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8 Day Essential China

8 Day Essential China

This tour includes return international airfares. See the Fine Print section for further details.

Airfares
Included

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader or local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted
These tours allow you to experience the destination at unsurpassed value. You'll travel with between 40-50 other guests depending on your selected tour*. Enjoy features such as a wide range of included sightseeing, comfortable accommodation and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.
*Note: group size may exceed this. Please refer to the important information section of the Fine Print to view maximum group size for your selected tour. 
Group Size
Group Tour - Classic

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.

Pace
Lively Pace
Classic Tour
3808 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Return international airfares with a full-service airline
✓ 6 nights in quality 3 and 4-star accommodation
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
✓ Daily breakfast and 5 lunches
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
✓ Arrival and departure airport transfers
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
✓ Incredible sightseeing including captivating cities of Shanghai and Suzhou, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Couple’s Garden, and explore the beautifully preserved temples and architecture in Nanjing

Looking for a 5 Star small group option? Try our 8 Day 5 Star Shanghai to Xian Small Group Tour

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Jinsha or Similar

Today, you'll commence your journey from Australia to Shanghai, China. 

Upon arrival, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Note: to ensure smooth flight operations and scheduling, certain customers may need to arrive at the airport a day prior to their departure (Day 0). In some cases, travellers may experience an overnight layover, during which the airline will provide accommodation and transfers.

Note: If you are booking the 'Land Only' option for this tour, and will not have your flights included, please note that your airport transfer will not be included either.

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Wuxi Taihu New City or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, our day starts with a visit to the awe-inspiring Lujiazui Skywalk. From this incredible vantage point, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of Shanghai's iconic landmarks, including the Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center.

As we journey towards Wuxi, we'll pause at the Hui-style Ancient Village Food Street, where you can embark on an authentic culinary adventure. Savour a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary flavours that are sure to tantalise your taste buds.

Following this delectable experience, immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Qingming Bridge Water Alley, a hidden gem amidst the bustling metropolis. Take a leisurely stroll through this charming alley, admiring the ancient architecture and the serene waters of the canal.

The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace, or you can choose to participate in our optional tour for further exploration.

Perhaps you would like to undertake the optional tour (payable whilst on tour); the Tranquil Nianhua Bay Zen Town Tour - disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in the spirituality of Zen. Explore the myriad of temples, gardens, and tea houses that make up this unique and serene area.

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Nanjing Happy Valley or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we immerse ourselves in the serenity of Changguangxi Wetland Park. This peaceful haven provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the natural world as you leisurely stroll along winding pathways, surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant flowers.

Following this tranquil morning, your journey continues at the renowned Taihu Pearl Museum. Here, you'll delve into the intricate world of pearl cultivation, gaining first hand insight into the nurturing of oysters and the delicate process of pearl harvesting. It's a chance to appreciate these lustrous jewels in a whole new light.

After lunch, we'll venture to the heart of Nanjing, where you'll explore the Confucius Temple and the Qinhuai River Scenic Area. Meander through the beautifully preserved temple complex, marvelling at the intricate architecture adorned with traditional Chinese motifs.

To cap off your day, you'll be transported back in time as you wander through the enchanting Laomendong Historical and Cultural District. Wandering through narrow alleyways, you'll discover hidden gems at every turn. Admire the well-preserved traditional courtyard houses and explore quaint shops selling local handicrafts while indulging in the enticing aroma of traditional snacks. It's a delightful journey through history and culture.

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Changjiang or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Commence your day with an invigorating exploration of the Shitoucheng Archaeological Park, a place that preserves the remnants of ancient civilizations and offers captivating insights into China's rich history. Here, you'll witness tangible evidence of early human existence, providing a profound understanding of the region's historical evolution.

Our next stop takes us to the Jade Artifacts Exhibition Center, a haven for art and history enthusiasts alike. Delight in up-close encounters with intricate jade works of art, marvel at these masterpieces, and uncover the profound symbolism and significance of jade in Chinese culture.

After lunch, our journey continues to the Couple's Garden, an esteemed UNESCO World Heritage site. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty and serenity, this garden is a testament to the elegant simplicity and charm of classical Chinese garden art. Spend your afternoon immersing yourself in its awe-inspiring scenery, complete with picturesque pavilions, tranquil ponds, and artfully arranged rock formations that combine harmoniously to create an enchanting setting.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, providing the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and lifestyle of the city at your own pace. Alternatively, you can opt to join our optional tour for further exploration.

You will have the option of an additional tour (payable whilst on tour); Suzhou Boat Tour on Qili Shantang Street - experience the timeless allure of Suzhou as you embark on a mesmerising boat tour along the famed Shantang Street. Known as the "Venice of the East", Suzhou's ancient canals, stone bridges, and whitewashed, traditional houses create a scene straight out of a classical Chinese painting. As your boat gently meanders along the historic waterway, you'll be captivated by the sights of locals going about their daily routines, age-old architecture, and vibrant markets bustling with life. Witness the city unfold in a panorama of intrigue and charm, revealing Suzhou's rich heritage and culture. This is more than just a boat tour; it's a journey into the heart of Suzhou's timeless allure. 

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hangzhou Chaoshan or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Embark on a day brimming with the treasures of history, culture, and scenic splendour. Our first destination is the Silk Culture Museum, a captivating journey into the world of silk production. Witness the intricate process from cocoon to loom, immerse yourself in the cultural significance of silk throughout Chinese history, and be awestruck by the exquisite displays of ancient silk garments.

Following a delightful lunch, we ascend to the Chenghuang Pavilion. Majestically overlooking the city of Hangzhou, this architectural marvel offers breathtaking panoramic vistas of the city, West Lake, and beyond. Pause to appreciate the intricate carvings and artwork adorning the pavilion.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Whether you choose to relax and absorb the local culture or opt for our optional tour to further expand your explorations, the choice is yours.

Perhaps you would like to view a Hangzhou Performance (additional tour payable whilst on tour); engross yourself in the ethereal beauty of the Most Memorable Hangzhou performance. This spectacular outdoor show, directed by the acclaimed Zhang Yimou, is a true spectacle of light, sound, and storytelling. Staged on the natural backdrop of the West Lake, the performance uses the lake and its surroundings as an integral part of its stage to create a mesmerising visual extravaganza. Watch as the dancers move in perfect harmony with the music, their silhouettes reflected on the shimmering lake surface. The awe-inspiring choreography, combined with state-of-the-art light and sound effects, tells the rich history and myths associated with the lake.

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Jinsha or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Commence your day with a rejuvenating visit to the Meijiawu Tea Culture Village. Here, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Chinese tea culture. Explore an authentic tea plantation, soak in the serene beauty of the landscape, and, of course, savour a cup of the finest green tea.

Next, we'll journey to the G20 City Balcony, a highly-rated viewing platform that offers breathtaking vistas of the majestic Qiantang River. This is the perfect spot to admire the river's grandeur and the city's architectural beauty in one panoramic view.

Our next stop is the Health Preservation Center, where you'll gain valuable insights into the ancient Chinese philosophy of harmonising body, mind, and spirit for optimal health and longevity.

Following a delightful lunch, we'll make our way to Nanjing Road, Shanghai's premier shopping street. Immerse yourself in a captivating world where East meets West, and traditional shops coexist with modern boutiques.

The rest of the evening is yours to savour at your leisure, providing the perfect opportunity to explore Shanghai's vibrant nightlife. 

Alternatively, you can opt to enhance your experience by joining our optional tour for further discoveries (payable whilst on tour); The Bund and Huangpu River Cruise Tour - discover the enchanting allure of Shanghai from a unique perspective on a Huangpu River Cruise. As you glide along the shimmering waters of the Huangpu River, you'll have an unobstructed view of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the beautiful Bund district, a testament to Shanghai's colonial past with its impressive line-up of European-style buildings. As night falls, marvel at the stunning cityscape illuminated by a kaleidoscope of lights, creating a captivating symphony of colour. The sight of the modern high-rise buildings on the Pudong side contrasted against the historic architecture of the Bund on the Puxi side offers a stunning visual depiction of Shanghai's rapid evolution. This river cruise is more than just a sightseeing tour; it's an immersive journey into the heart of Shanghai's vibrant spirit.

Meals
Breakfast

The last day of our enriching journey has arrived. 

After a refreshing breakfast at the hotel, you have some free time to soak up the last bits of Shanghai's vibrant atmosphere, or perhaps do some last-minute shopping. When the time arrives, you will be transferred to Shanghai International Airport for your flight back home. 

Safe travels, and we hope to see you again on your next adventure!

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Arrive home today. We hope you've been inspired. 

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with a full-service airline
  • 6 nights in quality 3 and 4-star accommodation
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Daily breakfast and 5 lunches
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Incredible sightseeing including captivating cities of Shanghai and Suzhou, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Couple’s Garden, and explore the beautifully preserved temples and architecture in Nanjing

  • Shanghai – Visit to the awe-inspiring Lujiazui Skywalkfor a breathtaking panorama of Shanghai's iconic landmarks 
  • Shanghai – Explore the Hui-style Ancient Village Food Street for an authentic culinary adventure
  • Wuxi – Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Qingming Bridge Water Alley
  • Wuxi – reconnect with nature as you stroll leisurely along winding paths at the Changguangxi Wetland Park
  • Wuxi – Visit the renowned Taihu Pearl Museum, where you'll embark on a journey into the intricate world of pearl cultivation
  • Nanjing – Explore the Confucius Temple and the Qinhuai River Scenic Area
  • Nanjing – Be transported back in time as you wander through the enchanting Laomendong Historical and Cultural District
  • Nanjing – Visit the Shitoucheng Archaeological Park, a site that holds the remnants of ancient civilizations and provides fascinating insights into China's past
  • Nanjing – Experience close encounters with intricate jade works of art at the Jade Artefacts Exhibition Center
  • Suzhou – Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Couple’s Retreat Garden, renowned for its stunning beauty and tranquillity, this garden is a testament to the elegant simplicity and charm of classical Chinese garden art
  • Suzhou – Visit the Silk Culture Museum, where you'll delve into the fascinating world of silk production
  • Hangzhou – Standing tall over the city of Hangzhou, the Chenghuang Pavilion offers fabulous panoramic views of the city, West Lake, and beyond
  • Hangzhou – experience the traditional Chinese tea culture firsthand at the Meijiawu Tea Culture Village, an authentic tea plantation
  • Hangzhou – Ascend to the G20 City Balcony, a top-rated viewing platform, where you can marvel at the breathtaking views of the Qiantang River
  • Shanghai – Explore Nanjing Road Shanghai's premier shopping street

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This package is a flight inclusive package

This package includes international airfares and flights will be added to your booking at no additional cost. Select your departure city after clicking ‘Book Now’.

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances.

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

A Visa is required to travel to China. For further information and to apply for your visa, please visit the China Online Visa Application website by clicking here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”2”

Lively Paced: This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Please note that gratuities are required to compensate your tour guide and driver for their exceptional services. A mandatory tipping amount of $12 AUD per person per day will be collected before the tour begins.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $450.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $450.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

 Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Group Size
Minimum of 20 and Maximum of 44 Persons

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person) (bookable and payable whilst on tour):

  • Day 2 - The Tranquil Nianhua Bay Zen Town Tour: CNY$200 per person
  • Day 4 - Suzhou Boat Tour on Qili Shantang Street: CNY$200 per person
  • Day 5 - Most Memorable is Hangzhou Performance: CNY$500 per person
  • Day 6 - The Bund and Huangpu River Cruise Tour: CNY$200 per person

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $152.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $152.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $133.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $133.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

We understand that a highlight of your travels can be your interest in purchasing goods or souvenirs when overseas, especially in China where certain product may be cheaper than if purchased back home.
While all efforts are made to ensure that the stores visited are honest and reputable, please note that Inspiring Vacations cannot ensure or guarantee the quality or value of any goods purchased or the suitability of any retail outlets visited during your tour outside of the scheduled itinerary. This means that you should find that you have been incorrectly charged or perhaps the quality is not what you expected, that all efforts must be made to resolve this directly with the retailer in question. Whilst on-tour, should you be unsure or require further assistance, please speak with your Tour Guide at any time.

If arranging for purchased goods to be shipped back to your home country, there have been rare cases where perhaps the incorrect item was shipped by the retailer. Again, please note that Inspiring Vacations cannot be held responsible should this occur. Therefore, we recommend that if purchasing goods on-tour, that you ensure the details of the transaction are clear and understood by both parties. Please also ensure that you obtain the sellers contact details, should the situation arise that you need to contact them directly.

Lastly, it is within the nature of Chinese salespeople to be quite pushy. There is no offense intended, this is simply what they are like. For a first timers guide to haggling and bargaining, please visit our China destination page or click HERE

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