CHINA: China Dolls Women's Tour - 12 Days
Destinations: CHINA: Shanghai (Suzhou & Tongli) Beijing & Hong Kong
Tour Grading EASY: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Shanghai
Number of Days: 12 days / 11 nights
Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager and professional expert guide
Tour Concludes In: Hong Kong
Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 12: Lunches; 5: Dinners; 5:
Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
This fabulous 12 day Women’s only small group tour to China; Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong is designed to ensure that we see all the major sites and still have time for great shopping experiences whilst enjoying delicious cuisine with the locals and fine dining at stunning restaurants.
Our girls’ getaway caters for both girlfriends and singles and offer a great chance for women from all walks of life to get together, make new friends and exchange ideas. If this sounds great then why not join us and share the passion in our journey.
- Experience the Bund early in the morning and be amazed by the symbols of new Shanghai
- Explore the Yu garden & markets
- Be overwhelmed by the staggering collection of artefacts on display at the famous Shanghai Museum
- Visit the fascinating Shanghai Urban Planning Centre
- Enjoy a spectacular and breath-taking performance of the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe
- Tour the World Financial Centre Tower the sixth tallest tower in Asia and with-in it the highest hotel in the world
- Walk & shop the delightful French Concession and enjoy the highlights of Shanghai’s international lifestyle
- Experience Tiananmen Square and be in awe of the largest square in the world
- Be in awe of the spectacular Great Wall at Mutianyu & its breath-taking grandness as the world’s largest military structure
- Be overwhelmed in the Forbidden City and explore the complicated royal life of the Ming and Qing emperors
- Be entranced whilst trying to comprehend the cosmic harmonies of the Temple of Heaven and the Ancient heavenly worshipping and sacrificial ceremonies
- Be delighted at the Emperors holiday resort - the exquisite Summer Palace - a playground for the imperial court
- Be captivated with a rickshaw-ride as you weave your way through the Hutongs
- Spend twilight enjoying cocktails in the Lake District
- Shop till you drop in Hong Kong
- Visit the Peak
- Enjoy cocktails on a Hong Kong Habour Cruise
- Enjoy fabulous fine dining with wonderful cuisine and regional delicacies including magnificent Peking Duck
- Exclusive and private International Domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all tour guests
- Domestic Flights -Economy Class: Shanghai - Xian – Beijing - Shanghai (Price and availability for upgrade available on request)
- 5 & 4/3 star modern & boutique Hotels as per your choice
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Chauffeur driven luxury air-conditioned private luxury vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
- Australian Tour Manager Fully escorted by our experienced professional tour guide
- Entrance fees to all sights, monuments, shows and activities as per the itinerary
- Welcome Cocktails
- Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
- An exclusive BT&T information travel booklet
Day 1: Arrive: Shanghai
Day 2: Shanghai
Day 3: Shanghai
Day 4: Shanghai, Tongli, Suzhou & Shanghai:
Day 5: Shanghai – Beijing
Day 6: Beijing:
Day 7: 18 October 2013 : Beijing:
Day 8: 19 October 2013 Beijing:
Day 9: Beijing – Hong Kong
Day 10: Hong Kong
Day 11: Hong Kong
Day 12: Depart Hong Kong
We offer you the choice of either 5, 4 or 3 star hotel accommodation for this China Dolls Tour. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or two twin beds.
Climate & Clothing:
The best time to travel to Shanghai is in spring and autumn; March to May and mid August to November. The majority of rain falls in the summer months, whilst the coldest period is January to February.
The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons for the warmer months and warmer clothing for the cooler months. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
Chinese currency is known as RENMINBI (RMB) and the basic unit is the YUAN (made up 100 Fen). It is similar to the Australian system where $1=100cents. The current exchange rate is approximately $1.00 = 6.5.00 yuan. We recommend that you take a combination of cash, credit cards and travellers’ cheques. Major foreign credit cards are acceptable in designated shops, hotels and large restaurants.
The electrical current in China is 220 volts AC. 50Hz. There are about four electric plug types with the most common plug being a two narrow pin type A, type C, type I.
You must be comprehensively insured as a condition of travelling with Boutique Travel & Tours. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking. Boutique Tours & Travel is able to arrange your Insurance.
The official Chinese language is Mandarin (or Putonghua). There are also numerous dialects spoken.
Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts and we offer a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.
Medical Services & Facilities:
All our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in Shanghai are excellent and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Excellent dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter China you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. A visa is required for most guests and will be organised prior to departure.
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.
Despite the size of the country, China is standard time throughout China. GMT +8. (2 hours behind Melbourne)
We suggest that you tip the Drive $5.00 per day and the guide $10.00 per day
We use modern luxury and deluxe minibuses. These are spacious, comfortable, well maintained safe vehicles. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water, and soft drinks. Bottled water is provided everyday on tour. Chinese tea is available with most meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ’welcome cocktails’ on the second evening
DAY 1: Arrive: Shanghai:
Ni hao & welcome to Shanghai; China’s most exciting and vibrant cosmopolitan city. You will be met by your tour director and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore Shanghai. Your tour director is able to offer you a number of options including shopping and or dining.
DAY 2: Shanghai: (B/L/SD)
This morning we visit the local ‘longtangs’ or ‘hutongs’ of Shanghai and meet the locals
We then visit to the fabulous Shanghai clothing market where there are hundreds of stalls selling rolls of fabric, from traditional Chinese silks to cottons, linen, wool, leather and cashmere, with dress makers in every stall ready to assist you.
Then it’s onto the exquisite Yu Yuan (Garden Of Contentment) full of history and culture; and of course more shopping.
This afternoon discover the bund with a history walking tour of the ‘Bund’
This evening, be entranced by the buildings from Shanghai’s heyday of 1930’s, followed by ‘welcome cocktails’ and dinner on the Bund with a magnificent view of ‘New Shanghai’.
DAY 3: Shanghai:(B)
This morning we visit The People’s Square and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall then onto the fabulous Shanghai Museum, one of the best in China.
We visit the French Concession areas for lunch and shopping.
Later in the afternoon we will gather to enjoy our ‘magical mystery tour’ of Shanghai.
DAY 4: Shanghai – Tongli – Suzhou Shanghai:(B/L)
It’s an early start this morning; we are off to Tongli. Here, perhaps take a gondola ride and experience the charm of Tongli’s waterways. You have free time to browse and wander the cobbled stone streets and arched stone bridges and reflect on this amazing journey.
We then drive to Suzhou, famous for its silk and its UNESCO heritage listed classical Chinese Gardens. We’ll enjoy a private tour of one of these famous gardens and then it’s onto learning about silk manufacturing at the Silk Museum followed by a visit to the Embroidery Institute. Both have an extensive range of silk products for sale.
Later this afternoon we return to Shanghai.
DAY 5: Shanghai - Beijing: (B/D)
This morning we return to the fabric market on our way to the airport to fly to Beijing.
On arrival, we transfer to our hotel via the Pearl Market .
This evening concludes with the best traditional Peking Duck Dinner.
DAY 6: Beijing: (B/L/D)
Today be in awe as we ‘soak-up’ the atmosphere that is China as we explore some of the world’s most famous sites beginning with a walk through Tiananmen Square; built on the orders of Mao Zedong. It is the largest public square in the world and is said to have the capacity to hold over one million people. For those who wish to, we can visit Mao Zedong’s Mausoleum. We continue through the beautiful Gates of Heavenly Peace and enter the splendid Forbidden City; the renowned Chinese Imperial Palace with traditional Ming and Qing dynasty architecture. It contains 9,999 rooms and large courtyards and is known as the city within a city. It was once the sole preserve of the Chinese Emperors from which the Emperor’s ruled the land for over 500 years.
Option 1: Cooking Class
Option 2: Visit the Silk Market
DAY 7: Beijing: (B/L)
This Morning we drive to the Summer Palace, which was the seasonal retreat for the Qing Emperors in Beijing. The largest and the best preserved of all imperial palaces. We’ll admire the amazingly vast and beautiful landscape of elegant gardens, lakes, pavilions, the Long Corridor and the Marble Boat. Lunch is in a special place.
We then return to Beijing and visit the spectacular Tiantan Park and within the Temple of Heaven, a magnificent example of 15th century mechanics and geometry whose design follows strict numerological symbolism and a most significant imperial building for the Chinese. This is the best preserved and largest sacrificial building complex in the world. It includes the Altar of Heaven, the Imperial Heavenly Vault and the spectacular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, whose intricate interior was constructed without use of a single nail.
We then visit the Pearl Market and then its off to the Silk Market.
This evening dinner is at your leisure. You may wish to go to the Beijing Opera.
DAY 8: Beijing: (B/L)
This morning we journey to the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Mutianyu located North East of Beijing in Huai Rou County.
This section of the "The Wall" is about 75 KM from the centre of Beijing is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall. Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. Walk along the wall admiring the panoramic views and reflect on the enormity of the material and labour required for the construction of the Wall....
After lunch we drive back to the Silk and Pearl Markets for those who wish to continue shopping or return to your hotel.
This evening, enjoy a relaxing evening with a spectacular view of the South Gate.
DAY 9: Beijing – Hong Kong: (B)
Later this morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Hong Kong via a local ‘wet’ (fruit & vege) market.
Arrive in Hong Kong. We will have a brief tour of the city to get our bearings before transferring to our hotel.
DAY 10: Hong Kong: (B/D)
It’s an earlier start today we are off to Shenzhen, one of the most famous markets in the world.
By now you will have a keen eye for quality and enhanced skills with bartering; here you will be sorely tested and you will need to be on your toes.
There will be one departure time, 0900hrs and 2 return times, 1300hrs and 1500hrs. It takes over ½ hr one way on the train and on arrival you have to pass by the China Visa Counter, (We require Double Entries into China mainland). Our guide will assist the first group to return to the hotel.
This evening enjoy a boat cruise on Honk Kong Harbour
DAY 11: Hong Kong: (B)
Perhaps we will have an optional day:
This morning we visit Markets – Stanley , Ladies Market etc
This afternoon we visit The Peak
DAY 12: Depart Hong Kong: (B)
Our small group tour concludes after breakfast and for most guests today it is time to say farewell to acquaintances, new-found friends and China.
Free day today, perhaps shop before we transfer to the airport later this afternoon.
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You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.
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