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With thousands of years of fascinatingly diverse history, China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. Encounter millennia-old culture and religion with visits to some of China’s greatest and most intriguing ancient sights.
Take a rickshaw ride through the intricate network of Hutongs in China's capital city
Explore one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains
Look over the famous Yellow River known as the 'birthplace of Chinese civilisation'
Admire the 1920s shikumen architecture of Xintiandi
Our Ancient China 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.
Arrive in Beijing, China’s
fascinating capital. Depending
on your time of arrival, the
rest of the day is yours to start
soaking up the local culture.
This morning, head to Beijing’s
symbolic heart, Tiananmen
Square, and stroll into the
sprawling magnificence of the
Forbidden City where you will
find a complex full of imperial
treasures. Take a rickshaw ride
through the charming hutongs
and visit a local family to
learn more about living in this
traditional area. In the evening,
sit down to enjoy the local
delicacy, Peking duck.
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 its sheer
magnificence. You will have an
opportunity to visit the Jade
Museum, where you will be
able to buy a small handcrafted
piece. Jade is revered throughout
China, it is said to bring fortune
and prosperity to those who
wear it. Spend the afternoon
at the idyllic Summer Palace,
wandering through traditional
Chinese gardens and seeing the
Soak up the harmonious
ambience of the Temple of
Heaven, an orderly oasis in
a bustling urban landscape.
Browse your way through
Panjiayuan, Beijing’s most
extensive arts, crafts and
antiques market. Tonight, enjoy a
performance of the Beijing Opera.
Travel by train to Datong,
watching the rural splendour
of China pass by your window.
Arrive in time for a local dinner
in this fascinating city.
Today, you will explore some of
China's UNESCO Heritage sites
of religious significance. Grottoes
carved from sandstone cliffs
in the 5th and 6th centuries,
Yungang Caves are replete with
intricate Buddhist imagery. The
Hanging Temple seemingly floats
50 metres up the face of Jinxia
Gorge. Travel on to Wutaishan.
One of China’s four sacred
Buddhist mountains, Wutaishan
(Five Terraced Mountain) is a
place of scenic magnificence. In
Wutaishan’s shadow, an alpine
valley shelters many important
monasteries, temples and
sculptures, some dating back
over 1,000 years. Continue to
Taiyuan and visit the Twin
Pagoda Temple, constructed
during the Ming Dynasty.
Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity
of Jinci Temple before travelling
to the old town of Pingyao.
The characterful old town of
Pingyao is considered the best
ancient walled town in the
country. Stroll along the cobbled
streets to view the old city walls
and the Rishengchang Financial
House Museum. There will also
be time to see the Yamen, a
former government building from
the Qing Dynasty before taking
the bullet train to the former
imperial capital of Xian.
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
these lifesize warriors. Visit
the Xian Art Ceramics and
Lacquer Exhibition, then take a
stroll on the ancient city walls.
This evening, enjoy a delicious
feast of Shui Jiao dumplings
and a performance of Tang
Dynasty dancing. There is also
an optional tour of Xian by night.
Admire the relics at the Xian
Museum before visiting the
Little Wild Goose Pagoda
and watching a calligraphy
demonstration. There will also
be time to explore the
atmospheric alleys of the
Board a bullet train from Xian
to Luoyang, a city that was
the capital for more than 13
dynasties. This afternoon, visit
the Longmen Grottoes which
house tens of thousands of
age-old statues and sculptures
depicting Buddha and his
disciples carved from the
limestone cliffs of Xiangshan
Travel to Dengfeng and visit the
famous Shaolin Temple, best
known for its association with
martial arts, and walk through
the Pagoda Forest, a collection
of 228 pagodas of various styles
built from the Tang through to
the Qing dynasties. Later, witness
a Kung Fu demonstration by the
famous Shaolin Monks. Continue
Learn about the river basin
called ‘the birthplace of Chinese
civilisation’ at Zhengzhou’s
Yellow River Museum before
heading to a lookout for
panoramic views over the river
itself. Fly to Shanghai.
Shanghai is China’s great
metropolis, east and west
colliding on streets lined with
skyscrapers and old temples.
Visit the classical Yu Garden
and stop at the old town before
admiring the colonial architecture
on the Bund. This evening, view
the city from the Huangpu River
on a scenic cruise before taking
your seats for a fascinating
Chinese acrobatic show.
Wander through the Xintiandi
area to admire the 1920s
architectural style, view the
artefacts at the Shanghai
Museum and explore the Silk
Museum. Taste delicious,
traditional Shanghainese cuisine
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 4 star Super House International Hotel combines traditional Chinese culture with contemporary comforts. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Facilities include a restaurant serving authentic Chinese cuisine, a coffee shop, lobby bar and tea room. There is also a fitness centre with sauna and a small boutique....Read more
Featuring 221 spacious rooms, the Datong Hotel is situated in a lively area of the city centre. All of its chic and spacious air conditioned rooms come with flat screen satellite television, and en-suite and a safety deposit box. The onsite restaurant offers Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. ...Read more
Wutaishan Friendship Hotel features modern accommodation in the Wutaishan Scenic Area. Rooms are elegantly furnished and include satellite television, tea making facilities, free Wifi and an en-suite bathroom. The hotel also has an onsite fitness centre, supermarket and restaurant, which serves local Chinese dishes. ...Read more
The centrally located Shanxi Grand Hotel in Taiyuan has modern en-suite rooms which include satellite television, free Wifi, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves local and international cuisine. There is also a fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool for your use. ...Read more
Located 5 kilometers from the city downtown, Yulong International Hotel ,combines elegance and sophistication with first-class service. Facilities include three restaurants, a lobby bar, games room, beauty salon, fitness room and business centre. The 258 beautifully decorated and well-equipped rooms have air-conditioning, satellite LCD flatscreen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, mini-bar, hairdryer and a safe deposit box.
Right in the heart of Luoyang, the Peony Hotel has well-appointed en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including a flat-screen TV, electric kettle and a minibar. The hotel also features a restaurant serving Cantonese, Sichuan, and Western flavours, a massage parlour and a fitness centre.
Xinhuajianguo Hotel is located in downtown Zhengzhou and offers guests comfortably furnished en-suite rooms. Facilities include satellite TV, free internet access, a mini bar and other amenities. The onsite restaurant boasts superb Chinese cuisine. Other services and facilities include a sauna, beauty salon, fitness room and laundry service....Read more
Providing spacious, comfortable, air conditioned rooms the Crowne Plaza is in a great location for exploring the city. The hotel has a fitness centre, two swimming pools, a spa and a variety of dining options serving Chinese and international dishes....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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