

22 Sep 06 Oct

09 Sep 23 Sep

29 Sep 13 Oct

$6,680

07 Oct

27 Oct

Arrive into Xian and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Later, walk through the Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. This evening feast on a Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 8: XIAN Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.

DAY 9: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER Fly to Wuhan this morning and transfer (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang, the boarding point of your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.

DAYS 10-12: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Enjoy a tour to the Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the mighty Yangtze River. You will pass some of the most beautiful scenery in

Stone Forest, Kunming

DAY 18: LIJIANG Visit the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across.

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$6,480

2015

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10 Mar 07 Apr

30 Mar 27 Apr

24 Mar 28 Apr

13 Apr 18 May

$7,160

This morning take a gondola to explore one of the meadows of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and enjoy the amazing scenery. Later this afternoon fly to Kunming and enjoy your final evening in China.

05 May 26 May

25 May 15 Jun

12 May

01 Jun

$7,360

16 Jun

06 Jul

18 Aug

07 Sep

$7,160

01 Sep 15 Sep

21 Sep 05 Oct

08 Sep 22 Sep

28 Sep 12 Oct

$7,360

DAY 20: DEPART KUNMING

06 Oct

26 Oct

DAY 19: LIJIANG TO KUNMING

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

FRoM PRICE

$7,160

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $115 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$78 and RMB150 (AU$115) are payable on arrival in China.

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Big Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Cities of the Orient

19 days

FROM $5,480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 19 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $5,038, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $126 (subject to change)

This tour includes an intriguing mix of urban cities, ancient history and tranquil landscapes. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Be amazed at sites such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing. An exciting walk along the Great Wall is an experience that you will cherish. In the ancient city of Xian you will visit the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Cruise down the Yangtze River taking in the stunning scenery. Travel to Guilin, one of China’s most naturally beautiful regions. End your journey in the amazing city of Hong Kong. The city offers a sprawling skyline and a beautiful harbour and the shopping is not to be missed!

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China and Hong Kong, accommodation, all meals in China, daily breakfast and one dinner in Hong Kong, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide

Beijing (3N)

CHINA

Xian (2N)

SHANGHAI (2N)

19 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,480 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,300

Yangtze River Cruise (4N) Chongqing

Wuhan Yichang

Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $440 Guilin (1N )

Land Only (Shanghai to Hong Kong) – From $4,718 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

Yangshuo (2N) HONG KONG (3N) OUTBOUND (1N)

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Perth passengers may need to depart one day earlier.

along the Yangtze River. Your journey will take you past beautiful scenery and shore excursions and will allow you to explore the local history and landscape.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI

DAY 12: CHONGqING TO GUILIN

Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Cross the Nanpu Bridge to explore the Pudong area. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING Explore the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and wander the surrounds of the neighbouring People’s Square. Fly to Beijing for a three night stay. This evening enjoy a sample of the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAYS 4-5: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex and home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years. Later, explore the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Tomorrow enjoy an exciting walk along the Great Wall and then visit the Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty. In the evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later, fly to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves.

DAY 13: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Cruise along the Li River to the town of Yangshuo. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a local café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.

DAY 14: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 15: YANGHSUO – GUILIN TO HONG KONG Travel back to Guilin and fly to Hong Kong for a three night stay. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (Breakfast only included)

DAY 16: HONG KONG Enjoy a tour of Hong Kong Island, including Victoria Peak and Stanley Market. Later you will visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village. (Breakfast only included)

DAY 17: HONG KONG

Fly to Xian. This afternoon visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. In the evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

Take a ferry ride through Victoria Harbour to Lantau Island. Visit Cheung Sha Beach, Tai O Fishing Village and the Big Buddha before taking the Ngong Ping Skyrail cable car down the mountain. Enjoy dinner at the top of Victoria Peak. (Breakfast and dinner included)

DAY 7: XIAN

DAY 18: DEPART HONG KONG

Fly to Wuhan and transfer by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang the boarding point of your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.

This morning tour of the `Land Between’, including the Yuen Yuen Institute. Take in the view from Tai Mo Shan and Luk Keng Road Lookout and visit Sam Mun Tsai Fishing Zone. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hong Kong airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (Breakfast only included) Please note: Due to flight schedules Perth passengers may miss touring on Day 18 and may wish to stay an extra night in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

DAYS 9-11: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

DAY 19: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Tour the Three Gorges Dam before cruising

Arrive home today.

Explore the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets.

DAY 8: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER

Departures 2014

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19 Mar

06 Apr

$5,480

09 Apr

27 Apr

16 Apr

04 May

$5,980

07 May 21 May 20 Aug 10 Sep

25 May 08 Jun 07 Sep 28 Sep

14 May 04 Jun 03 Sep

01 Jun 22 Jun 21 Sep

$5,780

17 Sep 29 Oct

05 Oct 16 Nov

08 Oct

26 Oct

$5,980

05 Nov

23 Nov

2015

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$5,780 DEP AUS ARR AUS

FRoM PRICE

18 Mar

05 Apr

$5,980

08 Apr

26 Apr

15 Apr

03 May

$6,580

06 May 20 May 19 Aug

24 May 07 Jun 06 Sep

13 May 03 Jun 02 Sep

31 May 21 Jun 20 Sep

$6,350

09 Sep 07 Oct

27 Sep 25 Oct

16 Sep 28 Oct

04 Oct 15 Nov

$6,580

04 Nov

22 Nov

$6,350

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $126 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$55, RMB150 and HK$250 (AU$126) are payable on arrival in China and Hong Kong. Scan code for more information

hy not? Temple of Heaven, Beijing

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Yangtze River

Grand Yangtze

19 days

FROM $5,990 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 19 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH AND DARWIN* From price includes: Tour Cost $5,263, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $145 (subject to change)

The Yangtze River is China’s largest and longest river. This amazing waterway forms the backbone of this wonderful tour and over eight nights you will cruise upstream from Shanghai with the American-owned Victoria Cruises, a leader in Yangtze River cruising. The highlight for many will be viewing the stunning landscapes, dramatic gorges, majestic peaks and ancient temples. Shore excursions will take you to sites such as Nanjing, Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain) and Wuhan. This special journey also goes beyond the Yangtze River. You will be captivated by the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Visit the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu and see the ancient sites of Xian. Your tour concludes in Beijing with an opportunity to enjoy its historical wonders and reflect on your unforgettable and truly diverse Chinese experience.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders BEIJING (3N)

Price guide 19 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,990 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin* with Singapore Airlines *Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai at an additional cost.

Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $4,590 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

INBOUND (1N)

Xian (2N)

Single Hotel Room Option – From $740 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $1,350

OUTBOUND (1N)

CHINA

Chengdu (1N)

Nanjing Yangtze River Cruise (8N) Wuhan

Chongqing

SHANGHAI (2N)

Yichang Mt. Huang Fengdu

Air Road Boat

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 12: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU

Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay.

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Enjoy a sumptuous banquet of traditional Sichuan cuisine.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Tour the exciting city of Shanghai, starting with a visit to the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Later, view the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and explore the Xintiandi area. Stroll along the famous Bund to see its collection of neo-classical buildings. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

DAY 4: SHANGHAI – EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE The morning is free at your leisure until this afternoon when you board your Victoria Cruises vessel. Spend the next eight nights on board cruising to Chongqing.

DAY 5: NANJING Enjoy a full-day shore excursion to the ancient capital of Nanjing. Later, continue cruising towards Mt. Huang.

DAY 6: MT. HUANG Enjoy a shore excursion to Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain). Take a cable car to the summit to see the spectacular views of rock formations and thousand-year-old pine trees.

DAY 13: CHENGDU TO XIAN Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat before flying to Xian. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 14: XIAN Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, take a walk on the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.

DAY 15: XIAN TO BEIJING Wander through the Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. Fly to Beijing, the capital city of China.

Departures

DAY 16: BEIJING

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29 Apr 27 May 23 Sep 21 Oct

Continue cruising to Wuhan where you will visit the Guqin Terrace built in honour of the legend of Yu Boya, an expert heptacord player, and his friend Zhong Ziqi.

This morning stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex. Later visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 8: CRUISING

DAY 17: BEIJING

DAY 7: WUHAN

Spend the day relaxing on board as you continue cruising towards Yichang.

DAY 9: YICHANG Enjoy a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam before continuing your journey along the Yangtze River.

DAY 10: DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES Sail through the Wu Gorge and enjoy an excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges, passing local villages and scenery.

DAY 11: FENGDU Early this morning you will explore Fengdu, the ancient ‘Ghost City’, located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River.

Giant Panda, Chengdu

It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later, wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

2014

03 May 31 May 27 Sep 25 Oct

FRoM PRICE

17 May 14 Jun 11 Oct 08 Nov

$5,990

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FRoM PRICE

14 Apr 12 May 08 Sep 06 Oct

28 Apr 26 May 22 Sep 20 Oct

2015

02 May 30 May 26 Sep 24 Oct

16 May 13 Jun 10 Oct 07 Nov

$6,600

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $145 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$78 and RMB300 (AU$145) are payable on arrival in China.

DAY 18: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 19: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Great Wall, Beijing

Wonders of China

17 days

FROM $4,960 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 17 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE*, ADELAIDE** AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $4,541, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $103 (subject to change)

China is an immense country where you could spend months travelling through its landscapes and still only see a small percentage of its wondrous attractions. The wonders of China are there for all to see, from impressive archaeological sites and stunning dramatic scenery to the friendly charm of its people. This tour has been designed to showcase some of China’s most amazing sights, yet at the same time allow you a glimpse of the real China, its people, rural backdrops and ever-evolving cosmopolitan way of life. China has been an inspiration for photographers and artists alike for centuries. Along the way, discover bustling markets, sample traditional Chinese cuisine and gather an understanding of this fascinating land and its people. This tour will allow you to capture the true wonders of China and it will leave you longing to return.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 17 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $4,960 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide** and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways *Brisbane passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost. **Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

BEIJING (3N) INBOUND (1N)

CHINA

Xian (2N)

SHANGHAI (2N) Wuhan

Yangtze River Cruise (4N) Chongqing

OUTBOUND (1N)

Yichang

Single Hotel Room Option – From $570 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $440 Land Only (Beijing to Shanghai) – From $3,715 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

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Guilin (1N) Yangshuo (2N)

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

DAY 8: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a three night stay. Melbourne and Brisbane passengers may depart on Day 2.

Tour the Three Gorges Dam before cruising along the Yangtze River.

DAY 3: BEIJING

Along the way you will journey past some of the most beautiful scenery in China and take shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and landscapes of the Yangtze River’s tributary streams.

This morning stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum before walking through the treasure-filled Forbidden City. This afternoon visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture that has four gates, one at each of the four points of the compass. Visit a local home and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 4: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and this evening watch an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian, the former imperial capital of China. Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 6: XIAN

DAYS 9-10: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

DAY 11: CHONGqING TO GUILIN Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, and visit the stunning Reed Flute Caves.

DAY 12: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Cruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. This boat journey takes you past tranquil farming and fishing villages and picturesque scenery. Spend the evening walking through the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.

DAY 13: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 14: YANGHUO – GUILIN TO SHANGHAI Fly from Guilin to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. See the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and wander the surrounds of the neighbouring People’s Square.

This morning explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the UNESCO World Heritage listed life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Walk along the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Later this afternoon wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets.

DAY 15: SHANGHAI

DAY 7: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER

DAY 16: DEPART SHANGHAI

Fly to Wuhan. Upon arrival you will be transferred by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang to board your cruise for the next four nights.

Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous riverside area known as the Bund and view the Pudong area. Visit the Xintiandi area with its 1920s ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. As your farewell celebration this evening, enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River. This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

Departures 2014

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FRoM PRICE

09 Mar 23 Mar

25 Mar 08 Apr

16 Mar

30 Mar

15 Apr

06 Apr

22 Apr

13 Apr 17 Apr 24 Apr

29 Apr 03 May 10 May

15 Apr 20 Apr 27 Apr

01 May 06 May 13 May

$5,160

04 May 11 May 18 May 25 May

20 May 27 May 03 Jun 10 Jun

08 May 15 May 22 May

24 May 31 May 07 Jun

$5,360

01 Jun 15 Jun

17 Jun 01 Jul

08 Jun 22 Jun

24 Jun 08 Jul

$4,960

29 Jun

15 Jul

06 Jul

22 Jul

$5,160

13 Jul 27 Jul 10 Aug 24 Aug

29 Jul 12 Aug 26 Aug 09 Sep

20 Jul 03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Aug

05 Aug 19 Aug 02 Sep 16 Sep

$4,960

04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep 25 Sep

20 Sep 27 Sep 04 Oct 11 Oct

07 Sep 14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Sep

23 Sep 30 Sep 07 Oct 14 Oct

$5,360

05 Oct

21 Oct

09 Oct 19 Oct 02 Nov

25 Oct 04 Nov 18 Nov

01 Apr

$4,960 $5,160 $4,960

$5,160 28 Oct 11 Nov 25 Nov

$4,960

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08 Mar 22 Mar

24 Mar 07 Apr

15 Mar

29 Mar

14 Apr

05 Apr

21 Apr

12 Apr 16 Apr 23 Apr

28 Apr 02 May 09 May

14 Apr 19 Apr 26 Apr

30 Apr 05 May 12 May

$5,660

03 May 10 May 17 May 24 May

19 May 26 May 02 Jun 09 Jun

07 May 14 May 21 May 31 May

23 May 30 May 06 Jun 16 Jun

$5,860

07 Jun 21 Jun

23 Jun 07 Jul

14 Jun

30 Jun

$5,460

28 Jun

14 Jul

05 Jul

21 Jul

$5,660

2015

12 Oct 26 Oct 09 Nov

31 Mar

$5,460 $5,660 $5,460

Please contact our Reservations Department for more 2015 departures. Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $103 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$67 and RMB150 (AU$103) are payable on arrival in China. This tour can be taken as a private departure, see page 103 for details.

Acrobatic performance, Beijing

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS

new group

Yangtze River

new

new deluxe Splendour Yangtze

15 days

group

FROM $5,190 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 15 DAYS UPSTREAM - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH

new tour

Upstream from price includes: Tour Cost $4,771, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $103 (subject to change)

China is both a time capsule of ancient culture and an immense stage showcasing modern wonders.

Takeein new of Shanghai and cruise the mysterious Yangtze River with its spectacular Three Gorges and stunning landscapes. r vibrant energy riothe up legendary sVisit sites such as China’s current capital, Beijing where you can explore world-famous attractions such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall and Forbidden tour City.

hotels

deluxe

From the moment you arrive, our guides will share their knowledge of China’s history, art, culture and landscapes with you throughout your journey. You will experience the China you have always dreamed of and uncover hidden treasures you could not possibly have imagined.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 15 Days Upstream, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,190 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways

BEIJING (3N)

CHINA

*Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

Nanjing

Single Hotel Room Option (Upstream) – From $430 Single Cruise Cabin Option (Upstream) – From $1,350 Land Only Upstream (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $3,897 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced tour (see page 9)

OUTBOUND (1N)

Wuhan Chongqing

Yichang

SHANGHAI (2N) Mt. Huang

Yangtze River Cruise (8N)

Air Road Boat (Upstream)

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Yangtze Splendour (Upstream)

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

Yangtze Splendour (Downstream) DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a three night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI

DAYS 2-3: BEIJING

Visit the Yu Gardens, Old Town and the Shanghai Museum. Stroll along the Bund and explore Tianzhifang, a famous art district. This evening, cruise along the Huangpu River before enjoying traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.

Visit the Pudong area and this afternoon board your Victoria Cruises vessel for the next eight nights cruising to Chongqing.

Wander through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Later, visit the Temple of Heaven and this evening, sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck, as your welcoming dinner. Tomorrow climb the Great Wall and wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. In the evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 4: NANJING

DAY 4: BEIJING TO CHONGqING

Enjoy a shore excursion to the ancient capital of Nanjing. Tour the Ming Dynasty City Wall Museum and a Qing Dynasty-style bazaar surrounding a Confucian temple.

Enjoy the morning at leisure before flying to Chongqing for an overnight stay. Visit the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI – EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

DAY 5: MT. HUANG

DAY 5: CHONGqING – EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Travel to the base of Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain). Take a cable car to the summit and take in the spectacular views of the rock formations and thousand-year-old pine trees.

Embark your Victoria Cruises vessel this morning for the next six nights cruising to Shanghai. Explore Fengdu, the ‘Ghost City’.

DAY 6: WUHAN Continue to Wuhan and visit the Guqin Terrace.

DAY 7: CRUISING Enjoy a relaxing day on board the ship as you continue cruising upstream.

DAY 8: YICHANG Visit the Three Gorges Dam and cruise along the most scenic section of the Yangtze, the Three Gorges.

DAY 9: DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES Enjoy an excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges, passing local villages and scenery.

DAY 10: FENGDU Early this morning you will explore Fengdu, an ancient ‘Ghost City’.

DAY 11: CHONGqING TO BEIJING Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo. In the afternoon, fly to Beijing for a three night stay.

DAYS 12-13: BEIJING Explore Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum followed by a visit to the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. This evening, enjoy an acrobatics performance. Tomorrow climb the Great Wall of China and see the Summer Palace. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 14: DEPART BEIJING

Departures 2014

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DEP AUS ARR AUS

FRoM PRICE

08 Apr

21 Apr#

$5,220

16 Apr

30 Apr

$5,390

Enjoy an excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges, passing local villages and scenery.

22 Apr

05 May#

$5,420

06 May

19 May#

$5,720

DAY 7: YICHANG

14 May

28 May

Visit the Three Gorges Dam site to see this engineering wonder before cruising along the most scenic section of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges.

02 Sep

15 Sep#

$5,720

10 Sep

24 Sep

$5,690

16 Sep

29 Sep#

$5,720

08 Oct

22 Oct

$5,190

14 Oct

27 Oct#

$5,220

22 Oct

05 Nov

$5,190

DAY 6: DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES

DAY 8: WUHAN Cruise to Wuhan and tour the Guqin Terrace.

DAY 9: MT. HUANG Enjoy a shore excursion to Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain). Take a cable car to the summit to see the spectacular views of rock formations and thousand-year-old pine trees.

2015

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28 May

11 Jun

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$5,690

FRoM PRICE

07 Apr

20 Apr#

$5,740

15 Apr

29 Apr

$5,920

DAY 10: NANJING

21 Apr

04 May#

$5,960

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the ancient capital of Nanjing.

13 May

27 May

01 Sep

14 Sep#

$6,290

DAY 11: SHANGHAI

09 Sep

23 Sep

$6,250

Disembark your cruise in Shanghai this morning and visit the Shanghai Museum. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

Please contact our Reservations Department for more 2015 departures.

DAY 12: SHANGHAI Visit the Old Town, Yu Gardens, the Bund and Tianzhifang, a famous art district. This evening enjoy a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 13: DEPART SHANGHAI

This morning is free at leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 15: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Arrive home today.

Arrive home today.

27 May

10 Jun

$6,250

Important note: Upstream – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of AU$103 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$40 and RMB300 (AU$103) are payable on arrival in China. Downstream – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $109 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$45 and RMB300 (AU$109) are payable on arrival in China. # Indicates downstream itinerary Scan code for more information

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Local Farm, Yangshuo

Glories of China

14 days

FROM $3,680 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 14 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE* AND PERTH** From price includes: Tour Cost $3,325, CZ Fuel Surcharge $287 and Tipping $68 (subject to change)

China offers an endless array of attractions, from futuristic buildings to impressive archaeological sites. Wander through Shanghai’s beautiful Yu Gardens and Old Town and see why Guilin and the Li River have been an inspiration to painters for many years. Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian and be astounded by ancient sites in Beijing. Experience a walk along the Great Wall, one of the world’s most amazing wonders. Stroll through Tiananmen Square, discover the exquisite Summer Palace and sample traditional cuisine along the way. Glories of China will truly captivate you. Be enthralled with the culture, history and beauty of this immense land.

Inclusions

Price guide

International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

14 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share Single Hotel Room Option – From $630 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $2,572 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

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QANTAS Airways

From $3,680 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane* and Perth** with China Southern Airlines (CZ)

From $4,290 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide with QANTAS Airways (QF)

*Brisbane passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai at an additional cost. **Perth passengers may require one night post-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost. Adelaide and Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

Perth and Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian


DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 9: XIAN TO BEIJING

Fly to Shanghai for a three night stay.

See the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Afterwards you will fly to Beijing, the capital city of China.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Explore the Shanghai Museum and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening feast on traditional Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and explore the Xintiandi area. Cross the great Nanpu Bridge to the Pudong area. This evening cruise along the spectacular Huangpu River.

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO GUILIN This morning fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, and visit the Seven Star Caves.

DAY 10: BEIJING Wander through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex and home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years.

Relax on the Li River as you cruise to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. Spend the evening walking along the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.

DAY 6: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 7: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO XIAN Return to Guilin and fly to Xian, the former imperial capital of China. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 8: XIAN Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.

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16 Feb

23 Feb

It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views. Later visit the 15thcentury Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 12: BEIJING Enjoy a rickshaw tour through the traditional Hutong area and wander around the exquisite landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. It was once a royal garden and summer retreat for the members of the Emperor’s family and their courtesans. This evening sample the delicious local specialty, Peking Duck.

DAY 13: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

01 Mar

08 Mar

FRoM PRICE CZ from $3,680 QF from $4,290

09 Mar

22 Mar

23 Mar

05 Apr

CZ from $3,980 QF from $4,430

30 Mar

12 Apr

CZ from $4,180 QF from $4,780

06 Apr

19 Apr

CZ from $4,180 QF from $4,430

13 Apr

DAY 11: BEIJING

DAY 5: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO

Departures

26 Apr

18 Apr

01 May

CZ from $4,180 QF from $4,780

07 May 20 May 25 May 07 Jun 29 Jun

11 May 08 Jun

24 May 21 Jun

12 Jul

CZ from $3,980 QF from $4,430 CZ from $4,180 QF from $4,780

27 Jul 09 Aug 31 Aug 13 Sep 14 Sep 27 Sep

17 Aug 07 Sep

30 Aug 20 Sep

21 Sep 05 Oct

04 Oct 18 Oct

28 Sep

11 Oct

12 Oct 26 Oct

25 Oct 08 Nov

19 Oct 02 Nov

01 Nov 15 Nov

16 Nov

29 Nov

23 Nov

06 Dec

CZ from $3,980 QF from $4,430 CZ from $4,180 QF from $4,780 CZ from $3,980 QF from $4,430 CZ from $3,680 QF from $4,290

2015

DEP AUS ARR AUS

15 Feb

28 Feb

DEP AUS ARR AUS

22 Feb

07 Mar

FRoM PRICE CZ from $3,990 QF from $4,770

08 Mar

21 Mar

22 Mar

04 Apr

CZ from $4,390 QF from $4,870

29 Mar

11 Apr

CZ from $4,690 QF from $5,240

05 Apr

18 Apr

CZ from $4,390 QF from $4,870

12 Apr

25 Apr

17 Apr

30 Apr

CZ from $4,690 QF from $5,240

06 May 19 May 24 May 06 Jun 28 Jun

11 Jul

CZ from $4,390 QF from $4,870 CZ from $4,690

Please contact our Reservations Department for more 2015 departures.

OUTBOUND (1N)

Xian (2N)

23 May 20 Jun

QF from $5,240

BEIJING (4N)

CHINA

10 May 07 Jun

Important note: CZ – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $287 and tipping of $68 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$63 (AU$68) is payable on arrival in China.

SHANGHAI (3N)

qF – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $390 and tipping of $68 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$63 (AU$68) is payable on arrival in China. This tour can be taken as a private departure, see page 101 for details.

Guilin (1N) Yangshuo (2N)

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Summer Palace, Beijing

Majestic Yangtze

14 days

FROM $4,350 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 14 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $3,936, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $98 (subject to change)

As the name suggests, this tour is designed for the first-time visitor to experience the majestic Yangtze River. Discover the incredible gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery. Be fascinated by the Three Gorges Dam project; an amazing feat of engineering that needs to be seen to be believed. Experience modern-day China in the vibrant city of Shanghai and see the famous Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Visit historical Xian and discover China’s capital city Beijing, renowned for its opulent palaces and temples and sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. With a history dating back thousands of years, you will love all that you see of this fascinating country. From the quiet waters of the Yangtze River to the bustling city life, discover the many gems China has on offer.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 14 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $4,350 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways *Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

BEIJING (3N)

CHINA

Xian (2N)

Single Hotel Room Option – From $490 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $440 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $3,305 per person (includes tipping)

OUTBOUND (1N)

Chengdu (1N)

SHANGHAI (2N) Yangtze River Cruise (4N)

Yichang

Chongqing

Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

Air Road Boat

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 9: XIAN

Fly to Shanghai with Cathay Pacific Airways for a two night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.

Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Visit the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. This evening cruise along the stunning Huangpu River before feasting on sumptuous Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER Visit the futuristic Pudong area and see its famous skyline before flying to Yichang. Upon arrival board your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights.

DAYS 4-6: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Tour the Three Gorges Dam before commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. Along the way you will pass spectacular scenery and take shore excursions to explore the tranquil landscapes.

DAY 7: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou before driving to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, for an overnight stay.

DAY 8: CHENGDU TO XIAN Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later you will fly to the historic city of Xian. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

Shui Jiao Dumpling Banquet, Xian

DAY 10: XIAN TO BEIJING See the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Take a stroll through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Later this afternoon fly to Beijing, the capital city of China.

DAY 11: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City and wander through the picturesque landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace. This evening you will watch an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 12: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon see the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. As your farewell dinner this evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 13: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

Little Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian

Departures 2014

DEP AUS ARR AUS

DEP AUS ARR AUS

17 Mar

FRoM PRICE

10 Mar

23 Mar

31 Mar

13 Apr

$4,450

07 Apr

20 Apr

$4,350

11 Apr 19 Apr

24 Apr 02 May

28 Apr

11 May

14 Apr

30 Mar

$4,350

27 Apr

$4,450 $4,350

05 May 18 May 19 May 01 Jun

12 May 26 May

25 May 08 Jun

$4,550

02 Jun 16 Jun 04 Aug 18 Aug

15 Jun 29 Jun 17 Aug 31 Aug

09 Jun 21 Jul 11 Aug 25 Aug

22 Jun 03 Aug 24 Aug 07 Sep

$4,350

01 Sep 08 Sep 15 Sep

14 Sep 21 Sep 28 Sep

04 Sep 11 Sep 18 Sep

17 Sep 24 Sep 01 Oct

$4,550

29 Sep

12 Oct

06 Oct

19 Oct

$4,650

13 Oct 27 Oct

26 Oct 09 Nov

20 Oct 03 Nov

02 Nov 16 Nov

$4,350

2015

DEP AUS ARR AUS

DEP AUS ARR AUS

16 Mar

FRoM PRICE

09 Mar

22 Mar

30 Mar

12 Apr

$4,880

06 Apr

19 Apr

$4,780

10 Apr 18 Apr

23 Apr 01 May

27 Apr

10 May

13 Apr

29 Mar

26 Apr

$4,780

$4,880 $4,780

04 May 17 May 18 May 31 May

11 May 25 May

24 May 07 Jun

$5,080

01 Jun 15 Jun 03 Aug 17 Aug 31 Aug

14 Jun 28 Jun 16 Aug 30 Aug 13 Sep

08 Jun 20 Jul 10 Aug 24 Aug

21 Jun 02 Aug 23 Aug 06 Sep

$4,780

03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep

16 Sep 23 Sep 30 Sep

07 Sep 14 Sep

20 Sep 27 Sep

$5,080

28 Sep

11 Oct

$5,180

05 Oct

18 Oct

$4,880

12 Oct

25 Oct

19 Oct

01 Nov

$4,780

26 Oct

08 Nov

02 Nov

15 Nov

$4,780

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $98 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$63 and RMB150 (AU$98) are payable on arrival in China. This tour can be taken as a private departure, see page 102 for details.

Air

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Canal, Wuzhen

A China Experience

10 days

FROM $2,950 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 10 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE* AND PERTH* From price includes: Tour Cost $2,603, CZ Fuel Surcharge $287 and Tipping $60 (subject to change)

This introductory tour is designed for those who are short of time. From the futuristic city of Shanghai, the charming town of Wuzhen and the fascinating Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian to China’s capital city Beijing, this tour covers the essentials in one concise and memorable 10-day programme. Experience the grandeur of Shanghai, taking in its major attractions and hidden treasures. Discover Wuzhen’s ancient residential houses, workshops and stores still standing on the banks of the canals. Admire a live performance of Tang Dynasty-style dancing in Xian. Climb the Great Wall in Beijing, stroll through the world famous Tiananmen Square and explore courtyards, temples and residences in the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Capture China at its best, visiting museums and sampling traditional foods such as Peking Duck. With so many delights on offer, how could you not be tempted to travel on this unforgettable Chinese experience?

Inclusions

Price guide

International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

10 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share Single Hotel Room Option – From $450 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $2,032 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

China Southern Airlines

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QANTAS Airways

From $2,950 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane* and Perth* with China Southern Airlines (CZ)

From $3,450 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide** with QANTAS Airways (QF)

*Brisbane and Perth passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and one night post-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost. Adelaide and Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

**Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Sydney at an additional cost. From $3,650 per person – Departing Darwin^ with Singapore Airlines (SQ) ^Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and one night post-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost.

Temple of Heaven, Beijing


DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 7: BEIJING

Fly to Shanghai for a three night stay.

Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasurefilled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex and home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years. Next, visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture that has four gates, one at each of the four points of the compass. The groups of locals that gather here to sing folk songs, practice TaiChi and sword dancing, play chess or gossip will be the highlight of your visit. This evening watch an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI – WUZHEN Travel to Wuzhen, a picturesque town with an intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Meet the friendly locals and take the time to explore the town at a leisurely walking pace. Later in the afternoon return to Shanghai. Dinner this evening will be a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Enjoy a full-day tour to explore this cosmopolitan city. Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, the Shanghai Museum and the Xintiandi area, with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings that are unique to Shanghai. Stroll along the famous Bund and explore Nanjing Road. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO XIAN Fly to the former imperial capital city of Xian. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 5: XIAN This morning explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the UNESCO World Heritage listed life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later this afternoon you will visit the ancient City Wall.

DAY 6: XIAN TO BEIJING Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before strolling through the Muslim Quarter and exploring the lively Islamic food markets. Later fly to Beijing.

Departures 2014

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DEP AUS ARR AUS

19 Jan

28 Jan

16 Feb

02 Mar

11 Mar

16 Mar

25 Mar

30 Mar

08 Apr

CZ from $3,250 QF from $4,150

06 Apr

15 Apr

CZ from $3,250 QF from $3,950

It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. It is estimated that one million people were used at different stages during the construction period. Later, wander through the picturesque Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty. It was once a royal garden and summer retreat for the members of the Emperor’s family and their courtesans. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck, as your farewell dinner.

13 Apr

22 Apr

CZ from $3,250 QF from $4,150

20 Apr

29 Apr

27 Apr

06 May CZ from $3,050 QF from $4,150

06 May 15 May 18 May 27 May 01 Jun 10 Jun

11 May 25 May 08 Jun

20 May CZ from $3,250 03 Jun QF from $3,950 17 Jun

DAY 8: BEIJING

29 Jun

FRoM PRICE

25 Feb CZ from $2,950 QF from $3,750 CZ from $2,950 QF from $3,450

23 Mar

01 Apr CZ from $3,050 QF from $3,950

08 Jul

CZ from $3,250 QF from $4,150

20 Jul 29 Jul 10 Aug 19 Aug 31 Aug 09 Sep

03 Aug 17 Aug

12 Aug CZ from $3,050 26 Aug QF from $3,950

03 Sep 10 Sep 17 Sep

12 Sep 19 Sep 26 Sep

07 Sep 14 Sep

16 Sep CZ from $3,250 23 Sep QF from $3,950

DAY 9: DEPART BEIJING

21 Sep

30 Sep

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

CZ from $3,250 QF from $4,150

05 Oct

14 Oct

CZ from $3,050 QF from $4,150

DAY 10: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

12 Oct 26 Oct

21 Oct 04 Nov

16 Nov

25 Nov

CZ from $3,050 QF from $3,450

23 Nov

02 Dec

CZ from $3,250 QF from $3,750

Arrive home today.

19 Oct

28 Oct CZ from $3,050 QF from $3,950

2015 Please contact our Reservations Department for 2015 departures.

BEIJING (3N)

Important note: CZ – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $287 and tipping of $60 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$55 (AU$60) is payable on arrival in China.

OUTBOUND (1N)

qF – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $390 and tipping of $60 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$55 (AU$60) is payable on arrival in China.

CHINA

Sq – Darwin passengers price on page 48 includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $60 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$55 (AU$60) is payable on arrival in China.

Xian (2N) Wuzhen

SHANGHAI (3N)

This tour can be taken as a private departure, see page 100 for details.

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FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Giant Panda, Chengdu

In Pursuit of Pandas

9 days

FROM $2,690 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 9 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE AND BRISBANE* - AVAIlABlE FoR TRAVEllERS 8 YEARS AND oVER From price includes: Tour Cost $2,353, CZ Fuel Surcharge $287 and Tipping $50 (subject to change)

In Pursuit of Pandas provides the opportunity to discover some of China’s most impressive historical, cultural and natural sights. In Beijing, see the historical wonders of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. No trip to Beijing would be complete without visiting the Great Wall and you will have the opportunity to walk on this wonder of the world. Continue to Xian where you will see one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century; the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The tour concludes in Chengdu with a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where you will be able to see these rare and amazing animals up close. In Pursuit of Pandas will allow you to enjoy some of the most exciting experiences China has to offer.

Inclusions

Price guide

International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

9 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share Single Hotel Room Option – From $380 Land Only (Beijing to Chengdu) – From $1,616 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

China Southern Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airways

From $2,690 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane* with China Southern Airlines (CZ)

From $2,990 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide** and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)

*Brisbane passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost. Adelaide, Perth and Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

**Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. From $3,690 per person – Departing Darwin^ with Singapore Airlines. (SQ) ^Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Beijing and a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost.

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Giant Panda Conservation Work $190 per person Add this experience to In Pursuit of Pandas and you will have the unique chance to be involved in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding’s conservation efforts. You may be able to: • Help feed the pandas fresh bamboo and natural foods • Lend a hand with the cleaning of the enclosures • Learn more about how they care for, and train the pandas This must be confirmed prior to your departure from Australia and is at an additional cost. Please advise our Reservations Department if you wish to book this experience. Note: Panda Conservation Work does not include handling the pandas.


DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

DAY 5: XIAN TO CHENGDU

Fly to Beijing for a three night stay.

This morning visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Thousands of workers spent more than a decade creating the life-sized, terracotta army. It was designed to defend Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb and ensure that he would have a standing army to protect him in the afterlife. Later, fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, for a three night stay.

DAY 2: BEIJING Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasurefilled Forbidden City. Rectangular in shape, surrounded by a 6m-deep moat and a 10m-high wall, it is the world’s largest palace complex. Next visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture with four gates, one at each of the four points of a compass. The groups of locals that gather here to sing folk songs, practice tai chi and sword dancing, play chess or gossip will be the highlight of your visit. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 3: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Construction began on the Wall over 2,000 years ago. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admiring the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later you will explore the exquisite landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, once a royal garden and summer retreat for the members of the Emperor’s family and their courtesans. This evening you will enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 4: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian for an overnight stay. This afternoon you will visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in China. In the evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet followed by a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 6: CHENGDU – LESHAN Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. On your return to Chengdu visit the ancient town of Huanglongxi, known for its beautiful scenery and traditional culture. This evening enjoy delicious Sichuan cuisine.

Departures 2014

DEP AUS ARR AUS

DEP AUS ARR AUS

19 Jan

27 Jan

23 Feb

06 Apr

14 Apr

DAY 8: DEPART CHENGDU This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 9: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

03 Mar CZ from $2,690 CX from $2,990 CZ from $2,990 CX from $3,290

20 Apr 28 Apr 18 May 26 May

11 May 25 May

19 May CZ from $2,990 02 Jun CX from $3,490

01 Jun 09 Jun 17 Aug 25 Aug

27 Jul

04 Aug CZ from $2,890 CX from $3,290

07 Sep

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21 Sep

29 Sep CZ from $2,990 CX from $3,490

12 Oct

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19 Oct

27 Oct CZ from $2,890 CX from $3,290

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CZ from $3,520 CX from $3,720

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CZ from $3,420 CX from $3,850

DAY 7: CHENGDU Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Later, stroll along the ancient Jinli Street, where you will find yourself surrounded by old-world stores selling handicrafts and local snacks.

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02 Mar CZ from $3,220 CX from $3,350

10 May 18 May 24 May 01 Jun

17 May 31 May

25 May CZ from $3,520 08 Jun CX from $3,720

26 Jul

03 Aug

16 Aug

24 Aug CZ from $3,420 CX from $3,720

06 Sep

14 Sep

CZ from $3,520 CX from $3,720

20 Sep

28 Sep

CZ from $3,520 CX from $3,850

Please contact our Reservations Department for more 2015 departures. Important note: CZ – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $287 and tipping of $50 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$45 (AU$50) is payable on arrival in China. CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $50 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$45 (AU$50) is payable on arrival in China.

BEIJING (3N)

Sq – Darwin passengers price on page 50 includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $50 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$45 (AU$50) is payable on arrival in China.

CHINA

Xian (1N)

INBOUND

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Introduction to Unique Fully Inclusive Group Tours Wendy Wu Tours is proud to present a range of unique fully inclusive group tours to the regions of China, Tibet, Nepal, Vietnam, Mongolia and Central Asia that will allow you to join us for the journey of a lifetime and experience parts of the world that are beyond your wildest dreams and expectations. Explore landscapes less travelled, immerse yourself in fascinating cultures and witness spectacular scenery that one can only dream of. These remarkable journeys will take you to corners of the world that will simply amaze you. As with all of Wendy Wu Tours’ fully inclusive group tours, we organise international flights and visas for Australian passport holders prior to your departure. All transportation and touring listed in your itinerary is included. Our expert National Escorts and Local Guides are well-travelled through these regions and are excited to teach you all they know. All meals are included from lunch on the day of the group’s arrival until lunch on the day of the group’s departure. Travelling to destinations outside of the major cities and off the tourist trails will allow you to sample some equally unique and delicious local cuisine. Accommodation in remote and regional centres is generally not the same as what you would find in large cities. However, you can rest assured that we have chosen the best available accommodation in each location. Safety, hygiene and security are always of primary importance. We even take care of tipping. We specify an amount for you to give to your National Escort on the first day of your tour, which is distributed on your behalf to all the necessary people (guides and drivers). Our unique fully inclusive group tours are graded as either ‘Medium Paced’, ‘Active Paced’ or ‘Tour at High Altitude’. To help you decide which tour is the right one for you, please refer to the Tour Dossier which is available from our Reservations Department or our website. See page 9 for an explanation of each Tour Grading and information about travelling in areas of high altitude. We invite you to join us on a unique and epic adventure.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Five-Coloured Ponds, Huanglong

Sichuan Explorer

14 days

FROM $3,760 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 14 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $3,376, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $68 (subject to change)

Join us on this incredible tour through the province of Sichuan. The scenery you will encounter along the way will surprise and captivate you. Located in southwest China, Sichuan is bordered by the Tibetan Plateau in the west, the Three Gorges and the Yangtze River in the east and Yunnan Province to the south. Sichuan is known as the ‘land of abundance’ and has three regions on the UNESCO World Cultural and World Heritage lists: Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou), Huanglong Valley and Mt. Emei. The name Jiuzhaigou refers to the nine Tibetan villages that are situated within the valley. Huanglong Valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the world and Mt. Emei is regarded as one of Buddhism’s most sacred and China’s most remarkable mountains. Known for its landscape and legendary Buddhist sites, this mountain kingdom will certainly delight all who visit.

Inclusions

CHINA

International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide

Nine Villages Valley (2N)

14 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $3,760 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways *Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,080 Land Only (Chengdu to Chengdu) – From $2,619 per person (includes tipping)

Mao County (1N)

CHENGDU (1N+1N+1N)

Mianyang (1N) INBOUND (1N)

Mt. Emei (2N)

Leshan Zigong (1N)

Dazu (1N) OUTBOUND (1N)

Active Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO CHENGDU Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, for an overnight stay.

DAY 3: CHENGDU TO DAZU This morning travel to the small town of Dazu, home to numerous ancient rock carvings and 50,000 stone statues. View some of the most remarkable frescoes at Beishan, where many are over 1,000 years old. Carved into the limestone hills, they illustrate Buddhist deities and centuries-old stories.

DAY 4: DAZU TO ZIGONG View the UNESCO World Heritage listed Baodin Stone Carvings, dating from the Tang Dynasty to the Song Dynasty. These carvings show tenets of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. This afternoon drive to Zigong for an overnight stay. Visit the Zigong Dinosaur Museum and Salt History Museum.

DAY 5: ZIGONG – LESHAN TO MT. EMEI Journey to Mt. Emei, one of Buddhism’s most sacred mountains. En route you will explore Leshan’s Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. From here, continue on to Mt. Emei, arriving this evening.

DAY 6: MT. EMEI Mt. Emei is the tallest mountain suitable for sightseeing in China. Local legend has it that the mountain’s name is derived from two peaks that face each other, resembling eyebrows. Most of the monasteries and temples on Mt. Emei were built during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220AD), while others were added later. As a well-known Buddhist sanctuary, Mt. Emei once had more than 100 monasteries. Explore the magnificent mountain and interact with the many pilgrims that pay homage to this holy site.

DAY 7: MT. EMEI TO CHENGDU Depart Mt. Emei and travel back to Chengdu for an overnight stay.

DAY 8: CHENGDU TO MIANYANG Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their

natural habitat. The base also includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Next, visit a local bamboo park and the Sanxindui Museum, home to many significant cultural relics unique to Chengdu and Sichuan Province and with a history dating back over 5,000 years. Continue to Mianyang for an overnight stay.

DAYS 9-10: MIANYANG TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY Travel to the breathtaking Nine Villages Valley, known as Jiuzhaigou. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal clear lakes gather at the foot of every waterfall and rich coloured forests are dotted with flowers. The beautiful Nine Villages Valley will amaze you with its unforgettable imagery. Stay here for two nights to explore the natural beauty of the area.

DAY 11: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO MAO COUNTY Journey by coach to Mao County for an overnight stay. En route visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Huanglong Valley. Huanglong, also called the ‘Five-Coloured Ponds’, has some of the most amazing ponds where you will see beautiful colours intertwined into a rainbow splendour.

DAY 12: MAO COUNTY TO CHENGDU Return to Chengdu, stopping en route to visiting the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, known as a major landmark in the development of water management and technology and a treasure of Sichuan Province. In the 3rd Century BC the project succeeded in capturing flood waters for use during the drought periods, linking this inaccessible region with the Grand Canal and the far corners of the Qin Kingdom. This was an incredible moment in China’s history, altering trade between the coast and western regions over the following centuries. Later you will travel back to Chengdu where you will spend your final night in China.

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2015

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$3,760 07 Sep

20 Sep

$3,990

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$4,140 06 Sep

19 Sep

$4,450

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $68 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$63 (AU$68) is payable on arrival in China.

DAY 13: DEPART CHENGDU This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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hy not? Zigong Dinosaur Museum, Zigong

Why not extend your cultural journey with a visit to Xiamen and Nanjing? See page 116 for our Xiamen & Nanjing Short Stay. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Jiuzhaigou (Nine Villages Valley)

China Splendour

14 days

FROM $4,890 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 14 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $4,501, CX Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $73 (subject to change)

Start your tour with a visit to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. One cannot travel to China without visiting Beijing and the Great Wall to marvel at the immensity of this wonderful site, which stretches for over 5,000km. You will also have the opportunity to view the amazing ancient Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian. One of the incredible areas that this tour visits is the UNESCO World Heritage listed Jiuzhaigou (Nine Villages Valley) in Sichuan Province. Imagine a world where turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls complement the modern skyline. Picture a stunning landscape of natural wonders with thick forests, springs and rivers. You will also be able see the Giant Pandas in Chengdu and the Grand Buddha in Leshan. This tour provides many opportunities to explore the natural and historical diversity of China. The combination of these destinations is sure to fascinate all who visit.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 14 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $4,890 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)

Beijing (3N)

CHINA

*Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. From $5,790 per person – Departing Darwin** with Singapore Airlines (SQ) **Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost. Single Hotel Room Option – From $930 Land Only (Shanghai to Chengdu) – From $3,695 per person (includes tipping)

Xian (2N) Nine Villages Valley (2N) CHENGDU (3N)

SHANGHAI (2N)

Leshan OUTBOUND (1N)

Medium Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 7: XIAN

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Adelaide, Perth and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.

Visit one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Walk along the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Later, stroll through the colourful and lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Tour this exciting city, visiting the beautiful Yu Gardens, the Old Town and see the superb antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. Take a stroll along the famous Bund. This evening cruise along the stunning Huangpu River. Dinner will be a banquet of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING Fly to Beijing, the capital city of China. This afternoon tour the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. It has four gates, one at each compass point. The groups of locals that gather here to sing folk songs, practice Tai-Chi and sword dancing, play chess or gossip will be the highlight of your visit. This evening sample the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 4: BEIJING Begin your sightseeing with a stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years, the Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace complex. This evening see an exciting acrobatics performance.

DAY 5: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later this afternoon explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace.

DAY 6: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian. Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, a 13-storey-tall multi-eave pagoda built during the Tang Dynasty. Tour the renowned Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening, feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

Grand Buddha, Leshan

DAY 8: XIAN TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY Fly to the breathtaking Nine Villages Valley, a botanical area that is heavily forested and home to many protected plant species. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal-clear lakes gather at the foot of every waterfall and rich coloured forests are dotted with flowers. You will stay in the valley for the next two nights to further explore the natural beauty and be amazed by its unforgettable imagery.

DAY 9: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY Enjoy the day walking through the Nine Villages Valley. You will also visit the beautiful Changhai Lake.

DAY 10: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO CHENGDU Explore Huanglong Mountain. Huanglong is renowned for its hundreds of sparkling mineral pools, where beautiful colours intertwine and the water cascades down the mountainside. This afternoon fly to Chengdu.

DAY 11: CHENGDU

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22 May

21 Aug

03 Sep

$4,890

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01 Oct

$5,190

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22 Oct

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21 May

20 Aug

02 Jun

$5,350

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$5,660

DAY 12: CHENGDU – LESHAN

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21 Oct

$5,350

Travel to Leshan and marvel at the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Later this afternoon visit Huanglongxi, an ancient town dating back to the Qing Dynasty.

Important note: CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $73 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$67 (AU$73) is payable on arrival in China.

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protected wilderness and breeding area.

DAY 13: DEPART CHENGDU This morning is free at leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

FRoM PRICE

03 Jun

$5,660

Sq – Darwin passengers – price on page 56 includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $73 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$67 (AU$73) is payable on arrival in China

DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Heishangu (Black Mountain Valley), Wulong

Dreams of Nature

20 days

FROM $6,620 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 20 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE*, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $5,932, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $106 (subject to change)

This tour grants you the opportunity to explore some of China’s most treasured natural wonders, allowing you access to a world that few people get the chance to experience. The summit of Mt. Huang is often referred to by locals as ‘an ink scroll painting come to life’. Embark on a photographer’s dream journey to Zhangjiajie, often described as a ‘goddess dancing on a heavenly stage’ where you will be greeted by breathtaking scenery. Your tour will take you to a part of China that is unknown to many Westerners; the wonderful Nine Villages Valley. Ms. Wendy Wu has described this area as one of the most beautiful places she has ever been to. The scenery here is stunning and is a true paradise for photographers and artists.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 20 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $6,620 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne*, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Singapore Airlines *Melbourne and Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,110 Land Only (Shanghai to Chengdu) – From $5,220 per person (includes tipping) Active Paced Tour (see page 9)

CHINA SHANGHAI (2N)

Nine Villages Valley (3N)

Overnight Train (1N) CHENGDU (2N)

INBOUND (1N)

Mt. Huang (1N)

Chongqing (2N+1N) Wulong (2N) Black Zhangjiajie Mountain Valley (2N)

Tunxi (1N)

Changsha

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai for a two night stay.

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Enjoy a full-day tour to explore the exciting city of Shanghai. Visit the Yu Gardens, Old Town, stroll along the famous Bund and view the Pudong area. In the evening, you will cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO TUNXI Visit the Shanghai Museum where you will see antiques and fine arts. Also explore the area of Xintiandi with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. Later you will be transferred to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to the ancient town of Tunxi.

DAY 5: TUNXI TO MT. HUANG Arrive in the ancient town of Tunxi this morning and take a cable car to the summit of Mt. Huang for an overnight stay. View the spectacular views of rock formations and thousand-year-old pine trees and mysterious ever-changing mist.

DAY 6: MT. HUANG TO TUNXI Descend from the summit of Mt. Huang and travel back to Tunxi at the foot of the mountain to explore the ancient sites.

DAY 7: TUNXI TO ZHANGJIAJIE Transfer to Huangshan airport to board your flight to Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. Drive to Zhangjiajie, famous worldwide for its natural scenery, unique sandstone pillars and wide variety of flora.

DAY 8: ZHANGJIAJIE Embark on a photographer’s dream journey. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Zhangjiajie area, which offers a mix of spectacular limestone formations, sub-tropical forests, waterfalls, mountain ranges and majestic valleys.

DAY 9: ZHANGJIAJIE TO CHONGqING Spend the day further exploring more of this striking and pristine area. This evening fly to Chongqing, gateway to some of China’s most scenic locations.

DAY 10: CHONGqING Explore Chongqing visiting the Old Town of Ciqikou, an important centre of porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, visit the traditional Erlin Gardens and the General Stilwell Museum.

DAY 11: CHONGqING TO WULONG – BLACK MOUNTAIN VALLEY Drive to Wulong, en route visiting the Black Mountain Valley (Heishangu) and follow a path through the spectacular gorge. Be immersed in the natural beauty of this picturesque area with its rushing streams, waterfalls and lush vegetation. Continue by road to Wulong for a two night stay.

DAY 12: WULONG – BLACK MOUNTAIN VALLEY Spend the day further exploring some of the most fascinating scenery in China. Visit the Three Bridges National Park, featuring some of the highest natural arches in the world. Also trek through the Longshuixia Fissure, a deep and narrow valley with sheer cliffs.

DAY 13: WULONG TO CHONGqING Spend the morning taking a further scenic walk in the Wulong area. In the afternoon visit Furong Cave to see the illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Chongqing by road.

DAY 14: CHONGqING TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY Fly to the breathtaking Nine Villages Valley, known as Jiuzhaigou in Chinese. The area is heavily forested and home to many protected species. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal clear lakes and rich coloured forests dotted with flowers gather at the foot of every waterfall. You will stay in the valley for three nights to further explore its beauty and natural wonder. Please note: you will have a two day entrance to the valley on Days 15-16.

DAYS 15-16: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY Enjoy the next two days exploring the pristine natural scenery of the Nine Villages Valley. The scenery here is stunning and is a true paradise for photographers and artists.

DAY 17: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO CHENGDU Visit Huanglong Valley. Huanglong is also known as ‘Five-Coloured Ponds’ and has some of the most amazing ponds where you will see beautiful colours intertwined into a rainbow splendour. Later you have the option to take a cable car or walk past the many waterfalls to visit Huanglong Temple. Leave the Nine Villages Valley and drive to Juizhaigou airport for your flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, where you will stay for the next two nights.

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29 Aug

11 Jun 01 Oct

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17 Sep

$6,620

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22 May 11 Sep

28 Aug

2015

10 Jun 30 Sep

16 Sep

$7,260

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $106 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$98 (AU$106) is payable on arrival in China. Please note for Day 9: Due to the remoteness of the area, flight schedules are subject to changes without prior notice. An alternative option will be offered on Day 9.

DAY 18: CHENGDU This morning you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. You will also visit Wuhou Temple, Nanjiao Park and take a leisurely stroll to explore the ancient Jinli Street. For your farewell dinner this evening, enjoy a sumptous Sichuan banquet.

DAY 19: DEPART CHENGDU This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 20: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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hy not? Wish to extend your stay? Why not travel to Dazu and Chongqing to explore the ancient carvings and other attractions? See page 113 for our Dazu & Chongqing Short Stay. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS

new group

Tu Lou roundhouses, Yongding

new

new deluxe Odyssey Southern

17 days

group

FROM $5,750 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 17 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH*

new tour

From price includes: Tour Cost $5,334, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $100 (subject to change)

Explore the unique and contrasting areas of southern China and Hong Kong in this insightful, exciting and cultural journey.

Xiamen new natural scenery, a wealth of outdoor sightseeing activities and is the starting point for your trip. Gulangyu Island r picturesque perioboasts sisufamous for its natural landscapes, ancient relics, and its diverse architecture. In Yongding you will discover more about the unique Hakka r people, their traditional and communal lifestyle. touhousing

hotels

deluxe

Your explorations through Yunnan Province will allow you to experience a wide variety of minority cultures, religions and breathtaking scenery. Guilin, Yangshuo and Longji are equally picturesque regions each with unique landscapes to appreciate. Your tour culminates in Hong Kong where you will explore Hong Kong and Lantau islands – a complement to your mainland China experience.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China and Hong Kong, accommodation, all meals in China, daily breakfast and one dinner in Hong Kong, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 17 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,750 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth* with Cathay Pacific Airways *Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

CHINA

Lijiang (2N) Longji Guilin (2N)

Dali (2N) Kunming (1N)

Yonding XIAMEN (3N)

Yangshuo (2N) HONG KONG (3N)

INBOUND

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,900 Land Only (Xiamen to Hong Kong)– From $5,055 per person (includes tipping)

OUTBOUND (1N)

Medium Paced Tour (see page 9) Air Road Boat

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO XIAMEN

DAY 10: GUILIN – LONGJI

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Xiamen for a three night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.

Travel to Longji, also known as Longshen or the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’. Explore the dramatic rice terraces that have a history dating back over 500 years. To fully appreciate the beauty of this area, you will need to hike for approximately 2-3 hours, climbing many steps and across uneven ground and steep inclines to reach the impressive vantage points.

DAY 2: XIAMEN – GULANGYU ISLAND Take a ferry ride to Gulangyu Island and explore this scenic spot on foot. Visit Hi-Heaven complex, enjoy a puppet show and visit Shuzhuang Garden, Guanfu Classic Art Museum, Organ Museum, Music Hall and Sanyi church (outside visit only). Later, on the mainland, visit Hulishan Cannon Fortress, built in 1894.

DAY 3: XIAMEN – YONGDING Travel to Yongding, the heartland of the Hakka people. Visit a cluster of Tu Lous, a unique style of Chinese communal earthen houses, also known as roundhouses.

DAY 4: XIAMEN – KUNMING TO LIJIANG Fly to Lijiang (via Kunming). Lijiang is known as the ‘living museum’ city, sitting at the foothills of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

DAY 5: LIJIANG Take a gondola to one of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views. Later, visit the famous Baisha Frescoes illustrating ancient stories of religions and minorities.

DAY 11: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Relax on the Li River as you cruise to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. This boat journey takes you past tranquil farming and fishing villages and picturesque scenery. Spend the evening walking through the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere.

DAY 12: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. This evening watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 13: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO HONG KONG Travel back to Guilin and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong for a three night stay. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to explore this exciting and vibrant city. (Breakfast only included)

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$5,750

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DAY 14: HONG KONG

16 Apr

22 Oct

Explore Black Dragon Pool and then wander through the Old Quarter. Continue to Dali, home to the Bai ethnic minority. This afternoon visit the Xizhou Village and see a Zhoucheng tie-dyeing demonstration.

Enjoy a tour of Hong Kong Island, including Victoria Peak and Stanley Market. Later you will visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village. (Breakfast only included)

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $100 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$65 and HK$200 (AU$100) are payable on arrival in China.

DAY 15: HONG KONG

DAY 7: DALI

Take a ferry ride through Victoria Harbour to Lantau Island. Visit Cheung Sha Beach, Tai O Fishing Village and the Big Buddha before taking the Ngong Ping Skyrail cable car down the mountain. Enjoy dinner at the top of Victoria Peak. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Please note: Travellers to Longji should be in good physical condition.

DAY 6: LIJIANG TO DALI

Cruise on Erhai Lake and visit the Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas. This evening, explore Dali’s ancient quarter and stroll down Foreigner’s Street.

DAY 8: DALI TO KUNMING Fly to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. This evening, sample Kunming’s famous dish Across the Bridge Noodles.

DAY 9: KUNMING TO GUILIN Wander through the Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images. This afternoon, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities.

View from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

03 May

2015

02 May

07 Nov

$6,320

DAY 16: DEPART HONG KONG Enjoy the day free at your leisure to further explore this vibrant city or do some last minute shopping, before you are transferred to Hong Kong airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (Breakfast only included)

DAY 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang

Yunnan Adventure

17 days

FROM $4,230 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 17 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH* From price includes: Tour Cost $3,832, CX Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $82 (subject to change)

The south western province of Yunnan is not only home to most of China’s fascinating ethnic minorities, but also mighty rivers, deep gorges and lofty mountains. Join us on this fantastic journey to villages where ethnic groups maintain their traditional crafts and methods of farming that are centuries old. Visit Dali and explore the ancient streets and markets. Lijiang is known as the ‘living museum’ and sits at the base of the breathtaking Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Zhongdian is also famously known as ‘Shangri-La’ and is truly a place of magic. Your visit to this region would not be complete without seeing the rice terraces of Yuanyang, which are famous across the world. Yunnan is a unique province in China that will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.

Inclusions

CHINA

International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Zhongdian (3N)

Price guide 17 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $4,230 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth* with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) *Adelaide and Perth passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. From $4,630 per person – Departing Darwin** with Singapore Airlines (SQ) **Darwin passengers may require a stopover in Singapore and one night post-tour accommodation in Kunming at an additional cost. Single Hotel Room Option – From $820 Land Only (Kunming to Kunming) – From $3,085 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

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Lijiang (2N) KUNMING (1N+1N+1N)

Dali (2N) Tonghai

Stone Forest (1N) Jianshui (1N)

OUTBOUND (1N)

Yuanyang (2N) INBOUND (1N)

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO KUNMING

DAY 10: ZHONGDIAN TO KUNMING

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Kunming for an overnight stay.

Fly back to Kunming for an overnight stay. Visit Green Lake Park and see willow trees, lotuses and flocks of seagulls from Siberia.

DAY 3: KUNMING TO DALI Fly to the ancient city of Dali. Explore the fascinating Ancient Quarter, absorbing the local atmosphere and meeting the local people as you wander around the market stalls.

DAY 4: DALI Visit the charming Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas which dominate the skyline above Dali’s ancient city walls. Enjoy a cruise on Erhai Lake where you may be lucky enough to see traditional junks still plying their trade. Later, visit Xizhou Village.

DAY 5: DALI TO LIJIANG Drive to the ‘living museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool and wander the backstreet markets filled with Naxi women wearing traditional costumes.

DAY 6: LIJIANG Take a gondola to one of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views. Later, visit the famous Baisha Frescoes that illustrate ancient stories of religions and minorities. Finish the day with a visit to a local village.

DAY 7: LIJIANG TO ZHONGDIAN

DAY 11: KUNMING TO JIANSHUI Travel to Tonghai. Visit Ximeng Mongolian Village, where the residents maintain traditional culture and costumes from Mongolia. Continue to Jianshui where you will see a Confucian temple which is the largest in Yunnan Province. Next, visit the Zhang Garden and a tofu workshop to see how the locals process one of the most famous local foods, Doufu, also known as ‘stinky tofu’.

DAY 12: JIANSHUI TO YUANYANG Continue to Yuanyang, a small town whose rice terraces are world-renowned. Wander through the local market, one of the most colourful markets in Yunnan Province. Stay two nights in Yuanyang to explore this region.

DAY 13: YUANYANG To fully appreciate the beauty of this area you will hike to see the famous rice terraces of Yuanyang, regarded by some as the largest and most spectacular in the world. The selfsustaining ecosystem was developed by the Hani people 2,500 years ago. An Emperor of the Ming Dynasty gave them the title of ‘Magic Mountain Sculptors’. Be sure to have your camera with you as the unique colours and scenery are a photographer’s dream.

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08 Mar

24 Mar

$4,230

12 Apr

28 Apr

$4,430

01 Nov

17 Nov

$4,230

15 Nov

01 Dec

$4,430

DAY 14: YUANYANG TO STONE FOREST

2015

Leave Yuanyang and travel to the Stone Forest region for an overnight stay, stopping en route at Malipo Mian Village, home to one of Yunnan’s many minority groups.

07 Mar

23 Mar

$4,630

11 Apr

27 Apr

$4,890

31 Oct

16 Nov

$4,630

DAY 15: STONE FOREST TO KUNMING

14 Nov

30 Nov

$4,890

See the Baishui Terrace where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools creating a perfect photographic moment.

Visit the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images. Later this afternoon return to Kunming. This evening sample the local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles, as your farewell dinner.

Important note: CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $82 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$75 (AU$82) is payable on arrival in China.

DAY 9: ZHONGDIAN

DAY 16: DEPART KUNMING

Drive to Zhongdian, visiting one of the most dramatic gorges in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge, along the way. Tiger Leaping Gorge is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. Arrive into Zhongdian later this afternoon for a three night stay. Enjoy some free time to acclimatise to the higher altitude.

DAY 8: ZHONGDIAN

Visit the Songshanlin Monastery, which was built by the 5th Dalai Lama more than 300 years ago. The Tibetan name for this monastery is Ganden Sumtzeling. Later, explore the Old Town in Zhongdian and a Tibetan village.

The morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

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FRoM PRICE

Sq – Darwin passengers – price on page 62 includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $82 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$75 (AU$82) is payable on arrival in China. Please note: Travellers to Yuanyang should be in good physical condition.

DAY 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Hanging Monastery, near Datong

Ancient China

18 days

FROM $4,490 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 18 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $4,102, CX Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $72 (subject to change)

If you desire to learn more about China’s incredible past, we trust this tour will stimulate the historian in you. While touring China’s most ancient cities you will trace the roots of one of Asia’s most fascinating cultures. This tour will take you from the present capital of Beijing to the ancient capital cities of Xian and Luoyang. Tour the most significant sites of the imperial age; climb the Great Wall and explore the Forbidden City in Beijing. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Yungang Caves and the unforgettable Hanging Monastery near Datong and Longman Grottoes in Luoyang. Wander the charming streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Pingyao. Be enthralled with Xian and its many wonders, from its ancient City Wall to the incredible Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Your journey ends in the modern city of Shanghai, which is a contrast to the ancient sights you will see during this fascinating tour.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

CHINA

Price guide 18 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $4,490 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) *Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. From $5,290 per person – Departing Darwin** with Singapore Airlines (SQ) **Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Beijing at an additional cost.

BEIJING (4N)

Datong (1N) Taiyuan (1N) Pingyao (1N) Overnight Train (1N)

Wutaishan (1N) Luoyang (1N)

Xian (2N) Dengfeng (1N)

OUTBOUND (1N)

SHANGHAI (3N)

Single Hotel Room Option – From $880 Land Only (Beijing to Shanghai) – From $3,245 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

DAY 8: TAIYUAN TO PINGYAO

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a four night stay. Adelaide and Perth passengers may depart one day earlier.

Leave Taiyuan and travel to Pingyao, an historical and remarkably well preserved UNESCO World Heritage listed town.

DAY 2: BEIJING

DAY 9: PINGYAO TO XIAN

Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, and visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Visit a local home and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck and enjoy the Chinese Opera.

Tour Pingyao, visiting the ancient City Wall, the Rishengchang Financial House Museum, Zhengguo, the Shuang Lin Temple and Yamen, a former government building of the Qing Dynasty. Later you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Xian.

DAY 3: BEIJING

Upon arrival in Xian this morning you will visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty dance performance. The following day you will visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Next visit the ancient City Wall.

It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views. This afternoon you will visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. The groups of locals that gather here to sing folk songs, practice Tai-Chi and sword dancing, play chess or gossip will be the highlight of your visit.

DAY 4: BEIJING Wander through the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and later, stroll through the antique district.

DAY 5: BEIJING TO DATONG Depart on a train journey to Datong, arriving this afternoon. Datong has a cultural history that dates back over 2,400 years.

DAY 6: DATONG TO WUTAISHAN This morning travel to the Yungang Caves, carved into the north cliff face of Wuzhou Mountain. The caves here contain over 50,000 Buddhist statues and frescoes. You will also visit the 1,400-year-old Hanging Monastery, an ancient architectural wonder.

DAY 7: WUTAISHAN TO TAIYUAN Discover the beauty of Wutaishan (Five Terraced Mountain). Within this alpine valley the monastic village is often referred to as the ‘Holy Land of Chinese Buddhism’, with traditional temples, architecture and sculptures. Afterwards continue to Taiyuan where you will visit the Ming Dynasty’s Twin Pagoda Temple, the Provincial Museum and the Jin Ci Temple.

Monk, Shaolin Temple, Dengfeng

DAYS 10-11: XIAN

DAY 12: XIAN TO LUOYANG Board your day train to Luoyang, the former imperial capital of China for more than 13 dynasties, arriving in the afternoon.

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DAY 13: LUOYANG TO DENGFENG

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Longman Grottoes, located in the Songshan Mountains, before continuing to Dengfeng for an overnight stay. Upon arrival you will visit the Shaolin Temple.

DAY 14: DENGFENG TO SHANGHAI This morning you will view the Yellow River before visiting the Yellow River Museum. Later this evening fly to Shanghai.

DAYS 15-16: SHANGHAI Visit the Shanghai Museum, the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy an acrobatics performance. The following day you will explore the Xintiandi area. As your farewell celebration this evening, enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River.

DAY 17: DEPART SHANGHAI This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

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01 Apr

18 Apr

29 Apr

16 May

$4,490

27 May 16 Sep

13 Jun 03 Oct

02 Sep

19 Sep

$4,790

14 Oct

31 Oct

28 Oct

14 Nov

$4,490

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31 Mar

17 Apr

28 Apr

15 May

$4,950

26 May 15 Sep

12 Jun 02 Oct

01 Sep

18 Sep

$5,250

13 Oct

30 Oct

29 Oct

15 Nov

$4,950

2015

FRoM PRICE

Important note: CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $72 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$67 (AU$72) is payable on arrival in China. Sq – Darwin passengers – page 64 price includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $72 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$67 (AU$72) is payable on arrival in China.

DAY 18: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar

Silk Road Explorer

24 days

FROM $5,950 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 24 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE*, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $5,528, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $106 (subject to change)

The Silk Road trading route was the world’s first super-highway, a 4,500km series of desert and mountain crossings. Almost 2,000 years before being named, this route was first travelled by emissaries of the Han Dynasty. As the centuries passed many traders set out from Xian and ventured westward to Kashgar, over the Pamir Mountains to Central Asia and finally to Rome. The trading route allowed links between China and the west to flourish and encouraged an exchange of art, ideas, culture and trade. Many of our customers who have travelled on this tour congratulate us for an outstanding journey that leaves a long-lasting and favourable impression. As you travel along the original trade route you will be following in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Genghis Khan. This is a remarkable journey, one that seamlessly joins modern-paced adventure with ancient culture.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 24 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,950 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways *Brisbane and Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,050 Land Only (Xian to Beijing) – From $4,911 per person (includes tipping)

Kashgar (1N)

Urumqi (2N) Turpan (2N)

Overnight Train (1N)

Dunhuang (2N)

Overnight Train (1N) Jiayuguan (1N) Lanzhou (2N) Overnight Train (1N) Xiahe (2N)

BEIJING (3N)

OUTBOUND (1N)

XIAN (2N)

Overnight Train (1N)

INBOUND (1N)

CHINA

Active Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9) Air Road Rail

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO XIAN

DAYS 14-15: TURPAN

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Xian, the former imperial capital of China, for a two night stay.

Arrive in Turpan this morning where you will visit the ancient city ruins of Jiaohe and see the Flaming Mountains. Tomorrow, see the Emin Minaret, visit the local homes at Grape Valley and learn about the 2,000-year-old Kerez irrigation canals.

DAY 3: XIAN Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall.

DAY 4: XIAN TO LANZHOU Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and take in the sights of the Islamic food market. Later this evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Lanzhou.

DAY 5: LANZHOU Arrive in Lanzhou this morning where you will visit the Baita (White) Temple. For dinner this evening sample the local specialty, Hand Stretched Noodles.

DAY 6: LANZHOU Travel by speedboat on Lioujiaxia Lake to see the extraordinary Thousand Buddha Caves of Bingling Temple.

DAYS 7-8: LANZHOU TO XIAHE Journey through the scenic Jishi Mountain Pass to Xiahe, set in a beautiful valley and home to a largely Tibetan population. Tomorrow you will visit the Labrang Monastery, which boasts thousands of Buddhas made from gold, silver, copper and aluminium. Later, you will explore the local township.

DAYS 9-10: XIAHE TO JIAYUGUAN Return to Lanzhou where you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Jiayuguan, an ancient pass of the Silk Road. Tomorrow, see the Jiayu Fortress which marks the beginning and the end of the Great Wall. Take a walk along the western end of the Great Wall.

DAYS 11-12: JIAYUGUAN TO DUNHUANG Travel by road to Dunhuang, formerly an ancient hub of the Silk Road. Tomorrow, enjoy a tour to the Magao Grottoes, also known as ‘Caves of the Thousand Buddhas’.

DAY 13: DUNHUANG TO TURPAN Visit the Crescent Moon Spring and Singing Sand Dunes before boarding your overnight soft sleeper train to Turpan.

DAYS 16-17: TURPAN TO KASHGAR Travel by overnight train to Kashgar, a journey of about 24 hours which skirts the Taklamaken Desert, one of the most remote parts of China. Arrive in Kashgar early tomorrow morning. Kashgar was once the flourishing centre of the Silk Road. Visit the Abakh Hoja Tomb and the Id Kah Mosque. Explore the old alleys that intertwine around Id Kah Square.

DAY 18: KASHGAR TO URUMqI See the world’s largest Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar before flying to Urumqi.

DAY 19: URUMqI Travel to Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake), enjoying breathtaking views of the crystal-clear lake at the top of a mountain range. Dinner this evening will be a traditional meal of Uyghur lamb skewers.

DAY 20: URUMqI TO BEIJING Visit the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum, where some 1,000-year-old mummies are housed. This afternoon fly to Beijing for a three night stay.

DAY 21: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that `you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later, see the 15th-century Temple of Heaven.

Departures 2014

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FRoM PRICE

24 Apr

17 May

$5,950

08 May

31 May

$6,150

28 Aug

20 Sep

11 Sep

04 Oct

$5,950 25 Sep

2015

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18 Oct

$6,150

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FRoM PRICE

23 Apr

16 May

$6,560

07 May

30 May

$6,770

27 Aug

19 Sep

$6,560

10 Sep

03 Oct

$6,770

DAY 22: BEIJING

24 Sep

17 Oct

$6,560

Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. This evening your farewell dinner will include a sample of the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $106 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$98 (AU$106) is payable on arrival in China.

DAY 23: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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Singing Sand Dunes Dunhuang

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Potala Palace, Lhasa

China & Tibet Discovery

17 days

FROM $6,660 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 17 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH AND DARWIN* From price includes: Tour Cost $5,972, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $106 (subject to change)

From the capital city of Beijing to the hidden glories of Lhasa on the ‘Roof of the World’, this tour will take you to some of the most amazing sites that China and Tibet have to offer. A highlight for many will be a visit to the awe-inspiring Great Wall in Beijing, which stretches for over 5,000km. Fly to Xian where you will see one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Travelling to the spiritual city of Lhasa in Tibet will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you explore the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’, the Potala Palace. This colourful city is sure to enthrall you, leaving you with indelible memories. You will be delighted to see the adorable Giant Pandas in an environment similar to their natural habitat in Chengdu. Discover the dramatic gorges and breathtaking scenery as you cruise along the mighty Yangtze River before ending your journey in the metropolis of Shanghai.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China and Tibet, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes, a Tibet Permit and visas for Australian passport holders

BEIJING (3N)

Price guide 17 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $6,660 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin* with Singapore Airlines *Darwin passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost. Single Hotel Room Option – From $700

INBOUND (1N)

CHINA

Xian (2N) Lhasa (3N)

Chengdu (1N) Yichang Chongqing

Yangtze River Cruise (3N)

SHANGHAI (2N) OUTBOUND (1N)

Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $500 Land Only (Beijing to Shanghai) – From $5,260 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

DAY 9: LHASA

Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing for a three night stay. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.

Explore the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’, the Potala Palace. The palace is an architectural wonder that towers over the city and has hundreds of rooms filled with treasures such as intricate shrines and beautiful frescoes. You will also visit Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, containing several palaces and chapels. This evening enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and dance performance.

DAY 3: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the treasure-filled Forbidden City and the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance and sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAY 4: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, take in the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon wander through the Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty.

DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian. Upon arrival visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 6: XIAN Explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. Later wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets.

DAY 7: XIAN TO LHASA Fly to Lhasa, the capital and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.

DAY 8: LHASA Sightseeing includes a stroll around Barkhor Square, where you will see local handicrafts and religious trinkets. Observe the pilgrims and monks expressing their devotion in this holy place. You will also visit the 7th-century Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet, and the Sera Monastery, which has approximately 600 monks in residence.

Xintiandi, Shanghai

DAY 10: LHASA TO CHENGDU Depart Lhasa and fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city visiting Jinli Old Street. This evening you will feast on a sumptuous Sichuan banquet.

DAY 11: CHENGDU TO CHONGqING – YANGTZE RIVER Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitats. The base includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Drive to Chongqing and board your Yangtze River cruise for the next three nights.

DAYS 12-13: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Over the next two days you will cruise past some of the most beautiful scenery in China. Take shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and landscape of the tributary streams of the Yangtze River.

Departures 2014

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11 Apr

27 Apr

16 May

01 Jun

29 Aug

14 Sep

$6,660

12 Sep

28 Sep

$6,860

DAY 14: YICHANG TO SHANGHAI

10 Oct

26 Oct

$6,660

After visiting the site of the Three Gorges Dam you will disembark your cruise in Yichang and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

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DAY 15: SHANGHAI Walk through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Visit the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and walk along the famous Bund. Explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings. This evening enjoy a farewell cruise along the stunning Huangpu River followed by traditional Shanghai cuisine for your farewell dinner.

DAY 16: DEPART SHANGHAI

$6,660 30 May

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15 Jun

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$6,860

FRoM PRICE

10 Apr

26 Apr

$7,340

15 May

31 May

28 Aug

13 Sep

$7,340

11 Sep

27 Sep

$7,540

09 Oct

25 Oct

$7,340

29 May

14 Jun

$7,540

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $106 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$70 and RMB150 (AU$106) are payable on arrival in China.

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

The Tibet Autonomous Region may be closed by Chinese authorities at any given time without notice. Such closures may impact the ability to travel in, or to, Tibet.

DAY 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Please note: Travellers to Tibet should be in good physical condition due to the high altitude.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Songshanlin Monastery, Zhongdian

Tibetan Wonders

24 days

FROM $5,990 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 24 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE*, ADELAIDE** AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $5,576, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $98 (subject to change)

IN 2000, WENDY WU TOURS PROUDLY TOOK THE FIRST GROUP TOUR IN THE WORLD TO REACH LHASA BY THE SCENIC OVERLAND ROUTE, KNOWN AS THE ‘TEA HORSE ROAD’. After many years of successfully running the Tibetan Dreams group tour along the ‘Tea Horse Road’, civil unrest in that region has meant that Wendy Wu Tours has suspended the programme. We are excited to bring you Tibetan Wonders; a group tour that explores the exciting regions of Yunnan Province, Tibet and Sichuan Province. Explore the beginnings of the important trading route, the ‘Tea Horse Road’, from Kunming to Zhongdian before flying to Tibet where you will see breathtaking scenery, temples, stupas and palaces. A highlight for most will be a visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Your tour will finish in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province where you will see the Giant Pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China and Tibet, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes , a Tibet Permit and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 24 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $5,990 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane*, Adelaide** and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways *Brisbane passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Kunming at an additional cost. **Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

CHINA

Old Tingri Shigatse (1N+1N) (1N)

Lhasa (3N+1N)

Gyantse (1N) Mt. Everest Tsedang (1N) (1N) New Tingri (1N)

CHENGDU (1N) Zhongdian (3N)

OUTBOUND (1N)

Lijiang (2N)

KUNMING (2N)

Dali (2N)

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,200 Land Only (Kunming to Chengdu) – From $4,845 per person (includes tipping)

INBOUND (1N)

Active Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

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Air Road


DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO KUNMING

DAY 13: LHASA

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Kunming for a two night stay.

Explore the Potala Palace, the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’. The palace is an architectural wonder which towers over the entire city. It contains hundreds of rooms filled with intricate shrines and frescoes. Later, visit Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, before enjoying a performance of traditional Tibetan dance.

DAY 3: KUNMING Visit the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images. This afternoon visit Dianchi Lake and the Western Hills, often referred to as ‘Sleeping Beauty Hills’.

DAY 4: KUNMING TO DALI Fly to the ancient city of Dali. Explore the fascinating Ancient Quarter, absorbing the local atmosphere of the market stalls.

DAY 5: DALI Visit the charming Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas which dominate the skyline above Dali’s ancient city walls. Enjoy a cruise on Erhai Lake where you may be lucky enough to see traditional junks still plying their trade.

DAY 6: DALI TO LIJIANG Drive to the ‘living museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool and wander the back street markets filled with Naxi women wearing traditional costumes.

DAY 7: LIJIANG Take a gondola to one of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views. Next, visit the famous Baisha Frescoes and explore a typical Chinese rural village.

DAY 8: LIJIANG TO ZHONGDIAN Drive to Zhongdian, visiting one of the most dramatic gorges in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge, along the way. Tiger Leaping Gorge is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. Arrive in Zhongdian this afternoon for a three night stay.

DAY 9: ZHONGDIAN See the Baishui Terrace where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools creating a perfect photographic moment.

DAY 10: ZHONGDIAN Visit the Songshanlin Monastery, which was built by the 5th Dalai Lama over 300 years ago. Explore the Old Town in Zhongdian as well as a Tibetan village.

DAY 11: ZHONGDIAN TO LHASA Leave Zhongdian and fly to Lhasa, the capital city and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.

DAY 12: LHASA This morning visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and spiritual temple in Tibet where you will see many pilgrims worshipping. Wander among the pilgrims at the colourful Barkhor Markets where you will see local handicrafts and artworks.

DAY 14: LHASA TO SHIGATSE Drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and wander through the local cobblestone lanes.

DAY 15: SHIGATSE TO NEW TINGRI Leave Shigatse and travel to New Tingri for an overnight stay.

DAY 16: NEW TINGRI TO MT. EVEREST BASE CAMP Arrive close to Mt. Everest where you will visit the base camp and gaze at the stunning north face of the world’s tallest mountain peak at 8,848m (weather permitting). Later you will visit the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world and stay overnight in the township.

DAY 17: MT. EVEREST BASE CAMP TO OLD TINGRI

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Rise early for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the sun rise over Mt. Everest (weather permitting) before continuing to Old Tingri for an overnight stay.

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DAY 18: OLD TINGRI TO SHIGATSE

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $98 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$90 (AU$98) is payable on arrival in China.

Leave Old Tingri and travel back to Shigatse.

DAY 19: SHIGATSE TO GYANTSE Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and then drive to Gyantse and visit the unique Pelkor Monastery which features examples of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture.

DAY 20: GYANTSE TO TSEDANG

25 May

28 Sep

$6,700

The Tibet Autonomous Region may be closed by the Chinese authorities at any given time without notice. Such closures may impact the ability to travel in, or to, Tibet. Please note: Travellers to Tibet should be in good physical condition due to high altitude.

See the Gyantse Kumbum before continuing the journey to Tsedang, said to be the ‘cradle of Tibetan civilisation’.

DAY 21: TSEDANG TO LHASA Explore Yumbulhakang Palace, one of the oldest buildings in Tibet, Chang Chun Monastery and the King’s Tomb. This afternoon return to Lhasa for your final night in Tibet.

DAY 22: LHASA TO CHENGDU Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protective wilderness breeding area, museum and research facility. This evening enjoy sumptuous Sichuan cuisine as your farewell celebration.

DAY 23: DEPART CHENGDU This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Bodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu

Himalayan Adventure Tibet to Nepal

22 days

FROM $6,930 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 22 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY*, MELBOURNE*, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE** AND PERTH** From price includes: Tour Cost $6,198, Airline Fuel Surcharge $582 and Tipping $150 (subject to change)

This incredible tour is designed to bring out the adventurer in you. It will be challenging but the rewards will be worth the effort. Starting in Chengdu, China, visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Grand Buddha of Leshan, which is sure to astound you. You will see mystical temples in Tibet before your journey becomes more adventurous as you travel to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Cross the border into Nepal, where the scenery and landscape changes dramatically. Kathmandu is a fascinating city, like an open-air museum with mediaeval temples, palaces and shrines. From the stark dry lands of Tibet to the fertile lands of Nepal, this journey offers so much variation that will surely delight you.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, Tibet and Nepal, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes, a Tibet Permit and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 22 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $6,930 per person – Departing Sydney*, Melbourne*, Brisbane, Adelaide** and Perth** with Singapore Airlines *Sydney and Melbourne passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Chengdu at an additional cost. **Adelaide and Perth passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

TIBET

CHINA

Shigatse (1N) Lhasa (3N) Pokhara New Tingri (2N) (2N) Zhangmu Gyantse (1N) NEPAL Mt. Everest Dhulikhel Chitwan Bhaktapur (2N) National KATHMANDU Park (2N) Daman (3N) (1N)

INBOUND (1N) CHENGDU (2N) Leshan

INDIA

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,478 Land Only (Chengdu to Kathmandu) – From $5,530 per person (includes tipping) Active Paced Tour (see page 9) Tour at High Altitude (see page 9)

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OUTBOUND (1N)

Air Road


DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO CHENGDU Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Chengdu for a two night stay.

DAY 3: CHENGDU – LESHAN Enjoy a morning visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, travel to Leshan to view the Grand Buddha, carved from Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet.

DAY 4: CHENGDU TO LHASA Fly to Lhasa, the capital and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.

DAY 5: LHASA Visit the Jokhang Temple, which is the most sacred and spiritual in all of Tibet. Afterwards, wander among the pilgrims at the colourful mediaeval Barkhor Markets and visit the Sera Monastery, named after the wild roses that bloom nearby.

DAY 6: LHASA Explore the Potala Palace, known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’. The palace consists of hundreds of rooms filled with intricate shrines and frescoes and is the official winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

DAY 7: LHASA TO SHIGATSE Leave Lhasa for Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. En route you will stop at Gyantse to see the famous Gyantse Kumbum.

DAY 8: SHIGATSE TO NEW TINGRI Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. Built in 1447, the monastery once housed over 4,000 monks, however, it is now only home to several hundred monks. From here you will drive to New Tingri.

DAY 9: NEW TINGRI – MT. EVEREST BASE CAMP Rise early to cross the Gue La and enjoy the panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya. Continue your drive to Pasum where you will visit the monastic village of Rongbuk and enjoy an excursion to Mt. Everest Base Camp. While here, there will be plenty of opportunities for photographs at the site (weather permitting).

DAY 10: NEW TINGRI TO ZHANGMU You will have another early morning as you continue your drive towards the Nepalese and Tibet border via Nyalam and Zhangmu. From Nyalam, the transition from the high, dry and wild Tibetan plateau, to Nepal’s green hills is breathtaking, twisting through steep and narrow gorges.

DAY 11: ZHANGMU TO BHAKTAPUR VIA DHULIKHEL Drive to the border and cross the Friendship Bridge. After clearing customs and immigration, bid farewell to your Chinese guide as you are greeted by your Nepalese guide and transferred to Bhaktapur. Stop in Dhulikhel en

route to see the traditional Nuwari houses and browse the local market.

DAY 12: BHAKTAPUR Explore the 9th-century-built town of Bhaktapur, including the Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage listed temple of Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the valley dedicated to Lord Vishnu, ‘the preserver’.

DAY 13: BHAKTAPUR TO POKHARA Drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival tour this small town and view the scenery of the Himalaya.

DAY 14: POKHARA Visit the International Mountain Museum, where mountaineers who have climbed Mt. Everest donate their equipment for exhibition. Later, enjoy a boat ride on picturesque Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal.

DAY 15: POKHARA TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK Rise early and visit a Hindu temple before departing for Chitwan National Park, among the most popular attractions in Nepal and one of the last refuges to the One-Horned Rhino. Enjoy an afternoon safari and attend a briefing about the national park and the activities on offer.

DAY 16: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK Enjoy a day at the Chitwan National Park with its comprehensive programme of activities, including elephant bathing, safaris, jungle walks and bird watching.

DAY 17: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK TO DAMAN This morning leave Chitwan National Park and drive to Daman. You will have free time at your leisure to explore this wonderful hillside town.

DAY 18: DAMAN TO KATHMANDU You may wish to rise early this morning to view the spectacular sunrise over the Himalaya. Depart Daman and travel to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal which is surrounded by four major mountains. Once in Kathmandu the remainder of the day is free at your leisure.

Departures 2014

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09 May 26 Sep

08 May 10 Oct 31 Oct

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30 May 17 Oct

$6,930

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16 Apr 18 Sep 09 Oct

08 May 25 Sep

2015

07 May 09 Oct 30 Oct

29 May 16 Oct

$7,720

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $150 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$138 (AU$150) is payable on arrival in China. The Tibet Autonomous Region may be closed by the Chinese authorities at any given time without notice. Such closures may impact the ability to travel in, or to, Tibet. Please note: Travellers to Tibet should be in good physical condition due to high altitude.

DAY 19: KATHMANDU – PATAN Visit Patan, the second largest city in Nepal, known for its rich tradition of art. See the UNESCO World Heritage listed former Royal Palace as well as Patan’s Durbar Square. Return to Kathmandu and tour the Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

DAY 20: KATHMANDU Enjoy a tour around Kathmandu, visiting Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, followed by Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, the Kumari Temple and Thamel Market, a popular place for tourists.

DAY 21: DEPART KATHMANDU You will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 22: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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hy not? Himalayan Adventure – Tibet to Nepal passengers fly with Singapore Airlines. Why not stop in Singapore before or after your Himalayan adventure? See pages 122-123 for our Singapore packages and stopover options. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Riverfront, Hoi An

Treasures of Vietnam & China

27 days

FROM $6,248 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 27 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE From price includes: Tour Cost $5,620, VN Fuel Surcharge $478 and Tipping $150 (subject to change)

Discover the treasures of Vietnam and China on this brilliant tour, commencing in the dynamic city of Saigon where you will learn about Vietnam’s turbulent history. The old town of Hoi An will charm you as you wander its cobbled streets. City lovers will adore Hanoi, regarded as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Halong Bay will leave you amazed; the limestone islets rising out of the emerald waters are truly spectacular. China will be equally as captivating. In Chengdu, visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and see these animals in surroundings similar to their natural habitat. In Guilin, visit Mt. Diecai and the Reed Flute Caves. In Xian, see the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century. Visit iconic landmarks in Beijing including the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. The glittering metropolis of Shanghai will be your final destination. Prepare to discover authentic Vietnam and China on this amazing tour.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in Vietnam and China, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 27 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $6,248 per person – Departing Sydney and Melbourne with Vietnam Airlines (VN) From $6,638 per person – Departing Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra with Vietnam Airlines (VN) From $6,624 per person – Departing Perth with Singapore Airlines (SQ) Darwin passengers see 'Joining Your Tour' on page 10. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,205 Land Only (Saigon to Shanghai) – From $4,978 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

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Beijing (3N)

Overnight Train (1N)

CHINA

OUTBOUND (1N)

Xian (2N)

SHANGHAI (3N)

Chengdu (1N)

Guilin (1N) Yangshuo (2N) Hanoi (3N)

Hue (2N)

Tay Ninh Cu Chi

Halong Bay

VIETNAM Danang Hoi An (2N)

SAIGON (4N)

Mekong Delta

Air Road Rail Boat


DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a four night stay.

Park and Wide and Narrow Alleys, preserved from the Qing Dynasty. In the evening fly to one of China’s most beautiful cities, Guilin.

DAY 2: SAIGON

DAY 14: GUILIN

Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. End the day at Ben Thanh Market for some shopping.

Visit Mt. Diecai for panoramic views of the surrounding karst landscape of Guilin. Later visit the Reed Flute Caves.

DAY 3: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA

Relax on a Li River cruise as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café.

Travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea. This afternoon you will return to Saigon.

DAY 4: SAIGON – CU CHI & TAY NINH This morning you will explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion.

DAY 5: SAIGON TO HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route.

DAY 6: HOI AN Take a walking tour of Hoi An, visiting a traditional merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple.

DAY 7: HOI AN TO HUE View the scenic Hai Van Pass before entering the Hai Van Tunnel and continuing the drive to Hue. This afternoon take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City.

DAY 8: HUE Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Travel to An Thien House, the original residence of Emperor Tu Duc’s daughter and later, visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.

DAY 9: HUE TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi and visit the Fine Arts Museum. Later, explore Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.

DAY 10: HANOI – HALONG BAY

DAY 15: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO

DAY 16: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. This evening enjoy a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

DAY 17: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO XIAN Return to Guilin and fly to Xian, the former imperial capital. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.

DAY 18: XIAN Visit the ancient City Wall and the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Return to Xian, stopping at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition en route.

DAY 19: XIAN TO BEIJING Tour the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter and visit the Islamic food markets. This evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing, the capital of China.

DAY 20: BEIJING Arrive in Beijing this morning. Visit the Summer Palace and admire the landscaped beauty. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

DAYS 21-22: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City and tour the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Tomorrow, take a walk along the Great Wall and watch an exciting acrobatics performance.

Travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Cruise around the emerald waters, taking in the spectacular scenery, before returning to Hanoi.

DAY 23: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI

DAY 11: HANOI

Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, stroll along the Bund and visit the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. Tomorrow, visit the Pudong district and Xintiandi area, with its unique 1920s-style 'shikumen' buildings. In the evening enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River as your farewell celebration.

Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will see the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards drive to the Temple of Literature. This afternoon enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets.

DAY 12: HANOI TO CHENGDU Bid farewell to Vietnam and embark on your Chinese adventure. Fly to Chengdu and this evening you will sample Sichuan cuisine.

DAY 13: CHENGDU TO GUILIN Explore the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, wander through the People’s

Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. The afternoon is free at your leisure.

Departures 2014

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10 Apr

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24 Apr

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$6,298

19 Apr 03 May

15 May 29 May

26 Apr 24 May

22 May 19 Jun

$6,378

23 Aug

18 Sep

06 Sep 20 Sep

02 Oct 16 Oct

$6,248 13 Sep 18 Oct

09 Oct 13 Nov

$6,378

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14 Mar

09 Apr

28 Mar

23 Apr

$6,558

18 Apr

14 May

02 May

28 May

$6,613

2015

Please contact our Reservations Department for more 2015 departures. Important note: VN – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $478 and tipping of $150 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$138 (AU$150) is payable on arrival in Vietnam. Sq – Perth passengers – price on page 74 includes airline fuel surcharge of $569 and tipping of $150 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$138 (AU$150) is payable on arrival in Vietnam.

DAYS 24-25: SHANGHAI

DAY 26: DEPART SHANGHAI This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport for your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 27: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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Mongolia INTRODUCTION TO MONGOLIA

LANGUAGE

Bordered by Siberia to the north and China to the south, Mongolia is the second largest landlocked country in the world, with a varying geography from the Gobi Desert in the south and mountain regions to the north and west. With a landscape that is quite breathtaking, it offers pristine lakes, rugged mountains and incredible wide open spaces. Khongoryn Els which translates to ‘singing sands’, is the home to Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, Lake Khovsgol is the largest and deepest lake in Mongolia. Surrounded by mountains and lush forests, it is home to a variety of animals and species of birds. With a turbulent history, Mongolia was first declared a Mongol Empire in 1206 by Genghis Khan. One of the most wonderful events that takes place in Mongolia is the fascinating Naadam Festival, with people arriving from all over the country to participate. This spectacular occasion is a photographer’s paradise, with an array of activities, food and crafts on offer. Mongolia conjures up images of the legends of Genghis Khan, horses galloping through the expansive open plains and camels crossing the Gobi Desert. The warm-hearted locals will inspire you as they go about their lives with gentle peace and humility, but most of all they will reward you with the experience of a lifetime.

The official national language is Mongolian. Kalmyk, Kazakh, Buriat and Mandarin are also widely spoken.

TIME Mongolia is 2 hours behind Australian EST.

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CURRENCY The local currency is known as the Tughrik (MNT). 1AUD = 1,430MNT (approximately)

CLIMATE Mongolia’s climate can be described as ‘extreme continental’, with warm summers and long sub-arctic winters. The summer season begins at the end of May and lasts until early October, with an average temperature of 16°C. The most popular time to travel is mid-July, which is also when the world famous Naadam Festival is held in Ulaanbaatar. Winters are long and cold with temperatures often falling well below -18°C, however, the daytime temperatures are warmer. Due to the unpredictable climate changes around the world we strongly recommend you check the current weather at your destination prior to your departure in order to pack accordingly.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian travellers, the price of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of our group tour for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame).

Cities ULAANBAATAR Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia and is located on the Tuul River with a backdrop of the Khairkhan Mountains. This town is steadily developing into a modernised city, while managing to maintain its old world traditional hospitality.

KHARKHORIN Kharkhorin is Mongolia’s former capital and attracts many visitors with its intriguing history dating back to the 13th Century. Once the imperial capital ruled by Genghis Khan, Kharkhorin is home to one of the most ancient and impressive Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, the Erdene Zuu Monastery.

GOBI DESERT The Gobi Desert is home to many of Mongolia's renowned landscapes and consists of the largest sand dunes within Mongolia at Khongoryn Els. Discover the scenery at Eagle Valley, which is covered in metre-thick ice for the greater part of the year.

KHOVSGOL Khovsgol is a scenic area and is known for its wild mountains and alpine lakes. Lake Khovsgol is the deepest lake in Mongolia, encircled by 2,000m-high mountains, and is named after the Turkish word meaning 'lake of the blue waters'.


The Palace Hotel is conveniently situated near a number of tourist attractions, including the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, Naadam Stadium and Zaisan Hill. The hotel offers traditional Mongolian hospitality and is located a short drive from the international airport and railway station. Facilities at the hotel include restaurants, a bar, coffee shop, business centre and currency exchange. Guestrooms are equipped with modern amenities including internet access and a minibar.

Khaan Taij Ger Camp is located in Kharkhorin. You can relax in the sauna, partake in archery, ping pong and other Mongolian national games. Shiveet Mankhan Ger Camp is situated in the Tsenkher Hot Springs area where you can relax and enjoy the natural beauty. There is a swimming pool created from the hot mineral water which is located close by. Maikhan Tolgoi Ger Camp is located in one of the most beautiful scenic areas of the famous Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano.

Bogd Khan Ger Camp is located near the Gurvansaikhan Mountain in the magnificent desert of Yolyn Am region.

Alag Tsar Ger Camp is on the eastern shore of the Great White Lake. Speed boat and horse riding tours are available (at own expense) and there is a family who breed reindeer located close by.

Gobi Erdene Ger Camp opened in 2012 and is located in the Khongoryn Els area. Gobi Tour Ger Camp is positioned in the famous dinosaur fossil site called Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs) in the South Gobi Desert.

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Properties listed are indicative only and are subject to change.

Lake Khovsgol M么ron Jargal Jiguur Mt. Khorgo

ULAANBAATAR Mt. Khogno Khan

Great White Lake Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs

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Gers are the traditional home of nomads across Mongolia. They are made from a wooden frame and layers of felt and canvas erected on a wooden platform. The interior is filled with warm fabrics and furs as well as ornate wooden furniture. Each Ger will consist of up to four single wooden beds, linen, stove for heating purposes, a thick blanket, table and chairs. Communal shower and toilet facilities will be in a separate area. Caf茅s and communal areas are also located within the camp grounds. Although they are not luxurious, they do offer comfortable accommodation while you travel through the most remote regions of the country.

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Below are some of the properties used by Wendy Wu Tours during the Mongolia & the Naadam Festival tour. Keep in mind these are subject to change and your final itinerary will advise which property is used in each city.

Bayangobi-Juulchin Ger Camp is situated close to the Mongol Sand Dune in a beautiful area great for walking, trekking and camel riding.

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Due to the remoteness of some of the areas that are visited in Mongolia, the hotel standards are not the level you may expect in a major city. Our Mongolia & the Naadam Festival fully inclusive group tour includes accommodation in standard hotels (similar to a 3-star) and Ger camps.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Yolyn Am, Gobi National Park

Mongolia & the Naadam Festival

24 days

FROM $9,595 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 24 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $9,229, Airline Fuel Surcharge $257 and Tipping $109 (subject to change)

The great Khans of Mongolia created the largest land empire the world has ever known. The most famous of all was Genghis Khan, the relentless warrior who forever marked his birthplace on the map. Remote and stunning, Mongolia is still relatively unexplored by modern day travellers and its charm lies firmly in that fact. The country is blessed with endless plains with beautiful backdrops, warm-hearted people with simplistic views of the world and a fascinating history. One of the special features you will encounter on this tour is experiencing first-hand the annual Naadam Festival, a local celebration of the Mongolian people and culture. The festivals, origins can be traced to the Mongol Army with horseracing, wrestling and archery competitions favoured by the locals and visitors alike.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in Mongolia, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 24 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $9,595 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways *Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 9. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,230 Land Only (Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar) – From $8,146 per person (includes tipping) Active Paced Tour (see page 9)

Lake Khovsgol (2N)

Môron (1N) Jargal Jiguur (1N) MONGOLIA Great White Lake (1N) Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs (1N) Kharkhorin (1N)

ULAANBAATAR (1N+3N+3N) Terelj National Park (1N) Mt. Khogno Khan INBOUND (1N) (1N)

Ongii (1N) OUTBOUND (1N)

Bayanzag (1N) Khongoryn Els (1N)

Dalanzadgad Yolyn Am (2N)

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO ULAANBAATAR

DAYS 13-14: JARGAL JIGUUR TO LAKE KHOVSGOL

Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways and Mongolian Airlines to Ulaanbaatar for an overnight stay. Brisbane passengers may depart on Day 2.

Travel to Lake Khovsgol, known as the ‘dark blue pearl’. Surrounded by forests and meadows, your two days here are free to enjoy the amazing scenery.

DAYS 3-4: ULAANBAATAR TO YOLYN AM

DAY 15: LAKE KHOVSGOL TO MÔRON

Fly to Dalanzadgad, located on the edge of the Gobi Desert. Begin your 4WD journey heading to Yolyn Am, a gorge in the Gobi National Park. Marvel at the mountains and vast sand dunes.

DAY 5: YOLYN AM TO KHONGORYN ELS Continue to Khongoryn Els, the location of Mongolia’s largest sand dunes, also known as the ‘singing sand dunes’.

DAY 6: KHONGORYN ELS TO BAYANZAG Leave Khongoryn Els and drive to Bayanzag, also known as ‘Flaming Cliffs’. Visit the Gobi dinosaur cemetery and trace the footsteps of palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews.

DAY 7: BAYANZAG TO ONGII Travel to Ongii, viewing the ruins of the famed monastic complex Ongiin Khiid.

DAY 8: ONGII TO MT. KHOGNO KHAN Continue to Mt. Khogno Khan. Explore the remains of the Uvgun Khiid Monastery located at the foot of the mountain.

DAY 9: MT. KHOGNO KHAN TO KHARKHORIN Drive to the ancient capital of Kharkhorin, situated on the Orkhon River. Later you will visit the Erdene-Zuu Monastery.

DAY 10: KHARKHORIN TO TSENKHER JIGUUR HOT SPRINGS Travel to Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs and enjoy free time to relax in the hot springs and take in the surrounding scenery.

DAY 11: TSENKHER JIGUUR HOT SPRINGS TO GREAT WHITE LAKE Continue to Great White Lake in the Khangai Mountains. Hike to Khorgo Volcano situated 900m above the lake.

DAY 12: GREAT WHITE LAKE TO JARGAL JIGUUR This morning leave Great White Lake and travel to Jargal Jiguur.

Continue your journey as you travel to Môron, which translates as ‘river’.

DAY 16: MÔRON TO ULAANBAATAR Fly back to Ulaanbaatar for the Naadam Festival, the biggest annual festival in Mongolia.

DAYS 17-18: ULAANBAATAR Over the next two and a half days, join the annual festivities of the Naadam Festival, which dates back to the Genghis Khan period. The festival is awash with colours and traditional costumes. Witness events such as wrestling, horse racing and archery locally known as; ‘the three manly games’.

DAY 19: ULAANBAATAR TO TERELJ NATIONAL PARK This morning view the costumes on display in the Central Square. Drive to Terelj National Park. Explore Turtle Rock and enjoy a light hike to Aryabal Monastery. Visit a local nomadic family. Stay overnight in a Ger camp.

DAY 20: TERELJ NATIONAL PARK TO ULAANBAATAR Drive back to Ulaanbaatar for a three night stay, visiting the Genghis Khaan Statue Complex en route to the capital.

DAY 21: ULAANBAATAR Visit the 19th-century-built Gandan Monastery, followed by Sukhbaatar Square where a statue stands of Damdin Sughbaatar, who led the Mongolian Revolution. Next, visit the National Museum of Mongolian History and the Museum of Natural History.

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Important note: Above prices include fuel surcharge of $257 and tipping of $109 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note that tipping amount of US$100 (AU$109) is payable upon arrival in Mongolia. #Itinerary will operate in the reverse direction to the itinerary shown.

DAY 22: ULAANBAATAR Enjoy a leisurely day visiting Zaisan Memorial Hill for views of the city and Buddha’s Park. This evening enjoy a folklore performance.

DAY 23: DEPART ULAANBAATAR Early this morning you will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today

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Erdene -Zuu Monastery Complex, Kharkhorin

Pick up a copy of our Japan, Taiwan, South Korea 2014-15 brochure or contact our Reservations Department for independent packages which will allow you to extend your stay and further explore Mongolia. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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Central Asia INTRODUCTION TO CENTRAL ASIA

BISHKEK

SAMARKAND

The vast and fascinating region of Central Asia is made up of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. It covers the area bounded by the Caspian Sea in the west, China in the east, Afghanistan in the south and Russia in the north. It offers travellers an historic journey with the spectacular alpine scenery of Kyrgyzstan contrasting with the breathtaking ancient cities and classic Islamic architecture of Uzbekistan. The ancient towns of Khiva and Bukhara are laden with treasures of a magical period in time. The most renowned overland trading route of ancient civilisations was the Silk Road, which spanned from China’s former imperial capital of Xian, westward through to the faraway lands of Europe. The route crosses rugged, mountainous and desert areas where tales were told of mystical cities, lively open-air bazaars and a seemingly endless hive of activity.

Located at the foot of the Alatau Mountains and part of the Tian Shan Range, Bishkek was originally established by Silk Road traders. Upon independence in 1991 it became the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

The city of Samarkand is one of Central Asia’s oldest settlements and has great significance to the Silk Road. Made famous by James Flecker’s poem, The Golden Road to Samarkand, no other city is more reminiscent of the Silk Road’s history.

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Kyrgyzstan is 4 hours behind Australian EST.

Central Asia’s holiest city has a history dating back more than 1,000 years. It is considered to be the cultural centre with the Old Town referred to as an architectural wonder, offering a glimpse of pre-Russian tradition with its many fortresses and medressahs.

LANGUAGE The official language is Kyrgyz, however, English and Russian are widely spoken.

CURRENCY The local currency is known as the Som (KGS) 1AUD = 44KGS (approximately) 1AUD = 0.92USD (approximately)

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TIME Uzbekistan is 5 hours behind Australian EST.

LANGUAGE The official language is Uzbek, however both English and Russian are widely spoken.

CURRENCY The local currency is known as the Sum (UZS) 1AUD = 1,945UZS (approximately) 1AUD = 0.92USD (approximately)

Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia, therefore temperature fluctuations are more severe. There are four climatic seasons; summer from mid-June to early September is normally hot, with temperatures reaching as high as 40°C. Spring lasts from April to early June and autumn is from mid-September to late October. Winter is from November to March and experiences extremely cold temperatures. Snow starts to fall over the mountain passes in November and has been known to last up until May. Due to the unpredictable climate changes around the world we strongly recommend you check the current weather at your destination prior to your departure in order to pack accordingly.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TASHKENT Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and dates back to the 3rd Century. The city’s Silk Road heritage is retained in the Chorsu Bazaar and museums, while the modern city has interesting Soviet relics, statues and architecture.

Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. For travellers to Kyrgyzstan, Visas are not required for Australian passport holders for stays of up to 60 days. Visas are required for Australian travellers to Uzbekistan, the price of which is included in the fully inclusive price of our group tours for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame). We require all passports to be sent to our office 90 days prior to departure.

ISSY KUL The landscape surrounding Issy Kul embraces amazing scenery. In the south it is possible to see trails of the ancient civilisations and caravanserais established along the Silk Road route, dating back to the 5th Century when the route passed between China’s Xinjiang Province and Bishkek.

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Issy Kul Bokonbayevo Village


Accommodation Our Road to Samarkand tour includes standard hotels (similar to a 3-star), guesthouses and a traditional homestay with a local family. Each property is clean and comfortable; however, not all styles of accommodation will have Western facilities. Listed below are some of the properties used by Wendy Wu Tours during the Road to Samarkand tour. Keep in mind these are subject to change and your final itinerary will advise which property is used in each city.

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NARYN

The City Palace Hotel is located in the heart of Tashkent. It is a short drive to the railway station and international airport. All guestrooms have modern amenities including air conditioning. Facilities at the hotel include a business centre, currency exchange, indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness centre and tennis court. There are also several bars and restaurants within the hotel.

The Zargaron Hotel is a small 3-star hotel in the heart of Bukhara, close to the minaret Poi-Kalyan. The amenities in each room include satellite TV, air conditioning and minibar. There is also an open-air bar on the roof overlooking the Minaret Kalyan, a restaurant and paid internet access. The Hotel Porso is located in the heart of old Bukhara, 100m from the Lyabi Khauz complex. It is built in the style of an old Bukhara merchant house. All rooms feature modern amenities.

The local guesthouse Celestial Mountains is located in a quiet spot of Naryn overlooking the eastern end of the town. The property has good security and rooms have modern facilities such as showers, toilets, hot water and TV. internet access is also available.

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The Park Turon is a 4-star hotel centrally located close to Tashkent’s tourist attractions and is approximately 8km from the international airport. Facilities at the hotel include internet access, a fitness centre, sauna and indoor swimming pool. The hotel has currency exchange, a business centre, gift shop, bar and café. All guestrooms include air conditioning, wi-fi, minibar and an in-room safe.

KHIVA Located 100m from the magnificent walls of the ancient Ichan Qala Fortress is Malika Khiva Hotel. It is a traditional hotel resembling a medressa (religious school). All rooms have modern amenities including air conditioning. The hotel features a restaurant, business centre, laundry service and gift shop. The Orient Star Hotel is located in the Muhammad Aminkhan medressahs, which is next to the Kuk Minor Minaret. The hotel features a restaurant and openair café. The hotel was originally a school, built in the mid-19th Century. All rooms feature modern amenities.

The Hotel Samarkand Plaza is located in the city centre. Guestrooms are equipped with satellite TV, minibar and air conditioning. Guests can also utilise the fitness centre, pool and sauna. The Asia Hotel is located close to Registan Square, Bibi-Khanym complex and the famous Siab Bazaar. This 4-star hotel has a bar, café, fitness centre and outdoor pool. All guestrooms feature modern amenities.

KARAKOL The Hotel Amir is a 3-star hotel located in downtown Karakol. The hotel facilities include a restaurant and internet access. All rooms feature modern amenities. The Ak Keme Hotel is situated in a quiet neighborhood. The hotel’s restaurant has views of the snow peaks of the Tian Shan and the city. The hotel has modern amenities including a business centre and internet access. Rooms feature modern amenities. Properties listed are indicative only and are subject to change.

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UNIQUE FULLY INCLUSIVE GROUP TOURS Jety-Orguz, Karakol

Road to Samarkand

26 days

FROM $7,895 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 26 DAYS - FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE AND PERTH* From price includes: Tour Cost $7,443, Airline Fuel Surcharge $305 and Tipping $147 (subject to change)

The most renowned overland trading route of ancient civilisations was the Silk Road, crossing rugged, mountainous and desert areas where tales abounded of mystical cities, lively open-air bazaars and a seemingly endless hive of activity. Historically, the Silk Road was a remote and arduous path and one can only imagine the kind of difficulties those who travelled this renowned road had to overcome. It spanned from China’s former imperial capital, Xian, westward through to Europe. With so much to see and experience, this journey will take you along the Silk Road from Kashgar in China to some of the most amazing ancient cities such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, one of Central Asia’s oldest settlements. Along the way you will discover breathtaking sights, view beautiful Islamic architecture and see some of the most captivating scenery you will ever encounter.

Inclusions International airfares, all transportation in China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 26 Days, Fully Inclusive Twin Share From $7,895 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne and Perth* with China Southern Airlines *Perth passengers may require a stopover in Guangzhou at an additional cost. Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

KYRGYZSTAN

Issy Kul Cholpon -Ata Karakol URUMQI (1N) (2N) Bishkek (2N) (2N) Bokonbayevo Village Naryn (1N) Kochkor Village (1N) BEIJING Tash Rabat (1N) Torugart Pass Urgench Overnight flight Tashkent Kashgar (1N) (1N+1N) Khiva (2N) CHINA (2N) Samarkand Bukhara (3N) (3N)

UZBEKISTAN

Guangzhou

OUTBOUND (1N)

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,010 Land Only (Urumqi to Beijing) – From $6,495 per person (includes tipping) Active Paced Tour (see page 9)

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Tour at High Altitude (see page 9) Air Road

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DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO URUMqI

DAY 13: BISHKEK TO TASHKENT

Fly overnight with China Southern Airlines to Urumqi (via Guangzhou) for an overnight stay.

Fly to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Visit the 1966 Earthquake Memorial and Khast Imom Complex, including the Moyie Mubarek Library Museum and the Mausoleum of Aba Bakr Kaffal Shoshi.

DAY 3: URUMqI TO KASHGAR Visit Tian Chi (Heavenly Lake), a large pristine lake, and enjoy breathtaking views of the crystal-clear lake surrounded by alpine meadows and mountains. Next, see the International Bazaar and the local markets. This evening fly to Kashgar, an ancient market town, once the flourishing centre of the Silk Road trading route.

DAY 4: KASHGAR

DAY 14: TASHKENT TO KHIVA Fly to Urgench and drive to the ancient city of Khiva. Visit the ruins of Elliq-Qala en route, an impressive fort and temple complex dating back to the 4th Century BC.

DAY 15: KHIVA

Explore the elegantly tiled Abakh Hoja Tomb, the Id Kah Mosque and the old alleys that intertwine around Id Kah Square.

This morning explore the small city of Khiva including the Kuhna Ark Fortress and wander around the many medressahs, mosques and minarets within the ancient city walls.

DAY 5: KASHGAR TO NARYN

DAY 16: KHIVA TO BUKHARA

Travel from China into Kyrgyzstan across the Tian Shan Range (Heavenly Mountain) to Torugart Pass where you cross the border into Kyrgyzstan. Continue to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai en route to Naryn.

DAYS 17-18: BUKHARA

DAY 6: NARYN TO KOCHKOR VILLAGE Leave Naryn and travel to Kochkor Village. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a Ger before watching a ‘shyrdak’ demonstration (making of Kyrgyz wool carpets).

DAY 7: KOCHKOR VILLAGE TO KARAKOL Travel to Karakol, visiting Bokonbayevo Village en route. Enjoy lunch with a local family and watch a demonstration of eagle hunting.

Travel to Bukhara, Central Asia’s most sacred city with a history of over 2,500 years. Explore the Ark Fortress, Chor Minor, a medressa with four minarets, and Kalon Minaret. Tomorrow, visit the Labi-Hauz Plaza and the summer residence of the last Bukharan Emirs.

Departures

DAY 19: BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND

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Travel to Samarkand, the second largest city of Uzbekistan. This UNESCO World Heritage listed site is where the Silk Road diverged east to China, south to India and west to Persia.

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DAYS 20-21: SAMARKAND

Rise early this morning and visit the colourful Sunday animal market, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and a Chinese mosque. Enjoy an easy afternoon hike in Jety-Orguz and the Valley of Flowers.

Over the next two days explore the historical sites of Samarkand, including Shakhrisabz, the Timur’s Guri Amir Mausoleum and the Reigistan Square, the most spectacular architectural ensemble in Central Asia. Also visit the She Dor Medressa, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-IZinda and the Ulug Beg Observatory.

DAY 9: KARAKOL TO CHOLPON-ATA

DAY 22: SAMARKAND TO TASHKENT

DAY 8: KARAKOL

See the Przhevalskii Museum before continuing to Cholpon-Ata.

DAY 10: CHOLPON-ATA Explore the petroglyphs of ibex, wolves and deer etched into glacial stone. Also visit the Ethnographical Museum and Grigoriev Gorge. Later, relax on an afternoon cruise on Issy Kul, a lake which is surrounded by beautiful snowcapped peaks.

DAY 11: CHOLPON-ATA TO BISHKEK Drive to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan and a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks. En route visit the Burana Tower, a monument created in the 11th Century and still intact today.

DAY 12: BISHKEK Visit Ala Archa National Park, an alpine national park located in the Tian Shan Mountains 40km south of Bishkek. This afternoon return to Bishkek and explore Ala Too Square and the Historical Museum.

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$8,680

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $305 and tipping of $147 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$135 (AU$147) is payable on arrival in China.

Leave Samarkand and travel to Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, passing through the Tamerlane Gates en route.

DAY 23: TASHKENT TO BEIJING Explore Tashkent, including Independence Square, the Crying Mother Monument, Chorsu Bazaar, the Amir Timur Maydoni and Broadway Entertainment Street. Later this evening fly overnight to Beijing, the capital city of China.

DAY 24: BEIJING Arrive into Beijing early and enjoy the morning free at your leisure. This afternoon visit Beihai Park one of the oldest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China. You will also visit Jinshan Park, from where you may have a clear view of Beijing city (weather permitting).

DAY 25: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia (via Guangzhou).

DAY 26: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

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Introduction to Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising Explore the beauty of China on one of Wendy Wu Tours’ Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising packages. We have taken our most successful group tour itineraries and redesigned them as Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising packages, the best way to see all that China has to offer in style. Travelling with no more than 20 passengers, you will stay in deluxe properties, boutique resorts and sail in deluxe Victoria Cruises and President Cruises ships along the Yangtze River. Our Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising packages include international economy class airfares, all accommodation, transportation, economy class internal flights, as well as breakfasts daily, lunch on full days of touring and selected special dinners. Touring and entrance fees are included on each day as listed in the itinerary. Our National Escorts and Local Guides will lead you through China with knowledge and expertise that will make your tour that much more personal. Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry. Before you embark on your Deluxe China Holiday, you will be advised of the total tipping amount in US Dollars and Chinese Yuan which you will give to your National Escort on the first day of your tour to distribute on your behalf. You can be sure that excellent service and attention will be rewarded. We are currently offering five Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising packages for you to experience. From 10 to 18 days, our Grand Yangtze Deluxe, Yangtze Splendour Deluxe, Wonders of China Deluxe, Majestic Yangtze Deluxe programmes and our new A China Experience Deluxe programmes offer unique experiences to all travellers. Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising packages are graded ‘Comfortably Paced’ and ‘Medium Paced’ (see page 9 for details) to assist you in choosing the holiday you have always wanted.

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Accommodation Throughout your Deluxe China Holiday & River Cruising tour, accommodation will be in properties that are of deluxe standard and can vary from a hotel to a boutique resort. Below are the properties that will be used in Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising. Keep in mind that your Final Itinerary will determine which property is used in each city. See page 11 for Accommodation Ratings. Properties listed are indicative only and are subject to change.

Garden Wing Superior Room

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BEIJING

CHENGDU

XIAN

A peaceful sanctuary in the middle of a busy city, the Shangri-la Hotel Beijing features a 3,000sq m garden complete with koi ponds and waterfalls. Each Garden Wing room offers large windows from which to admire the spectacular garden. Dining options include French, Japanese and Cantonese cuisine.

Enjoy easy access to shopping, sightseeing, the Tea Garden and Renmin Park from the Sheraton Chengdu lido Hotel. Proud to be Chengdu’s only completely wireless hotel, the hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre, three restaurants and an intimate bar area.

Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to the ancient City Wall, the Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square offers ultra-modern spacious guestrooms. Dine on a range of delightful cuisines including Mediterranean, Moroccan, Chinese, Brazilian and Japanese and relax in their inviting bars and lounges.

Deluxe Room

Yangshuo Resort at dusk

Premier Room

SHANGHAI

YANGSHUO

GUILIN

Close to the pedestrian shopping street of Nanjing Road, the Grand Central Hotel in Shanghai is the perfect base for travellers who want to explore the sights of Shanghai. The hotel offers French and Chinese dining options, spacious and well-appointed rooms as well as an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Situated by the banks of the serene Li River, the Yangshuo Resort offers modern and spacious guestrooms that feature views of the lush green rice fields of Yangshuo. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, three restaurants serving Chinese, Western and buffet meal options and a bar/coffee shop.

Perfectly located along the Li River, The Sheraton Guilin Hotel features newly renovated guestrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a range of dining options including Chinese and Mediterranean food. Relax in The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, which is included in each well-appointed room.

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Yangtze River Cruise Awaiting you along the Yangtze are unique experiences and the chance to explore fascinating cities, local villages and splendid landscapes which line the banks of the river. While cruising you will visit some of China’s most beautiful and historically significant sites such as: • Nanjing – the capital city of eight dynasties between the 3rd and 14th centuries, exclusive to our Yangtze Splendour Deluxe and Grand Yangtze Deluxe holidays • Mt. Huang – ‘Yellow Mountain’ is one of China’s most famous mountain ranges and is recognisable as the influence for traditional Chinese landscape paintings, exclusive to our Yangtze Splendour Deluxe and Grand Yangtze Deluxe holidays • Three Gorges – discover the Three Gorges Dam and become captivated by the picturesque landscape • Daning River Small Gorges – striking green water with lush vegetation, caves and monkeys along the banks • Fengdu – an ancient ‘Ghost City’ with demon-decorated temples and statues

Yangtze River

During your leisure time on board, there are some wonderful activities for you to enjoy. Gain an insight into the Chinese history and culture through lectures including topics such as the Three Gorges Dam project, Chinese medicine, Chinese poetry and language, calligraphy demonstrations, dumpling wrapping and early morning Tai Chi lessons.

Victoria Cruises Victoria Cruises are the only American-owned cruise line currently sailing the Yangtze River. Offering all modern amenities, sailing with them will be an unforgettable experience. All cabins are outward facing and have a private balcony. You are most welcome to take advantage of The Amenity Program from as little as $175 per person. This includes: • Use of the Executive Lounge • Complimentary hot/cold drinks in the Executive Lounge • Complimentary wi-fi service in the Executive Lounge and Lobby area

• Private dining in the à la carte Western/Chinese restaurant • Free wine and beer before and during dinner in the Executive Lounge • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service • Complimentary laundry (up to 4 items per day) • Reserved seats for all evening entertainment • Private lectures You may also choose to upgrade your cabin type before you depart, to an Executive Suite from as little as $1,702 per person. Cruising upstream from Shanghai, the Victoria Sophia ship offers four passenger decks, facilities

Superior Cabin, Victoria Sophia include American-style buffet breakfasts, buffet lunches and banquet-style dinners, a fitness centre, beauty salon, reading room, massage centre, money exchange and bar.

President Cruises Operating on the Yangtze River for more than three decades and with over 600 staff members, President Cruises are proud of their deluxe cruise ships and strong professional experience, showcasing all that the Yangtze River has to offer. All cabins are outward facing and have a private balcony. President Cruises offers an Executive Services Package from as little as $75 per person (4-night cruise). This includes: • All meals (buffet-style) at President Cruises VIP Restaurant • Complimentary pre dinner drinks at happy hour on the Executive Floor • Express check-in and check-out

• Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks on the Executive Floor • Cabin turn-down service • Welcome fruit basket • VIP area reserved for all evening entertainment • 2 hours complimentary internet usage per sailing You may also choose to upgrade your cabin type before you depart, to an Executive Suite from as little as $310 per person. Cruising upstream from Yichang, The MV President No. 8 ship offers six passenger decks, a swimming pool and sauna, fitness centre, reading room, café, bar, beauty salon, cinema and massage centre.

Deluxe Cabin with balcony, MV President No. 8

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The Yangtze River is China’s largest and longest river, forming the backbone of this wonderful tour. For eight nights you will cruise upstream from Shanghai with the American-owned Victoria Cruises, a leader in Yangtze River cruising. View the stunning landscapes, dramatic gorges, majestic peaks and ancient temples, as well as Nanjing and Mt. Huang. Travel beyond the Yangtze River, including Shanghai, the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu and see the ancient and historical sites of Xian and Beijing.

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and the Bund. Tour the Shanghai Museum and explore the Xintiandi area. This evening, enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River and dine at Shun Feng Restaurant where you will enjoy traditional Shanghai delicacies. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: SHANGHAI – EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE This morning will be free at your leisure. Later this afternoon, transfer to the wharf to board your Victoria Cruises vessel where you will spend the next eight nights. (B,D)

the Yangtze, passing local villages, mysterious caves, monkeys and emerald waters. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: FENGDU Early this morning you will explore Fengdu, a truly fascinating ancient ‘Ghost City’ where you will see images of demons representing the Chinese people’s imaginings of Hell. (B,L,D) Disembark in Chongqing and explore the Old Town of Ciqikou, and get a glimpse of old Chongqing. Afterwards, drive to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. This evening, dine on Sichuan cuisine at the popular Ba Shu Ren Jia Restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: CHENGDU TO XIAN

Enjoy a shore excursion to the ancient capital of Nanjing. Tour the Ming Dynasty City Wall Museum and a Qing Dynasty-style bazaar surrounding a Confucian temple. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: MT. HUANG

DAY 13: XIAN

Travel to the base of Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain). Take a cable car to the summit and explore the area. (B,L,D)

Explore the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century. Later, visit the ancient City Wall. (B,L)

DAY 6: WUHAN

CHINA

OUTBOUND (1N)

DAY 11: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU

Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, fly to Xian. This evening, enjoy a Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet at De Fa Chang Restaurant and enjoy a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: NANJING

BEIJING (3N)

Xian (2N) Chengdu (1N)

Nanjing Yangtze River SHANGHAI Cruise (8N) Wuhan (2N) Yichang Mt. Huang Fengdu

Chongqing

Air Road Boat

Departures 2014

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$5,998

14 May

31 May

$6,928

24 Sep

11 Oct

$7,008

22 Oct

08 Nov

$6,708

DAY 14: XIAN TO BEIJING

DAY 7: CRUISING

DAYS 15-16: BEIJING

15 Apr

02 May

Enjoy a relaxing day on board the ship as you continue cruising upstream. (B,L,D)

Visit Tiananmen Square and the vast treasurefilled Forbidden City. This evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance. (B,L)

13 May 07 Oct

30 May 24 Oct

DAY 8: YICHANG Visit the Three Gorges Dam site to see this engineering wonder before cruising along the most scenic section of the Yangtze, the Three Gorges. As you enter the Three Gorges, leave the modern world behind and become captivated by the picturesque landscape reminiscent of traditional Chinese paintings and folk tales. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES

Feel a sense of awe as you walk along the Great Wall of China. Return to Beijing and visit Dowager Cixi's Summer Palace. This evening, dine on the famous dish of Beijing, Peking Duck, at Quanjude Restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 17: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (B)

Explore the landscapes up close as you board a small boat and cruise along a small tributary of

DAY 18: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Inclusions

Price guide

International economy class airfares, all transportation in China, deluxe accommodation, meals as listed, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders Victoria Cruises – The Amenity Program – From $175 per person twin share See page 87 for program inclusions. Upgrade to an Executive Suite on board – From $1,702 per person twin share

Arrive home today.

FRoM PRICE

03 May

Cruise to Wuhan. Enjoy a shore excursion to visit the Guqin Terrace which was built in honour of Yu Boya, an expert heptacord player, and his friend Zhong Ziqi. Return to the ship and continue cruising. (B,L,D)

Wander through the Muslim Quarter and the Islamic food markets. Fly to Beijing and visit the Temple of Heaven. This evening, dine at Rose Town Restaurant. (B,L,D)

DEP AUS ARR AUS

16 Apr

2015

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FRoM PRICE

$6,388 09 Sep

26 Sep

$7,448

Important note: CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $162 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$94 and RMB300 (AU$162) are payable on arrival in China. Sq – Darwin passengers – price below includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $162 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$94 and RMB300 (AU$162) are payable on arrival in China. Scan code for more information

18 Days, Twin Share From $5,998 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)

**Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and a stopover in Singapore on the way home at an additional cost.

*Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,300

From $6,334 per person – Departing Darwin** on Singapore Airlines (SQ)

Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $750 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $4,631 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

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Yangtze Splendour Deluxe FROM $5,064 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 15 DAYS - FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $4,610, CX Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $138 (subject to change)

Discover the mighty Yangtze River on this exciting 15-day tour. Begin your adventure in Shanghai and cruise for eight nights. Visit the ancient capital of Nanjing, take a cable car to the summit of Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain), cruise along small tributary streams and marvel at magnificent gorges all from the comfort of your American-owned Victoria Cruises ship. See the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo and walk along the Great Wall in Beijing, this tour has everything for the cruise and Chinese history enthusiast.

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 8: YICHANG

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Adelaide, Perth and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.

The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric project. You will have the opportunity to visit the Three Gorges Dam site to see this engineering wonder before cruising along the most scenic section of the Yangtze, the Three Gorges. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Visit the beautiful Yu Gardens and the charming Old Town. View the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum, stroll along the Bund and explore Tianzhifang, a famous art district. This evening, cruise along the stunning Huangpu River and see the Shanghai skyline come alive at night. Dine at Shun Feng Restaurant where you will enjoy traditional Shanghai delicacies. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: SHANGHAI – EMBARK UPSTREAM YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Visit the Pudong area and discover what makes up the soaring skyline. This afternoon board your Victoria Cruises vessel where you will spend the next eight nights on board cruising to Chongqing on one of the Yangtze River’s deluxe ships, the Victoria Sophia. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: NANJING Enjoy a shore excursion to the ancient capital of Nanjing which lies on the southern bank of the Yangtze River. Tour the Ming Dynasty City Wall Museum before returning to the ship and cruising towards Mt. Huang. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: MT. HUANG Travel to the base of Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain), one of China’s most famous mountains. Over the years it has greatly influenced traditional Chinese landscape paintings and literature. Take a cable car to the summit and explore the area, taking in the spectacular rock formations and soaring thousand-year-old pine trees. (B,L,D)

BEIJING (3N) OUTBOUND (1N)

CHINA

DAY 9: DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES Explore the splendid landscapes up close as you board a small boat and cruise along a small tributary of the Yangtze, passing local villages, mysterious caves, monkeys and emerald green, clear waters. Each of the Yangtze River’s gorges is separated by lush terraced fields where a variety of crops grow during all four seasons of the year. (B,L,D)

Nanjing

Chongqing

DAY 11: CHONGqING TO BEIJING

Yangtze River Cruise (8N)

Air Road Boat (Upstream)

Departures

Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and visit the Old Town of Ciqikou and the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo. It is impossible not to smile while watching these treasured animals play and feed on fresh bamboo. Afterwards fly to Beijing, the capital city of China. (B,L)

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DAYS 12-13: BEIJING

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Explore Tiananmen Square, the treasure-filled Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. This evening, enjoy an acrobatics performance. Later, dine at Rose Town Restaurant, a favourite among the locals. (B,L,D)

Mt. Huang

Yichang

DAY 10: FENGDU Early this morning you will explore Fengdu, a truly fascinating ancient ‘Ghost City’ which gained its reputation during the Eastern Han Dynasty. You will see images of demons representing the Chinese people’s imaginings of Hell. (B,L,D)

SHANGHAI (2N)

Wuhan

DEP AUS ARR AUS

16 Apr

30 Apr

14 May 08 Oct

28 May 22 Oct

DEP AUS ARR AUS

FRoM PRICE

$5,064

2015

10 Sep

24 Sep

$5,974

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FRoM PRICE

15 Apr

29 Apr

$5,444

29 Apr

13 May

$5,764

23 Sep

07 Oct

$6,504

21 Oct

04 Nov

$6,444

Cruise to Wuhan. Visit the Guqin Terrace built in honour of Yu Boya, an expert heptacord player, and his friend Zhong Ziqi. (B,L,D)

Feel a sense of awe as you climb the Great Wall of China. Later, travel back to Beijing and tour the Dowager Cixi's the Summer Palace. In the evening dine on the famous dish of Beijing, Peking Duck, at Quanjude Restaurant. (B,L,D)

Important note: CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $138 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$72 and RMB300 (AU$138) are payable on arrival in China.

DAY 7: CRUISING

DAY 14: DEPART BEIJING

Enjoy a relaxing day on board the ship as you continue cruising upstream. You may wish to take advantage of the many facilities on board, including Chinese history lectures, Chinese medicine classes, dumpling wrapping or caligraphy demonstrations. (B,L,D)

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (B)

Sq – Darwin passengers – price below includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $138 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$72 and RMB300 (AU$138) are payable on arrival in China.

Inclusions

Price guide

DAY 6: WUHAN

International economy class airfares, all transportation in China, deluxe accommodation, meals as listed, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders Victoria Cruises – The Amenity Program – From $175 per person twin share See page 87 for program inclusions. Upgrade to an Executive Suite on board – From $1,702 per person twin share

DAY 15: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today

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15 Days, Twin Share From $5,064 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)

**Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost.

*Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

Single Hotel Room Option – From $875

From $5,550 per person – Departing Darwin** on Singapore Airlines (SQ)

Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $750 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $3,697 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

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Wonders of China Deluxe FROM $6,804 PERSON TWIN SHARE - 16 DAYS - FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $6,370, CX Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $118 (subject to change)

High on the ‘must see list’ for many world travellers, China is a destination that offers something for everyone. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Yangtze River, travel to the small town of Yangshuo, located on the picturesque Li River, and visit the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. With an abundance of temples, ancient relics, archaeological finds and diverse cultures, China will impress you with the magic of the country and its people.

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING

DAY 9: FENGDU

Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Beijing for a three night stay. Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and has an unequalled wealth of history with countless imperial wonders. Adelaide, Perth and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.

Explore Fengdu where you will mingle with the locals and explore the ancient ‘Ghost City’. Return to the ship for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAYS 2-3: BEIJING Visit Tiananmen Square and the vast Forbidden City. This afternoon tour the Temple of Heaven, originally constructed in the 15th Century. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong district, visit a local home and enjoy a cup of tea with a family. This evening dine on the famous dish of Beijing, Peking Duck, at Quanjude Restaurant. (B,L,D) Climb the Great Wall of China. Return to Beijing and visit Dowager Cixi’s Summer Palace. This evening, watch a famous Beijing acrobatics performance and enjoy dinner at the popular Rose Town Restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian and tour the lively Muslim Quarter. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet at the well-known De Fa Chang Restaurant and enjoy a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: XIAN Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later this afternoon, walk on the ancient City Wall. (B,L)

DAY 6: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER Fly to Wuhan. Upon arrival you will be transferred by coach (approximately 4-5 hours) to Yichang to board your President No. 8 deluxe cruise vessel for the next four nights. (B,L)

DAY 7: YICHANG Sail through Xiling Gorge and visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. This evening, enjoy a captain’s welcome reception with an à la carte dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: SHENNONG STREAM Cruise along the Shennong Stream and transfer to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. Later, view the Wu Gorge from the comfort of your deluxe cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Inclusions

International economy class airfares, all transportation in China, deluxe accommodation, meals as listed, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders President Cruises – Executive Services Package – From $75 per person twin share See page 87 for program inclusions. Upgrade to an Executive Suite on board – From $310 per person twin share

DAY 10: CHONGqING TO GUILIN Disembark in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, and the inspiration for many Chinese artists. (B,L)

BEIJING (3N)

CHINA

Xian (2N)

SHANGHAI (2N)

DAY 11: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Li River, passing farming and fishing villages as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. Upon arrival, explore the cobblestone streets of the town or relax in a cafe. This evening you will experience the Impressions of Sister Liu, a spectacular light show that takes place on the Li River. (B,L)

Yangtze River Cruise (4N) Yichang

Chongqing

Guilin (1N)

DAY 13: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO SHANGHAI Transfer back to Guilin and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, a global city still infused with the charm of the Orient. The afternoon is free at your leisure. This evening, dine on traditional Shanghai delicacies at Shun Feng Restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 14: SHANGHAI Explore the beautiful Yu Gardens, the Old Town, the Shanghai Museum, and discover the Xintiandi area, where shops and restaurants are inside restored traditional shikumen buildings. Visit the Bund and cross Nanpu Bridge to the Pudong area. This evening, enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River to see the Shanghai skyline come alive at night. (B,L)

DAY 15: DEPART SHANGHAI This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to the Maglev station for your super-fast train ride to Pudong airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (B)

DAY 16: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

Air Road Boat

Yangshuo (2N)

DAY 12: YANGSHUO Enjoy a morning stroll to the markets and this evening, watch a display of traditional cormorant fishing and have your cameras at the ready to capture this unique sight. (B,L)

OUTBOUND (1N)

Wuhan

Departures 2014

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FRoM PRICE

19 Mar

03 Apr

$6,804

23 Apr

08 May

$7,424

21 May 29 Oct

05 Jun 13 Nov

2015

03 Sep 18 Sep DATES & PRICES To CoME

25 Mar

09 Apr

$7,344

15 Apr

30 Apr

$7,984

DEP AUS ARR AUS

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$7,344

FRoM PRICE

Please contact our Reservations Department for more 2015 departures. Important note: CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $118 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$81 and RMB150 (AU$118) are payable on arrival in China. Sq – Darwin passengers – price below includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $118 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$81 and RMB150 (AU$118) are payable on arrival in China. Scan code for more information

Price guide 16 Days, Twin Share From $6,804 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) *Adelaide passengers may depart one day

earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. From $7,290 per person – Departing Darwin** on Singapore Airlines (SQ)

**Darwin passengers may require one night pre-tour accommodation in Shanghai and a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost. Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,840 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $390 Land Only (Beijing to Shanghai) – From $5,517 per person (includes tipping) Medium Paced Tour (see page 9)

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Majestic Yangtze Deluxe FROM $5,829 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 14 DAYS - FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $5,400, Airline Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $113 (subject to change)

This tour is perfect for those looking for an in depth discovery of China in a short amount of time. Tour the busy city of Shanghai, take a 4-night Yangtze River cruise, discover the ancient city of Xian, see the Giant Pandas in Chengdu and finish with a walk on the Great Wall in Beijing. Offering an in depth journey, this itinerary includes many sights of the magnificent country that is China.

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Shanghai for a two night stay. Shanghai is a city of history, style and vibrancy, and has been a major administrative, shipping and trading town for centuries. Adelaide, Perth and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.

Later you will fly to the historic city of Xian, the former imperial capital of China. This evening, feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet at the well-known De Fa Chang Restaurant and enjoy a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: SHANGHAI

DAY 9: XIAN

Tour the Shanghai Museum, the Old Town and Yu Gardens. This evening dine at Shun Feng Restaurant where you will enjoy traditional Shanghai delicacies. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER Fly to Yichang and transfer to Yichang wharf to board your President No.8 cruise vessel for the next four nights along one of the world’s greatest waterways, the Yangtze River. (B,L)

DAY 4: YICHANG Sail through Xiling Gorge and visit the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. Return to the ship and this evening, enjoy a captain’s welcome reception with dinner, followed by live entertainment. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: SHENNONG STREAM Cruise along the Shennong Stream and transfer to a local longboat (sampan) poled by Tujia boatmen. This afternoon view the Wu Gorge from your deluxe cruise ship. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: FENGDU Enjoy a shore excursion to Fengdu and explore the ancient ‘Ghost City’, with a history that spans more than 2,000 years. Some highlights of the site are the ‘Nothing To Be Done Bridge’, the ‘Ghost Torturing Pass’, the ‘Tianzi Palace’ and the ‘Last Glance At Home Tower’. Return to the ship for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU Disembark in Chongqing and travel to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This evening you will dine at the renowned Ba Shu Ren Jia Restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: CHENGDU TO XIAN Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The research base also includes a protected wilderness and breeding area.

Inclusions

International economy class airfares, all transportation in China, deluxe accommodation, meals as listed, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders President Cruises – Executive Amenity Package – From $75 per person twin share See page 87 for program inclusions.

Explore one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Travel to the ancient City Wall, which is one of the best preserved in all of China. Later this afternoon, wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. (B,L)

CHINA

DAYS 11-12: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. This afternoon, visit the unique Temple of Heaven. To complete your day, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong district where old Beijing is hidden in a maze of small alleyways. You will have a chance to visit a local home and enjoy a cup of tea with a family. (B,L) It is the lifetime dream of many to visit the Great Wall of China and you will have the opportunity to walk on this magnificent manmade wonder which is more than 5,000km in length. This afternoon explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, which covers an area of over 3km. This evening, you will dine on the famous dish of Beijing, Peking Duck, at Quanjude Restaurant. (B,L,D)

OUTBOUND (1N)

SHANGHAI (2N)

Xian (2N) Yangtze River Chengdu Cruise (1N) (4N)

Yichang

Chongqing

DAY 10: XIAN TO BEIJING Explore the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before your flight to Beijing. The city is the capital of the People’s Republic of China which has an unequalled wealth of history and imperial wonders. Enjoy dinner at the popular Rose Town Restaurant. (B,L,D)

BEIJING (3N)

Air Road Boat

Departures 2014

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FRoM PRICE

22 Mar

04 Apr

$5,829

19 Apr

02 May

$6,369

03 May

16 May

$6,279

27 Sep

10 Oct

$6,369

2015

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17 Apr

02 May 12 Sep

15 May 25 Sep

03 Oct

16 Oct

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FRoM PRICE

$6,319 16 May

29 May

$6,819 $6,919

Important note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $113 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amounts of US$76 and RMB150 (AU$113) are payable on arrival in China.

DAY 13: DEPART BEIJING This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to the airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (B)

DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

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Price guide 14 Days, Twin Share From $5,829 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) *Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost. Darwin passengers see ‘Joining Your Tour’ on page 10.

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,325 Single Cruise Cabin Option – From $390 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $4,542 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

Upgrade to an Executive Suite on board – From $310 per person twin share

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A China Experience Deluxe FROM $4,798 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 10 DAYS - FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE* AND PERTH From price includes: Tour Cost $4,410, CX Fuel Surcharge $316 and Tipping $72 (subject to change)

Experience the grandeur of Shanghai, and travel to the charming town of Wuzhen with its ancient residential houses. Marvel at the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian and watch a live performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. End your China discovery in Beijing, China’s capital city where you will stroll through the world famous Tiananmen Square and climb the Great Wall, this tour certainly provides you with an exciting and memorable China experience.

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI

DAY 6: XIAN TO BEIJING

Fly to Shanghai with Cathay Pacific Airways for a three night stay. Shanghai has emerged as China’s business and style capital and has many exciting experiences to offer the deluxe traveller. Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier.

This morning explore the antiquities at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before strolling through the Muslim Quarter and exploring the lively Islamic food markets. Later this afternoon, fly to Beijing, the capital city of China, for a three night stay. (B,L)

DAYS 2-3: SHANGHAI

DAYS 7-8: BEIJING

Travel to Wuzhen, a picturesque town with an intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Meet the charismatic locals and take the time to explore the town at a leisurely walking pace. Later in the afternoon return to Shanghai. This evening, dine on traditional Shanghai delicacies at the popular Shun Feng Restaurant in Shanghai. (B,L,D)

Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex and home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years. Next, visit the unique 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. The Temple of Heaven was constructed as a place for annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest. This evening watch an exciting acrobatics performance. (B,L)

Tomorrow visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, the Shanghai Museum and the Xintiandi area, with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. Stroll along the famous Bund to see its collection of neo-classical buildings and explore Nanjing Road. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River to see the Shanghai skyline come alive at night. (B,L)

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO XIAN Fly to Xian. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet at the well-known De Fa Chang Restaurant and enjoy a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,D)

DAY 5: XIAN Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. This afternoon visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. (B,L)

It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. It is estimated that one million people were used at different stages during the construction period and that thousands of people died building it. Later this afternoon wander through the picturesque Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty. This evening, dine on the famous dish of Beijing, Peking Duck, at Quanjude Restaurant. (B,L,D)

OUTBOUND (1N) BEIJING (3N)

SHANGHAI (3N)

Xian (2N) Wuzhen

CHINA

Air Road

Departures 2014

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FRoM PRICE

16 Mar

25 Mar

$4,798

20 Apr

29 Apr

$5,298

18 May 19 Oct

27 May 28 Oct

2015

14 Sep

23 Sep

$5,168

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FRoM PRICE

DAY 9: DEPART BEIJING

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This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Beijing airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. (B)

15 Mar

24 Mar

$5,198

19 Apr

28 Apr

$5,648

DAY 10: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA Arrive home today.

Please contact our Reservations Department for more 2015 departures. Important note: CX – Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $316 and tipping of $72 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$66 (AU$72) is payable on arrival in China. Sq – Darwin passengers – price below includes airline fuel surcharge of $582 and tipping of $72 (correct as at 24 July 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$66 (AU$72) is payable on arrival in China. Scan code for more information

Lanterns, Beijing

Inclusions

International economy class airfares, all transportation in China, deluxe accommodation, meals as listed, entrance fees, guides and daily tours, taxes and charges, departure taxes and visas for Australian passport holders

Price guide 10 Days, Twin Share From $4,798 per person – Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide* and Perth with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) *Adelaide passengers may depart one day earlier and may require a stopover in Hong Kong at an additional cost.

Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,340 Land Only (Shanghai to Beijing) – From $3,541 per person (includes tipping) Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9)

From $5,364 per person – Departing Darwin with Singapore Airlines (SQ)

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Introduction to Private Departures of Group Tours If you are the type of traveller who enjoys the comfort of having arrangements made for you, yet still wish to maintain your individuality and flexibility to travel at your own pace, then our selection of private tours is perfect for you. The tours on pages 100-103 are private versions of the group tours of the same name, so you can enjoy the benefits of a group itinerary experience while travelling independently. The selection of private tours are particularly suited to couples who prefer to travel independently, families with young children, customers with special requirements and groups of friends wishing to travel on an exclusive tour. These tours are available using the same accommodation as our group tours or can be upgraded to a higher category of superior 4-star properties. All private tours are priced without international flights and visas (land content only) and are inclusive of all transportation in China, accommodation, local English-speaking guides, daily tours, entrance fees, transfers and meals as listed (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). You can select your departure date and preferred airline from Australia. To allow you even greater flexibility, you can add any of our independent packages (pages 106-117) or stopover destinations (pages 118-123). This allows you to create your own unique itinerary. Please contact our Reservations Department for expert assistance in selecting the private tour best suited to your specific needs.

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A China Experience - Private Tour

9 days

FROM $2,630 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 9 DAYS - LAND CONTENT ONLY

Old Town, Shanghai

DAY 1: ARRIVE SHANGHAI

DAY 8: BEIJING

Upon arrival at Shanghai airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.

It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, take in the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. It is estimated one million people were used at different stages during the construction. Later this afternoon you will wander through the Summer Palace, admiring the landscaped beauty. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: SHANGHAI – WUZHEN Travel to Wuzhen, a picturesque town with an intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Meet the friendly locals and enjoy the time to explore this charming town at a leisurely walking pace before returning to Shanghai later this afternoon. (B,L)

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Enjoy a full-day tour to explore this exciting city. Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town, the Shanghai Museum and the Xintiandi area, with its 1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. Stroll along the famous Bund to see its collection of neo-classical buildings and indulge in some shopping along Nanjing Road. This evening enjoy a cruise along the stunning Huangpu River. (B,L)

DAY 9: DEPART BEIJING After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Beijing airport where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO XIAN Fly to Xian. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: XIAN This morning explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. (B,L)

DAY 6: XIAN TO BEIJING Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum before strolling through the Muslim Quarter and exploring the Islamic food markets. Fly to Beijing this afternoon. (B,L)

DAY 7: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City and the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening watch an exciting acrobatics performance. (B,L)

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Inclusions All transportation in China, 8 nights accommodation, entrance fees, local English-speaking guides, daily tours and meals as listed. Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9) PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior

Twin Share $2,630 $2,830

Single Supp $790 $990

Deluxe category is available on request. # Shoulder and high season surcharges apply. Note: Tipping for this tour is at your own discretion.

Single Traveller $3,620 $4,020


Glories of China - Private Tour

13 days

FROM $3,090 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 13 DAYS - LAND CONTENT ONLY

Local farm, Yangshuo

DAY 1: ARRIVE SHANGHAI

DAY 10: BEIJING

Upon arrival at Shanghai airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.

Walk through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatics performance. (B,L)

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Visit the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum and stroll along the famous Bund. This evening enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: SHANGHAI Visit the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and explore the Xintiandi area. Cross the great Nanpu Bridge to the Pudong area. This evening you will cruise along the stunning Huangpu River. (B,L)

DAY 4: SHANGHAI TO GUILIN This morning fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, and visit the Seven Star Caves. (B,L)

DAY 5: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Relax on the Li River as you cruise to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. Spend the evening walking along the cobblestone streets or relax in a streetside café and absorb the colourful atmosphere. (B,L)

DAY 11: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Walk along the wall and admire the panoramic views. Later this afternoon visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. (B,L)

DAY 12: BEIJING Enjoy a rickshaw tour through the traditional Hutong area and wander through the exquisite Summer Palace. This evening sample the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)

DAY 13: DEPART BEIJING After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Beijing airport where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 6: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (B,L)

Inclusions

DAY 7: YANGSHUO – GUILIN TO XIAN

All transportation in China, 12 nights accommodation, entrance fees, local English-speaking guides, daily tours and meals as listed.

Return to Guilin and fly to Xian, the former imperial capital. (B,L)

DAY 8: XIAN Visit the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: XIAN TO BEIJING See the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. This afternoon fly to Beijing. (B,L)

Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9) PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior

Twin Share $3,090 $3,290

Single Supp $1,000 $1,200

Single Traveller $4,290 $4,690

Deluxe category is available on request. # Shoulder and high season surcharges apply. Note: Tipping for this tour is at your own discretion.

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Majestic Yangtze - Private Tour

13 days

FROM $3,649 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 13 DAYS - LAND CONTENT ONLY

Xintiandi, Shanghai

DAY 1: ARRIVE SHANGHAI

DAY 11: BEIJING

Upon arrival at Shanghai airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two night stay.

Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, visit the Forbidden City and wander through the Summer Palace. This evening you will enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance. (B,L)

DAY 2: SHANGHAI See the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town, stroll along the famous Bund and explore the Xintiandi area with its1920s-style ‘shikumen’ buildings unique to Shanghai. This evening cruise along the stunning Huangpu River. (B,L)

DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER Visit the Pudong area before flying to Yichang. Upon arrival board your Yangtze River cruise for the next four nights. (B,L)

DAYS 4-6: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Tour the Three Gorges Dam before commencing your cruise along the Yangtze River. You will pass through spectacular scenery and take shore excursions to explore the tranquil landscapes. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 5,000km long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labour required for its construction. Later see the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)

DAY 13: DEPART BEIJING After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Beijing airport where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 7: CHONGqING TO CHENGDU Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and take the bullet train to Chengdu for an overnight stay. This evening enjoy a scrumptious Sichuan banquet. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: CHENGDU TO XIAN Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, fly to the historic city of Xian. (B,L)

DAY 9: XIAN Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet, a specialty of the region, while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: XIAN TO BEIJING See the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, stroll through the Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Later this afternoon fly to Beijing. (B,L)

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Inclusions All transportation in China, 12 nights accommodation, entrance fees, local English-speaking guides, daily tours and meals as listed. Comfortably Paced Tour (see page 9) PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior

Twin Share $3,649 $3,849

Single Supp $1,230 $1,430

Single Traveller $5,079 $5,479

Deluxe category is available on request. # Shoulder and high season surcharges apply. Note: Price includes Victoria Cruises, compulsory service levy of RMB150 (AUD30) per person. This is to be paid immediately upon boarding your cruise, not to Wendy Wu Tours. Tipping for the rest of your tour is at your own discretion.


Wonders of China - Private Tour

15 days

FROM $4,049 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE - 15 DAYS - LAND CONTENT ONLY

City Wall, Xian

DAY 1: ARRIVE BEIJING Upon arrival at Beijing airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.

DAYS 2-3: BEIJING Stroll through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Visit the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the Hutong area. For dinner this evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D) Tomorrow morning walk along the Great Wall and later, visit the Summer Palace. This evening enjoy an exciting acrobatics performance. (B,L)

DAY 4: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian, the former imperial capital of China. Enjoy a half-day tour of the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. (B,L)

DAY 5: XIAN See the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and later, walk along the ancient City Wall. Wander through the lively Muslim Quarter and Islamic food markets. This evening feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: XIAN TO WUHAN – YANGTZE RIVER Fly to Wuhan. Travel by bullet train (approximately 2 hours) to Yichang to board your cruise for the next four nights along the Yangtze River. (B,L)

DAYS 7-9: YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Tour the Three Gorges Dam before commencing your cruise. Enjoy shore excursions and explore the fascinating history and landscape of the areas in and around the tributary streams. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: CHONGqING TO GUILIN Disembark your cruise in Chongqing this morning and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Later you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities, and visit the stunning Reed Flute Caves. (B,L)

DAY 11: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO Cruise along the Li River as you travel to the town of Yangshuo for a two

night stay. Enjoy the evening free at your leisure and absorb the colourful atmosphere of this township. (B,L)

DAY 12: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (B,L)

DAY 13: YANGHUO – GUILIN TO SHANGHAI Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Visit the Shanghai Museum and wander the surrounds of the neighbouring People’s Square. (B,L)

DAY 14: SHANGHAI Visit the Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Bund and visit the Xintiandi area. Cross the Nanpu Bridge and visit the Pudong area. This evening enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River. (B,L)

DAY 15: DEPART SHANGHAI After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Shanghai airport where your arrangements end. (B)

Inclusions All transportation in China, 14 nights accommodation, entrance fees, local English-speaking guides, daily tours and meals as listed. Medium Paced Tour (see page 9) PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior

Twin Share $4,049 $4,249

Single Supp $1,310 $1,510

Single Traveller $5,609 $5,959

Deluxe category is available on request. # Shoulder and high season surcharges apply. Note: Price includes Victoria Cruises compulsory service levy of RMB150 (AUD30) per person. This is to be paid immediately upon boarding your cruise, not to Wendy Wu Tours. Tipping for the rest of your tour is at your own discretion.

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Introduction to Independent Travel If you are the type of traveller who enjoys the comfort and independence of travelling at your own pace, then our selection of independent packages (pages 106-117) are just what you need. These packages can be combined to design your very own tailor-made itinerary, or added to the beginning or end of your group tour. We have a number of independent packages in China, including Tibet and Yangtze River cruising. All are inclusive of accommodation, private touring with local English-speaking guides, entrance fees, some transfers and meals as listed (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). For most independent packages you will have the choice of the following hotel categories; standard, superior and deluxe. Typically a standard hotel is equivalent to a 3-star, superior to a 4-star and deluxe to a 5-star property (all based on lead-in rooms). Please contact our Reservations Department for expert assistance in selecting the independent packages best suited to your specific needs.

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Yangtze River Cruising

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Yangtze River

The Yangtze River is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. The Yangtze is approximately 6,300km long, has its origins high up in the snow-covered mountain of Tanggula Shan in the southwestern Qinghai Tibet Plateau and runs into the East China Sea at Shanghai. The shores of China’s Yangtze River present an ever-changing mix of ancient and modern cultures, from the style and flair of Shanghai, a city quite different from any other Chinese city, to the extraordinary natural landscapes of the Three Gorges. The mixture of history, culture, engineering feats and spectacular scenery that presents itself along this main artery of China will enthral and amaze all travellers. Take an amazing journey down China’s Yangtze River, unquestionably one of the world’s greatest waterways.

Victoria Cruises For over 15 years, American-owned Victoria Cruises has been a leader in Yangtze River cruising. With one of the largest fleets on the river, outstanding service and itineraries, Victoria Cruises is well placed to deliver an unrivalled Chinese river cruising experience. All ships in the fleet have outward-facing cabins with a balcony for viewing the magnificent Yangtze River scenery. Cabin types include superior, executive suites, deluxe suites and Shangri-La suites. All vessels are air conditioned and serve excellent cuisine (Chinese with Western specialties), with American-style breakfasts, buffet lunches and banquet-style dinners. Facilities on board the ships include, a business centre, reading room, fitness area, gift shop, and a beauty salon (on board charges may apply). Paid internet access is also available, however it can be limited when cruising through the Three Gorges.

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Tai Chi lesson on board, Victoria Cruises


Yangtze in Focus

10 days

DAY 1: ARRIVE SHANGHAI

DAY 9: FENGDU

This morning you will be met at Shanghai airport and transferred to your hotel. Later you will take a half-day tour of Shanghai visiting the Pudong area, Yu Gardens and the Old Town. (L)

Enjoy an excursion to the ‘Ghost City’, Fengdu. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: SHANGHAI – EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

DAY 10: DISEMBARK CHONGqING Transfer to Chongqing airport where your arrangements end. (B)

After breakfast enjoy the morning free at your leisure. This afternoon you will be transferred to the cruise terminal to board your Victoria Cruises vessel for the next eight nights. (B,D)

DAY 3: NANJING TO MT. HUANG Enjoy a shore excursion to Nanjing including the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum and a Qing Dynasty-style bazaar surrounding a Confucian temple. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: MT. HUANG Enjoy a shore excursion to Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain). Take a cable car to the summit where you will see the spectacular views. (B,L,D)

DAYS 5-6: WUHAN – CRUISING Enjoy a shore excursion to the Guqin Terrace. (B,L,D) Spend tomorrow relaxing on board while cruising towards Yichang. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: YICHANG – CRUISING Arrive in Yichang and sail through the Gezhou Dam. Visit the Three Gorges Dam before continuing along the Yangtze River. (B,L,D)

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Fri (Upstream) Sat (Downstream*)

Twin Share $1,870 $1,970

Single Traveller $2,090 $2,190

Includes: 1 night superior hotel accommodation in a standard twin room, 8 nights accommodation in a superior twin cabin on the main deck, shore excursions with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees, meals and transfers as listed and compulsory service charge. Note: The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions. A daily schedule for the following day will be placed in your cabin every evening. Contact our Reservations Department for cruise departure dates as cruises may not operate every day. * Downstream itinerary 8D/7N (Chongqing to Shanghai) also available.

DAY 8: CRUISING

# Shoulder and high season surcharges apply.

Sail through Wu Gorge and visit the Daning River Small Gorges. (B,L,D)

Tipping: Above price includes Victoria Cruises compulsory service charge of RMB300 (AUD60) per person which is to be paid immediately upon boarding your cruise, not to Wendy Wu Tours.

Pure Yangtze

5 days

DAY 1: YICHANG – YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE Make your own way to Yichang wharf where you will board your Victoria Cruises vessel for the next four nights (embarkation prior to 2100hrs).

DAY 2: THREE GORGES DAM Enjoy a visit to the Three Gorges Dam. This afternoon you will see the Xiling Gorge before continuing along the Yangtze River. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES Enjoy an excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges and sail through the Wu Gorge. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: FENGDU Explore Fengdu, also known as the ‘Ghost City’. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: DISEMBARK CHONGqING Disembark at Chongqing wharf this morning (approximately 0900hrs) where your arrangements end. (B)

Shore excursions, Yangtze River PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Upstream Downstream*

Twin Share $480 $580

Single Traveller $830 $980

Includes: 4 nights accommodation in a superior twin cabin on the main deck, shore excursions with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees, meals as listed and compulsory service charge.

hy not? Following your relaxing cruise along the Yangtze River, why not stay in Chongqing for a few days to explore this bustling and historic city? See page 113 for our Chongqing Short Stay. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

Note: The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions. A daily schedule for the following day will be placed in your cabin every evening. Contact our Reservations Department for cruise departure dates as cruises may not operate every day. *Downstream itinerary 4D/3N (Chongqing to Yichang) also available. # Shoulder and high season surcharges apply. Tipping: Above price includes Victoria Cruises compulsory service charge of RMB150 (AUD30) per person which is to be paid immediately upon boarding your cruise, not to Wendy Wu Tours.

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China Beijing Short Stay

4 days

As the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, cultural and educational centre. It has been the heart of politics and society throughout China’s history serving as the capital of the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Beijing’s long history has bequeathed the city countless historic and scenic sights including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the world-famous Great Wall. DAY 1: ARRIVE BEIJING Make your own way to your Beijing hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: BEIJING Visit China’s most famous attraction, the Great Wall. It stretches over 5,000km from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. This afternoon visit the exquisite Summer Palace, a royal garden and summer retreat for the Emperors and their families. (B,L)

DAY 3: BEIJING Start your sightseeing in Tiananmen Square, followed by the treasurefilled Forbidden City where you will pass under the famous portrait of Chairman Mao as you enter through the main gate. After lunch you will visit the 15th-century Temple of Heaven, one of the most perfect examples of Ming architecture. (B,L)

Forbidden City, Beijing PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $400 $460 $690

Single Supp $190 $250 $420

Single Traveller $720 $830 $1,270

Includes: 3 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

DAY 4: DEPART BEIJING After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

Beyond the Great Wall

2 days

The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest wonders of the world and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. The Wall winds over 5,000km across the deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus from east to west China. The Great Wall at Jinshanling is one of the best-preserved sections with many original features still intact. The steps of the Great Wall at Jinshanling are rather steep and rocky at times. Hikers should be in good physical condition. DAY 1: BEIJING TO THE GREAT WALL You will be met at your Beijing hotel and transferred to your basic guesthouse accommodation at the base of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall which stretches 5,000km from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. It is estimated that one million people were involved in working on different stages during the construction periods. Later this afternoon enjoy a half-day tour with a walk along the Great Wall. (L)

DAY 2: THE GREAT WALL TO BEIJING Rise early this morning and enjoy another half-day tour with a walk along the Great Wall, taking in the view of the surrounding landscape. Construction began on the Jinshanling section during the rule of the Ming Dynasty. This part of the Great Wall has the total length of 11km, is 7-8m high and 5-6m wide and is made from brick and stone. Later you will be transferred to your Beijing hotel or Beijing airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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Great Wall, Jinshanling section PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard

Twin Share $480

Single Supp $230

Single Traveller $830

Includes: 1 night basic guesthouse accommodation, private transfers and touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.


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Beijing & Xian Short Stay

7 days

DAY 1: ARRIVE BEIJING Make your own way to your Beijing hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: BEIJING Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. In the evening sample the local specialty, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: BEIJING Enjoy a walk along the Great Wall taking in the panoramic views. Tour the underground Ming Tombs and the Sacred Way; of the 16 Ming Dynasty Emperors, 13 are buried in this area. (B,L)

DAY 4: BEIJING Visit the Lama Temple, China’s most renowned Buddhist temple outside of Tibet, and the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. (B,L)

DAY 5: BEIJING TO XIAN Transfer to Beijing airport and fly to Xian. Enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure. (B)

DAY 6: XIAN

Summer Palace, Beijing PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $1,120 $1,240 $1,580

Single Supp $350 $480 $800

Single Traveller $1,670 $1,920 $2,530

Tour one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Later, visit the ancient City Wall and the Muslim Quarter. This evening enjoy a performance of traditional Tang Dynasty dancing. (B,L)

Includes: 6 nights accommodation, economy-class flight from Beijing to Xian, private transfers and touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed.

DAY 7: DEPART XIAN

Note: This itinerary can operate in reverse. Please contact our Reservations Department for information.

After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

# Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Xian Short Stay

3 days

Xian, which means Western Peace, is located close to the banks of the Yellow River and has a history dating back to 1000BC. The city served as the capital for China’s greatest emperor, Emperor Qin Shi Huang (221 BC) and the word ‘China’ is derived from his name. It was also the starting point for the world’s most famous trade route – the Silk Road. DAY 1: ARRIVE XIAN Make your own way to your Xian hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure.

DAY 2: XIAN Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century. Emperor Qin Shi Huang is acclaimed by Chinese historians to have ‘unified’ the rival lands of China into a single empire. Thousands of people worked for more than a decade to create the life-sized army to defend the Emperor’s tomb and protect him in the afterlife. Later, head back to Xian and walk along the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. (B,L)

DAY 3: DEPART XIAN After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Xian PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $320 $360 $440

Single Supp $110 $140 $240

Single Traveller $470 $580 $820

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

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China Express

6 days

DAY 1: ARRIVE SHANGHAI Make your own way to your Shanghai hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Start your touring with a relaxing walk through moon gates and latticed pavilions of the Yu Garden. Explore the Old Town where cobblestone streets are lined with shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and snacks. Stroll along the famous Bund and Nanjing Road. This evening cruise along the stunning Huangpu River. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: SHANGHAI TO BEIJING Enjoy a half-day tour visiting Jinmao Tower for amazing views of the city and see the antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. Transfer to Shanghai railway station to board your bullet train to Beijing. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. (B,L)

Bullet Train, Shanghai to Beijing

DAY 4: BEIJING Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Later, visit the treasure-filled Forbidden City and the 15th-century Temple of Heaven. (B,L)

DAY 5: BEIJING Take an exciting walk along the Juyongguan Pass of the Great Wall and wander through the Summer Palace, admiring its landscaped beauty. This evening enjoy an acrobatics performance and sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: DEPART BEIJING After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $1,100 $1,130 $1,660

Single Supp $390 $460 $970

Single Traveller $1,660 $1,710 $3,090

Includes: 5 nights accommodation, soft seat bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing, private transfers and touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply. Note: This itinerary can operate in reverse. Please contact our Reservations Department for information.

Shanghai Short Stay

3 days

Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th Century due to its favourable port location at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Today it presents a blend of cultures – the modern and the traditional – along with the European and oriental. Modern skyscrapers intermingle with traditional buildings. This unique fusion is what attracts millions of visitors each year. DAY 1: ARRIVE SHANGHAI Make your own way to your Shanghai hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI Visit the famous historical riverfront area known as the Bund and view the Pudong area, including the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower across the river. See the superb antiques and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum. Head to the Old Town where cobblestone streets are lined with traditional shops. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the Yu Gardens, the inspiration for willow pattern china. (B,L)

DAY 3: DEPART SHANGHAI After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

hy not? Shanghai is the starting point for travel to some of China’s most beautiful destinations. Why not visit the breathtaking Mt. Huang or the gardens of Suzhou and Hangzhou? See page 111 for packages to these areas. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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Pudong, Shanghai PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $390 $400 $510

Single Supp $140 $150 $330

Single Traveller $620 $650 $980

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.


Suzhou & Hangzhou Short Stay

5 days

Suzhou is an ancient canal city known for its gardens and silk. Marco Polo called Hangzhou ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’ and it remains a popular tourist destination to this day. DAY 1: SHANGHAI TO SUZHOU This morning you will be met at your Shanghai hotel and transferred to Suzhou, a town famous for its traditional landscaped gardens and widelyknown as the ‘Venice of the East’.

DAY 2: SUZHOU Enjoy a tour of the Master of the Nets Garden and see the inner garden with its ‘master’s study’ of Ming-style furnishings and architecture. Next, wander around the Humble Administrator’s Garden, with its many ponds, bridges and islands of bamboo, before cruising along a section of the Grand Canal. (B,L)

DAY 3: SUZHOU TO HANGZHOU Travel to Hangzhou, a place of natural beauty and harmony between nature and man. Take a stroll through the local markets and enjoy oriental tea-tasting. (B,L)

DAY 4: HANGZHOU Visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, which is the largest temple in southern China, and Six Harmonies Pagoda before relaxing on a cruise on West Lake. (B,L)

DAY 5: HANGZHOU TO SHANGHAI Leave Hangzhou and return to Shanghai. Upon arrival at your Shanghai hotel your arrangements end. (B)

West Lake, Hangzhou PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $1,000 $1,040 $1,370

Single Supp $270 $310 $820

Single Traveller $1,760 $1,850 $2,400

Includes: 4 nights accommodation, private transfers and touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Mt. Huang Short Stay

5 days

Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain) is a World Cultural Heritage Site and one of China’s top ten scenic areas. It offers a feast for the eyes, boasting a unique scenery of jagged peaks and thousand-year-old pine trees. DAY 1: SHANGHAI TO TUNXI You will be met at your Shanghai hotel and transferred to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to Tunxi.

DAY 2: TUNXI TO MT. HUANG Arrive into Tunxi this morning and take a cable car to the summit of Mt. Huang where you will stay overnight. Enjoy the spectacular views of the oddly shaped peaks, rock formations, thousand-year-old pine trees and ever-changing mist, all of which have inspired local artists for centuries. (L)

DAY 3: MT. HUANG TO TUNXI Take the cable car down to the base of the mountain and explore the ancient town of Tunxi where you will stay overnight. (B,L)

DAY 4: TUNXI TO SHANGHAI Enjoy a half-day tour visiting local villages and experiencing the local lifestyle. Most of the housing in this area dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later, transfer to Tunxi railway station and board your overnight soft sleeper train back to Shanghai. (B,L)

DAY 5: ARRIVE SHANGHAI Upon arrival at Shanghai railway station early this morning your arrangements end.

Mt. Huang PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Superior

Twin Share $1,020

Single Supp $340

Single Traveller $1,440

Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 nights on board a soft sleeper train in a shared 4-berth compartment from Shanghai to Tunxi return, private transfers and touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

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Flavours of China DAY 1: ARRIVE BEIJING Make your own way to your Beijing hotel. This evening you will sample the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck. (D)

DAYS 2-3: BEIJING Walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum before entering the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Visit the Hutong area and enjoy a rickshaw ride to meet a local family for lunch in their home. This evening walk along Wangfujing Street where you can sample local delicacies. (B,L,D) Tomorrow visit the Great Wall. Later, explore Maliandao Tea Street for tea-tasting. (B,L)

DAY 4: BEIJING TO XIAN Fly to Xian. Visit the Muslim Quarter and see the spices and trinkets. Later you will take part in a dumpling cooking class at a local restaurant, before enjoying a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,D)

DAYS 5-6: XIAN TO CHENGDU Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. (B,L) Tomorrow fly to Chengdu and in the afternoon, participate in a Sichuan cuisine cooking class. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: CHENGDU TO SHANGHAI Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You will enjoy sumptuous Sichuan cuisine for lunch. Later, fly to Shanghai. (B,L)

DAY 8: SHANGHAI Enjoy a dim sum cooking class. Later, tour the Old Town, the Yu Gardens

10 days and the Bund. This evening you will feast on a Shanghai banquet dinner. (B,D)

DAY 9: SHANGHAI – ZHUJIAJIAO Drive to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water village famous for its canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Enjoy a tour visiting Fangsheng Bridge, an ancient stone bridge built in 1571. Continue exploring this charming town at a leisurely pace while visiting Kezhi Garden, Daqing Youju, a post office from the Qing Dynasty and Yuanjin Chanyuan, a temple constructed in 1341. Return to Shanghai later this afternoon. (B,L)

DAY 10: DEPART SHANGHAI After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $2,860 $2,990 $3,760

Single Supp $530 $660 $1,450

Single Traveller $4,050 $4,310 $5,860

Includes: 9 nights accommodation, economy-class flights from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Chengdu and Chengdu to Shanghai, private transfers and touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Chengdu Short Stay

4 days

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province. It is rich with culture, beautiful scenery and delicious food. Chengdu is home to the Giant Panda and no visit to this city would be complete without seeing these iconic animals at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where the staff are committed to the survival of the species. Chengdu is also the gateway to other fascinating locations such as Nine Villages Valley and Dazu. DAY 1: ARRIVE CHENGDU Make your own way to your Chengdu hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: CHENGDU Enjoy a tour of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. (B,L)

DAY 3: CHENGDU – LESHAN Travel to Leshan where you can marvel at the Grand Buddha. Hewn from the side of the Lingyun Mountain, the Buddha is 71m tall and wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. (B,L)

DAY 4: DEPART CHENGDU After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

hy not? Chengdu is the gateway to the Nine Villages Valley. Why not extend your stay and visit this alpine wonder? See page 115 for our Nine Villages Valley package. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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Grand Buddha, Leshan PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $790 $800 $1,080

Single Supp $260 $270 $420

Single Traveller $1,360 $1,380 $2,000

Includes: 3 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.


Dazu & Chongqing Short Stay

4 days

Chongqing is the largest municipality in southwest China. The city is located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the convergence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. Chongqing attracts visitors interested in its cultural heritage, Yangtze River cruising and the Dazu Rock Carvings, together with valuable works of art carved during the Tang and Song dynasties. DAY 1: CHENGDU TO DAZU You will be met at your Chengdu hotel and transferred to Dazu for an overnight stay. This afternoon enjoy a half-day tour visiting the Beishan Frescoes. (L)

DAY 2: DAZU TO CHONGqING Visit the Baodin Stone Carvings before travelling to Chongqing. In the afternoon visit Erlin Park and tour the General Stilwell Museum and the People’s Hall. (B,L)

DAY 3: CHONGqING Enjoy a full-day of touring to Ciqikou Old Town, Huguang Guild Hall, the largest architectural complex of guild halls south of the Yangtze River, and Three Gorges Museum, dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Three Gorges area. This evening enjoy a sumptuous dinner of Chongqing cuisine. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: DEPART CHONGqING After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

Boadin Stone Carvings, Dazu PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $1,240 $1,270 $1,330

Single Supp $230 $290 $420

Single Traveller $2,140 $2,290 $2,410

Includes: 3 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed.. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply. Note: This itinerary can operate in reverse. Please contact our Reservations Department for information.

Chongqing Short Stay

4 days

Chongqing is the starting and finishing point for cruises along the Yangtze River. There are many wonderful historical and natural sites to explore if you have a few extra days including Erlin Park for panoramic views of the city, museums and ancient villages. Chongqing is also renowned for its hot Sichuan cuisine and worldfamous hotpot dishes for those seeking a culinary adventure. DAY 1: ARRIVE CHONGqING Make your own way to your Chongqing hotel. This afternoon wander through Erlin Park.

DAY 2: CHONGqING Visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo and tour the General Stilwell Museum and the People’s Hall. (B,L)

DAY 3: CHONGqING Enjoy a full-day of touring to Ciqikou Old Town, Huguang Guild Hall and Tongyuanmen City Wall Ruins Park. (B,L)

Giant Panda, Chongqing Zoo

DAY 4: DEPART CHONGqING

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $750 $780 $880

Single Supp $280 $320 $370

Single Traveller $1,220 $1,320 $1,540

Includes: 3 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply. Note: Chongqing City Stay – 3 days available from $510 per person twin share. Please contact our Reservations Department for information.

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Discover Yunnan

10 days

Yunnan Province is home to the most ethnic minority groups in China and you will see vast and varying landscapes and attractions. DAY 1: ARRIVE KUNMING You will be met at Kunming airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAYS 2-3: KUNMING TO DALI Enjoy a tour to the picturesque Stone Forest where vast limestone columns rise in surreal shapes and images. (B,L) Tomorrow you will fly to Dali. Visit the Three Pagodas and cruise on Erhai Lake. In the evening stroll down Foreigner’s Street. (B,L)

DAYS 4-5: DALI TO LIJIANG Visit Xizhou Village, the Ancient Quarter and the local market before travelling to the ‘living museum’ town of Lijiang where you will visit Black Dragon Pool. (B,L) Tomorrow explore Jade Dragon Snow Mountain before you visit the Baisha Frescoes and the Ancient Quarter. (B,L)

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Zhongdian

DAYS 6-7: LIJIANG TO ZHONGDIAN

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Travel to Zhongdian, visiting Tiger Leaping Gorge en route. (B,L) The next day, enjoy a visit to the Baishui Terrace. (B,L)

Category Superior Deluxe

DAYS 8-9: ZHONGDIAN TO KUNMING Visit the Songshanlin Monastery and Old Town. (B,L) The following day, fly back to Kunming and visit the Flower Market. (B,L)

DAY 10: DEPART KUNMING After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Kunming airport where your arrangements end. (B)

Twin Share $3,040 $4,810

Single Supp $670 $2,270

Single Traveller $4,530 $8,100

Includes: 9 nights accommodation, economy-class flights from Kunming to Dali and Zhongdian to Kunming, private transfers and touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Tibetan Short Stay

6 days

The Tibet Autonomous Region has long fascinated travellers with its remoteness, spirituality and mysticism. This mysterious Buddhist kingdom, locked away high in the Himalaya, offers magnificent monasteries and stunning views of the world’s highest mountain. DAY 1: ARRIVE LHASA You will be met at Lhasa airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. This afternoon enjoy a half-day tour visiting the Barkhor Circuit. See the many pilgrims and market stalls.

DAY 2: LHASA Enjoy a tour of the Potala Palace, an architectural wonder towering over the entire city. You will also visit Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and active temple in Tibet. (B,L)

DAY 3: LHASA TO GYANTSE Travel to Gyantse and visit the Pelkor Monastery and the ruins of the Old Fort. (B,L)

DAY 4: GYANTSE TO SHIGATSE Leave Gyantse and travel to Shigatse. Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the official residence of the 11th Panchen Lama, who ranks close to the Dalai Lama. (B,L)

DAY 5: SHIGATSE TO LHASA Depart Shigatse and travel back to Lhasa for your final night in Tibet. (B)

DAY 6: DEPART LHASA After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Lhasa airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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Jokhang Temple, Lhasa PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard

Twin Share $1,140

Single Supp $375

Single Traveller $1,975

Includes: 5 nights accommodation, private transfers and touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees, a Tibet Permit and meals as listed. Note: Passenger must enter Tibet via China only. The Tibet Autonomous Region may be closed by the Chinese authorities at any given time without notice. Such closures may impact the ability to travel in, or to, Tibet. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.


Guilin, Yangshuo & Longji

5 days

Guilin is a riverside city located among many karst limestone peaks. Yangshuo is a small town situated on the Li River and is also surrounded by countless limestone hills. Longji is home to many minority villages and is famous for the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’ terraced rice fields that are built into the hillsides. Travellers to Longji should be in good physical condition. DAY 1: ARRIVE GUILIN Make your own way to your Guilin hotel. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a half-day tour of the Reed Flute Caves.

DAY 2: GUILIN – LONGJI Travel to Longji, also known as Longsheng or the `Dragon’s Backbone’. Explore the dramatic rice terraces that have a history dating back over 500 years. To fully appreciate the beauty of this area, you will need to hike for approximately 2-3 hours, climbing many steps and across uneven ground and steep inclines to reach the impressive vantage points. (B,L)

Rice terraces, Longji

DAY 3: GUILIN TO YANGSHUO

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Relax on the Li River as you cruise to the town of Yangshuo for a two night stay. The evening is free at your leisure. (B,L)

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

DAY 4: YANGSHUO This morning explore the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo and enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure. (B)

DAY 5: DEPART YANGSHUO After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

Twin Share $600 $620 $750

Single Supp $320 $350 $410

Single Traveller $860 $900 $1,370

Includes: 4 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Nine Villages Valley

4 days

The beautiful alpine Jiuzhaigou Valley takes its name from the nine Tibetan villages scattered throughout the valley. It is a place of natural wonders with thick forests, 114 turquoise lakes, springs, waterfalls and streams. Legend tells of a goddess who was given a mirror by the mountain deity who was in love with her. When the devil materialised, the goddess dropped the mirror, shattering it into 114 pieces, which resulted in the valley’s magnificent lakes. DAY 1: ARRIVE CHENGDU Make your own way to your Chengdu hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: CHENGDU TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY Fly to Jiuzhaigou. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Nine Villages Valley. Take a half-day tour of Huanglong Valley en route where hundreds of sparkling ponds with beautiful colours intertwine, with water cascading from one pool to another. Pristine forest surrounds the spot, providing truly spectacular mountain views. (B,D)

Huanglong Scenic Area

DAY 3: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY Explore the Nine Villages Valley, a botanical gallery that is heavily forested and home to many protected species. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal clear lakes gather at the foot of every waterfall. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO CHENGDU After breakfast you will be transferred to Jiuzhaigou airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon your arrival your arrangements end. (B)

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $1,960 $2,550

Single Supp $390 $960

Single Traveller $2,910 $4,170

Includes: 3 nights accommodation, return economy-class flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, private touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees, meals and transfers as listed. Note: Travel between May and October only. # Shoulder and high season surcharges apply.

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Zhangjiajie Scenic Wonder

5 days

Zhangjiajie is famous worldwide for its natural scenery, unique sandstone pillars, pristine waters and a wide variety of species of flora and fauna. Zhangjiajie is a photographer’s dream come true and was the inspiration for the movie Avatar. Combine this area of natural wonders with a visit to Changsha, rich with history including tomb sites and religious temples. DAY 1: CHANGSHA TO SHAOSHAN This morning you will be met at your Changsha hotel to travel to Shaoshan, the birthplace of the legendary Mao Zedong.

DAY 2: SHAOSHAN TO CHANGSHA Enjoy a tour of Shaoshan, visiting Chairman Mao’s childhood family residence and his museum, as well as Dripping Water Cave, where he lived for 11 days during the Cultural Revolution. Return to Changsha visiting the Tianxin Pavilion en route. (B,L)

Zhangjiajie scenery

DAYS 3-4: CHANGSHA TO ZHANGJIAJIE Board your train to the Zhangjiajie scenic area. Over the next two days embark on a photographer’s dream journey. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, which offers a mix of spectacular limestone formations, sub-tropical forests, waterfalls, mountain ranges and majestic valleys. (B)

DAY 5: DEPART ZHANGJIAJIE After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $950 $1,200

Single Supp $290 $490

Single Traveller $1,590 $2,040

Includes: 4 nights accommodation, soft seat train from Changsha to Zhangjiajie, private touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees, transfers and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Xiamen & Nanjing Short Stay

5 days

Xiamen boasts beautiful natural scenery and an abundance of outdoor sightseeing activities. Nanjing lies on the south bank of the Yangtze River and was the capital city for several dynasties in ancient Chinese history, bestowing upon the city a rich cultural heritage. DAY 1: ARRIVE XIAMEN Make your own way to your Xiamen hotel. Take a half-day tour of the city visiting the South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Cannon Fortress, the Coast Road and enjoy Kung-Fu tea-tasting.

DAY 2: XIAMEN – YONGDING TO NANJING Travel to Nanjing stopping in Yongding en route. Yongding is the heartland of the Hakka people and the earthen houses, known as Tu Lous, a unique style of Chinese communal architecture. Visit a cluster of Tu Lous, including Zhengcheng Lou, Chengqi Lou and Kuiju Lou before continuing to Nanjing for an overnight stay. (B,L)

DAY 3: NANJING TO XIAMEN Visit the Nanjing Tianluokeng cluster of Tu Lous and Yuchang Lou before returning to Xiamen for an overnight stay. (B,L)

DAY 4: XIAMEN This morning take the ferry across to Gulangyu Island. Visit Hi-Heaven complex and enjoy a puppet show. You will also visit Shuzhuang Garden, Guanfu Classic Art Museum, the Organ Museum, a music hall and Sanyi Church. (B,L)

DAY 5: DEPART XIAMEN After check-out this morning enjoy a half-day tour visiting the Huihe Stone Cultural Park. After your tour, your arrangements end. (B)

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Harbour, Xiamen PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $1,100 $1,260 $1,350

Single Supp $230 $340 $410

Single Traveller $1,940 $2,260 $2,430

Includes: 3 nights hotel accommodation in Xiamen, 1 night basic guesthouse (Tu Lou) accommodation in Nanjing, private touring as specified with local English-speaking guides including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.


Guangzhou City Stay

3 days

Guangzhou (Canton) is a prosperous city located on the banks of the Pearl River. It has convenient access to Hong Kong and Macau and is renowned worldwide for its Cantonese cuisine. It is an important centre of foreign trade, making it a shoppers’ paradise. Flights with China Southern Airlines fly via Guangzhou and the city and surrounds are full of historical sites and places of interest. DAY 1: ARRIVE GUANGZHOU Make your own way to your Guangzhou hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: GUANGZHOU Visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to this important figure in the Chinese Revolution. Continue to the Chen Family Temple, now a museum of folk craft and architecture. Next, explore Yuexiu Park, the largest park in downtown Guangzhou. From here, head to the Six Banyan Trees Temple, which was built in 537AD and is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. Later visit Shamian Island. (B,L)

DAY 3: DEPART GUANGZHOU After check-out this morning your arrangements end. (B)

hy not? Australian passport holders can now enjoy 72-hour visa free transit in Guangzhou when travelling to a third country. Why not take advantage of our Guangzhou City Stay?

Six Banyan Trees Temple, Guangzhou PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $330 $400 $440

Single Supp $110 $180 $220

Single Traveller $510 $630 $780

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, private touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. # Shoulder and high season, Canton Trade Fair, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply. Availability can be limited during Canton Trade Fair during April and October.

Hong Kong & Guangzhou City Stopover

5 days

DAY 1: ARRIVE HONG KONG Upon arrival at Hong Kong airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: HONG KONG Enjoy a half-day tour around Hong Kong Island visiting Stanley Market, Victoria Peak and Aberdeen Fishing Village, where you may wish to take an optional sampan ride (at your own expense) to get a closer look at the fishing boats. (B)

DAY 3: HONG KONG TO GUANGZHOU After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Hong Kong airport or railway station. Make your own way from Hong Kong to Guangzhou airport or railway station. Upon arrival in Guangzhou you will be met at the airport or railway station and transferred to your hotel for a two night stay. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. (B)

DAY 4: GUANGZHOU Enjoy a full-day tour visiting the Dr. Sun Ya-Sen Memorial Hall, a monument dedicated to this important figure in the Chinese Revolution. Continue to the Chen Family Temple, now a museum of folk craft and architecture. Next, explore Yuexiu Park, the largest in downtown Guangzhou. From here, head to the Six Banyan Trees Temple, which was built in 537AD and is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. The temple enshrines three large Buddhist statues. The 184-foot pagoda appears to have nine stories; however inside there are 17 levels. Because of the colourful exterior carvings, it is popularly known as the Flower Pagoda. Later visit Shamian Island. (B,L)

DAY 5: DEPART GUANGZHOU After check-out this morning you will be met and transferred to the airport where your arrangements end. (B)

Shamian Island, Guangzhou PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Category Standard Superior Deluxe

Twin Share $810 $970 $1,300

Single Traveller $1,250 $1,530 $2,170

Includes: 4 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfers and touring in Hong Kong as specified, private transfers and touring in Guangzhou as specified, with local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. Note: Half-day Hong Kong Island tour is on join-in basis and requires a minimum group size of 2 passengers to operate. Pick-up is available from most city hotels. Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharge applies. Travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou is not included. This will be at your own expense. #Shoulder and high seasons, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

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Stopover Destinations

Hong Kong If this is your first trip to Hong Kong you will be amazed by the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. With a population of almost seven million, bustling sidewalks, dazzling skyscrapers and flashing neon signs, the densely packed islands can seem chaotic at first glance. However this modern city is well-known for being structured, safe and easy to navigate. With over 150 years of colonial history and ageless Chinese traditions, teamed with numerous attractions, lively festivals, unrivalled shopping and a vast array of food choices, this charismatic and entertaining city is a fantastic holiday experience. Hong Kong hotel prices are based on a per person, per night rate in a lead-in room, in low season (seasonality surcharges may apply). Breakfast is not included in the prices below, however most hotels have a café or restaurant where breakfast can be purchased. A booking fee applies for accommodation of three nights or less. Contact our Reservations Department for a more extensive range of hotels. Availability is based on request. Hotel check-in time in Hong Kong is generally 1400hrs and check-out is 1200hrs. Meals in our Hong Kong packages on page 119 are indicated as follows: (B) = Breakfast. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are located approximately 30 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport. A one-way seat-in-coach airport transfer is from AU$40 per person. Seat-in-coach arrival transfers are available every 30 minutes between 0630hrs and 2330hrs and departure transfers every 60 minutes between 0530hrs and 2100hrs. Passengers travelling to or from the airport outside these hours will require a private car transfer. A one-way private car transfer is from AU$120 per person (based on a minimum of 2 passengers).

Accommodation METROPARK HOTEL KOWLOON

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From $90 per person twin share Metropark Hotel Kowloon is situated at the heart of Kowloon and offers a free shuttle bus service to and from Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui. The hotel has two restaurants, a bar, a rooftop swimming pool and free broadband internet access in all guestrooms.

EATON, HONG KONG

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From $100 per person twin share Eaton, Hong Kong is located in the heart of Nathan Road in downtown Kowloon, only a few minutes stroll from Jordan Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Station. The hotel offers 465 wellappointed and custom designed guestrooms and suites and features restaurants, a bar and a café.

PARK HOTEL HONG KONG

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From $110 per person twin share Enjoy spectacular views of the bustling night scene atop your serene oasis at Park Hotel Hong Kong. Equipped with the latest technology, the guestrooms of this Kowloon hotel provide maximum comfort for your getaway. The Star Ferry Terminal, Kowloon Station for the Airport Express trains and MTR are a 5-10 minute walk away, giving you easy access to the rest of this vibrant city.

NOVOTEL CENTURY HONG KONG

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From $130 per person twin share Novotel Century Hong Kong is the leading business hotel in downtown Wanchai, a ten minute walk from Causeway Bay shopping district and surrounded by many eateries. The hotel features comprehensive facilities including two restaurants, a bar and a fitness centre.

REGAL HONG KONG HOTEL

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From $130 per person twin share Situated in the heart of Causeway Bay, this deluxe hotel offers 482 guestrooms in an elegant style, together with four exquisite dining establishments serving Cantonese, Western and Italian cuisine, a rooftop swimming pool and a fitness centre.

HOTEL NOVOTEL HONG KONG CITYGATE (AIRPORT)

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From $145 per person twin share Hotel Novotel Hong Kong Citygate is located five minutes from Hong Kong International Airport and offers a free shuttle service between the airport and the hotel. Hong Kong Disneyland is only two stops away. Features include hotel-wide broadband connection, four restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.

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From $185 per person twin share Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is located on Lantau Island and offers a complimentary shuttle bus between the hotel and Disneyland. All rooms are air conditioned and have an in-room safe, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

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From $130 per person twin share Harbour Grand Kowloon is just moments from the city’s busiest sections. The hotel is well-appointed with 554 spacious rooms and suites, six outstanding restaurants, a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and beauty services. Experience a memorable brand of hospitality for your vacation. 

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Pricing available on request Poised majestically along the waterfront, the award-winning Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong offers 688 spacious guestrooms with luxurious comfort. Its breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour are rivalled only by its legendary hospitality. Featuring seven renowned restaurants, a bar and lounge, this deluxe hotel is the first choice for discerning travellers.

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Hong Kong Glimpses DAY 1: ARRIVE HONG KONG Upon arrival at Hong Kong airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: HONG KONG Enjoy a half-day tour around Hong Kong Island visiting Stanley Market, Victoria Peak and Aberdeen Fishing Village, where you may wish to take an optional sampan ride (at your own expense) to get a closer look at the fishing boats. (B)

DAY 3: DEPART HONG KONG After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Hong Kong airport where your arrangements end. (B)

3 days PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Hong Kong Hotel Twin Share Eaton, Hong Kong $390 Harbour Grand Kowloon $475 Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong $715

Single Traveller $595 $740 $1,185

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfers and touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. Note: Additional nights are available on request and are at an additional cost. Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. Half-day seat-in-coach Hong Kong Island tour requires a minimum group size of 2 passengers to operate. Pick-up is available from most city hotels. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Hong Kong in Focus DAY 1: ARRIVE HONG KONG Upon arrival at Hong Kong airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: HONG KONG Enjoy a half-day tour around Hong Kong Island visiting Stanley Market, Victoria Peak and Aberdeen Fishing Village, where you may wish to take an optional sampan ride (at your own expense) to get a closer look at the fishing boats. (B)

DAY 3: HONG KONG – NEW TERRITORIES Enjoy a half-day tour of the `Land Between’, including a visit to Yuen Yuen Institute. Take in the view from Tai Mo Shan and Luk Keng Road Lookout and visit Sam Mun Tsai Fishing Zone. (B)

DAY 4: DEPART HONG KONG After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Hong Kong airport where your arrangements end. (B)

4 days PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Hong Kong Hotel Twin Share Eaton, Hong Kong $600 Harbour Grand Kowloon $725 Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong $1,085

Single Traveller $905 $1,120 $1,785

Includes: 3 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfers and touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. Note: Additional nights are available on request and are at an additional cost. Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. Half-day seat-in-coach Hong Kong Island tour requires a minimum group size of 2 passengers to operate. Pick-up is available from most city hotels. Half-day seat-in-coach Land Between tour requires a minimum group size of 5 passengers to operate. Pick-up is available from The Salisbury - YMCA of Hong Kong. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Hong Kong Disneyland DAY 1: ARRIVE HONG KONG Upon arrival at Hong Kong airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAYS 2-3: DISNEYLAND Make your own way to Hong Kong Disneyland over the next two days. Step into seven themed lands, enjoy the thrill and excitement of highquality rides, meet your favourite Disney characters and watch amazing Broadway-style shows. (B)

DAY 4: DEPART HONG KONG After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Hong Kong airport where your arrangements end. (B)

4 days PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Hong Kong Hotel Twin Share Eaton, Hong Kong $720 Hotel Novotel Hong Kong Citygate $730 Disney’s Hollywood Hotel $895

Single Traveller $1,160 $1,165 $1,455

Child* $210 $250 $255

Includes: 3 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfers as specified, 2-Day General Admission Ticket to Hong Kong Disneyland and meals as listed. *Child prices are based on one child aged 3-11 years, sharing a room with two adults and using existing bedding. Note: Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. 2-Day General Admission Ticket is not valid for Disney’s Designated Days. # Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

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Stopover Destinations

Macau Macau is located 60km southwest of Hong Kong and consists of the Macau Peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which are connected to Macau by two bridges. With baroque-style churches, traditional Chinese buildings, gardens and picturesque landscapes, there is much more to Macau than its well-known glitzy casinos. Immerse yourself in the fusion of Portuguese, Chinese and Macanese cultures that make Macau a truly unique destination. Discover the rich cultural heritage along the cobblestone lanes of its historic centre, sample culinary delights with influences from Southeast Asia and Europe, experience world-class entertainment or simply relax and indulge at one of Macau’s luxurious hotels.

MACAU PENINSULA

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The Macau Peninsula is home to Macau’s most iconic attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage listed European-style buildings in the Historic Centre of Macau, Senado Square with its patterned cobblestone pavement, the A-Ma Temple, Guia Fortress and Lighthouse and Macau’s most familiar landmark, the Ruin’s of St. Paul’s Church.

Macau’s countryside, Coloane, was once a small fishing village frequented by pirates. A stroll through the narrow streets of Coloane Village will reveal old-world charms, including St. Francis Xavier Chapel, and an authentic atmosphere of traditional Macau. It is here you will find Lord Stow’s Bakery, serving up delicious Portuguese egg tarts.

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Taipa Island provides a mix of Chinese charm, Portuguese architecture and towering casinos. Taipa Village has a number of shop-houses typical of Southern China and the 100m-long Rua da Cunha (‘Food Street’) is lined with a number of gourmet restaurants serving Chinese, Portuguese and Macanese cuisine. The famous Taipa House Museum, which consists of five original green mansions with verandas, gives a glimpse into the lives of early 19th-century well-to-do Macanese families. The Cotai Strip runs parallel to Taipa Village and offers top class entertainment, dining and shopping options as well as a number of luxury hotels and resorts.

Macau is easily accessible by jetfoil from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong or from China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon. All visitors to Macau must hold a valid passport. Australian passport holders do not require a visa for Macau. Upon arrival in Macau you will find that many of the hotels have shuttle buses waiting at the Macau Ferry Terminal which run between the hotel, ferry terminal and the Cotai Strip. Macau also has an efficient bus system which runs between Macau, Taipa and Coloane.

Accommodation Macau hotel prices are based on a per person, per night rate in a lead-in room in low season and include daily breakfast (seasonality surcharges may apply). A booking fee applies for accommodation of three nights or less. Contact our Reservations Department for a more extensive range of hotels. Availability is based on request. Hotel check-in time in Macau is generally 1400hrs and check-out is 1200hrs. Meals in our packages are indicated as follows: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch and (D) = Dinner.

GRAND EMPEROR HOTEL

REGENCY HOTEL MACAU

From $125 per person twin share Metropark Hotel Macau is an elegant hotel located in the heart of Macau, approximately five minutes by car from Macau Ferry Terminal and close to major commercial, shopping and entertainment districts. Hotel features include a revolving restaurant, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, 24-hour front desk and a fitness centre.

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From $90 per person twin share Featuring 326 guestrooms decorated in Mediterranean color schemes, the Regency Hotel Macau is just ten minutes away from the city centre of Macau and offers total comfort and convenience for both business and leisure travellers.

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From $140 per person twin share Grand Emperor is only ten minutes from the Macau Ferry Terminal by complimentary shuttle. Each room conveys a cosy and stylish atmosphere of a noble home, allowing guests to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the city within moments of arriving.

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GRAND LAPA HOTEL

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From $150 per person twin share Situated just steps from the Macau Ferry Terminal, the Grand Lapa Hotel has a fantastic location in the centre of Macau. Features include a glorious spa, swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, children’s centre, a selection of renowned restaurants and a resort atmosphere in an unbeatable city location.

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Taste of Macau

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DAY 1: HONG KONG TO MACAU This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Hong Kong ferry terminal to board your ferry to Macau. Upon arrival in Macau, commence a half-day city tour including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ruins of St. Paul’s Church, sections of the Old City Wall, Na Tcha Temple, Mount Fortress and the Temple of A-Ma. After lunch, continue to the Museum of Macau (closed on Mondays) and the Macau Tower for panoramic views of the city. Your tour will end at the Macau Ferry Terminal where you will board a shuttle to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure. (L)

DAY 2: MACAU Enjoy the day free at your leisure to further explore Macau. (B)

DAY 3: MACAU TO HONG KONG SKY PIER After check-out this morning take the hotel shuttle bus to the Macau Ferry Terminal and board your ferry to Hong Kong International Airport (Sky Pier) where upon arrival your arrangements end. (B)

hy not? Why not explore more of the Pearl River Delta with a visit to Guangzhou? See page 117 for our Guangzhou City Stay. Additional fees and taxes may apply.

Ruins of St. Paul’s Church, Macau PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Macau Hotel Regency Hotel Macau Metropark Hotel Macau Grand Lapa Hotel

Twin Share $465 $470 $580

Single Traveller $645 $655 $805

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfer in Hong Kong (hotel to ferry terminal), hotel shuttle bus transfers in Macau, economy-class ferry tickets (Hong Kong to Macau and Macau to Hong Kong International Airport Sky Pier), seat-in-coach touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. Note: Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. Half-day seat-incoach city tour requires a minimum group size of 5 passengers to operate. Museum of Macau is closed on Mondays year round. Above prices do not include the check-in luggage fee which is payable when checking-in for your ferry to and from Macau. This fee is approximately HK$50 (AU$8) per piece/per trip and depends on the size and weight of each piece of check-in luggage. # Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Macau by Night

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DAY 1: HONG KONG TO MACAU This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Hong Kong ferry terminal to board your ferry to Macau. Upon arrival in Macau, commence a half-day city tour including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ruins of St. Paul's Church, sections of the Old City Wall, Na Tcha Temple, Mount Fortress and the Temple of A-Ma. After lunch, continue to the Museum of Macau (closed on Mondays) and the Macau Tower for panoramic views of the city. Your tour will end at the Macau Ferry Terminal where you will board a shuttle to your hotel. This evening enjoy authentic Portuguese cuisine at Miramar Restaurant (closed on Mondays) in Coloane. (L,D)

DAY 2: MACAU Enjoy the day free at your leisure to explore Macau. In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the City of Dreams where you will enjoy The House of Dancing Water (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), a breathtaking and spectacular water-based performance featuring dazzling costumes, special effects and record-breaking acts. The rest of the night is free at your leisure to explore the Cotai Strip before making your own way back to your hotel. (B)

DAY 3: MACAU TO HONG KONG SKY PIER After check-out this morning take the hotel shuttle bus to the Macau Ferry Terminal and board your ferry to Hong Kong International Airport (Sky Pier) where your arrangements end. (B)

The House of Dancing Water performance PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Macau Hotel Regency Hotel Macau Metropark Hotel Macau Grand Lapa Hotel

Twin Share $975 $985 $1,020

Single Traveller $1,160 $1,170 $1,245

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfer in Hong Kong (hotel to ferry terminal), hotel shuttle and private-car transfers in Macau as specified, economy-class ferry tickets (Hong Kong to Macau and Macau to Hong Kong International Airport Sky Pier), seat-in-coach touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide on Day 1, C Reserve ticket for The House of Dancing Water and meals as listed. Note: Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. Half-day seat-incoach city tour requires a minimum group size of 5 passengers to operate. Miramar Restaurant is closed on Mondays year round. The House of Dancing Water does not show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays year round. Above prices do not include the check-in luggage fee which is payable when checking-in for your ferry to and from Macau. This fee is approximately HK$50 (AU$8) per piece/ per trip and depends on the size and weight of each piece of check-in luggage. # Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

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Stopover Destinations

Singapore Located at the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula in the heart of southeast Asia, Singapore is a perfect blend of the East and the West. With a unique tapestry of Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions, Singapore allows visitors a number of sightseeing and culinary opportunities. Sample a variety of cuisines as you stroll through the local neighbourhoods of Little India and Chinatown. Experience world-class shopping along Orchard Road. Escape the hustle and bustle with a visit to Singapore Botanic Gardens or the awe-inspiring Gardens by the Bay. Be enthralled by an endless array of exciting attractions at Resorts World Sentosa. The dynamic ‘Lion City’ has something to offer everyone. Hotel prices are based on per person, per night rates in a lead-in room, in low season and include daily breakfast (seasonality surcharges may apply). A booking fee applies for accommodation of three nights or less. Contact our Reservations Department for a more extensive range of hotels. Availability is based on request. Hotel check-in time in Singapore is generally 1400hrs and check-out is 1200hrs. Meals in our Singapore packages on page 123 are indicated as follows: (B) = Breakfast. Singapore CBD is located approximately 25 minutes drive from Changi International Airport. A one-way seat-in-coach transfer is from AU$30 per person. Seat-in-coach transfers run between 0700hrs and 2300hrs. An after hours surcharge applies for passengers travelling to or from the airport outside these hours.

Accommodation GRAND PARK CITY HALL

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NOVOTEL SINGAPORE CLARKE QUAY

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From $130 per person twin share Grand Park City Hall is located in Singapore’s Civic District, within walking distance of historical landmarks, shopping malls and entertainment. The hotel features two restaurants and a spa and each guestroom combines elegant finishes with an array of modern amenities including cable TV, tea/coffee making facilities and a minibar.

From $195 per person twin share Situated in the heart of Singapore, Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay is within the vibrant and dynamic entertainment precinct of Clarke Quay and is close to Clarke Quay MRT. The recently upgraded rooms have magnificent views of the Singapore River, the spectacular city skyline or Fort Canning Park.

CAPRI BY FRASER

From $145 per person twin share Located in the lovely area of Changi, Capri by Fraser is 18km from the excitement of the city and is a haven of rest and relaxation. This hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city’s biggest attractions.

From $200 per person twin share Strategically located on Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel Singapore is just a few minutes walk away from Suntec City, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Chinatown and other major tourist attractions and only 25 minutes drive from Changi International Airport. All guestrooms are equipped with modern amenities.

CROWNE PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT

AMARA SANCTUARY RESORT SENTOSA

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From $170 per person twin share Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is located within the immediate vicinity of Changi International Airport and has easy access to downtown areas by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). Room amenities include an in-room safe, minibar and air conditioning.

ORCHARD HOTEL

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CONCORDE HOTEL SINGAPORE

INTERCONTINENTAL SINGAPORE

YORK HOTEL

SWISSôTEL THE STAMFORD

From $185 per person twin share York Hotel is located in the heart of the city just a five minute walk to Orchard Road. Along with beverage outlets, a fitness centre, and an outdoor pool, the hotel also boasts sophisticated rooms well-appointed with modern facilities which are bound to make your stay a wonderful one.

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From $200 per person twin share Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is located near the beach in Singapore’s Sentosa Island neighbourhood. It features two restaurants, a pool, fitness centre and business centre. Guestrooms are air conditioned and have tea/coffee making facilities and a minibar.

From $180 per person twin share The Orchard Hotel Singapore is located close to the central business district. The award-winning café and restaurant offers everything from Cantonese fine-dining to local and international cuisine. The hotel is equipped with a business centre, fitness centre, outdoor pool and other recreational facilities. HHHH

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From $215 per person twin share InterContinental Singapore is located in central Singapore, close to Bugis Street Shopping District and Suntec City. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, café, outdoor pool and fitness centre. Rooms feature cable TV, in-room safe and a minibar. HHHHH

From $230 per person twin share In the heart of Singapore’s shopping and entertainment districts, Swissôtel The Stamford is a perfect base to explore key attractions such as Orchard Road, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari Singapore and Sentosa. The hotel offers modern amenities and 16 exciting dining choices for a multi-dimensional experience.


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Singapore Short Stay DAY 1: ARRIVE SINGAPORE Upon arrival at Singapore airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: SINGAPORE Enjoy a half-day tour around Singapore, visiting Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng, which is one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, a handicraft centre, the National Orchid Garden and Little India. (B)

DAY 3: DEPART SINGAPORE After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Singapore airport where your arrangements end. (B)

3 days PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Singapore Hotel Grand Park City Hall York Hotel Orchard Hotel Swissôtel The Stamford

Twin Share $415 $445 $490 $535

Single Traveller $805 $875 $955 $1,050

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfers and touring as specified with a local English-speaking guide including entrance fees and meals as listed. Note: Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. Pick-up is available from most city hotels for the half-day city tour. # Special event periods, shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Gardens by the Bay DAY 1: ARRIVE SINGAPORE Upon arrival at Singapore airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: SINGAPORE Enjoy the morning free at your leisure. This afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Gardens by the Bay, a super-park spanning 101 hectares and split into three waterfront spaces, housing over 250,000 rare plants. Spend the afternoon wandering through the two indoor conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, and relaxing in the garden grounds. Once the sun sets, take in the stunning lights of the OCBC Garden Rhapsody sky show before making your own way back to your hotel. (B)

DAY 3: DEPART SINGAPORE

3 days PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Singapore Hotel Grand Park City Hall York Hotel Orchard Hotel Swissôtel The Stamford

Twin Share $435 $465 $505 $555

Single Traveller $825 $890 $975 $1,065

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfers as specified, entrance fees to two conservatories at Gardens by the Bay and meals as listed. Note: Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. Pick-up is available from most city hotels. Package does not include a guide. # Special event periods, shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Singapore airport where your arrangements end. (B)

Family Favourites DAY 1: ARRIVE SINGAPORE Upon arrival at Singapore airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

DAY 2: SINGAPORE Enjoy a half-day tour around Singapore, visiting Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng, a handicraft centre, the National Orchid Garden and Little India. Later, ride the Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel, for panoramic views of the city. (B)

DAY 3: SINGAPORE This morning you will be met and transferred to Singapore Zoo. Meet a family of orang-utans and other wildlife as you enjoy a ‘Jungle Breakfast’. After breakfast, explore the zoo which is home to over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. (B)

4 days PRICES ARE FROM PER PERSON, BASED ON LOW SEASON #

Singapore Hotel Grand Park City Hall York Hotel Orchard Hotel Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa

Twin Share $705 $755 $815

Single Traveller $1,265 $1,365 $1,485

Child* $205 $205 $205

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Includes: 3 nights accommodation, seat-in-coach transfers and touring as specified, local English-speaking guide on Day 2, entrance fees and meals as listed. *Child prices are based on one child aged 3-11 years, sharing a room with two adults and using existing bedding.

DAY 4: DEPART SINGAPORE

Note: Seat-in-coach transfer after hours surcharges apply. Pick-up is available from most city hotels. Touring on Day 3 does not include a guide.

After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Singapore airport where your arrangements end. (B)

# Special event periods, shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner surcharges apply.

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Special Groups For many years our Special Groups Department at Wendy Wu Tours has organised successful trips to China. We have also arranged trips to our other exciting destinations for a variety of special interest groups. From friends travelling together to school groups, conferences, incentive groups and community organisations, our expert team is on hand to assist with making your group’s dream holiday or educational trip a reality. Are you a member of a local community, club or society? A group of friends wishing to travel together to one of our exciting destinations? Our Special Groups Department can tailor-make a unique experience based upon your group’s requirements or arrange travel on one of our existing brochured itineraries. The options are endless and flexible, provided you have a minimum of 10 passengers wishing to travel together. Our Special Groups Department has the knowledge, travel experience and commitment to providing you with the essentials necessary to create the trip of a lifetime.

Customer Comments Our happy customers have enjoyed the benefits of travelling as part of a special group tour and have returned with experiences that have far exceeded their expectations and irreplaceable memories. We are delighted to have been able to take part in making our customers’ dreams a reality and turning their journey into memories that will last a lifetime. We invite you to view some of our customers’ comments and look forward to assisting you with your special group itinerary.

This was a brilliant tour which I think every committed woolgrower in the nation should do. The standard of food and accommodation was excellent; it was great value for money and unlike alot of trips almost everything was included and there were no hidden extras. Visiting the mills gives a greater understanding of what happens to your product and what buyers require and travelling with likeminded people who are innovative and open to change was a pleasure. It’s one thing to read about China but there’s nothing like living it and seeing it for oneself. Wool scoured at one end and coming out as a finished product at the other was something to see, as was the number of people employed in the process. Joe & Mary Cummings Elders Woolgrower Tour, 2013

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Our tailor made tour to Shanghai, the Three Gorges Dam and Chengdu was a fantastic experience. The ten of us cannot speak highly enough of the attention to detail and professionalism of Wendy Wu Tours and the guides. Our National guide was very knowledgeable, organised and caring. The local guides in Shanghai and Chengdu were excellent, going beyond their normal services to make sure we had a truly enjoyable experience. We cannot speak highly enough of our trip and would not hesitate to recommend Wendy Wu Tours to anyone wanting a wonderful travel experience. Lindsay & Robyn Dann China, April 2013

I am a travel consultant and this was my first time to China hosting a small group of clients. Wendy Wu Tours put together a fantastic exclusive tour for our agency with the quality of hotels, food and all the touring, it was excellent value for money. Our local guides and National Escort were very knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough for us. China is a beautiful country and Wendy Wu certainly does it all, everything ran very smoothly, we had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go back! Lisa Cheso iTravel & Cruise, May 2013


Family Friendly Holidays Wendy Wu Tours can provide you with detailed information relating to families, advice on which itinerary in our extensive product range is ideal for your family, or alternatively, design an experience to suit your specific needs. Your family experience can be as flexible and diverse as you like featuring the very best each country has to offer and can include activities such as flying a traditional Chinese kite in Beijing, sculpting Terracotta Warriors in Xian, learning the art of Chinese calligraphy, cycling along the ancient City Wall in Xian, seeing the famous Giant Pandas in Chengdu or meeting your favourite Disney characters and enjoying the thrill and excitement of Hong Kong Disneyland. All these options and more will offer your family a diverse mix of history, culture, scenery and adventurous experiences. Let Wendy Wu Tours take your family on a holiday rich in memories and steeped in history. Our knowledgeable and well trained staff are more than happy to discuss suitable options with you. Please contact our Reservations Department for more information.

Kite flying, Beijing

A suggested itinerary to get your family experience underway: DAY 1: ARRIVE BEIJING

DAY 4: XIAN

Fly to Beijing for a two night stay.

This morning visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Here you will have the opportunity to sculpt mini Terracotta Warriors. Later cycle along the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China. This evening you will feast on a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,D)

DAY 2: BEIJING It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Walk along the wall, admiring the panoramic views. Next, explore the exquisite Summer Palace, once a royal garden and summer retreat for the members of the Emperors family and their courtesans. This evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,D)

DAY 3: BEIJING TO XIAN Spend the morning making and flying traditional Chinese kites. Stroll through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Rectangular in shape, surrounded by a 6m-deep moat and a 10m-high wall, it is the world’s largest palace complex. This afternoon fly to Xian for a two night stay. (B)

Alternative Option: 9 days In Pursuit of Pandas (page 50) offers a fully inclusive group tour option for families with children aged 8 years and over.

DAY 6: XIAN TO CHENGDU Take a morning Chinese calligraphy class. Later, fly to Chengdu for an overnight stay. Enjoy the remainder of the day free at your leisure. (B)

DAY 7: DEPART CHENGDU Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home to Australia. (B)

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Booking Conditions RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT Please complete and forward the Booking Form accompanied by a deposit of $300 per person to Wendy Wu Tours or your travel agent to arrive within 3 days of receiving confirmation that the company is holding space for you. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is only an indication of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. RECEIPT OF DEPOSIT By sending a deposit the client agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure. BALANCE OF PAYMENT The final balance of the travel arrangements is due at Wendy Wu Tours no later than 60 days prior to the confirmed tour departure date as confirmed by acceptance of the booking. Failure to pay in full by the due date may result in additional costs which will be passed on as a late payment fee of no less than $30 per booking or cancellation at the discretion of the company. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to request a partial payment of the final balance more than 60 days prior to departure (eg: airfare portion) in the event that airline tickets need to be issued by our office or by our operators overseas due to airline ticketing time limits. Payments by credit cards will incur a fee. LATE BOOKINGS Bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure will incur a late booking fee of no less than $30 per booking which is payable along with the final payment. Payment must be made in full within 3 days after the company confirms that it is holding space. If payment is not so made, Wendy Wu Tours shall have the right to cancel the booking at its discretion. The bookings may also incur additional fees including any applicable urgent visa processing fees. Bookings made less than 30 days prior to departure will incur a late booking fee of $50 per booking and must be paid along with the final payment at the time of booking. These bookings may also incur additional fees. Wendy Wu Tours does not process visa applications for bookings made less than 30 days prior to departure but customers are entitled to apply for their own visas. FEES AND CHARGES All fully inclusive group tours, unique fully inclusive group tours and Deluxe China Holiday & River Cruising prices indicated in the brochure are based on group travel and any deviation from the set itinerary will incur additional airline ticket costs (Breakaway Fee) of up to $100 per person. Arrangements such as transfers, accommodation, etc. outside the set group arrangements/ dates are at an additional cost and are not covered by the Breakaway Fee. AIRLINE FUEL LEVY SURCHARGE Since 2004 all airlines servicing flights to Asia have been charging a fuel levy surcharge, on top of the normal airline ticket price, in order to cover the increased cost of aviation fuel. As fuel prices have fluctuated, so too has the amount the airlines charge for this levy. This amount is detailed against every tour featured in this brochure and will also be advised to you at the time of your booking and is subject to change until your airline ticket is issued. AMENDMENT & BOOKING FEES The following fees will apply: Amendments to confirmed and deposited itineraries outside of 30 days prior to departure where the value of the booking is decreased $25 per change (a change to the booking that increases the value will incur no fee). Amendments within 30 days of departure - $50 per change Transferring between tours (outside 60 days) - $100 per person. Transfer fees must be paid at the time of change. Transferring between tours (within 60 days) - See ‘Cancellation by Customer’ for applicable fees and details. Reissue of airline tickets - From $100 per person (other fees may apply). Bookings of only 3 nights accommodation or less - $30 per booking. Rail tickets and passes only - $50 per booking. Once a booking is confirmed name transfers are not permitted as this will be regarded as a cancellation. CANCELLATION BY CUSTOMER All cancellations must be made in writing to Wendy Wu Tours and will be subject to the following cancellation charges from the date the written cancellation is received: 1. More than 60 days prior to departure; loss of deposit plus any administration fees 2. Between 59-50 days prior to departure; 25% of total tour cost 3. Between 49-40 days prior to departure; 50% of total tour cost 4. 39 days or less prior to departure; 100% of total tour cost 5. Any ‘no show’; 100% of total tour cost In the event of a cancellation any refunds will be less administration fees including visa, transfer fees, fuel surcharge and any other airline cancellation fees and any applicable amendment fees. Regrettably cancellation charges and fees cannot be waived. There can be no exceptions. No refund will be made for any unused portions of the holiday after the departure date. Please note that employees of any overseas company or staff of Wendy Wu Tours outside Australia are not authorised to give any guarantees or agreements to customers in respect of refunds or any other matters. CANCELLATION BY WENDY WU TOURS Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to cancel or vary a tour prior to departure due to insufficient numbers. In such an event alternative guaranteed travel dates will be offered. Should these options not be acceptable Wendy Wu Tours will refund the full price paid, less visa cost. If a tour is cancelled or varied prior to departure due to unforeseeable

It is important that you read and understand the following conditions before making your booking.

circumstances such as, but not restricted to, severe weather conditions or force majeure, Wendy Wu Tours will refund all monies prior to departure less visa cost, fuel surcharge and any other cancellation fees levied by airlines and other third parties. Unforeseeable circumstances such as force majeure, adverse weather, flight rescheduling, hotel overbooking and faults with transportation or road conditions may also have an effect on the tour itinerary after the commencement date. Any decision made in respect of tour services by independent operators to re-route or amend the itinerary due to any of the above or similar circumstances is at the discretion of the tour service provider and Wendy Wu Tours shall not be liable for any claim whatsoever arising from such events. REFUSAL OF CARRIAGE Wendy Wu Tours retains the right to remove customers from our group tours for reasons that impact on the enjoyment or safety of other tour members, such as, but not limited to, the physical, medical or mental inability of customers to undertake the arrangements of the tour, unsocial or unruly behaviour, or the carriage of prohibited substances and materials. HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS, MAPS & PICTURES Hotel descriptions featured in this brochure are based on current hotel guides provided by suppliers and contractual agreements. Any facilities described are subject to change at any time. Maps and photographs are included for general information only and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, location or services. Wendy Wu Tours has made reasonable enquiries to verify that the descriptions and details are accurate but does not warrant that they are. TRAVEL INSURANCE It is strongly recommended that all customers travelling with Wendy Wu Tours are adequately covered by insurance for the duration of their travel arrangements. Wendy Wu Tours cannot in any way be made liable for any additional cost incurred by the customer on any tour. HEALTH REqUIREMENTS All customers are required to familiarise themselves with any health requirements specific to the countries being visited. All customers are given a Medical Information Form and Tour Dossier with their quote or deposit documents. Customers who are aged 70 years or over, or with a pre-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel, or any medical/dietary requirements must complete and return this document with their Booking Form. All customers should visit their doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour. Should any ailments either exist at the time of booking, or arise before their departure from Australia, the customer must inform Wendy Wu Tours of these by completing a Medical Information Form. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS A passport with a minimum of six months validity is required for customers travelling to all countries in our programme. Visa fees are included for Australian passport holders in all fully inclusive group tours, unique fully inclusive group tours and Deluxe China Holiday & River Cruising packages. Non-Australian passport holders will incur additional fees. If passports are not received by Wendy Wu Tours 60 days prior to departure, the customer will be required to pay an urgent visa processing fee. Unless otherwise requested your passport will be returned with final documentation approximately two weeks prior to your departure date. If the customer requests the passports to be returned prior to this, an additional fee will be incurred. Responsibility for documentation accuracy, passport validity and dispatch of documents rests with the customer. Wendy Wu Tours accepts no responsibility for any failure in this respect. Wendy Wu Tours does not issue foreign visas. We only submit passports and application forms for visas to be issued by the relevant authorities. Wendy Wu Tours cannot guarantee that any visa will be issued by the relevant authority and accepts no responsibility if a visa application is refused. Any cancellation fees or other expenses incurred by the customer due to the refusal of a visa will be entirely the customer’s liability. CONSULAR ADVICE We recommend that you review information provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade prior to making your booking by calling 1300 555 135, or by visiting their website www.dfat.gov.au for the latest information. We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the latest Government Consular advice and information. SINGLE TRAVELLERS Single travellers on fully inclusive group tours and unique fully inclusive group tours may avoid paying the Single Hotel Room Option by opting to travel on a ‘willing to share’ basis. Wendy Wu Tours will endeavour to match a single traveller with another suitable single traveller of the same gender. In the event that we are unable to confirm a share partner, Wendy Wu Tours will confirm a single room at all hotel accommodation and waive the Single Hotel Room Option. The 'willing to share' option is not available on Deluxe China Holidays & River Cruising. Single Cruise Cabin Option fees are applicable for any cruise components and cannot be waived. Due to rail booking regulations, sole use of overnight sleeper compartments on rail journeys is no longer available on group tours in China. For independent itineraries the single supplement indicated is based on pricing for one twin room and one single room. TIPPING Tipping is a firm and expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. The nominated tip amount is to be given to your National Escort/Local Guides at the beginning of your group tour upon arrival at your destination and they will do all the necessary tipping on your behalf. The amount payable for each group tour is shown in the tour price based on a minimum of 10 passengers travelling. Wendy Wu Tours will advise the exact amount required per person in each currency in your final documentation. Tipping amounts will range from US$45 to US$150

per person based on the tour itinerary and length and are subject to change at any time. Victoria Cruises, Century Cruises and President Cruises have a compulsory service levy which is paid in Chinese Yuan immediately upon boarding the cruise. The amount payable is included in the package price for group tours and independent itineraries which include a cruise. Tipping for all other independent travel is not compulsory and is at the customer’s own discretion. SHOPPING Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets, where many copies of international brand names can be purchased for next to nothing. However, Wendy Wu Tours, its staff and employees are neither qualified nor permitted to ensure or guarantee the quality or value of any goods purchased or the suitability of any retail outlets visited and the security of using a credit card to purchase such goods. In all cases the purchasing of goods and the use of a credit card for those transactions is entirely at the customer’s own risk and at all times the customer must use their own discretion. RESPONSIBILITY Wendy Wu Tours (herewith called the Company) acts as a co-ordinator for all persons taking these tours in the making of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing and hotel accommodation. The Company does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant or any other supplier of services. All coupons, receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and all services are subject to the laws of the country where the services are provided. The Company acts only as an agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers of transportation and/or other related travel services provided and assumes no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage to baggage or property or for any injury, illness or death or for any damages or claims whatsoever caused arising directly or indirectly from accidents, loss, theft or damage to person or property, delays, transport failure, strikes, wars and uprisings or acts of God etc. over which the Company has no control. We strongly urge all customers to undertake a high level of personal responsibility in order to ensure that possessions, equipment and personal documents are closely monitored and protected at all times. SEATBELTS Please note that seatbelts are not compulsory by law in China, Mongolia, Central Asia, Vietnam or Nepal and therefore the local people largely choose not to wear them. For this reason local operators may or may not have seatbelts in vehicles or they may be hidden underneath protective seat covers. It is recommended that where seatbelts are available customers must use them and remain seated at all times while the vehicle is moving. As such, customers acknowledge that seatbelts may not be available and therefore travel at their own risk. Customers warrant that they shall not make any claim howsoever arising for injury or damage in respect of, arising from or contributed to by the absence of seatbelts and hereby release Wendy Wu Tours from all such claims. PROCEDURES FOR LODGING COMPLAINTS OR CLAIMS At Wendy Wu Tours we are committed to ensuring that we deal with complaints effectively and efficiently. Should the customer not be satisfied with any aspect of their arrangements they must immediately inform the National Escort or Local Guide who will endeavour to resolve the issue at the time. If this is not possible and you wish to lodge a complaint or claim this must be done in writing to Wendy Wu Tours in Sydney (or by email to customerrelations@ wendywutours.com.au) within 30 days of the date of the completion of your Wendy Wu Tours arrangements. Relevant receipts and substantiating evidence must be attached to the letter of claim. Our complaints handling policy is available on our website www. wendywutours.com.au or upon request. AIRLINES Airlines featured in this brochure do not by virtue of their endorsement represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Wendy Wu Tours, or as having any legal relationship with such a purchaser. Frequent flyer miles may not be accrued on some packaged fares. For details, contact our office. ADDRESSES By providing email and postal addresses on the Booking Form you have agreed to receive correspondence from Wendy Wu Tours which may contain marketing, specials and promotional material. BROCHURE VALIDITY Tour itineraries and prices in this brochure are accurate at the time of printing and prices are based on exchange rates as at 24 July 2013. Once a customer has paid the deposit, the price of the tour is guaranteed, subject to any increase in fuel surcharge, tipping, tax changes or levies imposed by any government or their agencies or any airline. The prices for tours after 01 January 2015 are subject to change without notice. The departure dates of tours after 31 March 2015 are subject to change due to future airline schedules. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to make alterations to itineraries, departure dates and prices due to circumstances beyond their control. PRICE GUARANTEE The Price Guarantee excludes current airline fuel surcharge and tipping. The Price Guarantee applies to the deposited group tour departure only. Any costs incurred due to a change of tour or departure is the responsibility of the customer. AGENT RESPONSIBILITIES It is the travel agents’ responsibility to ensure that all invoice and itinerary details and documentation issued by Wendy Wu Tours are correct and that the customer is aware of amendment and cancellation conditions and other clauses in these Booking Conditions. LAW OF CONTRACT This contract is governed by the laws of the state of New South Wales and any legal action arising therefrom shall be litigated only in the appropriate court in that state having jurisdiction in that claim.

Please note: Changes in operator land costs, airfares, taxes, fuel surcharges and currency exchange rates may affect the price of particular group tours. For these reasons, it is essential that the agent/customer reconfirms all arrangements at the time of booking and prior to paying the final payment.

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Booking Form TOUR NAME ___________________________________________________

IF YoU ARE FAXING THIS FoRM, PlEASE FAX To (02) 9993 0443 BooKING FoRM MUST BE CoMPlETED ACCURATElY AND IN FUll AND SENT To oUR oFFICE IMMEDIATElY AloNG WITH THE DEPoSIT. BOOKING NUMBER _____________________________________________

DEPARTURE DATE ________________________________________________________________________________ ROOM TYPE o Twin o Double (Note: Double beds cannot be guaranteed) o Single o Single Traveller - willing to share

TRAVEL AGENT INFORMATION AGENCY _______________________________________________________ CONSULTANT ____________________ AGENCY LICENCE # ______________ POSTAL ADDRESS ________________________________________________________________________________ POSTCODE ____________________ PHONE __________________________ FAX __________________________ AGENT EMAIL __________________________________________________

Names that appear on this booking form are used for ticketing purposes and therefore MUST appear exactly as per passports. Any errors in names will incur ticket reissue fees which are at passengers’ own expense.

PASSENGER 1 (FULL NAME AS PER PASSPORT)

PASSENGER 2 (FULL NAME AS PER PASSPORT)

TITLE ________ SURNAME (CAPITALS)_____________________________

TITLE ________ SURNAME (CAPITALS)_____________________________

FIRST NAME (CAPITALS) ________________ MIDDLE NAME ____________

FIRST NAME (CAPITALS) ________________ MIDDLE NAME ____________

PREFERRED NAME ON TOUR BADGE _______________________________

PREFERRED NAME ON TOUR BADGE _______________________________

OCCUPATION _________________NATIONALITY ____________________

OCCUPATION _________________NATIONALITY ____________________

BIRTH DATE ______________________ PASSPORT NO. _______________

BIRTH DATE ______________________ PASSPORT NO. _______________

ISSUE DATE ______________________ EXPIRY DATE_________________

ISSUE DATE ______________________ EXPIRY DATE_________________

PASSENGER REqUIREMENTS

PASSENGER REqUIREMENTS

Medical/Special Requirements#

Medical/Special Requirements#

# Please attach relevant Medical Information Form & read declaration below

# Please attach relevant Medical Information Form & read declaration below

Dietary Requirements __________________________________________

Dietary Requirements __________________________________________

_______________________________________ o Allergy o Preference

_______________________________________ o Allergy o Preference

Rooming Request o Smoking o Non Smoking

Rooming Request o Smoking o Non Smoking

Postal Address ________________________________________________

Postal Address ________________________________________________

_________________________________ Postcode __________________

_________________________________ Postcode __________________

Home Phone ______________________ Mobile ____________________

Home Phone ______________________ Mobile ____________________

Email _______________________________________________________

Email _______________________________________________________

Past Passenger of Wendy Wu Tours

o Yes o No

If yes, where did you travel to?____________________________________

Past Passenger of Wendy Wu Tours

o Yes o No

If yes, where did you travel to?____________________________________

Date of travel _________________________________________________

Date of travel _________________________________________________

EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS

EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS

Name _____________________ Phone ____________________________

Name _____________________ Phone ____________________________

Relationship to Passenger* ______________________________________

Relationship to Passenger* ______________________________________

*Other than the person you are travelling with

*Other than the person you are travelling with

Would you like to receive a copy of our Chinese Whispers newsletter and be contacted about upcoming specials? __ o Yes o No

Would you like to receive a copy of our Chinese Whispers newsletter and be contacted about upcoming specials? __ o Yes o No

If yes, by o Mail o Email

If yes, by o Mail o Email

Travel insurance is strongly recommended when travelling with Wendy Wu Tours and should be purchased no later than when final balance is paid.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended when travelling with Wendy Wu Tours and should be purchased no later than when final balance is paid.

Travel Insurance Provider ________________________________________

Travel Insurance Provider ________________________________________

Emergency Phone ___________________Policy No. __________________

Emergency Phone ___________________Policy No. __________________

DECLARATION

• If signed by one party only, I confirm that I am authorised to sign on behalf of all passengers listed on this booking form • All parties have read, understood and agree to abide by the terms, conditions and responsibilities as outlined on page 126 of this brochure • All persons named on this form are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen group tour as per the itinerary outlined in the Tour Dossier • All persons named on this form who are travelling on a ‘Fully Independent Tour’ are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen itinerary. * All parties understand that if names are not provided as per passport, additional re-issue fees will apply.

Passenger 1 Name _____________________________________________________ Signature ____________________ Date ______________________ Passenger 2 Name _____________________________________________________ Signature ____________________ Date ______________________ By providing your contact details on the Booking Form you have agreed to receive material from Wendy Wu Tours which may contain marketing, special products and promotional material.

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