Imperial China

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                      Imperial China
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                      Imperial China
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                      Imperial China

The Concept

Experience the ancient kingdom that is leading the modern world in technology and change. From the ancient capital of Xian, to the marvels of Beijing and infamous Tiananmen Square, to the modern wonders of Shanghai, this 10-day tour immerses students in contemporary and historical China. Highlights include the stunning terracotta Warriors of Xian, the glorious palaces and gardens of the Forbidden City, and walking on the Great Wall of China. Students will also attend shows and exhibitions featuring popular Chinese culture such as Kung Fu.

Secondary school students will increase their understanding of and respect for Chinese history and culture. Chinese language students will improve their language skills. Students will also gain self-confidence and improve team bonding.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – SHANGHAI

Fly from Australia to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Includes a snack on arrival.

DAY 2 SHANGHAI (B, L, D)

After breakfast, experience exotic and cosmopolitan Shanghai. Walk along The Bund, with its famous European architecture. Visit the classical Yu Gardens, located in the southeast part of the old town, and the Shanghai World Financial Centre and its breathtaking views from the 100th observation floor. Browse through the Shanghai Museum of Art and History, and enjoy a cruise on the river. Lunch and dinner are included.

DAY 3 ZHUJIAJIAO (B, L, D)

After breakfast this morning, enjoy a full day excursion to Zhujiajiao, followed by an acrobat show in the evening. Lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 4 SHANGHAI – XIAN (B, L, D)

Check out after breakfast, then fly to Xian, the city housing the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Later, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and walk through the Muslim Market, followed by a dumpling banquet dinner.

DAY 5 XIAN – BEIJING (B, L, D)

This morning visit Xian’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which were sculpted to guard Emperor Qin upon his death. Enjoy a cycle on the City Wall. In the evening, take an overnight train to Beijing (in first class sleepers). Lunch and dinner provided today.

DAY 6 BEIJING (B, L, D)

Arrive in Beijing at approx. 7:30am and transfer to your hotel for breakfast, before setting out to explore Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. Lunch and dinner included.

DAY 7 BEIJING (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then step back in time at the Forbidden City, the centre of the world for the Chinese during 24 Ming and Qing dynasties. While today you can easily walk through the pavilions, palaces and courtyards of the Imperial Palace, the emperors only rarely emerged from behind the red walls of their 72 hectare home. This afternoon, visit the beautifully preserved Summer Palace with its ornamental gardens, lake and characteristic pavilions and take a cruise. Own arrangements for dinner this evening.

DAY 8 GREAT WALL (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, head to the 2,000 year old, 6,350km long Great Wall. Originally built in sections by individual feudal states, the sections were connected by Emperor Qin Shi Huang when he unified China. Return to Beijing with a photo-stop at the Olympic Stadium, followed by a Kung Fu show in the evening. Enjoy a Peking duck dinner this evening.

DAY 9 BEIJING – AUSTRALIA (B)

Morning at leisure after breakfast, before an afternoon transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to Australia.

DAY 10 Australia

Arrive Australia.

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares, including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation at 3 star hotels with private facilities
  • Overnight train accommodation in first class sleeper
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as specified
  • Transfers (private coach) and tours with local guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Domestic economy class airfares