Jewels of China 12 Days


Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall of China
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Stroll in the exquisite Imperial Summer Palace
  • Gaze in awe at the marvellous Terracotta Army
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai
  • Discover the ancient water towns and garden cities – Suzhou and Hangzhou

This tour is appropriately named, as it reveals many of the jewels in China's crown. In north-eastern China you will see Beijing's star attractions such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, before travelling west to explore Xi'an's unparalleled Terracotta Army. Then it's on to the eastern coastal provinces, to visit storied Hangzhou and Suzhou, as well as glitzy Shanghai. Travellers will enjoy Beijing's famed roast duck, Xi'an's gournet dumplings, and tea from Hangzhou's Dragon Well Tea Plantation, but you'll also get a taste for the shining history, culture, and future of China.

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
07 Jun* 16 Aug 18 Oct From $2,299 $770
14 Jun* 23 Aug* 25 Oct
21 Jun* 30 Aug 01 Nov
19 Jul* 06 Sep** 08 Nov
02 Aug 27 Sep*
09 Aug 11 Oct*
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = School Holidays Surcharge: $400

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability)
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet)
  • Internal flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $110
  • China visa application fees
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Yangtze River Cruise 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.

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 prices.

Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Hutong Life Tour $70
Beijing Chinese Kung-Fu Show $75
Shanghai ERA: The Intersection of Time $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise $55
Suzhou Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Beijing Wyndham Beijing North local rating or similar
Xi’an Titan Times Hotel local rating or similar
Shanghai Wyndham Bund East Hotel local rating or similar
Suzhou Pan Pacific Hotel local rating or similar
Hangzhou White Horse Lake Hotel local rating or similar

Day 1: Australia Beijing

Fly to Beijing 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.
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, we 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. Continue on to the Temple of Heaven, one of the best examples of Ming Dynasty architecture and also an ornate sanctuary where Chinese emperors offered sacrifices to heaven and prayed for a good harvest. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Forbidden City
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, one of the most famous images of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 6,000km marvel. Visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory, and visit the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs, where thirteen of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large-scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for emperors. Then, visit a Chinese herbal institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. This afternoon, join a Hutong Life Tour (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or ‘hutongs’ by pedicab followed by a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. After dinner, cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Kung-Fu Show (at your own expense).
This morning, fly to Xi’an, the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world, during the Tang dynasty, and the capital for eleven dynasties over a period of more than 2,000 years. Today’s highlight is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum, one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th Century, to see the life-sized defending army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Later, visit a ceramic art factory, followed by a special Dumpling Banquet, to be enjoyed with a performance of music and dance from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.).
Visit the fascinating Shaanxi Provincial Museum. 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.
Fly to Shanghai – the modern metropolis and commercial centre of China. This morning we visit a silk spinning mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. Then we 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 the old days. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, local culture, souvenir businesses and food. Afterwards, you may join an optional Huangpu River Cruise (at your own expense).
This morning visit Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. Then we explore the Xintiandi Area, an affluent and fashionable pedestrian street composed of unique shikumen (stone gate) and modern architectural styles. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine. You can cap of the celebrations by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – ERA: The Intersection of Time (at your own expense).
Travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city which has often been praised as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by 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 also known as ‘Venice of the East’. Visit the Shanghai Zoo on the way, to see one of China’s national treasures – the giant pandas. Upon arrival, take an optional cruise (at your own expense) on the Grand Canal to view life along what was known as China’s ‘golden waterway’ in its heyday. Suzhou is also known as the ‘Garden City’, due to its many classical gardens known for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction, a prime example being the Lingering Garden, one of the four greatest Chinese gardens and a UNESCO world heritage site.
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 magnificent West Lake, undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. Later on experience a tea tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After dinner, 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).
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight via an intermediate city to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Extension Package

Majestic Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights

From $950

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 beauty 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 dam.

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 (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
Arrive 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
19:00-20:00 Board the ship at Yichang Dock
24:00 Departs Yichang
Arr/Dept Events
08:00 Briefing on the cruise
08:00-09:00 Passing the Xiling Gorge (East Part)
09:00-11:00 Shore excursion: Three Gorges Dam Site
11:00-13:00 Shore excursion: Visit tribe of Three Gorges (optional)
13:30-15:30 Passing the Three Gorges Dam
16:00 Sail through 5-stage shiplock
18:00 Captain’s Welcome Dinner
20:00 Evening entertainment
Arr/Dept Events
06:30 Breakfast
08:00-12:00 Shore excursion: Shennong Stream
13:30-17:00 Sail through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge
17:30 Shore excursion: White Emperor City (optional, river conditions permitting)
Arr/Dept Events
07:00 Breakfast
08:30-10:30 Shore excursion: Shibaozhai Pagoda
10:30-12:30 Shore excursion: Fengdu Ghost City (optional)
14:00-16:00 Lectures
18:00 Farewell Dinner
After breakfast, disembark from our cruise in the port city of Chongqing at 9am. Transfer to the airport for a connecting flight via an intermediate city to Australia.
Arrive in Australia.