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2 FOR 1 CHINA ODYSSEY

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12 DAY 2 FOR 1 CHINA ODYSSEY $2499* total for 2 people!

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VISIT THE ICONIC GREAT WALL & FORBIDDEN CITY
EXPLORE BEIJING, SHANGHAI, ZHENGZHOU & MORE
INCLUDES RETURN QANTAS FLIGHTS

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An eclectic fusion of ultra-modern cities and jaw-dropping natural landscapes, ancient wonders and living culture; China is a destination we all need to visit at least once. On this incredible 12 day two-for-one package, the myths and legends of the orient are yours to discover - with a friend! 

Begin with a tour of Beijing, taking in iconic sights from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City to the adorable pandas of Beijing Zoo; put your best foot forward with a visit to the mighty Great Wall of China, the bucket list sight which ranks above almost all others; soak up the views of Zhengzhou from atop the Erqi Memorial Tower; explore the UNESCO listed Lingering Garden in Suzhou; enjoy a boat ride on the gorgeous West Lake of Hangzhou; be entranced by the glittering skyscrapers of Shanghai; and more! This panda-rrific deal includes return flights with Qantas Airways, 10 nights 4-star hotel accommodation, two high speed train journeys and much more - all for two people. 

Want to delve even deeper? Choose the Xi'an Extension to tick off the Terracotta Warriors.


 

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 New Zealand - Beijing, China

Today depart from either Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington for Beijing, China via Sydney. Fly with award winning Qantas Airways. Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel 
Meals included: In-Flight


 

Day 2 Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

After breakfast, your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world. Next, take in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived successionally. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700s and onwards. Afterwards, visit a pearl factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls. 

Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).

Overnight: Beijing Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 3 Great Wall of China

After breakfast, depart for the Great Wall. Along the way, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu” and it has a history in China of at least four thousand years. Observe the skilled artisans at work as they create their intricate designs. Afterwards take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to reach China’s most renowned monument—the Great Wall. You will visit the less-touristy and more original Juyong Pass, avoiding other sections which are the most accessible and consequently most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China’s northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert - a distance of more than 3500 miles. 

In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong’s (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab. You will also visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs including a delicious home-cooked dinner. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch


 

Day 4 Beijing Zoo - Zhengzhou (High speed train experience)

After breakfast visit Beijing Zoo to see the giant pandas. Then make a stop at “Tongrentang” to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Afterwards, transfer to Beijing Railway Station for a high-speed train experience to Zhengzhou (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Zhengzhou Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 5 Zhengzhou

This morning visit the Henan or Zhengzhou Museum (dependent on the day of the week and closure periods), which are both major museums in China and were created for the collection, protection, study and display of cultural relics in the hinterland of the Central Plain. Then visit Erqi Memorial Tower. Erqi Memorial Tower is the memorial of the Erqi Strike, which occurred on February 7, 1923. The Erqi Memorial Tower has altogether 14 storeys, totalling 63m in height.

Overnight: Zhengzhou Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 6 Zhengzhou Free Day

Today enjoy the day at leisure in Zhengzhou, or take the opportunity to join an optional full-day Shaolin Kung Fu experience with lunch (not included). Visit the Shaolin Temple, nestled in the forested mountains of Henan, it’s the birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. The Shaolin Temple embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Shaolin Temple Martial Art Training Centre. Then continue your visit to the Pagoda Forest, where hundreds of stone pagodas, memorials to past monks, are tightly grouped together in the forest. You may also have the chance to watch an exciting Shaolin Kung Fu performance at the Martial Arts Hall and may follow the masters there to learn your Kung Fu here (subject to availability).

Overnight: Zhengzhou Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 7 Zhengzhou - Suzhou (High speed train experience)

This morning enjoy some free time at leisure before transferring to Zhengzhou Railway Station for a high-speed train experience to Suzhou (approx. 4.5 hours). Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Suzhou Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 8 Suzhou - Hangzhou

Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the East’. Today you will visit the famous Lingering Garden, recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is renowned for its exquisite silk, so naturally a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Take the opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Afterwards drive to Hangzhou (approx. 2 hours).

Overnight: Hangzhou Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 9 Hangzhou - Shanghai

Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing Tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including picking, frying and tasting the tea leaves. Then enjoy a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands. 

Next, drive to Shanghai (approx. 2 hours) to visit the famous Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses. Tonight there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 10 Shanghai

This morning, step back in time at the Shanghai Museum - home to more than 120,000 objects and artworks. Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of the Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Alternatively you can visit Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road for some shopping (not included). In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (not included).

Please note: If Shanghai Museum is closed, a visit to Suzhou Museum will be provided in place of this visit on Day 8 of the tour.

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 11 Shanghai, China - New Zealand

After breakfast, enjoy some free time to explore the cosmopolitan Shanghai on your own and bid farewell to China and transfer to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand. 

Please note, the standard check-out time is 12 noon. Complimentary luggage storage is available at the front desk.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight


 

Day 12 Arrive in Sydney before onward flight to New Zealand

Upon arrival into Sydney, customers flying to Christchurch or Wellington will have the opportunity to enjoy the day at leisure in Sydney before boarding their onward flight home around 6pm. Customers flying to Auckland will board their onward flight shortly after arriving in Sydney.


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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

*Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.