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13 Day Fly & Tour Holiday uncovering China's Big 3 Icons: The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors & Giant Pandas

  • Flights included
  • Bonus Savings | $4000
  • Travel in Mar 25 - Mar 26

Book By 31 JUL 2024

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Product Code: MT-1604

13 Day 3 Icons of China

13 Day Fly & Tour Holiday uncovering China's Big 3 Icons: The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors & Giant Pandas

  • Flights included
  • Bonus Savings | $4000
  • Travel in Mar 25 - Mar 26

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Prepare for a captivating 13 day journey from Chengdu to Shanghai to uncover China’s Big 3 Icons. Encounter the adorable giant pandas in Chengdu, marvel at the spellbinding Terracotta Army in Xian and behold the jaw-dropping magnificence of The Great Wall. Explore Beijing’s ancient wonders including The Forbidden City and the majestic Temple of Heaven. Admire the serene beauty of the ancient water towns of Wuxi and Suzhou, known for their charming canals and gardens. Cruise Hangzhou’s picturesque West Lake before concluding your bucket-list itinerary in Shanghai, where old-world charm merges with modern skyscrapers and endless shopping.

Inclusions

  • Flights to Chengdu, returning from Shanghai
  • 12 nights in hand-selected 3.5/4 star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and 3 lunches
  • Local English-speaking tour guide (s)
  • Touring & transportation by deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • 3 high-speed trains from Chengdu, Xian and Beijing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers in Chengdu on Day 1 & Shanghai on Day 13

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Highlights

  • Encounter China’s adorable giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Marvel at Xian’s spellbinding Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Admire the magnificent 12m high City Walls of Xian
  • Discover the impressive Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
  • Wander through Beijing’s historic Tiananmen Square
  • Visit the iconic Great Wall of China with a picnic-style lunch
  • Indulge in Beijing’s most-famous dish – Peking Duck
  • Stay in ancient Wuxi, known as the land of fish and rice
  • Stroll through Suzhou’s picturesque gardens and canals
  • Cruise along Hangzhou’s enchanting West Lake
  • Taste Longjing Green Tea at an authentic tea village
  • Uncover Shanghai’s famous Bund district

Flights to Chengdu, returning from Shanghai
Flights are based on economy class with China Southern Airlines. Should this airline not be available at time of booking, an alternative full-service Chinese carrier will be offered.

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Arrive Chengdu, China

Welcome to Chengdu, celebrated for its fiery Sichuan cuisine, teahouse culture, well-preserved traditions, but most-famously known as the home to China’s bamboo-loving giant pandas.

Upon arrival at Chengdu Airport, you will be greeted by a tour representative and travel into the lively city centre of Chengdu which is one of China’s largest cities however it offers a laid-back lifestyle. Visit the lively charm of Kuanzhai Alley, where traditional teahouses blend with bustling street vendors to create a colourful clash of Chengdu’s culture.

Optional Sightseeing: Sichuan Opera Show including Sichuan Dinner from 450RMB pp
This afternoon, discover the fiery flavours of Sichuan with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant before witnessing the famous Sichuan Opera Show. Not your normal opera performance, this 70min live entertainment showcases the art of face changing, rolling light, fire spitting, singing and much more. Pricing starts from 450RMB per person paid locally.

Note: Due to flight times and schedules, some customers may be required to depart the day prior on an overnight flight from Australia. It is suggested to arrive into Chengdu prior to 12pm in order to partake in the afternoon touring. Should your flight arrive after 12pm, you will be transferred directly to your hotel where check-in commences from 3pm. Pre Tour accommodation can be purchased for an additional $300 per room and is subject to airline flight surcharges fees.

Meals included: None

 
Giant Pandas to Xian (4hr Bullet Train)

Set out on an extraordinary journey after breakfast to Chengdu’s Giant Panda Breeding & Research Base, the first of China’s Big 3 Icons. Immerse yourself in this enchanting sanctuary, where conservation and research seamlessly blend, and offers a captivating glimpse into the world of these beloved national treasures.

Travel to Chengdu Railway Station where you will board your high-speed train to Xian. You will be accompanied by your Chengdu Tour Guide to ensure a smooth boarding and travel process. Upon arrival into Xian Railway Station, you will bid farewell to your Chengdu Tour Guide and be introduced to your Xian Tour Guide who will then escort you to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Xian (Xi’an), is famed for its Terracotta Army, preserved city walls, vibrant Muslim Quarter and rich history spanning over 3,000 years including the Silk Road era.

Optional Sightseeing: Xian Datang Everbright City from 150RMB pp
For those wishing to enjoy an evening out in Xian, join an optional sightseeing to Datang Everbright City, a 2km pedestrian mall located at the foot of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Inspired by the Tang Dynasty, it offers visitors a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience including spectacular light shows. Pricing starts from 150RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Terracotta Army & The City Wall

Step into history on a captivating tour to Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second of China’s Big 3 Icons. Behold the meticulously crafted clay soldiers, horses, and chariots, guarding the ancient tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Explore this 2,000-year-old archaeological wonder, a testament to the rich heritage of ancient China.

Enjoy lunch before visiting the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the many artifacts on display at Xian Museum including pottery, sculptures and relics from the Silk Road era.

Conclude your incredible day of touring with a visit to Xian’s ancient City Wall. Spanning over 13kms, it stands as one of the most well-preserved city walls in China, offering a glimpse into the city’s historical significance and architectural prowess.

Optional Sightseeing: Xian Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show from 200RMB pp
Be enthralled by Xian’s Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, a mesmerising spectacle blending poetry, song, dance, and exquisite costumes. This modern presentation transports you to ancient China, showcasing its splendid history, vibrant arts, rich traditions, and provides a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the Tang Dynasty. Pricing starts from 200RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
Xian to Beijing (4hr Bullet Train)

Leave Xian today and travel by high-speed train to Beijing, where you will be accompanied by your Xian Tour Guide to ensure a smooth boarding and travel process.

Upon arrival at Beijing Railway Station, you will bid farewell to your Xian Tour Guide and be introduced to a Beijing tour representative who will transport you to your hotel, where check-in commences from 3:00pm. A letter from your Beijing Tour Guide will be provided with details of the meeting time for the following morning or should you wish to partake in the Optional Sightseeing.

Experience 4 unforgettable nights in Beijing, where the Great Wall stands proudly, the Forbidden City whispers ancient tales and the modern city meets timeless tradition.

Optional Sightseeing: Beijing Kung Fu Show or Opera Show from 280RMB pp
This evening, discover either the amazing Chinese martial art of Kung Fu or classical Chinese opera. Both shows offer a fun and engaging evening in Beijing. Due to local theatre scheduling and availability, your local guide will advise on tour which show is available. Pricing starts from 280RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

This morning you will visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and the venue of the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Acclaimed as the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’, it is the foreground to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otherwise known as the Imperial Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is the citadel of China’s last 24 Emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was the political and ritual centre of China.

Savour the flavours of imperial China with a delicious Peking Duck lunch, one of Beijing’s best-known dishes and a favourite feast among many travellers.

Optional Sightseeing: The Golden Mask Dynasty Show from 380RMB pp
This evening you will have the option to attend “The Golden Mask Dynasty”, a legendary large-scale musical that showcases spectacular storytelling with entertaining stage effects. Pricing starts from 380RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
The Great Wall of China

Continue your educational journey of China’s fascinating history with a stop at a Jade Museum where skilled artisans sculpt intricate designs from the revered gemstone. With more than four thousand years of history, jade in Chinese culture symbolises preciousness and beauty, and embodies the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom and compassion.

Before long, you will drive through the mountainous countryside to one of the top archaeological wonders of the world, the iconic Great Wall of China. Here, you will admire exquisite stone carvings and ancient watchtowers that roll gracefully along the majestic mountain ranges which only enhances the awe-inspiring grandeur of this historical landmark. With the convenience of a picnic-style lunch included, you can spend more time exploring this architectural masterpiece at your own pace and marvel at its captivating scenery.

Optional Sightseeing: The Summer Palace from 310RMB pp
The Summer Palace stands as an imperial marvel, with its splendid gardens, serene lakes, and intricate pavilions. Constructed in the Qing Dynasty, it provided a haven for emperors seeking refuge from the summer heat. Surrounded by the peaceful Kunming Lake and the majestic Longevity Hill, it offers a tranquil sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Beijing. Pricing starts from 310RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

 
Temple of Heaven

Visit Tongrentang where you will have the chance to explore the profound wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 5000-year-old practice that incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. This ancient practice harmonises the mind, body and spirit, which is deeply ingrained in Chinese culture and philosophy.

Next stop, the impressive Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that exudes serenity and grandeur. The intricate architecture and expansive gardens symbolise harmony between heaven and earth in ancient Chinese cosmology. It stands as a testament to China’s rich cultural heritage and enduring spiritual traditions.

Optional Sightseeing: Hutongs with home cooked dinner from 360RMB pp
In the late afternoon, discover Beijing’s 700-year-old Hutongs (narrow lanes) by traditional pedicab. On this cultural encounter, you will visit a local family living in a courtyard style-home where you will immerse yourself in the local customs firsthand and enjoy an authentic and delicious home cooked dinner. Pricing from 360RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Beijing – Wuxi (5hr Bullet Train)

Transfer to Beijing Railway Station for your high-speed train journey to the ancient town of Wuxi, known as the ‘land of fish and rice’.

Traverse the diverse landscape onboard China’s bullet train or locally known as high-speed rail (HSR) from Beijing to Wuxi. Travel over 1100km in approximately 5hrs by modern train. Please ensure you pack a day bag as your luggage will not be easily accessible from your second-class seat. Food and beverages can be purchased in the dedicated dining cart or purchased on a food trolley. Alternatively, you may wish to pre-purchase snacks from Beijing Railway Station before boarding the train.

Upon arrival in Wuxi, bid farewell to your Beijing guide, who will introduce you to your East China guide who will be with you for the remainder of the journey.

Travel by coach to Lihu Park, a serene oasis nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Lihu. You will find lush greenery, scenic walking paths and charming bridges. Admire the peaceful views as you spot locals cycling around the lake, fishing and boating along the water.

Optional Sightseeing: Ancient Canal Cruise from 240RMB pp
Join a Qingming Bridge Ancient Canal Cruise and glide down the ancient river where you can see ancient houses, bridges, temples and towers built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Pricing from 240RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Wuxi – Suzhou (1hr)

Gain an insight into China’s enormous manufacturing and production capabilities with a visit to a Pearl Factory to learn about freshwater pearls, a key export commodity with great cultural significance since the Han dynasty.

A short coach journey will have you arrive in Suzhou, renowned for its historic canals, gardens and involvement in the silk industry.

Immerse yourself in the ancient artistry of Chinese gardens at Suzhou’s Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring pavilions, ponds, rockeries, and captivating architecture.

Optional Sightseeing: Mudu Ancient Town from 275RMB pp
Located 15km west of Suzhou lies Mudu Ancient Town, a serene water town boasting over 30 private gardens, ancient buildings, bridges, and folk stores. Pricing from 275RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Suzhou – Hangzhou (2hr)

China is the largest silk producer in the world and Suzhou is renowned for its exquisite quality silk. Witness the delicate silk-making process from silkworm cocoons at the Silk Spinning Factory and testify that the handmade quilts are as light as a feather.

Leave Suzhou and travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’. Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China and renowned for its scenic beauty including the tranquil West Lake.

Discover Hangzhou’s timeless allure with an enchanting cruise on West Lake. Drift past ancient pagodas, picturesque islands, and lush gardens while soaking in the serene beauty that unfolds before you.

Optional Sightseeing: Impression of West Lake Show from 495RMB pp
Top off your evening with a spectacular Romance of the Song Dynasty Show (Impression of West Lake), which is staged entirely upon the open-air of the West Lake. A truly captivating artistic masterpiece of music, light and dance produced by the theatrical director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games ceremonies. Pricing from 495RMB per person paid locally.

Note: Should you choose not to participate in the evening optional sightseeing, you will be transferred to your Hangzhou hotel or you may wish to enjoy the evening at leisure to wander around the beautiful West Lake until the conclusion of the Show (approx. 90mins).

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Hangzhou – Shanghai (2hr 30mins)

Start your day by savouring the local specialty, Longjing Tea, at a traditional Hangzhou Tea House. Immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding village as you experience the authentic flavours of this beloved Chinese green tea.

Leave Hangzhou and embark eastward by coach to the city of Shanghai, a dazzling metropolis with its towering skyscrapers, vibrant street life and fusion of Eastern tradition and Western influence.

Explore Shanghai’s Bund district, lined with majestic colonial-era buildings, The Bund is a historic waterfront promenade nestled along the Huangpu River, offering a captivating blend of old-world charm and modern allure.

Optional Sightseeing: Chinese Acrobat Show from 425RMB pp
Complete a memorable evening with the option to attend a spectacular Chinese acrobatic show, “ERA: The Intersection of Time” widely praised as the best acrobatic show in Shanghai. Pricing from 425RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Shanghai

Discover the charm of Shanghai Museum, a captivating showcase of China’s rich history and culture. Explore its halls adorned with ancient artifacts, from delicate ceramics to intricate sculptures.

Enjoy time at leisure to immerse yourself in the city of Shanghai or choose to join in an optional tour that explores some of Shanghai’s iconic temples, gardens and modern towers.

Optional Sightseeing: Shanghai Chenghuang Miao from 300RMB pp
Visit Shanghai’s Chenghuang Miao (City God Temple), a popular temple that is also home to Shanghai’s charming Yu Gardens and nearby Yuyuan Bazaar. See a bird’s eye view of Shanghai’s skyline from the 88th floor of Jin Mao Tower. Pricing from 300RMB per person paid locally.

Optional Sightseeing: Huangpu River Cruise from 300RMB pp
Embark on an evening cruise along the Huangpu River and be captivated by the shimmering lights of Shanghai’s iconic skyline. As you glide through the city’s vibrant heart, immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere created by the illuminated landmarks and bustling river activity. Pricing from 300RMB per person paid locally.

Meals included: Breakfast

 
Depart Shanghai

Upon check-out, you will be transferred to Shanghai Airport to meet your departing flight.

Note, check-out time is 10am. Should your flight be departing in the afternoon/evening, you will be required to check-out of your hotel room and may choose to head to the airport early or use the hotel facilities until an appropriate transfer time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Fly economy with a premium carrier from $400*

Upgrade to fly economy class with a premium carrier such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Korean Airlines from an additional $400pp based on ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL.

The premium carrier upgrade is subject to airline availability with the best available airline being selected for you at time of flight booking, typically 10 months prior to departure. Any departure city surcharge as per deal will also apply. Any stopover request or deviation from the itinerary is subject to a deviation fee of $150pp.


Important Info Open All

Price based on tours starting:

  • 2 March 2025
  • 9 March 2025
  • 18 May 2025
  • 2 November 2025
  • 16 November 2025

Extra charges apply for:

  • 30 March 2025 ($100pp)
  • 1 June 2025 ($100pp)
  • 15 June 2025 ($100pp)
  • 31 August 2025 ($400pp)
  • 14 September 2025 ($400pp)
  • 19 October 2025 ($300pp)
  • 1 March 2026 ($100pp)
  • 8 March 2026 ($100pp)
  • 22 March 2026 ($100pp)

Price based on departing from Melbourne, Sydney

Extra charges apply for:

  • Brisbane ($300pp)
  • Adelaide ($300pp)
  • Perth ($400pp)

Optional sightseeing/programs are special unique experiences that you may add to your tour. Optional sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary are payable directly to the Tour Guide in AUD or the local currency (RMB) and cannot be prepaid. In the event that some programs or venues may not be available, alternative programs may be offered or the Tour Guide. For any passenger not participating in optional sightseeing, they will be directed by the Tour Guide with where to remain until the optional sightseeing with other passengers attending is complete.

Itinerary

Our multi-stop China tours are carefully designed to give an insight into the highlights, culture and unique beauty of each region. Each day will be different, with a combination of travel days, sightseeing and free time to explore or take a breather as you wish.

Pace

The pace of this tour is fast paced. The tour covers multiple prefectures within China and can involve early starts and long travel days. Please be aware many iconic attractions in China can be overcrowded and busy, so please ensure you remain with your dedicated tour guide (s).

Fitness

A medium level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating uneven terrain and footpaths.

Tipping in China

Tipping in China is a firm and customary element of the tourism industry and is therefore strongly recommended. The expected tipping amount is $12 AUD or 60 RMB per person per day – paid locally to your local English-speaking tour guide per destination/region.

Visa requirement for China

As of 01 July 2024, ordinary Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enter China visa-free for visits of up to 15 days or less. Travellers do not need to complete any pre-departure documents; however it is advised that you print a copy of your travel documents, including your return flight itinerary, as you may be asked to show this at customs and immigration upon arrival into China.

Travellers entering China on a foreign passport, or any Australian or New Zealand passport holder travelling China for more than 15 days, must apply for a full visa before travelling to China. A single-entry fee for Australian passport holders starts from $95 AUD per person, however this can vary depending on the required visa type, validity and other additional fees imposed by the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or other visa service provider. Along with a valid passport, you must provide all required documentation, including a printed visa application form, digital and printed photographs, a photocopy of your passport bio page, and a travel itinerary including flight details. For eligibility requirements, latest costs and visa types, please see the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Full travel advice for China can be found on Smartraveller.

Transfers

Group tour airport transfers are included providing you are arriving on the first and last day of tour.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly.

Group Size

You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of approximately 30 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 46 passengers. If the tour does not operate, you will be offered a credit.

Chengdu: 4*   Holiday Inn Express Wuhou New City or similar

Xian: 4*   Grand New World Hotel or similar

Beijing: 4*   Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort or similar

Wuxi: 4*   Holiday Inn Wuxi or similar

Suzhou: 3.5*   Weisheng Tianping Hotel or similar

Hangzhou: 3.5*  Holiday Inn Airport Hotel or similar

Shanghai: 4*   Holiday Inn Express Gongkang Hotel or similar

The accommodation mentioned above is subject to change. Please refer to your confirmed Hotel List provided to you at the time of Final Documentation.

Please note: Hotel rooms in China are generally smaller compared to Western standards. All hotel rooms will feature either a twin room (two single beds) or a double room (1 double bed). All bedding requests cannot be guaranteed however all special requests should be made known at time of booking. The standard check-in time is from 3pm and check-out is prior to 10am.

Important Information 

Exclusions

Meals not stated, beverages, optional programs, travel insurance (strongly recommended), China Visa (if required), tipping, personal expenses and anything not explicitly specified are at your own expense.

Payment

Due to high demand and the package being heavily discounted, full payment is required to secure your booking.

Fitness

A medium level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating uneven terrain and footpaths. You will be required to carry your own baggage to and from hotels, terminals and stations. This trip is not suitable for travellers requiring wheelchair, mobility scooters or facilities for disabled guests. Other walking aids may be permitted if you are able move about unassisted at the required pace. For advice on whether this trip is suitable for you, you must disclose physical ailments at the time of booking.

Pace

The pace of this tour is fast paced. The tour covers multiple prefectures within China and can involve early starts and long touring and travel days which includes time spent onboard the coach/train – see day by day itinerary for more details on your itinerary. Please be aware many iconic attractions in China can be overcrowded and busy, so please ensure you remain with your dedicated Tour Guide. One to two nights at each destination is standard. Scheduled free days allow some downtime, or alternatively, you have the flexibility to explore further and book optional programs (at your own expense).

Tipping

Tipping is a firm and customary element of the tourism industry and is therefore strongly recommended. The expected tipping amount is $12 AUD or 60 RMB per person per day. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a common practice in China and a gesture of appreciation which is shared amongst the local guides and drivers who have serviced your tour. The tipping amount can be paid in AUD or RMB to your expert tour guide in each region. As most tour guides in China consider tipping a part of their income, please don’t feel intimidated should the tour guides approach you as they bid you farewell.

Solo Occupancy

A single supplement from $700 per person is payable in addition to the twin share price for solo occupancy. Single rooms are typically smaller than twin/double rooms in China.

Triple Share

Triple share is not available.

Extra Accommodation

Pre-tour accommodation in Chengdu with breakfast in the same tour hotel, or post-tour accommodation in Shanghai with breakfast in the same tour hotel, can be added for one or two persons subject to availability of the following rates; Valid for travel in Oct 2024 to Mar 2026: from $300 per room per night. Airport transfers are also included in this price.

Child

This tour is best enjoyed to adult travellers and is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Children 12 years and above are subject to the adult price and must be accompanied by an adult.

Price

Surcharges may apply for select travel periods and departure cities. Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. All prices are in Australian dollars per person twin share unless stated otherwise.

Amendment

Each amendment is subject to a fee from $75 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Cancellation

Due to heavily discounted product featured in this 13 Day 3 Icons of China Tour, the cancellation fee is 100% of the purchased price. In the event of cancellation and the full payment has been made, some airline taxes may be refundable and this amount will be advised to you at time of cancellation.

Deviation

Any request to deviate from the original dates or routing, including early arrival and stay behind, is subject to a flight deviation fee from $150 per person plus applicable airfare and tax difference. Packaged tour extensions are not subject to the deviation fee (applicable airfare and tax difference may still apply) if booked according to the original advertised dates and routing.

Passport

For international travel, each customer must provide a copy of the passport photo page at the time of booking. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all names are full names exactly matched to the passport with six months validity beyond trip completion. The customer is liable for all fees due to incorrect names, invalid passport information and expired passports.

Visa

As of 01 July 2024, ordinary Australian and New Zealand passport holders can enter China visa-free for visits of up to 15 days or less. Travellers do not need to complete any pre-departure documents; however it is advised that you print a copy of your travel documents, including your return flight itinerary, as you may be asked to show this at customs and immigration upon arrival into China.

Travellers entering China on a foreign passport, or any Australian or New Zealand passport holder travelling China for more than 15 days, must apply for a full visa before travelling to China. A single-entry fee for Australian passport holders starts from $95 AUD per person, however this can vary depending on the required visa type, validity and other additional fees imposed by the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or other visa service provider. Along with a valid passport, you must provide all required documentation, including a printed visa application form, digital and printed photographs, a photocopy of your passport bio page, and a travel itinerary including flight details. For eligibility requirements, latest costs and visa types, please see the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Full travel advice for China can be found on Smartraveller.

Health

It is the responsibility of the customer to check and comply with the health, vaccination, COVID-19 and immigration requirements of each origin and destination country, and health requirements imposed by air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers. Vaccinations, testing and quarantine costs are the expense of the customer. Comprehensive travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is strongly recommended. Tap water in China may not be safe to drink. Drink only bottled water with intact seals.

Money

The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB). ATMs are widely available in major Chinese cities. They accept major credit cards including at international hotels and restaurants. In some smaller cities, using international cards will be limited and local currency is suggested.

Shopping

China is a treasure trove for those looking to shop. From busting markets to large shopping centres. Famously known for silk and jade products, China is also known for its pearl and tea produce, along with traditional Chinese medicine. Your itinerary will allow for stops at English speaking shops where you can browse/purchase products. Any purchase of products are at your own discretion. Please do not make any purchases if you are not comfortable or feel pressured into. Should you require any assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide.

Baggage

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly. An additional light day bag or backpack is permitted on the coach. Due to high-speed train baggage restrictions, you may be required to pack a separate light bag or backpack containing essentials. Porterage is not included, and you are required to carry your own bags. Luggage and personal effects are your own risk, and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

Transfers

Seat in coach airport transfers on group tour arrival and departure days are included.

Meals

Breakfasts offered by the Chinese accommodation providers and are typically buffet style, with limited vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options. For meals not included, your Tour Guide will escort you to preferred Western friendly restaurants or suggest dining options nearby. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We endeavour to pass on your dietary requirements but cannot guarantee that they can be met as certain choices may be limited or not catered for. You are required to reconfirm dietary requests with your Tour Guide whilst on tour.

Accommodation

Hotel rooms in China are generally smaller compared to Western standards. All hotel rooms will feature either a twin room (two single beds) or a double room (1 double bed). All bedding requests cannot be guaranteed however all special requests should be made known at time of booking. All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise specified. All hotel rooms will be requested as non-smoking, however please be aware that some hotels offer smoking rooms and smoking floors. Hotel names mentioned are indicative and subject to change based, with final group tour hotels being confirmed on your final documentation. All hotel ratings are local or self-ratings provided by the supplier. The standard check-in time is from 3pm and check-out is prior to 10am.

International Flights

Flights based on economy class with a Chinese carrier including China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines or Xiamen Airlines (subject to availability).

The outbound flight may depart one day prior to day 1 shown on the itinerary. The inbound flight may arrive one day after the final day shown on the itinerary. Flights are booked approximately 8 to 10 months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on full service Chinese based carriers with a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, fuel levies, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise, or offer you an upgrade amount should you wish to fly a premium carrier instead. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination. No show of any flight sectors will result in the automatic cancellation of all onward flights by the airline.

Fuel

In the unlikely event of a significant increase in fuel costs levied by third-party air, land and cruise transportation operators before travel, a fuel supplement may be passed on to the customer.

Group Size

You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of approximately 30 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 46 passengers. If the tour does not operate due to minimum numbers, you will be offered a credit or alternative date.

Optional Programs

Optional programs are special unique experiences that you may add to your tour. Optional programs are payable directly to the Tour Guide in AUD or the local currency (RMB) and cannot be prepaid. In the event that some programs or venues may not be available, alternative programs may be offered or the Tour Guide. For any passenger not participating in optional programs, they will be directed by the Tour Guide with where to remain until the optional program with other passengers attending is complete.

Itinerary

The operating schedule and itinerary may be impacted without notice by adverse weather, seasonal factors, closures, local conditions, COVID-19 or other factors beyond our control including force majeure. If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, alternatives will be provided where possible. The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed appropriate by the operator for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation. Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.

Train Transportation

Due to factors outside of our control, such as operational changes, last-minute track maintenance, or unfavourable weather conditions, train travel may be substituted with a flight to maintain the continuity of the itinerary while prioritising the safety of all passengers. All train transportation is based on second class (economy).

Breakaway

Customers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not leave the tour unless written approval is provided before departure.

Documentation

Final documentation will be emailed 30 days prior to departure which includes a final hotel list, return flight itinerary and tour itinerary.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included and is strongly recommended. Ask our holiday experts for great coverage options.

Force Majeure

Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control. In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, the supplier reserves the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

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