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Great Wall of China Terracotta Warriors Buddhist Site Beautiful Scenery Temples & Palaces UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Show Shopping
Great Wall of China Terracotta Warriors Buddhist Site Beautiful Scenery Temples & Palaces UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Show Shopping

UK - Beijing (4N) - Datong (1N) - Wutaishan (1N) - Taiyuan (1N) - Pingyao (1N) - Xian (3N) - Luoyang (1N) Zhengzhou (1N) - Shanghai (3N) - UK

18 days from £

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Combine Beijing and Shanghai with a visit to four ancient imperial capitals as well as the wonderfully preserved UNESCO listed town of Pingyao. Discover the roots of Chinese Buddhism at Wutaishan, the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang and the Hanging monastery in Datong. We also witness a Kung Fu demonstration by the famous Shaolin monks.


 

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Included in the price

  • all international airfares
  • all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
  • all accommodation
  • all meals
  • entrance fees, guides and daily tours
  • visa fees for UK passport holders

Dates and Prices

Depart UK Arrive UK Price pp from Special Offer Save  


Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures

  • Regional departures available
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Land only from £2,090pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
  • Single room option from £440 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
  • Tipping payable locally US$67pp
  • Medium Paced Tour

Days 1-2: Fly to Beijing

Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.

Day 3: Forbidden City & Hutongs

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. We also take a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong areas. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck, followed by a performance at the Beijing Opera.

Day 4: Great Wall of China

Walk on the Great Wall and visit the exquisite Summer Palace.

Day 5: Summer Palace

Tour the unique Temple of heaven. This afternoon visit the Panjiayuan Antiques Market.

Day 6: Travel to Datong

Travel by train to the former ancient and cultural capital of Datong.

Day 7: Hanging Temple, Datong

Explore the Yungang Caves, which have been carved into Wuzhou Mountain and consist of over 50,000 Buddhist statues and frescoes. We also visit the 1,400 year old Hanging Temple, which is suspended 50 metres above the ground on the western cliff face of Jinxia Gorge before travelling to Wutaishan.

Day 8: Alpine Wutaishan

Discover the magnificent beauty of Wutaishan (Five Terraced Mountain). Within the alpine valley is the monastic village often referred to as the Holy Land of Chinese Buddhism, home to traditional architecture, temples and sculptures. Continue to Taiyuan and visit the Ming Dynasty’s Twin Pagoda Temple.

Days 9-10: Historic Pingyao

This morning, visit hte Provincial Museum, Jin Ci Temple and Shuang Lin Temple. Travel to Pingyao, a remarkably well preserved UNESCO World Heritage listed town. The next day, visit the Ancient City Walls built in the Zhou Dynasty (827-728 BC), the Rishengchang Financial House Museum and the Zhengguo. You also visit the Yamen before boarding your bullet train to Xian. Stay overnight in Xian.

Days 11-12: Terracotta Warriors

Visit the Terracotta Warriors and the Ancient City Walls. Watch A Tang Dynasty show and enjoy a Shui Jiao Dumpling meal. The next day visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the renowned Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. Later explore the exotic Muslim Quarters.

Day 13: Train to Imperial Luoyang

Travel by train to Luoyang, an imperial capital for more than 13 dynasties.On arrival travel to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Longmen Grottoes.

Day 14: Shaolin Temple

Travel to Dengfeng to visit the famous Shaolin Temple and watch a traditional Kung Fu demonstration. Later visit the Pagoda Forest before travelling to Zhengzhou for an overnight stay.

Day 15: Yellow River & Shanghai

Visit the Yellow River and Yellow River Museum before flying to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

Days 16-17: Discover Shanghai

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to the Shanghai Museum. We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and enjoy a fascinating Chinese Acrobat show in the evening. The next day, explore the restored Xintiandi area featuring unique 1920’s style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River.

Day 18: Fly Shanghai to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Dates and Prices

Depart UK Arrive UK Price pp from Special Offer Save  


Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures

  • Regional departures available
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Land only from £2,090pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
  • Single room option from £440 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
  • Tipping payable locally US$67pp
  • Medium Paced Tour

Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Dubai
    You will be met at Dubai Airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Days 2-3: Dubai
    Two full days to relax on the beaches of Dubai, go shopping in the opulent malls, explore the city’s architectural wonders, or take an optional day tour. (B)

    Day 4: Depart Dubai
    Transfer from your hotel to Dubai Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    Marco Polo Hotel 3* from £240pp
    Traders Hotel 4* from £390pp
    Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers 5* from £440pp

    Price from £ 260pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Optional Day Tours

    Add an extra dimension to Days 2 or 3 of your Dubai experience with one of our additional packages:

    Dubai Tour from £50
    A city tour of Dubai introducing the unique combination of traditional and ultramodern that makes this city so special. (B)

    Desert Trip to Hatta from £95
    Experience the magic of the Desert on a trip to the ancient fortress village of Hatta. (B,L)

    Traditional Dhow Cruise from £50
    Enjoy a romantic dinner aboard a traditional Arabic Dhow that glides silently along the creek of Dubai under a starry and moonlit sky. (D)

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £180
    Sole passenger price from £420
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

    Day 1: Arrive Dubai
    You will be met at Dubai Airport and transferred to your hotel.�

    Day 2: Dubai
    On a half day tour, visit Beach Road, drive along the Dubai Creek, stroll through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya area, visit the Dubai Museum and explore Dubai’s traditional souks. (B)

    Day 3: Explore Sharjah
    The Emirate of Sharjah is regarded as the cultural centre of the Middle East. Visit the Natural History Museum, the corniche with the golden Al Majara Souk, Al Naboodah House, the Al Arsa Souk and the Central Souk, famous for its carpets and curios. Later, return to Dubai. (B)

    Day 4: Visit Abu Dhabi
    Capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan metropolis rising out of the sand. Visit the beautiful corniche, Dhow building yards, stunning palaces and the Petroleum Museum for an insight into the industry that has transformed the UAE. Later, return to Dubai. (B)

    Day 5: Depart Dubai
    Transfer from your hotel to Dubai Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    Marco Polo Hotel 3*+ from £430pp
    Traders Hotel 4* from £620pp
    Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers 5* from £690pp

    Price from £ 460pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £230
    Sole passenger price from £660
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

    Day 1: Arrive Sanya
    Transfer from Sanya Airport to the five-star Huayu Resort & Spa at Yalong Bay. Hainan Island is located off the southern coast of China and lying at a similar latitude to Hawaii. The island enjoys a year-round tropical climate with an average temperature of between 22-26 ºC.(B)

    Days 2-5: Sanya
    Spend the next four days at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, stroll along the beautiful beach or further explore Hainan Island. Visit the Tropical Wildlife Park which is home to the Macaque monkey, experience the many watersports on offer such as snorkelling, water-skiing and parasailing or play a round of golf. All activities are optional and paid locally. (B)

    Day 6: Depart Sanya
    Transfer from your hotel to Sanya Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Price from £ 340pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £260
    Sole passenger price from £590
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

    Please contact us for connecting flight costs as needed.� Sanya flights from £350pp, subject to airline and seasonality

Hong Kong Extension - 4D/3N

Hong Kong  Extension - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Hong Kong.

    Day 2: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a half day island tour visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village and an optional sampan ride (paid locally). The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

    Day 3: Hong Kong
    Enjoy the day at leisure to further explore Hong Kong. (B)

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3*+ star from £290pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £340pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £520pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5*from £540pp

    Price from £ 260pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Optional Day Tours

    Add an extra dimension to Day 3 of your Hong Kong experience with one of our additional packages:

    Lantau from £90
    Combine Hong Kong with Lantau, the largest island in Hong Kong. Visit beautiful Cheung Sha Beach and Tai O Fishing Village, and travel to Ngong Ping Plateau to see the Giant Buddha. Also explore Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Village and ride aboard the Skyrail Cable Car. (B,L)

    Macau from £120
    Travel by hydrofoil to Macau. Visit the ruins of St. Pauls Church, Ama Temple, Macau Museum (closed Mondays) and a local casino (minimum age 18). Return by hydrofoil to Hong Kong. (B,L)

    Shopping from £160
    A classic Hong Kong shopping experience including a Chinese Dim Sum lunch. Visit Horizon Plaza, Aberdeen, Porcelain and Jewellery factories, Stanley Market, Jade Market and the Ladies’ Market. (B,L)

    Cooking Class from £90
    Select the freshest local ingredients in local markets and learn traditional Chinese cooking techniques from a top chef. (B,L)

    Hiking from £110
    Take a relaxing hike along the Dragon’s Back Hiking Trail through bamboo groves and open hills with breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline and distant island. Walking distance 5km, medium pace. (B)

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £190
    Sole passenger price from £480
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hong Kong & Lantau Island - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Lantau Island - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from Hong Kong Airport to your hotel.

    Day 2: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a half day island tour visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village and an optional sampan ride (paid locally). The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

    Day 3: Lantau Island
    Travel by ferry across the Victoria Harbour to Silvermine Bay and visit beautiful Cheung Sha beach. This is followed by Tai O Fishing Village, where many homes are built on stilts. Then travel to Ngong Ping Plateau to see the Giant Buddha and explore Po Lin Monastery where you will enjoy a vegetarian lunch. Later, visit the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village before ending the day with a spectacular ride aboard the Skyrail cable car. (B,L) If the cable car is cancelled due to poor weather or any other reason, alternative transportation will be arranged.

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer from your hotel to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3* from £360pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £390pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £520pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5* from £560pp

    Price from £ 360pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £160
    Sole passenger price from £520
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance feels, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Hong Kong.

    Day 2: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a half day island tour visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village and an optional sampan ride (paid locally). The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

    Day 3: Macau
    Transfer to the port for a hydrofoil ride across the Pearl River Estuary to Macau. Visit the sights of this former Portuguese colony including the ruins of the St. Paul Church, Ama Temple and Macau Museum (closed Mondays). There will also be the opportunity to visit one of the local casinos for which Macau is famous (minimum age 18). Return by hydrofoil to Hong Kong. (B,L)

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3* from £380pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £410pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £540pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5* from £580pp

    Price from £ 380pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £160
    Sole passenger price from £540
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, guides, entrance fees and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

Hong Kong Shopping - 4D/3N

Hong Kong Shopping - 4D/3N

    Day 1: Arrive Hong Kong
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Hong Kong.

    Days 2-3: Hong Kong
    Enjoy a two day shopping tour (5 hours per day) including Chinese Dim Sum lunches at local restaurants. During the two days, visit the Horizon Plaza, Aberdeen Fishing Market, Porcelain and Jewellery factories, Stanley Market, Jade Market and the Ladies’ Market. (B,L)

    Day 4: Depart Hong Kong
    Transfer to Hong Kong Airport for your onward flight. (B)

    Hotel Prices:
    BP International 3* from £560pp
    Park Hotel 4* from £590pp
    Harbour Grand Kowloon 4*+ from £720pp
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford 5* from £760pp

    Price from £ 560pp

    Other Supplement from:

    Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation

    Single supplement from £440
    Sole passenger price from £990
    Includes: accommodation, local transportation, touring, entrance fees, guides and meals as stated
    Excludes: flights, departure taxes, visa and tipping

This document is designed to be read in conjunction with the other pre-departure information provided by Wendy Wu Tours including the tour itinerary as described in our brochure and/or website. It aims to provide a straightforward description of the physical activities involved in sightseeing or travelling during the tour.

If there are any particular challenges, from the length of time spent on your feet, the length of drives and flights, to the standard of remote accommodation for our more adventurous tours; they will be explained here.

All passengers must read this document to ensure the itinerary is suitable for their interests and physical capabilities. This is not your final itinerary and therefore does not mention all the sites visited. The order of sightseeing is subject to change.

Ancient China
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