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Selective Tours

CHINA INDEPENDENT & SMALL GROUPS

2011/2012

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Ni Hao! Welcome to China! A warm welcome to Selective Tours China 2011/2012 brochure. Every year it gives me the greatest pleasure to present to you the very best this fascinating destination has to offer – and even more so in 2011 as we discover more hidden gems that make China such an incredible holiday adventure. With over 5000 years of history, 56 ethnic groups rich in tradition and culture, breathtaking scenery stretching from Tibet to the mighty Yangtze, colourful national festivals, incredible world heritage sites and dynamic cities such as Shanghai and Beijing – and all that lies between – it is no wonder China holds so many discoveries. And it is our aim at Selective Tours to open the doors to the real China for our customers - to create flexible itineraries that can be tailor-made to meet a client’s expectations and individual interests, where they decide where they want to go and what they want to see, and at what pace; and to then take them on an unforgettable journey of a lifetime. Our groups cater to no more than 2 to 10 people, so it is a close up and personal experience of China – the people, the local lifestyles, the cultures, the history, the traditional cuisines. Our English-speaking guides have an intimate knowledge of each destination and, as a small group, can take you to those hidden places only known by locals. Simply, you experience the real side of China – and it makes the journey so much more enriching! Christine Ji - Seitan | Managing Director

CONTENTS 

Welcome to China

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Travel Experience in China

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About China and Major Cities

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13 Days Yangtze River & Cultural Delights - Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai

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 13 Days Ancient China Panorama - Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xi’an, Luoyang, Shaolin, Shanghai

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9 Days China Express - Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai

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6 Days Eastern China Beauty - Hangzhou, Yellow Mountain, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai

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12 Days China Essentials - Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai

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16 Days China Wonders - Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Kunming, Guilin, Hong Kong

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8 Days Yunnan Discovery - Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-la

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6 Days Pandas & Jiuzhaigou National Park - Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou

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14 Days China Impressions - Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai

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13 Days The Back Roads - Hong Kong to Beijing - Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Dazu, Yangtze Cruise, Xi’an, Beijing

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9 Days Beijing & Yangtze Cruise - Beijing, Yangtze Cruise

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 6 Days Tibet Highlights - Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhasa



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9 Days Himalayan Express - Chengdu, Lhasa, Tibet Train, Xining

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10 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu - Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Mt. Everest Camp, Kathmandu

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25 Days Grand China - Beijing, Xi’an, Yangtze Cruise, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Kunming, Guilin, Hangzhou, Shanghai

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15 Days Ancient Silk Road - Xi’an, Lanzhou, Xiehe, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Kashgar, Urumqi

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Family Adventures 9 Days Great Wall & Pandas - Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Shanghai

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Family Adventures 10 Days Great Wall & Hong Kong - Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hong Kong

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7 Days Beijing & Xi’an - Beijing, Xi’an

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7 Days Beijng & Shanghai - Beijing, Shanghai

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9 Days Guilin & Hong Kong - Guilin, Hong Kong

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7 Days Hong Kong & Beijing - Hong Kong, Beijing

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Booking Form

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Terms & Conditions

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Travel Experience in China Getting There There are a selection of flights for you to choose, Qantas, Cathy Pacific Airways & Dragon Air, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Tai Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. The best international flights and airfares will be matched according to your selected tours from this brochure.

AC Deluxe 2 berth sleeper: These are only available on trains from Beijing - Hong Kong, Xian - Shanghai and Beijing - Xian. These are 2berth compartments with private toilet. There are only limited numbers available, Selective Tours always endeavour to reserve 2 berth sleepers for our customers, but sometimes these sleepers are reserved by government officials, please be prepared to travel in normal 4-berth soft class if necessary.

Support on the Ground

Air Travel

On arrival in China and at each new destination on your journey, you will generally be met at the airport (unless you are simply in transit), railway station or quay by a Selective Tours representative. This representative will accompany you to your hotel, help with your check-in and confirm the itinerary for your stay. The next day, the English speaking guide will greet you at your hotel lobby and guide you for a sightseeing. On your last day you will be transferred to the airport, railway station or quay. You will be given an emergency number in China, so assistance is only ever a phone call away.

With rapid economic growth, air travel in China has become more affordable. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines are three major state owned airlines with excellent safety records. All of them fly to Australia. Selective Tours use their flights for travelling within China. Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays may happen from time to time. Flight delays can cause problems with onward connections, hotel and holiday arrangements, which need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, there may be other costs involved after your arrival, in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Selective Tours requires that you are insured against such eventualities, and recommends travelling with a Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy from Australia prior to departure.

Transport For all road journeys you will have a driver and your own car or mini-van. This will allow you to travel in comfort and to stop along the way if you see something of interest, want to take a photograph, or just for a break. All cars used are air-conditioned. To enrich your authentic China holiday, some distinctively Chinese means of transportation are included on your tour such as a rickshaw ride through Hutong (Alleyways) in Beijing, a boat ride on the secnic Li River in Guilin, an overnight sleeper train from Beijing to Xian, a camel ride in Dunhuang and an under river cable car ride in Shanghai.

Private Guides Most sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private English-speaking local guide. This means that you can ask as many questions as you like and take sightseeing trips at your own pace with the emphasis on your own particular interests.

Accommodation You have the flexibility of staying at hotels of your choice ranging from 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels to 5 star hotels. 3 star hotel rooms are comfortable and clean with private bath room and provide TV, IDD phone, mini bar and laundry services. 4 star hotels offer superior accommdation, good quailty services, fitness and other recreational facilities. 5 star hotels are well known international hotels, offering luxury rooms and extensive recreation, business and dining facilities. Our handpicked hotels are centrally located for your convenience to explore the local streets and sights on your own.

Train Travel China has one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world, and trains link almost every town and city. The World’s highest railway is from Lhasa to Xi’an / Beijing. High speed trains operate between major cities. Two berth deluxe overnight sleeper train is available from Beijing to Xi’an and international trains routes are Hong Kong / Shanghai / Beijing, Beijing / Moscow, Beijing or Nanning to Hanoi / Saigon. Chinese trains are a safe, comfortable and easy way to travel around China, and a Chinese train journey is an experience in itself, where you immerse yourself in the culture, see the countryside scenery and witness traditional Chinese life along the railway. Some of the classes of travel used by Selective Tours are described below: Air-conditioned soft seat class: Equivalent to first class on a European

train. Public bathrooms and dining carriage are available on board. Staff push food trolleys and sell tea, coffee and food through the whole journey. Air-conditioned 4 berth sleeper: Spacious 4-berth compartments with

two upper and two lower berths. All necessary bedding is provided. There is a table with tablecloth, and usually a vacuum flask of hot water for making tea. The compartment door locks securely, and smartly-dressed attendants look after each carriage. Some trains even feature individual TV screens and power sockets for laptops and mobile phones. Sharing a 4-berth really isn’t a problem, it is the norm in China, and you may even meet some real Chinese people this way.

Hassle Free Travel We want you to enjoy every moment of your trip to China and not to worry about a thing. So from the time you leave to the time you return, everything is organised well in advance for you - flights, accommodation and tour guides to meet and look after you at each of your destinations. Everything is pre-paid before you leave. You can enjoy your China holiday free of worry or concern. Our guides are there to not only to guide you but also to help and assist you whenever the need arises. Our drivers are specially chosen, as are our hotels and our vehicles. It is all designed to maximise your experience and to make it hassle free.

What our customers say: “The trip gave us a lot of unexpected sites and beauty. The whole trip was an eye opener. The guides that were supplied to us were great. The hotels that we had were great as well. All the meals provided were very plentiful. The choices of food were to the particular region we were in which meant there was some variety most days. We wish to thank Selective Tours for all your work, advice and excellent Customer Service for our China trip.” Karen Buckman and her friends, QLD, 22 days Tailor-made China tour “I have recently returned from your Yangtze River & Culture Delights tour. And all I can say is thank you the entire tour was so much better than I could have possibly imagined. The guides and drivers were sensational and the included activities were made even better by these wonderful people their extensive knowledge of their respective city’s just made it so much more exciting, The accommodation was first rate and everybody everywhere went out of their way to make our experience amazing. The food was exceptional on all occasions. I could go on with so much more but will just finish in saying that if in doubt about which tour company to use for your China experience don’t compromise go with Selective you will not be disappointed.” Doris Zanki, VIC, 13 days Yangtze River & Culture Delights tour “Judith and I were really very impressed with the service we received from all the guides and drivers assigned to us. The vehicles were large and comfortable with plenty of room for our luggage; the drivers were courteous and, with one small exception, drove in a careful and considerate manner. The guides were all very enthusiastic, always meeting our flights on time and carrying a sign with our names on it at the airport barriers. They were also very informative and willing to rearrange activities where necessary to accommodate our wishes. The river cruise was our highlight as it was all new to us and a wonderful window onto parts of rural China as well as a chance to see the engineering of the Three Gorges dam and reservoir.” Richard Manning, NSW, 12 days Beijing, Xi’an, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai

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About China Overview

Passport & Visas

China is well-known for its ancient civilization, friendly people, and many of the World’s most fascinating treasures such as The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and the Yangtze River. Today, one can also find spectacular architecture and towering skylines in cosmopolitan Shanghai and its capital - Beijing where the 2008 Olympic Games where held.

Before entering China, ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry and at least one full blank passport page. Australian passport holders must purchase a Chinese visa and obtain it prior to entering the country. It is advised to allow two weeks for processing China visa applications. Each application requires one visa form and one passport photo. For more information please visit www. visaforchina.com.au

Due to its immensity, China has so many diverse regions that each has its own unique history and culture. Explore the Silk Road where you can discover the legends of this historic trading route whilst admiring the natural beauty along its path. You may want to witness the Giant Panda in its breeding grounds in Chengdu, a city which is also renowned for its tea houses, spicy cuisine and sacred Buddhist mountains.

Health & Vaccinations In major cities, Western medical facilities are available but in remote areas of China, medical facitilies are limited and basic. Vaccinations are highly recommended for visitors and should be preplanned before departing. Please consult your doctor for further information on vaccinations.

That is only a taste of what China has to offer! Come and see why China is drawing millions of visitors from all over the world and why they always keep coming back.

Money The local currency in China is officially known as Renminbi (RMB) or more well-known as Yuan. Money changing facilities, ATM access and Travellers Cheques are available in major cities. Credit cards are only accepted at selected major hotels, stores and restaurants are rarely used in rural areas.

Harbin Changchun

Urumqi

Shengyang

Turpan

Beijing

Hohhot

Kashgar

Datong Taiyuan

Dunhuang

Pingyao

Jiayuguan

Zhenzhou

Lanzhou Xi’an

Xiahe

Shigatse

Chengdu Dazu

Lhasa Gyantse

Yichang

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Chongqing

Guiyang

Shangri-La Lijiang Dali

Kunming Yangshuo

Climate

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Guangzhou

Average Temperatures (degree/ ºC)

China may present extreme temperatures in certain regions but travel is possible all year round. In winter rainfall is limited but temperatures may drop below freezing. In summer, the climate tends to be more humid with possible rain with temperatures possibly reaching beyond 30 degrees celcius. Autumn and Spring are the best times to travel as they provide pleasant moderate temperatures.



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Locations

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Shanghai

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Xi’an

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21/34

9/20

Guilin

5/12

16/22

25/36

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Highlights North China Beijing

Suzhou

The capital of China and the host city of The 2008 Olympic Games is the political and cultural heart of China with a history dating back 3,000 years. There are numerous world famous sites here including: The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, The Great Wall and The Ming Tombs. The Hutong (Alleyway) tour is the best way to get know traditional Chinese life. There are many other historical and cultural places to visit here.

Affectionately known as the “Venice of the East,” it has a history dating back 2,500 years. It is famous for its Chinese classical gardens, silk production and the Grand Canal. The classical gardens of Suzhou are tranquil, exquisite and elegant. The Humbel Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nests Garden need to be seen. A visit to a traditional silk factory and embroidery musuem cannot be missed!

South China

Datong & Pingyao Datong was the cultural centre of ancient China. It is also well known for its beautiful Yungang Grottoes, where buddhist carvings represent the skilled craftsmanship and cultural richness, and incredible Hanging Monastery, which is built along the natural contours of the cliff. World Heritage Site of Pingyao is surrounded by Ming Dynasty city walls. Must-sees are the first bank of China and Qiao Family Courtyard.

Guilin Guilin is famous for its serene mountains, sparkling water and unique ‘karst’ scenery. The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yanshuo is absolutely stunning, while Reed Fulte cave is a spectacular world of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations. Longsheng boasts arguably the most spectacular rice terraced fields in the World. See stunning karst scenery around the charming small town of Yangshou.

Central China Luoyang Luoyang is an ancient captial of 13 dynasties which was once the centre of Chinese power and culture. The World Heritage site of Longmen Grottoes is located only 12km away; it boasts thousands of caves, tablets and Buddhist statues. The must-see site of Shaolin Temple is the birth place of World’s famous Kung Fu martial arts.

Hong Kong The cosmopolitan gateway to southern China, it is well known as a “shopping paradise.” Take an historic tram to Victoria Peak to admire the breathtaking view of Hong Kong Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula, explore the New territories located between central Hong Kong and mainland China. Spend a family fun day at Disneyland and Ocean Park. Take an hour Jetcar ferry to Macau to experience Portugal’s colonial-era history.

North West China

South West China

Xi’an

Yunnan Province

This museum city is dotted with the historic relics of past dynasties. It is also the starting point of the famous Silk Road and the home of the World-famous site: The Terracotta Warriors. Other must-see sites include the original City Wall, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Huaqing Spring Park, while a visit to the back streets and Islamic food markets of the Old Muslim Quarter provide you with a treat for your tastebuds and allow you to experience the Muslim community in Xi’an.

Yunnan is one of the most beautiful regions in China, cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas with a culturally rich history, the captial city of Kunming is known for its Stone Forest, the World heritage town of Lijiang offering cobbled streets, minority people wearing traditional dress, and World’s deepest Tiger Leaping Gorge. Experience Tibetan culture and spectacular mountain scenery at Shangri-la.

The Silk Road

Chengdu

The Silk Road is one of the World’s great trade routes. It starts from the imperial city of Xi’an to Dunhuang, through Turpan, Kashgar and into central Asia to Europe. Dunhuang is well known for its Mogao Caves, the setting for significant ancient Buddhist cave art. The oasis town of Turpan is surrounded by desert and mountains. The frontier town of Kashgar is an important hub for traders throughout Central Asia for centuries and boasts China’s largest mosque - The Id Kah Mosque.

Chengdu is China’s economy power house with a history of 2,500 years. It is the gateway to Lhasa. It has owns the World’s famous Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, the World’s highest Giant Buddha Statue, and internationally known Sichuan cuisine and the World Cultural Heritage Site of Emei Mountain. Join locals at a bustling tea house to experience Chengdu’s laid-back lifestyle.

East China

Tibet

Shanghai Located on the southern shore of the Yangtze River, Shanghai became a busy trading port in the early 17th century. These days, Shanghai is a famous international city and a shopping paradise in China set in ancient and modern architecture. Major attractions and historical sites include: The Bund, Yu Garden and neighbouring Yu Bazaar, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi and the canal town of Zhujiajiao.

Lhasa is the traditional capital of Tibet and an autonomous region of China. It is also the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama. Its altitude is at about 3,650m (12,000 ft), making it one of the highest cities in the World. Tibet offers unique Tibetan culture, traditions and remote rugged beauty of the Tibetan plateau.

Yangtze River Hangzhou

Yangtze River Cruise

Hangzhou is one of the finest and most splendid cities on earth as described by Marco Polo in the 13th century. It remains this way today. Its legendary West Lake is surrounded by hills and gardens, pavilions and temples scattered on its banks. West Lake cruising is a must - an experience you will never forget. Other main attractions include Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Tea Plantation.

The Yangtze River is the 3rd largest river in the World, flowing from the Tibetan Highlands right across China into the East Chinese Sea. The popular scenic Yangtze cruises starts from Chongqing to Yichang / Shanghai. Attritions along the cruising section are Three Gorges Dam Project, Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge, Fengdu Ghost City, Sanpan (wooden boat) tour to Shenglong Stream.

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YANGTZE RIVER & CULTURAL DELIGHTS

13 days - Beijing » Xi’an » Chengdu » Chongqing » Yangtze Cruise » Shanghai This journey is designed for first time visitors to see China’s world famous sites including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City in Beijing and Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. Learn more about Giant Pandas at the Panda Reserve in Chengdu and enjoy the spectacular Changchun views of the Yangtze River and the world’s biggest engineering project - the Three Gorges Dam. The tour finishes up in the vibrant and modern city of Shanghai. Shengyang Harbin

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Lanzhou Xi’an

Xiahe

Shaolin

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Chengdu Dazu

Yichang

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Chongqing

Guiyang

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trip by private car Yangshuo Guangzhou personal guide! Dali & with Hong Kong Guilin

Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is expected. 1 soft sleeper overnight train, 1 daytime A/C soft seater train, 3 night cruise ship and 2 flights.

To tailor this itinerary, talk to the experts on 1300 760 208! Departures Wednesday, Thursday, Friday * Standard package price from $2867 p.p. * Superior package price from $3239 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Ask for an air-inclusive quote! Inclusions: • 8 nights selected hotel accommodation • 3 nights selected cruise ship • Professional English speaking guides • 1 overnight soft sleeper train • 2 internal flights • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, entrance fees and evening shows Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance, Personal expenses • China visa • Gratuity & tips



Day 1 - 2 Arrive Beijing

Day 9 - 10 Yangtze River Cruise

Arrive in Beijing, where you will be transferred to your hotel. The next day starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven; you will see local people practising Tai Chi, as well as singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park, and then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Sail through Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge and enjoy magnificent views of various shapes of peaks, rolling rills and small towns along the river. Also, you shall undertake on-shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu , take a Sampan (wooden boat) tour to one of the Yangtze’s tributaries, pass through the world’s biggest five level ship lock. visit the Three Gorges Dam project, enjoy a variety of Chinese cultural activities on board, such as Chinese brush painting shows, Chinese silk embroidery lessons, Tai Chi morning exercises and more. (2B/2L/2D)

Day 3 - 4 Beijing Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, explore the alleyways - “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses of local life, and then head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort before take an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an Morning arrive Xi’an, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, this afternoon stroll on the original City Wall, which you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque. Tonight enjoy a local speciality - dumpling dinner before the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. The next day, visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors - where 7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk, where you can see variety of budda statues before flying to Chengdu. (2B/2D)

Day 7 - 8 Chengdu Take a scenic drive to the world’s largest Buddha statue (71m high) at Leshan County, walk down to the foot of the Buddha and hop on a river cruise to appreciate its full stature and splendour from the river. Tonight sample a local specialty dinner. The next morning visit the fascinating Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre to learn more about these amazing endangered animals and the programs that are being implemented to protect them. Later explore bustling teahouses and take a stroll in the lively People’s Park before being transferred to the railway station for your train trip to Chongqing, Upon arrival, you are transferred to your Yangtze Cruise ship. (2B/2D)

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Day 11 - 12 Shanghai Disembark at Yichang and fly to Shanghai. The next morning, enjoy a stroll along the historic riverfront Bund, where you see 52 magnificent colonial buildings. Along the Huangpu River, you can see the contrasting view of “old and modern” Shanghai. Then take an under river cable car from the Bund to Pudong New Areas. It goes to the top of Jin Mao Building, one of world’s tallest building where you can take in an amazing panoramic view of Shanghai. Head down to the Yu Garden, an exquisite Ming Dynasty style garden, and wander through the Old Quarter and neighbouring Yu Bazaar. Tonight sample a local specialty dinner, before seeing a fantastic Acrobatic show. (2B/2D)

Day 13 Depart Shanghai Experience one of world’s fastest trains – the Maglev train, to the international airport for your departure flight. (B)


ANCIENT CHINA PANORAMA

Harbin

13 days - Beijing » Datong » Pingyao » Xi’an » Luoyang » Shaolin » Shanghai

Changchun

Go through the most important ancient capitals in China’s history, Urumqi where you can take in the spiritual side of China. From the Great Wall in Beijing to the unforgettable hanging Monastery Turpan in Datong, wander the delightful Pingyao Ancient City. Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Kashgar Xi’an, visit the spectacle of Longmen Cave in Luoyang, and experience China’s famous Kung Fu martial art at its birthplace of Shaolin Temple, Finally spend days in dynamic Shanghai – a Dunhuang city where the old and new China meet head on.

Arrive in Beijing and be transferred to your hotel. The next day starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, where you will see local people practising Tai Chi, singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park. Then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jingshan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Day 3 - 4 Beijing Take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, explore the alleyways - “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses of local life, and then head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort. (2B/2D)

Day 5 - 7 Datong / Pingyao Take a morning train ride to the ancient city of Datong. Visit Yungang Caves, where to see amazing Buddhist carving craftsmandship, from thumb-sized figurines to a 17m Buddhist statues , and then visit the 1,500 year old Hanging Monastery with its halls and pavillions built along the natural contours of the cliff. Spend a day at World Heritage listed ancient town of Pingao - where to see the city surrounded by Ming city walls. You will find yourself flung back in time as your eyes behold the Ming Dynasty fortress, watchtowers, cast iron, intimidating wooden gates and sturdy walls. Pingyao was China’s banking centre and has many mansions, courtyard houses, temples, museums and historic shops. Stroll from Ming Qing street to Town Tower, Armed Escort Company Museum and the Temple of the City God. Visit Qiao Family Courtyard House, where the movie “Raise the Red Lantern” was filmed. take an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (3B/3D)

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individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. Then Xiahe continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built toXining house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk, before an Jiuzhaigou train ride to Luoyang. (2B/2D) Lhasa

Day 10 - 11 Luoyang Shigatse/ Shaolin Gyantse

Leshan

Chengdu

Xi’an

Shaolin

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Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Dazu

Chongqing Admire the spectacular World Heritage-listed Longmen Grottoes, comprising more than 2,100 caves and 100,000 Buddhist statues. Then take a visit to the White Horse plane Guiyang Shangri-La Temple, China’s first place of Buddhist worship, wander road Lijiang Kunming Guilin through the narrow streets an d laneways of Luoyang to train Yangshuo Guangzhou Dali see ancient houses and markets, sample a local speciality Hong Kong dinner. The next morning drive to the legendary Shaolin Enjoy your trip by private car Temple, which is the birthplace of China’s famous martial arts – Kung Fu. You can witness thousands of monks & with personal guide! and students practicing Kung Fu and watch a Kung Fu demonstration by some of the most gifted students before Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate being transferred to Zhengzhou Airport for the flight to Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness Shanghai. (2B/2D) and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is expected. 1 soft sleeper overnight train, 2 daytime Day 12 - 13 Shanghai soft seater train and 1 flight. Morning stroll along the historic riverfront Bund, where you see 52 magnificent colonial buildings and the To tailor this itinerary, talk to contrasting view of “old & modern” Shanghai along the Huangpu River. Then take an under river cable car the experts on 1300 760 208! from Bund to Pudong New Areas, reach the top of Jin Departures everyday Mao Building, one of world’s tallest building to enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai. Head down to Yu Garden, an * Standard package price from $2940 p.p. exquisite Ming Dynasty style Garden, and wander through * Superior package price from $3250 p.p. the Old Quarter and neighbouring Yu Bazaar. Sample * Deluxe package price on request. local special dinner before a fantastic Acrobatic show. The (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season) next day, experience one of world’s highest speed train – Maglev train to the international airport. (2B/1D)

Day 1 - 2 Arrive Beijing

Shengyang

Beijing

Hohhot

Ask for an air-inclusive quote! Inclusions: • 11 nights selected hotel accommodation • Professional English speaking guides • 1 overnight soft sleeper train • 1 internal flights • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, entrance fees and evening shows

Day 8 - 9 Xi’an Morning arrive Xi’an, transferred to your hotel, afternoon stroll on the original City Wall, where you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque. Tonight enjoy a local speciality - dumpling dinner before the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. The next day, visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors to see 7000

Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance, Personal expenses • China visa • Gratuity & tips

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Harbin

China EXPRESS

Changchun

To Tailor this itinerary Talk to the experts on 1300 760 208

9 Days - Beijing » Xi’an » Shanghai

Shengyang

Datong

Beijing

Hohhot Taiyuan

plane road train

In just 9 days you can explore China’s most famous sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an and the cosmopolitan city - Shanghai. See the dramatic changes happening in China and compare the Old and Modern China for yourself.

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Trip Grading: Easy Chongqing everyday. Departures * Standard package price from $1545 p.p. * Superior Guiyang package price from $1678 p.p. nming* Deluxe package price on request.

(Prices areGuilin for per person, twin share in low season) Yangshuo Guangzhou Kong Inclusions: •Hong 6 nights selected hotel accommodation • 2 night soft sleeper trains • Professional English speaking guides • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All Harbin | L transfers in A/C vehicle • Listed meals: B = Breakfast = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, associated entrance fees and evening shows Changchun Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • Chinese visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips

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Arrive in Beijing, then transfer to your hotel. The next day starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, whereyou will see local people practising Tai Chi, singing and calligraphy. and then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Day 3 - 4 Beijing Take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, explore the alleyways - “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to witness local life. Then head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort before takinh an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an Arrive in Xi’an and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon. enjoy a stroll on the original City Wall, which you have opportunity to cycle on it. Later explore the Old Muslim

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Trip Grading: Easy

Guilin huo Departures everyday. Guangzhou Hong Kong * Standard package price from $1640 p.p.

* Superior package price from $1750 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: • 4 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 night soft sleeper train • Professional English speaking guides • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • Chinese visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips



Quarter and Old Mosque. Enjoy a local specialty - traditional dumplings before the fabulous Tang Dynasty Culture show. The next day, visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk. Take an overnight train to Shanghai. (2B/2D)

Day 7 - 9 Shanghai Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. The next day stroll along the historic riverfront Bund, where you see 52 magnificent colonial buildings with the contrasting view of “old and modern” Shanghai along the Huangpu River. Take an under river cable car from the Bund to Pudong New Areas, reach the top of Jin Mao Building, one of world’s tallest building to enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai. Head down to Yu Garden, an exquisite Ming Dynasty style garden, and wander through the Old Quarter and neighbouring Yu Bazaar. Sample local special dinner before a fantastic Acrobatic show. Experience one of world’s highest speed train – Maglev train to the international airport on the last day. (2B/1D)

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Discover China’s most culturally and economically rich Yangtze River Delta - the surrounding regions of Shanghai. Starts with a relaxing lake cruise at Hangzhou, watch a sunrise at Yellow Mountain, visit the ancient capital city of Nanjing and enjoy traditional Chinese Gardens at the canal city of Suzhou. Day 1 Shanghai / Hangzhou

Day 4 Nanjing

Transfer from your Shanghai hotel to the train station for a short train ride to Hangzhou. Take a cruise on the West Lake to enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Then visit one of China’s most incredible cultural treasures - Lingyin Temple. The last stop is at Longjing tea plantation, where you will have an opportunity to sample newly harvested tea. Sample a local specialty dinner. (1D)

Arrive in the morning and be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a tour of China’s national father - Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, a hidden treasure of Linggu Pagoda set in beautiful Zhongshan Mountain Scenic Areas, Stroll along the Qinhui River to see old neighbourhoods in typical Chinese style and experience the bustling local market. Tonight, sample a specialty dinner. (1B/1D)

Day 2 Hangzhou / Yellow Mountain

Day 5 Nanjing / Suzhou

See world heritage site - Yellow Mountain, famous for its breathtaking natural scenery and cultural sites. Upon arrival, take a cable car to the summit and enjoy a walk in the mountains, witness soaring peaks, elegant pine trees and the sea of clouds. Stay overnight on the summit. (1B/1D)

After a short train ride to ancient canal town of Suzhou, also known as the home of the “Classic Chinese Gardens”, visit the charming Humble Administrator’s Garden and the fine Master of the Nets Garden. Stroll along the Grand Canal to observe local life, visit Panmen Scenic Zone, which is famed for its water and city gates. The last stop, visit a silk embroidery factory to learn the history and production of Chinese silk. Enjoy a specialty dinner before spending your free time at the night market. (1B/1D)

Day 3 Yellow Mountain / Nanjing Start with a breathtaking sunrise before catching the cable car down the mountain to drive to Hongcun village, the film site of “Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon”. Walk through the old streets and see the ancient stone architecture. Take an overnight soft sleeper train to former China’s capital city - Nanjing. (1B/1D)

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Day 6 Shanghai Morning train back to Shanghai, drop off at your hotel. (B)


CHINA ESSENTIALS

12 days - Beijing » Xi’an » Guilin » Shanghai

Harbin

Take this opportunity to experience the best of China in 12 days. Begin with walking Urumqi the Great Wall in Beijing, then witness the incredible Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an before a taking Turpan a relaxing Li River cruise in Guilin. Enjoy the picture-perfect landscapes in Kashgar Guilin before flying to the cosmopolitan city - Shanghai.

Changchun

Shengyang Datong Taiyuan

Dunhuang

Day 3 - 4 Beijing Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, explore the alleyways - “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses of local life, and then head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort before take an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Day 11 - 12 Shanghai

Lhasa Shigatse

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Pingyao Zhenzhou

Lanzhou Xining

Xiahe

Xi’an

Jiuzhaigou Leshan

Chengdu

Shaolin

Luoyang Yellow Mountain

Arrive in Beijing, then be transferred to your hotel. The next morning starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, where you will see local people practising Tai Chi, singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park. Then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jingshan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

drifting, bargain shopping and cooking class. Visit “Palace of Natural Art” Reed Flute Cave, view the beautiful vista of the Elephant Trunk Hill before flying to Shanghai. (2B/1D)

Yichang

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Stroll along the historic riverfront Bund, where you see 52 magnificent colonial buildings and discover the contrasting Guiyang Shangri-La view of “old and modern” Shanghai along the Huangpu Lijiang Kunming Guilin River. Then take an under river cable car from the Bund Yangshuo Guangzhou Dali Hong Kong to Pudong New Areas. After reaching the top of Jin Mao Building, one of world’s tallest building, enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai. Head down to Yu Garden, an exquisite Ming Dynasty style garden, and wander through the Old Quarter and neighbouring Yu Bazaar. In the evening, sample the local specialty before a fantastic acrobatic Enjoy your trip by private show. On the last day you will experience one of world’s highest speed trains – the Maglev train to the international & with personal guide! airport. (2B/1D) Chongqing

Day 1 - 2 Beijing

Beijing

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Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an

Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is expected. 1 soft sleeper overnight train and 2 flights.

Morning arrive Xi’an, transferred to your hotel, afternoon stroll on the original City Wall, which you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque. enjoy a local speciality dumpling dinner before the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. The next day, visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors - where 7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk, where you can see variety of Buddha statues before flying to the scenic city of Guilin. (2B/2D)

To tailor this itinerary, talk to the experts on 1300 760 208! Departures everyday. * Standard package price from $2618 p.p. * Superior package price from $2961 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Day 7 - 8 Guilin

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Today head to the beautiful rural countryside - Longsheng to see ancient rice terraces built about 800 years ago. Wander through little stone pathways and traditional wooden houses on stilts and villages of the Zhuang people. Walk up the mountain to admire the spectacular rice terrace scenery. This evening sample the local specialty dinner. The next day enjoy spectacular Li River cruise. The cruise ship goes past the bizarre shaped mountains, villages and water buffaloes. Disembark at the traditional country town of Yangshuo. (2B/2D)

Inclusions: • 10 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 overnight soft sleeper train • Professional English speaking guides • 2 internal flights • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, associated entrance fees and evening shows Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance, Personal expenses • China visa • Gratuity & tips

Day 9 - 10 Guilin / Shanghai Spend a free day to explore tranquilly countryside and local villages, see rice paddies and fish farms. There are many activities to day, such as cycling, bamboo boat

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CHINA WONDERS

Harbin 16 days Beijing » Xi’an » Chengdu » Lijiang » shangri-la » Kunming » Guilin » Hong Kong

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Changchun This journey is to showcase China’s most amazing cities and regions, from historic cities of Beijing and Xi’an, to the Panda home town of Chengdu and nature wonder – Yunnan. Shengyang In Yunnan, visit enchanting ancient towns in mountains, world’s deepest Gorge, Tibet communities on the land of forests, grassland and mountains, and Stone Forest in Kunming, enjoy the inspiring limestone landscape while relaxing on the Li River cruise in Guilin before finishing in exciting Hong Kong.

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Enjoy your trip by private car & with personal guide! Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is expected. 2 soft sleeper overnight train, 4 internal flights.

Day 1 - 2 Arrive Beijing

Suzhou Arrive in Beijing and be transferred to your hotel. The next Nanjing day starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, you will see Shanghai local people practising Tai Chi, singing and calligraphy in Hangzhou the neighbouring park. Then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a seeing fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Day 3 - 4 Beijing Take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walking on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. Explore the alleyways - “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to witness local life. Then head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort before take an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an

* Standard package price from $3780 p.p. * Superior package price from $4036 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request.

Arrive in Xi’an where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon stroll on the original City Wall, which you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque. Tonight enjoy a local speciality - dumpling dinner before the fabulous Tang Dynasty Culture show. The next day, visit the historically significant amazing Terracotta Warriors - where 7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk. Then take your flight to Chengdu. (2B/2D)

(Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Day 7 - 8 Chengdu

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Scenic drives to the world’s largest Buddha statue (71m high) at Leshan County. Walk down to the foot of the Buddha and hop on a river cruise to appreciate its full stature and splendour from the river. In the evening, sample some tasty local cuisine. Visit the fascinating Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre to learn more about these amazing endangered animals and the programs that are being implemented to protect them. Later explore bustling teahouses and lively People’s Park before flying to Lijiang. (2B/2D)

To tailor this itinerary, talk to the experts on 1300 760 208! Departures everyday .

Inclusions: • 12 nights selected hotel accommodation • 2 overnight soft sleeper train • 4 internal flights • Professional English speaking guides • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, ssociated entrance fees and evening shows Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance, Personal expenses • China visa • Gratuity & tips

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Day 9 Lijiang Visit the Black Dragon Pool Park to catch spectacular views of the Jade Dragon Mountain, where from a distance this mountain looks like a dragon flying from within the clouds, and then explore the World Heritage site of Lijiang Dayan Ancient Town and wander through the ornatelycarved wooden buildings, teahouses and cobbled streets interspersed with mini canals and streams. Enjoy a dinner at a courtyard local family. (1B/1D)

Day 10 - 11 Tiger Leaping Gorge / Shangri-la Enjoy a relaxing drive to the First Bend of Yangtze River before going to see the world’s deepest gorge - Tiger Leaping Gorge, and then continue on to Shangri-la, a land of forests, grassland, mountains and Tibetan culture. The next day explore the mystical prayer halls and temples of the 300 year old Songzanlin Tibetan Monastery, before taking a nature walk along the Napa Lake. Then visit lush Tibetan villages and friendly Tibetan families before going to final stop at a Tibetan Old Town and enjoy a Tibetan dinner (2B/2D) Day 12 - 13 Kunming Fly to Kunming, visit the natural wonder – the Stone Forest, where you will be amazed by bizarrely shaped limestone cliffs and peaks which have formed by erosion after the sea bed was thrust up 270 million years ago. Then fly to Guilin. (2B/2D)

Day 14 - 15 Guilin Enjoy sa pectacular Li River cruise. The cruise ship goes past the bizarre shaped mountains, villages and water buffaloes. Disembark at the traditional country town of Yangshuo. Spend a free day at Yangshuo to explore tranquilly countryside and local villages, see rice paddies and fish farms. There are many activities to do such as cycling, bamboo boat drifting, and bargain shopping and cooking class. visit “Palace of Natural Art” Reed Flute Cave, view the beautiful vista of the Elephant Trunk Hill before an overnight train to Guangzhou. (2B/2D)

Day 16 Guanghzou / Hong Kong In the morning arrive Guangzhou, where you are met and transferred to a short train to Hong Kong.


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YUNNAN DISCOVERY

8 Days - kunming » dali » lijiang » tiger leaping gorge » shangri-la

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Lhasa Yunnan is one of China’s most intriguing province offering rich cultures, diversity ethnic groups, Shigatse stunning natural scenery. Discover ancient towns of cobbled streets, colourful ethnic peopleGyantse

wearing traditional dress and clear mountain lakes in Lijiang and Dali, world’s deepest gorge – Tiger Leaping Gorge, incredible Tibetan monastery and breathtaking mountain scenery in Shangri-la. This 7 days tour will give you a completely different experience of China

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Day 5 - 6 Lijiang / Tiger Leaping Gorge

Arrive Kunming, transfer to your hotel. The next day, visit the natural wonder – the Stone Forest, where you will be amazed by bizarrely shaped limestone cliffs and peaks which have formed by erosion after the sea bed was thrust up 270 million years ago. Sample a local specialty dinner. (1B/1D)

Visit Black dragon Pool Park to see the perfect combination of green lake, arched bridge and pavilion, then take a chair lift to the Jade Dragon Mountain. In the afternoon you will also see the 500 year old Camellia tree at the small Tibetan Yufeng Monastery. followed by a visit to the Naxi village and the former home of the famous botanist Joseph Rock. Relaxing drive to the First Bend of Yangtze River before seeing the world’s deepest gorge - Tiger Leaping Gorge, and then continue on to Shangri-la, a land of forests, grassland, mountains and Tibetan culture. (2B / 2D)

Day 3 - 4 Dali / Lijang

Leshan

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Day 1 - 2 Kunming

Fly to Dali, the home to the Bai ethnic group, on the shores of Erhai lake surrounded by spectacular mountains. Take a boat cruise on the Erhai lake, visit the famous Three Pagodas, explore Bai people’s villages and stroll through the Old Town. Drive through the scenic countryside from Dali to Lijiang, an enchanting town with its Naxi minority culture and maze of winding cobbled streets and streams. Visti Lijiang Dayan Ancient Town and wander through the ornatelycarved wooden buildings, teahouses and cobbled streets interspersed with mini canals and streams. Enjoy a dinner at a courtyard local family. (2B/2D)

(Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: • 7 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 internal flights • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees

Explore the mystical prayer halls and temples of the 300 year old Songzanlin Tibetan Monastery, before taking a nature walk along the Napa Lake. Then visit lush Tibetan villages and friendly Tibetan families before going to final stop at a Urumqi Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • Tibetan Old Town and enjoy a Tibetan dinner. Your journey China visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips ends with an airport transfer on the last day. (2B/1D) Turpan Hohhot

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Day 3 Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou Morning visit the fascinating Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base to learn more about these amazing endangered animals and the programmes that are being implemented to protect them, and then explore bustling teahouses and lively People’s Park before flying to Jiuzhaigou. (2B/1D)

Day 4 - 5 Jiuzhaigou National Park (also called Nine Village Valley)

Shigatse

Discover and enjoy this “Fairyland on Earth” - crystal clear blue, green and turquoise-coloured lakes, evergreen forests and sowncapped mountains snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, valleys and more await you. No private cars are allowed in this National Park; you will use hop on and off buses and easy walking to see the most beautiful vistas and the highlights. (2B/2D)

Day 6 Depart Jiuzhaigou Visit the nature wonder - Huanglong to see spectacularly turquoise terraced pools, golden limestone shines through the cascading water, surrounding evergreen forest. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (1B)

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Xiahe

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Chengdu is the hometown of Giant Pandas. Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base is the best place to see pandas from new born cubs right up to adults. see amazing 71m hight Buddha statue carved into the side of a mountain. Jiuzhaigou is best know for its blue, green and turquoise-coloured lakes, deep mountain valleys and Spectacular waterfall

Scenic drives to the world’s largest Buddha statue in 71 meter hight at Leshan County, walk down to the foot of the Buddha and hop on a river cruise to appreciate its full stature and splendor from the river, sample local specialty dinner. (1B/1D)

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6 Days - chengdu » jiuzhaigou national park

Day 2 Chengdu

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Trip Grading: Easy Departures everyday. * Standard package price from $1410 p.p. * Superior package price from $1520 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request.

Day 7 / Day 8 Shangri-la

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Arrive Chengdu, transfer to the hotel.

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Yangshuo

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Kashgar

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Shangri-La

Guiyang

Trip Grading: Easy Lijiang Kunming Guilin Yangshuo Departures everyday. Dali Hong K * Standard package price from $1480 p.p. * Superior package price from $1698 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: • 5 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 internal flights • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • China visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips

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CHINA IMPRESSIONS

14 days Beijing » Xi’an » LHASA » Chongqing » Yangtze Cruise » Shanghai This easygoing journey will impress you with the best of China. Starting with the imposing man-made structures of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Beijing and incredible Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, travel to Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet, before sailing down the mighty Yangtze River. Your journey ends with contrasting experiences of the “Old and New” Shanghai.

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Harbin

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Changchun

Urumqi

Shengyang

Turpan

Beijing

Hohhot Datong Taiyuan

Dunhuang

Pingyao

Jiayuguan

Zhenzhou

Lanzhou Xi’an

Xiahe

Chengdu Dazu

Lhasa

Shigatse

Shaolin Luoyang Yellow Mountain

Gyantse

Yichang

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Chongqing

Guiyang

Shangri-La Lijiang Dali

Kunming Yangshuo

Guilin Hong Kong

Guangzhou

Enjoy your trip by private car & with personal guide! Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is expected. 1 soft sleeper overnight train, 1 cruise ship and 3 flights.

To tailor this itinerary, talk to the experts on 1300 760 208! Departures Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. * Standard package price from $3594 p.p. * Superior package price from $4238 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Ask for an air-inclusive quote! Inclusions: • 10 nights selected hotel accommodation • 3 nights selected cruise ship • 1 overnight soft sleeper train • 3 internal flights • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, associated entrance fees and evening shows Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance, Personal expenses • China visa • Gratuity & tips

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Day 1 - 2 Arrive Beijing Arrive Beijing on day 1, you will be transferred to your hotel. The next day starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven; you will see local people practising Tai Chi, as well as singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park, and then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D) Day 3 - 4 Beijing Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, explore the alleyways - “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses of local life, and then head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort before take an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an After arrive Xi’an, visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors - where 7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk, where you can see variety of budda statues. enjoy a local speciality - dumpling dinner before the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. Next morning stroll on the original City Wall, which you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque, before flying to Lhasa - the spiritual captial of Tibet. (2B/2D)

Day 7 - 8 Lhasa Visit the world-famous architectural wonder – the Potala Palace, which towers over the entire mountain and the lake below is simply gorgeous. This is where the Dalai Lama spent his winters. You will also visit the Jokhang Temple, which is known as the most sacred place in Tibet – thousands of Pilgrims from all over Tibet come here to pay homage. Finally, enjoy wandering through a market at Barkor Circuit. Sample a Tibetan specialty dinner. Explore some of the largest and most impressive monasteries of Tibet – Sera and Drepung. Watch the monks debating. You will also stop at Norbulingka Park, the site of the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace. Take a backstreets walking tour of the Tibetan Quarter, and overlook the Lhasa Valley from the hilltop at Pawang Ka (2B/2D)

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Day 9 Chongqing After morning flight to Chongqing, the starting point of Yangtze Cruise, Visit Ciqikou Old Town where you can walk along centuries-old streets lined with wooden houses, an ancient pier and observe authenic and busy local life, and then drive to the Erling Park to see the great views of Chongqing city and the Yangtze River, along with a mural of the Yangtze River showing the water levels before and after the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. after sample a local speciality dinner, board on your cruise ship. (1B/1D)

Day 10 - 11 Yangtze River Cruise Sail through Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge and enjoy magnificent views of various shapes of peaks, rolling rills and small towns along the river. Also, you shall undertake on-shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu , take a Sampan (wooden boat) tour to one of the Yangtze’s tributaries, pass through the world’s biggest five level ship lock. visit the Three Gorges Dam project, enjoy a variety of Chinese cultural activities on board, such as Chinese brush painting shows, Chinese silk embroidery lessons, Tai Chi morning exercises and more. (2B/2L/2D)

Day 12 - 14 Shanghai Disembark Yichang and then fly to Shanghai. The next morning stroll along the historic riverfront Bund, where you see 52 magnificent colonial buildings and the contrasting view of “old & modern” Shanghai along the Huangpu River. Then take an under river cable car from Bund to Pudong New Areas, reach the top of Jin Mao Building, one of world’s tallest building to enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai. Head down to Yu Garden, an exquisite Ming Dynasty style Garden, and wander through the Old Quarter and neighbouring Yu Bazaar. Sample local special dinner before a fantastic Acrobatic show. On the last day you will experience one of world’s highest speed train – Maglev train to the international airport for your departure flight. (3B/2D)


THE back roadS - hong kong to beijing

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13 days - hong kong » GUANGZHOU » chongqing » DAZU » yangtze cruise » XI’AN » beijing

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Urumqi

This wonderful journey starts in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, before moving on to see Turpan China’s best rock carvings in Chongqing. Then cruise along the legendary Yangtze River to Kashgar visit China’s modern engineering achievement of the Three Gorges Dam. Travel back in time in Xi’an and witness the historic treasures of the Terracotta Warriors. Finally see Beijing’s great Dunhuang monuments, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace just to name a few... Jiayuguan

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Day 3 Hong Kong / Guangzhou / Chongqing A short morning train to Guangzhou, marvel the exquisite Chinese house décor and carving workmanship at the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family before flying to the mountain city of Chongqing . (1B/1D)

Day 4 Dazu Excursion to World Heritage site - Dazu Rock Carvings, which are considered to be the best representatives of rock art in China with more than 50,000 stone carvings dating from the 13th-19th century AD. It shows the coming together of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. They clearly demonstrate the ingenuity and craftsmanship of their artists with respect to carving techniques and subject matter. After sample a local speciality dinner, board on your cruise ship. (1B/1D)

soldiers stand on guard. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk, where you can see variety of Buddha Lhasa (2B/2D) statues before an overnight train to Beijing. Shigatse

Day 10 - 13 Beijing

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Xiahe

Luoyang Yellow Mountain

Chengdu Dazu

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Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Chongqing

Morning arrive Beijing, transfer to your hotel. In the next 2 days, visit to the Temple of Heaven; you will seeShangri-La local Guiyang people practising Tai Chi, as well as singing and calligraphy Lijiang Kunming Guilin in the neighbouring park, and then take a leisurely walk Yangshuo Guangzhou Dali Hong Kong through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, climb up to Jing-shan Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Enjoy your trip by private car Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walk on the Great Wall at & with personal guide! Mutianyu section, explore the alleyways - “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate of local life, and then head off to the Summer Palace - a Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness former imperial summer resort. on day 14, transferred to and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is the airport for the departure flight. (4B/3D) expected. 1 soft sleeper overnight train, 1 daytime soft seater train and 2 flights.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The next day see highlights of Hong Kong Island, your experiences starts with a visit to Man Mo Temple, which is notable for its many fine, well-polished brass, take historical railway up the Peak to enjoy the breathtaking view of the harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula, wander around at Aberdeen fishing village, drive through one of Hong Kong’s wellknown beaches - Repulse Bay, finishes at Shopper’s Paradise - Stanley Market (2B)

Shaolin

Day 1 - 2 Hong Kong

Xi’an

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Day 5 - 6 Yangtze River Cruise Sail through Three Gorges , you will participate on-shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu and Shennong Stream, Sampan (small wooden boat) tour, visit remote villages, visit Three Gorges Dam Site and the world’s biggest ship lock. You will also enjoy many on-board cultural activities such as painting and embroidery demonstrations and Tai Chi lessons. (2B/2L/2D)

* Standard package price from $2880 p.p. * Superior package price from $3353p.p. * Deluxe package price on request.

Day 7 Yichang / Xi’an

Inclusions: • 7 nights selected hotel accommodation • 3 nights selected cruise ship • 2 overnight soft sleeper train • 1 internal flights • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, associated entrance fees and evening shows

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Disembark at Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi’an. (1B / 1D)

Day 8 - 9 Xi’an Morning arrive Xi’an, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, this afternoon stroll on the original City Wall, which you have an opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque. Tonight enjoy a local speciality - dumpling dinner before the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. The next day, visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors - where 7000 individually crafted clay

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Beijing & Yangtze cruise

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Changchun

9 Days - Beijing » Yangtze cruise Shengyang Datong Taiyuan

Lanzhou Xi’an

Jiuzhaigou Dazu

Yichang

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cruise

Zhenzhou

Shaolin Luoyang Yellow Mountain

Chengdu

Get a taste of the ancient city of Beijing with a scenic river cruise along the famous Yangtze River. Walk on the Great Wall, visit the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace in Beijing, sail through magnificent Three Gorges and so much more to discover.

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Pingyao

Xiahe

Beijing

Hohhot

shan

Harbin

Day 1 - 2 Beijing

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Arrive in Beijing to be transferred to the hotel. The next day, visit the Temple of Heaven, where you will see local people practising Tai Chi, singing and calligraphy. Take a walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, where you can enjoy the view of the city from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Chongqing

Trip Grading: Easy Guiyang LijiangDepartures Kunming every Friday, Saturday, Sunday Guilin Yangshuo Guangzhou Dali * Standard package price from $1584 p.p. Hong Kong * Superior package price from $1940 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request.

Day 3 Beijing Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aqiatoc Cemter before walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. (1B/1D)

(Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: • 6 nights selected hotel accommodation • 3 night river cruise • 1 internal flight • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing , associated entrance fees and evening show

Day 4 - 5 Beijing Explore the alleywaysby riding on a traditional rickshaw to see close-up glimpses of local life. Visit a local family and head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer Harbin resort. Take an afternoon flight to Chongqing (2B/2D)

Day 6 Dazu

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Changchun

Tibet Highlights

Datong Pingyao

Lanzhou Xining

Xiahe Jiuzhaigou

Lhasa

Day 9 Yichang Disembark at Yichang. Transfer to Yichang airport for your onwards flight. (1B)

Leshan

Chengdu

Zhenzhouas the ‘roof of the world’. It has the Earth’s highest mountains, a vast arid plateau Tibet is known Shaolin Xi’an and great river valleys. Start by exploring the capital city of Lhasa. Visit the Potala Palace, see the Luoyang Suzhou Yellow Mountain Nanjing Lake, discover ancient architecture and a vibrant Old Tibetan Quarter in stunning holy Yamdrok Shanghai the second city - Shigatse before returning to Lhasa. Yichang largest Hangzhou

Chongqing

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Day 1 - 2 Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa / Gyantse

Arrive at the spiritual city of Lhasa, known as the heart and road Guiyang Shangri-La soul of Tibet. Relax and acclimatise to the high altitudes of Lijiang train Kunming thisGuilin region. The next day visit the world-famous architectual Yangshuo Guangzhou Dali Hong-Kong wonder the Potala Palace. This spectacular palace towers Trip Grading: Easy over the entire mountain and lake. it is known that this is Departures everyday. where the Dalai Lama spent his winters. Afterwards visit the * Standard package price from $1298 p.p. Jokhang Temple, which is known as the most sacred place in * Superior package price from $1458 p.p. Tibet - thousands of pilgrims from all over Tibet come here * Deluxe package price on request. to pay homage. Finally wander through a market at Barkor (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season) Circuit where you will be surrounded by prostrating pilgrims. Inclusions: • 5 nights selected hotel accommodation • Tonight, enjoy a Tibetan specialty dinner. (1B/1D)

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Sail through Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge and enjoy magnificent views of various shapes of peaks, rolling rills and small towns along the river. Also, you shall undertake on-shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu , take a Sampan (wooden boat) tour to one of the Yangtze’s tributaries, pass through the world’s biggest five level ship lock. visit the Three Gorges Dam project, enjoy a variety of Chinese cultural activities on board, such as Chinese brush painting shows, Chinese silk embroidery lessons, Tai Chi morning exercises and more. (2B/2L/2D)

Shengyang

Beijing

Hohhot

Taiyuan 6 Days - LhasaDunhuang » Gyantse » shigatse » lhasa

Gyantse

Day 7 - 8 Yangtze River Cruise

Morning relaxing drive to Dazu, where you will see Stone Carvings, which date back to 9th century. There are more

Turpan

Shigatse

than 50,000 Buddhists, Taoist and Confucian influenced sculptures scattered over 70 sites in Dazu. late afternoon board on your cruise ship. (1B/1D)

Day 3 Lhasa Today you will visit the Norbulingka Park, it was the site of the Dalai Lamas’ Summer Palace, Explore the impressive Sera and Drepung Monasteries and observe interesting debating monks. Take a back streets walking tour of the Tibetan Quarter and overlook the Lhasa Valley from the hilltop at Pawang Ka. (1B/1D)

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Enjoy a scenic drive to one of Tibet’s holy lakes - Yamdrok Lake. It is a sparkling turquoise lake flanked by snow-capped peaks. On the way you will see local nomad camps, herds of yak and sheep and beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving at Gyantse. (1B/1D)

Day 5 - 6 Gyantse / Shigatse / Lhasa Explore one of the most magnificent buildings in Tibet – the Kumbum Pagoda, housing beautiful paintings, ancient murals and Buddha images by Nepalese craftsmen. Drive to Shigatse, the seat of the Panchen Lama and is also the second largest city in Tibet. Visit the historic and culturally significant Tashihunpo Monastery, where the Panchen Lama, who ranks close to the Dalai Lama, keeps his official residence. Explore the city’s thriving Old Quarter before driving back to Lhasa. Your journey ends with an airport transfer on day 6. (2B/1D)


Urumqi

Turpan

HIMALAYAN EXPRESS

Kashgar

9 Days - Chengdu » lhasa » tibet train » xining

Begin your journey in Chengdu to see adorable Giant Pandas and discover the mystical land of Tibet. Experience the world’s highest railway and see high plateau scenery that is simply mesmerising. The tour ends in Xining, the crossroad between the Silk Road and Tibet.

Lanzhou

Jiuzhaigou

Day 4 - 5 Lhasa Visit the world-famous architectural wonder – the Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lama spent his winters. See Jokhang Temple, known as the most sacred place in Tibet. Wander through a market at Barkor Circuit where you will be surrounded by prostrating pilgrims. The next day visit the Norbulingka Park, the site of the Dalai Lamas’ Summer Palace, explore the Sera and Drepung monasteries, then take a back streets walking tour of the Tibetan Quarter and overlook Lhasa Valley from the hilltop at Pawang Ka. (2B/1D)

Day 8 Qinghai - Tibet Train Experience the world’s highest train for the amazing journey across the Qinghai - the Tibetan Plateau. Sit back and take in the spectacular landscapes along the railway. Day 9 Xining Arrive at Xining, the crossroad between the Silk Road and Tibet. See the largest inland salt lake in China and be amazed by its vast expansive misty and wavy blue water, surrounded by never-ending outstretching grassland and fields. Watch amazing birds at a nearby Bird Island sanctuary, which is one of China’s eight key bird nature reserves. Then transfer to the airport for your onward flight. You may wish to continue to explore the Ancient Silk Road.

10 Days - Lhasa » Gyantse » Shigatse » Mt. Everest Camp » kathmandu

Day 4 - 5 Gyantse / Shigatse A scenic drive to one of Tibet’s holy lakes of Yamdrok Lake – a sparking turquoise lake flanked by snow-capped peaks, on the way you will see local nomad camps, herds of yak and sheep and beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving Gyantse. The next day, explore the Kumbum Pagoda housing

ancient murals, Buddha images and beautiful paintings, continually drive to Shigatse, the seat of the Panchen Lama and 2nd largest city in Tibet, visit the Tashihunpo Monastery, explore the city’s thriving Old Quarter. Day 6 - 7 Shegar / Mt. Everest Camp / Tingri Drive pass the vast sweeping landscape dotted with yaks and nomads to Shegar, over the Gyatmso La Pass, the highest point in the journey at 5220m. Continually drive across Pang La Pass to Mt. Everest Camp, the mountain stands before us, and soaring 8848m into the heavens. Stay overnight in Tingri. Day 8 - 10 Zhangmu / Kathmandu Drive across spectacular Lalung La and Nyalamu Passes to Zhangmu. The next morning walk across Friendship Bridge to another side of Tibet / Nepal board. Drive to Kathmandu and drop off at the hotel . Your adventure ends with a hotel / airport transfer on day 10.

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Leshan

Chengdu

Chong

plane road

Guiy

Shangri-La

Lijiang Dali

Kunming Yangshuo

Trip Grading: Easy Departures everyday. * Standard package price from $2460 p.p. * Superior package price from $2658 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request.

(Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: • 7 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 night overnight train• Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting Urumgi and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees • 1 internal flights Turpan

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A life time adventure takes you through one of world’s most mysterious, remote and interesting Tibetan Plateau from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Visit to the Potala Palace, stop at the sacred Yumdrok Lake, cross vast mountains, deep valleys and century old caravan trails to Gyantse and Shigatse, visit fabled monasteries, drive to Mt. Everest Base Camp before reach , crossing the board of China and Nepal to Kathmandu. Day 1 - 3 Lhasa Visit the world-famous architectural wonder – the Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lama spent his winters. and then Jokhang Temple, which is known as the most sacred place in Tibet. Wander through a market at Barkor Circuit where you will be surrounded by prostrating pilgrims. Enjoy a Tibetan specialty dinner. The next day, visit the Norbulingka Park, it was the site of the Dalai Lamas’ Summer Palace, explore the impressive Sera and Drepung Monasteries and observe interesting debating monks, take a back streets walking tour of Tibetan Quarter and overlook the Lhasa Valley from the hilltop at Pawang Ka. (2B/1D)

Gyantse

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LHASA TO KATHMANDU

Shigatse

local nomad camps, herds of yaks, sheep and beautiful mountainous scenery. Explore the Kumbum Pagoda housing ancient murals, Buddha images and beautiful paintings. Arrive at Shigatse, the seat of the Panchen Lama and the second largest city in Tibet, visit the Tashihunpo Monastery, explore the city’s thriving Old Quarter before returning to Lhasa. (2B/1D)

Day 1 - 3 Chengdu / Lhasa Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Drive to the world’s largest Buddha statue (71m high), walk down to the foot of the Buddha and hop on a cruise to appreciate its full stature from the river, then sample the local specialty. Visit the fascinating Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre to learn more about these amazing animals before flying to Lhasa. (2B/1D)

Xi’a

Xiahe

Xining

Lhasa

Day 6 - 7 Gyantse / Shigatse Enjoy a scenic drive to one of Tibet’s holy lakes of Yamdrok Lake – a sparking turquoise lake flanked by snow-capped peaks. Along the way see

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Shigatse Kathmandu

Lhasa

Gyantse Mt Everest Camp

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Trip Grading: Easy Departures everyday. * Standard package price from $2508 p.p. * Superior package price from $2800 p.p. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: • 9 nights selected hotel accommodation • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/ departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/ C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • China and Nepal visas • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips • Professional English speaking guide

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GRAND CHINA

25 days - Beijing » Xi’an » Yangtze Cruise » Chongqing » Chengdu » LIJIANG » SHANGRI-LA » KUNMING » GUILIN » This lifetime journey combines the essence of historical and cultural China with its scenic beauty and hidden treasures. The journey starts in the capital city of Beijing with a walk Harbin on the Great Wall, visit to the famous Terra-cotta Warriors in Xi’an, travel to the Panda’s Changchun home town – Chengdu, and cruising on the Mighty Yangtze. Enjoy spectacular mountain landscapes and enchanting Old Town in Lijiang, experience Tibetan culture in the legendary Shengyang kingdom of Shangri-la, soak up the stunning scenery of the Li River in Guilin, relax at tranquilty country town in Yangshuo, take a scenic lake cruise in Hangzhou, ends at the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

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train cruise

Turpan

Beijing

Hohhot Datong Taiyuan

Dunhuang

Pingyao

Jiayuguan

Zhenzhou

Lanzhou Xi’an

Xiahe

Shaolin Luoyang Yellow Mountain

hasa

Yichang

yantse

Chengdu

Chongqing

 Shangri-La Lijiang

 Dali

Kunming

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Guiyang

Yangshuo

Guilin Hong Kong

Guangzhou

Enjoy your trip by private car & with personal guide! Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is expected. 1 soft sleeper overnight train, 1 daytime A/C soft seater train and 5 flights.

To tailor this itinerary, talk to the experts on 1300 760 208! Departures every Monday, Tuesday, Sunday. * Standard package price from $5934 p.p. * Superior package price from $6421p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Ask for an air-inclusive quote! Inclusions: • 20 nights selected hotel accommodation • 3 nights selected cruise ship • 1 overnight soft sleeper train • 5 internal flights • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing, associated entrance fees and evening shows Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance, Personal expenses • China visa • Gratuity & tips

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Day 1 - 2 Beijing

Day 10 Chongqing / Dazu / Chengdu

Arrive Beijing on day 1, transferred to your hotel. The next morning starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven; you will see local people practising Tai Chi, as well as singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park, and then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Disembark and take a relaxing drive to Dazu, where you will see Stone Carvings, which date back to 9th century. There are more than 50,000 Buddhists, Taoist and Confucian influenced sculptures scattered over 70 sites in Dazu. a short train ride to Chengdu. (1B/1D)

Day 3 - 4 Beijing Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walking on to the Great Wall at the Mutianyu section.Then explore the alleyways called the “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses of local life, and then head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort before taking an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an Visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors - where 7000 individually crafted clay soldiers stand on guard. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk, where you can see variety of Buddha statues , enjoy a local speciality - dumpling dinner before the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. stroll on the original City Wall, which you have opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque, before fly to Yichang to board on the cruise ship. (2B/2D)

Day 7 - 9 Yangtze River Cruise Sail through Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge and enjoy magnificent views of various shapes of peaks, rolling rills and small towns along the river. Also, you shall undertake on-shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu , take a Sampan (wooden boat) tour to one of the Yangtze’s tributaries, pass through the world’s biggest five level ship lock. visit the Three Gorges Dam project, enjoy a variety of Chinese cultural activities on board, such as Chinese brush painting shows, Chinese silk embroidery lessons, Tai Chi morning exercises and more. (2B/2L/2D)

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Day 11 - 12 Chengdu Scenic drives to the world’s largest Buddha statue in 71 meter hight at Leshan County, walk down to the foot of the Buddha and hop on a river cruise to appreciate its full stature and splendor from the river, sample local specialty dinner. Morning visit the fascinating Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base to learn more about these amazing endangered animals and the programmes that are being implemented to protect them, and then explore bustling teahouses and lively People’s Park before fly to Lijiang. (2B/2D)

Day 13 Lijiang Visit the Black Dragon Pool Park to see the perfect combination of green lake, arched bridge and pavilion, then Visti Lijiang Dayan Ancient Town and wander through the ornately-carved wooden buildings, teahouses and cobbled streets interspersed with mini canals and streams. Enjoy a dinner at a courtyard local family. (1B/1D)


HANGZHOU » SHANGHAI Day 14 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 18 - 20 Guilin

Day 22 - 23 Shanghai

A scenic drive to the world’s deepest gorge – Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will have the opportunity to marvel at the spectacular mountains surrounding this deep water-filled gorge. Continue on to Shangri-la, a land of snow-capped mountains, forests, grassland and lakes, and harmonious multi-religious society, as described by British writer James Hilton in his novel “Lost Horizon”. (1B/1D)

Visit “Palace of Natural Art” Reed Flute Cave, view the beautiful vista of the Elephant Trunk Hill. Head to the beautiful rural countryside - Longsheng to see ancient rice terraces built about 800 years ago. Wander through little stone pathways and traditional wooden houses on stilts and villages of the Zhuang people. Walk up the mountain to admire the spectacular rice terrace scenery. Sample the local specialty dinner. The next day enjoy spectacular Li River cruise. The cruise ship goes past the bizarre shaped mountains, villages and water buffaloes. Disembark at the traditional country town of Yangshuo. Spend a free day to explore tranquilly countryside and local villages, see rice paddies and fish farms. There are many activities to day, such as cycling, bamboo boat drifting, bargain shopping and cooking class. Fly to Hangzhou - the lake city. (3B/3D)

Take morning tain to Shanghai, the rest of day is on your own leisure. the next day stoll the historic riverfront Bund, where you see 52 magnificent colonial buildings and the contrasting view of “old & modern” Shanghai along the Huangpu River. Then take an under river cable car from Bund to Pudong New Areas, reach the top of Jin Mao Building, one of world’s tallest building to enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai. Head down to Yu Garden, an exquisite Ming Dynasty style Garden, and wander through the Old Quarter and neighbouring Yu Bazaar. Sample local special dinner before a fantastic Acrobatic show. (2B/2D)

Day 15 - 16 Shangri-La Spend time exploring the mystical prayer halls and temples of the renowned 300 year old Songzanlin Tibetan Monastery. Enjoy a nature walk along the Napa Lake, visit a Tibetan family and wander through a Tibetan Old Town. Fly to Kunming on day 16. (2B/ 2D)

Day 17 Kunming Visit the natural wonder – Stone Forest, where you will be amazed by bizarrely shaped limestone cliffs and peaks which have formed by erosion after the sea bed was thrust up 270 million years ago. Take an soft sleeper overnight train to Guilin. (1B / 1D)

Day 21 Hangzhou Take a morning cruise on the West Lake, visit the cultural treasure – Lingyin Temple and give your taste buds newly harvested tea at Longjing Tea Plantation. Final stop at Six Harmonies Pagoda to overlook the calm Qiantang River. Sample local specialty dinner. (1B/1D)

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Day 24 - 25 Shanghai Travel to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao to see the old residences built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, explore twisting cobble streets and distinctive bridges. and then stop at the contrasting, modern Xintiandi, a restored area of old residential houses. followed by a visit the superb Shanghai Museum . Your China adventure ends with an experience one of world’s highest speed train – Maglev train to the international airport on the last day.

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ANCIENT SILK ROAD

15 days - xi’an » lanzhou » xiahe» jiayuguan » dunhuang » turpan » kashgar » urumqi » (OR IN REVERSE)

This leisurely journey follows the world’s greatest ancient trade routes. From the ancient Harbin capital city of Xi’an and its Army of Terracotta Warriors to the frontier town of Kashgar and the Changchun oasis town of Turpan. Explore Tibetan monasteries, witness the Western end of the Great Wall Shengyang ride a camel in the desert, visit the spectacular Mogao Caves and witness the and fortresses, Beijing stunning Lake of Heaven. Experience the rich convergence of cultures and religions. Datong

Urumqi Turpan

Hohhot

Kashgar

Taiyuan

Dunhuang

Pingyao

Jiayuguan

Zhenzhou Day 1 - 2 Xi’an

Lanzhou Xiahe

Shigatse

Xi’an

Shaolin Luoyang Yellow Mountain

Chengdu Dazu

Lhasa Gyantse

Chongqing

Guiyang

Shangri-La Lijiang Dali

Kunming Yangshuo

Guilin

plane road

train

Enjoy your trip by private car & with personal guide! Trip Grading: Easy to Moderate Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and good mobility. A fair amount of walking is expected. 3 soft sleeper overnight train, and 2 flights.

To tailor this itinerary, talk to the experts on 1300 760 208! Departures every Tuesday. * Standard package price from $3419 p.p. * Superior package price from $3650 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Ask for an air-inclusive quote! Inclusions: • 12 nights selected hotel accommodation • 3 overnight soft sleeper train • 2 internal flights • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • All transfers in A/C vehicle, • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance, Personal expenses • China visa • Gratuity & tips

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Suzhou Xi’an is the starting point of the Ancient Silk Road Nanjing Shanghai tour. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. The Yichang Hangzhou next day, you will visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors, followed by the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy a local specialty – dumpling dinner before being entertained by the beautiful Tang Dynasty Culture Show. (1B/1D)

Hong Kong

Guangzhou

Day 3 - 4 Lanzhou Stroll on the original City Wall and explore the back streets of the Old Muslim Quarters and the Old Mosque before flying to Lanzhou. On the next day, drive to the beautiful Lioujiaxia Lake, and then take a boat to visit the renowned Bilingsi Caves, where you see amazing Buddhist artwork carved into the cliff ’s face. Finally, climb up to the peak of White Pagoda Hill for incredible views of the city. Sample the local specialty – “Hand Stretched Noodles Dinner”. (2B/2D)

Day 5 Xiahe Xiahe is referred to as “Little Tibet”, a stunning town surrounded by mountains and bustling with pilgrims. It is the key passage on the ancient Silk Road between the East and West. Visit the famous Labrang Monastery - one of the six leading Buddhist Lamaseries in China. (1B/1D)

Day 6 - 7 Jiayuguan Wander through local villages and visit families living on farms before going back to Lanzhou. Board on an overnight soft sleeper train to Jiayuguan. This city is the most western end of the Great Wall built during the Ming Dynasty. Visit Jiayu Fortress, which is set between the snow-capped mountains of Qilian to the South and Mazong Mountain to the North. Take a short climb on the Western end of the Great Wall for spectacular views over this wild and magnificent region. (2B/2D)

Day 8 - 9 Dunhuang Drive to the oasis town of Dunhuang, which is surrounded by rolling sand dunes and home to countless camels. Take a camel ride at Crescent Moon Spring and Singing Sang Dunes, and enjoy a dinner at a local farmer’s house. Visit one of the highlights of this trip, the spectacular Mogao Cave – home to the world acclaimed Buddhist murals and sculptures dated back to 386AD. Take this free time to explore the local markets before being transferred to the railway station for a soft sleeper train to Turpan. (2B/2D)

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Day 10 - 11 Turpan Take a tour of the ancient ruined city of Jiaohe, and see the richly coloured Flaming Mountains and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Visit local families at Grape Valley, and witness the amazing 2000 year old Irrigation Canals that are still in use today. Take an overnight soft sleeper train to Kashgar, which was once a last stop outfitting station and trading post for merchants and travellers plying the ancient Silk Road. (2B/2D)

Day 12 - 13 Kashgar Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. On the next day visit the fascinating Sunday Bazaar and its animal trading market, followed by a visit to Id Kah Mosque and take backstreet walk through the old city. Take an early evening flight to Urumqi. (2B/2D)

Day 14 - 15 Urumqi Today drive to the Lake of Heaven to enjoy breathtaking views of a crystal clear lake at the top of this stunning mountain range. This evening, sample a local specialty meal of the Urgur people: Lamb Skewers. Your journey ends with an airport transfer on Day 15. (2B/1D)


Family Adventures!

GREAT WALL & PANDAs

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Urumqi

9 Days - Beijing » Xi’an » Chengdu » Shanghai

Harbin

Shengyang

Turpan

This fun-filled and educational tour is designed for families. See the Great Wall in Beijing, fly a Kashgar kite at the Temple of Heaven, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an, cycle on the ancient City Wall, closely watch Giant Pandas in Chengdu, mingle with local children in Shanghai. Dunhuang

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to the hotel. Visit the Temple of Heaven, where your children can fly a kite and learn calligraphy with locals. Take a nice walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-Shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base to watch and learn more about these amazing endangered animals. Enjoy your time to closely watch adorable Pandas playing, Lhasa eating, climbing and interact. ShigatseIn the afternoon explore the Gyantse local delights, local markets and bustling teahouse. (1B/1D)

Zhenzhou Xi’an

Xiahe

Chengdu

Shaolin

Luoyang Yellow Mountain Yichang

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Chongqing Trip Grading: Easy Departures everyday. * Standard package price from $2275 per Fly to Shanghai, stroll along the Art Deco architecture of Guiyang child Shangri-La adult. $2048/per the Bund, take a under river cable car through the Bund Lijiang * Superior Kunming package price from $2495 p.p. Guilin Sightseeing Tunnel to the Pudong. Enjoy a panoramic view Yangshuo Guangzhou Dali $2245/per child Hong Kong of Shanghai from the famous landmark – the Oriental Pearl * Deluxe package price on request.

Day 8 - 10 Shanghai

Tower. Enjoy a fabulous Acrobatic Show after a taste of local cuisine. Visit Yu Garden, wander through the Old Quarter to see the traditional residential houses and local life, bargain shopping at the Yu Bazaar and mingle with local kids at the Children Palace, before visiting modern Xintiandi, a restored area of traditional residential houses, where modern villas and cafes sit next to ancient neighbourhood blocks. Experience a high speed Meglev train to international airport on the last day. (2B/2D)

GREAT WALL & HONG KONG

(Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: 8 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 night soft sleeper train • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing, associated entrance fees and evening shows • 2 internal flights Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • Harbin China visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips

Changchun

Urumqi

10 Days - Beijing » Xi’an » Guilin » Yangshuo » Hongkong

Turpan

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Shengyang

tour Kashgar is a good

This fun-filled and educational familiy combination of Great Wall in Beijing and modern Disneyland in Hong Kong, in between marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an and relaxing Li River cruise of Guilin with a discovery of tranquilty country town in Yangshuo. Dunhuang

Beijing

Hohhot Datong Taiyuan

Visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors! Learn how to make these warriors at a workshop. Sample a local speciality before seeing the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. Have fun to cycling on the wall with your family, then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque before flying to the Giant Pandas’ home town - Chengdu. (2B/2D)

Pingyao Lanzhou

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an

Taiyuan

Jiayuguan

Day 7 Chengdu

Take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site then walk the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. Explore the alleyways called “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw, visit a local family and then head off to the Summer Palace before taking an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Datong

road train

Day 1 - 2 Beijing

Day 3 - 4 Beijing

Beijing

planeHohhot

plane road train

Pingyao

Day 1 - 2 Beijing

Day 7 - 8 Guilin

Arrive in Beijing and transfer to the hotel. Visit the Temple of Heaven, where your children can fly a kite and learn calligraphy with locals. Take a nice walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-Shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck Dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Enjoy a spectacular Li River cruise, which goes past bizarre Shaolin Xi’an Xiahe shaped mountains and villages. Disembark at the traditional Luoyang Xining Suzhou country town of Yangshuo. Spend a free day to explore the Yellow Mountain Nanjing Jiuzhaigou tranquil countryside and local villages, see rice paddies and Shanghai Lhasaactivities to do such as cycling,Chengdu fish farms. There are many Yichang Hangzhou Leshan bambooShigatse boat drifting and more, Take an overnight train to Gyantse Chongqing Guangzhou. (2B/2D)

Day 3 - 4 Beijing Take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site then walk the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. Explore the alleyways called “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to view local life. Visit a local family and head off to the Summer Palace before taking an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (2B/2D)

Day 9 - 11 Hong Kong

Day 5 - 6 Xi’an

* Standard package price from $2311 per adult. $2084/per child * Superior package price from $2570 per adult. $2313/per child * Deluxe package price on request.

Visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors! Learn how to make these warriors at a workshop. Sample a local speciality before seeing the fabulous Tang Dynasty culture show. Have fun to cycling on the wall with your family, then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque before flying to the Giant Pandas’ home town - Chengdu. (2B/2D)

Zhenzhou

Lanzhou

Guiyang Arrive in Guangzhou, change to aShangri-La short train to Hong Lijiang Kong. Spend a family fun day at Disneyland. Hotel / airportKunming Guilin transfer on day 11 Yangshuo Dali

Trip Grading: Easy Departures everyday.

(Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

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Shengzhen

Guangzhou Hong Kong

Inclusions: • 8 nights selected hotel accommodation • 2 night soft sleeper train • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees • 1 internal flights Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • China visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips

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Harbin

BEIJING & xI’AN Beijing

Hohhot Datong

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Shengyang

7 Days - Beijing » Xi’an

Changchun

Taiyuan

plane road train

Discover ancient cities of Beijing and Xi’an. Walk on the Great Wall, visit the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace in Beijing. Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, stoll on the original City Wall and experience the Old Muslim Quarter in Xi’an .

Pingyao

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Zhenzhou

Day 1 - 2 Beijing

Day 5 Xi’an

Shaolin

Arrive in Beijing, then be transferred to the hotel. The next day, visit the Temple of Heaven, you will see local people practising Tai Chi, as well as singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park and then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck dinner before a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Morning arrive Xi’an, you will be transferred to your hotel, this afternoon stroll on the original City Wall, where you have an opportunity to cycle on this ancient wall, and then explore the Old Muslim Quarter and Old Mosque. Tonight enjoy a local specilaity - dumping dinner before a fabulous Tang Dynasty Culture show. (1B/1D)

Luoyang Yellow Mountain

engdu

Yichang

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

Trip Grading: Easy Chongqing everyday. Departures * Standard package price from $1068 p.p. * Superior Guiyang package price from $1198 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. nming

(Prices areGuilin for per person, twin share in low season) Yangshuo Guangzhou Kong Inclusions: •Hong 5 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 night soft sleeper train • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees

Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • China visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips Harbin

Day 3 Beijing Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to see the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aqiatoc Cemter before walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. (1B/1D)

Day 4 Beijing Explore the alleyways known as “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses of local life, visit a local family and then head off to the Summer Palace a former imperial summer resort before taking an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (1B/1D)

Changchun

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7 Days - Beijing » Shanghai

Shengyang

Datong Taiyuan

Beijing

plane road train

Visit the historical significance of the amazing Terracotta Warriors, where 7000 individulally crafted clay soliders stand on the guard. They are simply awe-inspiring. Then continue to the Big Wild Goose pagoda built to house Buddhist scriptures collected by a Chinese Monk, where you can see variety of Buddha Statues. This journey ends with a hotel/ airport transfer on day 7. (2B/1D)

Beijing & shanghai Hohhot

Day 6 - 7 Xi’an

Experience the historic city of Beijing and modern city of Shanghai. Walk on the Great Wall, visit the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace in Beijing. Stroll along the riverfront Bund, visit the classic Yu Garden and Pudong New Area in Shanghai.

Pingyao Zhenzhou

anzhou Xi’an

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gou

engdu

Shaolin Luoyang Yellow Mountain

Yichang azu Trip Grading: Easy Chongqing everyday. Departures

Suzhou Nanjing Shanghai Hangzhou

* Standard package price from $1153 p.p. * Superior Guiyang package price from $1351p.p. nming* Deluxe package price on request.

(Prices areGuilin for per person, twin share in low season) Yangshuo Guangzhou Kong Inclusions: •Hong 5 nights selected hotel accommodation • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing, associated entrance fees and evening shows • 1 night soft sleeper train

Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • China visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips

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Day 1 - 2 Beijing

Day 5 Shanghai

Arrive in Beijing, then be transferred to the hotel. The next day, visit the Temple of Heaven, you will see local people practising Tai Chi, as well as singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park and then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City, enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan Hill. Sample Peking Duck dinner before enjoying a fantastic Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Arrive in Shanghai in the morning. In the afternoon, enjoy a stroll to the historic riverfront Bund, where you can see 52 magnificent colonial buildings and discover the contrasting view of “old and modern” Shanghai along the Huangpu River. Take an under river cable car from the Bund to Pudong New Area which leads to the top of Jin Mao Building, one of world’s tallest building to enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai. Sample local special dinner before a fantastic Acrobatic show. (1B/1D)

Day 3 Beijing Take a photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to take shots of the famous Bird’s Nest National Stadium and Water Cube Aquatic Center before walking on the a great architectural feat - The Great Wall at Mutianyu section. (1B/1D)

Day 4 Beijing Explore the alleyways known as the “Hutong” by riding on a traditional rickshaw to catch close-up glimpses of local life, visit a local family and head off to the Summer Palace - a former imperial summer resort before taking an overnight soft sleeper train to Shanghai. (1B/1D)

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Day 6 - 7 Shanghai Head down to Yu Garden, an exquisite Ming Dynasty style Garden, and wander through the Old Quarter and neighbouring Yu Bazaar., and then visit the superb Shanghai Museum, observe local life at People’s Square, last stop at renowned Xintiandi, a restored area of old residential houses. This journey ends with a hotel/airport transfer on day 7. (2B/1D)


Urumqi

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Turpan Kashgar

Beijing

Hohhot Datong Taiyuan

Dunhuang

guilin & Hong Kong

Pingyao

Take the spectacular Li River cruise. The cruise ship goes pass limestone karsts stretching up to 100m into the sky, buffalo in the paddy fields, workers reaping rice paddies, fishermen and school children in bamboo boats waving as they pass by. Disembark at the traditional country town of Yangshuo. Wonder arond the local market. (1B/1L/1D)

Day 4 Yangshuo Spend a free day to explore tranquilly countryside and local villages, see rice paddies and fish farms. There are

Chengdu Chongqing

Kunming

road train

Guilin

Yangshuo

Dali

Morning transfer back to Guilin, Visit “Palace of Natural Art” Reed Flute Cave, named after the dense, verdant reeds that grow at its entrance. Inside the 240m deep cave is a world of ancient stalactites, stone pillars and bizarre carbonate rock formations, all gently lit to highlight their unique beauty. View the beautiful vista of the Elephant Trunk Hill – a landmark of Guilin –which resembles a huge elephant trunk on the bank of the Li River, explore local streets before taking an overnight train to Shengzhen. (1B/1D)

plane

Guiyang

Shangri-La many activities to choose, such as cycling, treking, bamboo Lijiang boat drifting, cooking class and more. (1B)

Day 5 Guilin

Yichang

Day 3 Li River Cruise

Suzho Nanjing Sh Hangzhou

Jiuzhaigou

Lhasa China’s most stunning scenic city of Guilin attracts thousands of tourists annually from the Leshan Shigatse Gyantse world over. Visit spectacular rice terraces, enjoy a cruise on the stunning Li River, relax as you bathe in the beautiful rural scenery of Yangshuo before having fun in exciting Hong Kong!

Arrive the scenic city of Guilin. transfer to your hotel. The next day head to the beautiful rural countryside - Longsheng to see ancient rice terraces built about 800 years ago. Wander through little stone pathways and traditional wooden houses on stilts and villages of the Zhuang people. Walk up the mountain to admire the spectacular rice terrace scenery. This evening sample the local specialty dinner. (1B/1D)

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9 Days - Guilin » Hong kong

Day 1 - 2 Guilin

Zhenzhou

Lanzhou

Shengzhen

Guangzhou Hong Kong

Trip Grading: Easy Departures everyday. * Standard package price from $988 p.p. * Superior package price from $1080 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request. (Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Inclusions: • 5 nights selected hotel accommodation • Professional English speaking guide • Arrival/departure meeting and assistance • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees • 1 night soft sleeper train

Day 6 Hong Kong Morning arrive the board city of Shengzhen, go through the custom and get on a short train to Hong Kong. Make your own way to the hotel.

Day 7 Depart Hong Kong

Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • China visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips

Seat in coach transfer to Hong Kong airport for your onwards flight. (1B)

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Hong Kong & Beijing

Urumqi

7 Days » Hong Kong » Beijing

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Shengy

Turpan

Hong Kong is an amazing place! British flucence blends well with KashgarChinese traditionals. Take a tram up Victoria Peak for splendid views of Hong Kong Harbours. For the contrasting experinece visit the ancient capital city of Beijing. Walk Great Wall, see Forbidden City,Dunhuang Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.

Beijing

Hohhot

plane

Datong

road

Taiyuan

train

Pingyao Zhenzhou

Lanzhou

On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The next morning starts off with a ride on the historical railway up to The Peak to enjoy breathtaking views of Hong Kong. Visit Aberdeen fishing village, drive through the well known Repulse Bay. The last stop is at a shopper’s paradise - Stanley Market. Afternoon free time to explore. (1B)

Day 3 Beijing After a morning flight to Beijing, Explore the alleyways - “Hutong” in traditional courtyard dwelling by riding on a rickshaw, visit a local family, head off to the Summer Palace where the Chinese emperors used to escape from the summer heat in the old days . (1B/1D)

Day 4 Beijing Visit the Temple of Heaven where you will see local people practising Tai Chi, singing and calligraphy in the neighbouring park and then take a leisurely walk through Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Jing-shan

Hill. Sample Peking Duck dinner before a Kung Fu show. (1B/1D)

Day 5 Beijing

Xining

Lhasa

Photo stop at the 2008 Olympic Site to seeGyantse the Bird’s Nest Shigatse National Stadium and Water Cube Aqiatoc Cemter before walking on the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. (1B/1D)

Day 6 Beijing

(Prices are for per person, twin share in low season)

Xi’an

Jiuzhaigou Leshan

Shaolin

Luoyang Yellow Mountain

Chengdu Dazu

Yichang

Suzhou Nanjing Shangh Hangzhou

Chongqing

Guiyang

Shangri-La

Spend leisure time before transfer to the airport. (1B).

Trip Grading: Easy Departures everyday. * Standard package price from $1468 p.p. * Superior package price from $1588 p.p. * Deluxe package price on request.

Xiahe

Day 1 - 2 Hong Kong

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Lijiang Dali

Kunming Yangshuo

Guilin Hong Kong

Guangzhou

Inclusions: • 5 nights selected hotel accommodation • 1 internal flights • Professional English speaking guide in China• Arrival/departure meeting and assistance (in China) • seat in coach transfer in Hong Kong • Listed meals: B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner • All transfers in A/C vehicle • Sightseeing and associated entrance fees Exclusions: • International airfare • Travel insurance • Chinese visa • Personal expenses • Gratuity & tips

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