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Diverse, mysterious, surprising, and inviting; China is a destination everyone should visit at least once. And this unbeatable 11 day package makes that easy! From the ancient Forbidden City to the remarkable Great Wall, the historic canals of Suzhou to the jaw-dropping city of Shanghai, this cultural odyssey of China will change how you view the world’s most populous country forever.

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, hearing tales of the 24 emperors who lived in succession in the palace; walk along the impressive Great Wall of China, a bucket list experience for every traveller; and enjoy a stop at Beijing Zoo to view adorable giant pandas. Then, travel to the charming canal city of Suzhou, often called the Venice of the East. Visit the lakeside city of Wuxi; enjoy a boat ride on the ethereal West Lake of Hangzhou, known for its willow-draped islands; delve into the incredible history of China at the Shanghai Museum and more! With return flights, eight nights 4-star hotel accommodation, a one-way high-speed rail experience, English-speaking tour guides and more, this is the perfect way to discover the beauty and wonder of China.

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Day 1 Auckland, New Zealand – Beijing, China

Today depart from Auckland to Beijing, China via Guangzhou. Fly with China Eastern, China Southern, Air China, Sichuan Airlines or Hainan Airlines (subject to availability). 

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, many departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers will be required to be at the airport the day before. Flight schedules will be confirmed approximately 4 - 6 weeks from departure.

Meals included: In-Flight


Day 2 Arrive in Beijing, China

Upon arrival in Beijing, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to check-in to the hotel.

Overnight: Beijing Hotel 
Meals included: None


Day 3 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. 

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


Day 4 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. 

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 5 Beijing Zoo – Suzhou (High speed train experience)

Following breakfast at the hotel, visit Beijing Zoo to see giant pandas - one of the icons of China. After the zoo, make a stop at ‘Tongrentang’ to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine. Next, transfer to Beijing Railway Station for your high speed train ride to Suzhou(approx. a 4.5 hour train ride). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the train station and then escort you to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Suzhou Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 6 Suzhou – Wuxi

Often called the ‘Venice of the East’, Suzhou has a history dating back to 514BC. 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 also in order. Take the opportunity to cruise along the Grand Canal (not included) to view life along China’s ancient waterway. Next, drive to Wuxi (approximately a 1 hour coach ride) and enjoy free time at leisure in Nanchan Street, an ancient thoroughfare which has been elegantly renovated.

Overnight: Wuxi Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 7 Wuxi – Hangzhou

This morning visit Li Lake Park, the habitat of egrets and many rare species of birds. View the picturesque Taihu Lake, the second biggest freshwater lake in China. Then visit a Pearl Outlet to learn more about traditional Chinese pearls. Next, drive to Hangzhou (approximately a 2.5 hour coach ride).

Overnight: Hangzhou Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 8 Hangzhou – Shanghai

After breakfast, start this amazing day with a small boat ride on the West Lake - another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands. 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 and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting. 

Next, drive to Shanghai (approx. 2 hour coach ride) 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, where you’ll find most of Shanghai’s banks and trading houses. Tonight, there is an optional activity to watch a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 9 Shanghai – Free Time

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 Shanghai (not included) including Yu Garden, believed to have been built more than 400 years ago. The exquisite garden architecture has made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Other attractions include Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road.

Please note: If the Shanghai Museum is closed you will visit the Suzhou Museum on Day 4 or 5.

Overnight: Shanghai Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 10 Shanghai, China – Auckland, New Zealand

This morning, enjoy some free time at leisure or take the opportunity to join an optional tour to visit the AZ Plaza and experience the famous Maglev Train (not included, time permitting). Afterwards, transfer to Shanghai Airport for your return flight back to New Zealand.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight


Day 11 Arrive in Auckland


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