The Best of China

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.

tour duration 10 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Chengdu (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Toast with champagne on top of the Great Wall of China
Take a calligraphy class in the winding Beijing Hutongs
Wander through the exotic Muslim Quarters
Learn about the Han Dynasty at the fantastic Hanyangling Mausoleum
See the tea cultivation process and learn about the history of tea at Mengdingshan
Watch the lovable Giant Pandas, China’s most famous residents

Day 1-2 Fly to Beijing
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)
Day 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
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)
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
Day 4 Champagne on the Great Wall
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)
Day 4 Champagne on the Great Wall
Day 5 Traditional Shaanxi Dumplings
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)
Day 5 Traditional Shaanxi Dumplings
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
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)
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
Day 7 Hanyangling Mausoleum
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)
Day 7 Hanyangling Mausoleum
Day 8 Mengdingshan
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)
Day 8 Mengdingshan
Day 9 Pandas with an expert
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)
Day 9 Pandas with an expert
Day 10 Fly to Chengdu
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)
Day 10 Fly to Chengdu

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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.

Regent Beijing Wangfujing
Regent Beijing Wangfujing - Beijing (3 Nights)
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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.

Xian Shangri-La Hotel
Xian Shangri-La Hotel - Xian (2 Nights)
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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.

Chengdu Shangri-la Hotel
Chengdu Shangri-la Hotel - Chengdu (3 Nights)
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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.

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. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. 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. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. 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. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
We will indicate the 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. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
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. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
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. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

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).

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
UK airport chauffeur transfers within 50 miles
Domestic transportation
5* accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with less time available to travel and who are looking to tour the most iconic and popular destinations and cities in China. This tour is a luxury tour and is suitable for the more discerning traveller.

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