China Highlights
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China Highlights

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China is an intoxicating blend of ancient and modern. From the hidden treasures missed by many to the well-known wonders famous across the world, this extensive tour covers all of China’s very best highlights.

Places Visited

UK - Shanghai (3N) - Suzhou (1N) - Hangzhou (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Kunming (2N) - Chongqing (1N) - Dazu (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - Xian (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Beijing (3N) - UK

Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the exuberant city of Shanghai, called ‘the Paris of the East’. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Day 3 Discover Shanghai
Admire the antiquities of the Shanghai Museum and stroll around People’s Square before enjoying the 1920's architectural styling of Xintiandi. Enjoy the ambiance of the Yu Gardens and explore the atmospheric old town. This evening sample traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 3 Discover Shanghai
Day 4 Yu Gardens & the Bund
Admire the magnificent colonial architecture along the Bund. Browse the shops on Nanjing Road before viewing the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Day 4 Yu Gardens & the Bund
Day 5 Historic Suzhou
Suzhou’s centre has managed to retain a quaint charm even as the city has grown up around it. Renowned for its gardens, visit two of the finest, the Humble Administrator’s and the Master of the Nets, both typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Visit a local silk mill.
Day 5 Historic Suzhou
Day 6 Grand Canal & Wuzhen
Cruise on the thousand-year-old Grand Canal then transfer to the water town of Wuzhen. Full of old-world buildings, cobbled streets and narrow waterways it is an easy place to while away the day. Transfer to Hangzhou.
Day 6 Grand Canal & Wuzhen
Days 7-8 Hangzhou
Spend a restful morning wandering around the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda before cruising Hangzhou’s West Lake. The next day, visit the lush green tea farms to learn about the tea making process, from bush to brew. Enjoy a cup of organic green tea whilst deciding which of the locally produced teas you might like to purchase. Fly to the city of Guilin.
Days 7-8 Hangzhou
Days 9-10 Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Cruise along the Li River to charming Yangshuo. Around every bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged peaks loom over scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Yangshuo sits amidst green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts – spend the morning exploring. Your afternoon is free but there are many activities available including cycling, rafting and walking. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Days 9-10 Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Days 11-12 Stone forest
Visit Reed Flute Cave. Fly to the pleasant city of Kunming and sample delicious Across the Bridge Noodles. The next day, explore the fascinating formations of the Stone Forest.
Days 11-12 Stone forest
Day 13 Fly to Chongqing
Spend the morning exploring the scenic Western Hills and Dianchi Lake before taking a flight to Chongqing. Visit Erlin Park and saunter along the winding paths past pavilions, ponds and bridges.
Day 13 Fly to Chongqing
Day 14 Dazu Rock Carvings
Explore old Ciqikou whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the historic architecture. Travel to Dazu to marvel at the Beishan Frescos. Influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs, some date back to the 7th century.
Day 14 Dazu Rock Carvings
Day 15 Journey to Chengdu
After a visit to the magnificent Baoding Stone Carvings travel to Chengdu. Sample a delicious, typical Sichuan meal this evening.
Day 15 Journey to Chengdu
Day 16 Grand Buddha of Leshan
Travel to Leshan to visit the 71-metre tall Grand Buddha – a short boat trip on the river will give excellent views. Return to Chengdu with a stop at Huanglongxi where cobbled streets and rickety buildings retain the charms of the Qing Dynasty.
Day 16 Grand Buddha of Leshan
Day 17 Pandas & flight to Xian
Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Centre to see these celebrated bears in surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Fly to Xian where, tonight, we feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 17 Pandas & flight to Xian
Days 18 Terracotta Warriors, Xian
The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shihuang have intrigued visitors for years – spend the morning viewing their enigmatic ranks, and visit the workshop where you can buy your own little warrior. Later stroll on Xian’s beautifully preserved 14th century city walls.
Days 18 Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Day 19 Xian, train to Beijing
Visit the Shaanxi Museum and pay a visit to the lovely little Wild Goose Pagoda. Take a stroll through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, before boarding an overnight train to Beijing.
Day 19 Xian, train to Beijing
Days 20-21 Forbidden City and Great WAll
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City, where you’ll find a complex full of imperial treasures. Round off the day with a Chinese acrobatic show. The next morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. In the afternoon savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace.
Days 20-21 Forbidden City and Great WAll
Days 22 Temple of Heaven
Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven and explore the Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple where, amongst clouds of incense, you’ll find prayer wheels, frescoes and decorative arches galore. This evening, savour Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking Duck.
Days 22 Temple of Heaven
Day 23 Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 23 Fly Beijing to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,360pp (Shanghai - Beijing)
Single supplement from £590 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$100pp
Medium Paced Tour

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Greenland Jiulong Hotel
Greenland Jiulong Hotel - Shanghai (3 Nights)
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Greenland Jiulong Hotel is located in the famous Shanghai Bund area with luxury views of the Huangpu River and Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower. Rooms include high speed wired internet, air conditioning, a minibar and tea making facilities. There are onsite restaurants providing traditional Shanghai delicacies and Cantonese food, as well as a hotel bar and a spa.



Garden Hotel
Garden Hotel - Suzhou (1 Nights)
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Standing on the Shiquan Street of Suzhou, this is the one and only garden villa-styled hotel in the area. Guests can visit surrounding attractions such as the Surging Waves Pavilion Garden, Master of Net Garden, and the shopping street. Garden Hotel has an area of 48,000 sqm and offers 238 cosy units, each equipped with modern daily amenities. The hotel’s restaurant boasts the finest taste of Eastern and Western delicacies.



New Century Hotel
New Century Hotel - Yangshuo, Guilin (2 Nights)
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Centrally located, the New Century Hotel is near the beautiful Yangshuo Park. Facilities include a restaurant serving international cuisine, a bar, beauty salon and currency exchange. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a hairdryer.



Jinjiang Hotel
Jinjiang Hotel - Kunming (2 Nights)
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Jin Jiang Hotel is located close to Kunming’s main sttractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel includes the Shanghai and the Lily restaurant, which serve local Huaiyan and Yunnan specialties. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.



88 Park Hotel Chongqing
88 Park Hotel Chongqing - Chongqing (1 Nights)
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The 88 Park Hotel is within close distance to the city centre and offers comfortable accommodation and friendly service. The hotel features a restaurant, coffee shop, bar, indoor swimming pool and a small fitness room. The hotel offers 88 rooms each with air-conditioning, satellite television, tea making facilities and minibar.



Ramada Plaza Chongqing West
Ramada Plaza Chongqing West - Chongqing (1 Nights)
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The Ramada Plaza Chongqing West hotel is located close to Dazu’s Rock Carvings. Traditionally decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, flat screen satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves both Chinese and Western cuisine. An outdoor pool and tennis courts are also available.



Spring Downton Hotel Chengdu
Spring Downton Hotel Chengdu - Chengdu (2 Nights)
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King Dynasty Hotel
King Dynasty Hotel - Xian (2 Nights)
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Located opposite the ancient city walls, the Xian King Dynasty Hotel offers spacious rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an indoor pool, a sauna and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy both Chinese and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.



Jiangxi Grand Hotel
Jiangxi Grand Hotel - Beijing (3 Nights)
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Located in the Fentai District, the Jiangxi Grand Hotel is close to many of Beijing’s sites and attractions. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving Chinese and Western cuisine, a coffee shop, a bar, a tea house and a fitness centre. The 322 rooms and suites are traditionally furnished with air conditioning, satellite television, tea making facilities, a minibar and a safety deposit box.



Hong Kong  Extension - 4D/3N

Hong Kong Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 320pp
Hong Kong Shopping - 4D/3N

Hong Kong Shopping - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 560pp
Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

duration 5 Days from price 340pp
Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 220pp
Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 380pp
Hong Kong & Lantau Island - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Lantau Island - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 360pp
Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

duration 5 Days from price 460pp
Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 790pp
Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 590pp

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those who have a long period of time available to travel and who are looking to experience the main cities and scenic spots of China. This tour also includes an overnight train journey. This tour is ideal for those who wish to spend an extensive period of time in China but not take a Yangtze River Cruise.

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