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China in Depth 2019/20

1 country
5 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
3-night Yangtze river cruise
Immerse yourself in the beauty and traditions of the Far East on this in-depth journey through modern and ancient China. Explore the cities of Beijing and Shanghai, visit the iconic Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and giant pandas, and cruise the beautiful Li & Yangtze Rivers.Forbidden CityOur tour starts in the bustling city of Beijing, where we'll visit the Forbidden City, enjoy an authentic Peking Duck banquet and walk on the marvel that is the Great Wall of China. There is plenty of time for photos, so make sure your camera is fully charged!From Ancient Dynasties to Giant PandasAnother fantastic highlight of this China tour is a visit to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which are considered to be one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century. We then enjoy an exciting day at the Chengdu Panda Base visiting the Giant Pandas, one of the world's rarest animals. Simply beautiful! Next we board our cruise ship and cruise on one of the world's greatest waterways - the Yangtze River, for 3 nights. We enjoy shore trips including a visit to Shibaozhai, a 12-storey pavilion built during the Ming dynasty.Bustling MetropolisesOur China adventure ends in Shanghai, the New York of the Orient. Here we enjoy a day-trip to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, then back in Shanghai we take a stroll along the Bund, explore the famous Nanjing Road, and visit the beautiful Yu Garden and lively Yuyuan market.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to China. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within China
  • Bullet train between Beijing & Xi'An
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding Rickshaws & some water based activities)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $230pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 3 nights on the Yangtze Century Paragon cruise ship (5-star Chinese Standard) including quality meals, on-board service and some shore excursions
  • 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides throughout
  • English-speaking national guide throughout

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing:

Classical China and its capital

  • Ride through the hutongs of Beijing by rickshaw and enjoy lunch with a local family.
  • Visit the beautiful Summer Palace and take a Dragon Boat cruise on Kunming Lake.
  • Explore some of Beijing's most iconic sights, including Tianamen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven.
  • Walk the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu Section), one of the wonders of the world, and stroll along the Sacred Way, the approach to the Changling Tomb from the Ming dynasty.

The end of the Silk Road

  • Travel across the Chinese countryside by fast train to Xi'an.
  • Wander along Xi'an's Ancient City Walls and visit the Bell Tower.
  • Visit the spectacular Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum, the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century.
  • Discover more of authentic China on a visit to Xi'an's Muslim street, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road trading route. Experience a Shadow Puppet Show in a traditional dwelling in the Muslim Quarter.

Dramatic landscapes and limestone karst peaks

  • Explore Guilin's Reed Flute Cave and take in amazing views overlooking Guilin from Fubo Hill.
  • Cruise the scenic Li River to Yangshuo, believed to be the most beautiful route in China.

Culinary delights

  • Stroll down the oldest street in Yangshuo, West Street, with more than 1,400 years of history. Enjoy some time at leisure here to experience cuisine from around the world.
  • Try your hand at cooking, Chinese style, in a cooking class in the countryside of Yangshuo.

The beautiful Giant Pandas

  • In Chengdu see Wenshu Temple and Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in the Sichuan Province that dates back some 1,800 years.
  • Watch the beautiful Giant Panda's going about life at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda breeding.

Asia's longest river

  • Enjoy a 3-day journey along the Yangtze River on board the luxury Century Paragon cruise ship.

Contrasts of old and new

  • Explore modern and traditional Shanghai on a city tour, including the Shanghai Museum, the Bund & Nanjing Rd, an evening Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Centre Theatre, a visit to Yu Garden and the lively Yuyuan Market.
  • Enjoy a day excursion to Zhujiajiao water town. Take a boat cruise on the river, see Fangsheng Bridge, Beida Street and the Xi Family Residence.
  • Travel on the amazing Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) Train to Shanghai airport, reaching speeds of up to 430km/h.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
18
Price From
AUD $7,395
Start Location
China
End Location
China
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
6 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
06 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $6,955
20 Apr 201907 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,955
04 May 201921 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,955
18 May 201904 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,955
22 Jun 201909 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
20 Jul 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
17 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
31 Aug 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
07 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
14 Sep 201901 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
21 Sep 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
28 Sep 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
05 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
02 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $6,855
21 Mar 202007 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $6,855
ItineraryExpand
China in Depth 2019/20
Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Beijing

Ni hao! Welcome to China and the bustling capital city of Beijing.

Day 2. 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 group welcome dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Beijing

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]

Day 4. Beijing

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]

Day 5. Beijing - Xi'an

We travel to Xi'an by fast train. Highlights of our city tour this afternoon includes the well-preserved city walls and the Bell Tower. [B]

Day 6. Xi'an

We see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses this morning. Later we'll explore the Muslim Market, passing through its narrow bazaar street filled with local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs. We'll also enjoy a Shadow Puppet show in Xi'an's Muslim Quarter - the famous Silk Road's starting point over 1,000 years ago. [B,L]

Day 7. Xi'an - Guilin

This morning we fly to beautiful Guilin. Its name means '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]

Day 8. Guilin - Yangshuo

A relaxing day cruising the Li River to Yangshuo. Enjoy the stunning views of the dramatic karst mountain landscape and watch colourful village life pass us by. [B,L]

Day 9. Yangshuo

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]

Day 10. Yangshuo - Chengdu

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 before soaking up the charming atmosphere of Jinli Old Street. [B,D]

Day 11. Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise

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 for our three-night cruise on the Yangtze River, Asia's longest river. [B,L]

Day 12. Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy the stunningly captivating 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]

Day 13. Yangtze River Cruise

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]

Day 14. Yangtze River Cruise - Shanghai

We visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydrlectric dam in the world, before disembarking in Yichang. [B,L]

Day 15. Shanghai

This morning we fly to Shanghai where we'll spend a day touring this magnificent city. 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]

Day 16. Shanghai

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]

Day 17. Depart Shanghai

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 18. Arrive Australia

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.