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Discover the breathtaking capital city of China, travel in comfort while enjoying some of the highlights in Beijing such as the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. Then you are heading to historical Xi’an for renowned Terracotta Warriors and the modernist Shanghai. Then, you will relax on the Yangtze River Cruise which goes through the longest river in China.

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    Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Yangtze River Cruise

    Please note: Itinerary scheduled activities are subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic conditions and other unforeseen occurrences.
    All optional excursions are excluded from the package.

    • DAY 1/ Beijing Arrival

      Begin your journey with your international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the Beijing International Airport you will be greeted by driver/guide and transferred to your hotel.

    • DAY 2 / Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

      Set out with your trip leader to discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world before progressing on to the Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour through this vast complex of courtyards and lanes.

    • DAY 3 / Beijing- Temple of Heaven

      Today you will visit Temple of Heaven – the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. You will join the Tai Chi Lesson in the Temple of Heaven. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi (Consciousness) energy within the body. You might not find a better place to approach locals dazzling lives here in the temple of heaven!

      Then you will experience the oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese Medical Centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult with a Chinese Medical professional.

      Today’s optional tours:
      If time permits, the tour guide could recommend some optional tours to give you an even better experience!

    • DAY 4 / Beijing- The Great Wall

      This morning travel to China’s most iconic sight –The Great Wall. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, however, the views are magnificent, and the experience is truly unforgettable. You will then learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing.

    • DAY 5 / Beijing to Xi'an

      Today you will be transferred from Beijing to Xi’an by high speed train. Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your tour tomorrow.

    • DAY 6 / Xi'an-Terracotta Warriors

      Today you will learn about over 1000 years of Xi’an history, which served as China’s capital for 13 dynasties and visit the Terracotta Warriors Site, considered the eighth wonder of the world and discovered by accident in 1974. Wear comfortable shoes today as, you will explore the army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots that has guarded Emperor Qin’s tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique and the painstaking repair and evacuation continues to this day. On the way to the Terracotta Warriors, you will also visit an excellent factory where you can learn more about the creation, conservation and history of the Warrior vaults.

    • DAY 7 / Xi'an to Shanghai

      Today you will be transferred to Shanghai by flight. Upon arrival, you will visit the Nanjing walking district and discover the history and culture of Shanghai. You will then continue to the Bund by the Huangpu River, and witness the old meeting the modern side of the city.

      Today’s optional tours:
      Enjoy an optional evening on the Huangpu River Cruise, allowing you to take in the famous sites of Shanghai including; the People’s Hero Monument, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics.

    • DAY 8 / Shanghai

      Today you may enjoy a day of leisure. Shanghai is host to a great number of historical and cultual sites, so be sure to ask your tour guide for advice on the best places to visit. Alternatively, you can choose to enjoy an optional tour with your experienced tour guide.

      Today’s optional tours:
      After breakfast, visit Xintiandi old stone house area. Experience the first commercial maglev train in the world, which was developed by China and Germany, completed in 2002 after over one year’s construction and began its commercial operation in 2003. The train’s maximum speed is 380km per hour, covering 300 kilometers in just an 8-minute trip! Then have your affluent shopping before you leave this lovely city.

    • DAY 9 / Shanghai to Yichang

      Today you will be transferred from Shanghai to Yichang by bullet train. After dinner, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and begin your memorable cruise trip on the Yangtze River.

    • DAY 10/Yangtze River Cruise

      Start the morning with an exercise on board in the presence of the beautiful Gorges. Spend your day out on an optional excursion or relax on board the cruise ship. This evening you will return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment of a Chinese dancing ball.

      Optional Excursion – Three Gorges Dam Site
      The Three Gorges Dam Site is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by mankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world.

      Optional Excursion – Tribe of the Three Gorges You may also want to visit the Tribe of the Three gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture.

    • DAY 11/Yangtze River Cruise

      Today, you may choose to embark on the exciting optional excursions or for a leisure day on board the ship. In the afternoon you will continue to cruise into the western section of Xiling gorge.

      Optional Excursion – Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream
      Explore the Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream, a shining pearl hidden in the remote mountains. You will leave your cruise ship and board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three gorges region or Shennong Stream, lined by
      sheer cliffs and mountains.

      Optional Excursion – White Emperor City
      You may also choose the optional excursion to visit the White Emperor City, an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County.

    • DAY 12/Yangtze River Cruise

      Today you will pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Participate in the optional excursions or pamper yourself with a massage and make the most of the last full day on your ship. Tonight, enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation for disembarking tomorrow.

      Optional Excursion – Fengdu Ghost City
      Today’s optional excursion is the Fengdu Ghost City to see why it’s regarded as the “City of Ghosts.” The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the instruments of punishment and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.

      Optional Excursion – Shibaozhai
      Shibaozhai is a 12-story wooden pagoda built against the rock in the 18th century. It is located in Zhong County on the south bank of the Yangtze River. There are steles and inscriptions of past dynasties on each floor. Visitors may also appreciate the spectacular Yangtze River from the windows of each floor during climbing.

  • Package Includes

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    • Flights

      International return flights to China from Melbourne/Sydney
      All domestic transfers in China

    • Tours

      Tours and excursions as specified in the itinerary
      Sightseeing admissions

    • Accomodation

      12 nights’ accommodation:
      2 Nights in Beijing: Riverside Hotel Beijing or Similar
      2 Night in Beijing: Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort Huailai
      2 Nights in Xi'an: Grand Noble Hotel or Similar
      2 Night in Shanghai: Crowne Plaza Fudan or Similar
      3 Nights in Yangtze River Cruise:Victoria Cruise line or Yangtze Gold Cruise
      Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 dinners.

      • International roundtrip airfare
      • Round trip transfer to and from airport
      • Sightseeing admissions as specified
      • Private coach with air conditioning
      • English Speaking Guide
      • Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 dinners
      • 12 Nights accommodation


      • China Visa application fee
      • Tour Tipping ($150 per person)
      • Upgrades, add-on excursions, optional tours.
      • Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
      • Laundry and other items of a personal nature
      • Trip delay or interruption by the airline schedule change
      • Optional insurance coverage is available for baggage, accident and trip cancellation/interruption
      • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above
      • Price is for one person based on double occupancy for departures from Sydney/Melbourne. Departures from Brisbane, Perth will incur a surcharge of $350 per person.
      • A single supplement of $750 is payable upon booking for single travelers
      • The promotional tour is non-refundable outside the money back guarantee period after the reservation is confirmed.
      • If travel is more than 90 days from the date of reservation, all travelers must complete the reservation form with full names as shown on each traveler’s passport and provide passport copies within 30 days of the reservation being made. If travel is within 60-90 days from the date of reservation, the process is required to be completed within 15 days. If travel is within 60 days of r from the date of reservation, the process is required to be completed within 7 days. Otherwise, SNA Tours may not be able to guarantee the selected travel date.
      • If travel is more than 90 days of the date of reservation, the money back guarantee period is 15 days.  For travel within 60-90 days of the date of reservation, the money back guarantee period is 7 days. If travel is within 60 days, no money back guarantee is provided.
      • No child discount on special deal
      • Travel insurance covering lost baggage, accidents, and trip cancellation/interruption is highly recommended.
      • All currencies are in AUD Dollars unless stated otherwise.

Tour Highlights

Each Tour Is Designed For A Special Experience

  • Temple of Heaven
  • The Great Wall
  • The Forbidden City

  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Moslem Street

  • Nanjing Walking District
  • The Bund

Yangtze River Cruise
  • picturesque views and sites along the river
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