China in Depth 2019/20

  • days: 18
  • from $7,295

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Countries Visited:

  • China

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5 UNESCO World 
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3-night Yangtze river cruise 

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Immerse yourself in the beauty and traditions of the Far East on this in-depth journey through modern and ancient China. Explore the cities of Beijing and Shanghai, visit the iconic Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and giant pandas, and cruise the beautiful Li & Yangtze Rivers.

Forbidden City

Our tour starts in the bustling city of Beijing, where we'll visit the Forbidden City, enjoy an authentic Peking Duck banquet and walk on the marvel that is the Great Wall of China. There is plenty of time for photos, so make sure your camera is fully charged!

From Ancient Dynasties to Giant Pandas

Another fantastic highlight of this China tour is a visit to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which are considered to be one of the greatest archaeological finds of the last century. We then enjoy an exciting day at the Chengdu Panda Base visiting the Giant Pandas, one of the world's rarest animals. Simply beautiful! Next we board our cruise ship and cruise on one of the world's greatest waterways - the Yangtze River, for 3 nights. We enjoy shore trips including a visit to Shibaozhai, a 12-storey pavilion built during the Ming dynasty.

Bustling Metropolises

Our China adventure ends in Shanghai, the New York of the Orient. Here we enjoy a day-trip to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, then back in Shanghai we take a stroll along the Bund, explore the famous Nanjing Road, and visit the beautiful Yu Garden and lively Yuyuan market.

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Beijing

Ni hao! Welcome to China and the bustling capital city of Beijing.

Day 2. Beijing

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Special Experience: Ride through Beijing’s hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) by rickshaw to explore a different side of the city. We’ll then visit a local home to try some homemade dumplings.

After lunch we’ll visit the beautiful Summer Palace and take a dragonboat cruise on Kunming Lake. Tonight we enjoy an authentic Peking Duck banquet for our group welcome dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Beijing

A must-do for every visitor to China, today we’ll walk a small section of the Great Wall. Built more than 2,000 years ago, and spanning some 6,700 kilometres, the Great Wall is perhaps China’s most iconic attraction. We also visit Sacred Road; lined with huge stone statues, it was originally built to lead the way to the Changling Mausoleum. [B,L]

Day 4. Beijing

Today we visit Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City. We’ll also discover the beautiful Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed rituals to ensure a good harvest in ancient times. [B,L]

Day 5. Beijing - Xi’an

We travel to Xi’an by fast train. Highlights of our city tour this afternoon includes the well-preserved city walls and the Bell Tower. [B]

Day 6. Xi’an

We see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses this morning. Later we’ll explore the Muslim Market, passing through its narrow bazaar street filled with local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs. We'll also enjoy a Shadow Puppet show in Xi'an's Muslim Quarter - the famous Silk Road's starting point over 1,000 years ago. [B,L]

Day 7. Xi’an - Guilin

This morning we fly to beautiful Guilin. Its name means ‘Forest of Sweet Osmanthus’ due to the many osmanthus trees that line the streets of the city. This afternoon we’ll visit the Reed Flute Cave and explore scenic Fubo Hill. [B,L]

Day 8. Guilin - Yangshuo

A relaxing day cruising the Li River to Yangshuo. Enjoy the stunning views of the dramatic karst mountain landscape and watch colourful village life pass us by. [B,L]

Day 9. Yangshuo

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Special Experience: We’ll take a cooking class this morning and learn some traditional techniques and recipes.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to take in this beautiful setting at your own pace. Why not take a stroll down the famous West Street for dinner? [B,L]

Day 10. Yangshuo - Chengdu

Today we fly to Chengdu, home of the giant pandas. Enjoy an afternoon cup of traditional Chinese tea at Wenshu Temple - Chengdu’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple before soaking up the charming atmosphere of Jinli Old Street. [B,D]

Day 11. Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise

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Special Experience: We get up close with the endangered giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Later we take an express train to Chongqing for our three-night cruise on the Yangtze River, Asia's longest river. [B,L]

Day 12. Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy the stunningly captivating scenery as we cruise along the Yangtze. This afternoon we’ll take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, the ‘Precious Stone Fortress’, built during the Ming Dynasty. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Yangtze River Cruise

Spend the morning relaxing on board and admiring the view before an afternoon shore excursion to Shenny Stream, a smaller tributary of the Yangtze. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Yangtze River Cruise - Shanghai

We visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, before disembarking in Yichang. [B,L]

Day 15. Shanghai

This morning we fly to Shanghai where we'll spend a day touring this magnificent city. Highlights include a visit to Shanghai Museum, a stroll along the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. We’ll continue to the beautiful Yu Garden and see the lively Yuyuan Market. Tonight we’ll enjoy an incredible acrobatics show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. [B,L]

Day 16. Shanghai

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Special Experience: We explore Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town dating back some 700 years. Complete with traditional old bridges and small rivers, it’s set against a stunning backdrop of lakes and mountains.

This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Depart Shanghai

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 18. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to China. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within China
  • Bullet train between Beijing & Xi'An
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding Rickshaws & some water based activities)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $230pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 3 nights on the Yangtze Century Paragon cruise ship (5-star Chinese Standard) including quality meals, on-board service and some shore excursions
  • 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides throughout
  • English-speaking national guide throughout 

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing:

Classical China and its capital

  • Ride through the hutongs of Beijing by rickshaw and enjoy lunch with a local family.
  • Visit the beautiful Summer Palace and take a Dragon Boat cruise on Kunming Lake.
  • Explore some of Beijing's most iconic sights, including Tianamen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven.
  • Walk the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu Section), one of the wonders of the world, and stroll along the Sacred Way, the approach to the Changling Tomb from the Ming dynasty.

The end of the Silk Road

  • Travel across the Chinese countryside by fast train to Xi'an.
  • Wander along Xi'an's Ancient City Walls and visit the Bell Tower.
  • Visit the spectacular Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum, the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century.
  • Discover more of authentic China on a visit to Xi'an's Muslim street, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road trading route. Experience a Shadow Puppet Show in a traditional dwelling in the Muslim Quarter.

Dramatic landscapes and limestone karst peaks

  • Explore Guilin's Reed Flute Cave and take in amazing views overlooking Guilin from Fubo Hill.
  • Cruise the scenic Li River to Yangshuo, believed to be the most beautiful route in China.

Culinary delights

  • Stroll down the oldest street in Yangshuo, West Street, with more than 1,400 years of history. Enjoy some time at leisure here to experience cuisine from around the world.
  • Try your hand at cooking, Chinese style, in a cooking class in the countryside of Yangshuo.

The beautiful Giant Pandas

  • In Chengdu see Wenshu Temple and Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in the Sichuan Province that dates back some 1,800 years.
  • Watch the beautiful Giant Panda's going about life at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda breeding.

Asia's longest river

  • Enjoy a 3-day journey along the Yangtze River on board the luxury Century Paragon cruise ship.

Contrasts of old and new

  • Explore modern and traditional Shanghai on a city tour, including the Shanghai Museum, the Bund & Nanjing Rd, an evening Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Centre Theatre, a visit to Yu Garden and the lively Yuyuan Market.
  • Enjoy a day excursion to Zhujiajiao water town. Take a boat cruise on the river, see Fangsheng Bridge, Beida Street and the Xi Family Residence.
  • Travel on the amazing Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) Train to Shanghai airport, reaching speeds of up to 430km/h.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $230pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $210pp
Single supplement: from $1,950
  • Yangtze Cruise Itinerary is subject to change due to water level fluctuations and other logistical reasons
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares and all taxes. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Jianguo Garden Hotel, Beijing

Jianguo Garden Hotel Beijing is ideally located in the city centre and is just a 10 minute walk from Wangfujing Shopping St and a 20 minute walk from the Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square. The hotel's guestrooms are tastefully decorated in modern, neutral tones. A swimming pool, 24 hr room service, massage and salon/spa services are also available. There are 5 restaurants from which to choose and a lovely garden in which to relax.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Grand Noble Hotel, Xian

The Grand Noble Hotel in Xian is conveniently located in the commercial centre, shopping and entertainment area of downtown Xian. It is close to major attractions such as the Bell Tower and the Forest of Stone Steles Museum. Hotel amenities include a souvenir shop, Business Centre, Post Service, Clinic, Laundry Service, Spa and Concierge service.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, Guilin

With it's signature waterfall cascading down the outside of the building every night, the luxurious Lijiang Waterfall Hotel is a landmark in itself. Located along Lijiang River, each room offers spectacular views of the surrounding Guilin.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; swimming pool; spa; fitness centre

Green Lotus Hotel, Yangshuo

Yangshuo's 5-star Green Lotus Hotel sits at the foot of Green Lotus Peak, on the banks of the beautiful Li River, and is less than half a kilometre from the popular West Street. The modern, air-conditioned rooms feature spacious interiors with contemporary furnishings. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool; spa; fitness centre

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, Chengdu

Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel boasts oriental charm and is located in the Chunxi Road Commercial Circle, the downtown area of Chengdu. The hotel lies near the historic tourism site WenShuFang and ecological water park.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Century Paragon Yangtze Cruise Ship

The 5-Star Century Paragon is one of the newest ships and her maiden voyage being in 2013. Believed to give passengers an entirely new cruise experience on the Yangtze, guests will be greeted by friendly English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. The ship has a 408 passenger capacity with 196 Cabins and 7-decks.

Gezhouba Hotel, Yichang

The Gezhouba Hotel is an ideal choice for travellers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Yichang. 

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box

Hotel Golden Tulip Bund New Asia, Shanghai

Located just a 15-minute walk from the Bund and Pedestrian Street, Golden Tulip Bund New Asia is ideally positioned to take in Shanghai's famous Bund area. The Hongkou area is also a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, sightseeing and city walks. The modern rooms are well equipped and feature western conveniences. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box

Optional Excursions

Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show – 1hr 10mins – CNY 338 pp (Seat in Coach)

Dumpling or Jiaozi in Chinese is a traditional popular food in China, especially in the north. At the dinner, nearly 20 varieties of dumplings that are steamed and stuffed with different delicious fillings such as vegetables, meats and seafood are served, these dumplings are not only tasty, but also characteristic with their colours and fragrance, style and culture meanings, all these make the dinner so unique that you should not miss it when travelling in Xi’an. The Tang Dynasty, 618-907AD, was one of the most glorious dynasties in China’s history. Xi’an was the capital during the Tang Dynasty and called as Chang’an. Tang Dynasty Show is a performance of Chang’an music and dances in Tang Dynasty style musical instruments and the dancers dance by wearing a Tang Dynasty-style robe with long white silk sleeves, you will certainly enjoy this national art that reflects the glory and richness of the Tang Dynasty. Includes dinner and return transfers.

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director whilst on tour. Payment by Cash in local currency.

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Autumn: September to November

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Currency

Currency

Yuan Renminbi

The official currency of China is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY; symbol ¥).

  • 10 Fen make up 1 Jiao and 10 Jiao make up 1 Yuan
  • Notes are in denominations of ¥100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1; 5 and 1 Jiao
  • Coins are in denominations of ¥1; 5 and 1 Jiao; and 5 and 1 Fen

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for China needs to be applied for prior to travel.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • Ride through Beijing’s hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) by rickshaw to explore a different side of the city. Then visit a local home to try some homemade dumplings
  • Take a traditional cooking class in picturesque Yangshuo.
  • Get up close with the endangered giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding!
  • Explore Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town complete with traditional old bridges and small rivers, set against a stunning backdrop of lakes and mountains.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 6 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, rickshaw, maglev train, plane, river cruise, boat, cable car & local train

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $230pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Take a Dragon Boat cruise on Kunming Lake • Visit the spectacular Great Wall of China • See the famed Xi’an Terracotta Warriors • Discover the dramatic natural beauty of Guilin and cruise the Li River • Stroll down Jinli Old Street in Chengdu, which dates back some 1,800 years • Cruise the Yangtze River • Experience the contrasts between ancient and modern times in Shanghai

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