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The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China’s glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.
Marvel at this sparkling city on a Huangpu river cruise
Soak up the old world charms of this sleepy water town
Come face to face with the awesome spectacle that is the Terracotta Warriors
Walk along this incredible modern wonder of the world
Our A China Experience itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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.
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 Garden, the Silk
Museum and a stop in 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. Dinner is traditional
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 to enjoy the fine
arts and antiquities of the
Shanghai Museum, and
explore People's Square.
Fly to Xian, the ancient former
capital. This afternoon take a
visit to the fascinating Little
Wild Goose Pagoda and spend
time walking through the
atmospheric alleys of the Muslim
Quarter, which are lined with
Islamic food stalls.
After their fortuitous discovery in
the 1970s, the Terracotta Army
of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi
Huang, has intrigued visitors
ever since. Spend the morning
viewing the enigmatic ranks
of life-sized warriors. See the
Xian Art Ceramics and Laquer
Exhibition, and later stroll on
the beautifully preserved 14thcentury
city walls that enclose
Xian’s old town. Tonight feast on
traditional Shui Jiao dumplings
before a performance of Tang
Fly to Beijing, China’s
historical capital city. The rest of
the day is yours to explore the
city on your own. In the evening,
there is an option to enjoy a
Kung Fu Show.
Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart
and stroll across Tiananmen
Square into the sprawling
magnificence of the Forbidden
City. Entering through the
Gate of Supreme Harmony
you will find a complex full
of imperial riches. Later soak
up the harmonious ambience
of the Temple of Heaven, an
orderly oasis in a bustling urban
landscape, where you can
watch, or participate in, a dance
class. See a Chinese acrobatic
show this evening.
This 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 both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. You will have an opportunity to visit the Jade Museum. Spend the afternoon strolling through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Today's sightseeing is the perfect way to build up your appetite for Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking duck.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the facade 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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....Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A 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.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. Out of hours is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.
Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate 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. 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.
The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. 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. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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