14-DAY BEST OF CHINA TOUR

BEIJING - GREAT WALL - SUMMER PALACE - XI'AN - CHENGDU - GUILIN - LONGSHENG TOWN - YANGSHUO - SHANGHAI - SUZHOU

This 14-day China tour takes you from Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China to Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai. This in-depth tour covers all the best attractions of China from history, culture, leisure, to nature. Starting at the Beijing city tour, you will get to see the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and the Tianamen Square. Also, you will get to visit the magnificent Great Wall of China, and the Terracotta Warriors, depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Enjoy your day in the busy streets of Chengdu and Shanghai city and embark in a journey of culture and nature in the Guilin & Longsheng town with terraced rice fields, the Giant Panda breeding research centre, Yangshuo & Li River Cruise and Suzhou old water town tour with a rickshaw ride.

Trip code : 241CN1819

Duration : 14 days

Destination : China

Travel Dates : 2020/2021

  • Explore the mixture of tradition and modern China
  • Walk along the incredible Great Wall and stroll along the Sacred Way
  • Explore some of Beijing’s most iconic sights, including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
  • Discover Xian, once ancient capital of China and the start of the famous Silk Road
  • Come face to face and be amazed at Xian’s most famous army, the Terracotta Warriors
  • Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai and enjoy the famous view of Shanghai Harbour
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of modern Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Centre
  • Get up close and personal with the Pandas at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Take in the breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles in Yangshuo while cruising on the Li River
  • Take a short hike to explore the dramatic Longsheng rice terraces in Guilin
 
Upon arrival at Beijing international airport, our local tour guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel.
Today, you will first visit the Tiananmen Square, and then followed by the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon you will marvel at the incredible Temple of Heaven.

Tiananmen Square: It is the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, where the national flag is raised exactly at sunrise every day.

The Forbidden City: It is located in the center of Beijing, used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. It is the grandest integral palace complex still remaining in China. Note: It is closed on Monday.

Temple of Heaven: It is the place which was visited yearly by the emperors who performed intricate rituals to insure a good harvest for the whole nation at ancient times.
Today, we will drive about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section, and round way cable car is included). After that, you will visit the Summer Palace.

Great Wall (Mutianyu Section): The most famous symbol of China and one of the world's most remarkable architectural wonders, it was built over 2,000 years ago and stretches for about 6,700 Km.



Mutianyu Cable Car: Round-way cable car of Mutianyu Great Wall included. Chair-lift and Toboggan are also available. If you want to change to any of them, please inform the local guide before he or she purchases the tickets for round-trip cable car for you. Please pay the extra charge in cash to the local guide.

Summer Palace (including 15-minute boat ride): Located on the northwestern outskirts of the city, it was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. With its perfect layout, magnificent buildings and enchanting landscape, it is the most splendid classical garden in China.

Note: Boat ride is not available from Nov. 1st to April.1st as the lakes is frozen around this time.
Today you will be escorted to the train station for the fast train to Xian. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own to explore the city.
You will visit the incredible life-sized Terracotta Warriors in the morning. After lunch, you will visit the ancient Big Wild Goose Pagoda and City Walls.

Terracotta Warriors: Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well - one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. These 6,000 life-size painted terracotta warriors and horses --individually sculpted from real-life models and arranged in battle formation have been protecting the mausoleum of the first emperor in Chinese history—Emperor Qin Shi Huang since 2,200 years ago.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Regarded by many as a symbol of the city, the pagoda was built in 652 A.D in Tang Dynasty to house the sutras brought back from India by the famous monk Xuan-zang.

The Ancient City Walls: It is the largest and best-preserved ancient fortress in the world. It is also the thickest “wall” in the world, which you can drive a golf car, take a rickshaw and ride a bicycle on the top.
Today you will take the fast train to Chengdu. Upon arrival in Chengdu, you will be escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure .
Today, you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple where you can spend some time sitting in its tea house enjoying a cup of traditional Chinese tea and absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu and Jinli Old Street.

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of China. Because many of the pandas are in their private enclosures, you will be unable to see them roaming outside. To see as much as pandas, be sure you arrive early, around 8am. Usually, 8am-9am is the most active time for pandas. If lucky enough, you can see how adult and baby pandas are fed during these hours, which you cannot see in common zoos. Your visit at Giant Panda Research includes the following items: you will get a chance to see a panda keeper feeding the pandas by hand in the morning. Then you will visit the pandas' enclosures and the new baby pandas' room. After that, you will see a short Panda's movie and visit the Panda museum, etc.

Wenshu Temple: Chengdu's oldest and largest Buddhist temple originally built in Tang Dynasty, however, it is now a Qing Dynasty construction with exquisite relief carvings decorating many of the buildings. You can absorb the very atmosphere of Chengdu here: the temple is full of local worshippers burning incense on certain days, the tea house at the back of the complex is a great place to relax yourself and do some people watching, while the streets outside are filled with blind fortune-tellers, hawkers selling joss sticks, paper money and statues, and so on.

Teahouses: Chengdu is one of the few remaining cities in China with a really authentic tea house (Chadian) culture, thousands of teahouses dotted about Chengdu are hugely popular with locals, especially the elderly. Teahouses throughout the city are still important locations for social gatherings. Its distinct and unique atmosphere will let you get a good feel for Chengdu's culture.



Jinli Old Street: Located in Chengdu, combines the ambiance of ancient and modern China. Jinli Old Street was constructed in 2004 in the traditional architectural style of Sichuan Province during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Jinli Old Street is not only a wonderful reminder of China’s past, but also a great place for people to fully appreciate Sichuan’s customs, and folk arts.

Travel by air and free day.
Today you will be driven to Longsheng (about 1.5-2 hours' drive from Guilin) which is famous for the Terraced Rice Fields (also called as Longji or dragon's backbone). As well as view the breath-taking scenery, you will see the ethnic minority villages. After the tour, you will be driven back to Guilin.

Longsheng Rice Terraces (Longji): This is a minority area of Zhuang and Yao ethnic groups, where you can not only view the charming scenery of terrace rice filed, but also get a chance to learn about the minority people’s daily life and their special architectures in the rural areas.

NOTE: 1) Please wear sport shoes and comfortable clothes 2) Cars can only reach the foot of the village. Requested single way climbing time: around 40 minutes (average speed). Please mind your steps when you are walking on the stone steps. 3) Options: Porters fee is around 50 Yuan for each piece of luggage by single way in. Sedan chair (made by bamboo) is available. Please consult your local guide for the price and pay onsite. This is a good way to support the local economy. 4) When in rain season, if there is the slough, more trekking will be involved.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the pier (40 to 50 minutes drive) to start your boat cruise on the picturesque Li River down to Yangshuo, which is the highlight of any visit to Guilin. Along the river, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and picturesque pastoral countryside scenery. The cruise usually takes around 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on the water condition. When you arrive in Yangshuo, you will disembark the boat and take an open-air mini bus to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, you will be free to explore Yangshuo and its famous West Street.

Li River Cruise: By taking the cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, you will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear water and reflections in the water together with the serene pastoral countryside view. The cruise usually takes around 3.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on the water conditions.

West Street: A busy and exotic slate street in Yangshuo County, about 2km long crammed with shops, pubs, cafés and hotels, where you can relax yourself and do some souvenir shopping.

Note: It is a join-in cruise by boat which can accommodate around 150 people, with simple buffet lunch. For passengers who expect better food, it is recommended to have a big breakfast at the hotel and then have lunch at a local restaurant with on-set payment after disembarking from the cruise in Yangshuo.
Free time until you be transferred to airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the hotel.
After breakfast, you will visit the Shanghai Museum (including the translator), Yu Garden, Yu Market, the Bund and then enjoy a bird's eye view of the modern Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center.

Shanghai Museum with an audio: Often ranked as China's best museum, it is the biggest museum in China with a fine collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese artifacts.

Yu Garden: Located in the Old Town of Shanghai and laid out in 1559 AD by a powerful Ming official, Yu Garden recreates a beautiful landscape of pagodas, pavilions, rockeries, fountains, ancient trees and precious flowers.

Yuyuan Market: Outside the Yu Garden, a bustling market with different snacks and trinkets.

The Bund: Where the great trading houses and banks had their headquarters in 1920s and 1930s, about a mile long, it is the city's fulcrum.

Shanghai World Financial Center: It is one of the top high skyscraper in the world. It has 101 floors and 1614 feet above the ground.

Note: Since the guide is not allowed to give speeches at Shanghai Museum, an audio will be provided for you instead. You can choose English, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Italian with the audio.
After breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours to Suzhou. While in Suzhou, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Old town tour with Rickshaw, Suzhou canal tour with hand-rowed boat (about 40 minutes), and then be driven back to Shanghai.

Humble Administrator's Garden: It is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming dynasty. Focused on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts.

Lingering Garden: An elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in the garden you will marvel at its unique architecture and art.

Old town tour with Rickshaw: Sitting on the rickshaw through the old town of Suzhou, you will see the small Hutongs, the open markets and the local people's life.
Today depending on your flight time, our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

• Accommodation: 4-star Hotels as listed in the itinerary. 
* Check-in & Check-out time: generally check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm (noon). Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.

• Transportation: Coach, boat, high speed train, domestic flights.

• Sightseeing: As outlined in the itinerary you will be escorted with an English-speaking guide; Service of local guide.

• Private Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide as listed in the itinerary.

• Entrance fees of the scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.

• Meals: Meals as specified in the itinerary. B stands for western and Chinese BUFFET breakfast in the hotel, L/D stands for Chinese lunch/dinner in local restaurant

*Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.

In order to enter China, foreigners shall apply to the visa-issuing authorities stationed abroad for a visa, except as otherwise provided for in this Law.

Note: The Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in Australia do not accept visa applications directly submitted by ordinary passport holders. Visa applications of ordinary passports are required to be submitted to a relevant Chinese Visa Application Service Centre located in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane according to the services areas.

 

Appropriate types of ordinary visa shall be issued to foreigners who enter China due to non-diplomatic or official reasons including work, study, family visit, travel, business activities and talent introduction.

Travel agencies that organize inbound tourism in accordance with relevant State regulations may apply for group tourist visas from port visa authorities.

Foreigners who apply to port visa authorities for visas shall submit their passports or other international travel documents, as well as relevant information of specific application matters. They shall go through relevant formalities in accordance with the requirements of the port visa authorities and enter China at the ports where they apply for visas.

Visas issued by port visa authorities shall be single entry and the duration of stay shall not exceed 30 days.

Foreigners may be exempt from applying for visas if they hold connected passenger tickets and are in transit to a third country or region by an international aircraft, ship or train via China; will stay for not more than 24 hours in China without leaving the port of entry; or will stay in the specific zones approved by the State Council within the prescribed time limit. Where foreigners need to enter China temporarily, due to force majeure or for any other urgent reason, they shall apply to exit/entry border inspection agencies for going through the formalities for temporary entry. The duration of stay for temporary entry shall not

exceed 15 days.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. BOOKING

Passenger names must be provided exactly as per passport at the time of booking. Any spelling corrections made after a deposit is paid must be sent in writing and will incur additional fees, including local suppliers’ fees, admin fees, any ticket/voucher re‐issue fees, etc.

Tweet World Travel reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted/invoice or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Even once payment has been paid in full but an error in price has been found, Tweet World Travel reserve the right to correct any error of outstanding amount.

Any booking valued at or less than $1,000 must be paid in full amount after booking confirmation. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

1.1 Deposit

You will be required to pay deposit after booking confirmation:

  • Private Tours or small Group Tours is $500 Per Person
  • Large Groups (more than 15 people) / School Tours is $700 Per Person
  • Short packages, shore excursion, hotel etc. is $250 Per Person

If you cancel your booking at any time, your deposit is non-refundable, or depend on each package's terms & conditions.

Receipt of Deposit

By sending/paid a deposit the client agrees to be bound by the terms, conditions and responsibilities set forth in this booking. The client also agrees that:

  • All persons are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
  • All parties understand that any medical or dietary information provided to us does not, under any circumstances, make Tweet World Travel liable if a particular condition exacerbates while on tour or cruise which might affect their ability to participate in any portion of the tour or cruise

1.2 Final balance

Outstanding balance depends on the type of service you are undertaking:

  • For private tours/packages or other products, outstanding balance is due 65 days before departure. If the outstanding payment is not received by day 65, your booking will automatically be cancelled.
  • For large group tours and school tours, outstanding balance is due 90 days before departure. If the outstanding payment is not received by day 90, your booking will automatically be cancelled.

2. PAYMENT

  • All airfares must be paid in full at the time of booking confirmation
  • Deposit will due immediately or within three day of your booking confirmed. It will be applied based on the specific product
  • Final balance will be due before 65 days or 90 days before departure date
    • You can make a payment by  Enett, Bank Transfer, Cheque or Credit Card

Credit Card Fee

  • The following Card Fees apply:
  • Visa Credit Card - 1.8% fee and MasterCard Credit Card ‐ 1.76% fee applies.
  • American Express (Amex) ‐ 2.8% fee applies.
  • For late payment or urgent bookings, please notify us via email at payments@tweetworldtravel.com.au

3. LATE BOOKING

Any booking made within 110 days before departure will require payment in full when the booking is confirmed.

Bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure for Group Tours or Escorted Tours will incur a late booking fee of $120 per person and must be paid in full at the time of booking.

4. AMENDMENTS FEES

After bookings are deposited, any amendment has to be requested in writing and incurs $69 fee per person, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the alteration.Alterations will be made at our discretion and may not always be possible.

5. SAFETY NET PROTECTION

  • Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $95 per person will occur. This is only valid for one-time use (claim).

·         Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise on the same destination departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties. The new tour must be at the same cost or higher, but cannot be at lower cost than the initial tour booked. If the passengers choose the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

·         Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable  

·         Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares, or third-party fees and charges.

·         Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.

 

6. TRAVEL VOUCHER

Your travel voucher will be issue and send that to you or your travel agent from 15 -30 days before your departure. Make sure you have your travel voucher before you travel.

7. CANCELLATION

Please check with your consultant, your travel insurance provider or read our cancellation policy carefully before cancelling or amending your booking. For a specific tour / cruise package, a separate cancellation policy might be set out and applied to your booking.

Please see the below for our general cancellation policy.

7.1 Cancellation by customer

Before the travel date the following fees will be apply:

Private Tours or Group Tours/ Packages

Large Group Tours & School Tours

(More than 15 people)

65 days or more before departure – loss of deposit

90 days or more before departure – loss of deposit

64‐40 days before departure – 55%

89‐79 days before departure – 65%

39‐31 days before departure – 75%

78‐61 days before departure – 85%

Within 30 days of departure – 100%

Within 60 days of departure – 100%

Any 'no show' – 100%

Any 'no show' – 100%

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to        your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

If your tour/package includes international/domestic flights the airlines cancellation policies will   be apply.

7.2 Cancellation by Tweet World Travel

For group set departure date tour, if the minimum number of the group is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel or vary the tour 30 days prior to departure. If this event occurs, an alternative guaranteed travel date will be offered. Should these options not be acceptable Tweet World Travel will refund the full price paid, less visa cost.

If a tour is cancelled or varied prior to departure due to unforeseeable circumstances such as, but not restricted to, severe weather conditions or force  majeure, Tweet World Travel will refund all monies prior to departure less visa cost, fuel surcharge and any other cancellation fees levied by airlines and other third parties.

 

7.3 Cancellation by Local Supplier or Third-Party Travel Provider

If the Local Supplier or Third Party Travel Provider changes any part of your booking for reasons beyond its control, for example, if a Local Supplier or Third Party Travel Provider changes its schedules, overbooks, or if there are any changes in applicable surcharges, fees or taxes, we will use our reasonable endeavors to notify you. If any such changes result in your Travel Product costing more or otherwise being materially different, then you may cancel the Travel Product and we will refund any monies already paid less any fees charged by us under these terms and conditions and by the Local Supplier or Third Party Travel Providers under the terms and conditions you agreed with them.

8. PUBLICITY

When you book with Tweet World Travel, you agree that we may use images of you taken during the trip and any comments made in writing by you regarding the trip, without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium we choose.

If you do not want your images to be displayed, you have to advise us in writing at the time of booking, or when you collect your travel documents.

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