This exciting tour showcases the stunning beauty of China’s quintessential natural scenery in Guilin, the Li River, Yangshuo, Kunming, Lijiang, Dali and the futuristic city of Shanghai and much more…
Day 1 Fly across the Pacific Ocean
After touching down at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, we will transfer to a short domestic flight bound for Guilin, the first destination of our China Tour.
Day 2-3 Step into the Fairyland – Guilin, the Li River and Yangshuo
Situated in a karst region, Guilin boasts some of the most amazing natural wonders in the world – incredibly intriguing limestone cliffs, zigzag karst caverns, stalactites in amazing colours and shapes, fascinating underground lakes and shoals, and above all the picturesque Li River mirroring the unimaginable artwork by nature in its complete serenity. Among the highlights of our Guilin tour are a most relaxing and refreshing cruise along the Li River known as the ‘100-mile Art Gallery’; enjoy the most charming landscape along the Li River – the Hill of Nine Horses racing against each other, the Elephant Trunk Hill standing at the junction between the Li River and Peach Blossom River, the twin gold-silver towers, the Ray of
Sunshine, the Pagoda of Sunset, the Reed Flute Cavern…
The cruise ends in Yangshuo, another fairyland with the endless paddy fields, wading buffaloes, quacking ducks, and mist winding around the emerald pinnacles…
Our Guilin tour finishes with a spectacular evening outdoor show – Impression Sister Liu – against the picturesque backdrop of the Li River and limestone mountains. The show was directed by Zhang Yimou, an Oskar award winner for the best foreign film director.
Day 4-8 Discover the beauty of Kunming, Dali and Lijiang
After parting Guilin, the Li River and Yangshuo, we will embark on an exciting tour of Kunming, ‘the City of Perpetual Spring’. For centuries, the sheer charm of the landscape of Kunming has captured the imagination of tourists all over the world, among them Marco Polo who documented the fascinating landscape of Kunming in his travel diary – The Travels of Marco Polo in the 13th century.
Among the highlights of our Kunming Tour are the Stone Forest, an incredible wonder created by nature through millions of years of ‘carving’ with wind and rain; the ancient sacred Chongsheng Triple Pagodas built in Tang and Sun Dynasty, the largest Buddhist temple group ever constructed in south China.
The panorama of China’s quintessential natural sceneries keeps unfolding as we arrive in magic Dali and Lijiang. Among the highlights are Dali and Lijiang Ancient Towns, a World Cultural Heritage Site designated by the UNESCO. Walking down the old cobblestone streets paved more than 700 hundred years ago, strolling around the ancient town dotted with primitive houses and shops, we are stepping back in time for hundreds of years.
Experience the famous Dong Ba culture and primitive way of life, scale the Jade Dragon Mountain known as ‘the closest glacier to the equator’ and explore the subtropical rain forests a few thousand meters above the sea level and much more …
Day 9-10 Relax, refresh and Reenergize with a 2-day Tai Chi/Qigong training workshop (optional as alternative tour of well-known local attractions is available)
Day 11-12 Experience the futuristic city of Shanghai
With renewed energy, we are ready to discover Shanghai – the largest and the most futuristic of China with cutting-edge technology, the state of art infrastructure, super modern skyscrapers and dazzling shops… Among the highlights of our Shanghai Tour are the Pudong New Development Zone showcasing China’s economic miracle; Shanghai Free Trade Zone, the first ever in China; the Bund, the legacy of European influence dating back to 19th century; Nanjing Road, the shopping Paradise of the East; and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the tallest TV tower in Asia, giving visitors a bird’s-eye view of this spectacular city.
Day 13 Return to Australia, ending the 13-day incredible tour
(1) Return international airfare from Sydney to China
(2) Domestic air, cruise, coach and train fares inside China
(3) To and from hotels transfers
(4) All sightseeing admissions
(5)Twin share accommodation for 4 to 5 star luxury hotel and cabin room
(6) Breakfast, lunch and dinner in best possible restaurants
(7) Standard international travel insurance
(8) Airport tax and fuel surcharge
(9) English tour guide
Surcharge applies if single hotel and cruise cabin is required
Tipping is voluntary by tour participants