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Explore China – The North East & North Korea

A Unesco volcanic geopark, wetlands bird sanctuary, Siberian Tigers. International influences – Russian, the Qing dynasty Manchu origins, the Pu Yi puppet Manchuguo headquarters, Japanese conquest, and a four day excursion into North Korea right down to the demilitarised zone separating North from South Korea.

This tour takes us to the farthest north NZCFS has ever delivered a tour in China, to 49 degrees north in Heilongjiang. But do not worry, we will start there in early September to dodge the onset of the extreme winter! Here, the Unesco Global Geopark of Wudalianchi is a volcanic wonderland, with five lakes formed in the lava rock, set in an area of very northern forest and Russian influences.

Travel through Qiqihar, near the north-east border with Inner Mongolia, where we will visit a wetlands area and the red-neck stork habitat, then stop in Harbin for the beautiful capital sites. Explore the Russian architecture in Central Street and St Sofia Church, that brings the Russian history to life, visit Stalin Park, and the extensive Siberian Tiger Park. Lament that we did not come in winter for the Ice Festival!

Moving South, Jilin Province we will go to the capital Changchun, where we will visit the Manchu State puppet headquarters created briefly by the exiled Last Emperor Pu Yi and the Japanese invaders.

South to Liaoning, the capital city of Shenyang, and to Dandong. This is on the border of North Korea.


In Dandong, the long connection for New Zealanders is that it is here that our godwits fly every southern winter on their way to the Arctic. Travel to the southernmost city of Liaoning of Dalian
Take the train to Tianjin, eat the famous Goubuli steamed buns of Tianjin in Guwenhua ancient culture street. Other sites unique to Tianjin, then to Beijing to round off the trip.

Key Locations:

  • Heilongjiang Province – Harbin, Qiqihar, Wudalianchi Volcanic Geopark
  • Jilin Province – Changchun Manchuguo puppet state, Changbai Mountain
  • Liaoning Province – Shenyang, Dandong, Dalian
  • North Korea – 4-day Excursion
  • Tianjin, Beijing

Download Itinerary (PDF)

All Dates To Be Confirmed

Day 1

Arriving in Harbin, capital city of Heilongjiang province
• City sites to be arranged depending on arrival time, may visit city sites like St.Sofia Church, Central Street and Stalin Park

Day 2

Further city sites in Harbin
• Siberian Tigers Park

Day 3

Bus to Wudalianchi(3hrs)
• Heihe Huoshao Mountain & Lava Ice Cave
• Wudalianchi Global Geopark: a large scenic area that is composed of five big linked lakes, extraordinary volcanic landforms and some other natural and cultural landscapes.

Day 4

More visit in Wudalianchi Global Geopark
• Longmen Stone Village: Blocky Lava Flow
• the Northern and Southern Cold Mineral Springs Sight-seeing Area

Day 5

Bus to Qiqihar (3.5hrs)
• Zhalong National Nature Reserve, a major habitat for red-crowned cranes and other wildlife.

Day 6

Bullet Train to Changchun(10:02-12:45), Jilin province
• Manchu Imperial Palace where the last emperor of China Puyi lived for 13 years
• Badabu: 8 department offices of Manchu puppet state
• Cultural Square

Day 7

Bullet train to Shenyang(09:53-11:16)
• Former Palace before Qing government settled the capital in Beijing
• Marshal Office of Zhang family: the warlord leaders in NE China in 1920s

Day 8

City sites in Shenyang
• World Horticultural Exposition, once the site of Shenyang botanical garden
• “9.18”Historical Museum
• Zhongjie pedestrian street

Day 9

Bus to Dandong(3.5hrs)
• Broken bridge on Yalv River, a witness of the war to resist U.S. and aid Korea
• Hushan Great Wall, the east end of the Great Wall of Ming dynasty, can see North Korean villages and people’s life on the other side of the river.

Day 10

Train to Pyongyang via Sinuiju, North
Korea(DPRK) 8:30-17:30, check in the hotel

Day 11

Pyongyang-Kaesong-Pyongyang(bus: single way
• After breakfast, bus to Kaesong, the capital of Koryo, visited Panmunjom, where the Korean War Armistice Negotiation Conference was held, and the Korean War Armistice
Agreement was signed. Visit the historical military dividing line between North and South.
• Koryo Museum and visit Kaesong Koryo Ginseng Store
• Visit the world’s deepest subway underground palace in Pyongyang, take the subway to feel the Korean people’s life, visit the Arc de Triomphe
• Sino-Korean Friendship Tower

Day 12

City sites in Pyongyang
• Grand People’s Study House(national library ) & fountains park
• President Kim Il Sung’s birthplace, Wanjingtai Former Residence
• Pyongyang Student Children’s Palace or Pyongyang Middle School, watch wonderful student performances
• Walk along Dawn Street after dinner
• If available, enjoy the Arirang Mass Games performance by NK army officers(optional)

Day 13

Train back to China (so you need a double or multi-entry Chinese visa), Pyongyang-SinuijuDandong( 9:40-16:35),
• Strolling in Kim Il Sung Square before go to the railway station
• Check in the hotel or light activity in Dandong

Day 14

Bus to Dalian (4hrs)
• On the way visiting Yalujiang Nature Reserve where the godwits fly to and from NZ
• Bangchui Island, depending on the arrival time in Dalian

Day 15

City sites in Dalian
• Baiyu hill to have a panoramic view of the city and visit the naval armory
• Naval port park
• Xinghai Square, Binhai Road, Beida qiao:also called long-lasting love bridge, etc.

Day 16

Train to Tianjin:10:06-14:18, one of the 4 municipalities of China
• Check in the hotel
• Ancient cultural street and dinner there, eat famous Tianjin originated Goubuli steamed buns.
• Cruise for night views(50min)

Day 17

City sites in Tianjin
• Morning exercise: strolling in Wudadao: thousands of European-style buildings, mainly as the former residences of celebrities in 1920s.
• Cifangzi: a French-style house decorated by porcelain
• Shijizhong Square
• Dagukou Fort Ruins Museum

Day 18

Bus to Beijing(2.5hrs), one of the 4 municipalities
• Shi’s Grand Mansion: one of the best preserved large-scale civil building complexes in North China
• Bus to Beijing (2.5hrs)
• Check in the hotel in downtown

Day 19

City sites to be arranged :Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden city, Song Qingling Former residence, hutongs

Day 20

City sites to be arranged: Great Wall, Summer Palace

Day 21

Departure: return to New Zealand

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  • Return international travel from your NZ hometown
  • Twin share accommodation
  • 4 star hotels or best available
  • All in-China costs
  • All meals – enjoy a range of regional food experiences
  • Travel – flights, bullet trains, coach
  • Entrance fees, at least one performance

* Visa application and travel insurances not included

$8250 (estimated)

Duration: 21 days
From: 06/09/2020
To: 26/09/2020

Experience the real China with Dave Bromwich.

Dave Bromwich has been designing and taking tours to China for more than a decade. His over 50 visits have taken him to every province and his knowledge of the country are clear in these specialty tours. Unlike many commercial tours currently available, Dave’s NZCFS quality tours provide depth, engagement, culture, scenic wonders, history and unforgettable experiences.

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