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  • 12 Days Tastes of China and Hong Kong package from $4,793 $2,699 :

    • Return flights
    • 3 nights in Hong Kong with tours
    • Flight to Beijing
    • 8-day China tour from Beijing to Shanghai with Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Wuxi
    • Walk on the Great Wall
    • Enjoy an acrobatic stage show, lunches, cable-car ride, banquet dinner and much more

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    Vendor at Wangfujing street food market offers Beijing duck
    Vendor at Wangfujing street food market offers Beijing duck
    • Vendor at Wangfujing street food market offers Beijing duck
    • Jade Buddha Temple
      See the solid marble reclining Buddha
    • Pandas at Beijing Zoo
    • Su Causeway
    • Hong Kong Tram ride
    • Wuxi
    • Temple of Heaven, Beijing
    • Tiananmen Square, Beijing
    • Shantang Street Suzhou
    • Lingering Gardens in Suzhou
    • Great Wall of China
    • Golden Mask Dynasty show
    • The Forbidden City
    • ERA Acrobatic show in Shanghai
    • Visit the Big Buddha in Hong Kong
      You'll arrive by cable car so you won't have to climb the steps!


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    Trip Highlights

    Enjoy the spirit of Hong Kong and the old world charm of China in same trip. This package is full of interesting sightseeing activities and authentic experiences. You'll enjoy top-class accommodation, multiple meals, guided tours, boat rides and many exciting activities so you get a taste of both traditional and modern China.

    Limited 2019 departures at this price. Book now.

    Trip highlights:

    • Stay three nights in Hong Kong and visit Stanley Market, Lantau Island and the Big Buddha
    • Visit the Lingering Garden in Suzhou and a silk spinning factory
    • Be amazed by the scale of The Great Wall Of China and learn about it's history
    • Discover Hangzhou’s willow-draped islands
    • See the heritage buildings of Shanghai and explore Wuxi and Suzhou
    • Visit the Green Tea Village in Shanghai
    • Enjoy the fabulous ERA acrobatics and dance show in Shanghai

    * Various itinerary options are available. See full itinerary for details. Package price varies according to season and departure city.

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    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

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    Member offer

    9 Days Beijing to Shanghai from just $1,699 after GCash travel credits and FFV. Includes return direct flights. Membership due for renewal or not enought travel credits to get the maximum discount? Book this trip or any featured package and get a free 2-year renewal plus bonus travel credits so you get the lowest price. Call today on 1800 669 579.

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    "China is vast. Off-the-scale massive. A riveting jumble of wildly differing dialects and climatic and topographical extremes, it's like several different countries rolled into one."

    You will get to see many of the famous attractions of Hong Kong and China with a fully-guided tour and included excursions and activities. This is a great trip to see many of the highlights of China at a very affordable member price.

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    You'll love the fully-immersive tour and activities...

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    Package inclusions:

    • Return flights
    • 3 nights' 4-star accommodation in central Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong airport to hotel transfer
    • Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island tour including a tour of Stanley Market
    • Hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Hong Kong
    • Flight to Beijing
    • Beijing airport to hotel transfer
    • 8-day tour of China from Beijing to Shanghai
    • Tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
    • Peking duck dinner banquet
    • Temple of Heaven and rickshaw tour in Suzhou with lunch
    • Boat ride on the Grand Canal in Wuxi with walk around the local neighborhood
    • Seats at the famous "ERA" show in Shanghai
    • Multiple breakfasts and lunches
    • Visa assistance service
    • Lonely Planet guides for Beijing and Hong Kong
    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary
    • Personal travel consultant

    Carefully selected accommodation:

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    Fully customisable:

    This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.

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    Hong Kong

    You will receive these guides to help you gain the most out of your holiday. Recommendation: Take the time to read suggestions for things to see and do before you leave home. Take your Lonely Planet guides with you in your luggage.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    We've made sure you have a clear plan for each day so you'll feel like you've seen a lot. We've also allowed plenty of flexible time so you can "do your own thing".

    "If you think adventures are dangerous, try routine: It's Lethal." - Paul Coelho


    Arrive at Hong Kong airport where our private car transfer driver will greet you and take you to your hotel. You'll be staying in a central Hong Kong hotel so can start exploring the city right after arrival. Refer to your Lonely Planet guide for ideas. Tonight we recommend dining at a nearby restaurant where you can enjoy the best of Chinese cuisine.


    For your first experience of the city we'll go on the Peak Tram & Hong Kong Island tour including a tour of Stanley Market (5h 10m). On this guided adventure you will visit the bustling district of Aberdeen to see where modernity meets tradition on Hong Kong's waterfront, and swing by Stanley Market to peruse open-air stalls selling everything from clothing to jewellery.

    Hong Kong Tram ride

    Afterward, enjoy fast-track entry for a sky-high ride on the Peak Tram from Victoria Peak. The rest of the day is free to continue your Hong Kong discovery.


    This morning we'll check out Hong Kong's urban wonders on board an open-air double-decker bus. Admire panoramic views of Kowloon Bay, explore charming markets and pass by colonial sites and traditional temples. Between rides, hop off to experience the diverse culture of this modern city's waterfront districts and vibrant districts up close.

    (Optional) Full-day trip to Lantau Island with Big Buddha, Tai O boat ride and lunch. A giant Buddha perched above a serene monastery, a fishing village built on stilts over quiet canals - Lantau Island feels a world away from the bustle of Hong Kong. Escape to this historic isle by coach and make your way to the Tian Tan Buddha, cruise the waterways of Tai O, and linger over lunch.

    Visit the Big Buddha in Hong Kong

    You'll take cable car to the mountain top, you do not need to climb the 268 steps. You then take the free shuttle bus to admire the world's largest outdoor, seated, bronze Buddha. Take in 360-degree views of the island's forested hillsides and blue-green water as you soar towards the towering 112-foot (34-metre) statue. Tonight is free for you to enjoy more of the city or just relax over dinner nearby your hotel.


    This morning you'll head to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at Beijing airport, our private car transfer driver will greet you and take you to your hotel, allowing you the first chance to see the China capital.

    Pandas at Beijing Zoo

    This afternoon might be a good opportunity to visit Beijing Zoo, home to giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers from China as well as polar bears, American bison, zebras, giraffes and elephants.


    Today you'll visit Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City and enjoy lunch there as well. The day starts with a tour of Tiananmen Square which is noted as the largest public square in the world.

    Tiananmen Square, Beijing

    Later you'll visit the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. This was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. The afternoon is flexible and tonight you'll get a taste of real China with an authentic Peking duck dinner banquet with wine before returning to your hotel for the night.


    The Great Wall of China is one of the seven greatest man-made wonders of the world and is the focal point of China. You will hike along the Great Wall Juyongguan Pass and spend some free time on your own on the wall. We will stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, Jade is pronounced as 'Yu', and it has a history in China for at least four thousand years. Later, visit Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre after we return to the city.

    Great Wall of China

    This evening you have the option to join us for the Golden Mask Dynasty show: A mythical age in China, the show tells a fairy-tale like story of war, royal banquets, and romance. The play has 20 different dance scenes, representing a soul-stirring and romantic 'great love and harmony' legend!


    This morning you'll take the Temple of Heaven tour with rickshaw ride. A tranquil oasis of peace and methodical Confucian design in one of China’s busiest urban landscapes, the 267-hectare Temple of Heaven Park is absolutely unique. It originally served as a vast stage for solemn rites performed by the emperor of the time (known as the Son of Heaven), who prayed here for good harvests and sought divine clearance and atonement. Strictly speaking, it's an altar rather than a temple – so don’t expect burning incense or worshippers. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Shanghai at around 3:00 pm.

    Shantang Street Suzhou

    Upon arrival in Shanghai, our local representative will drive you to Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". And visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes.


    Today you will visit the Lingering Garden and silk spinning factory. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is known for its silk, so later we will take you to the silk spinning factory. You will also go on a boat ride on the Grand Canal with a walk around the local neighborhood. Then, we’ll drive to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with natural attractions due to its pleasantly warm and moist climate.


    Wuxi boasts a reputation for being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, which is the third-largest freshwater lake in China. Visit Teapot Museum and Nanchang Street, the trendy pedestrian streets composed of both ancient and modern architecture.


    This morning you'll visit one of the largest freshwater pearl exhibitions in the country. Then after lunch we'll travel by coach to Hangzhou where you'll take a small boat ride on the West Lake to reveal the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou’s willow draped islands.

    Su Causeway

    Later we'll visit the Su Causeway, built in the fifth year of Yuanyou Period in the Northern Song Dynasty (1090) and which has evolved since then. At that time, Su Shi (Dongpo), a poet known as the perfect in Hangzhou Prefecture, had the West Lake dredged and built the Su Causeway with dredged silt.


    After a stop at the Green Tea Village, we will then drive you to Shanghai to visit the Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai’s banks and trading houses.


    Your tour finishes this morning. The rest of the day is free to explore parts of Shanghai that you would like to see, referring to your Lonely Planet guide for ideas. We recommend you take a tour of Shanghai Museum and visit the Jade Buddha Temple. If you still have time, then we recommend you to take a tour of Shanghai world financial center.

    ERA Acrobatic show in Shanghai

    Tonight you'll take in the famous "ERA" show. This is one of the most popular evening entertainments for travellers to Shanghai. The show integrates a traditional love story with modern performing art. ERA consists of many exciting elements, including acrobatics, dances, dramas, music, martial arts, etc.


    Today we say Zàijiàn (Goodbye) to enthralling China and take a flight back to Australia.

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