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is one of the world’s most amaz­ing coun­tries. It is home to more than 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple, world fa­mous land­marks and a fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture. Trav­ellers look­ing for a new ad­ven­ture can dis­cover the cul­tur­ally rich des­ti­na­tion with two King Wil­liam Travel Mon­eysaver tours.

The 15-day tours will show you the best of Shang­hai, Xian and Bei­jing and in­clude a three-night Yangtze River cruise. They cost from $4562 a per­son, twin-share, in­clud­ing taxes and govern­ment charges. The sin­gle sup­ple­ment is $710. Both trips are es­corted and pro­vide li­mou­sine pick up from your metropoli­tan home to Ade­laide Air­port.

The trips leave Ade­laide on June 5 and Septem­ber 17. There are four nights in Bei­jing, two nights in Xian and three nights in Shang­hai.

Your Bei­jing ex­pe­ri­ence starts with a brief tour of the city be­fore check­ing in to your ho­tel in the pres­ti­gious Wang­fu­jing shop­ping area. Later that day you will visit Bei­hai Park, a place where fam­i­lies gather to re­lax, join with oth­ers for com­mu­nal sing­ing, ex­er­cises, danc­ing or just to prac­tice cal­lig­ra­phy us­ing large brushes to write in wa­ter on the path­ways. Af­ter this you will ride rick­shaws through 700-year-old nar­row streets and bridges – even vis­it­ing a Chi­nese home to wit­ness their daily life.

The Tem­ple of Heaven – a place where the Earthly ruler talked to the heav­enly em­peror – a visit to Tianan­men Square and a guided tour of the For­bid­den City are high­lights of the third day’s ac­tiv­i­ties. En­joy a kung fu show af­ter din­ner.

On day four visit a cloi­sonne and jade fac­tory be­fore head­ing to one of the seven won­ders of the world, the Great Wall of China at the Badal­ing sec­tion.

Day five in­cludes a visit to the Lama Tem­ple, one of the most colour­ful in Bei­jing. Lunch at a pearl fac­tory will be fol­lowed by a tour of the pic­turesque park around the sum­mer palace. For the se­ri­ous shop­pers there will be plenty of af­ter­noon fun at the Ya Show and Silk Road mar­kets, where you will find ev­ery­thing from clothes to watches at un­be­liev­able prices – but you will need to hag­gle.

The next day you fly to Xian where the an­cient city wall stands 12m tall and is about 14km long. Day seven takes you to the tomb of Em­peror Qin Shi Huang where more than 1000 life-size ter­ra­cotta war­riors have stood guard for more than 2000 years.

A dumpling din­ner and the beau­ti­ful Tang Dy­nasty danc­ing show will end your stay in Xian as the next morn­ing you fly to Chongqing where you will visit the Panda House at the zoo and have din­ner be­fore check­ing on to your Yangtze River cruise ship. You will call in at Fengdu city and see Three Gorges dam.

On day 11 you will be trans­ferred to the Yichang Air­port for your af­ter­noon flight to Shang­hai, where you will visit the Yuyuan Gar­den, and the Jade Tem­ple, home to the Jade Bud­dha, a 2m high statue en­crusted with jew­els. Next morn­ing is a visit to the an­cient city of Suzhou, fa­mous for its gar­dens and silk in­dus­try.

Your last day in China in­cludes a cruise on the Huangpu River, a visit to the 468m Ori­en­tal Pearl TV Tower with a view­ing deck that shows Shang­hai in all its glory, then on to the Shang­hai Mu­seum.

In­tend­ing vis­i­tors can en­joy a morn­ing tea with a film and talk about both tours at 10am on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 25.

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