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Departures - Every Saturday from March 21st 2020 to March 19th 2022

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival, you should proceed to the exit, where a guide is waiting to transfer you to the hotel.

Xi’an has been home to the capital of 13 kingdoms during the feudal period that occupied China for 2,000 years, and the city itself, named Chang An at that time, reached its utmost prosperity when it was the capital of Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It is the largest city in Northwest China and has gained its international popularity since the excavation of Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses.

The first stop on today’s itinerary is Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses, acclaimed as the biggest archeological find of 20th Century worldwide. It represents the supreme level of funerary art throughout the ancient civilization in China as well as in the world. Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, ordered the building of his mausoleum to be started as soon as he ascended the throne, in the year 246 BC. The project eventually involved 700,000 workers and the warriors, chariots and horses made of terra cotta was designed, moulded and fired to its original sizes, and finally buried with the emperor to protect him in his afterlife.

Then you will head back downtown and explore the lively Muslim neighborhoods in the afternoon. The history of this Muslim quarter in Xi’an dates back to Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), when Muslim merchants came and aggregated in Chang An via Silk Road. This enclave has been constantly expanded during the successive dynasties and half of the Muslim population in Xi’an currently resides here. This is one of the busiest places in Xi’an due to numerous food stands lining along the two sides of the roads within the enclave and the unique culture nurtured by its history.

The inner city of Xi’an is completely walled and the wall, known as Xi’an City Wall, stretches over a total length of 14 kilometers in rectangular shape. The wall was first built in the early years of Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD) to mainly serve the purposes of military defense and food storage. The wall fulfilled its function as the local residents took shelter there during the Second World War, when the Japanese carried out air bombings from 1937 to 1940. Having been refurbished and maintained from time to time within hundreds of years, the wall comes to its present existence. Along the top of the wall is a walkway paved with stones and bricks. As you walk on it, you can take in sight of various views of the city. The bicycle rental service is available on the wall and it offers another option of visiting the wall.

Your second stop today and the final place to visit in this ancient capital is Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzang. It represents the introduction of Buddhist architecture and culture into China from India and integration into Chinese civilization.

You will spend a leisure afternoon at Tangbo Art Museum, where you can browse the works of traditional folk arts, ancient paintings displayed as well as the exhibition of contemporary artists held periodically. You will attend a lecture about Chinese calligraphy and create your own masterpiece there.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the railway station with the escort of the guide and the driver. A 4-hour high speed train takes you to the next destination in your itinerary - Chengdu. Upon your arrival, you should proceed to the exit, where a guide is there to transfer you to the hotel

On today’s trip you will have one and the only opportunity of a close encounter with the most adorable creature on this planet - the Giant Panda.

Drive 2 hrs to reach Dujiangyan Panda Valley, established by China Panda Conservation and Research Center as one of the three panda sanctuaries away from Chengdu, and do a voluntary job as a panda keeper on half day basis there to see lovely pandas in different ages sleeping, walking, eating, cuddling with each other in their sanctuaries.

Dujiangyan Panda Base is the only panda sanctuary in Sichuan where you may join the Panda Voluntary Program. This private 4-hour tour will give you access to the center's panda bears and an opportunity to learn how the center's professional staff looks after these endangered animals on a daily basis.

In the early morning (about 7am), your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Dujiangyan Panda Base to check into the program. You will be given a uniform, a pair of gloves, and a volunteer’s ID card for the day. Your guide will introduce you to the professional panda keepers who look after these majestic creatures. These panda keepers speak very little English; however, your guide will be there for you all the time to translate and take memorable photos of you.

During the course of volunteering, you will clean the panda enclosures and tour around the panda base. Take a short break before helping the staff feed the pandas. Take pictures of Giant Pandas and learn about their biology, behavior, and what efforts the center has paid to protect and breed this species. You will watch a panda movie and then learn to make panda food (cakes).

Upon completion of your voluntary work, you will receive a certificate for this unforgettable day. Say goodbye to the pandas you look after as well as the staff and head back to your downtown Chengdu hotel where this tour concludes

Another day trip enables the access of a close look at the highest Buddha statue carved out of stone. It is located some 160 kilometers away from Chengdu, nestled against the cliffs surrounded by water at the juncture of three rivers. The construction of the statue commenced in 713 AD in Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and was not completed until 90 years later. The Buddha was built to be in sitting position, with a general height of 71 meters and the shoulders stretching out 28 meters wide. There used to be a pavilion hanging over the stature for protection but it was later removed. It has been sitting there for over 1,200 years, owing to a sound and intricate drainage system in addition to continuous maintenance during the following dynasties until now.

You can walk all the way down to the foot to admire the grandeur of the Buddha and embark on a cruise to get a full picture from afar.

Head back to Chengdu for overnight at the end of the day.

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to next destination or back home


High speed train Xi’an/Chengdu on 1st Class basis.
Superior 4* or Deluxe 5* hotel accommodation at all the destinations in the itinerary incl daily breakfast.
11 to 35-seat van/coach throughout the itinerary for all transfers & day tours.
All admission to the attractions listed in the above itinerary.
Lunches & dinners specified in the above itinerary.
English-speaking local guides.


Chinese visa.
Flight/train/cruise into the first destination & out of the last in the above itinerary.
Personal expense.
Gratuities to the guides, the drivers, the hotel bellboys and etc


4-star Hotels & Cruise:
Grand Park Xi’an, 2 nights;
Dorsett Chengdu, 3 nights.

5-star Hotels & Cruise:
Hyatt Regency Xi’an, 2 nights;
Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu, 3 nights.

Travel Dates

2020   2021   2022
March 16, 2020   January 04, 2021   January 03, 2022
March 23, 2020   January 11, 2021   January 10, 2022
March 30, 2020   January 18, 2021   January 17, 2022
April 06, 2020   January 25, 2021   January 24, 2022
April 13, 2020   February 01, 2021   January 31, 2022
April 20, 2020   February 08, 2021   February 07, 2022
April 27, 2020   February 15, 2021   February 14, 2022
May 04, 2020   February 22, 2021   February 21, 2022
May 11, 2020   March 01, 2021   February 28, 2022
May 18, 2020   March 08, 2021   March 07, 2022
May 25, 2020   March 15, 2021   March 14, 2022
June 01, 2020   March 22, 2021    
June 08, 2020   March 29, 2021    
June 15, 2020   April 05, 2021    
June 22, 2020   April 12, 2021    
June 29, 2020   April 19, 2021    
July 06, 2020   April 26, 2021    
July 13, 2020   May 03, 2021    
July 20, 2020   May 10, 2021    
July 27, 2020   May 17, 2021    
August 03, 2020   May 24, 2021    
August 10, 2020   May 31, 2021    
August 17, 2020   June 07, 2021    
August 24, 2020   June 14, 2021    
August 31, 2020   June 21, 2021    
September 07, 2020   June 28, 2021    
September 14, 2020   July 05, 2021    
September 21, 2020   July 12, 2021    
September 28, 2020   July 19, 2021    
October 05, 2020   July 26, 2021    
October 12, 2020   August 02, 2021    
October 19, 2020   August 09, 2021    
October 26, 2020   August 16, 2021    
November 02, 2020   August 23, 2021    
November 09, 2020   August 30, 2021    
November 16, 2020   September 06, 2021    
November 23, 2020   September 13, 2021    
November 30, 2020   September 20, 2021    
December 07, 2020   September 27, 2021    
December 14, 2020   October 04, 2021    
December 21, 2020   October 11, 2021    
December 28, 2020   October 18, 2021    
    October 25, 2021    
    November 01, 2021    
    November 08, 2021    
    November 15, 2021    
    November 22, 2021    
    November 29, 2021    
    December 06, 2021    
    December 13, 2021    
    December 20, 2021    
    December 27, 2021    

Trip Highlights

Xi’an - Chengdu - Dujiangyan - Leshan

Departure Period

21 Mar, 2020 to 19 Mar, 2022
AUD 1,653 P P twin share
AUD 2,122 P P single

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