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Front Cover: Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong


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Economy Class

Premium Economy Class

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Cathay Pacific Choosing the right airline for your special trip is just as important as planning what to do when you get there. Cathay Pacific offers up to 2 daily departures from New Zealand to Hong Kong and beyond and 3 daily during December-March. Business Class

Frequent Flyer Programme

Cathay Pacific’s Business Class defines your own private area where you can relax in a luxury seat that transforms into a fully flat 75 inch bed at the touch of a button. Indulge yourself with superb Asian or Western entrees and mains, served in individual courses and accompanied by award winning wines, and the galley is always stocked in case you are hungry in between times. When it comes to entertainment, you can watch 100’s of movies on your 18 inch personal TV screen or listen to your choice of 888 CDs through noise cancelling headsets.

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Premium Economy Class Premium Economy offers a total enhancement of the Economy cabin with more comfort, space and personal attention throughout your journey. The seat offers extra legroom with 9 inches of recline and a 12 inch widescreen TV, plus you’ll receive additional luggage allowance and a dedicated check-in counter. A larger meal table makes working and dining more of a pleasure, and a cocktail table provides more room during the meal service.

Economy Class Even in Economy class passengers are treated as a welcome guest, you’ll be offered a choice of 3 mains at mealtime and there are always snacks available at any time during the flight. Sit back uninterrupted and be entertained on your personal 11 inch TV, with a choice of over 100 movies, 500 TV programmes and 888 CDs. And if you’re travelling with kids, make sure you let us know so Cathay Pacific can arrange special kids packs and child meals.

Baggage Allowance Business Class: Premium Economy Class: Economy Class:

To Hong Kong: 3 pieces 2 pieces 1 piece

To China: 45kgs 45kgs 45kgs

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Contents General Information

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Accommodation Ratings 6 Tips for your Hong Kong & China Holiday

Experience Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Accommodation Hong Kong Sightseeing Hong Kong Package

Macau

Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong

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Macau Accommodation Macau & Hong Kong Package

Experience China

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Beijing Accommodation Beijing Sightseeing Shanghai Accommodation Li River, China

Shanghai Sightseeing Xian Accommodation & Sightseeing Guangzhou Accommodation & Sightseeing

Touring China

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Wendy Wu Tours China Private Touring Small Group Tours

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 suits 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 on New Zealand dollars. Š - Some Hong Kong images featured in the brochure are courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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6 TIPS for your

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Food glorious food

Hit the shops

For the kid in all of us

Glazed and syrup-coated, then hung dry and roasted, Chinese cuisine will have you salivating at the mere thought of it, but none more so than traditional Peking duck. Attracting an almost cult-following, it’s best enjoyed in Beijing - with lashings of sweet bean sauce.

Put Hong Kong’s Temple Street Night Market on your wish list because it’s a magical mix of traders, talent and fortune tellers. Weave your way from vendors to opera singers, and endless festivity.

Nothing in Hong Kong is done by halves, which is why the super kidfriendly Ocean Park is not solely an amusement park, but also a marine mammal enclosure, oceanarium and animal park. Boasting over 80 attractions, there are interactive areas showcasing everything from the North Pole to historic Hong Kong. An impressive blend of entertainment and education.

With a little nod to its British past, Hong Kong delivers one of the best high teas in Asia at the renowned Peninsula Hotel. Served daily in The Lobby, the food’s refined, the service faultless and the cream, well it’s Devonshire and clotted of course.

For an eclectic mix of east meets west, Shanghai’s Xin Tian Di Street is a pedestrianised area replete with galleries, cafés, boutiques and restaurants. With original 1920s facades, traditional China meets the modern day, and because western influence is rife, expect to find big US chain stores amidst a niche choice of Chinese designers.

Don’t leave China, mainland or otherwise, without eating your own weight in dumplings. Be sure to 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.

If you can handle the crowds, Nanjing Road is Shanghai’s main shopping street. More than just a shopping district, there are parks, People’s Square, museums, art galleries and opera houses. At 6 kilometres long, Nanjing Road is also the world’s longest shopping street - credit cards at the ready.

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 make your mark at both… a Disney extravaganza!


View from the top

Explore the waterways

Hit the streets

Is there any better backdrop than Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl and the World Financial Centre? Especially at night when the entire Lujiazui skyline sparkles like an enormous fairground. Make a beeline for the Bund’s Bar Rouge, with its large terrace overlooking the best of it, while the dazzling views from Hyatt’s VUE bar are only matched by an equally stunning décor.

Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, is best known for its canals, bridges and seductive waterways. Dubbed the ‘Venice of China’, it’s defined by ornate gardens and Asian pagodas. Soak up The Grand Canal and stop for a fragrant tea beside the slow, sedate water.

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.

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). While in Shanghai, Jin Mau’s Cloud 9 Bar, part of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, is located on the 87th floor and is one of the highest bars in the world. Watch as the clouds pass before your eyes, and drinks.

In Shanghai, the Huangpu River divides the city into two parts: Puxi to Pudong. You can get from one to the other via Shanghai’s century old ferry boats. The sweeping skyline views are breath-taking, and with over 40 ferry terminals fronting both sides of the river, it’s convenient too. Hong Kong’s Star Ferry is famous for shuttling passengers between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon for a super low fare. In operation since 1898, the prices have barely changed since. Come nightfall, board the Star Ferry for knockout views of Victoria Harbour.

From traditional Asia to a street influenced by a very western concept: Las Vegas, Macau’s Cotai Strip boasts multiple hotel-casinos all lining the Cotai section of Macau. 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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ong 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. With the many shopping options, restaurants and bars around the Central district and 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.

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Experience Hong Kong 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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With an array of international and local hotel dining awards, this hotel is located near the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Mongkok area. Just minutes away from Tsim Sha Tsui shopping and entertainment areas by complimentary hotel shuttle bus. Featuring guestrooms and suites with free WiFi and free use of a Smartphone as well as an outdoor swimming pool.

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A fabulous hotel offering a convenient stay in the heart of Kowloon. With great family rooms featuring a separate bunk room area for up to two kids and complimentary activities including Tai Chi classes. Head to their alfresco T Garden for a great place to relax after a day of experiencing what Hong Kong has to offer or enjoy their many restaurants including a one Michelin starred Chinese restaurant and a great outdoor pool.

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With a prime location on Chatham Road South there are unlimited opportunities for bargainhunting and checking out the local restaurants and shops in the back streets. There’s great access to public transport with just a five 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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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. If you need extra space you can’t go wrong with a Side Harbour View Suite, offering a separate bedroom, kitchen facilities and a living room with sofa bed.


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Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

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This boutique hotel, with its trendy design, is well situated amid the exciting areas of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, surrounded by a range of dining areas and shopping precincts. Breeze, the outdoor patio area on the 5th floor, is a great place to grab a coffee and relax after a busy day exploring Hong Kong.

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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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Novotel Century

Located in bustling Wanchai, 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.

The Langham, Hong Kong

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This hotel epitomises luxury with its timeless European elegance. Showcasing designer accommodations, captivating the senses and defining personalised service. Home to three Michelin star cuisine, an afternoon tea experience with Wedgwood, and a Chuan Body + Soul spa. With easy access to explore Hong Kong’s famous attractions including Victoria Harbour and the renowned Star Ferry.

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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 views over Victoria Harbour from the hotels own private viewing deck on the 42nd floor as well as Le 188° Restaurant and Lounge. Unwind over a drink and savour some seafood delights.

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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.

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Hong Kong Sightseeing

Central District Walking 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.

Hong Kong Island Tour 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 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.

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Symphony of Lights Cruise

Foodie Walking Tour

Spend the evening sailing around Victoria Harbour, one of the world’s most impressive natural harbours and see this skyline light up. The Symphony of Lights show brightens up the skyline with a spectacular display of laser beams bouncing off skyscrapers from both sides of the harbour every night and has been awarded the Guinness World records.

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!


Dim Sum Cooking Class Dim Sums are Hong Kongs must try experience, so why not make them yourself. From bite-sized dumplings, sweet desserts and savoury spring rolls, your taste buds will love you - you can even put your new found technique to work and create your own Dim Sum animal. End the class by tasting your creations, as well as other traditional dishes cooked by the chefs.

Highlights at Night 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.

Tsing Ma, Lantau & Monastery 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.

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.

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Hong Kong Package

Big Buddha, Ngong Ping

Hong Kong Highlights 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. 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 & 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 Price Guide From: $385

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NEW TERRITORIES

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.

Jumbo Floating Restaurant

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


Macau Located just a 55 minute Turbojet ride from Hong Kong, on the western side of the Pearl River Delta. Featuring 25 UNESCO Heritage sites Macau sure is something special. Split into two separate islands connected by three bridges, Macau 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 Macau has become, offering a preserved history alongside modern day.

Our favourite things to see and do Cotai Strip – This is where you will find giant precincts like the City of Dreams, home to the Crown, Grand Hyatt and Hard Rock Macau; 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, Macau 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 Theater 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.

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Pedicab Ride – Once a symbol of Macau, 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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Macau Accommodation

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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 Macau @ Ponte 16 Positioned on Macau’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 Macau’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 Macau International Airport, connected by complimentary buses to and from all arrival points in Macau, including the ferry terminals. Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and city centre are also within easy reach.

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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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Where east meets west and boasting 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 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 - Macau is literally a living museum.

Day 3: Macau Today enjoy a Macau city tour, visiting the statue of Kum Yam and A-Ma Temple. Stop for lunch before heading to St Pauls Ruins, Senado Square and finishing with a dinner at the vibrant Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. Day 4: Macau This morning hit the shops before heading to Macau 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 5: Macau This morning venture across one of the three bridges to Taipa, a small and peaceful community with narrow streets and picturesque markets. Day 6: Macau – Hong Kong Head to the ferry terminal to make your way back to Hong Kong before continuing onto your next adventure.

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Day 1: Hong Kong Welcome to Hong Kong. Explore this exciting city by water on a harbour cruise. In the evening hit the streets for a foodie walking tour. Day 2: Hong Kong – Macau Head to the ferry terminal to catch your Turbojet to Macau. This evening walk the Cotai Strip and experience a delicious Portuguese dinner at Restaurante Vinha (one of our favourite restaurants).

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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 Macau, 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. Macau Shopping – Due to its duty free status Macau 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 Macau. Macau 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.

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Experience China 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. You can even cuddle a baby panda during your visit so don’t miss this highlight. 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 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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Explore the Hutongs Tour the myriad of narrow streets by local rickshaw’s (Pedicab) and get close to Beijing’s Hutongs to see how the locals once lived. Explore the Chinese quadrangles and enjoy the hospitality of the local families. Visit the drum tower which was the centre of time alarming during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Spend the day exploring Beijing’s highlights on this private tour. Start with a visit to Tiananmen Square which is the world’s largest and most renowned public square, followed by the Forbidden City where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled. After lunch, enjoy the Summer Palace which is the largest imperial garden in the world, then finish up at the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings.

World Wonder Tour Enjoy a full-day guided visit to the famous Great Wall of China at the Badaling section. Take in the spectacular views as you stroll along this seemingly endless piece of history winding its way far into the distance. After lunch at a local restaurant continue to the Ming Tombs, a collection of mausoleums built by the emperors of the Ming Dynasty.

Peking Duck Dinner No visit to Beijing is complete without experiencing a Peking Duck Dinner. The succulent duck is thinly sliced and eaten with pancakes, spring onions, and hoisin sauce all served in an original, centuryold restaurant.

Kung Fu Show Head out for the evening and enjoy a spectacular, traditional Kung Fu Show. The show follows the story of a young boy who dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. The actors are very skilled and do not speak throughout the performance – the show is all Kung Fu, dance and aerobatics! English subtitles are shown above the stage to keep you informed on the storyline.

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Shanghai 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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Central Hotel Conveniently located in the shopping and business district and adjacent to the Nanjing Road pedestrian street, the Central Hotel Shanghai 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-theart facilities has made the Central Hotel Shanghai a popular choice.

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Best of Shanghai Visit the Yu Gardens – a famous classical garden completed in 1577, then on to the adjoining old town with its ancient winding streets, traditional shop houses and remnants of the ancient city walls. Head to the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund followed by Xin Tian Di, a stylish nightlife district with many boutiques, pubs and restaurants.

Acrobatic Show & Shanghai Lights Enjoy an evening of skilled, jawdropping acrobatics that will keep you on the edge of your seat, redefining the Chinese formula of acrobatics and performing arts. After the show catch a view of Shanghai at night travelling via People’s Square and the Bund.

Tour the cities highlights with a visit to the Yu Gardens, a classic creation of the Ming Dynasty, and the old streets of Shanghai, originated in the Qing Dynasty. Continue on to the Bund, followed by a visit to the former French Concession District. The last stop will be Xin Tian Di, a great area for shopping, entertainment and leisure.

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Excursion Experience these two picturesque towns, each unique in the splendours they reveal. Visit the Master of Nets Garden, Silk Embroidery Research Institute, Grand Canal and Silk Factory. After lunch travel to Zhouzhuang, known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture, well preserved for over 900 years.

Zhujiajiao Water Village Visit this historical township on the outskirts of Shanghai. Small rivers criss-cross the town with 36 old stone bridges crossing them. Thousands of houses first built in the Ming and Qing dynasties stand along both sides of the original nine narrow streets and offer great photo opportunities.

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Xian 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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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.

The majestic Sofitel on Renmin Square is well located close to many of the city’s historical sites including the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Great Mosque and the Shaanxi History Museum. The hotel houses several heritage buildings of historic importance and features 414 rooms, five restaurants and two bars. All rooms include ultra-modern conveniences. Facilities include the Touch Spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and state-ofthe-art fitness centre.

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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 war-horses 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.

Visit the capacious Shaanxi History Museum rich in cultural relics unearthed in Xian and the Shaanxi Province, including bronze wares, pottery figures, and mural paintings from the Tang tombs. Then explore Xian’s city walls, the oldest and best preserved city walls in China before visiting the Grand Mosque. Located near the Drum Tower in the old city it is the oldest and one of the most renowned mosques in the country, founded in 742AD.


Guangzhou Set on the banks of the Pearl River, Guangzhou is one of the bigger cites in China and is home to China’s biggest trade fair – the biannual Canton Fair. The city has an excellent port and local rail network with quick access available from Hong Kong or Macau. For those seeking culture and history, Guangzhou has many attractions including the Chen Clan Academy notable for its rich decorations, carvings and engravings. It is also the home of Cantonese cuisine.

Holiday Inn Guangzhou Shifu

Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre

The Holiday Inn Guangzhou Shifu sits in a great location on the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street – a shopper’s paradise. The Hualin Jade Market and the historic Liwan District home to the Chen Clan Academy and many good local restaurants are also close by. Facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a rooftop gym. The spacious rooms are well appointed and include all the amenities you would expect from a top international chain.

Well located on Huanshi Dong Road, the heart of the downtown bustling commercial and shopping district. The hotel features 463 well-appointed guest rooms and suites with extensive city and greenery views designed for comfort and convenience. Facilities include an extensive fitness centre, swimming pool and spa facilities. Three great restaurants and a lobby lounge bar serve a variety of authentic Western and Asian delicacies.

Guangzhou City Tour

Pearl River Night Cruise

Start your day with a visit to the Sun Yat Sen’s Memorial Hall, a monument to Dr Sun Ya-sen, the forerunner of the Chinese democratic revolution. Explore the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, originally built in 537AD and famous for its flower pagoda before ending your day at the Chen Clan Academy. Originally serving as a temple for ancestor worship and a residence for Chen descendants who travelled to Guangzhou for their imperial examinations.

An evening cruise on the Pearl River is one of the highlights of a visit to Guangzhou. The city’s skyline at night is a visual feast of light and colour and offers a different, colourful perspective. The city’s skyscrapers including the impressive Canton Tower and river spanning bridges are lit with spectacular lighting. You will also see Shamian Island and the Pearl Music Hall as you cruise along the river.

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Touring

China

Xian City Wall


Wendy Wu Tours Whether you are touring as a first-timer to China or a frequent visitor, Wendy Wu Tours are able to offer you a superb range of travel alternatives that not only cover the highlights of China but also offer an insight into this magical land and its way of life. Knowing that every traveller is different, Wendy Wu Tours have developed three touring styles to help you see China in the way that suits you. Classic Tours are a series of journeys for those who wish to see the iconic sites and treasures on a fully inclusive, excellent value group tour. Discovery Tours are designed to get further under the skin of China, by taking part in local cultural and active experiences. The more discerning traveller may opt for a Deluxe Tour, featuring distinctive and life-affirming experiences, many of which are exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours.

A China Experience

Majestic Yangtze

11 days/10 nights

15 days/14 nights

This introductory tour offers a glimpse of China’s past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.

Savour the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a Yangtze River Cruise. Explore the enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and the Giant Pandas of Chengdu.

Tour Highlights: -- Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise -- Soak up the old world charms of the sleepy water town of Zhujiajiao -- Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors -- Survey Xian from its ancient city ramparts -- Step back into China’s dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City -- Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China

Tour Highlights: -- Discover Shanghai’s modern and colonial architecture on a Huangpu River Cruise -- Cruise the Yangtze River and see the man made marvel of the Three Gorges Dam -- See the lovable Giant Pandas in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat -- Discover the Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors -- Soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven -- Wander along the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China

Departures: Saturdays (set departures)

Departures: Set departures

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 8 nights accommodation, all meals, domestic transportation and 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 and sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Price Guide From: $3990

Price Guide From: $4980

BEIJING

BEIJING

Xian

Xian Zhujiajiao

Shanghai

Chengdu

Yichang

Shanghai

Chongqing 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 Wu Tours

China and Tibet Discovery

Cities of the Orient

17 days/16 nights

20 days/19 nights

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.

Embark on a journey through the great cities of China – Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, and Hong Kong, with unmissable sights that encompass ancient treasures, natural wonders, and tranquil landscapes.

Tour Highlights: -- Step back into China’s dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City -- Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors -- Explore the rooms of the colossal Potala Palace and discover Tibet’s epic history -- Visit the world-famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu -- Take a 3-night voyage on the mighty Yangtze for a glimpse of China past and present -- Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise

Tour Highlights: -- Explore Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise -- Take a walk along the incredible Great Wall of China -- See the Terracotta Warriors -- Absorb the rural serenity of the Li River and Yangshuo -- Take a 4-night voyage on the Yangtze for a glimpse of China past and present -- Explore Hong Kong, where the futuristic meets with Chinese tradition

Departures: Fridays (set departures Apr-Oct)

Departures: Tuesdays (set departures Mar-Oct)

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

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 17 nights accommodation, all meals in China, daily breakfast & 1 dinner in Hong Kong, domestic transportation and sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

Price Guide From: $7480

Price Guide From: $7190

BEIJING

BEIJING

Xian Xian Chengdu Lhasa

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Yichang

Chongqing

Shanghai Chongqing

Yichang

Wuhan

Shanghai

Guilin Yangshuo

Hong Kong

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.


Wendy Wu Tours

China Trailblazer

Grand Tour of China

21 days/20 nights

27 days/26 nights

This is your chance to see the classical sights, and also explore a different side of this beautiful country – be it from the back of a bicycle; on a hike through serene countryside, or a walk through buzzing city streets.

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.

Tour Highlights: -- Hike on the winding Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall of China -- Come face to face with the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors -- Cruise the mighty Yangtze River -- Walk through picturesque Bifeng Gorge -- Cruise down the languid Li River -- Start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi session in Yangshuo -- Take a breakfast walking tour of Shanghai

Tour Highlights: -- Survey Xian from its ancient city ramparts -- Take a 4-night voyage on the mighty Yangtze to see the magnificent Three Gorges -- Visit the world-famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu -- Meander amongst the eerie Stone Forest in Kunming -- Visit Dali’s sentinel Three Pagodas, standing guard at the bottom of Mt Cangshan -- Cruise Suzhou’s Grand Canal, the longest of its kind

Departures: Saturdays (set departures Apr-Oct)

Departures: Thursdays (set departures Mar-Oct)

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, 18 nights accommodation with breakfast daily, some meals, domestic transportation and sightseeing with local English speaking guide, domestic flights, Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

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

Price Guide From: $7580

Price Guide From: $7480

BEIJING

BEIJING

Jinshanling

Xian Chengdu Ya’an

Xian Yichang

Chongqing Longji Guilin Yangshuo

Wuhan

Shanghai Chengdu

Suzhou Shanghai Yichang Wuhan Hangzhou

Chongqing Dali

Guilin Kunming

Yangshuo

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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China Private Touring

Shanghai Experience

Sichuan Explorations

Beijing Experience

4 days/3 nights

4 days/3 nights

5 days/4 nights

This package is a great introduction to Shanghai. One of the world’s great modern cities and China’s economic powerhouse with awe-inspiring skyscrapers, tranquil gardens and bustling markets – a perfect blend of modern and traditional culture.

Explore this magnificently unique part of China, with its relaxing teahouse culture, sacred mountains and beautiful countryside. Cook and taste traditional Chinese dishes, visit a UNESCO Heritage site and learn about the panda bear.

This great value short tour introduces you to the sights, sounds and tastes of Beijing – the most popular of China’s cities. You’ll visit major sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City as well as visiting the allimportant Great Wall.

Day 1: Shanghai Arrive in Shanghai, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 1: Chengdu Arrive in Chengdu and visit a local park where you’ll mingle with the locals going about their daily lives - join in a local dance, sip some tea and learn to play Mahjong, a traditional Chinese game. This evening experience a Sichuan Opera performance.

Day 1: Beijing Welcome to Beijing. Explore your surroundings to prepare for your next few days.

Day 2: Shanghai This morning head to Old Downtown and the classical Yu Gardens, built 400 years ago has architecture of both Ming and Qing Dynasties. The garden is filled with brick carved figures of warlords, warriors, animals and huge dragons. Continue to Shanghai Museum before exploring the colonial past at the Bund. Visit the Xintiandi and Pudong New Development Zone, then spend the evening at the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show with dinner. Day 3: Shanghai A free day in Shanghai to explore the highlights on your own. Day 4: Shanghai Spend the day at leisure until your departure transfer to the airport.

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Day 2: Chengdu Learn about the culinary history of China at the Culinary Museum, followed by a cooking lesson of authentic Chinese dishes. In the afternoon, visit Qingcheng Mountain, recognized as the birthplace of Daoism. Day 3: Chengdu It’s panda day! Rise early and head to the panda breeding centre to see the adorable pandas. In the afternoon, drive to Leshan ‘Happy’ Mountain, known for the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Day 4: Chengdu Explore Chengdu for yourself before heading off on your next adventure.

Day 2: Beijing Take a full day tour to Tiananmen Square followed by the Forbidden City, where emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled for nearly 500 years. Continue to the Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in the world. Day 3: Beijing Depart for the Great Wall at the Badaling section which has stood for more than 2000 years. Stop at the famous Bird Nest & Water Cube, built for the Olympics. Day 4: Beijing Visit the Temple of Heaven before travelling to the Hutong area by rickshaw to explore this old part of the city. Day 5: Beijing Enjoy a day at leisure until a departure transfer to the airport.

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Inclusions: 3 nights 4-star accommodation with breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, transport and sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Inclusions: 3 nights 4.5-star accommodation with breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, transport and sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Inclusions: 4 nights 4-star accommodation with breakfast daily, 3 lunches and sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Price Guide From: $705

Price Guide From: $1525 AA

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Price Guide From: $1009 AA

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


China Private Touring

Ancient Capitals

China Discovery

China’s Grand Tour

6 days/5 nights

10 days/9 nights

16 days/15 nights

Experience the splendour of the ancient capitals, Beijing and Xian and experience their rich history and culture. Visit historical monuments including the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors.

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.

Explore all that China has to offer on this exciting tour of China’s highlights and lesser known treasures. See the Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors, the cities of Beijing and Shanghai and enjoy scenic cruises along The Yangtze River and the Li River.

Day 1-4: Beijing Arrive in Beijing and explore the highlights. Take a visit to Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. Explore the Great Wall at the Mutianyu Section with a stop at a Jade Stone Carving Factory; the Temple of Heaven and the Hutong area by traditional rickshaw.

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 1-3: Beijing Explore the highlights of this great city including the Great Wall, a Peking Duck dinner and the Temple of Heaven.

Day 4-5: Xian Explore the Summer Palace before your morning flight to Xian. A full day tour includes the Terracotta Warriors which remain stunningly well preserved - a vigilant force standing guard over an ancient imperial burial site. Today also includes the Grand Mosque, a shadow puppet show in the Gao’s Grand Courtyard, a Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show tonight. Day 6: Xian Explore Xian’s ancient city walls and the Provincial History Museum before the flight back to Beijing. Arrangements end on arrival in Beijing.

Day 5-6: 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: Shanghai Fly to Shanghai. Visit the classical Yu Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, Bund and Xintiandi, and an evening Acrobatic Show and dinner. Day 9: Suzhou Enjoy an excursion to Suzhou, renowned for its traditional gardens, canals and silk production.

Day 4-5: Beijing – Xian Take a bullet train to Xian where you will visit the Terracotta Warrior Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a Tang Dynasty show. Day 6-8: Xian – Chongqing Fly to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic Song dynasty town before boarding your Yangtze River Cruise with scenic stops along the way. Day 9-10: Yichang – Shanghai Disembark and catch a high speed train to Shanghai and explore the cities highlights. Day 11-13: Shanghai – Suzhou – Hangshou Head to the water town of Suzhou before enjoying a cruise on the West Lake in Hangzhou.

Day 10: Shanghai Spend the day in Shanghai before transferring to the airport for your flight.

Day 14-16: Hangshou – Guilin Fly to Guilin and enjoy the scenery along the Li River. On Day 16 transfer to the airport.

Departures: Daily

Departures: Daily

Departures: Sunday

Inclusions: 5 nights 4-star accommodation with breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 1 dinner, transport, sightseeing with local English speaking guide and domestic flights Beijing/ Xian/Beijing

Inclusions: 9 nights 4-star accommodation with breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 2 dinners, transport, sightseeing with local English speaking guide and flights Beijing/Xian/ Shanghai

Inclusions: 15 nights 4-star accommodation with breakfast daily, 13 lunches, 5 dinners, transport, sightseeing with local English speaking guide, 2nd class train tickets Beijing-Xian, Yichang-Shanghai and flights Xian-Chonguing, Hangshou-Guilin

Price Guide From: $1185

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Price Guide From: $2809

AA

Price Guide From: $6489

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

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Small Group Tours in China

Beijing

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Walk the Great Wall of China

Explore China

South West China

10 days/9 nights

13 days/12 nights

14 days/13 nights

China’s Great Wall remains an engineering marvel. Visit small villages that have stood for centuries, cuisine, culture, and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions.

This is a journey with bustling cities, natural beauty, incredible culture and history stretching through the ages. Stroll along narrow lanes, be entranced by ancient Buddhist art, see the incredible Terracotta Warriors and walk on the Great Wall of China.

Widely regarded as the country’s most culturally diverse and scenically spectacular region. Sharing a common border with Vietnam, Laos and Burma, Yunnan is home to a multitude of fascinating minority groups, each with their own distinct characteristics.

Day 1-2: Beijing Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square as well as a traditional tea ceremony.

Day 1-2: Shanghai Explore this vibrant city and embark on a walking tour of historic Shanghai.

Day 1: Hong Kong Arrive in Hong Kong and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing – Gubeikou Head to Mutianyu Great Wall where your trek will begin. Day 4: Gubeikou Stop for a tai chi lesson in the morning before continuing on your trek. Day 5-6: Gubeikou – Jinshanling Be spoilt with spectacular views of rolling landscapes and watchtowers in the distance. Day 7: Jinshanling – Huangyaguan Enjoy the last day trekking along the Wall at Huangyaguan, named for the bright yellow flowers that appear in this region. Day 8: Huangyaguan – Beijing Explore Qing Tombs before making your way back to Beijing. Day 9-10: Beijing Take in the sights of this exciting city for yourself. Tour the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in the Old City or head to the Summer Palace.

Day 3: Shanghai – Luoyang Jump onboard the Maglev train at speeds up to 400km per hour. Day 4-5: Luoyang/Shaolin – Xian Step out into picturesque Luoyang. Take a trip out to Shaolin Temple. Meander through the Pagoda forest before jumping on a bullet train to the bustling city of Xian. Day 6: Xian Take a tour of the city centre and visit the renowned Terracotta Warriors. Day 7-9: Xian – Xiahe Spend time with a Tibetan family in tranquil Xiahe. Visit the Labrang monastery to see the Tibetan monks performing their daily rituals and chants. Day 10-13: Beijing A city of epic proportions, Beijing bustles like no other city on earth. Explore Tiananmen Square, visit Mao’s Mausoleum, enter the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall.

Day 2: Shenzhen – Yangshuo Begin your journey into China. Day 3-4: Yangshuo Visit a local market then learn to cook some Chinese dishes. The next day we participate in a morning tai chi class or kung-fu lesson. Day 5: Guilin – Kunming Today fly from Guilin to Kunming and enjoy a free afternoon. Day 6-7: Dali Travel through the countryside to Dali. The next day visit the nearby town of Xizhou, an authentic Bai town renowned for its traditional Bai architecture. Day 8-9: Shaxi Travel to the ancient town of Shaxi. Walk the Shibaoshan Trek with a local guide to Shizong Temple. Day 10: Lijiang Travel to Lijiang and walk up to the Wangu Pagoda on Lion Hill offering an impressive view of the Old Town. Enjoy a free day to explore Lijiang. Day 11: Tiger Leaping Gorge Another breath-taking journey takes you past the Yangtze River to one of the world’s deepest gorges. A memorable 4-6 hour guided trek in the gorge is a wonderful way to take in its beauty. Days 12-14: Kunming Explore Kunming before heading out to the geological wonder of the Kunming Stone Forest. Say your final farewells before departing on your next adventure.

Departures: Mondays (set departures May-Oct)

Departures: Sundays (set departures May-Oct)

Inclusions: 4 nights hotel, 5 nights guesthouse, 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, all transportation, some sightseeing and Chief Experience Officer throughout

Inclusions: 10 nights hotel, 2 nights overnight sleeper train, all transportation, 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, some sightseeing and experienced guide throughout

Price Guide From: $1989

Price Guide From: $3820

Departures: Wednesdays (set departures Apr-Sep) Inclusions: 13 nights hotel, all transportation, flight Guilin to Kunming & Lijiang to Kunming, 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, some sightseeing and experienced local guide throughout Price Guide From: $4495

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


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