The Best of China 13 Days

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This tour is designed for you to experience the best of China’s ancient history, rich culture, delicate cuisine, thriving industries and modern architecture. Marvel at the thousands of Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, walk along the Great Wall and unfold the mystery of Forbidden City in the country’s capital. Explore the beautiful gardens and canals of Suzhou, Hangzhou and Wuxi before immersing yourself in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai.

Tour Highlights:

  • Marvel at the 2200 year old Terracotta Army of China’s first emperor
  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall of China, near Beijing
  • Uncover the mysteries of the Forbidden City, and walk in Tiananmen Square
  • Sit by tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou, much admired by Marco Polo
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

Package Inclusions:

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane with a full service Chinese carrier (eg. China Southern/Eastern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines)
  • 11 nights 4 to 5-star (local rating) hotel accommodation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Bullet train – Beijing to Wuxi
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Price Excludes

  • Prepaid tipping: $130
  • China visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses & anything optional

Optional Activities

Get to know China better with our list of in-depth excursions recommended to add another dimension to your total experience! They can be prepaid in Australia more than 30 days prior to departure at the discounted AUD prices below, or paid directly in the local currency to your tour guide upon arrival in China. Prepay for all optional programs to receive a $15 discount off the total price. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the prices.


BeijingThe Golden Mask Dynasty$75
BeijingHutong Life Tour$70
BeijingChinese Kung Fu Show$75
WuxiGrand Canal Cruise$35
HangzhouImpression West Lake$80
ShanghaiChinese Acrobatic Show$75
ShanghaiHuangpu River Cruise$40

Day 1Australia Xi’an

Fly to Xi’an via a connecting city. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to rest.
Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.

Day 2Xi’an (B, L, S)

The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Army to see the life-sized defending army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to a ceramic arts factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.

Day 3Xi’an Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The museum is one of China’s largest, and houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle-making demonstration. Then visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which is not only the most complete city wall to have survived in China, but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening.

Day 4Beijing (B, L, D)

Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.

Day 5Beijing (B, L)

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km long marvel. You will also visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).

Day 6Beijing (B, L)

Today tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors, followed by the Panda House at Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the giant panda. Then visit a Chinese herbal institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years, as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage. Later, you can join an optional Hutong Life Tour (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs by pedicab or take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. Cap off the day by attending a thrilling Kung Fu Show (at your own expense).

Day 7Beijing: Bullet Train Wuxi (B, D)

Take a high speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed by nature due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate. Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, go sightseeing around Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) to view life along what was known as ‘China’s golden waterway’ in its heyday. Then, take a stroll along the trendy pedestrian streets composed of both ancient and modern architecture.

Day 8Wuxi Suzhou (B, L)

This morning visit one of the largest fresh water pearl exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens which has often been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is known as the ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Visit the Lingering Garden, which is among the finest gardens in China.

Day 9Suzhou Hangzhou (B, L, D)

This morning visit a silk spinning mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional open-air performance, Impression West Lake, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games opening ceremony (at your own expense).

Day 10Hangzhou Shanghai (B, L)

Experience a tea tasting at the Dragon Well tea plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architecture of European design, it is the best place to recapture the Western influence on old Shanghai. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district centred on Nanjing Road. Tonight you can watch a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show (at your own expense).

Day 11Shanghai (B, D)

After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. After lunch, head to the Old Street in the City God Temple area, symbolic of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional district of commerce in the city. Afterwards, you can cap off the celebrations by joining an optional Huangpu River Cruise for a glimpse of a charming view of Shanghai (at your own expense).

Day 12Shanghai Australia (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport to board your overnight connecting flight via an intermediate city to Australia. The trip may be over but the experiences and memories will certainly last a life time.

Day 13Australia

Arrive home this morning.

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