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China SplendourTour

China SplendourTour

story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China

A fascinating China tour package with a focus on the majesty of imperial Beijing, a tour of the archaeological wonders of Xian and travel to cosmopolitan Shanghai, this 18 day, Asian tour is enhanced by the stunning Guilin limestone landscape and the picturesque cities of the Yangtze delta.

WED: AUSTRALIA & BEIJING
Depart Australia on your Cathay Pacific Airways flight to Beijing via Hong Kong. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Beijing Marriott City Wall Hotel for five nights.

THU-SUN: BEIJING
Four days visiting fascinating sights such as the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Tour the Sacred Way, the Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall. See the giant pandas at Beijing Zoo, stroll along the ancient Qin Men Avenue and stop at the Silk Market. Witness the ‘hutongs’ – the ‘back alley’ – by cycle rickshaw and dine with a local family where you can obtain a glimpse into their lifestyle. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner and a performance of ‘The Legend of Kung Fu’ during your stay.
MEALS: Breakfast x4, Lunch x4 & Dinner x1

MON: BEIJING & XIAN
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian and stay two nights at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Enjoy a cultural show with dinner at the Tang Dynasty Theatre.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

TUE: XIAN
In Xian, marvel at amazing archaeological wonders - the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the Chariot Exhibition, Shaanxi History Museum and the 14th century old City Wall.
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

WED: XIAN & GUILIN
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin and stay two nights at the Guilin Bravo Hotel. Enjoy an evening cultural show.
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

THU: LI RIVER CRUISE
Take a cruise along the Li River. See landscapes of craggy mist-shrouded peaks, unusual rock formations and fishermen working on bamboo rafts. Arrive at the village of Yangshuo and browse small stores and street stalls before returning to your hotel by coach.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

FRI: GUILIN & HANGZHOU
Morning visit to the Reed Flute Cave. Afternoon flight to Hangzhou and stay two nights at the Holiday Inn. Enjoy an evening lakeside musical production “Impression West Lake” (except in winter).
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

SAT: HANGZHOU
Hangzhou, renowned for its ‘heavenly beauty’, picturesque gardens and tranquil surroundings, is revealed today as you enjoy a leisurely cruise on the West Lake and view the Three Moon Reflection Island. Continue on to the Pagoda of Six Harmonies and Linyin Temple. There will be a chance to visit a tea plantation.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

SUN: HANGZHOU, WHUZHEN & SUZHOU
Coach to Wuzhen, a 1,000 year old town embraced by the Grand Canal and intersected by countless rivers and small canals. The ancient docks, waterside pavilions and corridors that stretch for miles combine to create a truly romantic atmosphere. Continue onto Suzhou and stay two nights at the Holiday Inn Jasmine. Enjoy an evening cultural show in the Master of the Nets Garden (except in winter).
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

MON: SUZHOU
See lovely gardens and waterways as you tour the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Lingering Garden before visiting a silk factory and joining a short cruise along the canals.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

TUE: SUZHOU & SHANGHAI
Coach to Shanghai and stay three nights at the Central Hotel. This evening enjoy an acrobatic show.
MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

WED:-THU: SHANGHAI
Spend a day exploring this gracious and cosmopolitan city. See the former Colonial Concessions along the Bund for a view of the ‘yesterday & today’ of Shanghai. Enjoy the sound and light show in the unique “cable car” tunnel ride beneath the Huangpu River to Pudong and stop at the soaring Jin Mao Tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. Stroll along the alleyways of Old Chinatown, visit the Yu Garden and enjoy a river cruise before returning to your hotel. Next day visit the Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi, a restored area of distinctive ‘shikumen’ houses and the site of the 1st National Communist Party Congress.
MEALS: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2 & Dinner x1

FRI: SHANGHAI & AUSTRALIA
Farewell China as you board the Maglev, the world’s fastest train for a ride to the airport to join your overnight flight home.
MEALS: Breakfast

SAT: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

-Economy class airfare to/from China
-China domestic economy class air travel
-16 nights 4-5 star hotel accommodation
-16 buffet breakfasts, 15 lunches, 6 dinners
-6 evening cultural shows with transfers to/from your hotel (Hangzhou/Suzhou – except in winter)
-All specified transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
-Professional English-speaking guides
-China visa for Australian passport holders
-Travel kit including a 424 page Odyssey China book and cabin bag
-A$465 departure taxes, security and fuel surcharges (subject to change)
-Land content prices – excludes air travel to/from China 

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