CHINA - THE GREAT WALL

Number 12 on the list
China is a country of vast contrasts, home to dynamic cities, fascinating villages, diverse cultures and spectacular landscapes. 

Enjoy the blend of new and old in China’s dynamic cities like Shanghai and Beijing, and trek along the Great Wall of China.


Great Wall Hike
3 Days / 2 Nights

The Great Wall Hike itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and
alent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

INCLUDES
• Private domestic transportation in China
• 2 nights accommodation
• 4L of water per person during hike
• Meals as per itinerary
• Local guide and entrance fees

ITINERARY
DAY 1 BEIJING
On arrival in Beijing Capital International Airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by your local guide and transferred to your Beijing Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
 
DAY 2 BEIJING TO GUBEI WATER TOWN
This morning you will be transferred two and half hours to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall, a much less visited section than other parts of the Wall. From here you will start your hike to the Jinshanling Great Wall, which will take approximately five to six hours over around 10 kilometres. Both Jinshanling and Gubeikou are rough and wild, and afford some of the best views in China. You will wind your way through wooded countryside and over dramatic hills. The stark, yet magnificent surroundings allow you to put yourself in the shoes of those who walked this incredible edifice hundreds of years ago. The walk intersects a military base, and will detour briefly off the wall around the base, stopping at a farmhouse for a lunch of homecooked dishes. Finishing your hike, you will be transferred to Gubei Watertown for your overnight stay. (B, L) 
Please note: Walking boots and poles are recommended for this hike, underfoot, the pathway is rocky, steep in places and largely unmaintained.
 
DAY 3 GUBEI WATER TOWN TO BEIJING
This morning take the cable car on to the Simatai section of the Great Wall and enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises. Much of Simatai Great Wall has not been restored and is draped over a rocky mountain ridge. Spend a couple of hours soaking up the breathtaking views and exploring the wall with its many watchtowers. After lunch you will return to Beijing where your arrangements end. (B, L)

2018 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICE
Private itineraries can run any day of the week. Call us for more details.
 

A China Experience
10 Days / 9 Nights

The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China's glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.

INCLUDES
• International flights and taxes
• Domestic transportation
• Accommodation
• All meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 8 dinners)
• Touring with guides and entrance fees
• Visa fees for Australian passport holders
 
HIGHLIGHTS
• Discover the imperial treasures of Beijing
• Explore the Great Wall of China
• Experience the spectacular Terracotta Warriors
• Wander Zhujiajiao Canal Town
• Soak up the atmosphere in vibrant Shanghai

ITINERARY
DAY 1 AUSTRALIA TO SHANGHAI
Fly to Shanghai. On arrival you will be met at the airport by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately 1 hour to your hotel for your 3-night stay.

DAY 2 SHANGHAI
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture along the Huangpu River with a stroll along the Bund before visiting the Silk Factory. Sightseeing today involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city with 3-4 hours on foot. Later, cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas.

DAY 3 ZHUJIAJIAO
Today, drive approximately 1 hour to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Sightseeing here is leisurely and involves a couple of hours exploring on foot. Later, return to Shanghai and enjoy the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum before wandering around People’s Square. Dine tonight on traditional Shanghainese cuisine

DAY 4 FLY TO XIAN
Fly two and a half hours to Xian for a two night stay. Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda and take a stroll through the exotic Muslim Quarter. 

DAY 5 XIAN - TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located approximately a 1-hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance there is a 15-minute walk. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take about 2 ½ hours to explore. After this, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition Workshop to see smaller models of the warriors being made. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. The local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall. These are offered by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense. This evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and enjoy a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing^
Please note: If you wish to undertake a bike ride on the Ancient City Wall, we strongly recommend wearing a helmet.

DAY 6 XIAN TO BEIJING
Fly one hour and 50 minutes to Beijing. On arrival, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs and have dinner with a local family. In the evening there is an option to enjoy a Kung Fu Show (at your own expense).

DAY 7 IMPERIAL BEIJING
Walk across the lengths of Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance class. You will spend approximately 6 hours sightseeing today, predominately on foot. This evening, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show. Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be switched around so that the Forbidden City is visited on an alternative day.
Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be switched around so that the Forbidden City is visited on an alternative day. Please remember to bring your passport with you when visiting the Forbidden City for security check.

DAY 8 GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Rise early this morning and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass. Here you can take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Factory, and in the afternoon, drive approximately 1 ½ hours to wander around the Summer Palace. This evening, savour a delicious Peking duck dinner.

DAYS 9-10 BEIJING TO AUSTRALIA
Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight arriving home the same or following day. Late check-out is not included in our China group tours. If you wish to book a late check-out for your final day in China, please contact our reservations department who can confirm additional pricing and make this arrangement for you, subject to availability at the hotel.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
From March to November

PRICE
FROM $3,380* per person

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold out. ^From November to March the Tang Dynasty music and dance performance is not available on all evenings. If it is not operating on the evening your group is due to attend, a suitable alternative will be arranged by your National Escort/Local Guide. Black-out dates may apply and festive season surcharges at additional costs. All prices are based on low season travel. Itineraries may vary due to weather, seasonal changes and activities. Offers are only available for new bookings and prices are subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, all your Bucket List Buddy team.