Grand Tour of China

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This wide-ranging tour has China’s top destinations covered, with time to soak up the sights. Whether you are looking for history, character and culture, the modern and marvellous, or a straight-up combination of the two, then this is the itinerary for you.

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (3N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Xian (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Chengdu (1N) - Kunming (2N) - Dali (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Hangzhou (2N) - Suzhou (2N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

tour duration 26 Days from
tour price £3,490
tour grade Moderate
tour type Group Tour
tour style Classic
Fully inclusive
Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China’s historical capital. 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 Beijing
Days 3-4 Beijing and the Great Wall
Visit Tiannamen Square and explore the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck. 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. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese – at the Jade Museum you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Finally savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace. In the evening enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
Days 3-4 Beijing and the Great Wall
Day 5 Temple of Heaven
Browse the bustling markets and soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Board an overnight train to Xian.
Day 5 Temple of Heaven
Days 6-7 Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Arrive in Xian and enjoy a delightful visit to the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Museum before wandering around the narrow alleys of the Muslim Quarter. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next day, view the enigmatic ranks of warriors that make up the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shihuang. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later stroll on Xian’s beautifully preserved 14th century city walls.
Days 6-7 Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Day 8 Fly to Wuhan
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Day 8 Fly to Wuhan
Days 9-11 Yangtze River Cruise
The Three Gorges Dam may be an impressive feat of engineering but as you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves.Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai.
Days 9-11 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 12 Drive to Chengdu
Disembark and explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu.
Day 12 Drive to Chengdu
Day 13 Panda Conservation Centre
Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Centre to see these celebrated bears in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Fly to the pleasant city of Kunming and tuck in to the local Across the Bridge noodles for dinner.
Day 13 Panda Conservation Centre
Day 14-15 Enchanting Dali
Dali offers a peek of the China of times-gone-by. On your first day visit the Three Pagodas, whilst the next day explore the old quarter and pop over to Xizhou village to browse around the local market. There will also be a cruise on Erhai Lake.
Day 14-15 Enchanting Dali
Day 16 Dali - Kunming
Return to Kunming today. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 16 Dali - Kunming
Day 17 Stone Forest - Fly to Guilin
This morning visit the Stone Forest. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin.
Day 17 Stone Forest - Fly to Guilin
Day 18-19 Li River & Yangshuo
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Yangshuo itself sits amongst paddy fields and dramatic karsts – spend the morning exploring. This afternoon is at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting and walking if you wish. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Day 18-19 Li River & Yangshuo
Day 20 Fly to Hangzhou
Drive back to Guilin and enjoy a visit to the Reed Flute Cave where you can admire colourful stalactites and stalagmites. Fly to Hangzhou.
Day 20 Fly to Hangzhou
Day 21-22 Imperial Hangzhou
Spend a morning wandering around the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda before cruising on West Lake, admiring the gardens, pagodas and old bridges on its shores. The next day wander around a local market and visit a tea plantation before transferring to Suzhou.
Day 21-22 Imperial Hangzhou
Day 23 Suzhou Historical Town
Suzhou’s centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm. Renowned for its gardens, visit two of the finest, the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden, both typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Cruise on the thousand-year-old Grand Canal and visit a local silk mill.
Day 23 Suzhou Historical Town
Day 24 Explore Shanghai
Travel to Shanghai. Discover the 1920's architectural styling of Xintiandi before enjoying a dinner of delicious Shanghai cuisine.
Day 24 Explore Shanghai
Day 25 Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Today’s explorations include the traditional Yu Gardens and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Day 25 Shanghai
Day 26 Fly Shanghai to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 26 Fly Shanghai 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 £2,960pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £740pp (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$125
Medium Paced Tour

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 £2,960pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £740pp (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$125
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.

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.



Golden Flower Hotel
Golden Flower Hotel - Xian (2 Nights)
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The Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel is centrally located in Xian. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves both Chinese and Western cuisines, and the lobby bar serves hot and cold drinks. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre is also available.



Jin-Tong Hotel
Jin-Tong Hotel - Chengdu (1 Nights)
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Jin-Tong Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the core business area of Chengdu, close to CBD, Tianfu Square and Wide and Narrow Alleys.



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.



Asia Hotel
Asia Hotel - Dali, Yunnan (2 Nights)
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Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.



Universal Hotel
Universal Hotel - Guilin (1 Nights)
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Centrally located, the Universal Hotel is close to the Li River and local markets. The hotel combines a warm welcome and pleasant ambience with convenient facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The Palace Restaurant serves delicious Chinese cuisine and the Pizzeria Cafe offers an international menu. Other facilities include a bar and a sauna room.



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.



Best Western Premier Richful Green Hotel
Best Western Premier Richful Green Hotel - Hangzhou (2 Nights)
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The Best Western Richful Green Hotel is located in the heart of Hangzhou, steps away from the famous West Lake. It offers spacious and stylish air conditioned rooms with free Wifi, satellite television and a luxurious en-suite. The hotel also provides an onsite restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine, a health club and a beauty salon.



Holiday Inn Youlian Suzhou
Holiday Inn Youlian Suzhou - Suzhou (2 Nights)
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Holiday Inn Suzhou Youlian is located in the heart of ancient Suzhou, the Venice of the East. Each air conditioned, modern en-suite room includes satellite television, safety deposit boxes, a minibar and tea making facilities. The onsite Chinese restaurant offers Taihu Lake prawns and sweet and sour Mandarin fish for those wishing to try the local flavours. There is also a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness centre.



Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel
Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel - Shanghai (2 Nights)
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The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the fa?ade of Shanghai’s Olympic Stadium. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve both Cantonese and Western cuisines. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre are also available.



Hong Kong  Extension - 4D/3N

Hong Kong Extension - 4D/3N

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

Hong Kong Shopping - 4D/3N

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

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

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

Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price £260
Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

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

Hong Kong & Lantau Island - 4D/3N

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

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

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

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

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

Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price £590

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 suited for customers who have an extensive amount of time to explore China and wish to take in the most famous and iconic sights in depth. This tour also incorporates a Yangtze River cruise and an overnight train journey in China.

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