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Wendy Wu Tours

has a range of fully es­corted group tours of China, as well as a se­lec­tion of itin­er­ar­ies for in­de­pen­dent trav­ellers which in­clude Guilin, Yangshuo and Longji. Short stay pack­ages are priced from $650 pp twin share and in­clude four nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, tour­ing with English-speak­ing guides, en­trance fees and some meals. The all-in­clu­sive 17-day South­ern Odyssey also in­cludes Guilin and is priced from $6780 pp twin share in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional flights.

www.wendy­wu­tours.com.au He­len Wong’s Tours

have nine group itin­er­ar­ies rang­ing from 14-25 days that in­clude a three-night pro­gram in Guilin and a cruise on the Li River. A 25-day Grand Tour also fea­tures Guilin, Yangshuo and Longji priced from $6250 pp twin share ex Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Perth.

www.he­len­wongs­tours.com W Bei­jing

– Chang’an is the latest ad­di­tion to Starwood Ho­tels & Re­sorts’ grow­ing port­fo­lio of nearly 140 ho­tels in Greater China, with another 130 in the pipeline. The 349-room W Bei­jing is lo­cated on Chang’an Av­enue, with easy ac­cess to some of Bei­jing’s great­est at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Tianan­men Square and the For­bid­den City, the Na­tional Mu­seum of China, and the Silk Mar­ket. Open­ing rates which are valid un­til the end of April start at RMB 1,288 (around A$252) per night, plus taxes.

Hilton­world­wide Bei­jing Sunrise Kempinksi

The 306-room which opened in De­cem­ber is noth­ing short of an ar­chi­tec­tural won­der. Perched on the edge of Yanqi Lake, 60 kilo­me­tres from Bei­jing, the ho­tel is built in the shape of the ris­ing sun and is said to sym­bol­ise har­mony, unity and in­fin­ity. The new Yanqi Is­land leisure com­plex is made up of 14 ho­tels in­clud­ing the Yanqi Ho­tel with 111 gue­strooms and suites, in ad­di­tion to 12 bou­tique ho­tels with 178 gue­strooms and suites. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude 14 restau­rants and bars, land­scaped gar­dens, a pri­vate ma­rina, spa, recre­ational and a Kid’s Club.

www.kempin­ski.com

con­tin­ues to ex­pand its of­fer­ing through­out China. The latest prop­erty to open is the Dou­bletree by Hil­ton Ho­tel Qing­haiGol­mud (pic­tured left), the first in­ter­na­tional ho­tel in Gol­mud in Qing­hai Province which is on the Ti­betan Plateau. The 112-room ho­tel is cen­trally lo­cated along the Kun­lun Moun­tain Pass and of­fers easy ac­cess to nearby at­trac­tions such as the Chaer­han Salt Lake (the largest salt lake in China) and the snow-cov­ered Ge­ladan­dong Peak. Hil­ton has also re­cently an­nounced plans to bring the Hamp­ton by Hil­ton brand to China, with the first ho­tel ex­pected to open by the end of 2015.

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