Li River and Karst mountains, Yangshuo County, Guilin City, Guangxi Province, China

Itinerary: China Journey

14 September to 30 September 2017

From the time of Marco Polo until the late eighteenth century, China was the greatest economy in the world, renowned for its stability and wealth, its cosmopolitan civilization and advanced technologies, so much so that it was held in awe by the nation-states of Europe. When Marco returned from his travels in 1295 he described a place of mythic wealth, beauty and harmony. The empire spread from the shores of the Mediterranean to the China Sea, and to India in the south. Along the fabled Silk Roads travelled European, Arab and Chinese merchants trading the exquisite products of China's civilization. But not only were the luxurious silks, textiles and porcelains exported, so too were its scientific technologies which were well in advance of anything in the West". Iron productionin 13th century China was not equalled in Europe until the 18th century. Metal-casting techniques and mass production delivered a standardised military and agricultural system linked by canals across a great commercial network using paper money and credit facilities, printing, the compass and gunpowder, three inventions which changed the world according to the 16th century English philosopher, Francis Bacon.

Our Hotels:

We understand that travel isn't all about a fleeting glimpse of popular mass tourist spots, or staying at luxury hotels, but is also about time, space, privacy and those special destinations and moments that turn your holiday into a truly magical experience. China Journey is a tour for everyone wanting to see the essence of China but also including destinations on roads less travelled and explore new horizons rarely encountered. Our hotels have been chosen for quality, location and Chinese’ ambience’, both traditional and contemporary and are 4 - 5 star standard and best available in remote areas.

Participants should note that the order of visits and activities described may be modified to accommodate changes in flight schedules, special access to museums and craftspeople, the pathways chosen by our experienced and knowledgeable local guides, local roadconditions and unexpected contingencies.

Meals:

Meals included in the tour price are indicated in the itinerary as per B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner).

gate opening to the forbidden city, Beijing, China

Itinerary:

Day 1: 14 September 2017, Adelaide (or your home city) to Bejing

Depart Adelaide by Cathay Pacific Airlines at 06:25 and after transferring in Hong Kong, arrive in Beijing at 18:20. Met and transferred to your hotel. Flights from other capitals can be arranged.

Overnight stay at Courtyard 7 Hotel or similar

Day 2: 15 September 2017, Beijing, B,L/D

Today you will begin your exploration of China with a visit to Tiananmen square and the Imperial ‘Forbidden’ City which was the sacred centre of the empire for 500 years and home to the Ming and Qing Emperors. Rectangular in shape, surrounded by a six metre deep moat and a ten metre high wall, it is the world's largest palace complex and is said to house 9,999 buildings over an area of 74 hectares. You will walk through the royal complex to the north gate at Shenwumen (Gate of Divine Light), exploring the outer courtand private residences and courtyards within. Nearby is the National Centre for the Performing Arts at which you may stop to see the exterior. This is spectacular building colloquially described as The Bird's Egg. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium andglass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m2 in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. The location, immediately to the west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People, and near the Forbidden City, combined with the theatre's futuristic design, created considerable controversy. Paul Andreu countered that although there is indeed value in ancient traditional Chinese architecture, Beijing must also include modern architecture, as the capital ofthe country and an international city of great importance. His design, with large open space, water and trees, was specially designed to complement the red walls of ancient buildings of the Forbidden City and the Great Hall of the People, in order to melt into thesurroundings as opposed to standing out against them.

The Forbidden City, Bejing, China

Thence it's on to the Temple of Heaven, centre of ancient sacrificial rituals. Superbly restored for the Olympic visitors, it stands as one of the glories of Ming architecture. Literally the Altar of Heaven, you visit a complex of religious buildings which were visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayers to Heaven to ensure a good harvest.

The Temple of Heaven is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and described as:

"a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations..... as the symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries".

In the huge temple park you will witness the activities of people in their daily lives. Many will be practising Tai Chi, playing games and musical instruments, singing or just relaxing with friends in a quiet corner of the city.

Day 3: 16 September 2017, Mutianyu Great Wall, Peking Duck Dinner, B/L/D

Leave the hotel earlier this morning to visit one of the wonders of the oriental world, the Great Wall of China, imposing in its monumentality and inspiring in its grandeur. Built over two thousand years ago, it stretches from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, more than 5'000 kms away. The Great Wall is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Your visit will begin at Mutianyu, a less visited area. Here, the Great Wall was first constructed in the early Ming Dynasty by the famous general, Xu Da, (1368-1644). There are over 100 "enemy towers", which remain in very good condition. You walk along the wall admiring the panoramic views and reflect on the enormity of the material and labour required for its construction. You can ascend by cable car to see the wall in relatively unspoiled condition with sensitive renovation. On your return to Beijing visit a Jade Factory before a Peking Duck dinner banquet.

The Great Wall at Sunrise, China

Day 4: 17 September 2017, Hutongs 798 Art District, Dashazi, UCCA, & Wangfujing Street, B/L

After breakfast we take a rickshaw ride through the old hutong areas, where our guide will explain the subtleties of traditional Chinese architecture, of the influence of feng shui and of the sense of community found in this traditional housing. The Mongol rulers of Beijing established this form of architecture, and the word hutong was their word for the narrow alleys between the houses. In recent times the hutong suburbs were threatened with demolition (and many were destroyed) but are now the subject of fierce debate between the developers and those who would like to preserve both the architecture and the residents' way of life. Some Hutong areas are now chic coffee shops, boutiques and trendy bars and nightclubs.

Then you begin a discovery of the contemporary arts scene in Beijing. In the morning drive to the 798 Art District or Dashanzi, the most important area, both as a centre for new art and for the cafe-bar culture that clusters around "creative people". Less thana decade ago this area had virtually no arts presence but now 20 galleries from the USA, Japan, Germany, Korea, Holland, Beijing, Shanghai, Switzerland and another 20 cultural enterprises, including arts organizations, studios, museums and art schools, operate within or near the village. And the galleries are top- notch. "When a silkworm produces silk, it would never dream there is a Silk Road", artist and architect Ai Weiwei, co-designer of the Bird's Nest stadium, quoted a verse written by his father, the poet Ai Qing. Ai Weiwei, the first prominent artist to move to the village, was a catalyst in turning the area into an arts haven. Ai designed and built his studio and the ground-breaking Warehouse in the village in 1999.

After lunch it's on to the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). A must-see site on the list in rapidly modernizing Beijing. Founded by Belgian art collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens in November 2007, it aims to be China's most comprehensive institute for contemporary arts. Their collection of around 1500 works by contemporary Chinese artists is considered to be the world's largest and best.

On returning to Beijing center you will be dropped off near Wángfu?ji?ng Street, one of the Chinese capital's most famous shopping streets. The majority of the main shopping area is pedestrianized and is very popular for shopping for both tourists and residents of the capital. Since the middle of the Ming Dynasty there have been commercial activities in this place.

The street was also previously known as Morrison Street in English, after the Australian journalist George Ernest Morrison. Wangfujing is now home to around 280 famous Beijing brands, such as Shengxifu Hat Store, Tongshenghe Shoe Shop, and the Wuyutai Tea House. A photo studio which took formal photos of the first Chinese leadership, the New China Women and Children's Department Store helped established by Soong Ching-ling (Madame Sun Yat-sen) are also located on the street.

Find your own dinner tonight in Wangfujing Snack Street, located in hutongs just west of the main street, an area densely packed with restaurants and street food stalls. The food stalls serve a wide variety of common and exotic street food. More common fare such as Chuanr (meat kebabs, commonly made of lamb) and desserts, such as Tang hu lu or candied fruits on a stick, are among the most popular. You are free to experiment with many of the local foods and restaurants or stalls. Take a taxi back to the hotel, it is perfectly safe, simple and cheap (just don't forget the hotel's name card!!!).

Peking Duck and various chinese food

Day 5: 18 September 2017, Terracotta Warriors, B/L/D

This morning fly to Xian and visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his entombment intended to serve him in his afterlife. A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. It caught the attention of archaeologists immediately. They came to Xian in droves to study and to extend the digs. They had established beyond doubt that these artefacts were associated with the Qin Dynasty (211-206 BC)

The State Council authorized the construction of a museum on site in 1975. Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum. They are replicas of what the imperial guard would have looked like in those days of pomp and ceremony. It went on display in 1989, with 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses. Tonight or tomorrow enjoy dinner followed by the Tang Dynasty spectacle of dance and music.

Overnight stay at Time Tunnel Designer Hotel or similar

Imperial Carriage made from Jade and Terracotta Warriors, China

Day 6: 19 September 2017, Ancient City Walls, Big Wild Goose Pagod,, B/L/D

Visit the city walls and the ancient heart of the city. Xi'an was originally a walled city, and even today the wall is considered a landmark dividing the city into the inner part and the outer part. The city wall is massive - tall, long and thick.

After lunch visit another great UNESCO World Heritage site, the "Big Wild Goose Pagoda", originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it functioned as a repository for Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the Chinese Buddhist scholar, Xuanzang. Xuanzang started off from Chang'an (the ancient name for Xian), walking along the Silk Road and through deserts, finally arriving in India, the cradle of Buddhism. Enduring 17 years and traversing 100 countries, he obtained Buddha figures, 657 kinds of sutras, (sacred texts) and several relics of the Buddha. Having gotten the permission of Emperor Gaozong (628-683), Xuanzang, as the first abbot of Daci'en Temple, supervised the building of a pagoda inside the temple precincts. With the support of royalty, he asked 50 scholars into the temple to translate the Sanskrit sutras into Chinese. The result was 1'335 volumes, which heralded a new era in the history of translation. Based on the journey to India, he also wrote a book entitled "Pilgrimage to the West" in the Tang Dynasty, to which scholars attach great importance. (Remember the story of Monkey)

Giant Wild Goose Buddhist Pagoda, southern Xian, Shaanxi province, China and Tower of Jiayuguan Castle, Gansu of China

Day 7: 20 September 2017, Muslim Market Quarter, Tea Ceremony, B/L

Just as its name implies, the Muslim Quarter is the hub of the Muslim community in Xian. The quarter covers several blocks inhabited by over 20,000 Muslims. There are about ten mosques in this area, among which the Great Mosque in the Huajue Lane is the most famous and popular. The buildings on both sides of the street are modelled on the styles of both the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasties (1644-1911)

Tea and China are synonymous and you will have a demonstration and tasting and come to know about the rituals associated with tea culture. The afternoon is free for relaxation or exploration on your own.

We have not included dinner tonight and you may like to try some of the famous Xian foods which abound in the area, such as preserved meat, casseroles, various noodles, dumplings and so on. They are waiting for you to enjoy.

Xian City Wall, Xian, China

Day 8: 21 September 2017, Guilin, B/L/D

Fly this morning to Guilin. An old Chinese saying tells us Guilin has "the most magnificent scenery under heaven" or perhaps East or West, "Guilin landscape is best". The magnificent hills rise directly from the clear waters of the Li River and are surrounded by bamboo groves and autumn foliage. The stunning landscape in which the city is situated has a kind of magic that is all its own. The strangely shaped hills or karsts, with their verdant vegetation ranging from bamboos to conifers together with crystal clear waters and wonderful caves make Guilin such an appealing destination. We will visit the famous ‘Reed Flute Cave’ this afternoon.

Overnight stay at Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar

Fisherman on bamboo boats at sunrise, Li River, Xingping, China

Day 9: 22 September 2017, Guilin, Li River Cruise & Yangshuo Old Town, B/L/D

Today we take a leisurely cruise on the Li River amongst the magnificent scenery. A stop will be made at the scenic place depicted on the Chinese 20 Yuan currency notes, such is its beauty. After lunch on board, we disembark at Yangshuo which is also is popular for its incredible karst scenery, beautiful mountains, rivers, caves, and temples as well as its laid back cafes and bars. However, as a result, there is no shortage of mainland Chinese tourists, ex-pats, and other foreigners. Here too you may see the Cormorant fishermen (who will pose for a stunning photo with their birds on a bamboo pole with the incredible scenery behind - remember to pay them, however!!).

Day 10: 23 September 2017, Chongqing, Dazu Grotto, Ciqikou Old Street & Jeifangbei area, B/L/D

Fly to Chongqing this morning then coach to visit Dazu Grotto. The steep hillsides in the Dazu area contain an exceptional series of five clusters of rock carvings dating from the 9th to 13th centuries. There are more than 10'000 carvings dating from the late 9th to the mid-12th century which depict themes of Tantric Buddhism and Taoism. Inscriptions give insight to the history, religious beliefs, dating and the identification of historical figures.

The carvings are known for their grand scale, aesthetic quality and rich diversity of subject matter as well as for being well preserved. The Dazu Rock Carvings not only underline the harmonious coexistence in China of three different religions but also provide material proof that cave temple art has increasingly shed light on everyday life.

Chongqing, China

statue carving in Dazu, Chongqing, China

After lunch, back to the city to visit Ciqikou Old Street and Jeifangbei, which consists of a large pedestrian square surrounding the 27.5-metre tall People's Liberation Monument (World War II victory). The 25,000-square-metre shopping square is flanked by a largenumber of large multi-floor international department stores, street front luxury boutiques and upscale restaurants, and commercial super-tall skyscrapers with podiums offering additional retail options street side and underground.

This evening you will board your cruise ship, the Deluxe M.S Yangtze 2 (or similar) to Yichang. After settling into your cabin, the ship will set sail on its downstream course through the Three Gorges. The total length of this cruise is 660 kilometres and is considered by most Chinese to represent the single most scenic area in all of China.

Day 11: 24 September 2017, Cruise, excursion to the Ghost City of Fengdu, B/L/D

This morning you enter the most scenically spectacular sections of the river, famed by poets over the centuries.

Bidding the Town farewell when morning clouds hang low.
A long trip through canyons I made in a mere day.
Monkey cries were heard on either bank all through the way.
While the boat passed by mountains swiftly in a row.

By Li Bai(701-762)

In the afternoon, you disembark to visit Fengdu on the north bank of the river, which was in the past more popularly known as the "City of Ghosts". There is a temple here dedicated to the God of "Hades". A pilgrim to the temple used to be able to purchase a "Passport to Heaven" stamped by the local magistrate and the abbot. Landmarks in the temple complex bear horrific names such as Ghost Torturing Pass, Last Glance at Home Tower, Nothing to be done Bridge. Fengdu's temples display instruments of torture and wild demon images. Shopkeepers kept a basin of water into which customers threw their coins, if they sank they were genuine, but if they floated the coins were ghost money and unacceptable. Boats would moor in midstream rather than by the bank in case of attacks by ghosts.

Day 12: 25 September 2017, Cruise passing through Qutang Gorges, B/L/D

Early this morning the ship will enter the first of the fabled Three Gorges, the Qutang Gorge. The shortest but grandest of them all, the gorge's widest point is only 150 metres. Mists frequently swirl around the mysterious Limestone peaks, some nearly 1'200 metres high, and the river rushes "swift as an arrow" through the narrow entrance, pounding the perpendicular cliff faces on either side of the gorge. Sailing downstream you enter the 40-kilometre long Wu Gorge, the middle Yangtze gorge. So sheer are the cliffs that it is said the sun rarely penetrates. The boat passes, on the south side, the Golden Helmet and Silver Armour Gorge, shaped, it is said, like an ancient warrior's silver coat of arms crowned by a round golden helmet. Ahead are the l2 peaks of Wu Gorge, famed for its dark and sombre grace. Poets have attempted to evoke both their bleakness and beauty:

Autumn Thought

Jade dews deeply wilt and wound the maple woods;
On Witch Mountain, in Witch Gorge, the air is sombre, desolate.
Billowy waves from the river roar and rush towards the sky
Over the frontier pass, wind and clouds sink to the darkening earth.
These clustered chrysanthemums, twice blooming, evoke the tears of yesteryear,
A lonely boat, as ever, is mooted to the heart that yearns for home.
To cut winter clothes, women everywhere ply their scissors and foot-rulers
Below the White Emperor's tall city is heard the urgent pounding of the evening wash.

Day 13: 26 September 2017, Cruise, excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, B/L/D

After breakfast, you will arrive at the Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Centre. The project was started in 1992, partially completed in 2009 and was finished in 2015. The dam spans 3 km in width and .75 km in height, and is the largest and most expensive engineering project in the world. The dam's 32 generators generate enough clean energy to reduce China's reliance on coal, but it has submerged 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,352 villages and over 600 industrial factories, more than 1,200 archeological projectsand the 1.2 million people were resettled as a result of the flooding.

Next, you sail through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. Xiling Gorge starts at Xiang Xi and zigzags for 76 kilometres down to Yichang. It is the longest and historically the most dangerous of the Yangtze gorges. Before the passage was made safe in the l950's, the whole surface of the water was a swirling mass of whirlpools sucking the froth they created into their centres.

On entering the western entrance the boat passes through the four-kilometre Iong Military Books and Precious Sword Gorge. There are two stories told of these formations, both concerning heroes from the famous classical novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Thechannel winds east and then south, towards Ox Liver and Horse Lungs Gorge, apparently named after the yellow stalactite formations on the north side. One of the "Horse's Lungs" is missing, blown up by British gunboats during the reign of Guangxu (1875--l908).

In the middle stretch of Xiling Gorge, the "strangely lovely" Kongling Gorge towers above the iron-green rocks of the 2.5-kilometre long Kongling Tan, the worst of all the Yangtze rapids. Seventeen catastrophes involving steamships occurred here between 1900 and 1945. The larger boulders choking the channel had names such as "Big Pearl", "Monk's Rock" and "Chickens' Wings", but the deadliest of all was known as "Come to Me". As the boat enters Yellow Ox Gorge, said to look like a man riding an ox, the passage widens out and sweeps under the ancient Huangling Temple on the south face, nestling amid orange and pomelo trees. The great poet Du Fu wrote of his journey through this gorge

Three dawns shine upon the Yellow Ox.
Three sunsets-and we go so slowly.
Three dawns and again three sunsets
And we do not notice that our hair is white as silk.

This morning, your ship stops at Sandouping to view the historic Three Gorges Dam Project. You will recall that monumental works of civil engineering undertaken by Chinese emperors, often at the cost of tens of thousands of lives, are strewn across China's landscape and history alike. The Qin organized the Great WaIl, for example, and the Ming re-routed it and clad thousands of kilometres with stone. China's modern leaders have not been slow to conceive super-projects of their own, although cement has replaced stone, and the raw muscle power of the surplus agricultural labourers known as the "army of sticks" has been partly supplemented by machines.

Disembark at Peach Flower Blossom Pier in Yichang and after lunch fly to Shanghai. Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest "city proper" in the world. Due to its rapid development over the last two decades it has again become a leading global city, with significant influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology and transport. Shanghai is now a major financial centre and the busiest container port in the world. On arrival you witness the city life with an evening walkalong the Bund area with its historical European buildings reflecting the history of the city.

Overnight stay at The Bund Riverside Hotel or similar

Yangtze River Cruise, China

Day 14: 27 September 2017, Shanghai, B/L/D

This morning you will rocket to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower for a bird's eye view of the city before strolling around the chic cafes of Xin Tian Di, the hottest new entertainment district in Shanghai. A revolutionary spirit reverberates through the two-square block development that saved scores of historic brick buildings from the wrecking ball, by transforming them into some of the city's finest clubs, restaurants and boutiques. Revolution is practically a tradition in this charming neighbourhood of old Shikumen, a type of early 1900's tenement unique to Shanghai. Eighty-two years ago, meetings were held inside one of the old Shikumen at Xin Tian Di. Attending were the first comrades who formed the Communist Party, which transformed all of China. Now, the area hasset a new benchmark for style that is fast being replicated around China. The outlets range from a Vidal Sassoon salon to the requisite Starbucks. There are flashy French and Italian restaurants, plus nightclubs like Star East, a sort of "Planet Hong Kong" theme club launched by Jacky Chan and other Cantonese stars. Not to forget contemporary art galleries and showrooms devoted to a range of Rolls Royce models, Lamborghini's and the like! The result is a magical cornucopia recalling this city's former reputation forfusion, of East and West, old and new and it satisfies at every level with surprises at every turn: an old door hinge or stunning balcony view of surrounding skyscrapers soaring over rounded doorways and century-old roof tiles. Visit the European Quarter, including the French Concession Rue Moliere, the amazing villa of Dr Sun Yat-sen. We explore the diversity of Shanghai today by visiting the ancient Yu Bazaar shopping area and with our guide, wander the delightful classical Chinese Garden, the Yuyuan, an oasis oftranquillity in this pulsing metropolis. Wandering in the area of Yule Pavilion and Wanhua Chamber, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features. Spring bamboos grow beside the cloisters.

Shanghai Skyline, Shanghai, China

Day 15: 28 September 2017, Shanghai, B/L/D

Full day visit to Zhujiajiao Water Town, an ancient town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometres, the fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - "Pearl Stream" - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns near Shanghai. Unique old bridges cross bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai, China

We continue to dinner and then in the evening we take in the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show. The Acrobatics at Shanghai are not to be missed. The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, established in 1951 is one of the best in China. It frequently tours internationally and performs routinely at Shanghai and other cities in China. You can enjoy gravity-defying contortionism, juggling, uni-cycling, chair-stacking, and plate-spinning acts - and much more.

Day 16: 29 September 2017, Shanghai, B/L

Go on to the superb collections of the Shanghai Museum which will give us a context and overview of some 5'000 years of China's history through the arts, giving context for all we have experienced. The scope, depth and quality of its collections, and the striking architecture and use of modern technology make the Shanghai Museum one of the most famous if not the mostfamous in China.

Afternoon free to explore on your own. The hotel is within walking distance of the Bund and Nanjing Lu, the prime shopping mall district of Shanghai.

Day 17: 30 September 2017, Departure

An early departure to catch the Cathay Pacific flight at 07:20, arriving in Adelaide via Hong Kong at 06:10 or your home city in the morning of 1 October 2017.

COST INCLUSIONS:

• 4-5 star hotels and Yangtze River cruise by Deluxe vessel, sightseeing, and entry fees as per itinerary
• Most meals in China as indicated by B/L/D
• Local Guides in China
• All entry fees

COST EXCLUSIONS:

• Extra meals and beverages
• Photo and video charges where applicable
• Personal expenses
• Any services not included in the above itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Travel Insurance
• Visa fee

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