The Best of China
10 DAYS ●
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A luxurious whistle stop adventure of China's most iconic sights, the Best of China takes you from the magnificence of the Great Wall, through the ranks of the Terracotta Army to view the languid Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
Our The Best of 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 at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel. (D)
Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private tai chi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross the vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City - the sacred centre of the Chinese empire for 500 years and home to both the Ming and Qing dynasties. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Dine on Peking Duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and later join us for an optional Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Visit the lesser-known Huanghuacheng section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of lakes and craggy peaks. Back in Beijing take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where you'll stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. Enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)
Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14th century walls for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. This evening, watch a colourful and sometimes humorous Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
Fortuitously found by local farmers digging a well, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the worlds most famous archaeological discoveries. View the enigmatic ranks in the company of an archaeologist who works at the site and who will put their story into context. Next we have exclusively arranged for you to meet the discoverer of the Warriors - learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. On the way back to Xian, visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process before having the opportunity to purchase your own little warrior to take home. Later, study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. In Xian the preparation of these bite-size morsels has been perfected into an art form with their delicate wrappers crafted to represent their filling. Tonight there is an option to take a city night tour which includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Explore Hanyangling Mausoleum, burial place of Emperor Jing and Empress Wang. The artifacts recovered here give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty and there are intricately-made half-sized warriors, women and animals to admire in this subterranean tomb. Fly to Chengdu where the rest of the evening is free for you to spend at leisure. (B,L)
Travel out to the lush tea plantations of Mengdingshan. Tea has been drunk in China for millenia and has become ever more ingrained in the culture, influenced by Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian views of its consumption. Quality tea is also considered to be a gift fit for a king - it was once the tribute of choice for an emperor. Take a private tour of a plantation with a local farmer to learn about the entire tea-making process and its fascinating history. Return to Chengdu, where this evening you will explore the dining options of the historic Wide and Narrow Alleys. (B,L)
Visit Chengdu's Panda Centre where an expert will talk to you about the Centres work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Take a tour of the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum for a close up view of the skills necessary to create these traditional items - there will be opportunities to buy a handmade piece if you wish. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Tonight delight in a quintessential Sichuan dining experience at Yiting hot Pot before puzzling over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera - the face-changing art of Bian Lian. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffered transfer. (B)
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.
Within steps of the vibrant Pedestrian Zone of Wangfujing, the Regent Building offers a grand choice in sophisticated, centrally..... located accommodation. This luxurious hotel provides meticulously designed rooms with a King Size bed and 42" plasma screen TV. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Serenity Spa.Read more
The luxury 5 star Shangri-La Hotel Xian has spacious, marble en-suite rooms which include a large flat screen satellite..... television, free Wifi, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurants serve Chinese, Thai and Western flavours, and the bar serves hot and cold drinks. There is also a fitness centre and a luxurious spa with heated pool.Read more
The artistic 5 star Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu has spacious, marble en-suite rooms which include a large flat screen satellite..... television, free Wifi, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurants serve Sichuan and Western flavours, with views of the Jinjiang River to enhance your dining experience. There is also a fitness centre and a luxurious spa with heated pool.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. 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 UKâ€™s leading Asia tour operator â€“ 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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