China's Wonders - June 2021
Embark on this fascinating over view of popular China with your Vincent George Travel hosts Vincent and Rosann as we begin in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai before travelling to beautifully scenic Guilin.
We then board a relaxing cruise along the Li River then take time to explore the exquisite rural area of Yangshuo. No trip to China is complete without viewing the adorable antics of the Giant Panda, visit the fascinating Terracotta Warriors, ride the bullet train to Beijing, walk the Great Wall of China then soak up the ambience of the famous Forbidden City. A bucket list journey ticking all the highlights China has to offer.
Day 1 New Zealand - Shanghai (D)
After arriving at Shanghai Airport, we will be met and transferred to our hotel followed by a welcome dinner.
Day 2 Explore Shanghai (B)(L)(D)
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Gardens, the atmospheric alleys of the old town and a visit to the Silk Museum. Sightseeing involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city with three to four hours on foot. Later, cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas, before dining tonight on traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Day 3 Zhujiajiao (B)(L)
Take a one and a half drive to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Sightseeing here is leisurely and involves a couple of hours exploring on foot. Later, return to Shanghai and enjoy the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum and the People’s Square, before taking a stroll on the Bund.
Day 4 Shanghai - Guilin (B)(L)
Fly two and a half hours drive to the scenic city of Guilin. Visit Seven Star Park, Caves & The Pearl Factory.
Day 5 Guilin - Yangshou (B)(L)
Take a relaxed four-hour cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo where you will spend two nights. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalos and local fishermen. These are small cruise boats usually holding approximately 100 passengers; with an enclosed dining area on the lower deck and an open viewing area on the upper deck. As it is so popular, there are generally many boats at the docks – please be reassured that the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing as the boats cruise past unspoilt countryside. Disembarking from the cruise, your Local Guide will walk with you to your hotel, approximately a 30-minute walk from the river.
Day 6 Yangshou (B)(L)
Spend a morning exploring the verdant countryside of Yangshuo. Walk by lush paddy fields and slow-moving water buffalos as you admire the panoramic mountain scenery that so epitomizes the area.
Day 7 Yangshou- Guilin (B)(L)
Explore the countryside around Yangshuo this morning. The afternoon is at leisure to discover more of this beautiful town
Day 8 Guilin- Chengdu (B)(L)
Transfer to Guilin airport and fly to Chengdu. Meet the guide and transfer to hotel.
Day 9 Chengdu (B)(L)
In the morning visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas.
After your visit we will go to Wuhou Temple, also known as Memorial Temple of Marquis Wu. We will then explore Jinli street which is about 550 meters long. It is a part of the Temple of Marquis, and the buildings are in the Qing Dynasty style. The theme is Three Kingdoms Culture, a traditional folk custom.
Optional Tour: Panda Keeper program (Dujiangyan Panda Valley)
In the early morning (about 7am), your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Dujiangyan Panda Base to check into the volunteer program. You will get a uniform, gloves, and a volunteer’s ID card for the day. Your guide will introduce you to the professional panda keepers who look after these majestic creatures. These panda keepers speak very little English; however, your guide will be there for you at all times to translate and taking memorable photos of you.
During the course of volunteering, you will clean the panda enclosures and tour around the panda base. Take a short break before helping the staff feed the pandas. Take pictures of Giant Pandas and learn about their biology, behavior, and the center's conservation efforts. You will watch a panda movie and then make panda food (cakes).
Upon completion of your volunteer work, you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you look after as well as the staff and head back to your downtown Chengdu hotel where this tour concludes.
Time willing we will try to fit a visit in to explore Jinli street which is about 550 meters long. It is a part of the Temple of Marquis, and the buildings are in the Qing Dynasty style. The theme is Three Kingdoms Culture, a traditional folk custom.
Dujiangyan Panda Base: Here, they focus on disease control, care for aging pandas and also rehabilitate pandas from the wild. Pandas who are able to be released back into the wild are, but others who lack the skills or physical ability for life on their own stay here.
Day 10 Chengdu-Xi’an (B)(L)
Transfer to the train station for the bullet train to Xian, Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day 11 Xi’an (B)(L)(D)
Explore one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century,Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition. Later, visit the ancient City Wall. This evening you will feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before enjoying a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing
Day 12 Xi’an – Beijing (B)(L)
Take bullet train to Beijing. Enjoy a rickshaw tour through the traditional Hutong area.
Day 13 Beijing (B)(L)(D)
Visit the Temple of Heaven & Square Dance and walk through the famous Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, followed by a visit to the Forbidden City. Pecking Duck
Day 14 Beijing (B)(L)(D)
It is often quoted in Beijing that ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Visit Jade Factory. Walk along the wall. Later, wander through the exquisite Summer Palace. Your evening entertainment will be an exciting acrobatic show. Farewell Dinner
Day 15 Beijing - NZ (B)
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Beijing airport where we begin our journey back to NZ.
Meals mentioned above: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
All flight times mentioned above are local, subject to airline schedule changes. Vincent George Travel will take care of all flight reconfirmations.
Single supplement available - please ask for details.
- Entry Visa's
- Travel Insurance
- Tipping Kitty: Recommended tipping approximately USD$15.00 per person per day
- Personal expenditure such as all drinks (including at meals) laundry service and souvenirs
- Early / late check in/out not guaranteed, if requested it is at an additional cost
Specific travel dates apply
*per person share twin
17 Nights From
Domestic flights within New Zealand
Accommodation as stated based on twin share throughout tour.
Meals as indicated on itinerary.
All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees as indicated on itinerary.
Local English-speaking guide.
Domestic flights from Shanghai~ Guilin, Guilin ~ Chengdu. (in E-class)
Bullet train based on 1st class from Chengdu- Xi'an and Xian –Beijing