Portraits of China 10 Days (2021)


Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Shanghai

Tour Highlights:
  • Uncover the mystery of Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Race across China on a high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Suzhou
  • Take a boat ride on tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

Discover 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 cities of Wuxi, Suzhou, and Hangzhou – ‘on par with heaven’ for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Finally, immerse yourself in dynamic, cosmopolitan Shanghai.

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Departure Dates

Twin Share Per Person
Single Supplement
25 Feb*# 03 Jun 26 Aug From
04 Mar 10 Jun* 02 Sep
11 Mar 17 Jun** 09 Sep*
18 Mar 24 Jun** 16 Sep**
25 Mar* 01 Jul** 07 Oct*
01 Apr** 08 Jul* 14 Oct
08 Apr** 15 Jul* 21 Oct
15 Apr** 22 Jul* 28 Oct
06 May* 29 Jul 04 Nov
13 May 05 Aug 11 Nov
20 May 12 Aug
27 May 19 Aug
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $100
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
# = Yangtze River Cruise extension not available

Package Inclusions

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier (e.g. China Eastern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines) or other Asian carrier (e.g. Vietnam/Thai/Malaysia Air)
  • 8 nights 3 to 4-star (local rating) hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • High-speed bullet train from Beijing to Suzhou (Second Class Seat)
    • When travelling by railway within China, quantity restrictions apply for powders, liquids, aerosols and gels: no more than 20 ml of nail polish, hair dye, etc.; no more than 120 ml of hair mousse, hair gel, hair spray, insect repellent spray, air freshener, sunscreen spray, deodorant, etc. The restrictions are not limited to the above examples.
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Daily air-conditioned coach transportation
    • Baggage limit: 1 piece 20kg per person
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
  • English speaking local tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions

  • Mandatory tour guide and driver service fee: $135 per person
  • China visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses, optional activities & anything else not mentioned

Price Guide

  • Interstate Surcharge: Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth $300 per person (interstate flights are via Sydney or Melbourne and include more than 1 stop)
  • Early Arrival/Stay Behind/Stopover Surcharge: From $250 per person (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation (incl. breakfast): $75/person/twin room twin share, $150/person/single room
  • Airline Upgrade (Economy class): Qantas, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines (and their codeshare partners) from $500 per person, subject to availability and applicable fare difference (international long haul sectors only)
  • Triple Share: Not available
  • Child Policy: Child discounts do not apply. Minimum age required is 5 years old.
  • Group size: 20-48 passengers per group

Pre-Tour Extension

Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 3 Days

From $500 per person (twin share); Single supplement $150 per person
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.

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Post-Tour Extension

Yangtze River Cruise 4/5 Days

From $900 per person (twin share); Single supplement $750 per person
Yichang, Xiling Gorge, Three Gorges Dam Site, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge & 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.

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Hotel Accommodation

Hotel Name
Beijing Jinfeng Hotel Beijing or similar
Suzhou Holiday Inn Express Suzhou or similar
Wuxi Holiday Inn Express Wuxi or similar
Hangzhou Meiziqing Hotel Hangzhou or similar
Shanghai Crystal Orange Hotel Shanghai or similar

Optional Activities

Get to know China better with our list of in-depth activities recommended to add another dimension to your trip.

All optional activities 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 prices.

Optional Activity
Price Per Person (AUD)
Beijing Forbidden City Tour $85
Beijing Peking Duck Lunch $50
Beijing The Golden Mask Dynasty $75
Beijing Authentic Old Peking Style Lunch $25
Beijing Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Park & Hutong Life Tour $115
Beijing Dumpling Lunch in Dumpling Garden $25
Suzhou/Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $45
Suzhou/Wuxi Jiangnan Dim Sum Meal $25
Hangzhou West Lake Cruise $55
Hangzhou Impression West Lake Show $95
Shanghai Chinese Acrobatic Show $85
Shanghai Half Day Shanghai City Tour w/ Maglev Train experience $85
Shanghai Cruise on Huangpu River + Shanghai Xiaolongbao Meal $75

Note: All optional activities are payable to Nexus Holidays and are subject to availability and minimum numbers. Alternative activities and attractions may not be available in the vicinity and cannot be arranged. Non-participants must wait for the group to finish the activities should they wish to take the group transfer. Transportation is not included and is self-arranged for those not joining optional programs.

Fly to Beijing, 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.
After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square in the centre of Beijing. The square is named after the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its north, which is one of entries to the famed Forbidden City. The square is surrounded by the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. Later, you can join the optional Forbidden City Tour (at your own expense) to explore and discover the mystery of “forbidden” imperial city of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece, and is home to the fascinating National Palace Museum. Then, you may taste the famous traditional local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck for lunch (at your own expense). Cap off your night with a large-scale stage production, the Golden Mask Dynasty Show (at your own expense).

Optional Activities:

  • Forbidden City Tour ($85 per person): Explore and discover the mystery of the ancient and imposing heart of China’s imperial history.
  • Peking Duck Lunch ($50 per person): Enjoy the famous local delicacy, Peking Roasted Duck.
  • The Golden Mask Dynasty Show ($75 per person): Be amazed by the colour, music, and action of this large-scale stage production (evening).
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You’ll have a chance to climb a portion of this 6,000km marvel, at Juyong Pass. Then visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia, and see skilled artisans work at a cloisonné factory. Energise yourself with an Authentic Old Peking Style Lunch (at your own expense). In the afternoon, you can join the optional Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Park & Hutong Life Tour (at your own expense), to tour the largest preserved ancient garden, shoot photos in front of the stunning stadiums and visit a local family in Hutong (ancient alleyways) to see the real life of Beijing people.

Optional Activities:

  • Authentic Old Peking Style Lunch ($25 per person): Enjoy the authentic old Peking style dishes including Spring Rolls, Jing Jiang Rou Si (Sautéed Shredded Pork in Sweet Bean Sauce), etc.
  • Summer Palace, Beijing Olympic Park & Hutong Life Tour ($115 per person): Summer Palace is the largest preserved imperial garden in China, and is recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO declaring “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design”. Then, stroll in the Beijing Olympic Park, where you can see and take good photos in front of the famous and stunning Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadiums. Later, tour the Beijing’s ancient Hutong neighbourhoods, and visit a local family where you will learn about tai chi, Chinese calligraphy, and cricket fighting.

Note: Due to government policy, the capacity is limited for Hutong Life Tour. Alternative activity is to visit the Bell Tower and see the beautiful view of Hutong. Your tour guide will advise which one is available and suitable based on the day’s schedule. Bell Tower requires climbing stairs.

Today, visit the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site. It is imperial complex of religious buildings. The complex is an architectural masterpiece, and was built between 1406 and 1460 AD. The temple was used by China’s emperors for ceremonies honouring the god of harvests. This is followed by a visit to a Chinese herbal medicine institute, and learn about this ancient medical tradition. You may want to taste a dumpling lunch in the Dumpling Garden (at your own expense) before taking a high-speed train to Suzhou. Suzhou has long been known as the ‘Venice of the East’, for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Optional Activity:

  • Dumpling Lunch in Dumpling Garden ($25 per person): Taste different flavours and styles of dumplings from different parts of China in the Dumpling Garden.
After breakfast, tour the exquisite Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the largest silk factory in the country, and discover how silk is manufactured from mulberry-munching silkworms. You may also take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) and view life along this section of the longest and oldest canal in the world. Take a brief break and enjoy a traditional Jiangnan Dim Sum meal (at your own expense). Later in the afternoon, continue to Wuxi. Upon arrival, take a stroll along Nanchang Street, the most bustling pedestrian street in Wuxi, composed of both ancient and modern architectures before transferring back to your hotel.

Optional Activities:

  • Grand Canal Cruise ($45 per person): Cruise on China’s Grand Canal, at 1,776km long and reaching all the way to Beijing, this massive engineering feat was unparalleled in the ancient world.
  • Jiangnan Dim Sum Meal ($25 per person): Enjoy some traditional Jiangnan dim sum such as Wonton, Pan-fried Buns.
This morning, tour beautiful Li Lake (Lihu), which is the most scenic corner of Wuxi’s huge Lake Tai (Taihu), followed by a visit to a freshwater pearl exhibition and store. Continue on to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, You may take an optional cruise on the serene West Lake (at your own expense), which the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, and is noted for its scenic beauty, which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. Savour your day with the famous delicacy Hangzhou Dongpo Pork dinner (at your own expense), and cap off your night by attending the Impression West Lake Show (at your own expense), a large-scale open-air performance bringing the story of West Lake alive before your eyes.

Optional Activities:

  • West Lake Cruise ($55 per person): An optional cruise on the serene West Lake.
  • Impression West Lake Show ($95 per person): a classic created by Zhang Yimou, acclaimed film and theatre director, and architect of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony.
Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation, which produces some of the the best ‘Longjing’ green tea in China. After lunch travel by coach to Shanghai. Upon arrival, visit The Bund, located on the Huangpu River and lined by historical architecture of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the colonial era. Then, visit the City God Temple Bazaar, which is composed of stores selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine, and souvenirs. Tonight you can watch a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show (at your own expense).

Optional Activity:

  • Chinese Acrobatic Show ($85 per person): A thrilling Chinese acrobatic show, featuring Chinese dance, drama, music, and other performing arts and modern technology.
Free day at your own leisure, or you may join the below optional program(s) (at your own expense), to know more about the city:

Optional Activities:

  • Half Day Shanghai City Tour w/ Maglev Train experience ($85 per person): Visit the affluent Xintiandi area which holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. Xintiandi was the site of the first congress of the Communist Party of China, and is now the most expensive place to live in the country. Then explore the free market underground the Shanghai Sci-Tech Museum where you can find lots of goods such as traditional Chinese outfits, shoes and fashion accessories. Next, experience the world’s fastest commercially operating train, running between the city and Shanghai airport with a top speed of 431km/h.
  • Cruise on Huangpu River + Shanghai Xiaolongbao Meal ($75 per person): Taste the Shanghai local delicacy, Xiaolongbao, and cruise along the Huangpu River, you will get a glimpse of the history and spectacular view of cosmopolitan Shanghai.
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 lifetime.
Arrive home this morning.