Tour Code: AVGC16

16 DAY CHINA DISCOVERY

Day by Day Itinerary

Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an, Yangzte River Cruise

Highlights

Discover the Incredible China at an unbelievable price. Explore Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou & Shanghai

  • Returned International flights
  • Compulsory Tipping for driver and tour guide (NZ$12 per person/day)
  • Incredible sightseeing, including Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an and Yangzte River Cruise.
  • Comfortable group experience with no more than 40 persons
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
  • 14 night hotel accommodation including 4 –nights on Yangtze Cruise.
  • Dedicated transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet
  • Fully escorted by English-speaking local guides
  • In-depth sightseeing and all entry fees as per the itinerary
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From pp twin/double share
NZ$2,999
Typically NZ$5,250 -43%
Single traveller
NZ$1,090
Land tour only
NZ$1,699

Welcome to Beijing – Capital of China!
Today begins your spectacular tour through China! Upon arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be warmly greeted and escorted to your hotel to rest after your flight (you will most likely be arriving late in the evening).
Meals: In-flight meals
Accommodation: Ramada Beijing North Hotel 4* or similar

After breakfast, set out with your guide to discover the iconic imperial treasures of China’s massive capital, Beijing. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world.

After our tour, you may explore the city at your own pace or instead, you may wish to take part in an optional excursion to enhance your experience.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ramada Beijing North Hotel 4* or similar

Remark: If you do not join our optional tour, you will be dropped off somewhere and informed when and where to pick up to go back to hotel. (Normally it will be 4 – 5 hours later). If you do not want to wait this long, you can hail a taxi to hotel. The taxi fee is paid on your own. 

Optional tour: Beijing Golden Mask Dynasty Show

The large-scale, poetic, dancing drama, Golden Mask Dynasty Show, is based on a legendary age in China. Rated a “must see” for all visitors to Beijing. This quite remarkable show incorporates dancing, lighting, acrobatics and some magnificent costumes to recreate a wonderful legend. Get ready for a magical journey deep into the ancient and most golden dynasty in Chinese history.

Optional tour: Forbidden City Tour

We’ll enter through the imposing walls of the palace complex, once the domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour of its courtyards and lanes. This area was considered by the emperor to be a divine place, and as such entry was exclusive to the imperial family and their court, hence the name, the Forbidden City. This is certainly not the case today: it now plays host to some 14 million visitors per year. The Forbidden City also now houses the National Palace Museum – one of the most comprehensive museums in all of China

Today’s excursion is one of the most anticipated of our trip – a visit to the Great Wall of China. Often recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a staggering feat and a bucket list destination. We will be touring the Juyongguan section, one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall. Located 60km from downtown Beijing, it used be a stronghold that protected the northern access routes to the city. Here we’ll get a chance to climb a portion of this architectural marvel, which stretches an astonishing 21,000km. En route back to the city we’ll visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in China and learn all about China’s most precious and celebrated stone.
Upon returning to Beijing, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure or to participate in one of our optional excursions.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ramada Beijing North Hotel 4* or similar

Optional tour: Hutong Life Tour

This tour will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. You are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic Beijing life.

Optional tour: Beijing Peking Duck Dinner

An authentic Peking-duck banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments.

After breakfast, you will begin our day at a Chinese herbal institute, where we will have the opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. Later you will pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven which is seen as the most holy of Beijing’s imperial temples. It has been described as “a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design”. Morning is the best time to visit it. You will have an interesting experience watching local people doing morning exercises, like dancing, walking, practicing tai chi or playing games, as you walk to the temple.

In the afternoon we will board a bullet train to reach the city of Wuxi. China’s bullet train network is now the most expansive in the world and you’ll be rocketing towards Wuxi at speeds up to 300km/h. Upon arrival in Wuxi, you’ll be met by our local representative and escorted to your hotel where you may spend the rest of the day relaxing, exploring or spending time with newly made friends.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Park Hotel Wuxi 4* or similar

This morning our day begins with a visit to The Brilliance of Lake Lihu, a branch of Lake Taihu. The lake is well known for its gorgeous park and many interesting features. Locally it is famous thanks to the work of numerous scholars, who have written that notable historical figures, such as Fan Li and Xi Shi, boated here. While here we’ll also visit a freshwater pearl farm.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lakeside Hotel Suzhou 4* or similar

Optional tour: Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise

Enjoy a cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal, which is the best way to appreciate the stunning views of a water town.

The classical garden called the Lingering Garden is one of more than 60 in the city – it’s recognized as having the most UNESCO World Heritage gardens in the world.

After this we continue our journey to the Suzhou Silk Factory, which is said to be the largest silk manufacturer in the country. Here, we’ll discover the incredible methods that lay behind silk harvesting.

In the afternoon we continue on to Hangzhou, once described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival in Hangzhou you’ll have the evening free to spend at your leisure: relax or take up our optional excursions, enjoying a performance.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel Hangzhou 4* or similar

Optional tour: Romantic Show of Song-Cheng

The Romantic show of Song Cheng is a symbolic show in Hangzhou. It has captivating song and dance, coupled with beautiful sound and light effects, and will thoroughly explain the history and mythology of Hangzhou. In this audio-visual performance, you’ll be able to appreciate the daily life of Liang-Zhu people thousands of years ago, the splendid glory of the Southern Song Dynasty palace, the fierceness of the Yue family army, and the famous “Butterfly Lovers” and “Legend of the White Snake” operas.

The city of Hangzhou, also known as ‘Paradise on Earth’, has been immortalised by countless poets and artists. The most renowned feature here is the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After our visit to the West Lake, we’ll continue on to tea plantations to taste Dragon Well tea, otherwise known as Longjing – a much sought-after local green tea leaf. Green tea is said to be great for health and wellbeing, packed with antioxidants, and today you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about China’s tea culture.
Following lunch, we’ll drive to Shanghai, on China’s central coast. This evening, we’ll have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Shanghai’s dazzling skyline by joining the optional Huangpu River Cruise ride.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel Shanghai Qingpu Excellence 4* or similar

Optional tour: Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai, a city that never sleep is beautiful in the daytime and magnificent at night. When night falls, people can enjoy the most shining lights cruising on the mother river of Shanghai – Huangpu River, which separates the city into two parts. On west side, you can enjoy the old skyline in shining lights, Gallery of World Architecture with the whole city as the background; while on east side, Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone with all the new skyscrapers give you more enchanting views with dreaming colors of Shanghai.

Enjoy a full day in Shanghai – a city of some 26 million people and an important global financial hub. After breakfast, we’ll travel to the Bund, a famous waterfront area in Shanghai that’s lined with colonial architecture of European design. The Bund is perhaps the best representation of Western influences from a bygone era, and is now called the ‘Wall Street of the East’. Following our tour here, the rest of the day is yours to spend as you please – relax or enjoy one of our optional tours and activities to help enhance your experience.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novotel Shanghai Qingpu Excellence 4* or similar

Optional tour: Shanghai Insight Tour

This tour takes you to Lujiazui Financial & Trade zone, where the Jinmao Tower is located. Jinmao is with 88 stories reaching a height of 420.5 meters and 290,000 square meter construction area, it is literally means “Gold Luxuriance Building” in Chinese. In here, you can find the perfect combination of traditional Chinese architectural style and the world’s modern architectural technology. After this, we will visit another famous site in Shanghai – Xi’tian’di. It is an historical and cultural character of the city tourism attraction, its unique Shikumen Shanghai-based urban construction attract people from the globe to explore this special leisure area.

Optional tour: Shanghai Chinese Acrobatic Show

As a multimillion-dollar stunning acrobatic extravaganza, the first of its kind in China, ERA is a multimedia odyssey whose inspiration is a direct result of the combination of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts and modern technology. Just like Shanghai, ERA evolves through a constant collision between the past and future.

Pick up and transfer to visit the incredible Wild Goose Pagoda. The temple was originally used to keep the Buddhist scripts which were carried by the great monk Yi Jing from the Indian area and over time it has become a holy place for pilgrims. In the evening, be fascinating by the optional Grand Tang Everbright City and feast on a yummy Dumpling Banquet (not included)
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ramada by Wyndham Xi’an Chanba 4* or similar

Today you will explore Xi’an on the Terracotta Warriors day tour. View the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors in the company of our experienced local guide. You may have the opportunity of meeting the man who discovered the Warriors and learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. Afterwards Visit the famous Moslem Street, where many delicious local snacks and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Ramada by Wyndham Xi’an Chanba 4* or similar

Fly to Yichang. Pick up and transfer to the pier to board the cruise. Yichang, the gateway to the Yangtze River, is the starting point of our Yangtze River Cruise, your home for the next four nights as you sail along the Yangtze River. Once you’ve settled into your room, join your fellow travelers in the main hall for the Capitan’s welcome speech and safety instruction.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Victoria Cruise 5* or similar

Today’s activities include a morning Tai Chi lesson and an included shore excursion to the 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. You may also want to visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges (not included), the only large scenic spot that has not been influenced by the Three Gorged Dam project, which showcases the abundant Ba and Shu cultures. Later today, sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles) and deepest of the Three Gorges. This evening attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with a Chinese dancing ball.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Victoria Cruise 5* or similar

Optional tour: Tribe of the Three Gorges

One of the few remaining scenic spots not to have been influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, this leafy area showcases Ba-Shu Culture. Come evening you’ll return to the ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Banquet, enjoying an evening of dancing and good food.

Today you will enjoy shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges – a shining pearl hidden in remote mountains. You will leave your cruise ship and board smaller vessels to sail through the narrower and breathtaking Lesser Three Gorges region, lined by sheer cliffs and mountains. Along the river you may see the ancient plank road and the Hanging Coffins. You may also want to visit the White Emperor City (not included), an ancient temple that is located atop Baidi Mountain on the northern bank of the Yangtze River in Fengjie County. You will then return to the ship and continue sailing into the 25-mile-long Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic gorge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Victoria Cruise 5* or similar

Optional tour: White Emperor City

An ancient temple complex overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge, White Emperor City has long been the subject of many poems. From the site visitors can enjoy views that look back toward the Qutang Gorge – a sight that’s depicted on the back of the Chinese 10-yuan bill (trip offered when river conditions permit).

Today you will join the included excursion to visit Xiaoguanshan Ancient Folk Culture Park, a noted site for the relocation and reconstruction of architectural relics after the water rose on the Yangtze as a result of the Three Gorges Dam Project, and scenic Mt. Shuanggui, a national forest park. Additional optional shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City (not included) to see why it’s regarded as the “City of Ghosts”. The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. Return to the ship and continue to pass through the mountains of Eastern Sichuan. Tonight enjoy the farewell dinner and pack your bags in preparation for disembarking tomorrow.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Victoria Cruise 5* or similar

Optional tour: Fengdu Ghost City

If you’re feeling brave today then why not visit the Fengdu Ghost City. Regarded as the City of Ghosts, this complex of temples, shrines and monasteries, built on Ming Mountain depict instruments of punishment and paintings of demons, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell.

This morning you will disembark the cruise in the city of Chongqing. You can explore this beautiful city at your own pace. Alternatively, you can join our well-planned optional insight tour (not included). On this sightseeing tour you’ll explore the many landmarks of Chongqing including Hongyadong Folk Custom Scene Area, Ciqikou ancient town, Panda House and three Gorges Museum.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: On Plane

You arrive at your home today and we hope you enjoy your China trip with Asia Vacation Group.

Included

  • Returned International flights
  • Water bottle per person per day
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
  • 14 night hotel accommodation including 4 nights on Yangtze Cruise.
  • Dedicated transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Bullet train from Beijing to Suzhou
  • Bullet train from Shanghai to Xi’an
  • Bullet train from Xi’an to Wuhan then to Yichang or flight from Xian to Yichang (economic class)
  • Fully escorted by English-speaking local guides
  • In-depth sightseeing and all entry fees as per the itinerary

Excluded

  • Meals and drinks are not mentioned in the program
  • Visa fee in China
  • Compulsory Tipping for driver and tour guide (NZ$12 per person/day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (we strongly recommend you hold a valid travel insurance policy for all domestic and overseas travel)
  • Trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change
  • Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel
  • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program

Fine Print

Asia Vacation Group offers you a “ 3 instalment payment plan”, you will be required to settle a small deposit followed by a series of instalments when you select to book your departure tour

  • First payment: You will be required to settle NZ$200 per person deposit online through our website link or bank transfer option.
  • Second payment: You will be collected NZ$1,200 per person after 7 days deposit.
  • Final payment: You will be required to settle the final payment in 120 days before your departure.

And you will have a 7-day cooling off period to change of your mind to receive a full refund. Please refer to “Flexible Cancellation” section.

Flexible Cancellation:
If you change your mind within 7 days of making your booking online, you can request a refund of your initial deposit payment. Once your purchase date falls outside of the 7-day period, our standard terms and conditions will apply.

Please ensure that any request to cancel your booking is received via email to [email protected], including the reason for cancellation.

This package includes international flights from Auckland and surcharge NZ$500 from Queenstown and Christchurch, surcharge NZ$450 from Wellington

In this packages, we will use some different airlines such as: Air New Zealand, Qantas Airlines, Jetstar Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Vietjet Air or similar airlines (20kg for checked baggage per passenger and 7kg hand luggage per passenger, 01-piece check-in baggage).

  • Some flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 20 kilos checked baggage per person, along with 7 kilos of hand luggage.
  • Despite the airlines baggage allowance, we recommend travelling with 20 kilos per person due to restrictions with internal flights (where applicable), as well as coach and train transportation. Also, you will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters is not included. If travelling over this amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable direct.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules, Airline change fees and an Asia Vacation Group change fee of NZ$250 per person.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required. Any error in the names submitted will be subject to an Asia Vacation Group name change fee of NZ$150 plus any applicable fees charged by the airline, or the ticket may be non-refundable with the purchase of a new ticket required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control. It is important that you, as the customer, stay up-to-date with the latest airline schedule information prior to your departure. If a schedule change results in extended transits or an earlier/later departure from your destination, any additional accommodation or alternative arrangements will be at the traveler’s expense.
  • Any airline ‘extras’ such as pre-allocated seating is at your own arrangement (additional charges apply)
  • After booking, the price payable may be subject to change as a result of factors beyond the control of Asia Vacation Group. Asia Vacation Group reserves the right to increase the price payable and this will be reflected on the customer’s invoice. Increases may be in relation to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, airline taxes, airfare increases and fuel surcharges.
  • Internal airfares (where applicable and included in the itinerary) will be using a local carrier and may include low-cost carriers without meals or entertainment. Checked baggage will still be included for each passenger. Any additional baggage required is payable at time of check-in.
  • If you are travelling with another party on a separate booking, we cannot guarantee that the same flights will be booked for all parties, as this strictly depends on availability.
  • You will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters are not included. If travelling over the recommended amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable directly.
  • In the event of that you no-show on your scheduled flight, please be aware the airline will require you to pay a no show fee, Airline reissue fee plus any additional airfare and taxes. Asia Vacation Group will also charge a NZ$250 admin fee to assist re accommodating you on the next available flight. Please note that depending on the airline’s policy, purchasing a new ticket may be required.

Important Information
Physical Requirements
A reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Please be advised that tipping for tour guides, drivers and bellmen are required and will be collected by your travel consultant 7 days before you depart. A gratuity of NZ$10 per person/day can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry as they have done an impeccable job to serve you through your holiday.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is NZ$      per person in addition to the twin share price.

Paired Solo Traveler
Not available.

Group size:
Maximum 30 persons

Triple Share
Upon your request except for cruises

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return and must have more than 2 blank pages.

A visa is required for travel to Vietnam. The visa is easiest to complete with Asia Vacation Group and just need to pay NZ$160 for single entry for Vietnam Visa.

Tour Documentation
Final documentation, including e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Children
Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can pay extra for arriving early or extension your trip.

Pre-tour night: NZ    /room/night
Post-tour night: NZ    /room/night

Dates & Prices

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Sunday
05 May 2024
Monday
20 May 2024
NZ$2,999
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Saturday
11 May 2024
Sunday
26 May 2024
NZ$2,999
Thursday
23 May 2024
Friday
07 Jun 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
02 Jun 2024
Monday
17 Jun 2024
NZ$2,999
Monday
10 Jun 2024
Tuesday
25 Jun 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
16 Jun 2024
Monday
01 Jul 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
07 Jul 2024
Monday
22 Jul 2024
NZ$3,500
Sunday
21 Jul 2024
Monday
05 Aug 2024
NZ$3,499
Sunday
04 Aug 2024
Monday
19 Aug 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
11 Aug 2024
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26 Aug 2024
NZ$2,999
Monday
19 Aug 2024
Tuesday
03 Sep 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
25 Aug 2024
Monday
09 Sep 2024
NZ$2,999
Monday
16 Sep 2024
Tuesday
01 Oct 2024
NZ$3,499
Monday
14 Oct 2024
Tuesday
29 Oct 2024
NZ$3,099
Sunday
20 Oct 2024
Monday
04 Nov 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
27 Oct 2024
Monday
11 Nov 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
03 Nov 2024
Monday
18 Nov 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
10 Nov 2024
Monday
25 Nov 2024
NZ$2,999
Sunday
17 Nov 2024
Monday
02 Dec 2024
NZ$2,999

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