Xi’an exclusive for Australians

The China National Tourism Administration has confirmed a major initiative for Australian travellers as part of the China-Australia Year Of Tourism (CAYOT), which will see an exclusive ‘Tang Dynasty Grand Ceremony’ staged for customers of nine local operators. Normally reserved for visiting dignitaries and world leaders, the one-off event will include a formal Tang-style emperor’s welcome, a reception at the Xi’an Grand Park Hotel for participants, as well as a “unique multimedia live action performance” for the lucky Australian visitors.

Up to 1,000 Aussies are expected to take part, with participating wholesalers including Insider Journeys, Wendy Wu Tours, Helen Wong’s Tours, Scenic, China Best Tours, China Travel Service, Travman Tours, LaCity Travel and PTT Travel. The event takes part on 14 September 2017, with key partners including Hainan Airlines which will operate a dedicated ‘Chang’an Express’ non-stop flight from Sydney to Xi’an on the day preceding the ceremony.

Xi’an – formerly known as Chang’an – was China’s capital city for 13 dynasties between 202 BC and 904 AD. The intricate costumes used by the performers are almost exact replicas of those from ancient times.

For more information see www.cayot.com.au.