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The ultimate tour for those wishing to combine the very best of two ancient nations. Join us on an incredible journey from Beijing to Tokyo by road, boat, rail and air on this epic three-week tour!
Walk along this incredible wall, one of the modern great wonders
Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo on the stunning Li River
Discover the vibrant, forward-thinking city of Hiroshima
Witness the fusion of past and present on a city tour in Japan's capital
Fly overnight to China’s historical capital,
Beijing. Depending on your time of arrival, the
rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the
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 the sheer magnificence of the
wall itself and the dramatic scenery that
surrounds it. In the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic
landscapes of the Summer Palace. End the
day enjoying a traditional Peking Duck dinner.
Begin the day soaking up the harmonious
ambience of the glorious Temple of Heaven
where you can mingle with the locals and
watch or participate as they practise Tai
Chi, dance or play cards. Next, take a leisurely stroll in a traditional hutong neighbourhood and visit a family at home, to learn
about life living in the hutongs. Later, head to
Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square,
before entering the sprawling magnificence of
the Forbidden City to explore this complex full
of imperial riches.
Board the bullet train to the ancient city
of Xian. In the evening, enjoy a traditional
Shui Jiao dumpling dinner and a lively Tang
Dynasty dance show.
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, followed
by a visit to the workshop of the craftsmen
who recreate them. Later, stroll on the
beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls
that enclose Xian’s old town.
Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and then fly
to the beautiful city of Guilin.
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the
charming town of Yangshuo. Around every
river bend is a view to take your breath away
as jagged karst peaks tower over rural scenes
of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local
fishermen. Here, enjoy some time strolling
along West Street and visit the local markets.
Return to Guilin. En route, see the colourful
stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Cave
and visit the South China Pearl Factory.
Begin today with a stroll around Ronghu Lake
and admire the Sun and Moon Pagodas – two
towering examples of traditional Chinese
Buddhist architecture before flying to the
cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where
east and west collide on streets lined with
futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century
temples. Start with a visit to the peaceful Yu
Garden, pass through the old town and visit
the Silk Factory. View the city at night from
the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
It’s time to say goodbye to China and hello
to Japan! Fly to the vibrant city of Osaka.
Explore Osaka Castle, take a short cruise
along the Yodogawa River and stroll through
vibrant Dotonbori, a restaurant mecca, where
you can sample local delicacies for lunch. The
remainder of the day is free for you to explore
this fascinating city.
Transfer by bullet train to Okayama and visit
Korakuen Garden, one of the ‘Three Great
Gardens of Japan. Continue to Kurashiki
to explore the beautifully-preserved Bikan
Historical Quarter, where the streets along the
banks of the Kurashiki River are lined with
white-walled kominka (traditional houses).
Continue to Hiroshima, a vibrant and
Hop on a ferry to the holy island of Miyajima
and visit Itsukushima Shrine. Return to
Hiroshima and find a moment to reflect at the
Peace Memorial Park and Museum, paying
homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic
bomb. Later, ascend to the observation deck of
Orizuru Tower and enjoy the panoramic views.
Transfer by bullet train to Kyoto, imperial
capital for 1,000 years. Visit Ryoanji Temple,
home to Japan’s most famous Zen garden
and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the
Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, remarkable for its
10,000 torii gates and then head to Nishiki
Market, also known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’ with
its lively open-air market specialising in all
things food! Also visit a restored wooden
Japanese townhouse to experience the rituals
of a tea ceremony and try your hand at the
traditional art of origami.
Transfer by bullet train to Hakone. Upon
arrival, enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ashi before
venturing up the Komagatake Ropeway where
the views of the surrounding landscape and
Mount Fuji will be breathtaking, but weather
dependent of course! Later, continue to Tokyo,
Japan’s capital city.
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look
behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you
will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old
temples to explore. Begin at the observation
deck of the 634-metre Skytree, before
wandering through the old district of Asakusa.
Stop to explore the ancient Buddhist Sensoji
Temple and drive past the Imperial Palace
Plaza. Later, soak up the atmosphere at the
peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine. End your tour
with a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
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. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and when it comes to organising it, our visa team will be on hand to help you with any questions or queries. Our step-by-step guide on completing your visa form is available on our website and we will comprehensively check your visa application form to make sure it meets the embassy guidelines. For those passengers travelling to the London visa centre, you will be met and assisted by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team.
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 the world. That's why we are touring experts - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing top sights 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 soon!
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