The Best of China 13 Days (2020)


Xi'an, Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai

Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at the 2200 year old Terracotta Army of China's first emperor
  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall of China, near Beijing
  • Uncover the mysteries of the Forbidden City, and walk in Tiananmen Square
  • Sit by tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou, much admired by Marco Polo
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

This tour is designed for you to experience the best of China’s ancient history, rich culture, delicate cuisine, thriving industries and modern architecture. Marvel at the thousands of Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, walk along the Great Wall and unfold the mystery of Forbidden City in the country’s capital. Explore the beautiful gardens and canals of Suzhou, Hangzhou and Wuxi before immersing yourself in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai.

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Departure Dates

2020 Twin Share Per Person Single Supplement
27 Feb*# 21 May 20 Aug From
05 Mar# 28 May 27 Aug
12 Mar# 04 Jun 03 Sep
19 Mar# 11 Jun 10 Sep
26 Mar 18 Jun** 17 Sep**
02 Apr* 25 Jun** 08 Oct*
16 Apr* 02 Jul** 15 Oct+
23 Apr 23 Jul 22 Oct
30 Apr* 30 Jul 26 Oct
07 May* 06 Aug 02 Nov
14 May 13 Aug 12 Nov
+ = Shoulder Season Surcharge $100 per person
* = Peak Season Surcharge $300 per person
** = School Holidays Surcharge $400 per person
# = Yangtze River Cruise extension unavailable


Package Inclusions:

  • Airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier (eg. China Southern/Eastern Airlines, Air China, China/Hainan/Sichuan/Xiamen Airlines)
  • 11 nights 4 to 5-star (local rating) hotel accommodation
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Bullet train – Beijing to Wuxi
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Coach transportation
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Package Exclusions:

  • Prepaid tipping: $130
  • China visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses & anything optional

Price Guide:

  • Airline Upgrade~: Qantas, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $500 subject to availability & applicable fare difference
  • Seasonal Surcharges: * = Peak Season: $300, ** = School Holidays: $400
  • Interstate Surcharge: Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth $300 (interstate flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Early Arrival/Stay Behind Surcharge: From $250 subject to availability and applicable fare difference
  • Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation (incl. breakfast): $150/twin room/night
  • Premium Economy Upgrade~: Cathay Pacific from $2400 (subject to availability)
  • Business Class Upgrade~: China Eastern or China Southern Airlines from $2500, Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $5100 (subject to availability)
  • Child Price: Same as adult
  • Triple Share: Available (rollaway bedding)
  • Group Size: Up to 48 passengers
  • Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure and involve transits

(~) International long haul sectors only.

(^) Yangtze River Cruise post-tour extension is not available.

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Yangtze River Cruise 4/5 Days

From $950 (twin share); Single supplement $750
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.

For details, tap the image above or click here.

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Xi’an Titan Times Hotel or similar
Beijing Wyndham Beijing North or similar
Suzhou Suzhou QingShan Hotel or similar
Wuxi Days Hotel Baile Wuxi or similar
Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar
Shanghai Howard Johnson Hongqiao Hotel or similar

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
Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $35
Hangzhou Impression West Lake $80
Shanghai Chinese Acrobatic Show $75
Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise $40

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.

Testimonials Optional Extension

My husband and I have returned from our 13 day [Best of] China trip, and it was an amazing experience, our tour guides were amazing, Kelly and also our local tour guides 🙂 we loved every moment of it, the culture, the people, the shopping, and for the price unbelievable, we will definitely book through Nexus again, thank you for a memorable time.

(Lee. 29 August 2017)

Fly to Xi’an via a connecting city. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel to rest.
Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.
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 Di. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to a ceramic arts factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. The museum is one of China’s largest, and houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle-making demonstration. Then visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which is not only the most complete city wall to have survived in China, but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening.
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, 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. Your welcome banquet includes 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 long 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 ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors, followed by the Panda House at Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the giant panda. 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. Then, go on a tour of Beijing’s ancient Hutong neighbourhoods (at your own expense), and visit a local family where you will learn about tai chi, Chinese calligraphy, and cricket fighting. Alternatively, climb up Bell Tower to enjoy a bird’s eye view of old Beijing.

Note 1: There is only time available for one option (Hutong Life Tour or Bell Tower). Your tour guide will advise which one is available and suitable based on the day’s schedule. Bell Tower requires climbing stairs.

Note 2: Based on government policy, the number of rickshaws have been significantly reduced and adjustments to the Hutong Life Tour optional have been made to accommodate this change.

Afterwards, take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. Cap off the day by attending a thrilling Kung Fu Show (at your own expense).

Take a high speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed by nature due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate. Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, go sightseeing around Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) to view life along what was known as ‘China’s golden waterway’ in its heyday. Then, take a stroll along the trendy pedestrian streets composed of both ancient and modern architecture.
This morning visit one of the largest fresh water pearl exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens which has often been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese 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 known as the ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Visit the Lingering Garden, which is among the finest gardens in China.
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 the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can 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).
Experience a tea tasting at the Dragon Well tea plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architecture of European design, it is the best place to recapture the Western influence on old Shanghai. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district centred on Nanjing Road. Tonight you can watch a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show (at your own expense).
After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. After lunch, head to the Old Street in the City God Temple area, symbolic of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional district of commerce in the city. Afterwards, you can cap off the celebrations by joining an optional Huangpu River Cruise for a glimpse of a charming view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
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 life time.
Arrive home this morning.