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You’ve heard of Beijing, Shanghai, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall, but did you know that Southwest China boasts one of the most beautiful regions in the world, filled with mythical history and the world’s most significant archaeological discovery, the Terracotta Warriors. And you simply must see China’s adorable panda bears in person. Better still, the golf is among the most spectacular in Asia.
The tour starts in Chengdu, where you’ll see giant panda bears and play the top 2 courses in Chengdu – 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?
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You’ll be greeted on arrival at Chengdu International Airport for your private transfer to the Hilton Chengdu, your home for the next 5 nights. Tonight, we relax over a welcome drink.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu
Immerse yourself in the local vibe, join Tai Chi in the park or relax in a local teahouse that has served traditional brews 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. Tonight, we enjoy a cooking class and demonstration before we sit down to a banquet to celebrate our arrival in China..
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.
Discover more of Chengdu’s nightlife during an evening of leisure.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B); Golf
Today we make our way to the Chengdu Panda Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas. After lunch, take the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, we gather together for a western-style dinner, sharing stories about the day.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,L,D)
We make our way to the exclusive Grande Hills Golf Course. Set among a forest with lakes, marble stone bridges, green hills and orchards, this well-designed course sits in perfect harmony with the natural landscape.
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, then it’s on to Chunxi Road, the center of fashion in Chengdu and a hub for delicious snacks from all over China.
Tonight, we dine at the hotel.
Hotel: Hilton, Chengdu (B,D); Golf
Today, we take the high-speed railway from Chengdu to Xian, 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 around in its mighty girth. This afternoon, we tour the Muslim Quarter Market, a hub of Muslim food, delicacies and souvenirs.
This evening, we get together for a group dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Eastern House Boutique Hotel (B,D)
Discover one of China’s most enthralling attractions — the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses. With an expert guide, learn the magic and fascination of this UNESCO World Heritage site and marvel at the most significant archaeological excavation of the 20th century, built to honour Emperor Qin Shihuang, China’s first ruler. After lunch, we harmonise the mind, body and soul with a calming Tai Chi lesson, designed to control movement and breathing.
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, 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); Golf
We farewell the ancient city of Xi’an with a short flight to the space-age Kunming airport. We start in Kunming with a sightseeing tour to the Stone Forest, a spectacular set of limestone formations.
Tonight we enjoy a lavish welcome buffet dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Spring City Golf and Lake Resort, Kunming (B,D)
While China’s Mission Hills is the world’s biggest golf resort, Kunming undoubtedly has the best courses. 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 can enjoy the day at leisure.
Tonight we dine together at the hotel.
Hotel: Spring City Golf and Lake Resort, Kunming (B,D); Golf
Today, we play Spring City Lake Course, named for its year round spring climate. Carved into the mountainous landscape, it makes full use of the ravine and rock cliffs that meander down to the lake. We transfer to downtown Kunming and check into the Sofitel. This afternoon, golfers and non-golfers come together for the Yunnan Impression Cultural Show – an artistic dance and musical extravaganza.
Hotel: Sofitel Hotel, Kunming (B); Golf
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 Yulong Bay.
Non-golfers will spend the day indulging in retail therapy.
At dinner, we toast our champions, reminisce on all the fun and adventure of the three cities, and celebrate new friendships. Drinks included.
Hotel: Sofitel Hotel, Kunming (B, D); Golf
Transfer to Kunming airport for your flight home, or for your flight to Beijing for the post-tour adventure. So much more to see! (B)
12 nights in 5-star hotels, including daily breakfast:
6 rounds, incl. motorised carts and caddies:
High-speed train Chengdu to Xi’an
One-way flight Xi’an to Kunming, incl. 20kg + 15kg checked-in luggage
Golfer – Twin Share AUD 6688 pp
Golfer Single – AUD 7588 pp
Non-Golfer – Twin Share AUD 4988 pp
Deposits and Final Payments
Fantastic! We enjoyed four cultural shows, each one different. Well manicured golf courses with challenging layouts. Enjoyed the Pandas, Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall. Tried a cooking class and Tai Chi. China is modernising, and the electric motorbikes have reduced pollution- blue skies! The food was really interesting with variations according to the province we were in — dumplings in all shapes! Great cultural experience as well as splendid golf courses.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the Winners:
Piggy 1: Mark Stewart
Piggy 2: David Obst
Piggy 3: Julie Pigram
Piggy 4: Judy Gibson
Piggy 5: Katherine Charter
Piggy 6: Ross Dawson
Piggy 7: Peter Dorahy
Piggy 8: Julie Preston
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Chinese New Year competition and found the 8 little pigs. The competition is now closed and our little pigs have booked their China Tour! Our winners each received a Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Ball Pack worth $60.
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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)
Inclusions as per itinerary
Twin Share – AUD 1,560 pp
Single – AUD 1,899 pp