China Highlights Flying Qantas 8 Days


Shanghai, Beijing

Tour Highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai
  • Race across China on the high-speed train to Beijing
  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the treasures of the Forbidden City
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace

Experience two of the most significant cities in contemporary China. Shanghai is the financial nerve-centre of the mainland Chinese economy, and is diverse and cosmopolitan due to it's being the first Chinese city to open up to a foreign colonial presence. Beijing is the political centre of the country, and is the location of the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, and close to the iconic Great Wall and charming Summer Palace. Feast your senses on the meeting of the hyper-modern and the ancient highlights of this fascinating land, in this classic taste of the world's newest superpower.

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Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
06 Aug 17 Oct 31 Oct From
13 Aug 22 Oct 05 Nov
10 Oct 24 Oct 12 Nov
15 Oct 29 Oct 19 Nov

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane flying Qantas (subject to availability)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $70
  • High speed train fee from Beijing to Shanghai prepaid in Australia: $160
  • China visa application fees
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary

Tour Extension Optional Extension

Yangtze River Cruise Tour Extension 4/5 Days from $950

Yichang, Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge, Shibaozhai Pagoda, Chongqing

A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a lifetime. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and amazing natural beauty of the famed Three Gorges: Qutang , Wu, and Xiling, while exploring historical relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river.

For details, tap the image above or click here.


Xi’an 3 Day Extension

Xi’an was the capital of China for eleven dynasties, over a period of more than 2,000 years. Now the city is famed for the ‘Terracotta Army’ of Qin Shi Huang – the first ruler to unify the lands that became modern China. Take in one of the wonders of the ancient world with two nights in Xi’an.

This extension may occur before the core tour, or will depart from Shanghai on Day 5, or from Beijing on Day 6. If departing from Shanghai, you will not take the high-speed train to Beijing.

For a detailed itinerary, or a quotation, please contact us.

Optional ProgramsOptional Extension

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 price.

Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise $55
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Summer Palace, Panda House & Hutong Life Tour $120
Beijing Chinese Kung-Fu Show $75
Beijing Peking Duck Dinner $40

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating or similar
Beijing Wyndham Beijing North local rating or similar

Testimonials Optional Extension

I have recently returned from our 8 Day China Tour with Nexus Holidays and I would like to offer some feedback.

First of all the correspondence with Nexus Holidays here in Australia by email and phone contact was excellent. I always received a response to my questions in a very prompt timely timeframe. Great service.

Our guide in Shanghai was Helen. Helen was fantastic. She manipulated the itinerary to suit the time and interest of the tour group and added way more than we were expecting, all on her own accord, simply to make our holiday more impressive. Helen is an exceptional guide and I would like Nexus to also acknowledge Helen for her hard work too.

The Wyndam Bund East (hotel) was brilliant. Fantastic location, beautiful rooms, just perfect. We loved this property.

Whilst in Beijing, we had a tour guide called Eddie. Well this man was knowledgeable, professional, brilliant in his role and an overall very nice man. I can’t speak highly enough of Eddie and I would like Nexus to acknowledge Eddie as a brilliant Tour Guide and he should be recognised for his extreme hard work and support of the Nexus Holidays clients. Eddie took good care of all the clients and his knowledge of Beijing is similar to an encyclopedia!

Finally, I would say this holiday was exceptional value for money. I would recommend Nexus Holidays to all my friends and would definitely travel again with Nexus. Thank you for a very memorable holiday, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can’t fault a single thing.

(Leanne. June 25, 2016 at 9:59)

Fly to Shanghai via a connecting city. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.

Shanghai, on the Yangtze River delta, has a long history as a gateway to China. It is the largest economic and trade hub in China, and one of the centres of China’s modern culture and media. This Morning we walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by colonial architecture of European design, this is the best place to capture the western influences of Old Shanghai. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, local culture, souvenir businesses, and food. After a welcome dumpling lunch you may take a relaxing Huangpu River Cruise tour (optional, at your own expense), before visiting a silk spinning mill and learning how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.

Optional Show: ERA – Intersection of Time. See a captivating combination of Chinese history, mesmerising martial arts, and incredible special effects throughout the unique spectacle.

Enjoy a free day to explore Shanghai at your own pace. Optional Tour: Shanghai Museum & Xintiandi Area – Visit the Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Then explore the Xintiandi Area, a modern and fashionable district that also displays traditional Shanghai architecture. In the afternoon, experience the high-speed train to Beijing, travelling at up to 300km/h. The expanding Chinese high-speed rail network is the world’s largest, and a testament to the nation’s desire to be a technological powerhouse.
Begin this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world. The square is named after the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace), the gate of the Forbidden City located to its north. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes and has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history. 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. After, continue on to the incredible Forbidden City, which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to the Qing dynasty, the years 1420 to 1912. The complex consists of 980 buildings and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

Optional Peking Duck Dinner: Tonight, head out for one of the most famous Chinese dishes and a speciality of Beijing, Peking Duck.

Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was a solid stronghold encircling a valley, which was the northern direct access to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there will be plenty of time to learn about the wall’s construction. You will be given the chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Return to Beijing and stop at one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Cloisonné is a famous traditional enamel ware, with a history of over 500 years.

Optional Show: The Golden Mask Dynasty. This show incorporates dancing, acrobatics, some magnificent costumes, and one or two surprises. Seen by an estimated 1.1 million people, it is one of Beijing’s must-see shows.

Enjoy a free day to explore Beijing at your own pace. Beijing has something for everyone, from rich culture, to gourmet food, to some of the best shopping in the world. Optional Summer Palace, Panda House & Hutong Life Tour: Enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors followed by the Panda House in Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. The Hutong Life Tour is a rickshaw ride around the intricate winding alleyways (hutongs) to admire the traditional courtyard houses. Even today, many residents are reluctant to move from their beloved hutongs, and many have been renovated into boutiques, tea houses, and restaurants. You’ll be invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic old Beijing life.

Optional Chinese Kung-Fu Show: Tonight, enjoy an energetic mix of traditional Chinese martial arts, dance and high-flying acrobatics show set in a modern theatre. Combined with an excellent storyline, exceptional stage design and professional actors this show is not to be missed for Chinese Kung-Fu enthusiasts or those seeking a thrilling performance.

Summer Palace
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Beijing Airport this afternoon to board your homebound flight to Australia via an intermediate city.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Mid-Tour Extension Package

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights

From $590

Xi’an was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world, during the Tang dynasty, and was the capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years. Together with Athens, Cairo and Rome, Xi’an is among the four major ancient civilisation capitals of the world.


  • Terracotta Warriors & Horses
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Great Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shaanxi Provincial History Museum
  • Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show
  • Imperial Dumpling Banquet


  • Return economy class airfares to Xi’an
  • All transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, S=Special Banquet)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English-speaking guide service


  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $30
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $120
  • Note: Flights to and from Xi’an replace the high speed train between Beijing and Shanghai
  • All airline or flight-related upgrades defined in the Price Guide of the core tour incur an additional $200
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions


  • Kempinski Hotel 5 star local rating or similar
After arriving in Xi’an last night and transferring to your hotel to rest, this morning we begin to explore Xi’an, starting with the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum, one of the first state museums in China and one of the largest, housing over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. Enjoy lunch, featuring a special noodle-making demonstration, before a visit to the Ancient City Wall, the most complete ancient city wall surviving in China. Later, visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city.
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. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to a ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show. Fly to Beijing this evening and continue the core tour.

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights

From $1090

After walking along the Great Wall in Beijing, stroll through classic gardens in Suzhou, and immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai, relax as you cruise along the majestic Yangtze River and discover the dramatic gorges, mountain villages and breathtaking scenery. A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a life time. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and amazing natural beauties of the famed Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, while exploring the historic relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river.

Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and tranquil landscapes including the spectacle of Fengdu Ghost City, a peculiar site that contains statues of demons and ghosts that roam the after-world; the fun of drifting through Shennong Stream, which offers clear running waters, picturesque rock formations, and monkeys and goats along its banks; and the wonder of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest.

A Yangtze River cruise is a visual delight, full of pleasant surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered. The images will stay with you long after you have returned home.

Ship: Luxury 5 Star – President 7, Yangtze 2, Victoria Jenna, or similar

The luxurious President 7 is a newly-constructed ship of modern design and construction technique. It first sailed on the Yangtze River in April of 2013. With a length of 146.8m and width of 20.2m, the ship possesses 215 deluxe cabins, 13 executive cabins and 2 presidential cabins, which all together can accommodate up to 580 passengers. There are about 200 staff on board offering superior and comprehensive service to guests whenever needed. Besides the high-quality service, the ship is also equipped with the most advanced facilities, like satellite television, satellite phone, and air-conditioning. You will be impressed by the considerate design of providing a large swimming pool, deluxe cinema, golf driving range, children’s park and barrier-free facilities, which make this quite different from traditional cruise ships.


  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony (twin share)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and favourable weather conditions)
  • Economy class domestic flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • All transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English-speaking guide service (on board)


  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $50
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Personal expenditure

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $750
  • Rooms are twin occupancy only. Double and triple share are not available on the cruise
  • Cruise ship used is dependent on availability and is subject to change
  • This extension can be combined with other optional tour extensions
This morning fly to the port city of Yichang, the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise for the next four nights. After dinner, we board the cruise and receive an introduction on cruise events and onboard activities.
Arr/Dept Events
18:30-21:00 Board the ship at Yichang Dock
21:00 Cruise Introduction
Arr/Dept Events
06:30 Depart Yichang
08:30-10:45 Shore excursion to Three Gorges Tribe (optional)
11:00 Set sail, passing through the Xiling Gorge
14:00-16:30 Shore excursion: Three Gorges Dam
16:30-21:00 Set sail, passing through the Three Gorge Ship Locks
18:20-19:00 Captain’s Welcome Dinner
Arr/Dept Events
07:30 Set sail, passing through the Wu Gorge
08:30-12:30 Shore excursion: Lesser Three Gorges (by boat)
14:00 Set sail, passing through the Qutang Gorge
15:00-17:30 Shore excursion: White Emperor City (optional, river conditions permitting)
20:30 Entertainment show
Arr/Dept Events
07:00 Breakfast
08:30-10:30 Shore excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda
14:00-16:30 Shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (optional)
21:00 Entertainment show
After breakfast, disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing. Transfer to the airport for a connecting flight via an intermediate city to Australia.
Arrive in Australia.