Beijing - Shanghai Tour - Departing 28th May 2018
Day 1: 28th May 2018 - Arrive in Beijing
UToday fly from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Beijing on China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Xianmen Airlines, Hainan Airlines or Sichuan Airlines. Upon arrival pick up from Beijing Capital International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Please look for a "Cruise1st Australia" pick up sign at the arrival area.
Day 2: 29th May 2018 - Beijing Sightseeing (Breakfast)
Your exploration of Beijing begins at Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. As the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square is the first “must-see” tourist attraction for Chinese and foreign visitors. The Forbidden City, actually a “nick-name” for the Imperial Palace, was the political center of China for almost 600 years, during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure or join an optional Hutong Rickshaw tour with Rickshaw ride and lunch in a local family (price: 300 RMB per person payable upon arrival). These narrow alleyways lined by courtyard residences will give you an insider’s look into the lives of local families.
Day 3: 30th May 2018 - Great Wall of China (Breakfast/Lunch)
An exciting morning to China’s historic symbol – the Great Wall, a monumental feat of ancient Chinese engineering. Once you set foot on the wall, you will be appreciated by this longest, oldest and most labour-intensive projects in mankind’s history.
Tonight you can choose to watch the Golden Mask Dynasty show (optional, price: 350 RMB per person payable upon arrival), a large-scale Chinese musical drama showed at OCT Theater in Beijing Happy Valley. It is a fairy tale about wars, royalty and romance. A queen, who wears a golden mask, creates a splendid dynasty. In the years of wars, Golden Mask Dynasty defeat Blue Mask Dynasty. However, the queen declares a total amnesty. The king of Blue Mask Dynasty is moved by her mercy and trust. Soon, they fall in love with each other. Unfortunately, there comes catastrophic natural disaster. The queen scarifies herself to save the people.
Day 4: 31st May 2018 - Beijing to Suzhou (High speed train experience)
Enjoy a high speed bullet train experience from Beijing to Suzhou this morning. Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". Visit Shan Tang Street, which has always been regarded as the first name of Suzhou ancient streets. It has a long history of about 1,100 years, its layout and architecture are the best to represent the characteristics of Suzhou's old alleys, and it has connections to many ancient Chinese celebrities and anecdotes. There is an option to take a cruise along the Grand Canal (optional) to view life along China’s ancient waterway.
Day 5: 01st June 2018 - Suzhou to Hangzhou (Breakfast)
Today visit the famous Lingering Garden. The Lingering Garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and is recognised with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is known for its silk, so of course a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Afterwards drive to Hangzhou (approximately a 2 hour coach ride), where the 2016 G20 Summit was held in September 2016.
Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city just isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village located at the hinterland of West Lake Park which is considered one of the most important Longjing tea productions in China. Enjoy the natural environment and beautiful village scenery while learning more about their special tea culture and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting.
Day 6: 02nd June 2018 - Hangzhou to Shanghai (Breakfast)
This morning start this amazing day with a small boat ride on the West Lake another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which reveals the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands.
Drive to Shanghai to visit the famous Bund (Approx. 2 hour bus ride). Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses. Tonight there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (optional).
Day 7: 03rd June 2018 - Shanghai (Breakfast)
This morning stepping back in time at the Shanghai Museum with more than 120,000 art objects on show.
Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (at your own expense) including Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Other attractions include Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road.
Day 8: 04th June 2018 - Shanghai to Cruise (Breakfast)
After breakfast transfer to Baoshan for your cruise.
Embark aboard the Quantum of the Seas for 5 nights, in a Interior Stateroom sailing from Shangahi and visiting Hiroshima • Kochi and disembarking back in Shanghai for your flight home.
Quantum of the Seas
Quantum of the Seas was the first ship to come under the Quantum class of ships from Royal Caribbean and they didn't disappoint. There are so many firsts on the Quantum class ships it really is unbelievable with only one word to describe them which is WOW. With the newly designed staterooms, game changing technology, ground breaking venues and quite simply the finest dining options you can see why. Royal Caribbean actually sought design and advice from celebrity experts for their fitness facilities and entertainment onboard. The Quantum of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 167,800 and a cruising speed of 22 knots.