DEER FARMERS TOUR TO CHINA
Depart Auckland early afternoon flying Cathay Pacific arriving
in Hong Kong this evening.
Overnight Hong Kong
The exciting city of Hong Kong. A chance to relax, try the
shopping and soak up the sights.
Overnight Hong Kong
Fly Hong Kong to Shanghai arriving mid morning. China's largest
city with a population of 12 million and an important centre
for trade and industry. City sights tour including Nanjing
Road, a silk carpet factory and a walk along the Bund, Shanghai's
Today we travel by coach for an hour from Shanghai to Suzhou,
China's "Venice of the East" and one of its oldest
cities. An attractive city with an extensive network of canals
it is well known for its beautiful gardens. Visits include
a garden, silkworm factory and embroidery factory. On the
way back to Shanghai we visit a fish farm. This evening we
are entertained with a spectacular acrobatic show.
This morning we visit Yu Fo Temple - a famous Buddhist temple
and then a Children's Palace. We fly this afternoon from Shanghai
to Xian a city of great historical and cultural interest and
the capital of China for 1087 years (11 dynasties). We visit
a farm for a fascinating insight into how Chinese farmers
live and how they grow their crops before transferring to
One of the highlights of our tour is the visit to the buried
army of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang. This 2180 year old terracotta
army of more than 8000 soldiers which was discovered in 1974
is an awe inspiring sight. We also see the tomb of the emperor
who lived from 259 to 210 BC. Other visits include: the Big
Wild Goose Pagoda, the City Wall (12 metres high) which follows
the boundaries of the Tang Imperial City and local markets.
This evening an entertaining look at Chinese culture with
the Tang Dynasty Show.
Today, arrangements include a visit to the Shaanxi Provincial
Museum which is sited in an old Confucian temple and the Banpo
Museum (the archaeological site of a 6000 year old neolithic
village). Late this afternoon we take a train (soft sleeper)
Our journey takes us alongside the Yellow River through Langzhou
arriving in Xining the main destination of our tour, early
afternoon. We visit Xining City and local sights this afternoon.
Among these is the Taer Lamasery which is famous as a sacred
place of Tibetan Buddhism and birthplace of the founder of
the yellow sect. Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province
on the Qinghai - Tibet Plateau (known as the Roof of the World).
Today we travel by coach over the Sun and Moon Mountain Pass
(the old border with Tibet) to Qinghai Lake which is China's
largest salt water lake 3196 metres above sea level. We explore
this fascinating area, stopping on the roadside to talk to
local farmers and we visit nomads grazing their sheep and
Today we visit a beautiful valley about 100 km from Xining.
We have a picnic lunch on a deer farm where we see Malu deer,
White Lipped deer and Sika deer and we stop to talk to local
villagers about life and farming in this remote area.
This morning we travel by coach to Lanzhou airport stopping
at a roadside restaurant for lunch en route. This afternoon
we fly to Beijing, a city of 13 million people, 8 million
bicycles and 1.3 million cars.
No visit to China would be complete without seeing the Great
Wall. Today we visit this incredible structure which is 6350
km long. We stop for lunch on our way back to Beijing and
this afternoon we go to Xiadan Street to look for bargains
in the shops. After dinner walk through the night food markets
where you can buy just about anything you can think of to
eat as well as things you wouldn't think were edible.
We travel by coach today to Daxin County where we visit the
Milu Ecological Research Centre. This is the home of the rare
Pere David species of deer. Other species of deer are also
held here. This afternoon we enjoy many of the famous sights
of Beijing including Tiananmen Square - the world's largest
square and the Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) home of the
Ming and Qing dynasty emperors. Sited on 72 hectares of land
with 9000 rooms covering a floor space of 150,000 square metres.
Our final dinner in China is a Peking Duck banquet.
A relaxed start this morning before we travel to Beijing airport
in time for our early afternoon flight. We arrive in Hong
Kong mid afternoon. Flight for Auckland departs this evening.
Arrive Auckland early afternoon. Connecting flights to Wellington