Natural Wonders of China 19 Days

$6,999.00

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Tour Highlights

  • Zhangjiajie: Be mesmerised by the breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie
  • Fenghuang: A wonderful example of what villages were like prior to the onset of modernisation
  • Yangtze River Cruise: See the Three Gorges Dam as you cruise along the magnificent Yangtze River
  • Chongqing: Enjoy a short tout of the city’s historic sites
  • Jiuzhaigou: Bask in the inherent natural beauty of the Nine Villages Valley
  • Huanglong: Numerous unique landscapes of geological landforms, accumulated travertine landscapes and pools
  • Chengdu: Get up and close to the adorable giant pandas
  • Leshan: Stand at the foot of the towering Grand Buddha
  • Mount Emei: The highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2016 Package Price Per Person Single Supplement
19 Apr 06 Sep From $6,999 $1,350
17 May 18 Oct
14 Jun
2017
18 Apr 15 Aug
16 May 05 Sep
13 Jun 17 Oct

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying with China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
  • 4 nights standard cabin with private balcony aboard Yangtze River Cruise (twin share only)
  • 3 shore excursions (subject to change and favourable weather conditions)
  • Daily meals as indicated on the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transportation: coach, cruise, rail, internal flights (operated by a local carrier)
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)
  • China visa application fees for Australian passport holders present in Australia

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $190
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional shore excursions (payable on board)
  • Optional post-tour Hong Kong & Macau stopover package
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Post-Tour Stopover Package

Hong Kong & Macau 4 Day 3 Night Stopover

From $599

Once a sleepy fishing Village, Hong Kong has now developed into one of the premiere financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends the modern with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences. Dine on some of the best yum cha and wonton noodles in the world, or a taste of more unusual culinary delights such grass jelly or shredded jellyfish.

Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese overseas territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. Its giant casinos and extravagant malls have earned it the nickname, the “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double share)
  • Hotel buffet breakfast
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Half day Hong Kong Island sightseeing tour
  • Macau day tour, lunch and round trip ferry tickets
  • Airfares

Accommodation:

  • Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel 4 star or similar

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $320
  • Alternative hotel upgrade options are available upon request
  • Note: To book this stopover, the airline must first be upgraded to Cathay Pacific at additional cost, please refer to the Price Guide

Accommodation

Changsha Changsha Country Garden Phoenix Hotel local rating or similar
Zhangjiajie Dacheng Shanshui International Hotel local rating or similar
Yangtze River Cruise Yangtze 2, President 7, Victoria Jenna or similar local rating or similar
Chongqing DoubleTree by Hilton Chongqing North local rating or similar
Jiuzhaigou Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort local rating or similar
Chengdu Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel local rating or similar
Mount Emei Huasheng Hotel local rating or similar
Hong Kong Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees local rating or similar

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. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the price.
Zhangjiajie Tianmen Fox Fairy $120
Chengdu Face Changing Show $55
Board an overnight flight via a connecting city to Changsha.
Arrive in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan in south central China. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel.
Today, enjoy breathtaking scenery exploring the UNESCO World Heritage listed Zhangjiajie area, which offers a mix of spectacular limestone formations, sub-tropical forests, waterfalls and mountain ranges. The prototypes for the Floating Hallejujah Mountains featured in the Hollywood blockbuster “Avatar”, directed by James Cameron, are found here in Zhangjiajie. Visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, set up in 1982. It has been described as majestic, tranquil, delicate and wild. The park features fantastical peaks, translucent brooks, abundant fauna and flora and a hospitable climate. Your
welcome banquet tonight features the local cuisine.
Today, visit Tianzi Mountain Natural Resource Reserve. Rich in bewildering peaks and spectacular rock formations, the reserve is renowned for its ethereal clouds and mist, luminous moon, enchanting winter snow and blushing dawn and dusk clouds. Explore the Yellow Dragon Cave, a typical limestone cave which has four layers and is known as “the most beautiful cave in China”. This evening, enjoy a spectacular musical drama (based on a traditional Chinese myth and folk tale, “Love between Man and Fox”), “Tianmen Fox Fairy” (at your own expense), performed at the foot of Tianmen Mountain, with the high mountains and deep valleys as a magnificent backdrop.
Travel to Fenghuang (“Phoenix”) County, an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that harbours unique ethnic languages, customs, arts as well as many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. Immerse yourself in this mysterious, elegant and simple world, dominated by the colour green. The mountain slopes are covered with green foliage, the fields are green and even the Tuo Jiang River reflects the greenery.
Travel by coach to Yichang, the economic and cultural centre of China’s Hubei province and starting point of the Yangtze River adventure. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the docks to board the luxury five-star Yangtze River Cruise. You will receive an introduction on all cruise events and activities on board
Enjoy a tour to the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest dam, before continuing on the Yangtze River Cruise. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery over the next few days as you cross through the Yangtze Three Gorges: Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. Enjoy shore excursions to explore the area’s fascinating history and the tranquil landscapes at your own leisure.
Disembark from the cruise in the port city of Chongqing this morning. Enjoy a short tour of the city’s historic sites, including the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell, People’s Assembly Hall, and Hongya Cave, followed by a famous Chongqing hot pot dinner in the evening.
Fly to Jiu Zhai Huang Long Airport and travel by coach to Jiuzhaigou – Nine Villages Valley.
Explore Nine Villages Valley Scenic Area. The Nine Villages Valley is a great masterpiece of nature, with dreamlike scenery and abundant natural resources. It combines blue lakes, waterfalls, verdant forests, snow-covered mountains, and the folk customs of the Tibetan and Qiang peoples. Stay in the valley for the next two nights, to further explore its beauty.
Travel by coach to Huanglong. The ‘World Wonder’ and ‘Fairy Land on Earth’ are names enjoyed by the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, which is renowned for its hundreds of sparkling mineral pools, where beautiful colours intertwine, and the water cascades down the mountains. From here, continue to the airport to board your flight to Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province.
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The best place to see Chengdu’s most famous residents, it imitates the pandas’ natural habitat to ensure they have the best possible environment for breeding and rearing young. The centre also cares for other rare and endangered wild animals. In the afternoon, explore the dynamic folk custom street Jin Li, and experience the lifestyle of Old Chengdu. This evening, you can enjoy a fascinating show featuring Face Changing, a kind of magic traditional Chinese dramatic art that is the pride of Sichuan opera (at your own expense).
Travel by coach and boat to Leshan, and marvel at the Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for over 100 people to sit between its feet. Later this afternoon, travel onwards to Mount Emei, one of Buddhism’s most sacred, and China’s most impressive mountains.
Today, explore the magnificent mountain of Mount Emei. Towering, beautiful, old and mysterious, Mount Emei resembles an enormous green screen standing in the southwest of the Chengdu Plain. It is the highest among all the famous sightseeing mountains in China. Return to Chengdu in the evening.
Enjoy the morning at leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight via a connecting city to Australia. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a life time.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Stopover Package

Hong Kong & Macau 4 Day 3 Night Stopover

From $599

Once a sleepy fishing Village, Hong Kong has now developed into one of the premiere financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends the modern with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences. Dine on some of the best yum cha and wonton noodles in the world, or a taste of more unusual culinary delights such grass jelly or shredded jellyfish.

Macau is a small peninsula in mainland China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese overseas territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. Its giant casinos and extravagant malls have earned it the nickname, the “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double share)
  • Hotel buffet breakfast
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Half day Hong Kong Island sightseeing tour
  • Macau day tour, lunch and round trip ferry tickets
  • Airfares

Accommodation:

  • Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel 4 star or similar

Price Guide:

  • Single Supplement: $320
  • Alternative hotel upgrade options are available upon request
  • Note: To book this stopover, the airline must first be upgraded to Cathay Pacific at additional cost, please refer to the Price Guide
Fly to Hong Kong, the gourmet and shopping paradise of Asia, and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a half day tour of Hong Kong Island visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market and Aberdeen Fishing Village. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, take a high speed ferry (Turbojet) to Macau for a tour of Asia’s equivalent to Las Vegas, visiting the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, A Ma Temple, Barrier Gate, Senado Square, Casinos and souvenir stores. Enjoy lunch before returning to Hong Kong in the evening.
After breakfast, transfer to Hong Kong airport to board an overnight flight to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.