Trip 9: CHINA HOLIDAY …. 2011: October 10th – 28th … an Overview

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2011 CHINA TRIP …. 19 days to see Ancient China …… an overview

We had a three week holiday in China from the 10th – 28th October  2011

We went with a group for 19 days (three weeks) to look at ancient China with the  WendyWu group. The Wendy Wu website says: Ancient China ….. 19 Days:

If you desire to learn more about China’s incredible past, we trust this tour will stimulate the historian in you. Whilst touring China’s most ancient cities you will trace the roots of one of Asia’s most fascinating cultures.

This tour will take you from the present capital of Beijing to the ancient cities of Xian and Luoyang. Tour the most significant sites of the imperial age; climb the Great Wall and explore the Forbidden City in Beijing. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Yungang Caves, the Longman Grottoes and the unforgettable Hanging Monastery.

Wander  the charming streets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Pingyao. Be enthralled with Xian and its many wonders, from its  ancient City Wall to the incredible Terracotta Warriors.

Your journey ends in the dynamic city of Shanghai where you can explore ancient and modern China.


TOUR  ITINERARY: from the Wendy Wu Itinerary

  • AUSTRALIA TO BEIJING: Day 1- 2 = 10th – 11th October

We flew overnight with Singapore Airlines to Beijing.


BEIJING: Day 3 – 5 = 12th – 14th October …..Beijing for a four-night stay

  • 12th = Tiananmen Square
  • 12th = Forbidden City
  • 13th = Great Wall
  • 13th = Lunch in the Hutong Alley Area
  • 13th = Rickshaw Ride
  • 13th = Chinese Opera
  • 13th = Jade Factory
  • 13th = Stadium Area
  • 14th = Summer Palace
  • Today we stroll through famous Tiananmen  Square past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, and visit the Forbidden  City.  Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong area. Tonight we sample the local delicacy, ‘Peking Duck’ and enjoy an evening at the Chinese Opera.

An often quoted saying in Beijing goes, ‘you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall’. Built over 2,000 years ago, it stretches all the way from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, more than 5,000km away. Walk along the wall admiring the panoramic views and reflect on the enormity of the material and labour required for its construction. This afternoon we visit the unique Templeof Heaven, built in the 15th Century.

Enjoy some shopping at the copy markets, before visiting the Summer Palace.


BEIJINGTO DATONG: Day 6 = 15th October

Today you will depart on a train journey to Datong, arriving this afternoon.


DATONG TO WUTAISHAN: Day 7 = 16th October

We saw:

  • Yunghang Caves
  • The Hanging Monastery

Travel to the Yungang Caves, carved into the north cliff face of the Wuzhou Mountain. The caves here contain over 50,000 Buddhist statues and frescoes. We also visit the 1,400- year-old Hanging Monastery.


WUTAISHAN TO TAIYUAN: Day 8 = 17th October

We saw:

  • City Generally
  • Temples

Discover the beauty of Wutaishan (Five Terraced Mountain). Ensconced within the alpine valley is the monastic village often referred to as the ‘Holy Land of Chinese Buddhism’, wherein lie traditional temples,architecture and sculptures. Afterwards we continue to Taiyuan where we visit the Ming Dynasty’s Twin Pagoda Templethe Provincial Museum and the JinCi  Temple,   offering a wonderful combination of historical relics and beautiful landscapes.


TAIYUAN  TO  PINGYAO: Day 9 – 10  = 18th  – 19th October

Today we travelled to Pingyao, a remarkably preserved UNESCO World Heritage listed town.

PINGYAO TO XIAN: Day 10 = 19th October

Toured Pingyao this morning, visiting the ancient City Wall, the Rishengchang Financial House Museum, the Zhengguo, the Shuang  Lin Temple and the Yamen, a former government building of the Qing Dynasty. We later board our overnight train to Xian.

We saw the Tang Dynasty Performance at the “Changan Banquet”. This is staged with the investment of the Ever Rich Group in Hong Kong. Since its inception in the late 70s, the group is active in diverse businesses and industries including real estate, trading,finance, F&B, and cultural performances. The group earned its name for its solid foundation and competent professional team.


XIAN: Day 11 – 12 = 20th – 21st October

Upon arrival in Xian this morning we visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Enjoy a Tang Dynasty dance performance this evening. Tomorrow we visit the life-size Terracotta Warriors and visit the ancient City Wall, one of the best preserved in all of China.


XIANTO LUOYANG: Day 13 = 22nd October

Today we board our train to Luoyang, the imperial capital for more than 13 dynasties.



Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Longmen Grottoes, located in the Songshan Mountains before continuing to Dengfeng for an overnight stay. Upon arrival we visit the Shaolin Temple.



This morning we view the Yellow River  before we visit its museum in Zhengzhou. Later this evening we board our flight to Shanghai for a three night stay.


SHANGHAI: Day 16 – 17 = 25th- 26th October

Shanghai is China’s largest and most cosmopolitan centre, as well as being the country’s main financial institution. The city is filled with an abundance of beautiful old buildings and modern day high rise developments that are architectural masterpieces, combining the China of old with that of tomorrow. Shanghai is China’s premier shopping haven and has much to offer the visitor, rightly earning it the name ‘Paris of the East’.

We visited the Shanghai Museum, the Yu Gardens, the Old Town and strolled along the famous Bund.We enjoyed a Chinese Acrobatic show one evening. The following day we explored the Xintiandi area. Our farewell celebration was a cruise along the Huangpu River.


DEPART SHANGHAI: DAY 18 = 27th October

This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.


ARRIVE  AUSTRALIA: DAY 19 =27th October

Arrive home this morning.