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Accommodation Ratings 6 Tips for your Holiday

EXPERIENCE HONG KONG

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Hong Kong Accommodation

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Hong Kong Sightseeing Hong Kong Highlights - Suggested Itinerary

MACAO

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Macao Accommodation Macao Discovery - Suggested Itinerary

EXPERIENCE CHINA

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Beijing Accommodation Beijing Sightseeing Shanghai Accommodation Shanghai Sightseeing Xian Accommodation and Sightseeing Chengdu Accommodation and Sightseeing

TOURING CHINA

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Wendy Wu Tours China Private Touring

CRUISING

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Royal Caribbean

General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. A half star is noted when the level of service and facilities falls between two grades. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your travel consultant to ensure you get the accommodation to best suit your needs. Closest MTR/Subway/Metro Station Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price indicator is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations. Per person pricing is based in New Zealand dollars. Š - Some Hong Kong images featured in the brochure are courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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HONG KONG, MACAO & CHINA While there are some similarities between Hong Kong, Macao & China, there are mainly differences as big as night and day. In Hong Kong, you’ll be dazzled by the stunning harbour and feel energised by a combination of the urban, the rural and the water. You’ll have easy access to Western shops and a modern transport system. Macao retains an old-world charm, with a unique Chinese and Portuguese heritage. Among Macao’s treasures is the UNESCO World Heritagesite, “The historic centre of Macao”, the area boasts impressive architecture and temples. China is the world’s most populous country and in the bustling cities, it certainly feels it. It has vast landscapes of mountains, deserts and grassland too, each with a dialect of Mandarin and is home to historical sites thousands of years old that are a wonder to behold. Hong Kong runs on Cantonese and English conversations, has more freedom when it comes to internet use and offers a world of exquisite, mouth-watering international dining options. These should be on your itinerary, and with them being neighbouring countries, make sure you visit all three and spot the differences for yourself.

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Hong Kong Zoo opened in 1871 and includes the city’s lush botanical gardens, located on the Northern slope of Victoria Peak. Admire an inner-city sanctuary framed by skyscrapers and then head to the playground and aviaries. As with Disneylands everywhere, kids and adults love them! Indulge in a whimsical holiday when you venture to Hong Kong Disneyland or Shanghai Disneyland, or why not make your mark at both!

1 / FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Glazed and syrup-coated, Chinese cuisine will have you salivating at the thought of it, especially traditional Peking duck. Attracting an almost cult-following, it’s best enjoyed in Beijing - with lashings of sweet bean sauce. With a little nod to its British past, Hong Kong delivers one of the best high teas in Asia at the renowned Peninsula Hotel. Whether you’re at a sizzling side-street wok or in a traditional Pastelaria on the well-known Rua do Cunha (Food Street), there is much of Macao’s mouthwatering cuisine to savour. Don’t leave China, mainland or otherwise, without eating your own weight in dumplings. Try Xiaolongbao in the Jiangnan region (and Shanghai especially) which are unbeatable. Steamed in small bamboo baskets they’re lightly ‘soup-filled’, so you get a good dose of meat as well as jus.

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2 / HIT THE SHOPS Put Hong Kong’s Temple Street Night Market on your list as it’s a mix of traders, talent and fortune tellers. Weave from vendors to opera singers, and endless festivity. Nanjing Road is the world’s longest shopping street at six kilometres and is Shanghai’s main shopping area, home to parks, People’s Square, museums, galleries and opera houses. Shanghai also has the pedestrianised Xin Tian Di Street filled with boutiques and restaurants and since western influence is rife, big US chain stores amidst it all.


5 / EXPLORE THE WATERWAYS Areas can take a on a whole new persona when seen from the water. Add in night when the lights can guide you and it is different again! Hong Kong’s Star Ferry has been operating for over 120 years and is a cheap way see knockout views of Victoria Harbour, especially come nightfall. Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, is best known for its canals, bridges and waterways. Dubbed the ‘Venice of China’, it’s defined by ornate gardens and Asian pagodas. In Shanghai, the Huangpu River divides the city into two parts: Puxi to Pudong. You can get between them via Shanghai’s century old ferry boats. The sweeping skyline views are breath-taking.

4 / VIEW FROM THE TOP At night the skyline of Shanghai sparkles like an enormous fairground. Make a beeline for the Bund’s Bar Rouge, while the dazzling views from Hyatt’s VUE bar are only matched by an equally stunning décor. In Hong Kong you’ll want to enjoy incredible 360-degree views of Victoria Harbour from the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building - the International Commerce Centre (ICC). On the other side of the harbour, visit a free-of-charge Hong Kong viewpoint on the 55th floor of IFC Tower 2.

6 / HIT THE STREETS Hutongs are a type of alleyway typical to northern China, and particularly Beijing. They’re also the best way to experience ‘Old Beijing’ at its traditional best. A relic that time forgot, get lost in a China built centuries past, amongst crooked old houses and children chasing rickshaws down the street. From traditional Asia to a street influenced by a very western concept: Las Vegas, Macao’s Cotai Strip boasts multiple hotel-casinos all lining the Cotai section of Macao. As glitzy as its US cousin, the lights never go out here. And then there’s Hong Kong come nightfall. If you consider this city busy by day, it really revs it up a gear from dusk. There’s a distinct ‘work-hard, play-hard’ ethic here, and tourists are fully encouraged to partake. Dine, dance or simply enjoy the raucous ambience, but sleep is not an option.

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EXPERIENCE HONG KONG

Hong Kong is literally a living fusion of traditional Eastern and Western cultures. It’s fast paced with a dazzling array of high rise buildings, neon lights and billboards. Split into two by the harbour, Hong Kong has two main regions – Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

For such a compact island, Hong Kong Island carries plenty of punch as a holiday destination. Explore the many shopping options, restaurants and bars around Central district and take a journey to the Peak for a bird’s eye view of the island and beyond. Venture to Stanley Markets, marvel over the temples at Aberdeen or dine on seafood at Repulse Bay. A tourist hot spot, Kowloon’s famous Nathan Road and its ‘Golden Mile’ are a magnet for bargain hunting shoppers and diners. Tsim Sha Tsui is one of Hong Kong’s major entertainment areas, popular both during the day and after dark. Visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Space Museum before venturing to the Peninsula for its world renowned High Tea. While she feels like a cosmopolitan city, under her contemporary exterior is a traditional Chinese lady at heart. Peer down from Victoria Peak, wind your way through the streets of Mongkok, bag a bargain at the markets, and without a doubt the harbour is the centrepiece, with its dazzling skyline and nightly ‘Symphony of the Lights’ fireworks and laser light extravaganza. 4


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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Catch the Tram up to the Peak – Enjoy the classic Hong Kong tradition and take in some of the best views across the city. In the funicular, try to sit on the right hand side for the best views on the way up.

Harbour Light Show – Victoria Harbour is dazzling all on its own, but each night the city puts on a ‘Symphony of Lights’ which involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour. Recognised in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, there are laser beams and searchlights that perform an unforgettable light spectacle synchronised to music.

Hullett House – Dine at the prized Loong Toh Yuen Cantonese restaurant. The highly acclaimed chef scours the markets for new tastes and ingredients, adding his own contemporary interpretation to Cantonese cuisine.

Giant Buddha – No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to the Giant Buddha which sits serenely atop Ngong Ping plateau amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Lantau Island. Climb more than 200 steps or take the Ngong Ping 360 cableway from Tung Chung to the culturally themed village.

Ladies’ Market – Featuring over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs and stretching one kilometre. Be sure to practice your haggling skills to bag the best bargain.

Lan Kwai Fong – One of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to over 90 restaurants and bars. Hosting carnivals and celebrations throughout the year, this area comes alive.

Harbour Cruise – Victoria Harbour is Hong Kong’s heart, so to catch the real essence jump onboard a harbour cruise. From a hop on hop off tour, to sunset cruises, experience Hong Kong in the most unique way.

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Situated in the quaint urban eastern shore of Hong Kong’s Kowloon peninsula, near Mongkok and the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Complimentary frequent shuttle bus to and from Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui and Whampoa MTR Stations as well as Kwun Tong areas. The hotel's outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, sauna and hotel gym provide a serene and fun-filled place to soothe the mind and body. Come in and feel rejuvenated.

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Situated in the heart of Kowloon and across the road from the Hung Hom MTR station, the hotel has easy access to Tsim Sha Tsui within minutes. With a fantastic resort style pool and One Bedroom Suites, it is a great option if you are travelling with the kids. Upgrade to a Harbourview Suite and be spoiled with the spectacular world-famous Victoria Harbour view.

Set in the heart of Kowloon, the new Eaton HK features smartly designed guestrooms and suites rich in local art and character. Guests can retreat to the stylish décor and modern comforts of their rooms or step out and enjoy the all-day retro-inspired dining at The Astor or Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Yat Tung Heen, drinks at open-terrace cocktail bar Terrible Baby, or get fit at the rooftop wellness centre with swimming pool.

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Boasting a convenient location on Nathan Road and within walking distance to the bustling Temple Street Night Markets, you are also surrounded by an array of eating options just outside the hotel. Just across the road is Jordan Station for the MTR, making it easy to get down to Tsim Sha Tsui for more shopping options.

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With a prime location on Chatham Road South there are unlimited opportunities for bargain-hunting and checking out the local restaurants and shops in the back streets. There’s great access to public transport with just a 5 minute walk to the local MTR station, a 10 minute drive to the AEL Airport Express Train and a short stroll to the Star Ferry Pier and China Ferry Terminal.

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With a fantastic location just behind the Peninsula Hotel, the Kowloon Hotel is right in the heart of the Golden Mile, with thousands of shops, restaurants and the harbour right on your doorstep. The compact rooms have just undergone a complete renovation, making the hotel look fresh and fantastic.


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The MTR, North Point Ferry Terminal and local trams are all within walking distance of this comfortable hotel, but if you don’t feel like venturing out you can just relax by one of the biggest hotel swimming pools on the island. Tastefully appointed Premier Hill View Rooms offer spectacular views. The clean and sleek rooms combine comfort living with classy and refined décor giving guests’ a delightful and cosy stay.

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As you enter the lobby, with a Swarovski crystal chandelier draping from above, you know you have entered an opulent hotel with no details spared. Located on the edge of Causeway Bay and North Point offering spectacular Victoria Harbour and city landscape views from the hotels own private Skyline Pavilion on the 42nd floor as well as Le 188° Restaurant and Lounge. Unwind over a drink and savour some seafood delights.

Novotel Century

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Located in bustling Wan Chai, within minutes of the MTR, Star Ferry and Convention & Exhibition Centre. With Wan Chai known for its splendid nightlife, there is an array of different restaurants and bars right on your doorstep. If you are a keen shopper, Causeway Bay is just a 10 minute walk away. This well equipped hotel includes an outdoor pool, sauna, fitness centre, two restaurants, a deli and bar.

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From the moment you step into the breathtaking lobby with huge glass windows showcasing Hong Kong in all her glory, you know you’re somewhere special. The majority of rooms boast inspiring harbour views, while the rooftop pool and 24-hour gym are the favourite places to relax and refresh. The MTR Whampoa Station and Hunghom ferries leave almost from the doorstep and there’s a free shuttle into Tsim Sha Tsui regularly.

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Located in the heart of Hong Kong, the 4-star Kowloon Harbourfront Hotel is an all-suite property offering luxurious harbourside living alongside magnificent views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong's spectacular skyline. There is an outdoor freeform swimming pool and Jacuzzi fringed by tropical greenery. The hotel's 240 two-bedroom suites feature elegant design and furnishings, and offer panoramic views over the harbour.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

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At the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, you’ll surround yourself with Victorian elegance and enjoy the famous hospitality, including unparalleled service and child-friendly facilities. Their caring staff will ensure your stay is a memorable one. Rest easy in the spacious, elegant rooms and relax in the gardens, swim in the pool or explore the Mickey Maze. See map on page 5 for hotel location.

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SIGHTSEEING

CENTRAL DISTRICT WALKING TOUR

HONG KONG ISLAND TOUR

One of the most satisfying ways of getting to know a city is to explore by foot. On this guided walking tour you will discover that behind this modern and rather Western facade lie charming reminders of Hong Kong’s colonial past.

A fabulous way to orientate yourself in Hong Kong. Highlights include a visit to Victoria Peak for great views over Hong Kong, the Stanley Markets – famous for bargain shopping, and Aberdeen, where there’s time for an optional Sampan ride before returning to your hotel.

OCEAN PARK

FOODIE WALKING TOUR

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS CRUISE

Visit the most famous theme park in Asia and enjoy a day of wholesome entertainment and endless fun for the whole family. Ocean Park is a combination of spectacular oceanariums, exhilarating rides and adorable animals within one complex.

Hong Kong is a foodies paradise! With a huge variety of cuisine on offer, this intriguing walking tour will offer a unique chance for you to explore the local delicacies and where they are tucked away, which you may not find in other places!

Spend the evening sailing around one of the world’s most impressive natural harbours and see the skyline light up. Every night the Symphony of Lights show brightens up the night sky with a spectacular display of laser beams bouncing off skyscrapers from both sides of Victoria Harbour.


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HIGHLIGHTS AT NIGHT

Lantau Island is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island, and with the development of Ngong Ping Cable Car, it has become a new attraction in Hong Kong. Explore a quaint fishing village where the houses are on stilts, and visit the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue.

Experience the magic of Hong Kong at night from the sky, land and sea. Start with a ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, followed by a Rickshaw open-top bus ride to many heritage sites. Finish with an international buffet dinner as you cruise along the Victoria Harbour.

BIG BUS HOP-ON HOP-OFF

DISNEYLAND DAY TOUR

Big Bus Tours Hong Kong is a mobile attraction that links various famous tourist spots around Hong Kong. Owning the largest fleet of 14 open-top and half open-top buses, four sightseeing routes operating daily, with Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Stanley and Night Tours.

The gates of Hong Kong Disneyland are open to reveal a whole new world of family entertainment, and to bring Disney magic to everyone! From the moment you enter the majestic gates, you’ll feel that Hong Kong Disneyland is unlike any other place on earth.

HONG KONG NIGHT JUNK CRUISE WITH AUTHENTIC CANTONESE DIM SUM EXPERIENCE Get the best views of the skylines of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island during an evening cruise by junk boat. This package also includes a Cantonese dinner at a dim sum restaurant.

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Hong Kong Highlights - Suggested Itinerary 5 days/4 nights

Ping Shan Heritage Trail

Hong Kong is more than just a stopover destination. From history, culture, spectacular views, exotic flavours and of course Disneyland, they’ve got you covered. You’ll definitely need more than just two days to explore this exciting city.

Day 1: Hong Kong Explore this bustling city on a hop-on hop-off tour and get to know your surroundings. Stop near the Hong Kong Museum of History to understand Hong Kong’s past, before spending the afternoon at the relaxing Kowloon Park. Day 2: Hong Kong This morning head to Lantau Island and visit Ngong Ping Village, the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. This afternoon take the star ferry to Hong Kong Island for fantastic views of the skyline. Day 3: Hong Kong Make your way to the less visited New Territories and walk the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant on Hong Kong Island. Day 4: Hong Kong Take the tram up to highest point on Hong Kong Island, The Peak, with views of the city, Victoria Harbour and the green hills of the New Territories. This evening head to Lan Kwai Fong to see this city come alive. Day 5: Hong Kong Jump on the Disney themed MTR and make all your childhood dreams come true at Hong Kong Disneyland for the day before making your way to the airport.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Kowloon Park – This gigantic park features a swimming pool, ponds, a Chinese garden, an aviary and plenty of space for a picnic. It’s the perfect place to people watch. Ping Shan Heritage Trail – This trail will lead you past some of the most important ancient sights of the Tang clan including the walled Hakka village of Tsang Tai Uk, Che Kung Temple and the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Stanley Markets – Located on Hong Kong Island’s south coast, with an enormous selection of brand-name clothing items, accessories, jewellery and oriental knick-knacks. Once you’ve hit your shopping quota head to the nearby eateries along the seaside. Po Lin Monastery – One of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums, home to many monks and surrounded with beautiful, peaceful gardens.

Departures: Daily Inclusions: 4 nights in 4-star accommodation in Hong Kong, return Hong Kong airport seat in coach shuttle transfers

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Hong Kong Cuisine – From roadside stalls to upscale restaurants, Hong Kong offers an unlimited variety of food, enough to please every palette. Make sure you visit the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen Harbour, where many celebrities have dined and accessible by free shuttle boat from Aberdeen Promenade.


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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Cotai Strip – This is where you will find giant precincts like the City of Dreams,

MACAO Located just a 55 minute Turbojet ride from Hong Kong, on the western side of the Pearl River Delta. Featuring 25 UNESCO Heritage-sites Macao sure is something special. Split into two separate islands connected by three bridges, Macao Peninsula itself and the islands of Taipa and Coloane now connected by the reclaimed land of Cotai. Originally settled by the Portuguese, you’ll see their influence everywhere, from the street names, to classic Mediterranean architecture and fantastic food. As you wander down the Cotai Strip past replicas of the Venetian, MGM and Wynn, you’ll truly understand just how unique Macao has become, offering a preserved history alongside modern day.

home to the Crown, Grand Hyatt and Hard Rock Macao; the 3000 suite Venetian Hotel and Resort Macao, Four Seasons Macao, and Galaxy Mega Resort, which includes leading hotel brands Okura and Banyan Tree and is home to the world’s largest wave pool! If a bit of pampering is your holiday style, Macao is home to many internationally recognised day spas, at all major resorts.

City of Dreams – Don’t miss the must-see show ‘The House of Dancing Water’ – the world’s largest water extravaganza. This breath-taking show is staged in the purpose-built Dancing Water Theatre which features approximately 2000 seats. This state-of-the-art theatre provides the setting for an epic love story and spectacular journey through time, showcasing dazzling costumes, special effects and record breaking acts never seen before in theatre.

Macanese Cuisine – Famous on the island are the Macanese tarts. These egg tarts are a justifiable dessert to a wonderful menu, which were introduced to the island by the Portuguese.

Barra Square, Lilau Square and Senado Square – Are among a host of fascinating districts like the iconic Ruins of St. Paul’s, once the largest Catholic Church in Asia. Also arousing interest are the Chinese treasures of Na Tcha Temple, Lou Kau Mansion and the much photographed A-Ma Temple on the peninsula’s waterfront.

Macao Tower – Home to one of the highest bungy jumps in the world and AJ Hackett recreation facilities, it also has a range of dining outlets, shops and the observation deck.

Pedicab Ride – Once a symbol of Macao, these are now used for visitors to slowly stroll in this World Heritage city. Head to the Pedicab Station at Praca de Ferreira Amaral (opposite Hotel Lisboa).

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MACAO Grand Emperor Hotel

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Grand Emperor Hotel takes the art of luxury accommodation beyond your expectations. Attending to every single detail, from interior décor to 24 hour personalised service, their aim is to provide a home to guests who appreciate the best in fine living.

Sofitel Macao @ Ponte 16 Positioned on Macao’s picturesque waterfront, in the centre of the city and amidst the charming historical quarter, it is within walking distance to St. Paul’s Ruins and A-Ma Temple. The complex of restaurant, bar, recreational facilities, meeting and banquet venues, in-house casino, ensures that Sofitel has created an exquisite world for lovers of art de vivre.

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Located at the heart of Macao’s shopping and entertainment district, Sands® Cotai Central, this hotel provides guests with easy access to 600 top retail outlets, restaurants and bars, as well as concert venues and conference facilities. It is just a 5 minute drive from Macao International Airport, connected by complimentary buses to and from all arrival points in Macao, including the ferry terminals. Macao’s UNESCO World Heritage-sites and city centre are also within easy reach.

The Venetian Macao Resort & Hotel This is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destinations and nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities. Each spacious suite is built with lavish Italian marble bathrooms. Experience an over abundance of international shops, be dazzled by the street performers or take a ride on an authentic Venetian gondola.

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Macao Discovery - Suggested Itinerary Ruins of St. Paul

Where east meets west and boasting 25 UNESCO World Heritagesites, it’s a must-do as an add-on to your Hong Kong visit. Explore the beautiful Portuguese architecture alongside centuries-old Chinese temples and gardens - Macao is literally a living museum.

Day 3: Macao This morning hit the shops before heading to Macao Tower for a delicious, scenic lunch at the revolving 360° Café. This evening experience the world’s largest spectacular water based show, The House of Dancing Water. Day 4: Macao Venture across one of the three bridges to Taipa, a small and peaceful community with narrow streets and picturesque markets. Day 5: Macao – Hong Kong Head to the ferry terminal to make your way back to Hong Kong before continuing onto your next adventure.

Departures: Daily Inclusions: 4 nights in Macao in 4-star accommodation, return Macao turbojet ferry from Hong Kong

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Day 1: Hong Kong – Macao Head to the ferry terminal to catch your Turbojet to Macao. This evening walk the Cotai Strip and experience a delicious Portuguese dinner at Restaurante Vinha (one of our favourite restaurants). Day 2: Macao Today enjoy a Macao city tour, visiting the statue of Kum Yam and A-Ma Temple. Stop for lunch before heading to St. Paul's Ruins, Senado Square and finishing with a dinner at the vibrant Macao Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way A-Ma Temple – A temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu who blesses the fishermen. It is said that she could predict good and bad luck so after her death she often helped the fishermen ward off danger. This is the oldest temples in Macao, built in 1488, and offers silence and spectacular views. Ruins of St. Paul – Before being destroyed by a fire in 1835 during a typhoon this building was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle. Macao Shopping – Due to its duty free status Macao is a shopper's paradise. Head to Senado Square for clothing, shoes and cosmetics. Red Market to Flora Garden is another main shopping area, here you’ll find jewellery, cameras and electronics. Taipa – Previously a separate island but now joined with Coloane by the Cotai Strip which was reclaimed from the sea. Taipa Village features traditional shop houses and quaint cobbled streets, a perfect place to visit for a taste of the original authentic Macao. Macao Science Centre – Featuring 14 galleries, a 3D planetarium and exhibitions offering an insight into the world of science. Visit the scale model of the Shenzhou-VII spaceship and a number of automatic intelligent robots.

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EXPERIENCE CHINA

After being a world power centuries ago then closing their doors to outside influences, China has opened itself up again and is taking its place preening on the world stage.

Diverse, exotic and mysterious, China is the world’s most populous country with a rich culture stretching back at least 4000 years. China is as unique as it is eclectic, from the hustle and bustle of huge cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, to the quiet introspection of the monasteries and temples. Even the cuisine varies dramatically from one province to another. While cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are certainly must-see destinations, you can only truly appreciate this huge nation if you explore the countryside and see the contrasts it has to offer. The once imperial capital of 11 dynasties, Xian, is a haven of archaeological wonders. It is home to the Terracotta Warriors, the famed life sized tomb guards of Emperor Qin Si Huang and the only city in China that still has its ancient city wall surrounding it. Its resurgence as an economic powerhouse has brought a new freedom and new opportunity for foreigners to explore this fascinating country. You can return time and time again and always find something new to fascinate you. 14


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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO The Bund – The famous Shanghai waterfront, regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years, is a celebration of China’s diversity. The most attractive sight on the west side are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and Renaissance. Not what you’d expect in China.

Giant Pandas – How can you resist the beautiful faces of China’s oldest inhabitants? These cuddly bears are the national emblem of China and their protection is a top priority for China. The Chengdu Panda Research Base is home to 80 pandas and set up to resemble their natural surroundings of their original home in north Sichuan.

The Great Wall of China – Stretching almost 9000 kilometres long from the Gobi Desert in the west to the Bohai Sea in the east, this spectacular wall is one of China’s most famous attractions. Original construction began more than 2000 years ago to protect China from the nomad threat in the north, since then the Great Wall has been rebuilt and maintained and the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty. The Wall is accessible from many different sections. Head to the Mutianyu or Juyongguan sections instead of Badaling as they are far less crowded. All three sections are in close proximity to Beijing.

Li River – Connecting the two beautifully picturesque spots of Guilin and Yangshuo and lined with tranquil blue waters, natural landscapes and views to die for. Highlights along the river include Elephant Trunk Mountain, a hill that resembles an elephant drinking water from the river and Seven Star Park, covering more than 120 hectares and featuring seven peaks.

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Beijing is the thriving political and cultural heart of China and home to many remnants from China’s historical past. The Forbidden City contains the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. Tiananmen Square and the largest imperial garden in the world, the Summer Palace, are other highlights within the city alongside teahouses, ancient temples and Hutongs (small streets). The famous Peking Duck, which is served at speciality restaurants is a must-try, along with a day at the Great Wall and the Ming Dynasty’s Imperial Tombs.

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THE ART OF SHAOLIN KUNG FU

EMPEROR’S TOUR

This thrilling modern day theatrical production brings together traditional Chinese martial arts in a vibrant show atmosphere. Journey with a young boy who dreams of becoming a Kung Fu Master. With highly skilled performers, this all kung fu show will no doubt leave you sitting on the edge of your seats, gasping in awe.

This private tour showcases Beijing’s highlights. Visit Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest and most renowned public square. The Forbidden City, where emperors ruled, is next. After lunch, enjoy the largest imperial garden in the world at the Summer Palace, then finish up at an imperial complex of buildings at the Temple of Heaven.

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The humble bicycle is a common form of transport throughout the world and in Beijing it is no different. Offering a different perspective, take to a bicycle and cycle along the Forbidden City moat along with some of the quieter backstreets for a real insight into Beijing life.

There’s no denying that Beijing is a huge city and we’ve found that the best way to explore the myriad of streets is travelling by none other than tuk tuk. On this evening tuk tuk food tour, wind your way through the hutong alleys of Beijing where the locals live and eat - discover and taste dishes you would never have found on your own.

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UNDERGROUND PALACE & MUTIANYU GREAT WALL Explore the Dingling Tomb, followed by an adventure to Mutianyu Great Wall. Offering a great alternative to the popular Badaling section, this portion of China's ancient engineering marvel is much steeper and affords magnificent views.

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Shanghai is an exhilarating and modern metropolis that epitomizes the philosophy of East meets West. The classical Art Deco buildings on the Bund contrast with the modern skyscrapers of Pudong towering above the city on the opposite banks of the Huangpu River. From the Bund explore the ever popular Nanjing Road, a bustling pedestrian shopping street. Don’t miss the Yu Gardens, an ancient old gem and a fine example of Ming Court Gardens or the Jade Buddha Temple, one of Shanghai’s few active Buddhist monasteries.

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Conveniently located in the shopping and business district and adjacent to the Nanjing Road pedestrian street, the Central Hotel brings guests convenience for business, sightseeing and entertainment purposes. A total of 27 floors covering 319 luxurious rooms, with seven distinctly styled restaurants and bars, multifunction rooms, fitness centre and sauna. The convenience of the location and the state-of-the-art facilities has made the Central Hotel a popular choice.

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SHANGHAI LIGHTS & HUANGPU RIVER CRUISE Enjoy a short walk along the lively Nanjing Road, followed by a cruise on the Huangpu River. Admire both sides of the river - Pudong and Puxi. Take a walk along the Bund, a buoyant area with many of the older buildings now home to various chic pubs and restaurants.

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There's no better way to experience the bustling streets of Shanghai than by foot, with a specially created authentic culinary experience! Discover neighbourhoods and restaurants that you would never find on your own all while enjoying the best food with locals.

Find your inner artist with a visit to Hangzhou, a city with inviting views and outstanding scenery. The area is popular with numerous artists, poets and painters seeking inspiration in this little bit of paradise. Cruise across the West Lake, visit a traditional Chinese garden and the Meijiawu Tea Plantation.

Experience two picturesque water towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, each unique in the splendours they reveal. Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin and boasts interconnected waterways. Zhouzhuang features simple architecture and is also known for its beautiful environment.

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A world renowned ancient capital with over 3000 years of history, Xian boasts a rich legacy of historical sites and cultural relics. It is home to the Terracotta Warriors, the famed life sized tomb guards of the Emperor Qin Si Huang which had lain underground for over 2000 years before being rediscovered in 1974. Also worth visiting is Xian’s famous landmark, the ancient and well preserved Big Goose Pagoda and the Banpo Museum, home to a 6000 year old Neolithic village. Don’t miss an opportunity to roam the ancient city walls for great views of the Drum Tower and Bell Tower.

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Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure with a stay at this hotel you’ll find yourself centrally located and within walking distance to key attractions of Xian including the Drum Tower, Bell Tower, the Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque. The Zhonglou subway station is also a 10 minute walk away. After a day of exploration, relax in the comfort of simplistic yet modern guest rooms and make use of the complimentary WiFi.

A heritage hotel located in the grounds of Renmin Square, a sprawling area of gardens, heritage structures, luxury hotels and homes. The property reflects the Sino Russian style of architecture, which is steeped in revolutionary history. There are 194 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant and bar. Extra dining and recreational facilities of the Sofitel Renmin Square can be utilised which is just next door.

Overlooking Xian City Wall, this hotel boasts an imposing facade with tiled roofs that evoke the grandeur of an ancient palace. Ideally located it is within walking distance to the main tourist attractions, restaurants and parks. For enhanced wellbeing, the newly renovated Crystal Club Lounge offers the discerning travellers a host of exclusive benefits.

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Terracotta Warriors Tour Start the day visiting the 2000 year old site of the Terracotta Warriors which remain stunningly well preserved: a vigilant force standing guard over an ancient imperial burial site. The life-sized terracotta warriors and warhorses were discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well. Then visit the Banpo Museum, home to a 6000 year old Neolithic village followed by a Ceramics and Pottery Centre and Emperor Qinshuihuang’s Mausoleum.

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Pair cycling and calligraphy on this half day tour. Dominated by its well-preserved ancient city walls, take a leisurely bicycle ride along Xian’s walls and enjoy the amazing views. At Tangbo Art Museum, gain an insight into Chinese art history and traditional calligraphy, with the opportunity to produce your own creation.

See how Xian wakes up by eating shoulder to shoulder with locals on this morning tuk tuk experience. Ride through the narrow streets of Xian to visit family-owned restaurants who make the best local dishes in front of you. Sample from street stalls that are only open during dawn, often selling out quickly!


Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Gulou

Buddha Zen Hotel

Renaissance Chengdu Hotel

With a stay at this hotel, visit Chunxi pedestrian street for Chengdu’s best shopping, a 20 minute walk away, stop for tea at one of the traditional teahouses nearby, or enjoy a folk performance at the Sichuan Opera Theatre, just 10 minutes away. Spread out in your comfortable, air-conditioned guest room and catch up with loved ones back home with complimentary WiFi.

Oozing character and charm, this boutique hotel is located adjacent to the ancient Wenshu Monastery, where you can listen to Buddhist sermons and smell incense. The design of the hotel follows the spirit of Buddha Zen with the combination of traditional Chinese aesthetics. Guest rooms incorporate traditional elegance, perfectly matched with precious embroideries and valuable antiques.

In this city's ancient tea tradition, attention to detail is everything. And while it has a bold, modern aesthetic, the same can be said of this hotel. Centrally located at South Renmin Road, just north of Tianfu Interchange Bridge, the hotel is steps from the metro and close to top sights such as the Giant Panda Research Centre, Wuhou Temple and International Exhibition Centre.

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Explore Leshan and The Giant Buddha

Undoubtedly this is a highlight tour. Visit and learn about the panda at the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The panda is an iconic symbol of China and is strictly protected by the Chinese government. In a semi-natural environment, the centre is dedicated to learning more about these amazing animals and helping increase their numbers with a successful panda breeding program.

Tuk tuks, dumplings, beer, noodles, local alcohol, spicy sichuan dishes and a few more surprises sum up this delicious off-thebeaten-path evening experience. Zip through the streets of Chengdu via tuk tuk – indulge in unsurpassed dumplings, sip on homemade Chinese wine, test your spice tolerance levels and try all of Chengdu's famous noodle varieties to find your favourite!

Escape the city and explore Leshan with its natural landscape and wealth of cultural relics. Home to the Leshan Giant Buddha, an enormous 70 metre high sitting Buddha, it is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage-site, work on the Buddha begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, with the statue taking people more than 90 years to carve.

C H ENGDU

Chengdu and the Sichuan province are famous for their Sichuan cuisine, which many in China believe to be the best in the country. Though a modern city, life in Chengdu takes place on the back streets where crowds are waiting outside hot-pot restaurants and tea houses are abuzz with mahjong players. Pandas are native to the surrounding Sichuan province and have long been the city’s most famous attraction, not to mention its cutest.

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A style of touring that includes not just the highlights of China, but also gives an insight into this fascinating country. Classic Tours are for those who wish to see the iconic sites on a fully-inclusive tour. Go Beyond, Flexible and Active tours are designed to get further under the skin of China, by taking part in local experiences, while their Exclusive Collection features distinctive and life-affirming experiences, many of which are exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours.

In Pursuit of Pandas

Majestic Yangtze

9 days/8 nights

14 days/13 nights

Discover the imperial treasures of historic Beijing, then journey through atmospheric Xian with its Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will see the captivating giant pandas, not once, but twice!

One of the most popular tours covers the enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing as well as the unforgettable giant pandas of Chengdu. The highlight, though, is a relaxing four-night cruise on the majestic Yangtze River.

Tour Highlights: - Visit the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven to soak up the beautiful surroundings and mingle with the local people who gather here daily to exercise, socialise, play cards and relax - Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic spectacular featuring many forms of dramatic arts such as contortionism, juggling and plate spinning - At the heart of Sichuan province, visit the excellent Dujiangyan Panda Base where you’ll learn all about China’s iconic bear, the conservation projects in action to increase their numbers and, of course, see these beautiful animals for yourself

Tour Highlights: - Tuck into a delicious feast of Beijing’s best known dish, Peking duck, a food that offers a true taste of imperial China and a long-time favourite of locals and visitors alike - Cruise through Qutang, Wu and Xiling gorges, admiring the magnificent scenery from the comfort of your Yangtze River cruise vessel and learning about its epic history from your onboard expert - Step back in time to relive the majesty of the Tang Dynasty, of which Xian was the prosperous and glorious capital, with a colourful spectacular of traditional music and dance

Departures: Set departures

Departures: Set departures

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 7 nights accommodation, all meals, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 12 nights accommodation, all meals, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Price Guide From: $3980

Price Guide From: $5510

Key: Train Flight

BEIJING

Key: Cruise Coach Train Flight

Chengdu

BEIJING

Xian

Xian

W ENDY WU

WENDY WU TOURS

Yangtze River Cruise

Wuhan

Chengdu Chongqing

Shanghai

Yichang

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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WENDY W U Wonders of China

China and Tibet Discovery

16 days/15 nights

17 days/16 nights

This hugely popular tour journeys through some of China’s most iconic sights from Beijing’s Great Wall, Xian’s warriors, and picturesque Guilin to the mighty Yangtze River. Expect a busy but fun-filled tour.

Journey to the roof of the world to uncover the mysteries of Tibet whilst enjoying the very best cultural, historical and natural treasures that China has to offer.

Tour Highlights: - Cruise through Qutang, Wu and Xiling gorges, otherwise known as the Three Gorges, admiring the magnificent scenery from the comfort of your Yangtze River cruise vessel - Venture into Beijing’s atmospheric old neighbourhoods, the hutongs, exploring the narrow alleyways, passing traditional courtyard houses and getting a glimpse into daily life here - Zoom across China aboard a superfast bullet train, on what is the world’s longest high-speed railway network, travelling at up to 350 kilometres an hour in comfort

Tour Highlights: - Take a relaxed walk above Xian’s old town, strolling on the magnificent city walls that encircle it and taking in the views as you go - Wander the Barkhor circuit, the pilgrimage route that surrounds the sacred Jokhang temple, pausing to browse the plentiful market stalls and watch the traditionally-dressed pilgrims, who have come from all over Tibet, complete their journey - Spend an evening revelling in the traditions of Tibet, dining on delicious local food and watching a performance of native dance and music

Departures: Set departures

Departures: Fridays (set departures Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 14 nights accommodation, all meals, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 14 nights accommodation, all meals, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Price Guide From: $6280

Price Guide From: $6680

Key: Cruise Coach Flight

Key: Cruise Coach Flight

BEIJING

BEIJING

Xian Wuhan

Yangtze River Cruise

Chongqing

Chengdu

Yichang

Guilin Yangshuo 24

Xian

Shanghai

Lhasa

Yichang

Chongqing

Shanghai Wuhan

Yangtze River Cruise

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


W ENDY WU

Ultimate China

Silk Road Explorer

27 days/26 nights

28 days/27 nights

An ultimate tour for those who want to experience China and Tibet in depth! From modern cities and ancient history to rural villages and spectacular landscapes, discover all of China’s highlights in just one visit.

Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers by journeying along one of the world’s most famous trading routes, the Silk Road. Beginning in ancient Xian, venture across this vast land to Kashgar.

Tour Highlights: - Venture to a Tibetan village in the highlands of Yunnan province to meet the local community, visit a traditional family home and experience the intriguing blend of the Tibetan and Chinese way of life - Painted during the Ming Dynasty (1368 and 1644) the incredible Baisha Frescoes tell fascinating stories of the daily life, religion and politics of their time and have retained their bright colours and vivid patterns - Cruise on the crystal-clear, tranquil waters of Erhai Lake, admiring the views over the Cangshan Mountains and passing its many famous islands, many of them complete with colourful temples

Tour Highlights: - Sample Tibetan foods and flavours with a traditional Tibetan lunch, featuring ‘momos’, the tasty steamed and stuffed dumpling whose popularity has spread from the Tibetan Plateau throughout Asia - Wander amongst the packed stalls of the atmospheric Shazhou Night Market in the Silk Road frontier city of Dunhuang, browsing delicious foods, fascinating local wares and a wealth of souvenirs - Visit a traditional, nomadic home of a family of the Kazakh minority community, and spend some time with them, learning about their culture, and get a glimpse of life living in a yurt

Departures: Fridays (set departures May-Oct)

Departures: Sundays (set departures Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 24 nights MONGOLIA accommodation, all meals, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 25 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, some meals, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Price Guide From: $9780

Price Guide From: $8890 SEA OF JAPAN (EAST SEA)

BEIJING

Key: Cruise Coach Train Flight

Key: Coach Train Flight

The Great Wall of China

CHINA

YELLOW SEA

Xian

Aksu

Yichang Chengdu Chongqing

Lhasa

Zhongdian Lijiang Dali

Kunming

MYANMAR

Shanghai

Wuhan

Kuqa

Kurla

Turpan BEIJING

Dunhuang Jiayuguan

Kashgar

EAST CHINA SEA

Guilin Yangshuo

MONGOLIA

Urumqui

SOUTH KOREA

CHINA

The Great Wall of China

Zhangye Lanzhou

BAY OF BENGAL

YELLOW SEA

TAIWAN

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. (BURMA)

LAOS

Xiahe

Xian

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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Yunnan Highlights

Southern China Charms

Mysterious Silk Road Journeys

7 days/6 nights

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Discover the beauty and history inherent in the mountainous province of Yunnan in southwestern China. Travel from Lijiang to Kunming – discover picturesque old towns, impressive rock carvings, remarkable limestone pillars and spectacular scenery.

Scratching just the surface, this tour is designed to give you an introduction to the charms of Southern China. Appreciate scenic Hangzhou, find your inner artist at UNESCO listed Mt. Huangshan and be amazed at the sheer size of the Hakka earthen buildings.

In past centuries, the vital Silk Road, a network of trade routes, was the link between the East and the West – merchant caravans carrying silk, gold and other precious commodities. On this journey, travel with us and in the footsteps of Marco Polo.

Day 1-2: Lijiang Stroll through Lijiang’s charming old town and explore the key attractions.

Day 1-2: Shanghai Explore key sights of Shanghai and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 1: Dunhuang Arrive in Dunhuang and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Lijiang – Shaxi Enjoy a scenic drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge – reputedly one of the deepest canyons in the world. Hike the gravel roads to unveil stunning scenery.

Day 3: Shanghai – Hangzhou Take a cruise across West Lake, hike the Baoshu Pagoda and enjoy a tea ceremony at Meijiawu Tea Village.

Day 4: Shaxi – Xizhou Transfer to Xizhou. En-route stop at Shibao Mountain and admire the 1300-year-old rock carvings followed by a visit to Erhai Lake. Day 5: Xizhou Once serving as the capital during the 9th century, explore Dali and its old town. Day 6: Xizhou – Kunming Fly to Kunming, where the renowned Stone Forest is visited. Day 7: Kunming Explore sights of Kunming. Later, transfer to Kunming Airport where tour arrangements end.

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Day 2: Dunhuang – Turpan Visit Maogao Grottoes, the Singing Sands Dunes and Crescent Lake. Board a soft sleeper train to Turpan.

Day 4: Hangzhou – Tunxi Board a high-speed train to Tunxi.

Day 3: Turpan Explore Astana Tombs, Bezeklik Caves and the ancient city of Gaochang.

Day 5: Tunxi Enjoy an exploration to Mt. Huangshan, take the Yungu cable car up the mountain and admire the views.

Day 4: Turpan – Urumqi – Kashgar Visit Jiaohe Ancient Ruins, Karez Underground Irrigation System and Dabancheng Wind Power Station. Fly to Kashgar.

Day 6: Tunxi – Xiamen Board a high-speed train to Xiamen.

Day 5-6: Kashgar Hit the lively bazaar, pay respects at Id Kah Mosque and Abakh Hoja Tomb.

Day 7: Xiamen Visit the Yongding Hakka Building Village with its unique shaped earthen buildings still inhabited to this day.

Day 7: Kashgar – Urumqi Fly to Urumqi. Visit Xinjiang Regional Museum and Urumqi’s biggest bazaar.

Day 8: Xiamen – Hong Kong Board a high-speed train to Hong Kong where tour arrangements end.

Day 8: Urumqi Transfer to Urumqi Airport where tour arrangements end.

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, all transfers and transportation, domestic flight as mentioned, local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours, sightseeing and entrance fees

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, all transfers and transportation, high-speed trains as mentioned, local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours, sightseeing and entrance fees

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, overnight sleeper train, breakfast daily, 5 lunches, all transfers and transportation, domestic flights as mentioned, local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours, sightseeing and entrance fees

Price Guide From: $2865

Price Guide From: $2865

Price Guide From: $6069

The price guide shown is per adult per tour for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


The Best of China

Ancient Houses & River Scenes

10 days/9 nights

10 days/9 nights

13 days/12 nights

From UNESCO sites, sacred mountains to birthplaces and ancient inscriptions, delve into the lesser visited areas of Zhengzhou and Luoyang yet still incorporating the worldrenowned ancient capital of Xian with over 3000 years of history.

This classic tour covers most of the must-see destinations in China. In 10 days, you get to visit the ancient cultural cities of Beijing and Xian, enjoy dynamic Shanghai and be impressed by the graceful and charming city of Suzhou.

Be mesmerised by the architecture of times gone by, multi-storey defensive villages and huge earthen homes unique to the Hakka people – pair this with the striking scenes you’ll encounter along Asia’s longest river and you end up with a rare combination.

Day 1-2: Zhengzhou Arrive in Zhengzhou and transfer to your hotel. Visit the Yellow River Scenic Area and signature sites of Kaifeng.

Day 1-4: Beijing Arrive in Beijing. During your stay visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven. Also experience the Hutong area by rickshaw.

Day 1-2: Guangzhou Arrive in Guangzhou. Escape the city and explore the Kaiping Diaolou at the historic towns of Liyuan and Zilicun.

Day 3-4: Zhengzhou – Luoyang En-route stop at the Shaolin Monastery considered the birthplace of Chinese kung fu. At nearly 1000 metres, explore the UNESCO listed Longmen Grottoes. Day 5: Luoyang – Sanmenxia Transfer to Sanmenxia and visit Guo State Museum and Diyin Courtyard. Day 6-7: Sanmenxia – Mt. Huashan Transfer to Mt. Huashan, one of five sacred mountains in China. Day 8-9: Mt. Huashan – Xian Visit the Terracotta Warriors site and key attractions. Enjoy a Tang Dynasty Show and dumpling dinner. Day 10: Xian Transfer to Xian Airport where tour arrangements end.

Day 5-6: Beijing – Xian Fly to Xian. Visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and enjoy a Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show. Day 7-8: Xian – Shanghai Fly to Shanghai. Visit the classical Yu Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, Bund and Xintiandi, and an evening Huangpu River Cruise. Day 9: Suzhou Enjoy an excursion to Suzhou, renowned for its traditional gardens, canals and silk production. Day 10: Shanghai Transfer to Shanghai Airport where tour arrangements end.

C H I NA PRI VAT E TOURI NG

Traces of Ancient Capitals

Day 3: Guangzhou – Xiamen Board a high-speed train to Xiamen. Day 4-5: Xiamen Visit Gulangyu Island and key attractions of Xiamen including the Yongding Hakka Building Village, a unique site to China. Day 6-7: Xiamen – Wuyishan Board a high-speed to train to Wuyishan and explore Mt. Wuyishan. Day 8-9: Wuyishan – Wuhan – Yichang Board high speed trains to Wuhan followed by Yichang. Embark on a luxury Yangtze River Cruise. Day 10-12: Yangtze River Cruise Cruise the Yangtze River. Day 13: Chongqing Disembark and transfer to Chongqing Airport where tour arrangements end.

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Departures: Thu & Sun

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 1 dinner, all transfers and transportation, local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours, sightseeing and entrance fees

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, all transfers and transportation, domestic flights as mentioned, local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours, sightseeing and entrance fees

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, 4 nights aboard a luxury cruise, breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 3 dinners, transport, high-speed trains as mentioned, local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours, sightseeing & entrance fees

Price Guide From: $3585

Price Guide From: $3225

Price Guide From: $5909

The price guide shown is per adult per tour for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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C RUI S I N G

ROYAL CARIBBEAN ® Every ship in the fleet is packed with palate-pleasing dining options, incredible entertainment and unforgettable activities - not to mention itineraries that take you to some of the world’s most adventure-filled shores. Discover thrills for every kind of adventurer onboard any of their ships. From the daredevils to the culinary crusaders, and fun-loving families to couples on a romantic getaway.

Best of Japan

Voyager of Japan

8 days/7 nights

10 days/9 nights

Royal Caribbean bring the destination to life onboard. You will be immersed in the local culture, language, customs and practices of Japan, while enjoying Spectrum of the Seas’ signature service and amenities.

Closed to the world for over 200 years, today the ports of Japan glimmer with an otherworldly beauty. You'll find an explosion of culture in every season with Royal Caribbean onboard Spectrum of the Seas.

Cruise Highlights: - Called Hu for short, glamorous Shanghai is China's largest city, and it reverberates with echoes of China's past. But at the same time, it's a city with its eyes on the future, where Gothic and neoclassical architecture contrasts space-age skyscrapers - Cruise to Osaka and stroll through mysterious gardens of raked gravel at Ryoan-ji temple, or roam through a bamboo forest at Arashiyama, called the Philosopher's Path for its peaceful, reflective vibe - The Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo will put you in seafood nirvana. Catch the early morning tuna auction and gobble down the freshest seafood you've ever had

Cruise Highlights: - Cruise to Hong Kong and trek out to mountainous Lantau Island to see the famous Tian Tan Buddha, standing a full 112 feet tall - Explore Hiroshima and hike Mount Misen — the summit offers quiet temples and dramatic views of the surrounding peaks - Perched on a hill sloping down to the sea, Kobe is a maritime gateway to one of Japan's most metropolitan cities. Mt. Rokko dominates the skyline — from the summit, you can glimpse one of the best views in all Japan

Departures: 14 Jun 2020

Departures: 19 Dec 2020

Inclusions: 7 night cruise in an Inside stateroom, all meals, entertainment, activities onboard, port charges, gratuities & government taxesMONGOLIA

Inclusions: 9 night cruise in an Inside stateroom, all meals, entertainment, activities onboard, port charges, gratuities & government taxes

Price Guide From: $1789

Price Guide From: $2445

SEA OF JAPAN (EAST SEA) SOUTH JAPAN KOREA

SEA OF JAPAN (EAST SEA)

YELLOW SEA CHINA

SOUTH KOREA

JAPAN Kobe

YELLOW Hiroshima Kobe Osaka SEA

TOKYO

Kochi

Osaka

CHINA Shanghai

EAST CHINA SEA

PACIFIC OCEAN

HONG KONG

LAOS

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EAST CHINA SEA TAIWAN

PACIFIC OCEAN

The price guideTAIWAN shown is per person twin share in cabin category shown, based on low season travel including port taxes, fees & gratuities. Specials and surcharges may apply depending SOUTH CHINA on travel date. Itineraries and pricing may vary slightly, please reconfirm at time of booking.

THAILAND

SEA


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