China Tour from Canberra

SG08-AU: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Canberra - Beijing - Xi'an - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai - Canberra
Tour Type: Small Group of maximum 18 travelers, guaranteed departures, all-inclusive
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights, 5-star hotels
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches with some in a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner

  • Admire the grandeur of Forbidden City, Chinese emperors’ palace complex.
  • Explore Terracotta Army and the Great Wall, Wonders of the World.
  • Step into the world of sci-fi Avatar in Zhangjiajie to see its “floating mountains”.
  • Challenge yourself to a thrilling walk on the world's tallest glass bridge.
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
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Day 1 Canberra - Beijing
Please take your flight to Beijing on your own. We will welcome your arrival anytime at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Today, you will arrive in Beijing after about 14 hours’ trip in air. At Beijing’s airport, your guide will meet you outside the customs area and take you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest for your coming tour.

Please note:
As there is no direct flight from Canberra to Beijing, you need to make a connection in Sydney or Melbourne. Please reconfirm your arrival time in Beijing with our travel consultant so that we can pick you up on time. Contact the travel consultant whenever you get problems.

Accommodation: Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
Day 2 Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City including Treasure Gallery; enjoy a la carte welcome lunch with authentic Peking Duck; continue to visit Yonghe Temple and Temple of Heaven; and watch the classic Peking Opera in the evening. (B+L)
Temple of Heaven
This morning, we will walk the Tiananmen Square to approach the Forbidden City, aka the Palace Museum. On stepping inside the City, you will immediately be impressed by those red-walled, yellow-roofed imperial palaces. A solemn air will seize you - it’s the office and residence of Chinese emperors of Ming and Qing eras (1368 - 1911), after all. We will treat you to a visual feast in Treasure Gallery, where imperial-level treasures are on display.

After the morning's excursion, we will enjoy an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) with roasted Peking Duck at a renowned local restaurant. Proceed to Yonghe Temple, a place of worship for Tibetan Buddhists, and then Temple of Heaven, where the Chinese emperors prayed for Heaven to bless his nation. Your will marvel at the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, whose each and every component was designed according to ancient Chinese beliefs in the divinity of Heaven, like its four columns that represent four seasons and twelve outer ones twelve months. A landmark of Beijing, an inspiration for the logo of Bank of Beijing and local Medicare card, it’s been a part of local life.

Immerse in Chinese traditional culture tonight. You will watch not only Peking Opera actors drawing lianpu, iconic facial designs of the art, but also a live Peking Opera show, at Liyuan Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall by round-trip cable car and toast for Great Wall challenge with red wine; drive by Olympic Bird's Nest; then take a rickshaw ride through Hutong alleys and visit a local family in a traditional courtyard house. (B)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Today's itinerary starts with Mutianyu Great Wall (part of the Great Wall of China). A round-trip cable car is arranged for going up and down. Get ready to shudder before this sinuous ancient engineering feat! To highlight this moment, we will also clink glasses of red wine for a toast. Lunch is not arranged today, because restaurants nearby are not up to our service standard. You are advised to take some fast food for lunch.

On our way back downtown, we will stay for a while in front of the Olympic Stadium known as the Bird's Nest, for you to take some photos. Go on a rickshaw tour to weave though hutongs, or residential alleys, to discover Beijing’s traditional life. Your trip for today will end with a visit to a local family that dwells here.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Visit Panda Hall and Summer Palace; taste local flavors for lunch; fly to Xi'an and transfer to hotel. (B+L)
After checking out of the hotel, we will drive you to the Panda House in Beijing Zoo. Then, visit Summer Palace, an imperial garden built in 1750, which combines traditional architectural features with natural beauty.

Around noon, have a local-flavor lunch. Later, your guide will take you to the airport for a flight to Xi'an. When you arrive in Xi’an, your local guide will meet you in the arrival hall and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Xi'an
Day 5 Xi'an
Visit Terracotta Army and the discoverer’s home; have a unique experience to make your own mini clay warrior; continue to visit Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and then enjoy dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show in the evening. (B+D)
While in Xi'an, of course we won’t miss the Terracotta Army, commissioned by the first emperor of imperial China to guard his mausoleum. In the morning, we will head there to behold a tremendous array of lifelike pottery warriors. We will also spice this tour with a visit to the family of the discoverer of the first warrior, followed by a lesson to teach you how to craft a mini clay solider, which you will take home.

In the afternoon, proceed to Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Constructed over 1,300 years ago during the Tang dynasty, it can be considered the Buddhist translation bureau of the central government. Perhaps we should complain less about our working time, if we realize those monks had even devoted the entire life to their toilsome work. Not to mention those civil servants working at the Tang court, who were only allowed to retire at seventy, and who had to get up at 1:00 am to traverse across half Xi’an to meet their monarchs.

This evening, we will feast on a traditional Dumpling Dinner as well as the classic Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Dumpling dinner

► Friendly Tips:
Guests visiting in January, February, March and December need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at those periods.
Day 6 Xi'an - Zhangjiajie
Connect with local people at City Wall Park and learn to practice Tai Chi from a master, then visit City Wall; taste local flavors for lunch at Muslim Quarter; fly to Zhangjiajie and transfer to hotel. (B+L)
Today, first go to City Wall Park, where locals do morning exercises, for you to experience local life. There, we will arrange for you a lesson to learn to do Tai Chi with a master. Later, ascend the famed Xi'an City Wall, the guardian of the city in years gone by. Biking is available on the wall (the rental fee is at your own expense).

We will have our lunch tackled at the Muslim Quarter, loved by both tourists and locals alike for its energy and street food. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel by your local guide.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Local lunch
Accommodation: Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel
Day 7 Zhangjiajie
Full day tour in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: visit Yuanjiajie Scenic Area by Bailong Elevator, Tianzi Mountain, Golden Whip Stream, and Ten-mile Gallery by round-trip small train. (B+L)
The first stop of your tour in Zhangjiajie starts with an exploration through Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Here, we will first take the famous Bailong Sightseeing Elevator rapidly up the mountain to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, to find “floating mountains” depicted in the sci-fi film Avatar. While at Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, you will revel in from a peak the landscape nicknamed Monarch of the Peak Forest. Next, stroll along the Golden Whip Stream to see its crystal-clear water reflecting overlapping hills and luxuriant forests. Ten-Mile Gallery, a gorge, will fascinate you with grotesque peaks carved by the elements. These splendid sceneries in Zhangjiajie will offer you a memory to last for a life time.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Zhangjiajie
Visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, experience thrilling glass bridge, and have a boat trip on Baofeng Lake. (B+L)
Today, continue to explore Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, where we will walk the world's highest and longest glass bridge. Then, take a small boat to cruise on Baofeng Lake, Zhangjiajie's only water-themed program.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Zhangjiajie - Shanghai
Visit Tian Men Mountain by a round-trip cable car ride; fly to Shanghai and transfer to hotel. (B+L)
In the morning, we will ascend Tianmen Mountain, the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie. A cable car ride is arranged for you to save climbing. Be ready for a spectacle that would take us half day to explore. We will have our blood pumping while inching on the iconic glass skywalk. 1,430 meters (4691 ft.) above sea level, four to five meters (13 to 16 ft.) jutting out from a cliffside, it’s dedicated as an outlook to daring travelers to step on it to capture the spectacular sceneries around.

After lunch, we will set off to the airport and catch a flight to Shanghai. When the flight arrives, your Shanghai guide will greet you at the arrival hall and transfer you to the reserved hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Day 10 Shanghai
Visit Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden; enjoy a la carte farewell lunch; have a panoramic view of the city skyline, and then explore the Bund with a Huangpu River cruise tour. (B+L)
Shanghai Pudong Area
Today, let’s start with Shanghai Museum, treasured for its well-organized displays of Chinese paintings, ancient bronze ware, ceramics... We will then explore Yu Garden, which represents classical Chinese garden, meticulously landscaped with stone bridge, pavilion, pond, rockery, and so on. Later, have a short walk at the nearby Yuyuan Bazaar.

At noon, enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular restaurant. In the afternoon, take a lift to Duo Yun Bookstore, 52 floors up in the tallest skyscraper of China, Shanghai Tower. Get your camera ready - through its window walls you will find a commanding view of Shanghai’s most charming areas. Then, head to the Bund, what spread the city’s fame to the world, from which you will embark on a cruise tour across the Huangpu River. Off the ship, explore the Bund on your own until the time comes for us to take you to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Day 11 Shanghai - Canberra
Please check out before 12:00, and head for the airport in our recommended ways; a pleasant journey home! (B)
Your China tours from Canberra is coming to an end. After an excellent breakfast at the hotel, you will make your own way to the Pudong International Airport (PVG), usually where international flights take off. We suggest you hire a taxi to PVG, which costs about CNY 200 and takes around 1.5 hours. We wish you a safe journey home!

Please note:
Since there are no direct flights from Shanghai to Canberra, you can transfer in Sydney or Melbourne. After around 15-hour flight journey, you will find yourself at home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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Price Includes
  • China domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Land only package excludes international airfare
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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