Sunday, June 6, 2010

Luxury China Holiday : At a Tantalisingly Affordable Price

An authentic Chinese lunch of dumplings in a historically famous 100-year-old restaurant is among a host of tantalising experiences to whet the appetite of travellers on a China Highlights tour from leading Australian-based specialists Helen Wong's Tours.

Priced from $6200 per person, twin share from Australia, this 14-day tour from the travel company's Premium China program is good value as it incorporates a number of dining experiences including a slap up dinner at one of Shanghai's finest restaurants - Three on the Bund.

Guests are also treated to a luncheon feast in the largest Chinese restaurant in Beijing (Yuan Long) as well as a dinner in the city's exclusive China Club, not open to the public.

"There's an international style buffet lunch at a renowned revolving restaurant for a bird's eye view of Beijing," said Jason Sacriz, Marketing Manager of Australian-based Helen Wong's Tours.

"For an insight into everyday life in Beijing, our guests will also watch the preparation of a simple family-style lunch in a Chinese courtyard home and enjoy the meal with their newfound friends," he said. "It is an experience that will remain etched in the memory.

"When you consider the various dining options, this is money well spent." After flying Qantas from Australia (Singapore Airlines from Perth) to Shanghai, guests spend three nights in the glamorous "Paris of the Orient" before flying to Guilin to marvel over the craggy limestone peaks and enjoy a cruise on the scenic Li River.

The tour then continues to ancient Xian to see the archaeological find of the 1970s – the life-sized Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang – before flying north to capital Beijing and a visit to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and close view of the endangered Giant Panda at Beijing Zoo, to name a few attractions.

To support the tour's Premium tag, guests are accommodated in such five-star hotels as Shanghai's The Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel (three nights), Guilin's Sheraton and the plush and sophisticated The Peninsula Palace Hotel in Beijing.

Price of the tour also includes China visa for Australian passport holders, air travel within China, all specified transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees, daily breakfast, 11 lunches, four dinners and four evening cultural shows (with transfers to and from the hotel).

English-speaking guides will also share their knowledge and assist in each of the centres.

Those who want to book their own international air fare can join the tour in Shanghai from $4730pp, twin share.

Details: Helen Wong's Tours, (02) 92677833, Reservations: Phone 1300 788328.

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