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Essential China

9 day Essential China tour including return international flights, accommodation, meals, professional guides, in-depth sightseeing and more.

per person twin share | Typically $2,138!
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  • Essential China including flights



See the best of China with this incredible value 9 day Essential China tour.

Take in some of China’s best sites; walk the Great Wall, see the grand Forbidden City and ride an incredible bullet train.

Take in the West Lake in Hangzhou, visit a stunning silk factory and explore Shanghai’s vibrant and bustling city, plus so much more!

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, expert tour guides, most meals, private coach transportation, professional guides and more.

See inclusions for more.


Day 1: New Zealand –airplane-takeoff– Beijing 

Depart New Zealand today on your international flight to Beijing!  (Please note: some flights depart 1 day earlier)

Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to relax and prepare for your full day tomorrow in China’s capital.

Beijing, China’s massive capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Day 2: Beijing (B)

Today you  may choose to explore Beijing on your own. Alternatively you can join a selection of optional tours with our experienced local guide.

Optional Tour: Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City. Discover Beijing’s imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world before progressing on to the Forbidden City. Enter the imposing walls of the Forbidden City, once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty, for an exclusive tour through this vast complex of courtyards and lanes. 

Optional Tour: Hutong Tour – Take a rickshaw tour of the traditional Hutong areas, famous for the old-style buildings, and time-honoured workshops. Enjoy a meal with a local family here before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Beijing (B,L,D)

Today, you will travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent and the experience is truly unforgettable. You will then learn about Jade, China’s most precious and celebrated stone, and its manufacturing process at the largest Jade factory in Beijing. Furthermore, you will visit the 2008 Olympic Games Sites including the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy a complementary oriental foot massage at a traditional Chinese medical centre where you will learn about alternative treatments for illness and have the chance to consult a Chinese Medical professional.

Day 4: Beijing –train-icon– Hangzhou (B)

In the morning, you can choose to spend the day at your leisure – take advantage of the hotel facilities or explore Beijing.

Optional Tour: Visit the Temple of Heaven and practice the martial art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi energy (consciousness) within the body. The Temple of Heaven a sprawling complex of religious buildings located in the south-eastern section of central Beijing. The site was constructed by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties who would host annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest here.

Later this afternoon you will be transferred to Hangzhou via bullet train. 

Day 5: Hangzhou (B,L)

Today, your will embark on a tour of Hangzhou city – renowned for its beauty and abundance of cultural heritage. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the Zheijang Province and one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. You will then visit the West Lake area in Hangzhou, comprising of the West Lake and the surrounding hills, which have inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th Century. It is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, and is home to numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, causeways and artificial islands. While you’re in the West Lake scenic area, visit to tea plantation, here you will learn about tea picking and processing. 

Optional Tour: In the evening, you may choose to attend the Romance of Song Dynasty Show featuring colourful costumes dancing, acting and acrobatics and tells the story of the five areas of Hangzhou. 

Day 6: Hangzhou – Suzhou (B,L)

Today, you will be transferred from Hangzhou to Suzhou via bus. Upon arrival, spend some time exploring the Master of the Nets Garden it is one of the finest gardens in China, and for which Suzhou is renowned. You will explore the garden and admire the effortless cohesion of art, nature and architecture that has attracted thousands of visitors since 1140CE. 

Optional Tour: After lunch, you will have the option to take a boat trip along the longest canal in the world – Suzhou’s Grand Canal. Some sections date as far back as the 5th century BC and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – there are many beautiful homes to admire along this impressive waterway.

Day 7: Suzhou – Shanghai (B,L,D)

After breakfast, spend the morning perusing the most famous silk factory in China to understand the manufacturing processes of silk and its rich history in China before being be transferred to Shanghai via bus. Upon arrival, you will visit the Nanjing walking district and discover the history and culture of Shanghai. You will then continue to the Bund by the Huangpu River, and witness the old meeting the modern side of the city. 

Optional Tour: Enjoy an evening on the Huangpu River Cruise, allowing you to take in the famous sites of Shanghai including; the People’s Hero Monument, the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district, the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbour, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics.

Day 8: Shanghai –airplane-takeoff– New Zealand

Today you will be transferred to the airport for flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to China with us!

Day 9: New Zealand

Arrive home today 



Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, expert tour guides, meals, private coach transportation and so much more…
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • All airport and station transfers
  • Ride the bullet train from Beijing to Hangzhou
  • 7 nights’ accommodation staying in international brands like Park Plaza, Holiday Inn and Marriott properties
  • Breakfast daily plus 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • In-depth sightseeing including admission fees
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • All tipping



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

Single Supplement:

9 Day Itinerary: $465 per person in addition to the twin share price.

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Group Size:  2-50 people

Triple Share: Not available

Optional Tours:


Hutong Rickshaw Tour & meal $61 – per person (approx)
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Tour – $88 per person (approx)
Temple of Heaven Tour with meal – $55 per person (approx)


Huangpu River Cruise – $39 per person (approx)
Ancient water town with meal – $66 per person (approx)
Acrobatics Show – $66 per person (approx)


Grand Canal Boat Tour – $39 per person (approx)


The Romance Of Song Dynasty Show – $66 per person (approx)

All optional tours are payable on your tour in local currency. 


Beijing: Beijing Park Plaza Science Park or similar
Hangzhou: Hangzhou International Expo Center North Star or similar
Suzhou: Suzhou Holiday Inn Huirong Plaza or similar
Shanghai: Shanghai Baoshan Delta Hotel by Marriott or similar


Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

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

If you are needing assistance with your Visa, please request it upon submitting your booking form



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


Travel Dates



08 June
15 June
29 June
06 July*
27 July*
3 August
10 August
07 September*
14 September*
21 September*
12 October*
19 October*
26 October*
2 November 
09 November
16 November
23 November
30 November

 * A $250 per person surcharge applies

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

Please note not all dates are available on each travel style. Available dates may differ between Essential and Classic. Please refer to the availability calendar for accurate availability.


Flight Information



  • Return economy airfare with China Southern departing Auckland (Sichuan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines or similar)
  • We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates. Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • Customers wishing to choose their preferred airline – please purchase your voucher first and request your preferred airline in the ‘special requests’ field when submitting your booking form. Please note, this is a request basis only.
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.


  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, 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.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days.

Flight Variations: 

 If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Early arrival
  • Late departure
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class where available
  • Airline of your choice where available

An AUD$200 per person (approx NZD $220 per person) “breakaway” charge will apply per person plus any applicable fare and tax difference.

In order to obtain a quote for your requested variations, you must purchase your vouchers first and submit your request via the online booking form. On this form will be a section highlighted “Flight Quote Request”. You must complete the mandatory information in this section to be provided with an accurate quote.

PLEASE NOTE: No flight requests/quotes/upgrades will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment has been made. At this time you will be contact by our operator in relation to your request. Payment of the breakaway fee and any applicable fare and tax difference is to be paid directly to our operator at the time of quotation.

Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference.

Stay behind surcharge:

  • If you wish to extend your trip, a AUD$200 (approx NZD $220 per person) per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. Only the return date can be altered. PLEASE NOTE: No staybehind will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment is made.

Extending your trip: 

  • If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: No extension request will be actioned until your 2nd payment instalment is made.


Travel Information






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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • All transfers
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation
  • Breakfast daily with 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Expert guides
  • In-depth sightseeing
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Tipping
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