China is a land of mystery and charm. China is forever linked to its ancient civilization, friendly people, and many of the world’s most revered treasures, such as The Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian and cosmopolitan Shanghai, stunning natural beauty in the Yunnan Province, mighty Yangtze River and along the trading route of the Silk Road, Today, one can also find spectacular architecture and towering skylines in Shanghai and Beijing (site of the 2008 Summer Olympics), a wealth of luxury accommodations – and as always – exquisite cuisine. Come and see why China is drawing millions of visitors from all over the world. And, why every one of them returns home smiling.
Time - China is 2 hours behind Australian EST
Language - The official national language is Mandarin, which has eight major dialect groups that are region specific. In addition, there are several ethnic minority languages in the western and southern-most provinces.
Entry Requirements - Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian travellers,Tibet Permits are issued by our operators in China as these are not available from Australia.
Shanghai is the largest metropolis in China, located in the middle of the north-south coastline at the mouth of Yangtze River (Changjiang River), a well known worldwide international city.
Located in the vast plain on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital of Republic of China before 1949. Now it is the capital of Jiangsu Province. The city has been the capital of ten dynasties in feudal China. Nanjing, Beijing, Xian and Luoyang are called four major ancient cities of China.
Located on the northern bank of the QianTang River on its lower reaches and the southern end of the Grand Canal, Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province. It is also one of the six ancient capitals in China.
Located on the shore of Taihu Lake in southeast Jiangsu Province, is a renowned historical and cultural city with history of more than 2500 years. Suzhou has a reputation of “Paradise on Earth” and “Oriental Venice”, for its criss-cross rivers and many arched bridges.
Located in southern Jiangsu Province, Wuxi has Taihu Lake to the south Yangtze River to the north, Suzhou to the east and Changzhou to the west. The city of Wuxi has particularly favorable natural landscape and rich tourism resources.
Situated in the southern part of Anhui Province in eastern China, Mt. Huangshan is one of the top ten tourist attractions and destinations in China. Since it boasts of combining the characters of may famous mountains in China, there goes a saying: “Having seen the all-inclusive Mt. Huangshan, one does not wish to see any of the five major mountains.” Mt. Huangshan owns its unique scenic value to four major factors: queer pines, grotesque rocks, clouds sea, and hot spring. The marks of long history and rich culture of the mountain could be found
Located in the southwest of China, covering an area of 394,000 square meters and a population of 40 millions, Yunnan has fantastic natural sceneries. It is a grand botanical garden and natural zoo with a great variety of wild animals and plants. Yuannan is inhabited by 26 ethnic groups, almost half of ethnic groups of China, such as Han, Yi, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, Dai, Miao, Hui, Naxi, Yao, Jinpo and others. Three countries are its close neighbors: Burma to its west, Laos and Vietnam to its southwest.
The capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming is located in the middle part of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. It is spring all the year round. With a pleasant climate, Kunming has fresh flowers in the four seasons. Hence the name of it” City of Spring” and the “Capital of Flowers”
Based in Dali City, located in northwest part of Yunnan Province, 400 km away from Kunming, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture covers an area of nearly thirty thousand sq km. Dali City is at the intersection of the Yunnan-Burma Highway and Yunnan-Tibet Highway.
527km away from Kunming. Lijiang is in Hengduan Mountain area, which stretches to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is the community of the Naxi minority people. In addition to the Naxi people, there are peoples from Han, Bai, Tibet, Lisu, Yi, Miao, Hui, Zhuang and other ethnic groups. Its average annual temperature is 12.6oC. Lijiang has moderate climate, with long springs and warm winters. Lijiang has a time-honored history as well as rich tourist resources. Especially the Dongba Culture of Naxi ethnic group, includes Dongba Classic Music of Naxi, Dongba scripture and Dongba characters, which has more than 1,400 pictographic characters, the only one pictographic character still being used in the world nowadays. There is a school teaching Dongba Pictographic characters.
Over 50 years ago, James Hilton, a writer of Britain, wrote a novel “Lost Horizon,” describing an ideal paradise full of poetic flavor, dreams and pastoral songs with beautiful languages. This land of Peach Blossoms, like a huge riddle, has made people think a lot in the past half a century. Recently discovered to be the original “Shangri-La”, a wonderful place depicted in Hilton’s novel “Lost Horizon”. Today Shangri-la, a land going through Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet, is presented in front of the people in the world. It reveals its miracles to the world, which can hardly be expressed in words. Shambhala, a mysterious kingdom described in the scriptures of Tibetan Buddhism, is Shangri-La, a resplendent fruit of human civilization, and a land of peace, away from the turmoil of the world. Formerly called Zhongdian, in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Shangri-La is situated in the northwest of Yunnan province, with Tibet to it west and Sichuan to its east. This highest land in Yunnan take pride in many fantastic tourist attractions.
Located in the Eastern Sichuan Province, in the junction of Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, Chongqing has three by names – Mountain City, River City and Foggy City. It is the recent municipality of China.
Known in ancient time as Bashu for the two states of Ba and Shu, Sichuan is a large province in south western China, occupying an area of 485,000 square kilometers and has a population of 85 million. Sichuan has a long history and brilliant culture, and many world heritages, the number of which is the second in China, next to Peking.
Located along the south-eastern reaches of the West Sichuan Plain, Chengdu is the capital of the Sichaun Province, one of the historical and cultural cities in China, also called “Jincheng” and “Rongcheng”. Chengdu has abundant tourism resources and a rich cultural heritage. The number of world heritage which Sichuan has, is the second in China mostly around Chengdu.
Located in Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Tibetan –Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Jiuzhaigou, meaning Nine Village Valley is 460km north of Chengdu. The main scenic area over 80km long is composed of three major valleys of Shuzheng Valley. Zechawa Valley and Rize Valley in the form of “Y”. Reputed as a “Fairyland”, it features an integration of green lakes, multi-layered waterfalls, forests and snow-mountains with Tibetan culture and customs. The water of Jiuzhaigou is widely known for its crystal-clearness, pure transparency and rich colors. There are rich forest resources here, and many kinds of rare animals, such as giant panda, snub-nosed monkey, and swan are living here.
Located in the northwest of Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a part of Wulingyuan Scenic Area [World Heritage]. Wulingyuan Scenic area coving an area of 264 square kilometers, is famous for marvelous peaks, grotesque rocks, tranquil valleys, beautiful water and magical karst caves. There are almost 3,000 peaks standing there in various characters, and the central area includes Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley and Tianzi Hill. It is also a natural zoo, botanical garden and geological park.
The Tibet Autonomous Region is located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau at the southwestern most tip of China, 4,000 meters above sea level at an average. Tibet is known as the Roof of the World because there are over 50 peaks more than 7,000 meters above sea level. Covering an area of 1.2 million square kilometers, Tibet has a population of more than 2.3 million. Tibet is charming for its beautiful and spectacular landscape, the unique folklore, and the brilliant culture, which have drawn numerous visitors from around the world.
Meaning “Holy-Land” in Tibetan language, Lhasa is located along the northern bank of the Lhasa River, a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo River. Sitting 3,700 meters above sea level, Lhasa is a cultural city with a history of more than 1,300 years. It is also known as the solar city because it has longer time of sunshine. It is the capital as well as the center for politics, economy, and culture of the Tibet Autonomous Region, with many world-famous places of interest.
A 500 years old cultural city, 3,800 meters above sea level, Shigatse is another headquarters of the Panchen Erdeni, and is located to the north of the world-renowned Qomolangma. There are many ancient temples in Shigatse, such as Sakya, Baiju, Xalu, and Trashilhunpo, where the giant bronze statue of Buddha of Qiangba(Maitreya) is enshrined.
Located in the central-southern part of Tibet, 254km west of Lhasa, 90km east of Shigatse, Gyangtse is the second large city of Xigaze Region, built earlier than Shigatse. Recently, England, India, Nepal and other countries established commercial office in Gyangtse.
People’s Republic of China was established in 1949. Beijing is the capital of People’s Republic of China. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of China. Beijing is one of the six major ancient cities in China, the well-known historical and cultural city in the world.
The Silk Road has a history of more than 2,000 years. It started from Chang’An (present Xi’an, Shaanxi Province) in the east, to Rome and Italy in the west, stretching more than 7,000 kilometers long. Of the total length of the Silk Road, over half is in China. Along the Chinese section of the Silk Road, there are numerous and famous historic and cultural sites. The Silk Road has become one of the most attractive theme routes for tourists all over the world.
The capital of Shaanxi Province, located in the heart of the Guan Zhong Plain on the Huanghe River Delta, bordering the Qinling Mountain in the south, Xian is a world renowned ancient capital, known as Chang’An in ancient China for 1602 years. Starting from the 11th century B.C . to the mid 10th A.D. Xian was the capital of 13 dynasties including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasties.
Located in the upper reaches of the Huanghe River, the capital of Gansu Province, Lanzhou is the key town on the ancient Silk Road. Scenic spots are: White Pagoda Park on Baita Hill, Binhe Park, First Iron Bridge of Huanghe River etc.
JiayuPass Located four kilometers west of Jiayuguan City, the Jiayu Pass is the west terminal of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is the most magnificent and most well-preserved pass along the Great Wall and has won the reputation as the First Impregnable Pass under Heaven. It took 168 years to build the Jiayu Pass. Its castle faces west and is composed of an inner city, an enceinte, an outer rampart, an outer city and the moat.
Located in the basin of the same name on the southern side of the Tianshan Mountains in East Xinjiang, Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, a multi-nationality city. It is the only stop on the north road of the ancient Silk Road. The scenic spots are Tianchi Lake on Mt. Tianshan and Pacture land of Mt. Nanshan.
Located in northeast Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, having the most typical karst logography in the world, Guilin is a cultural city with a history of over 2110 years. Guilin is well known for its verdant hills, limpid waters, mysterious caves and grotesque rocks and enjoyed the reputation “Number One Pillar on Earth”.
Located in the northern part of the Pearl River Delta and facing the South China Sea, Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province. It is one of the best-known historical and cultural cities in China, the biggest industrial and commercial city and foreign trade port in south China as well.
The vibrant city of Hong Kong has been captivating visitors for decades with its blend of eastern and western cultures and offers a collection of options for everybody; beautiful panoramic views, shopping bargains aplenty, cultural attractions and wonderful architecture in both modern and traditional styles.