- Return economy class airfares departing Auckland with a full-service Chinese carrier: China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, China Airlines or similar
- Internal domestic flight (local carrier)
- 11 nights hotel accommodation
- High-speed train from Beijing to Wuxi
- Round trip airport and hotel transfers
- Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Coach transportation and all transfers
- Entrance fees to scenic attractions (unless otherwise indicated)
- English speaking tour guide(s)
- NZD$145 prepaid tipping
Departing from Wellington or Christchurch: Request for a quotation
- Optional programs
- China visa
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Personal expenditure & anything not stated on the itinerary
Optional programs (Payable directly to Nexus Holidays):
- Beijing - Golden Mask Dynasty: NZD$85 per person
- Beijing Hutong Life Tour: NZD$80 per person
- Beijing - Chinese Kung Fu Show: NZD$85 per person
- Wuxi – Grand Canal Cruise NZD$40 per person
- Hangzhou – Impression West Lake: NZD$90 per person
- Shanghai – ERA: The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL: NZD$85 per person
- Shanghai - Huangpu River Cruise: NZD$45 per person
Arrive in Xian via connecting cities. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Note: Some flights may depart the day before.
Day 2: Xian (B, L, D)
The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Army to see the life-sized defending army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. This will be followed by a visit to a ceramic art factory. In the evening, enjoy a special Imperial Dumpling Banquet and traditional Tang Dynasty Singing & Dancing Show.
Day 3: Xian - Beijing (B, L)
After breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. Enjoy a special noodle lunch including an interesting noodle making demonstration. Then visit the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. Later, walk along the Ancient City Wall, which is not only the most complete city wall to survive in China but also one of the largest ancient military defence systems in the world. Fly to Beijing in the evening.
Day 4: Beijing (B, L, D)
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Day 5: Beijing (B, L)
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km long marvel. You will also visit one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a cloisonné factory. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, The Golden Mask Dynasty (at your own expense).
Day 6: Beijing (B, L)
Today tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors, followed by the Panda House at Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the giant panda. Then visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage which has existed for thousands of years. Later, you can join an optional Hutong Life Tour (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or hutongs by pedicab or take a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. Cap off the day by attending a thrilling Chinese Kung Fu Show (at your own expense).
Day 7: Beijing – Wuxi (B, D)
Take a high-speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed by nature due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate – it boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, go sightseeing around Nanchang Street and take a cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) to view life along what was known as ‘China’s golden waterway’ in its heyday. Then, take a stroll along the trendy pedestrian streets composed of both ancient and modern architecture.
Day 8: Wuxi - Suzhou (B, L)
This morning visit one of the largest freshwater pearl exhibitions in the country. After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously designed gardens which has often been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is also known as ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Visit the Lingering Garden which is among the finest gardens in China.
Day 9: Suzhou – Hangzhou (B, L, D)
This morning visit a silk spinning mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional open-air performance, Impression West Lake, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games opening ceremony (at your own expense).
Day 10: Hangzhou - Shanghai (B, L)
Experience a tea tasting at the Dragon Well tea plantation. Then travel by coach to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architectures of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district centred on Nanjing Road. Tonight you can watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show ERA: The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL (at your own expense).
Day 11: Shanghai (B, D)
After breakfast, visit Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of Huangpu River and the Bund. After lunch, head to the Old Street in the City God Temple area, symbolic of the large temple complex and surrounding traditional district of commerce in the city. Afterwards, you can cap off the celebrations by joining an optional Huangpu River Cruise for a glimpse of a charming view of Shanghai (at your own expense).
Day 12: Shanghai – New Zealand (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return ﬂight home via connecting cities.
Day 13: Arrive home
B, L, D = Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Departure dates for 2019:
- 10 May
- 7, 21* June
- 26 July
- 9, 16, 23, 30 August
- 6, 13* September
- 4*, 11#, 18, 25 October
- 1, 8, 15 November
Departure dates for 2020:
- 27* February
- 5, 12, 19, 26* March
- 2*, 16, 23, 30 April
- 7, 14, 21, 28 May
- 4, 11, 18 **, 25** June
- 2**, 23, 30 July
- 6, 13, 20, 27 August
- 3,10, 17** September
- 8*, 15, 22, 29 October
- 5, 12 November
*Peak Season Surcharge NZD$350 per-person
**School Holiday Surcharge NZD$450 per-person
#High season surcharge NZD$150 per-person
Departure dates are subject to availability if your desired departure date is no longer available alternate dates or a full refund will be offered.
Hotel Accommodation is 4-5 Star (local rating) or Similar:
- Xi’an - Titan Times Hotel or similar
- Beijing - Riverside Beijing Hotel or similar
- Suzhou - Pan Pacific Hotel or similar
- Wuxi - Days Hotel Baile Wuxi or similar
- Hangzhou - Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar
- Shanghai - Zhoupu Wassim Hotel or similar
Valid from Apr 6, 2019
Expires Aug 30, 2019
Bookings essential and must be made by 30th Aug 2019. Departure dates for 2019: 10 May, 7, 21* June,26 July, 9, 16, 23, 30 Aug, 6, 13 Sep*, 4*, 11#, 18, 25 Oct & 1, 8, 15 Nov. Departure dates for 2020: 27* Feb, 5, 12, 19, 26* March, 2*, 16, 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4, 11, 18 **, 25** June, 2**, 23, 30 July, 6, 13, 20, 27 Aug, 3,10, 17** Sep, 8*, 15, 22, 29 Oct or 5, 12 November. Subject to availability. International flights from Auckland included. #High Season Surcharge NZD$150 per person. *Peak Season Surcharge NZD$350 per person. **School Holiday Surcharge NZD$450 per person. Must be used in 1 visit. Cannot combine coupons to lengthen stay. Deal valid for one people on a twin share basis i.e. two vouchers must be purchased at this price. Single supplement fee of NZD$750 applies for solo travellers. Includes: Return economy class airfares departing Auckland with a full-service Chinese carrier, Internal domestic flight (local carrier), 11 nights hotel accommodation, High-speed train from Beijing to Wuxi, Round trip airport and hotel transfers, Coach transportation and all transfers, Entrance fees to scenic attractions (unless otherwise indicated), English speaking tour guide(s), NZD$145 prepaid tipping & meals as indicated etc. Excludes optional programs, China visa, Travel insurance (strongly recommended), Personal expenditure & anything not stated on the itinerary & anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusions. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Travel insurance recommended. Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change. Refund available from GrabOne within 48 hours of purchase if specific dates are not available. No cashback. Not to be used with other offers.
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