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11 Day Classic China with Flights

Beijing - Wuxi - Suzhou - Hangzhou - Shanghai

Return international flights from Australia

3.5 to 4 star hotel accommodation with breakfast

Expert-guided tours

2019 & 2020 departures

Experience Beijing, Shanghai, Wuxi and more!

From $799 $1,598 Include flight pp twin share

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Extended due to popular demand!

Unravel the majestic history of China in this incredible 11-day tour. Immerse yourself in its magical expression of culture and timeless beauty as you make your way through some of the most iconic sights in Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai and more!

Visit the home of the 2008 Olympic Games and explore the incredible Forbidden City palace in Beijing, before you traverse through the Tiananmen Square - a place of fascinating cultural and historical significance in China. Get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb a portion of the majestic 6000km Great Wall of China and feel like an Emporer as you take a walk through the ancient gardens in the Summer Palace.

Want to know more about the magical healing powers of traditonal Chinese medicine? This tour will take you through the Chinese Herbal Institute, so enjoy a rejuvinating foot massage as you learn all there is to this fascinating practice that originated over a 1000 years back in time! 

Take a high speed train to Wuxi - the Land of Fish and Rice, where you will have the chance to enjoy the scenery as you pass by Lake Tai - the third largest freshwater lake in China. Lose yourself in the elegant city of Suzhou with its canals, stone bridges and meticulously desined gradens. There's a reason why Chines poets and writers have referred to the city as 'Paradise on Earth' since ancient times!

Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation before making your way to the final destination and the commercial centre of China - Shanghai.  You can take a walk along the Huangpu River or enjoy some shopping on Nanjing Road as your tour draws to a close and you fly back home with a trunk full of unforgetable memories! 


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Day 1

Australia To Beijing

Fly to Beijing via connecting cities and transfer to the hotel.

Beijing, China’s massive capital, has a history stretching back three millennia. Yet since the 2008 Olympic Games, it’s known for its modern architecture as well as ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Note: Some flights may depart the night before.

Meals included: in flight only

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Day 2


After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, the second-largest public square in the world! Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen (“Gate of Heavenly Peace”) located to the north of the square, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong, and holds great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Forbidden City Tour - Hailed as landmark of Beijing and the centre of imperial China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Forbidden City is a great place to be if you want to learn about Chinese culture and history. (approx 78AUD/390 RMB per person)
Peking Duck Dinner - Authentic Peking Duck Banquet served with all the traditional accompaniments. 
(approx 38AUD/190 RMB per person)

Day 3


Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass. This is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 60 km from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was the northern route to Beijing in ancient times. Once here, there is plenty of time to learn about the wall’s constriction and you’ll have the chance to climb a portion of this 6,000 km marvel. On the way back to Beijing, we stop at one of the largest jade exhibitions in Asia. Then, after lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonné is a famous traditional enamel ware, known as the ‘Blue of Jingtai’ in China, with a history of over 500 years.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Musical Performance - “The Golden Mask Dynasty” Show or “Kong Fu Legend” Show (approx 73AUD/365 RMB per person)

Day 4


Enjoy a tour to the Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient garden in China and a former summer resort for Emperors followed by a visit to the Chinese Herbal Institute. Here, you will learn about traditional Chinese medicine as you enjoy a rejuvenating foot massage which has existed for thousands of years.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar, Beijing

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Hutong Life & Panda House Tour - A rickshaw will take you around the intricate winding hutongs to admire the old courtyards. They are maze-like and deep and exactly as they were a long time ago. You are invited to visit a local family’s house to experience authentic Beijing life. Next, visit the Panda House in Beijing Zoo to see China’s adorable national treasure – the Giant Panda. 
(approx 78AUD/390 RMB per person)

Day 5


Take a high speed train to Wuxi, an ancient city richly endowed with natural attractions. Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. This evening, we will stroll along the trendy yet traditional Nanchang Street composed of both ancient and modern architecture juxtaposed with the peacefulness of the waterside town and fashionable life of Wuxi.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Wuxi International Hotel or similar, Wuxi

Day 6


This morning visit one of the largest freshwater pearl exhibitions in the country.

After lunch, travel by coach to Suzhou, an extraordinarily elegant city with its canals, stone bridges, and meticulously designed gardens. Suzhou has been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. It is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty. Visit the Lingering Garden, which is among the finest in China.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar, Suzhou

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Grand Canal Cruise - Take a cruise along the UNESCO World Heritage listed Grand Canal of over a thousand years to view life along what was known as ‘China’s golden waterway’ in its heyday. (approx 33AUD/165 RMB per person)
Western Buffet Dinner - Enjoy a sumptuous western style buffet dinner with at your hotel, a relaxing way to wind down the day. 
(approx 48AUD/240 RMB per person)

Day 7


This morning visit a silk spinning mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.

After lunch, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar, Hangzhou

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Impression West Lake - This evening, enjoy an open-air performance, a masterpiece created by Zhang Yimou, the director of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony. 
(approx 78AUD/390 RMB per person)

Day 8


Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation.

Then travel by coach to Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis and the commercial centre of China. Upon arrival, walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined with colonial architecture of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure strolling along the bustling shopping district, Nanjing Road.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Wassim Hotel or similar, Shanghai

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Huangpu River Cruise - Cruising on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai. (approx 38AUD/190 RMB per person)

Day 9


This morning, visit the Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. The rest of the afternoon is at your own leisure, or you may join our optional programs.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Wassim Hotel or similar, Shanghai

Optional Tour (Not Included)
Jin Mao Tower, Xintiandi & Maglev Train Tour - Visit the Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund. Then explore the affluent Xintiandi area, before experiencing the world’s fastest commercially operating train, with a top speed of 431km/h. (approx 68AUD/340 RMB per person)
Chinese Acrobatic Show - ERA The Intersection of Time or SPIRAL - Tonight you can watch a stunning Chinese acrobatic show combining Chinese arts and modern technology, comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Musical. 
(approx 73AUD/365 RMB per person)

Day 10

Shanghai to Australia

Conclude your memorable tour with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight via connecting cities.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 11


Arrive home today.

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Return economy class international airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, *Brisbane or *Adelaide (*surcharge applies)
  • Flights with China Southern, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines or similar (subject to availability)
  • Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers on a join in group basis
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary: 9 breakfasts
  • All tipping
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Tours, transfers & admissions as per itinerary



Beijing - Fuyong Yulong Hotel or similar
Wuxi - Wuxi International Hotel or similar
Suzhou - Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Taihu Lake or similar
Hangzhou - Merchant Marco Garden Hotel or similar
Shanghai - Wassim Hotel or similar

All Traveldream deals are backed by a 14-day refund guarantee! 


  • Visa to China
  • Surcharges, i.e. optional activities, single supplement & etc.
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary, i.e. laundry, personal items, alcoholic drinks, etc.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)


Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.


Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveler is $550.

Departure Dates

JUL 2019
09 th
Tuesday 09 Jul 2019  ‐  Friday 19 Jul 2019
+ $350 p.p
JUL 2019
30 th
Tuesday 30 Jul 2019  ‐  Friday 09 Aug 2019
AUG 2019
06 th
Tuesday 06 Aug 2019  ‐  Friday 16 Aug 2019
AUG 2019
13 th
Tuesday 13 Aug 2019  ‐  Friday 23 Aug 2019
AUG 2019
20 th
Tuesday 20 Aug 2019  ‐  Friday 30 Aug 2019

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