GET A TASTE OF THREE HISTORIC CITIES ON A 15-DAY TOUR
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.