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China and Japan tour news

This week’s travel and cruise update from John Pond, shines a light on some upcoming tours covering China and Japan.

Scenic Launches China & Japan Program

Scenic has launched its 2017 China and Japan program which includes the launch of six new itineraries featuring a number of new destinations plus a number of new Freechoice activities.

Enjoy the comprehensive 24 Day Journey to Shangri-la which travels from Shanghai to Kunming visiting most of the well-known and essential cities in one tour including Beijing and a Yangtze River cruise plus two new cities for Scenic – Hangzhou which was made famous by Marco Polo. This has also been split into two shorter itineraries – 12 Day China Highlights from Shanghai to Beijing which is the shortest tour and perfect for those with limited time; and 17 Day China Classics which extends for a further five days with a Yangtze River cruise ending in Chengdu.

The 27 Day Amazing China is a combination of two previous tours. Travelling from Beijing to Shanghai it encompasses some of the many natural wonders of China with visits to Jiuzhaigou Valley (known as Nine Villages Valley), Zhanjiajie and the nearby World Heritage-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and picturesque Yangshuo.

In Japan a new tour, 14 Day Japan Unveiled from Fukuoka to Tokyo. This visits the southern island of Kyushu for the first time before transferring to the main island of Honshu. Visit Fukuoka which contains some of Japan’s oldest sites such as Shofuku-ji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan and the sixth century Kushida Shrine located in the ancient section of the city; and Nagasaki which is Japan’s historical gateway to the Western world and site of the second atomic bomb drop. New Scenic Freechoice activities for 2017/2018 in China include a market shopping tour and Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai; Xixi Wetlands in Hangzhou, and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Canton Tower in Guangzhou. In Japan guests can choose to visit Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, and Maizuru Park in Fukuoka.

Scenic’s 2017/2018 Oriental Wonders of China & Japan brochure is out now. Scenic offers Earlybird offers for bookings made by 30 November, visit Scenic’s website for details.

Ken Duncan to lead China photographic tour

Leading Australian photographer Ken Duncan is to lead an inspirational tour to China covering some of the country’s most scenic naturally-rich regions.

The exclusive group tour – from October 11-23, 2016 – is priced from $9200 per person, twin share, including return Cathay Pacific air fare, domestic air fares, accommodation with daily breakfasts and meals, visa for Australian passport holders and many other features.

“This unique trip begins in the heavenly beauty of Hangzhou where you will capture the best possible autumn coloured leaves, then travel to Huangshan to marvel at the serenely presented mountain scenery,” he said.

The group will stay in quality hotels throughout the tour with all meals included in the price, along with the services of English-speaking travel guides.

Find out more at Helen Wongs Tours. 

Not responsible for errors or omissions, prices subject to change.

Compiled by John Pond, editor-at-sea.