Think China, and it’s impossible to go past the fact that, with a billion plus people, it must be a crazy busy place. We’ve all heard of Beijing, Shanghai, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall, but on my last trip, I discovered a little-known secret: south-west China boasts one of the most beautiful cities in the world! And, there is its mythical history, the world’s most significant archaeological discovery and, of course, those very cute panda bears. Better still, the golf here is even more spectacular than Mission Hills.
The tour starts in Chengdu – a new world city – the capital of the Sichuan Provence. Sichuan cuisine is well-known for its spices and hot pots and we will learn the skills and laugh our way through a Sichuan cooking class. Go behind the scenes with a VIP experience at the Sichuan Opera – a spectacular mix of culture, variety entertainment, magic, acrobatics and comedy.
A short drive has you arriving in Dujiangyan which I have coined the world’s most beautiful city. Experience Thai Chi at the foot of majestic Mt Qingcheng. This city is also home to the very cute giant panda bears.
The tour finishes with a golf feast in Kunming, known as ‘the City of Eternal Spring’ for its pleasant climate and flowers that bloom all year long. Spring City golf resort boasts 2 courses that alone justify the trip. Stoneforest boasts 3 golf courses carved among a forest of towering stone columns created more than 2 million years ago. Oh, I forgot to mention, Stoneforest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only in China!
This is a tour that will inspire, amaze and entertain. Come along and experience the very best that China has to offer…
You will be greeted on arrival into the modern Chengdu International Airport for your private transfer to the Hilton Chengdu, your home for the next 3 nights. If you have a morning arrival, we have arranged early check-in for you – relax and refresh.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu
After a day of travel, the thought of breakfast in bed may appeal or if you want to immerse yourself in the local vibe, join Tai Chi in the park or relax in a local teahouse that has served the same brew for generations.
This afternoon we tour Jinli Ancient Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in Sichuan Province with a history going back over 1,800 years. While this street is just 350 metres long, it celebrates China’s past with passion. You can taste the flavour of old Chengdu. There are age-old residences, teahouses, inns, wine bars and handiwork. Sample local delicacies – best to taste test and then ask what you had. You might be pleasantly surprised. Tonight we all sit down to a banquet to celebrate our arrival in China and there’s a buzz as you get to know the fun people you will share the tour with.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,D)
Our opening round is at the private and exclusive Grand Hill International Golf Club. Set among a forest with several lakes, marble stone bridges, green hillocks and orchards, this well-designed course sits in perfect harmony with the natural landscape. You will be guaranteed to remember the finishing holes. The 17th is spectacular. The tee is set on a cliff, with major drop-offs in front and behind. And there’s little time for a final breather before teeing off on 18 with its intimidating water hazards. This is a course full of pleasant surprises and real beauty. The genuinely warm welcome, engaging caddies and bubbly hospitality make Grand Hill the most famous club in China.
Non-golfers are well looked after with a morning guided tour to the Jinsha Ruins. The group reunites late afternoon to discover the secrets behind the delectable Sichuan cuisine with a 3-hour cooking class under the guidance of a professional chef. You will love this afternoon of culinary creation and unabashed fun. After cooking up a storm, dine on the fruits of your labour and some they prepared earlier – Ganbei!
Just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, you have VIP seating at Sichuan Opera. Forget whatever the word ‘Opera’ conjures in your mind, this is 90 minutes of dazzling dance, astounding acrobats, magic and comedy – an extravagant spectacle of colour and culture.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,D)
Today we make our way to Dujiangyan, about two hours from Chengdu. This is home to China’s much-loved giant panda bears. The livery on the local taxis make them look like panda bears on wheels. We visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base, the world’s only centre dedicated to giant pandas – now one of the rarest animal species in the world. The base is home to 170 of these much respected national treasures. This is a rare and magic moment and the chance to hold a baby panda will be a treasured memory. Lunch today is at Tianfu Garden.
This afternoon we go for a sightseeing drive to the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, a renowned hydraulic engineering project that changed the face of agriculture in China. By creating an artificial ‘S’ bend in the river and cutting a hole in the side of a mountain, they diverted the silt from the water and delivered the best quality water to irrigate the Chengdu plains with a guarantee to never flood – modern day German engineers would marvel at this masterful design that was conceived 2,000 years ago.
Tonight we dine on a traditional Chinese feast in one of the most beautiful and romantic restaurant settings alongside the beautifully lit Dujiangyan city.
Hotel: BCC Jinjiang Resort Qingcheng, Dujiangyan (B,L,D)
We enjoy the sunrise and a lesson in Tai Chi, coached by a master Shifu Tai Chi. Harmonise mind, body and soul with controlled movement and breathing.
We farewell Dujiangyan and make our way to Pujiang County for 18 holes at the Grande Valley International Golf and Country Club. Surrounded by 200 million square miles of untouched forest, you will want to breathe a little deeper in this oxygen-rich, green paradise.
Non-golfers will enjoy the afternoon visiting the rarefied beauty of Shixiang Lake. This ecological reserve boasts a diverse flora and fauna including thousands of sunflowers, daisies and tulips. Evening at leisure.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, Pujiang (B,L)
We embark on a full-day tour to Leshan Giant Budda, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Located at the joining of Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi River, the Giant Buddha was carved from mountain rock and is the largest cliff rock Maitreya Buddha statue in the world. Maitreya means, Buddha of the Future, and when he appears on Earth he will preach loving-kindness and inspire others to follow a virtuous path to enlightenment.
Enjoy our last evening at leisure in Chengdu.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,L)
Time to bid farewell to Chengdu and get ready for the next exciting chapter of this tour. A short flight has us arriving in Xi’an, home of the Terracotta Warriors and the rest of China’s four great ancient capitals. The immaculately restored and mighty city wall still dominates the centre of the city, with traffic navigating through underpasses in its mighty girth. This afternoon we tour the Bell Tower, Drum Tower and the Muslim quarter. After checking in at our hotel, we enjoy a beautiful setting and tantalising cuisine for a group dinner.
Hotel: Ramada, Xi’an (B,D)
Golf today is at Qinling International Golf Club for 18-holes. Opened in 2011 and designed by Peter Thomson, it’s our third round on tour and this course has been worth the wait.
Non-golfers will visit a must-see landmark of Xián, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and discover the importance of the grand Buddhist temple.
Hotel: Ramada, Xi’an (B)
Today we discover one of China’s most enthralling attractions – the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses. With an expert historian guide, learn the magic and fascination of this UNESCO World Heritage site and marvel at the most significant archaeological excavation of the 20th century. See 7,000 life-size figures in ordered rows and hear of how these sculptures were meticulously constructed to honour Emperor Qin Shihuang, China’s first ruler.
This afternoon, we discover the Shaanxi History Museum. The museum is regarded as ‘the pearl of ancient dynasties and house of Chinese treasures’. It gives an overview of thousands of years of Chinese history and the splendid ancient cultures.
Tonight we are in for a treat with a traditional Chinese dumpling feast and Tang Dynasty show.
Hotel: Ramada, Xi’an (B,L,D)
We farewell the ancient city of Xi’an and another short flight has us arriving at the space age Kunming airport. While China’s Mission Hills is the world’s biggest golf resort, Kunming undoubtedly has the best courses.
We head straight to Spring City Golf Resort – so named for its year-round spring climate. This afternoon you have the option of playing the Mountain Course or the more difficult but breathtakingly beautiful Lake Course.
An endless row of well-trained caddies are there to greet you and if you’re like me you’ll pick the one with the biggest smile. A word of advice, if they say aim left – aim left! And, just trust their judgment, their club selection is more spot on than their Olympic gymnasts.
Hotel: Spring City Golf and Lake Resort, Kunming (B,D)
Today’s round is at Spring City – Mountain Course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus ‘The Golden Bear’. Just when you thought ‘Bear’ sightings on tour were over, Jack serves up an amazing course overlooking the Yan Zonghai Lake and the views will be both inspiring and soothing.
After golf, we join the non-golfing partners for a tour of Yunnan Nationalities Village. A must-see attraction, learn the cultural ways and traditions of the numerous ethnic groups of the Yunnan.
Hotel: Spring City Golf and Lake Resort, Kunming (B)
Spring City Lake Course is carved into the mountainous landscape and makes full use of the ravine and rock cliffs that meander down to the lake. Robert Trent Jones Jr has carved a course on the banks of the Yang Zonghai Lake and is world-renowned for its narrow fairways, criss-crossing trenches and breathtaking views. This is special.
Non-golfers will be guided through Jui Xiang Cave and be awed by Stone Forest National Park. With over 100 caves to explore, they are large in scale, time-honoured in history, diversified in shapes and come with jaw-dropping scenery. It has been known since the Ming Dynasty as the First Wonder of the World.
Next, we transfer to downtown Kunming and check into the Holiday Inn. You have the afternoon to explore the city.
Hotel: Holiday Inn, Kunming (B)
Only in China will you find 3 golf courses built on a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stone Forest Country Club is the world’s most inspiring golf course. Carved through a forest of stone columns standing proud, nothing matches the feeling you have on the first tee in this prehistoric setting. Leaving Stone Forest Country Club with a thousand photos, you can’t help but scratch your head as to how approval was granted to build these courses. Non-golfers will be amazed by Stone Forest National Park on a full-day tour. You will be truly mesmerised by the scenery and sheer scale of the park
Tonight we have a final night dinner. We toast our champions, reminisce on all the fun and adventure of the 3 cities and celebrate new friendships.
Hotel: Holiday Inn, Kunming (B,L,D)
Most flights back to Australia don’t depart until late afternoon, we’ve plugged in one last round at the Yulong Bay Golf Club while non-golfers enjoy time for last minute shopping in Kunming city.
Transfer to Kunming airport for your flight home. If travelling home via Hong Kong or Bangkok, enquire about our popular stopover packages. (B)
13 nights in luxury accommodation, inc. breakfasts:
7 rounds, inc. motorised carts and caddies:
Two one-way flights inc. 20kg + 15kg checked-in luggage
6 dinners, including:
VIP seating tickets to Sichuan Opera
Visit to Sichuan Panda base
Tai Chi lesson
Full day tour to Leshan Giant Budda
Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses – Private visit
Yunnan Nationalities Village Visit
Non-golfers activities as per itinerary
Private airport transfers
Luxury air-conditioned touring coach
Daily golf prizes plus ntp and team prizes
Fully escorted by Go Golfing’s experienced host
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