13 DAY CHINA SAMPLER
Limited spaces available
As its name suggests, this tour is designed to give you a sample of 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, as well as Suzhou and Hangzhou – both cities 'on par with heaven' for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Before leaving the mainland, immerse yourself in the dynamic and cosmopolitan Shanghai. Due to the popularity of Hong Kong as a mecca for food and shopping, and other assorted charms, we have added a three night stopover there on the return leg of your China Sampler tour.
Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying Cathay Pacific
12 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double/triple share)
Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Internal flights (operated by a local carrier)
Round trip airport and hotel transfers
Entrance fees to scenic attractions
English speaking tour guide(s)
Tipping prepaid in Australia: $100
China visa application fees
Optional recommended excursions
Optional tour extensions
Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Personal expenditure and anything not stated
Day 1: Australia Fly to Beijing
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 day before.
Day 2: Beijing
Beijing 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. 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.
Day 3: Beijing
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 3,700-mile marvel. You will also visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia enroute. 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).
Day 4: Beijing
Today tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for emperors, followed by the 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. Later, you can join an optional Hutong Life Tour (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or ‘hutongs’ by pedicab, or take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets.
Day 5: Beijing to Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai and travel to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with natural attractions 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, we have the option of visiting Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along what was known as China’s ‘Golden Waterway’ in its heyday, then stroll along the trendy pedestrian streets composed of both ancient and modern architecture (at your own expense).
Day 6: Wuxi to Suzhou
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. Suzhou 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 also known as ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as the ‘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.
Day 7: Suzhou to Hangzhou
This morning visit a silk spinning mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the Day 8: Hangzhou Shanghai (B, L) Day 9: Shanghai (B, D) Day 10: Shanghai Hong Kong (B) Day 11: Half-day Hong Kong Island Tour (B) Day 12: Hong Kong Free Day at Leisure (B) Day 13: Hong Kong Australia (B) Optional Pre-Tour Extension Package Xi’an Terracotta Warriors 2 Nights From $690 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, and 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).
Day 8: Hangzhou to Shanghai
Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis and the 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 capture the Western influences of the old days. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road. Tonight you can watch a superb and thrilling Chinese acrobatic show ERA: The Intersection of Time (at your own expense).
Day 9: Shanghai
After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund. Then taste the famous Xiao Long Bao at a Shanghai dumpling restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). After lunch, head to the City God Temple of Shanghai, symbol of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional commerce district in the city. After tonight’s farewell celebration dinner, you can cap off the celebrations by joining an optional Huangpu River Night Cruise for a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
Day 10: Shanghai to Hong Kong
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport to board your flight to Hong Kong. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11: Half-day Hong Kong Island Tour
Enjoy a half-day tour of Hong Kong Island visiting Victoria Peak for incredible views of the city, Stanley Market for shopping and local character, and Aberdeen Fishing Village, to see sampans and houseboats framed against the soaring skyscrapers of the city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12: Hong Kong Free Day at Leisure
Today is free and easy at your leisure. Track down some famous Hong Kong red roast pork or dumpling noodle soup, photograph the densely built-up cityscape, or just lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of this unique island metropolis. If you are out of ideas, you may choose to join one of our optional activities.
Day 13: Hong Kong to Australia
Transfer to the airport for your flight home to Australia.
THE FINE PRINT
* Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** School Holiday Surcharge: $400
Interstate Surcharge: Adelaide $300, Perth $600 (interstate flights are via Sydney or Melbourne)
Child Price: Same as adult
Early Arrival/Stay Behind/Stopover Surcharge: From $250 (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation (incl. breakfast): $75/person/twin room twin share, $150/person/single room
Premium Economy Upgrade~: Cathay Pacific from $2200 (subject to availability)
Business Class Upgrade~: Cathay Pacific from $4100 (subject to availability)
Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 3 weeks before departure and involve transits
All prices, itineraries, airlines, hotels and cruise ships are subject to availability and change without prior notice. Nexus Holidays reserves the right to provide substitutes of similar standard and adjust the itinerary as we see fit to ensure the smooth running of the tour. Passengers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary. The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land. Please check all information before booking.