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Mandarin Sunrise

15 days  |  Starts/Ends: Beijing  |  from USD $3,349  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Ultimate China! Travelling a full circle that begins and ends in Beijing, you will discover temples, tombs, palaces and ancient cities, uncovering culture, tradition, religion and local communities along the way. This is China at its very best - it’s the full monty!

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Day 1

Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

Today we tour of the nation’s capital and host of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square is essentially the heart of Beijing. A patriotic vision of grandeur, Tiananmen Square is a square for the public and also home of the mausoleum of Chairman Mao and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Perhaps one of Beijing’s most famous sights is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao.

Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden city, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. Entry was Forbidden to all but those on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was overthrown. Comprising of 9999 rooms, temples and hallways the complex is an architectural feat and stunningly beautiful. This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys, old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. There is time to meet a local family and take a peek inside their home. This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Parts of the wall have been renovated, a little steep in sections though not too challenging. Continuing, we visit a cloisonne workshop. This evening take an optional Beijing by Night city tour and see some of the capital's monuments illuminated against the night sky (payable locally).
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Beijing - Luoyang. Spend the morning touring the famous Summer Palace on Kunming Lake. This vast complex is replete with lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902 at the whim of the extravagant Dowager Empress Cixi. We visit the famed Silk Alley markets and drive past the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium en route to the train station where we take the late afternoon bullet train to Luoyang. Reaching speeds of up to 305km per hour the journey is an experience in itself!
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Today we explore the UNESCO 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) are adorned with 100,000 statues and images of Buddha and his disciples carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty. Later we tour White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China before having a delicious local dinner.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Luoyang - Xi’an. Early this morning we visit Peony Square to watch or partake in a little exercise. Many Chinese exercise in the square daily, practising ballroom dancing and tai chi, sword fighting or playing sports like badminton and hacky sack in the wee hours of the morning. The square’s name originates from the long history of peonies in Luoyang. In April the flower comes into full bloom and the city is full of colour and fragrance. Afterwards we board the new high speed train to Xi'an (journey time approximately 3 hours). Once in Xi'an we visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Mosque and Muslim quarter. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Xi’an is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old terracotta warriors comprise of more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers standing battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. No two faces are alike – each is said to be an individual portrait. Today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors and a workshop where crafts people make clay warrior replicas. This evening we offer a Tang Dynasty dinner and performance with Chang’an music and dance originally performed for the illustrious Tang emperors.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Xi’an - Shanghai. Early this morning opt for our Panda excursion to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre a 2 hour drive from Xi’an. Later, we tour take a casual bicycle ride on top of the 9 mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. Afterwards we enjoy some free time in the city centre and a delicious Hot Pot lunch before boarding our train destined for sizzling Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train to Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Arrive Shanghai and hotel check in. Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is breathtaking. After time to freshen up we enjoy a tour of the Yuyuan Garden, old Shanghai, the Bund and take a Huangpu River cruise.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Days 10-11

Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai - Qufu. Today, we journey to Suzhou by high speed train. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a silk workshop. There’s plenty to see and do in Shanghai, Day 11 is free for you to venture to the Old City, French Quarter or opt to shop along the famous Nanjing road. This evening we bunk down in our soft sleeper train cabins en route to Qufu.
Overnight: Shanghai (1) Sleeper Train to Qufu (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 12

Qufu, birthplace of Confucius and home to the Confucius Temple, ranks with Beijing’s Forbidden city as a great classic Chinese architectural complex. With 466 rooms and over a kilometre long, the complex was built and dedicated to the descendants of the great sage, who lived here continuously for more than 2,500 years, spanning 77 generations. The grandeur and opulence of the mansion conveys the power and wealth of the mighty Kong clan and their head Yansheng Duke (Confucius’ direct male descendant). The clan rose throughout imperial history as the family head was granted increased privileges. With the decline of imperial rule, the end was nigh and in 1940, the last of the family line - Kong Dechend - fled to Taiwan during the Japanese invasion. Not surprisingly, half of Qufu now claims descent from the Kongs.

After visits to the mansion and temple we take a rickshaw ride around the city wall with a visit to the eerie Confucius forest. The forest is studded with tombs and graves of Kong family members dating back some centuries. Anyone with the surname Kong can still be buried here today. Evening stroll through the colourful night market.
Overnight: Qufu  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Qufu – Bu Yang village - Mt Tai Shan – Jinan. A short drive leads us to Bu Yang Village. The principles of Communism and communal work and land ownership are somewhat still in place here. We stop for a light lunch at Mr Peng’s (one of the party officials) home. Seated around the family’s low to the ground lazy Susan, Mrs Peng serves up local dishes and copious bottles of beer. This is real village life! A short stroll leads us to the village prep-school, (our Change 4 Children project) we step into the class room to be swarmed by the mass of 5yr olds all vying for our attention. Later we drive to Mt Tai Shan, perhaps the holiest of the five Chinese holy mountains devoted to Taoism. There are more than 6000 steps to the summit, streams of pilgrims take the challenge, we take the cable car. With stunning scenery and many ancient temples dotting the slopes we visit Heaven Street, Cloud Bridge and the Jade Emperor’s temple. A short drive to Jinan.
Overnight: Jinan  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14

Jinan - Beijing. Today, we embark on a short city sightseeing tour and enjoy a fabulous Hotpot lunch. Afternoon express train journey to Beijing.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15

Saturday. Tour ends after breakfast and included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Uncover North Korea

Join us on a fascinating 5 day tour of North Korea. Isolated, controversial and almost untouched by tourism, North Korea is a mysterious place with a bumpy recent history yet offers the inquisitive traveller stunning mountain scenery, halls of treasure, ancient temples historic monuments and a warm welcome.

Highlight of our tour include a visit to Pyongyang Schoolchildren's Palace, a centre of extra-curricular activities for gifted children, the DMZ (demilitarised zone) border crossing with South Korea, various landmarks and projects relating to Presidents Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and ride the Pyongyang metro - the deepest underground system in the world. See our Uncover North Korea Bolt-on for more info.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Rainbow Hotel, Beijing
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Rainbow is a contemporary hotel accented by the colours of traditional Chinese folk art culture. The spacious guestrooms display character of the Ming and Qing dynasties with beautiful wooden furniture whilst providing modern amenities fit for international travellers. The hotel also has a restaurant, cafe and bar.

Peony Hotel, Luoyang
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Peony Hotel is an impressive, modern sky-scraper with stylishly decorated rooms. The functional rooms are well facilitated with modern amenities and the hotel also has a restaurant and business centre.

Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Wan Nian Grand is a comfortable, friendly hotel with light, good sized rooms. Elegantly decorated, the rooms also boast modern amenities and the hotel has a wealth of facilities including an indoor pool and sauna house, a cafe and bar, and well-equipped business centre.

Train - 4 berth soft sleeper cabin, Beijing
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

Soft sleeper cabins are private compartments which have four bunks - two upper and two lower. A door separates the compartment from the aisle and bedding and pillows are provided. Each bunk is equipped with a small reading lamp. Temperature controls are installed alongside the door. Generally, the facilities include a clothes rack, slippers, clothes brush, stainless steel thermos, fine porcelain teacup, a waste bin and wall socket.

Shanghai Paradise Hotel, Shanghai
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Paradise is a smart, modern hotel with comfortable and good-sized rooms with internet access. Facilities include elegant restaurants serving Shanghai cuisine and French food, a well-equipped business centre and fitness centre.

Queli Hotel, Qufu
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The Queli is one of the best hotels in Qufu combining excellent services with a great location. Designed in traditional Shandong style, the beautiful complex blends with the ancient town of Qufu and boasts modern amenities including a business centre and a bar.

Shungeng Hillview Hotel, Jinan
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated at the foot of a mountain, this modern hotel sits amongst wonderful landscapes and offers splendidly decorated rooms with all mod-cons. The hotel has several restaurants, a bar, a health club featuring a sauna and fitness centre, and a number of other recreational facilities including bowling, tennis and billiards.

Trip Highlights

Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, UNESCO listed Emperor's Summer Palace, Silk Alley markets, Cloisonne Factory, Hutong area of Beijing and Chinese Acrobatic Show
Luoyang – UNESCO listed Longman Caves and stone carvings, White Horse Buddhist Temple, Peony Square activities
Shanghai - Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City
Qufu – UNESCO listed Confucius Mansion, temple and forest.
Jinan – UNESCO listed Mt Tai Shan (Peaceful Mountain). Heaven Street, Cloud Bridge, Jade Emperor’s Temple
Badaling - UNESCO listed Great Wall of China
Xi’an - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and bike ride, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and market.
Suzhou - UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Humble Administrator’s Garden
Bu Yung village – village, homestead and kindergarten

Included

14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners including a Traditional Chinese meal in Beijing and a local dinner in Xi'an.
2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
Rickshaw ride through Beijing's Hutongs
Shanghai - Huangpu River Cruise
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Luoyang, Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou, Qufu and Jinan
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 15
High speed trains between Beijing and Luoyang & Luoyang and Xi'an
12 nights 3-4 star hotels (basic 2/3 star in Qufu)
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
Return cable car journey – Mt Tai Shan
All relevant transfers and transportation
Tour leader escorted for groups of 6 or more

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $225-230 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $100-105 USD

Hello

I’ve just come back from a great trip to China with your Mandarin Sunrise package. It was amazing even unexpected in places. Justin was a great tour leader and a gentleman. He gave up his low bunk for me on an overnight train – there was no way I could climb to the top bunk, helped me with bag which was getting heavier by the day with all the goodies I’d been buying, and then shared his brolly with me when I’d left my rain jacket on the bus during a big down pour in Shanghi.

The Dragon Boat racing was a dream we were given VIP passes to had the best seats in the house right opposite the finish line.

I should also mention Tom, Benny and Richard and their in depth knowledge of area’s and jokes made the trip.

Thank you, am just looking where to go next.

Susan Chant

Activities were well paced with necessary free time included. The guides were sensitive to the needs of the group. Guides were knowledgeable and efficient especially Mandy who guided us to local eateries when meals weren't provided. We learnt a lot about the history of places we visited, also about the political and economic situation of China in general, very fascinating. They all worked very hard to make our visit very enjoyable. Thank you.

Anthony Woodhouse

The "On the Go" tour guides did an excellent job of looking after the group and answering our questions, the organization of the tour made the tour in China very easy for us, Great trip!

Christopher Cornish

Mandy was an excellent tour guide. Her smile and kind attitude made everything just so much more special. Thank you

Johannes Dreyer

All tour guides were excellent, friendly, konwledgeable, good sense of humor. In particular, Feng was a superb tour guide and a very caring person, taking care of everybody on the tour. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she is a credit to the company. I also very much enjoyed and appreciated Tom's singing :)

Catherine Tickle

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

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Supplementary Prices

 
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Private Tour Supplement
USD $990
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Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $70
Beijing - Post-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $70

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices at the bottom of this page.

Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Beijing
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 2
Tour Bolt-ons
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Giant Pandas
USD $145
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USD $3,899 / 5 days
Datong
USD $799 / 4 days

Hello

I’ve just come back from a great trip to China with your Mandarin Sunrise package. It was amazing even unexpected in places. Justin was a great tour leader and a gentleman. He gave up his low bunk for me on an overnight train – there was no way I could climb to the top bunk, helped me with bag which was getting heavier by the day with all the goodies I’d been buying, and then shared his brolly with me when I’d left my rain jacket on the bus during a big down pour in Shanghi.

The Dragon Boat racing was a dream we were given VIP passes to had the best seats in the house right opposite the finish line.

I should also mention Tom, Benny and Richard and their in depth knowledge of area’s and jokes made the trip.

Thank you, am just looking where to go next.

Susan Chant
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