China 2018 29 Mar- 13 Apr

Expenditure to Date:

  1. Flights BNE-FCO A$1,603.92   Paid Amex

  2. Viator:

  • 2 Day beijing              A$250.70

  • Hutong + Meal          A$115

  • Xian Tang Dynasty   A$85.66

  • Xian day tour            A$452.66

  • Li River tour              A$242.90

  • Rice Terraces tour   A$253.14

                                             Sub Total: $A1400.06​

  3. Accomm:

  • Sunworld Hotel Beijing In 29/3 Out 3/4                                     A$573.52

  • Hyatt Place Luoyang In 3/4 Out 5/4                                           A$176.42

  • Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square In 5/4 Out 7/4        A$0               CNY996 paid to hotel (A$195)

  • Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel In 7/14 Out 10/4                      A$307.21

  • Central Hotel Shanghai  In 10/4 Out 12/4                                A$333.40

                                                                                               Sub Total:  A$1390.55

  4. YHYW Base Fee: A$250

  5. Trains  USD314    A$392

  6. Internal Flights:

  7. Luoyang Itinerary CNY3100     USD508  A$630.90

   Amount Due Now: A$1400.06 + A$1390.55 + $A250 + A$392 + $881.20 + A$630.90

                                     = A$4944.71

   Total Trip expenditure to Date (including to be paid in China) = A$6217.91

   Remaining - Transfers, Breakfasts, 

 

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OUT 29/3 In 12/4

SYD-PEK Seats 33A, 33C   PVG-SYD Seats 33A, 33C  

Flight Details

 

China Southern: CZ6376

Order Number: C1801300049601

Ticket numbers: Lawry 7844414547691, Ros 7844414547692

7 April Depart Xi'an T3 10:25 was 12:05 Arrive Guilin 12:25  was 14:15 

Seats: 36B, 36C

 

Dear Passengers of China Southern Airlines, we regret to inform you: your economy class with flight CZ6376, under the passenger name of SCANDAR/LAWRENCE ADEL and SCANDAR/ROSLYN MICHELE with ticket Numbers of 7844414547691,7844414547692 , scheduled from XIAN to GUILIN on Apr 07, 2018, with takeoff time at 12:05 and arrival time at 14:15, has now been re-scheduled for economy class with flight CZ6376 from XIAN to GUILIN on Apr 07, 2018, with takeoff time (T3 terminal) at 10:25 and arrival time at 12:25. We apologize for the inconveniences this change might cause.

 

China Eastern/Shanghai Airlines: FM9380 

10 April Depart KWL 12:10 Arrive PVG 14:25

Seats: 33J, 33L

Manage Booking   Ticket # Lawry 781-2311759011 Ros 781-2311759012

Day 1: Thursday 29 March    BNE - PEK

QF 501

Depart BNE 06:00 Domestic  Arrive SYD 08:35

Layover: 2H 55m

Transfer from Domestic to International terminal

MU 728

Depart SYD  11:30  Arrive Nanjing 19:30 Refuel Depart Nanjing 20:30 Arrive PEK 23:30

Taxi to Hotel: Approx ¥107.65. Trip is 27.5 km, 39 mins                                                 A$21

 

Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing  Check-in  29/3 Check-out 3/4

Superior Room, 1 King Bed, Free Breakfast and Wi-Fi                                                A$573.52

Day 2: Friday 30 March  Beijing (B)

  • Morning: Sleep

  • Afternoon: explore downtown Beijing, Wangfujing Shopping Street.

  • Purchase Chinese SIM

  • Contact Bruce with phone number, he will inform all tour providers of your contact number

Day 3: Saturday 31 March Beijing : (B,L)

2-Day Combo Package: Beijing City Tour and Great Wall at Mutianyu w/Lunch

  • Hotel Pickup 07:00                                                                                                                                                               A$250.70

  • This tour starts at northern part of Tian'anmen Square. Seeing the Tian’anmen Rostrum, it is the symbol of new China. You could see two pairs of 600 years old stone lions, the ornamental columns, the outer golden water bridge and so on. Besides, you will have chance to view all constructions from distance.

  • From there you will proceed to the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient 500 year old imperial palaces group. Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north.

  • On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture. After having a short rest, we'll arrive the Temple of Heaven, the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest.

  • After Chinese lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a short visit to a pearl free market. And then you will go to the Summer Palace which is the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. It is regarded as a museum of gardens in China.

  • Finally, you will transfer back to your hotels around 5pm.

Day 4: Sunday 1 April Beijing (B,L)

2-Day Combo Package: Beijing City Tour and Great Wall at Mutianyu w/Lunch

Day 2:

  • Hotel Pickup 07:00 

  • Heading to the Ming Tombs complex, the incredible complex of Ming Tombs includes a 4 mile (7 kilometer) road named the "Spirit Way" lined with statues of guardian animals that leads to the entrance. The Ding Mausoleum is one of 13 emperor tombs, where excavation has unearthed important objects for the study of the history of the Ming Dynasty. 

  • Then, you will take a visit to the Jade Carving Factory to see jade carved into various shapes, a unique Chinese craft. The jade carving is very famous special local product, it was not only the excellent skill on carving, but also mixes many Chinese traditional cultures in the jade carving.

  • Lunch at a local restaurant,

  • After lunch you will be driven to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the best preserved areas of the Great Wall. The Great Wall rides on the ridge of the Yan Mountain and is enshrouded by a green forest. Hiking up the Great Wall is a challenging climb. Alternatively you can ride the available cable car (at your own expense) to reach the top of this ancient defense project. 

  • Cable car fee: RMB 100/one way, 120/round trip, Toboggan fee: RMB 120 (cable car up, toboggan down)

  • Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to taste traditional tea, and you can also experience Chinese Calligraphy for free. Chinese Calligraphy has thousands of years of history and it was regarded as a kind of cultural and visual art.

  • End the tour with a drop-off at your hotel around 6pm.

 

Day 5: Monday 2 April, Beijing (B,L)

3-Hour Hutong Walking Tour And Cricket Fighting Culture Learning Experience incl Lunch with hutong family

Tour Only Rickshaw extra

                                                                                                                                                                                                      A$115

  • Pickup at Hotel XXXX

  • Your tour guide will meet you at the Bell Tower, and you will start your tour in Black Sesame Hutong neighborhood. Then you will visit a local Hutong family to see the famous Cricket Fighting show there. The host is a cricket expert with over 40 years experience in training crickets. You will be told how to feed and train the crickets. Moreover, the host will share with you about the life in Hutong. 

  • After watching and learning about cricket fighting, you will visit the Hutong area and some major attractions by rickshaw (two people share one Rickshaw (additional cost XXX). There are so many things to see, like Mansion Garden of Prince Gong, the Former Residence of Song Qinling, the Buddhist Temple, the beautiful Shi Cha Lake, Lama Temple, Confucian temple, and etc. 

  • Enjoy Lunch with a Hutong family where you can enjoy a traditional local meal.

 

Afternoon: Beijing at Leisure: 

Silk Street Markets, food stalls, Wangfujing Shopping Street.

Day 6: Tuesday 3 April, Beijing - Luoyang

(Beijing Xi G651 06:58 - Luoyanglongmen 11:07 1st class CNY589)                                 A$XXX

         

 

Longmen GrottoesLuoyang National Peony Garden   

 

Hotel: Hyatt Place Luoyang (4 Star) Check-in 3/4 Check-out 5/4                               A$176.42

Room, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Free Breakfast, Free Wi-Fi

Day 7: Wednesday 4 April, Luoyang (B,L)

Shaolin Monks complex, Dengfen.

Day 8: Thursday 5 April, Luoyang - Xi'an (B, D)

  • Breakfast

  • Meet guide for transfer to train

  • Depart 10:31 Luoyanglongmen 

  • Arrive 12:16  Xian Bei (North) G2205                                                                        A$XXX

  • Taxi to hotel ¥32.68  Trip is 14.5 km, 43 mins

  • Check-in approx. 13:00

  • Enjoy afternoon in Xián                                                                                                A$6.50

  • Taxi to Tang Dynasty show 

  • Cultural Night Tour of Xi'an Dumping Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show                     A$85.66

  • Taxi to Hotel CNY???                                                                                                    A$

Hotel: Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square  Check-in 5/4 Check-out 7/4

Classical King Room (1 Room) Free Breakfast & Wi-Fi    CNY 996 PAY AT  HOTEL          A$195                                     

Day 9: Friday 6 April, Xi'an (B, L)

Xi'an Day Tour Exploring Old City and Terracotta Warriors                                  A$452.56

 

  • Breakfast

  • Your local contact is Beijing Variarts ToursActivities Ltd on  +86 17310813961.

  • Your guide will pick you up at your hotel  at 08:30 and you will travel together in a comfortable private vehicle to see the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. During the trip, your guide will explain the city's rich history. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century when they were discovered by local farmers in 1974. The clay army was built as a form of funerary art and was buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in the third century as a mean to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

 

  • After visiting the Terracotta Warriors you're free to explore the rest of the museum, which houses other artifacts and showcases films on the mausoleum’s history.

 

 

  • In the afternoon, continue sightseeing by visiting the best Old City sites in Xi’an. Be whisked away to the ancient city wall, one of the oldest and best preserved in all of China. You can marvel at the 9-mile (14-kilometer) long wall or rent a bicycle and bike from one watchtower to the next. First built in the 2nd century BC, this wall is the most complete city wall that has survived throughout all of China, and is one of the largest ancient military defense systems in the world.

 

  • then the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in AD 652 during the Tang Dynasty as a holy place for Buddhists, the pagoda remains an iconic symbol of old Xi’an and houses Buddhist relics and figurines brought from India.

  • After visiting the pagoda, your guide will transport you back to your hotel, concluding the tour.

Day 10: Saturday 7 April, Xi'an - Guilin (B, L)

  • Breakfast                                                                                                                        CNY840 at hotel

  • Check out of hotel 09:30

  • Taxi to airport        ¥68.16    Trip is 40.9 km, 57 mins                                            A$14

  • Check-in for flight CZ6376                                                                                           A$XXXX

  • Depart XXX 12:05  Arrive XXX 14:25 CNY1120  

  • Taxi to Hotel     Trip is 36.6 km, 1 hour 0 mins       ¥75.38                                       A$15

  • Arrive Hotel approx. 16:00, Check-in

  • Afternoon/Evening at leisure

Hotel: Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel  Check-in 7/4 Check-out 10/4                          A$307.21

Superior King Room, Free Wi-Fi   Breakfasts CNY140pp/day                                                    A$165

Day 11: Sunday 8 April, Guilin (B,L)

Li River Cruise and Yangshuo Day Tour from Guilin                                               A$242.90

Your drive guide information:
Name: Mr. Hill Jiang 
Mobile phone number: +86 13737736595 or +86 18977366591

  • You will be met at your hotel lobby between 8:00am to 8:30am. Join in a group tour to the pier.

 

  • Embark on a deluxe cruise and enjoy the picturesque scenery along Li River for about 4 hours.

 

  • Chinese lunch will be served on board around noon. Just enjoy the delicious food while being amazed by the beautiful natural scene. The cruise will pass by Xingping Old Town at 1:00pm and reach Yangshuo Pier at 1:30pm. Yangshuo is a historical Chinese town of over 1,000 years with Western influences.

 

  • Upon arrival, you will have some free time to explore Yangshuo on your own. Your local guide will let you know the pickup time and location. You could choose to stroll along the West Street.

 

  • When the tour is concluded, if you choose to stay in Yangshuo, your guide can provide direction to your hotel in Yangshuo.

  • If you are going back to Guilin, you will be picked up at the designated location and transferred back to Guilin.

  • Estimated time of arrival at 6:30 pm.

Day 12: Monday 9 April, Guilin (Dragon's Backbone) (B, L)

​Full-Day Small-Group Tour Longji Rice Terraces and Mountain Village from Guilin                                                                                                                                                             A$253.14 

  • Hotel Pick-up 8:00am/8:45am

 

  • Your English-speaking driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel and start the 2-hour drive from Guilin to Longsheng.

 

  • There will be a 10-minute stop en route for a break and gas.

  • 11:00am–12:00pm Arrive in Huangluo Yao Village, with houses that are built by the river and mountain to bring fortune and happiness. There are some 120 adult females living in the village, 80 of whom have hair of over 1.4 meters. Just watch how they wash, brush, braid and coil it up in a uniquely beautiful style. 

 

  • 1:00pm Local people stuff the bamboo tubes with raw rice which are simmered in slow fire. This gives the rice time to absorb the bamboo fragrance and ingredients.The tour guide will explain how it's made while you enjoy it for lunch - finding out that bamboo isn't just for pandas. 

 

  • 1:30pm It's off to Ping’an Village to admire the stunning views of the rice terrace as your driver takes you up the mountain for about 30 minutes. Sightseeing from here will require a little walking and climbing. If you’re not up to it physically, hire a sedan chair hoisted by the locals. 

 

  • 3:00pm Trekking on Longji Rice Terrace. Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither were the rice terraces in Longsheng. The construction of Longji Rice Terraces started about 800 years ago during the Yuan Dynasty when the minority Yao people fled to the mountainous area away from war. They excavated long planting ranges for rice and turned the mountains into fertile fields with the stair-like mountain slopes working as a convenient and water storage and irrigation system.

 

  • 4:30pm After the tour, you will be on the road back to Guilin. Kick back for a 2-hour drive in the back seat before being dropped off back in Guilin to end this pleasant tour.

  • 6:30pm Arrive Guilin


Other highlights:

  • The guide - Guided trekking up the Longji Rice Terrace and a walk through a Yao village where the Yao and Zhuang peoples reveal their mysterious life style

  • The meal - Dine with the locals at a minority village, try bamboo-tube rice the local flavor

  • The people - long-haired Yao women show you how they take good care of their hair while the Zhuang give you a warm welcome

  • The transfer - start-stop transfer at your hotel doorstep or wherever you’d like to be

  • Small size – 8 people in a 9-seater MPV, larger group will be separated in different cars

  • Driver and Guide – who has 5+ years of tour guide experience and 7+ years of driving experience

Day 13: Tuesday 10 April,  Guilin - Shanghai (B, L)

Breakfast

Check out

Taxi to Airport Trip is 36.6 km, 1 hour 0 mins       ¥75.38                                               A$15

 

Flight xxxx Depart Guilin xxx Arrive GuilinXXX

  • Purchase return maglev ticket                                                                                  A$

  • Maglev to xxx station

  • Taxi to hotel

  • Check-in

  • Afternoon/Evening at leisure

Hotel: Central Hotel Shanghai  Check-in 10/4 Check-out 12/4                                   A$333.40

Superior King Room Free Wi-Fi

Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of CNY 113 per person (approximately A$23)

Day 15: Thursday 12 April Shanghai - BNE   (D)

  • Check out of hotel and leave luggage with concierge

  • Explore Shanghai using HOHO Bus

  • Return to hotel and collect luggage

  • Taxi to ______ Maglev station

  • Maglev to PVG

  • Check-in for flight by XXX

 Flight: Mu 561 Depart PVG​ 20:20

  • Airport Lounge A$32pp

Day 16: Friday 13 April Sydney - Brisbane (B)

Arrive SYD 09:00

Layover: 1h30m

Transfer to Terminal XX

Flight: QF 518

Depart SYD Terminal XX  10:30  Arrive BNE domestic 12:00

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