Whilst inbound tourism from China to Australia is booming, the outbound short stay market is also gathering significant pace, up 83% in ten years from 2006-2016, and savvy operators are taking advantage with products that reflect the Australian traveller mindset – one that goes beyond the sites of the big cities.
With direct flights significantly on the increase, an additional 7,000 seats a week were added between January 2015 and October 2016, and new aviation partnerships are in the making, with Adelaide expected to have direct flights from December 2016, it is now easier and more cost effective for Australians to reach a variety of destinations and getaways in China.
Concurrently On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, has launched four exciting China tours that take explorers to the country’s iconic destinations and beyond, allowing them to discover an array of alluring places.
Ranging from eight to 12 days, the newly curated itineraries are great for travellers who are looking to visit the lesser known parts of Southern China or experience the cities of Beijing and Shanghai on the roads less travelled. From visiting the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to taking a bicycle ride on top of the nine mile Xi’an City Wall and walking over the famous Great Wall, the new itineraries are designed to appeal to all types of explorers, suitable for first timers looking for a more unusual experience or return travelers with an eye for new experiences.
Backroads to Beijing
Explorers will journey from Shanghai to Beijing with the Backroads to Beijing tour. The eight day itinerary begins with a guided tour of the scintillating city of Shanghai, including a visit to the iconic Oriental Pearl TV tower and the picturesque Yuyuan Gardens, before enjoying an evening cruise on the Huangpu River. The tour continues to the picturesque city of Suzho and then to Qufu, home to the remarkable Confucian Temple. Arriving in Bu Yang Village, explorers will get a taste of village life with a visit to the local prep-school, before travelling on to Mt Tai Shan by cable car and admiring the stunning scenery and ancient temples. With a short city sightseeing tour of Jinan, the capital of Shandong province in Eastern China, the trip comes to an end in Beijing, where travellers can extend their time and explore the bustling capital city. The Backroads to Beijing tour starts from $1,735 per person.
Shanghai to Beijing
The eight day Shanghai to Beijing tour starts with three days in Shanghai where explorers can take in the city’s iconic sites including the lofty Plaza Tower, tranquil Yu Garden and the Old City. Continuing the journey to Xi’an, travellers will discover the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, – one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China – take a casual bicycle ride on top of the nine mile Xi’an City Wall and visit the famous Terracotta Warriors. Ending the tour in Beijing, explorers will take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs and watch a Chinese Acrobatic performance in the evening. The following day will be spent walking one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the famous Great Wall, before visiting the bustling Pearl Market. The Shanghai to Beijing tour starts from $1,895 per person.
Southern China Explorer
The 12 day Southern China Explorer tour takes travellers off the beaten track and showcases the highlights of China’s scenic south. The tour starts and ends in Chengdu, where explorers will spend time with one of the world’s most endangered species, the giant panda, at the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The tour continues with a visit to the UNESCO-listed sacred mountain, Mt Emei, and then a hike to Baisha and Wenhai villages in Tiger Leaping Gorge. Following a flight to Guilin, travellers will spend two days in Yangshuo where they can enjoy a rafting excursion on the scenic Yu Long River. Finally, the tour visits the rice terraces of the Dragon’s Backbone before concluding in Chengdu. The Southern China Explorer tour starts from $4,195 per person.
South China Discovery
Visiting the same locations as the Southern China Explorer, the 12 day South China Discovery also spends time in the ‘Oriental Pearl’, Shanghai. At the beginning and end of the tour, travellers can independently explore China’s biggest and most prosperous city including Shanghai’s Bund – a waterfront area, the Old City, and the iconic Oriental Pearl TV tower from where spectacular views can be admired. The South China Discovery tour starts from $5,530 per person.