China Highlights - $899 - 8 Days

Experience the very best of China on this eight-day highlights package visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Gaze in wonder at the glittering skyline of Shanghai, walk along the remarkable Great Wall of China, tour the historic Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and so much more. Travel from Beijing to Hangzhou by high speed train, plus enjoy a scenic boat ride on West Lake. This bucket list trip includes return flights, six nights accommodation, daily breakfast and more.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Discover the highlights of Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai
• Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square
• Explore the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
• Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
• Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
• Walk along the Great Wall of China
• Enjoy some free time in Beijing’s Wangfujing shopping district
• Learn about Longjing Tea at Meijiawu Tea Village, includes tasting
• Take a boat ride on West Lake in Hangzhou
• Explore The Bund promenade in Shanghai
• Visit the inspiring Shanghai Museum
• Learn the art of Silk Spinning in Shanghai

Departures: (2018)
May: 3, 10, 17
June: 7
August: 9
September: 6
October: 25

Booking terms and conditions apply. Subject to availabilty. Additional optional tours available but not included. For full information about this amazing package, email us at info@stonestreets.com.au or phone 07 4687 5555 and speak to our friendly Travel Team.

Departing
03/05/2018
Duration
8 Days
Physical Rating
Basic fitness. Some walking.
Transport
Tour Coach

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Day 1 Australia - Beijing (via Changsha, Shenzhen, Xian or Guangzhou)
Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for Beijing, China! Fly with either China Southern Airlines, Air China or China Eastern Airlines to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check into your hotel. Please note that some customers may depart the day before.
Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
The exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, which is noted as one of the largest public squares in the world, and then the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls. In the afternoon, join an optional tour (not included) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong’s (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab (at your own expense), as well as visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of old Beijing people and their unique architectural structure. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.
Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Beijing, Great Wall Of China
his morning on the way to the Great Wall, will stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as ‘Yu’, and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Next you will visit the Great Wall, a monumental feat of ancient Chinese engineering. Visit The Juyong Pass, which is located in the valley sandwiched by the Jundu Mountains and the ending of the Taihang Mountains. It used to be a stronghold, difficult of access dating back to the Spring and Autumn, the Warring States period (5000-6000 years ago). The Great Wall around the Pass extends over 4 km snaking the ridge of the mountains forming the valley. The natural landscape surrounding the Pass is extremely beautiful. Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included). A creative masterpiece inspired by ancient civilisation, representing a soul-stirring, great love and harmony. Set in the Golden Mask Dynasty.
Overnight: Beijing Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Day 4 Beijing - Hangzhou (High speed bullet train experience)
This morning make a stop at ‘Tongrentang’ to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Enjoy some free time to shop in Wangfujing, the one of the most famous shopping streets of Beijing. This afternoon enjoy a high speed bullet train experience from Beijing to Hangzhou (approximately a 6 hour journey). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the train station and then escort you to check into your hotel.
Overnight: Hangzhou Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Hangzhou - Shanghai
Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands. This afternoon drive to Shanghai (approximately a 3 hour journey). Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. Tonight there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).
Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Shanghai
This morning visit the famous Bund. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai’s banks and trading houses. China is known for its silk, so of course a visit to a Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Then step back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 art objects on show. Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (not included) including Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Other attractions include Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road. In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (not included).
Overnight: Shanghai Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Shanghai – Australia (via Changsha, Shenzhen, Xian or Guangzhou)
fter breakfast bid farewell to China and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Australia.
Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Day 8 Arrive in Australia

FLIGHTS:

Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/ MEL/*BNE/*ADL/*PER ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION:

6 nights hotel accommodation

DINING:

Enjoy daily breakfast plus 1 feature lunch

TOUR ESSENTIALS:

English speaking tour guides

TRANSPORT: 

1 way high speed train from Beijing to Hangzhou (economy class)

Transportation by A/C vehicles

TRANSFERS:

Return airport and rail transfers

Departing
03/05/2018
Duration
8 Days
Physical Rating
Basic fitness. Some walking.
Transport
Tour Coach
Price
AUD $899.00
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