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B-102C: 14 Days China Tours from Sydney Australia to Beijing Xian Guilin Shanghai
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Day01 Sydney - Beijing
When planning a 14 days China tour from Sydney, Australia, the first thing one should consider is the international flights. Currently Air China has a flight CA174 1940/1730+1 flying from Sydney to Beijing. The flight NZ3884 1940/1730+1 from Air New Zealand also has been code-shared with CA174. In general, the two flights are available five days a week and the flying time is about 12 hours. If you leave from Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra, Toowoomba, Mackay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, or Bundaberg, where there are no direct flights to Beijing, you can also make a connection in Sydney. Beijing time is two hours later than Sydney time, so jet lag would not bother you too much.

You may also need to know information about the regulation toward free checked luggage on the above mentioned international flights. According to the rule, passenger who holds economy class air ticket can take two pieces of free checked luggage with a maximum weight of 23 kilograms, which equals to 51 pounds per piece. Also, the maximum size of each piece is 62 inches, and the sum of two cannot exceed 107 inches. Since you may take different airlines during your trip and they may have different regulations, it is advisable to check with all the airlines you will use for their special regulations. With the related baggage allowance information at hand, you can properly pack your bags. In addition, you can click here for some packing tips on traveling in China.
Day02 Beijing
Start your Beijing tour from Sydney, Australia today. Upon arrival at the Capital Airport, follow the signposts to the taxi stand or bus stop outside the terminal building and take a taxi or airport shuttle bus to check in the recommended hotel Crowne Plaza Wangfujing. Take Airport Bus Line 13 and alight at Wangfujing Street. Walk 140 yards northwards and you will see the hotel on the east. You can also take a taxi there with the duration about one hour and a cost of CNY 150. The hotel is near the prosperous business block and is only 15 minutes' walk from the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. You can spend the remaining of the day to rest or stroll around the Wangfujing Street.

Accommodation Suggestion: Crowne Plaza Wangfujing
Day03 Beijing
Jiankou Great Wall
Explore Tiananmen Square in the morning. You can take a morning walk south along Wangfujing Street and turn right into East Chang'an Street. You will see the Tiananmen Square the moment you turn the corner. The whole route would take around 30 minutes. Or you can take a taxi to get there in 15 minutes for a fare of CNY15. Tour around the square for half an hour, you may head for the Tiananmen Tower via an underpass and then, get to the Forbidden City behind the tower. When visiting the Forbidden City, rent an audio guide at the entrance and follow the instructions to the main palaces as well as galleries displaying bronze ware, jade, porcelain, clocks and watches, and other rare items. Leave from the Gate of Devine Prowess and have lunch at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, you can take a taxi to the Yonghe Lamasery at a charge of CNY20. Or you can also go there by bus. Take bus no. 124 at the Gate of Devine Prowess to Fangjia Hutong Station. Walk 120 yards northwards and turn right into Guozijian Street. Walk through it and you will find the Yonghe Lamasery at the eastern end of the street. Amid the busy and bustling streets of this city, it offers you a quiet and peaceful getaway from the rushing city life. You may also pay a visit to the Temple of Confucius and the Imperial Academy along the Guozijian Street.

Have dinner at a nearby restaurant and get back to your hotel via taxi at CNY15. Or you can kill the night by visiting Houhai, a hutong area highly praised by backpacking travelers. Take subway line 2 from Yonghegong to Jishuitan; leave from Exit C and walk southwest along the bank of Xihai Lake to enter the hutong area. Then, turn into a narrow alley to have dinner and spend a leisure evening in a bar. After that, take a taxi back to your hotel for a fare of CNY20.
Day04 Beijing
A visit to the Great Wall must be one of the most memorable parts of your 14 days China Tour Package. Here we provide two suggestions for you.

The first one is the hiking route from Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall. Spring or autumn is the best time of a year to set out. You can have a look at the original wildness of the Great Wall following this route. Built along steep ridges, some segments even hold a nearly vertical slope. Most ramparts and stairs are at Jiankou dilapidated due to lacking of renovation work, making the climbing even difficult. Some mountaineering equipment will be helpful for you to conquer the Great Wall. You are not recommended to explore it on your own. Find some companions and rent a car to get there together. A local guide is also necessary if you are not familiar with the route. There is no booth selling food on the wall. Make sure you prepare some bottled water and snacks. As you have only one day, you can start from the Wofo Mountain Villa and hike eastwards on the wall to Zhengbei Tower. When you reach the tower, continue heading east for 1.5 hours to the Mutianyu Great Wall and you can take a cable car to go downhill.

As an alternative, you can visit Badaling Great Wall, which is the most popular section in China and can be conveniently reached by public bus. For detailed information, please refer to day four of our independent tour B-102A
Day05 Beijing
Our suggestion for today is to visit the Temple of Heaven in the morning and the Summer Palace in the afternoon. On leaving the hotel, walk east along Dengshikou Street to North Dongdan Street. Turn right and head 140 yards south to take subway line 5 at Dengshikou Station. After four stops, get out from Exit A2 at Tiantan Dongmen, the East Gate of the Temple of Heaven. After three hours' visiting, leave the imperial temple from the east gate and have lunch. In the afternoon, take subway line 5 to Chongwenmen to transfer to line 2. You will get to Xizhimen after eight stops, then change to line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station. Use Exit D leading to the north gate of the Summer Palace. When you finish the visit, leave from the east gate of the park and spend CNY60 taking a taxi to get back to your hotel in around one hour.
Day06 Beijing - Xian
Local people playing Tai-chi in the City Wall Park, Xian
We suggest you take a morning high speed train to Xian, so please check out of the hotel after breakfast and take a taxi to Beijing West Railway Station, which would take around 40 minutes. Make sure you get to the train station at least one hour prior to the train's departure time. As the train runs in daytime, you won't be boring during the nearly six hours' journey, for it will pass many cities and towns and you can view the joyful rural scenes along the way.

Upon arrival in Xian, we recommend you check in the hotel Crowne Plaza, which is ten minutes' walk from the nearest subway station. From Xian North Railway Station, take subway line 2 to Tiyuchang Station. Exit from Exit B and go south to the Second South Ring Road. Turn right and walk 500 yards west to a roundabout and find the hotel on your right side. Or, spend CNY50 to hire a taxi to get to your hotel from the railway station.

After a short rest, you can visit the nearby Jianfu Temple, which houses both Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum. Walk northwards for about 850 yards from your hotel to the west gate of the temple. Spend your afternoon strolling around the old temple. You can either have dinner in your hotel or find a nearby restaurant to try some local food.

Accommodation Suggestion: Crowne Plaza
Day07 Xian
Today, the suggested independent itinerary includes the Terracotta Army Museum and the Huaqing Hot Spring both in the eastern suburb of Xian City. You can walk 240 yards north from the hotel to find the bus stop Tiyuchang Ximen, and take bus no. 258 or tourist bus no. 7 to Xian Railway Station. Upon arrival, you may walk to the eastern square in front of the station to take the tourist bus no.5 (306) to the Huaqing Hot Spring. It is better for you to hire an English guide so that you can learn more story of this Tang Dynasty site.

Around noon, you can have lunch at the nearby Great Tang Huaqing Mall, where both local snacks and western food are available. After lunch, walk westwards along Qintang Avenue to take the tourist bus no.5 to the Terracotta Army Museum. You can spend the whole afternoon in the museum and learn interesting stories about the warrior figures. Tourist bus no.5 is still available for a return trip. Please note that the last tourist bus no.5 leaves the museum at 19:00. When you reach the Xian Railway Station, take a taxi to go back to your hotel.
Day08 Xian
Terracotta Army
You will have a full day to explore Xian City and your first sight is Shaanxi History Museum. To get there, walk east down the Second South Ring Road and turn left to find the bus stop of Sheng Tiyuchang near the subway station. Take bus 521, 701, or tourist bus no.8 (610) to Cuihua Road, and you will see the museum across the road. The museum opens to the public for free, but visitors still need to wait in line to get the entry ticket. You can choose to buy the ticket for the special exhibition for a fare of CNY 20 and then, you can enter the museum without queuing.

After that, walk westward along the Xiaozhai East Road in front of the museum for about 700 yards to Xiaozhai Commercial Area to have lunch. From Xiaozhai Subway Station, you can take subway line 2 to Yongningmen. Leave from Exit D1 and walk northwards through the South Gate of the City Wall and you will find the Shuyuanmen Street just at the foot of the Wall. Strolling along the street, you will see many interesting knickknacks of Chinese characteristics, such as painted fans, bamboo brushes, Chinese seals, and traditional musical instruments.

For today's dinner, we strongly recommend you have a taste of the local snacks in the famous Muslim Quarter. After getting out from Shuyuanmen Street, you can walk north along the South Street towards the Bell Tower, and then go through an underpass to the Drum Tower, and finally find the Muslim block to the north. Most street food vendors open to late night, so you have much time feasting yourself with gourmet meals. When you are full, take a taxi back to your hotel at a cost of CNY13.
Day09 Xian - Guilin
Spend the morning exploring Xian's landmark, City Wall, on your last day in Xian and take an afternoon flight to Guilin. You can either take bus 203, 204, 258, or tourist bus no. 7 from Tiyuchang Ximen to Nanmen, or take subway line 2 from Tiyuchang to Yongningmen to get to the South Gate of the City Wall. Renting a bike to cycle around the wall is a must for visitors and it provides you a time-saving way to feel the historical atmosphere of the city. Generally, it takes about 80 minutes to finish the whole circle by bike. After that, either take the subway or hire a taxi for a charge of CNY10 to go back to check out the hotel. Then, head to the airport for your flight to Guilin. A taxi to the airport travels around one hour with a cost of CNY120.

Upon arrival in Guilin, go to the recommended Shangri-La Hotel which is located on the Second North Ring Road and on the eastern bank of the Li River. You can either take a shuttle bus at the airport to Civil Aviation Mansion, and then take a taxi to the hotel at a cost of CNY20+15, or hire a taxi to go straight to the hotel, which costs about CNY140. When everything is settled, you may have a leisurely stroll along the river.

Accommodation Suggestion: Shangri-La Hotel
Day10 Guilin
Begin your journey with the famous Reed Flute Cave. Take a taxi to get to the scenic area from your hotel for a charge of CNY20. Spend two hours exploring the splendid karst caves of peculiar lime stones. Then, hire a taxi to the Seven-Star Park in around 30 minutes at a cost of CNY25. You can have lunch around the park and then start your visit there. After that, go back to the west end of the Jiefang Bridge and walk south along the riverbank to the Elephant Trunk Hill Park.

For today's dinner, we suggest that you leave the Elephant Trunk Hill Park from its North Gate and walk west to Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, where you can find both local snacks and western food. It is also a good idea to sit in one of the bars along the street and enjoy the beautiful night scene.
Day11 Guilin - Yangshuo
Li River Cruise, Guilin
The Li River is the essence of Guilin's scenery, and the cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is always on visitors' must-do list, so we suggest you take the Li River Cruise today to view the picturesque hills and water of Li River and stay one night in the small old town, Yangshuo. You can ask your hotel to book the ticket for the cruise in advance or buy the ticket when you reach the Zhujiang Dock. The ship sets off at 9:00 and arrives in Yangshuo at 13:00, so you may need to get up early in the morning to check out the hotel and take a taxi to the dock, which takes about one hour at a charge of CNY100. 

For an overnight stay in Yangshuo, we recommend Green Lotus Hotel, which is very close to the dock and is only ten minutes' walk to West Street, the oldest street in Yangshuo and also the best place to taste the local culture. After a short rest in the hotel, you can rent a bike and ride southwards along the Kangzhan Road to the famous Ten Miles Gallery to explore the rural landscape.

Accommodation Suggestion: Green Lotus Hotel
Day12 Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Today, you have the whole morning to stroll along West Street and browse the small shops. On the street you can also find all kinds of restaurants selling local snacks and western food. Check out the hotel before 12:00 and take a battery car to get to the Yangshuo North Bus Station in five minutes. A coach from the station to Guilin Airport takes around two hours. There are several flights from Guilin to Shanghai daily. We suggest you book the one leaving by 16:30, so that you will reach Shanghai Pudong Airport by dinner time in about two hours.

Our recommendation for your two night stay in the city is Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, which is located in the downtown area and very close to the People's Square Station of subway lines 1, 2, and 8. You can take subway line 2 to People's Square Station from the airport. Use the Exit 7 and the hotel is a few yards north ahead. Just a hint: you need to get off at Guanglan Road Station and walk to the opposite platform to continue the trip. Or take the maglev train from the airport to Longyang Road, and transfer to subway line 2 to the People's Square Station. You can also hire a taxi to get to the hotel from Pudong Airport, which takes about one hour and costs CNY170.

Have a good rest and prepare for your Shanghai tour from Sydney, Australia tomorrow.

Accommodation Suggestion: Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
Day13 Shanghai
Shanghai Bund
After breakfast in the hotel, you may start your tour with Shanghai Museum, where many ancient artworks are on display, such as bronze wares, porcelains, calligraphy and painting works. Take a morning walk south along Middle Xizang Road for 850 yards and you will get to the museum. It is free to access but visitors have to queue to go through security check. There won't be too many visitors in the early morning, so you will have a quick enter into the museum.

After staying there for 2 to 3 hours, you may head to your next destination, Yuyuan Garden, a classical private garden of more than 400 years of history. You can take bus no. 930 at People's Square (Guangdong Road) Station on the east of the museum and get off at Xinbeimen. After alighting, walk south along Anren Street and Yuyuan Garden is 200 yards in front of you. You may taste some local snacks in the food plaza outside the garden, and also stop by the neighboring Old City God's Temple and shopping mall.

The next destination is the Nanjing Road, which is regarded as the shopper's paradise. Take a taxi directly to the entrance of the pedestrian street. Strolling east along the street, you will find big shopping malls, time-honored local stores, and decent restaurants. The famous Huangpu River and the Bund are at the east end of the road. You can take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to enjoy the charming views on both banks. After that, take a taxi to get back to your hotel at a cost of around CNY15.
Day14 Shanghai - Sydney
Your China tour from Australia is completed today. There are direct flights MU8439 1955/0830+1, MU561 2020/0900+1 and MU735 0015/1235 from China Eastern Airlines, CA175 1935/0810+1 from Air China, and QF130 1955/0830+1 from Qantas Airways available from Shanghai to Sydney. Their flying times are all around 10.5 hours. Some of the flights may not fly daily, but at least two to three flights are scheduled everyday for your choice. Ensure that your luggage is not overweight as the additional charge can be quite high for the excess amount.

Please check out of the hotel before 12:00 and take the subway to the Pudong Airport for your homeward flight.
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