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: Southwest 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, where you’ll see giant panda bears and enjoy a VIP experience at the Sichuan Opera – a spectacular mix of culture, entertainment, magic, acrobatics and comedy. You’ll also play at the top 2 courses in Chengdu – the exclusive Grande Hills International Golf Club and the challenging Luxe Hills International Country Club.
Then, it’s onto X’ian which will satisfy everyone’s appetite for history and culture with the Terracotta Warriors and its 7,000 life-sized figures in ordered rows.
The tour finishes with a golfing 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.
This is a tour that will inspire, amaze and entertain. Come along and experience the very best sights and golf China has to offer. Non-golfing partners are well-looked after with activities organised while the golf is on. And why not extend your stay to unlock more wonders. Beijing awaits with the Grand Wall of China, the Forbidden City and much more. We’ve organised everything for you, so what are you waiting for? See you there…
You’ll be greeted on arrival at the modern Chengdu International Airport for your private transfer to the Hilton Chengdu, your home for the next 5 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. 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. There are age-old residences, teahouses, inns, wine bars and handiwork. Sample local delicacies – best to taste first and then ask what you had. You might be pleasantly surprised. Tonight we enjoy a cooking class and demonstration before we sit down to a banquet to celebrate our arrival in China, drinks included.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,D)
Our opening round is at the Luxe Hills International Country Club. Recognised as one of the best courses in the west of China, this course has a tree-lined and open parkland layout with many attractive, skilfully crafted and challenging holes to enjoy.
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 ‘pera’ 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 the Chengdu Panda Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas. The base is home to around 50 pandas, including fluffy babies that you can visit in the kindergarten.
After lunch together, we visit the Qingyang Temple, one of the largest Daoist Temples in China. You’ll explore its six main buildings, and admire the traditional Chinese Taoist style architecture before making your way to the teahouse for traditional Chinese tea.
Tonight we enjoy a traditional Chinese feast.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,L,D)
We make our way to the private and exclusive Grande 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. 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 will start their day with a visit to the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. Here, you will learn the history of shu brocade and embroidery, and admire works of arts and crafts with historical patterns. Then it’s on to Chunxi Road, the center of fashion in Chengdu and a hub for delicious snacks from all over China.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,D)
A short flight has us arriving in Xi’an, the first 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 Muslim Quarter Market, the hub for Muslim food and souvenirs. After checking in at our hotel, we enjoy tantalising cuisine at our group dinner.
Hotel: Eastern House Boutique Hotel (B,D)
We enjoy a lesson of Tai Chi, designed to harmonise the mind, body and soul with controlled movement and breathing.
Then we’re off to 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.
Tonight we’re in for a treat with a traditional Chinese dumpling feast and Tang Dynasty show – a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance.
Hotel: Eastern House Boutique Hotel (B,L,D)
Golf today is at Qinling International Golf Club for 18-holes. Opened in 2011 and designed by Peter Thomson, it’s our fourth round on tour and this course will delight you.
Non-golfers will visit a must-see landmark of Xián – the Big Wild Goose Pagoda after which they’ll learn the basic techniques of Chinese calligraphy.
Tonight, we feast on Beijing roasted duck- the national dish of China!
Hotel: Eastern House Boutique Hotel (B,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 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’ll experience the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Course. The course is carved into the mountainous landscape, making full use of the ravine and rock cliffs that meander down to the lake. An endless row of well-trained caddies will be there to greet you and if you’re like me, you’ll pick the one with the biggest smile. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Spring City Golf and Lake Resort, Kumning (B,D)
Today’s round is at Spring City – Mountain Course, designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. Jack serves up an amazing course overlooking the Yan Zonghai Lake and the views will be both inspiring and soothing.
Non-golfers will spend a half day sightseeing at Stone Forest, a spectacular set of limestone formations.
Tonight we dine together at the hotel.
Hotel: Spring City Golf and Lake Resort, Kunming (B,D)
Today, golfers have the option of playing another round at Spring City Lake Course before we transfer to downtown Kunming and check into the Crowne Plaza.
This evening, golfers and non-golfers will come together for the Yunnan Impression Cultural Show – a large scale artistic dance and musical extravaganza.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Kunming (B,D)
We have secured tee times at the impressive Yulong Bay Golf Club in Kunming for today’s round. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course is shaped like a dragon’s claw, hemmed in by adjacent green hills and the beautiful Yalong Bay.
Non-golfers will spend the day indulging in retail therapy.
Tonight, we meet for dinner to toast our champions, reminisce on all the fun and adventure of the 3 cities, and celebrate new friendships. Drinks included!
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Kunming (B)
Transfer to Kunming airport for your flight home or you may choose to stay a little longer to go to Beijing to see the Great Wall of China… (B)
12 nights in5-star hotels, inc. breakfast:
7 rounds, inc. motorised carts and caddies:
Two one-way flights inc. 20kg + 15kg checked-in luggage
Golfer – Twin Share AUD 5,797 pp
Non-Golfer – Twin Share AUD 4,322 pp
Golfer Single – AUD 6,925 pp
Deposits and Final Payments
I had an awesome time golfing and seeing China. I met great people. I had the opportunity to golf at some exclusive golf courses. If not for the golf tour, I would have never in my life been able to play golf at these courses. Never would have gotten access to these private courses or never knew that the course was one of the best in the area.
The tour was very well organized with the best tour guides ever. Tao was amazing and I so appreciate her decision to stay with us for the whole trip. She cared that much about us! She looked after us well. What fun going to a cooking class and I have the certificate to prove I graduated! The meals organized on the tour were delicious.
I thought the accommodation was excellent and the overall organisation of the tour was very good. I particularly enjoyed the golf courses in Kunming as they were so beautiful. The evening cultural shows were absolutely stunning. I thought Terry did a wonderful job and enjoyed his sense of humour.
Excellent golf at all the Kunming courses, more average at the earlier courses. Most interesting cultural experience with excellent local guides and visits to Temples, the Pandas and the Terracotta warriors. I enjoyed the frank discussions of life in China today from all our guides. The Spring City courses were both fabulous but surpassed by the outstanding Yulongwan course. Without the organisation of GoGolfing, a trip of this type would have been impossible in a country like China.
It was definitely an experience. The itinerary was pretty intense but the golf courses we played at were amazing. I enjoyed the two courses at Spring City – The Lakes and Mountain courses. The tour guides were awesome and they spoke pretty good English. They were always the last ones to go to bed and the first ones up making sure we were all catered for. I enjoyed the food, for the most part, there were some nights where McDonald’s would have done the trick. 🙂
The effort to give the non-golfers a good experience is greatly appreciated as I would not come on these tours if no consideration was given to my non-golfing wife.
Amazing scenery. Some great day tours. Wonderful people. Excellent cultural experience., in particular, the Giant Pandas, the highlight and the Terracotta Warriors.
After your flight from Kunming, you will be greeted on arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport for your private transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Hotel
This morning we make our way to the Forbidden City. This worldly palace was the reclusive home to two dynasties of imperial rule, sharing 900-plus buildings with a retinue of eunuchs, servants and concubines. Next, we head north to Jingshan Park, a beautiful royal landscape garden covering 57 acres and to the Summer Palace, the playground for emperors fleeing the suffocating summer torpor of the old imperial city. After lunch, enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Imagine a wall on earth that is so long and so incredibly massive that parts of it have stood since the 7th century BC and you have ‘The Great Wall of China’. And today it is yours to discover. Then, we’ll tour the Olympic National Stadium, host of the 2008 Olympic Beijing Games. After lunch, enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
We start out sightseeing today at Tiananmen Square, home to the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. Next, we’ll explore the Temple of Heaven, China’s largest ancient sacrificial building. We finish our sightseeing with a hutong rickshaw tour to explore the old traditional alleyways and courtyard homes which once covered Beijing. We have our final meal together at a local restaurant before our private transfer to Beijing Capital International Airport. (B,L)
Twin Share – AUD 1,560 pp
Single – AUD 1,899 pp
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