John Pond C&T Magazine 1 July 2016

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KEN DUNCAN TO LEAD CHINA PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR    Leading Australian photographer Ken Duncan is to lead an inspirational tour to China covering some of the country’s most scenic naturally-rich regions.

Ken Duncan Tour.jpgThe exclusive group tour – from October 11-23, 2016 – is priced from $9200 per person, twin share, including return Cathay Pacific air fare, domestic air fares, accommodation with daily breakfasts and meals, visa for Australian passport holders and many other features.

“This unique trip begins in the heavenly beauty of Hangzhou where you will capture the best possible autumn coloured leaves, then travel to Huangshan to marvel at the serenely presented mountain scenery,” he said.

The group will stay in quality hotels throughout the tour with all meals included in the price, along with the services of English-speaking travel guides.

Details: Phone 1300 788 328 or check out


APT Offers Fly Free Deal to China   APT has launched a new range of China and Japan holidays for 2017, including luxury land, rail and cruise journeys. Those who book early can take advantage of a range of special SuperDeals.

For example book APT’s 13-day Best of China luxury land and cruise holiday and you’ll receive a free return economy flight to China, inclusive of air taxes of up to $800.

The journey is priced from just $6,345* per person, twin share, and travels from Beijing – where guests spend three nights at the five star Raffles Hotel – to Shanghai for a three night stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, and includes an exclusive luxury four night river cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and then two nights in Xi’an.

In Beijing, one may enjoy exclusive access to APT’s two Signature Experiences. At the Great Wall of China those on the tour will be taken to a rarely visited stretch of the Badaling section to enjoy an unforgettable lunch. At the Summer Palace, enjoy a special private cruise sailing aboard a traditional vessel around the shores of China’s most beautiful royal palace complex.

Additional highlights include the chance to see Chongqing Zoo’s giant Pandas, enjoy a tour of the Terracotta Warriors and take in an acrobatic show.

Included are 32 meals, all flights within China, international wine and local beer with lunch and dinner during the cruise, all sightseeing, gratuities and airport transfers and the services of an APT Tour Director throughout.

Flights are with Singapore Airlines or another airline of APT’s choosing. Offer is valid on all bookings made by 31 October 2016. For full terms and conditions for this offer, please refer to APT’s website Offer is subject to availability.

call APT on 1300 196 420, visit or see your local travel agent.

*Includes APT’s Early Payment Discount of $150 per person when you pay in full ten months in advance.Photo credit Great Wall by APT.

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Scenic Launches China & Japan Program   Scenic has launched its 2017 China and Japan program which includes the launch of six new itineraries featuring a number of new destinations plus a number of new Freechoice activities.

Enjoy the comprehensive 24 Day Journey to Shangri-la which travels from Shanghai to Kunming visiting most of the well-known and essential cities in one tour including Beijing and a Yangtze River cruise plus two new cities for Scenic – Hangzhou which was made famous by Marco Polo. This has also been split into two shorter itineraries – 12 Day China Highlights from Shanghai to Beijing which is the shortest tour and perfect for those with limited time; and 17 Day China Classics which extends for a further five days with a Yangtze River cruise ending in Chengdu.

The 27 Day Amazing China is a combination of two previous tours. Travelling from Beijing to Shanghai it encompasses some of the many natural wonders of China with visits to Jiuzhaigou Valley (known as Nine Villages Valley), Zhanjiajie and the nearby World Heritage-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and picturesque Yangshuo.

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In Japan a new tour, 14 Day Japan Unveiled from Fukuoka to Tokyo. This visits the southern island of Kyushu for the first time before transferring to the main island of Honshu. Visit Fukuoka which contains some of Japan’s oldest sites such as Shofuku-ji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan and the sixth century Kushida Shrine located in the ancient section of the city; and Nagasaki which is Japan’s historical gateway to the Western world and site of the second atomic bomb drop. New Scenic Freechoice activities for 2017/2018 in China include a market shopping tour and Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai; Xixi Wetlands in Hangzhou, and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and Canton Tower in Guangzhou. In Japan guests can choose to visit Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, and Maizuru Park in Fukuoka.

Scenic offers Earlybird offers for bookings made by 30 November – included flights to China on journeys over 21 days offering a saving of up to $2,260 per couple; $1,100 per couple air credit on journeys to China between 12 and 20 days; and partner fly free to Japan – a saving of up to $1,385 per couple. There is a $200 early booking bonus and complimentary cabin upgrades on the Yangzi Explorer on most departures for new bookings made before 31 October 2016. Scenic’s 2017/2018 Oriental Wonders of China & Japan brochure is out now. Call Scenic on 138 128 or visit

Visit http://www.johnpond.comNot responsible for errors or omissions, prices subject to change. MORE:


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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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