Highlights of China with
Kate Adie and The Telegraph

Departing 15th/17th Oct 2016, 15 days from £3,490pp fully inclusive

Join the BBC's Kate Adie on a tour that brings together a pioneering combination of the inquisitive and discerning qualities of journalism with the intimate knowledge and expertise of an award-winning travel organisation. Developed through the expertise of Kate Adie, the Telegraph's China correspondent Neil Connor and Wendy Wu Tours, with two sold out programmes to China in the previous two years, we are delighted to bring readers the most fascinating tour yet, encapsulating the very best of China with world-class highlights and a range of highly exclusive experiences.

Tour Highlights

  • Stroll through Tiananmen Square with Kate Adie, OBE
  • Walk on the iconic Great Wall
  • Come face to face with the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang
  • Admire magical karst scenery on a Li River Cruise
  • Meet friendly Giant Pandas in Chongqing
  • Marvel at the imposing majesty of the Three Gorges

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15 Days from £3,490pp

Day 1: The adventure begins
Overnight flight to Beijing.
Day 1: The adventure begins
Day 2: Beijing – Your first taste of China
On arrival in Beijing, you’ll be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. As the last of the four great capitals of ancient China, Beijing has been at the centre of Chinese history and politics for over eight hundred years. Take the afternoon at leisure to acclimatise before meeting up with your group and Kate Adie for a welcome dinner. Kate will talk about her experiences reporting on the big events in China, sharing anecdotes and providing insights on the current political and economic climate of this remarkable country.
Day 2: Beijing – Your first taste of China
Day 3: Beijing with Kate Adie
Tiananmen Square, flanked by the imposing architecture of the Mao era, is the symbolic heart of the city and the scene of many moments of historical significance. Join Kate Adie on a stroll across the square, the place from which she filed some of her most memorable reports. Step into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City, following in the footsteps of emperors through the world’s largest palace complex and seat of five centuries of Imperial power. Leave the tourist trail to accompany Kate into the backstreets of Beijing, including a rickshaw ride through the warren like hutongs, which date back to the Yuan Dynasty and still house an incredible twenty per cent of the population of Beijing. End at the house of a local family where you can chat with the parents about their lives and local customs. Later, visit one of Kate's favourite places: Houhai, a picturesque lake in the heart of the city skirted by bars, restaurants and shops.
Day 3: Beijing with Kate Adie
Day 4: The Great Wall
Leaving Beijing behind, travel north until the magical moment you first glimpse the Great Wall snaking through forests and over mountains as far as the eye can see. Walk on the wall, tracking the footsteps of Ming Dynasty soldiers and take in the rugged landscape, little changed since the wall was first built to keep out Mongol marauders. Return to the city to wander the Summer Palace, the former playground of emperors and a charming landscape of intricate gardens and temples. The Summer Palace is a place Kate says perfectly showcases the regality and majesty of China before the revolution.
Day 4: The Great Wall
Day 5: Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, birthplace of China and terminus of the Silk Road. Kate’s stories will come alive in this ancient and vital city. For over two thousand years Xian was the cultural heart of China and a melting pot of ideas, religion and technology from across Europe and Asia. Explore the Muslim Quarter, a maze of bustling alleyways built around the Great Mosque before feasting on Shui Jiao dumplings and watching a Tang Dynasty dance show, a window into a glorious era.
Day 5: Fly to Xian
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
Constructed for the first emperor over two thousand years ago, and rediscovered by farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Warriors have intrigued visitors ever since. Drawn up in traditional battle order with crossbowmen, infantry, horses and chariots, each figure is unique and realistic. As you wander amongst the pits you’ll be transported to a time when an army such as this would have marched the streets of Xian. Returning to the city we can stroll along the beautiful preserved 14th century city walls that encircle and loom above the city.
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
Day 7: Fly to Guilin
Travel to beautiful Guilin, where otherworldy peaks rise above paddy fields. Considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in China there is a dream-like quality to the karst hills dotted around the city. In the afternoon visit the Reed Flute Caves where delicate stalactites and stalagmites are beautifully illuminated in the darkness.
Day 7: Fly to Guilin
Day 8: Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along one of the most beautiful rivers in the world, a fairy-tale landscape which has been celebrated by Chinese poets and artists for thousands of years. Around every corner is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Return to Guilin.
Day 8: Li River Cruise
Day 9: Giant Pandas
Travel to Chongqing where you can visit the friendly Giant Pandas as they chomp through piles of bamboo. Transfer to your Yangtze cruise ship.
Day 9: Giant Pandas
Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise
Depending upon river conditions visit either Fengdu or Shibaozhai. Explore the Ghost City of Fengdu; a complex of shrines, temples and monasteries dedicated to the underworld. Appropriately named as the Pearl of the Yangtze, admire the wooden Shibaozhai pagoda as it rises imperiously from the banks of the river. In the afternoon enjoy a reception on board with the captain and cruise director, learning about life on the river.
Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise
Day 11: Three Gorges
Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. First pass through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream. Next enter Xiling Gorge, the longest, and deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship lock, experiencing one of the world’s greatest engineering feats at work.
Day 11: Three Gorges
Day 12: Three Gorges Dam
Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station. At two kilometres in length, it is difficult not to be impressed by the sheer size of this controversial project. Cruise to Yichang and disembark for a flight to Shanghai. This incredible city has been an economic powerhouse since the 19th century and is now the epitome of a modern and confident 21st century China. Kate’s insights and observations will resonate in this vibrant metropolis.
Day 12: Three Gorges Dam
Day 13: Zhujiajiao
Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town’s narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Return to Shanghai and enjoy the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum before exploring People's Square. Dinner is traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Day 13: Zhujiajiao
Day 14: Shanghai
Today you will enjoy Shanghai’s wide diversity of sights. Take in the Yu Gardens, a fine example of traditional Chinese horticulture, stroll the Bund to admire the decadence of 1920s Art Deco, wander the bustling Nanjing Road and finally take to the waters of the Huangpu River where you can see the contrasting skylines of the colonial Bund and futuristic Pudong. Here you will meet Neil Connor, the Telegraph's China correspondent, on a bespoke tour. He will share his insights on stories behind the headlines over dinner.
Day 14: Shanghai
Day 15: Homeward bound
Your Chinese odyssey comes to an end as you fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day
Day 15: Homeward bound

Reviews

Personal highlights are too numerous to mention. This was a fantastic tour and it was evident that much care and consideration had gone into planning it. Well done and thank you Wendy Wu. This was tremendous value for money and the links to the Telegraph correspondents added an interesting dimension. The tour in all its aspects exceeded our expectations and was a wonderful and memorable experience.

Mr and Mrs Tremlett

Our national guide was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He was polite, helpful, resourceful and most attentive, even down to the smallest details. I rate him as the very best.

Mrs Atkinson

We have just returned and wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday. Special thanks goes to Tony, our national guide whose sense of humour, patience and professional attitude were exemplary. We packed so much into the 12 days but everything was very well organised and ran like clockwork. All the guides worked incredibly hard and are a credit to Wendy Wu Tours. It is hard to think of one single highlight as there were so many.

Mr and Mrs Davis

We have recently returned from the above tour, having had a very enjoyable time. The meetings with the Telegraph correspondents added interesting insights into Chinese life. The section of great wall we were taken to was well chosen, being that little bit further out than the busy tourist areas. The personalised introduction to the Terracotta Army by the museum director and was much appreciated.

Mr and Mrs Holford

Kate Adie

Kate Adie

One of the most remarkable reporters of her generation, Kate started her career at BBC Radio Durham before going on to work for TV news in London. She was the BBC’s chief news correspondent from 1989 until 2003, when she travelled widely, reporting from China, the Balkans, Russia, the USA, Africa, Northern Ireland and Kuwait. She now presents Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent.

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.

Ramada Plaza
Ramada Plaza - Xi'an (2 Nights)
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The Ramada Plaza Xian South hotel is located close to the city’s attractions. Traditionally decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, a large flat screen satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve a wide range of Chinese and Western dishes. Spa services and a fitness centre are also available.


Mingde Grand Hotel
Mingde Grand Hotel - Shanghai (3 Nights)
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Located in People's Square, the Mingde Grand Hotel Shanghai is close to the city’s main attractions. The modern, stylish rooms with free Wifi, a minibar and a flat screen satellite television. Complimentary toiletries are included in the bathroom. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves both Chinese and international dishes. The hotel also boasts an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre.


Lijiang Waterfall Hotel
Lijiang Waterfall Hotel - Guilin (2 Nights)
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Located in Guilin’s city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.


October is an ideal time to visit China. As a northern hemisphere country, China experiences seasons similar to the UK although temperatures can be more extreme. October is early autumn with pleasantly warm days and delightfully cool evenings. Rainfall is relatively low. It is a comfortable and temperate month sitting perfectly between the searing heat of summer and the chill of winter.

Arriving in northerly Beijing, average daytime temperatures are around 20°C and about 10°C at night. The weather in Xian is likely to be similar. Along the Yangtze River, which winds its way through central China, expect 20-25°C but be aware that cooling breezes on the water may make the temperature feel significantly lower. Ending in Shanghai, now in the second half of the month, we will return to average temperatures of about 20°C during the day and 10°C at night.

We are aware that air quality in China can sometimes be poor especially in the industrialised cities of the north. On our trip the greatest risk is in Beijing where smog can sometimes mix with sand particles blown in from the Gobi Desert, reducing visibility. This is most prevalent in early spring but can happen at any time of year. Temporary exposure is unlikely to cause any adverse health reactions however it is best to seek advice if you suffer from any respiratory conditions.

By way of example, the clothing we suggest you take with you on your tour includes

  • Comfortable trousers (or long skirts for women)
  • Shirts or long-sleeved tops of light cotton material
  • Light jumpers which can be easily worn or removed to keep comfortable as temperatures change
  • A waterproof and windproof jacket in case of adverse weather when sightseeing
  • Sturdy and comfortable shoes for sightseeing as we will spend a lot of time on our feet
  • Sun protection such as a hat, sunscreen and lip balm

Exclusive Experiences

Terracotta Warriors: special photo certificate at lower deck

Terracotta Warriors: special photo certificate at lower deck

We have secured special access to the restricted area of the site for a professional photo with the Warriors directly beneath you.

Meet the Terracotta Discoverers

Meet the Terracotta Discoverers

Imagine innocently stumbling upon the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about this moment by talking to one of the farmers who uncovered the warriors by accident in 1974.

Cycle ride on Xian City Wall

Cycle ride on Xian City Wall

A unique opportunity to cycle along old Ming Dynasty walls of Xian. As unusual as it sounds, the wall is flat and wide, so expect this to be a leisurely and relaxing experience.

Take the Maglev train in Shanghai

Take the Maglev train in Shanghai

Experience a train trip like no other and travel at speeds of up to 268mph,all in absolute comfort and peace to enter one of the fastest-moving cities on the planet.

Price Includes

Departing 15th/17th Oct 2016, 15 days from £3,490pp fully inclusive
 

  • International flights
  • All domestic travel
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • Touring with local guides
  • A choice of ‘exclusive experiences’
  • Visa fees
  • Evening reception with Telegraph correspondent

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