China Holiday from Hong Kong to Shanghai

12 Days: Australia l Hong Kong l Guilin l Hangzhou l Shanghai l Australia

On this exciting China holiday tour, soak up the electric vibe of Hong Kong, explore the gorgeous scenery on the Li River cruise, admire the stunning landscape of ancient rice terraces and meet Miao minority people in Guilin, fly to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “Heaven on Earth”. Unwind on the beautiful West Lake cruise, be amazed by the stunning “Impression West Lake” culture show, and contrast the experience of the Old and the Modern in Shanghai.

Day 1 - 2 Australia / Hong Kong

Fly Cathy Pacific Airway to Hong Kong, upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The next morning tour Hong Kong's highlights, take a historic tram to the Peak for the spectacular view of Victoria Harbour, learn fisherman life and culture at Aberdeen Fishing Village, stop at the beautiful beach of Repulse Bay, feel the bustling atmosphere at Stanley Market. The afternoon is free time to explore. (B)

Day 3 Hong Kong / Guilin

Spend your leisure time before flying to the scenic city of Guilin. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Palace of Natural Art - Reed Flute Cave, where you will be surprised by colourful lights to highlight the stalactites inside of caves. Sample the local specialty dinner. (B/D)

Day 4 Longshen

Head to the beautiful rural countryside - Longsheng to see ancient rice terraces, walk up the mountain to take in the gorgeous view of rice terraces. Wander through little stone pathways to Miao minority villages, meet Miao people in their traditional costumes. (B)

Day 5 Li River

Transfer to the pier to board on a picturesque Li River cruise, get your camera ready for gorgeous scenery straight out of a paintng. The cruise ship goes passed villages, water buffaloes, and bizzarely shaped mountains. Disembark at the traditional country town of Yangshuo. (B/L)

Day 6 Yangshuo

Spend a free day to unwind yourself in the tranquil countryside, or discover a local market, or try bamboo boat drifting, or take a cooking class or relax at a café shop, there are many activities to choose. (B)

Day 7 Guilin / Hangzhou

Spend your leisure time before transferring to the airport for your flight to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "Heaven on Earth". Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 8 Hangzhou

Cruise on the West Lake surrounded by mountains, where you get to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, arched bridges, pagodas and tree-lined walkways. Visit the peaceful and calm Lingyin Temple to see the Laughing Buddha carved from the rock and an 8 metre high Buddha carved from camphor wood. Learn Chinese tea culture at Longjingshan Tea Cultural Village. Visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda - one of the true masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture, overlooking the beautiful Qiantang River and the West Lake. Enjoy a breathtaking Impression West Lake show, where the entire cast performs on the platform built just inches from the lake, creating an impression that the performaners are dancing on water. (B)

Day 9 Hangzhou / Shanghai

Experience a high speed train to Shanghai. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. (B)

Day 10 Shanghai

Stroll along the historic Bund riverfront to see 52 magnificent colonial buildings, enjoy the panoramic city view from the Skywalk at Shanghai’s landmark - Oriental Pearl Tower, have a relaxing walk by the Riverside Promenade to see the contrast of “Old & New” Shanghai. Step back in time at the Old Quarter of Shanghai and its neighbouring Yu Bazaar. Visit the classic chinese garden - Yu Garden. Sample a local special dinner before a fabulous acrobatic show. (B/D)

Day 11 - 12 Shanghai / Australia

Free time for bargain shopping or exploring the local streets to see the interweaving old and modern aspects of life in this fast developing city before transferring to the airport. The next day you will arrive back in Australia. (B)
Group Departure on 19th Oct 2015, 14th March 2016

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Trip Grading: Easy

Suitable for travelers with an average level of fitness and good mobility.

Pricing

* Package price from $2628p.p.

Inclusions

Cathay Pacific return flights
Private English speaking guide in China mainland
Seat-in-coach tour in Hong Kong
Listed meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (B-Breakfast, L-lunch, D-Dinner)
10 nights in 4* hotels
1 high speed train
1 domestic flight
All transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
Sightseeing
Entry fees and evening shows

Exclusions

Travel insurance
Chinese Visa
Airfare Taxes (approximated $410/p.p.)
Tips and Personal Expenses
Meals not listed
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