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China Sampler flying Qantas 10 Days

$1,999.00 $1,599.00

Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai

As its name suggests, this tour is designed to give you a sample of China's ancient history, rich culture, delicate cuisine, thriving industries, and modern architecture. Walk along the Great Wall and unfold the mystery of the Forbidden City in China's capital Beijing, discover the exquisite 'water and garden' cities Suzhou and Hangzhou – both 'on par with heaven' for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Finally, immerse yourself in dynamic, cosmopolitan, Shanghai.

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall of China at Juyong Pass
  • Uncover the mystery of the Imperial Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Sit by the tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou, much admired by Marco Polo
  • Stroll in one of the finest classical Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • View the the bustling metropolis Shanghai from the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower

Testimonials:

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you everyone at Nexus Holidays for organising a magnificent China Sampler tour. The tour exceeded my expectations in every way. It was operated by very efficient local and national guides, who were both experienced and helpful.

The level of accommodation was exceptional in most instances and the food was great. The optional tours were highly enjoyable and I would give this trip a full 5 star rating.

I will have no hesitation in recommending it to everyone contemplating travelling to China. Thank you for this most memorable experience.

(Janette. August 8, 2015 at 10:01)

My wife and I are just back from the [China Sampler tour]. What a fantastic experience it was too with an interesting program taking in many great sights and a ride on the Maglev too.

Our Nexus guides were brilliant and nothing was too much for them. The hotels were of an excellent standard and the food was very good and very plentiful.

I would recommend Nexus to all my friends and am very grateful for the experience of visiting China in springtime when all the trees are blossoming. I look forward to my next Nexus trip.

(Mike Jones. April 13, 2017 at 11:58 am)

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
19 Jun 23 Oct 13 Nov From $1,999 $1,599
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$720
07 Aug 06 Nov

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying Qantas (subject to availability)
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Airport and hotel transfers and coach transportation
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $90
  • Prepaid high speed train from Beijing to Suzhou: $160
  • China visa application fees
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Recommended Excursions

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.
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Night Cruise $55

Hotel Accommodation

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North local rating or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel local rating or similar
Hangzhou White Horse Lake Jianguo Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating or similar
Fly to Beijing with Qantas, the capital city of China, 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.
Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world! After, continue on to the incredible Forbidden City which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world! Continue on to the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would venerate heaven and pray for a good harvest. Tonight, a welcome banquet awaits you which include the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
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 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).
Today tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved imperial garden in China and a former summer resort for emperors. Next, visit Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. Then experience a Chinese herbal institute, and 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.
This morning, experience the high-speed train to Suzhou! Travelling at up to 300km/h, this modern train network is a testament to China’s desire to be a technological powerhouse. Suzhou is an extraordinarily elegant city which has often been praised as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. Suzhou is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming naturalistic beauty and harmonious construction, a prime example (which you will visit) being the Lingering Garden, one of the four greatest Chinese gardens and a UNESCO world heritage site.
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 serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. After dinner, enjoy an optional open-air performance, Impression West Lake, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games opening Ceremony (at your own expense).
Today, we make our way to Shanghai. Enroute, experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of old Shanghai. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road, and in the evening, enjoy a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show, ERA: The Intersection of Time (at your own expense).
This morning, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. Then taste the famous Xiao Long Bao at a Shanghai Dim Sum restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). After lunch, head to the City God Temple of Shanghai, symbolic of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional district of commerce in the city. In the evening, you may join an optional Huangpu River Night Cruise (at your own expense).
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport for your Qantas flight home.
Arrive back in Australia.