Day 1: New Zealand –– Beijing
Today your China holiday begins with an international flight to Beijing. Upon arrival you will be warmly greeted by our representative and then transferred to you hotel where the rest of the evening is at leisure to relax after your flight.
(Some flights may depart one day earlier)
Day 2: Beijing (B)
Your journey begins in the capital city of China. First we will head to the centre of Beijing, Tiananmen Square the second largest public square in the world! After, continue to the incredible Forbidden City, imperial palace complex and the residence of Chinese emperors from the Ming through to the Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world!
Next, visit a fresh water pearl exhibition, a very famous Chinese accessory.
Optional Tour: The Golden Mask Dynasty, tonight, enjoy a live show that incorporates dancing, acrobatics, some magnificent costumes and one or two surprises A show you shouldn’t miss while you are in Beijing!
Day 3: Beijing (B)
One of the biggest highlights of your tour, the most iconic sight of China, The Great Wall. Juyong pass, is one of the three famous passes along the wall, you can also see some other ancient architecture. Then visit a local jade carving workshop where you will find out more about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone.
Optional Tour: Traditional alleys Hutong and Shichahai tour with dinner. There are many residents reluctant to move from their beloved hutongs, and many have been converted into boutiques, teahouses, and restaurants.
Day 4: Beijing – – Xi’an (B)
After breakfast, we learn about the history and development of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Tong Ren Tang, the largest Traditional Chinese Medicine producer in the world.
Later you will board a high speed train to Xi’an. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel
Day 5: Xi’an (B,L)
Xian, the ancient capital for more than a thousand years. Today we visit one of the must-see attractions in China, the Terracotta Warriors, thousands of life-size, hand-molded army figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Then you can find terracotta soldiers which are still made today in a Terracotta Warriors Factory. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved Ancient City Walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
Optional Tour: Tonight enjoy dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing show. A wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xian.
Day 6: Xi’an – – Shanghai – Suzhou (B)
Ride on the High-speed train to Shanghai and then continue to Suzhou also known as “Venice of the East”, known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens. Visit Shantang Street, experience Chinese water town, one of the most famous water townships in China, followed by a visit to old street.
Optional Tour: A local market walking tour and boat ride on the Grand Canal
Day 7: Suzhou – Hangzhou (B,L)
This morning, relax in Lingering Garden, a renowned classical Chinese garden. Then visit a local Silk Spinning factory for an insight in to the history of Chinese silk manufacturing. Finish today’s activities with a Boat ride on West Lake, enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds you and has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th Century.
Day 8: Hangzhou – Shanghai (B,L)
Taste the famous Chinese Green Tea – Dragon Well Tea in a Tea Village this morning before we travel to Shanghai. Upon arrival in to this metropolis and financial city, spend some time strolling along The Bund. Then visit City God Temple, the temple’s surrounding area and vicinity is a large commercial district that hosts an array of shops, restaurants, teahouses.
Optional Tour: Tonight, another show you shouldn’t miss: ERA “The Intersection of Time” a captivating combination of Chinese history, mesmerizing martial arts and incredible special effects.
Day 9: Shanghai (B)
This morning, we visit the museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum. Then the rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore Shanghai, alternatively join an optional half day tour of Shanghai followed by a Huangpu River cruise.
Optional Tour: Half day tour of Shanghai followed by the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Enjoy the view of the river veiled in the glittery neon lights on its banks.
Day 10: Shanghai –– Hong Kong (B)
Today we Fly to Hong Kong, on arrival in Hong Kong, the gourmet and shopping paradise of Asia, you will be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 11: Hong Kong (B)
Today is free at your own leisure to explore, shop and eat your way around Hong Kong.
Optional Tour: Half day tour in Hong Kong Island including peak tram ride
Day 12 Hong Kong –– New Zeland (B)
At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight. We hope you have enjoyed your tour of China with us!
Day 13 New Zealand
Arrive home today.