Classical China and its capital
The end of the Silk Road
Dramatic landscapes and limestone karst peaks
The beautiful Giant Pandas
Asia's longest river
Contrasts of old and new
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|23 Mar 2019||09 Apr 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $6,670|
Ni hao! Welcome to China and the bustling capital city of Beijing.
Special Experience: Ride through Beijing's hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) by rickshaw to explore a different side of the city. We'll then visit a local home to try some homemade dumplings.
After lunch we'll visit the beautiful Summer Palace and take a dragonboat cruise on Kunming Lake. Tonight we enjoy an authentic Peking Duck banquet for our welcome dinner. [B,L,D]
A must-do for every visitor to China, today we'll walk a small section of the Great Wall. Built more than 2,000 years ago, and spanning some 6,700 kilometres, the Great Wall is perhaps China's most iconic attraction. We also visit Sacred Road; lined with huge stone statues, it was originally built to lead the way to the Changling Mausoleum. [B,L]
Today we visit Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City. We'll also discover the beautiful Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed rituals to ensure a good harvest in ancient times. [B,L]
We travel to Xi'an by fast train. We'll take a city tour this afternoon. Highlights include the well-preserved city walls and the Bell Tower. [B]
We see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses this morning. This afternoon we'll explore the Muslim Market, passing through its narrow bazaar street filled with local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs. This was the starting point of the famous Silk Road more than 1,000 years ago. [B,L]
This morning we fly to beautiful Guilin, its name meaning 'Forest of Sweet Osmanthus' due to the many osmanthus trees that line the streets of the city. This afternoon we'll visit the Reed Flute Cave and explore scenic Fubo Hill. [B,L]
A relaxing day cruising the Li River to Yangshuo. Enjoy the stunning views of the dramatic karst mountain landscape and watch colourful village life as we pass by. [B,L]
Special Experience: We'll take a cooking class this morning and learn some traditional techniques and recipes.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to take in this beautiful setting at your own pace. Why not take a stroll down the famous West Street for dinner? [B,L]
Today we fly to Chengdu, home of the giant pandas. Enjoy an afternoon cup of traditional Chinese tea at Wenshu Temple - Chengdu's oldest and largest Buddhist temple. Then we'll soak up the atmosphere of Jinli Old Street. [B,D]
Special Experience: We get up close with the endangered giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Later we take an express train to Chongqing to board our three-night Yangtze River cruise. [B,L]
Enjoy the stunning scenery as we cruise along the Yangtze. This afternoon we'll take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, the 'Precious Stone Fortress', built during the Ming Dynasty. [B,L,D]
Spend the morning relaxing on board and admiring the view before an afternoon shore excursion to Shenny Stream, a smaller tributary of the Yangtze. [B,L,D]
We visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydrlectric dam in the world, before disembarking in Yichang. Later this afternoon we'll fly to the sprawling metropolis of Shanghai. [B,L]
We spend a day touring the magnificent city of Shanghai. Highlights include a visit to Shanghai Museum, a stroll along the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. We'll continue to the beautiful Yu Garden and see the lively Yuyuan Market. Tonight we'll enjoy an incredible acrobatics show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. [B,L]
Special Experience: We explore Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town dating back some 700 years. Complete with traditional old bridges and small rivers, it's set against a stunning backdrop of lakes and mountains.
This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,L,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]