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    Beijing, Gubei Water Town, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Yangtze River Cruise, Xi'an

    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
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      Your China holiday will begin with an international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel to prepare for your tour tomorrow.

    • DAY 2 / BEIJING- THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
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      Today, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games sites (outside). You will visit the largest Jade factory in Beijing to learn about China’s most precious and celebrated stone and its manufacturing process. After lunch, travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent, and the experience is truly unforgettable. Afterward, you’ll head to Gubei Water Town to stay overnight and enjoy the breathtaking night scene of the Great wall.

    • DAY3/ Beijing – Gubei Water Town
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      Today, you’ll enjoy and experience the old-fashioned simplicity and elegance of Gubei Water Town. Rows upon rows of houses, old quartzite streets and long narrow alleyways which showcase the style and features of the ancient town. River channels are scattered between streets; houses near the river are bathed in sunlight. Besides sightseeing, you can experience unique local customs and participate in native activities.

    • DAY4 / Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Luoyang
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      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. Afterward, experience an 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. Then you will be transferred from Beijing to Luoyang via bullet train. The city of Luoyang is widely considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization and is one of the four great ancient capitals of China.

    • DAY5 / Luoyang – Longmen Grottoes, Old Town
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      Today, you’ll discover the Longmen Grottoes, densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of the Yi River. Construction began in 493AD during the Northern Wei Dynasty and there are now 2345 caves with 2680 statues, over 70 stupas and 2680 inscribed stone tablets. Continue to explore the traditional shops and cuisine of Luoyang Old Town, with its stunning ancient architecture and imposing city gate dating back to 600 AD.

    • DAY 6 / Luoyang to Zhengzhou - Shaolin Temple, Kung Fu Show
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      Today you will visit the Shaolin Temple, situated in Songshan Mountain, it is the most reputable and longest standing temple in China. It is also the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. The main scenic spots in the temple are Hall of Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall, Sutra Depository, Hall of Thousands of Buddha and the Pagoda Forest. After enjoying a special Shaolin vegetarian lunch you will visit a local martial arts school. This tour will bring you face to face with a group of kids who are dedicated to Chinese Kung Fu. Later this afternoon you will be transferred to Zhengzhou city.

    • DAY 7 / Zhengzhou to Yichang
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      Today, you will be transferred to Yichang by bullet train. Upon arrival, you will board the Yangtze River Cruise ship and to settle in before its departure tomorrow. The expansive Yangtze River is the largest river in Asia and the third largest in the world. It is renowned not only for its impressive size, but also for the natural beauty of its surrounds. The river begins in the remote mountainous regions and winds its way through stunning gorges, lush and fertile regions and connects with numerous lakes and waterways.

    • DAY 8 / Yangtze River Cruise
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      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 Activity: 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 Activity: 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 9 / Yangtze River Cruise
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      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 Activity: Excursion – Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream (Subject to the Cruise)
      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 Activity: 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 10 / Yangtze River Cruise
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      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 Activity: 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 Activity: 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.

    • DAY11 Chongqing- Xi'an
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      Today, you will disembark the cruise ship and be transferred to Xi’an. You will be met by your tour guide and escorted to your hotel. Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in all of China, with a history of over 3,000 years. As one of the four great ancient capitals, it served as the capital city during several of the most significant dynasties in China’s history. Xi’an is now home to a great number of precious and ancient relics but is best known as the starting point of the famous Silk Road and where the towering Terracotta Army can be found. Take some time to relax ahead of your full day tomorrow.

    • DAY 12 Xi'an – Terracotta Warriors, Moslem Street
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      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. After lunch, walk through the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious foods and souvenirs are available for purchase.

  • Package Includes

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    • Flights
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      International roundtrip airfare All domestic and international transfers
      Round trip transfer to and from airport

    • Tours
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      Sightseeing admissions as specified Private coach with air conditioning
      English speaking guides
      Tour tipping
      Experienced, English speaking guides

    • Accommodation
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      12 nights' accommodation: 1 night in Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Resort or Similar
      2 nights in Beijing: Gubei Water Town Resort or Similar
      2 nights in Luoyang: Luoyang Hyatt Place or similar
      1 night in Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou Innside Hotel or similar
      4 nights in Yangtze River Cruise
      2 nights in Xian Grand noble hotel or similar

      Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

  • 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.

    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.

    Lesser Three Gorges
    Board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three Gorges region or Shennong Stream. This excursion is subject to the cruise.

    White Emperor City
    An ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County.

    Fengdu Ghost City
    The temples built on Ming Mountain depicts the instruments of punishment and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.

    Shibaozhai
    Shibaozhai is a 12-story wooden pagoda built against the rock in the 18th century, featuring inscriptions of past dynasties on each floor.

    • • International roundtrip airfare
      • All domestic and international transfers
      • Round trip transfer to and from airport
      • Sightseeing admissions as specified
      • Private coach with air conditioning
      • English speaking guides
      • Tour tipping
      • Experienced, English speaking guides
      10 nights’ accommodation:
      1 night in Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Resort or Similar
      2 nights in Beijing: Gubei Water Town Resort or Similar
      2 nights in Luoyang: Luoyang Hyatt Place or similar
      1 night in Zhengzhou: Zhengzhou Innside Hotel or similar
      4 nights in Yangtze River Cruise
      2 nights in Xian Grand noble hotel or similar
      • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

      • China Visa application fee
      • 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 other cities will incur a surcharge.
      • Single supplement of $700 is payable upon booking for single travellers
      • 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 travellers must complete the reservation form with full names as shown on each traveller’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

Beijing

Beijing
  • The Great Wal
  • Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square

Gubei Water Town

Gubei Water Town
  • ancient town

Luoyang

Luoyang
  • Longmen Grottoes
  • Old Town

Yangtze River

Yangtze River
  • Three Gorges Dam
  • Luxury facilities
  • On-cruise entertainment

Xi'an

Xi'an
  • Terracotta Warriors
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Ancient China Plus-14 Days 12 Nights

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14 days 12 nights

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