9 day Taste of China tour with flights

9 day Taste of China tour including return international flights, all accommodation, breakfast daily, private coach transportation, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
  • 9 day Taste of China Tour
 

Highlights

 

Ancient wonders, modern monuments and gorgeous gardens are just the tip of what to expect on this 9 day Taste of China tour.

Begin in Beijing and discover the great sights of China’s capital city, from the awe-inspiring scale of Tiananmen Square to the secretive allure of the Forbidden City. Look in at the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and enjoy a tour of the Summer Palace to admire its exquisite gardens and verdant landscaping. Journey to Juyong Pass to wander along a section of the ancient Great Wall of China and gain insight into why the wall was built and how it evolved over the centuries.

Step from Old World China into the wonders of the modern age by taking the bullet train from Beijing to Wuxi and visit one of the largest freshwater pearl exhibitions in the country. Seek out the elegant city of Suzhou and explore its winding canals, arched stone bridges and impeccable gardens. Take a moment to stop at a working silk-spinning mill to appreciate the workmanship behind this luxurious textile. Travel to Hangzhou and end the tour with a boat ride on the serene West Lake.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand –airplane-takeoff– Beijing

Fly to China and land in Beijing. A transfer takes you to the hotel. Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.

Day 2: Beijing (B)

The first stop of your China tour is the mammoth Tiananmen Square. This city square is a true behemoth and is named after the northern Gate of Heavenly Peace, which separates the square from the sacred Forbidden City. While here, you will be able to see the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Forbidden City Tour – Take a step into the mysterious world of emperors in the Forbidden City. This architectural masterpiece was the former imperial palace for the Ming and Qing dynasties and is a sprawling complex that spans more than 180 acres and 980 buildings. The Forbidden City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Peking Duck Dinner – Head out for a Beijing specialty for dinner tonight: Peking duck! 

Day 3: Beijing (B)

Travel to the Great Wall of China at Juyong Pass. Along with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan, Juyong Pass is one of the most visited sections along the Wall and is located 60 kilometres from downtown Beijing. Here, learn about the Wall’s construction and climb this ancient structure. On the return journey to Beijing, the group stops at a large jade exhibit. There is also a trip to cloisonne factory following lunch. 

Optional Program (at own expense): The Golden Mask Dynasty – A show spectacular including dancing, acrobatics, magnificent costumes and a handful of surprises. Performed in a theatre near the Happy Valley Amusement Park, the show has been seen by more than 1 million people. 

Day 4: Beijing (B)

Take a tour of the Summer Palace, a preserved ancient park made up of lakes, palaces and gardens. It was also the former summer resort of Qing Emperors. After the Palace, the tour continues to a Chinese Herbal Medicine Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and it includes an opportunity for you to be treated to a rejuvenating foot massage. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Hutong Life & Panda House Tour w/Lunch – Clamber into a rickshaw and be taken around Beijing’s hutongs (narrow streets or alleys) to admire these old courtyard dwellings. Take note of those that have been converted into upscale restaurants, tea houses and boutiques. This excursion includes a visit to a local family’s house to experience old Beijing’s way of life. The final pitstop is the Panda House in Beijing Zoo to see one of China’s most iconic symbols: the Giant Panda. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Chinese Kung Fu Show – Witness a show that is a combination of traditional Chinese martial arts, dance and high-flying acrobatics – all set in a modern theatre. Follow the storyline as you admire the stage design and watch as actors perform incredible kung fu demonstrations. 

Day 5: Beijing – train-icon – Wuxi (B)

Bid goodbye to Beijing as you board a bullet train bound for Wuxi – a high-speed journey that only takes about 15 minutes. Wuxi is an ancient city, home to Lake Tai, a rich history and a warm climate. There is an evening stroll along the trendy-yet-traditional Nanchang Street where you will notice the juxtaposition of the city’s old and new world architecture. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Jiangnan Dumpling Lunch – Enjoy a traditional lunch that includes the famous xiaolongbao, a Chinese steamed bun filled with minced pork and soup. 

Day 6: Wuxi – Suzhou (B)

Visit one of the largest freshwater pearl exhibitions in China this morning. After lunch, board a coach and travel to Suzhou, an elegant city featuring canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens. A large section of the city is covered by water, from ponds to streams, and has helped Suzhou earn the nickname, ‘Venice of the East’. Another of the city’s monikers is ‘Garden City’, thanks to its collection of classical gardens. There is a visit to the Lingering Garden. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Grand Canal Cruise – Take a cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Suzhou Grand Canal. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Western Buffet Dinner – Feast on a sumptuous Western-style buffet dinner at the hotel and relax with fellow travellers to wind down the day. 

Day 7: Suzhou – Hangzhou (B)

On this morning’s agenda is a visit to a silk-spinning mill, where you will learn how silk is created by mulberry-munching worms. There is a lunch stop and then coach travel to Hangzhou, a destination described by Marco Polo as being one of the most beautiful and magnificent cities in the world. Get to know the city with a boat ride on the serene West Lake. 

Optional Program (at own expense): Impression West Lake – Enjoy an open-air performance at West Lake this evening. This light, music and dance spectacle is set on a custom stage built over the lake. The show’s director is Zhang Yimou, the same man behind the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics

Day 8: Hangzhou –airplane-takeoff– New Zealand (B)

Depart Hangzhou after breakfast and head to the airport to board a flight/s to New Zealand. Time allowing, there may be a tea-tasting experience at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation before departure. 

Day 9: New Zealand

Arrive home today 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, plus all airport transfers within China 
  • 7 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Bullet train ride between Beijing and Wuxi
  • Private coach transportation
  • English speaking tour guides throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities


Highlights:

  • Walk along the incredible Great Wall
  • Experience an incredible bullet train ride from Beijing to Wuxi
  • Explore the famous Tiananmen Square
  • Sit beside tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
 

Fine Print

 

 How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form.
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed to secure your requested travel date.
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly.
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)

Payment Information:

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided within 2 weeks prior to departure. A preliminary itinerary will be sent you prior to this time to ensure that you can arrange your Visas (where required) in a timely manner. 

Single Supplement: 

$550 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Payable direct upon confirming your booking. 

Group Size: 10 – 48 people 

Triple Share: Available, please purchase 3 vouchers.

Optional Activities: 

Beijing: Forbidden City Tour – $88 per person 
Beijing: Peking Duck Dinner – $44 per person
Beijing: The Golden Mask Dynasty – $83 per person
Beijing: Hutong Life & Panda house Tour with lunch – $88 per person
Beijing: Chinese Kung Fu show – $83 per person 
Wuxi: Grand Canal Cruise – $38 per person
Wuxi: Jiangnan Dumpling lunch – $28 per person 
Suzhou: Western Buffet dinner – $44 per person 
Hangzhou: Impression West Lake – $88 per person

All optional tours are payable directly upon booking with Nexus Holidays.

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

3-4 star hotel accommodation based on local ratings. The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Beijing: Chun Hui Yuan Hot Springs Hotel or similar
Wuxi: Swiss-belhotel Liyuan or similar
Suzhou: Holiday Inn Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar
Hangzhou: Hangzhou Merchant Marco Edgelake Hotel or similar

Please note: all star ratings are local ratings 

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

26 February*
5 March 
12 March 
19 March
26 March
9 April*
16 April*
23 April*
30 April*
7 May
14 May
21 May
28 May
4 June
11 June
18 June
2 July*
9 July*
16 July*
23 July*
30 July
6 August
13 August
20 August
27 August
3 September
10 September
17 September*
24 September*
8 October*
15 October
22 October
29 October
5 November
12 November
19 November

*$330 per person surcharge applies. 

**Nexus booking link must be submitted within one week of purchase otherwise departure date cannot be guaranteed**

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares departing Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with a full service Chinese carrier, China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, China Airlines or similar
  • Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits per leg, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as instructed by the ticketed airline.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, from $275 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference) payable at the time of completing your booking. Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. 

Airline Upgrades: Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific from $550 per person. Please request when when completing your booking form. 

 

Travel Information

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus all airport transfers
  • 7 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Bullet train ride between Beijing and Wuxi
  • Private coach transportation
  • English speaking tour guides throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities
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