China Delights
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China Delights

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From international Shanghai and the pandas of Chengdu to the imperial highlights of Beijing and all the dramatic landscapes in between, relish the historical, cultural and natural delights of China on this comprehensive trip.

tour duration 18 Days from
tour price 2,690pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Shanghai (3N) - Suzhou (1N) - Hangzhou (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Chengdu (2N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Admire the colonial architecture with a walk along the Bund
Discover the natural beauty of Suzhou and Hangzhou
Take a relaxing cruise down the Li River
Stand in awe in front of the Grand Buddha of Leshan
Walk the parameters of Xian's 14th century ancient city wall
Dine on sumptuous Peking Duck, a favourite of the emperors

Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Day 3-4 Discover Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Visit the peaceful Yu Gardens and atmospheric old town before admiring the colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Round off the day with a delicious meal of traditional Shanghai cuisine. The next day explore ultramodern Pudong and the arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum and the Silk Museum. Visit the People's Square before this evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Day 3-4 Discover Shanghai
Day 5 Historic Suzhou
Suzhou’s centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm even as the city has grown up around it. Renowned for its gardens, visit one of the finest, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a typical example of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Later cruise on the thousand-year-old Grand Canal.
Day 5 Historic Suzhou
Day 6 Grand Canal & Wuzhen
Transfer to the water town of Wuzhen – a charming place of old-world timber buildings, cobbled streets and narrow waterways; it is an easy place to while away the day. Transfer to the city of Hangzhou.
Day 6 Grand Canal & Wuzhen
Day 7 Hangzhou
A restful morning is spent wandering around the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, one of China’s most renowned Buddhist temples. Visit the former residence of Huxueyan before cruising on Hangzhou’s West Lake and admiring the gardens, pagodas and old bridges on its shores.
Day 7 Hangzhou
Day 8 Fly to Guilin
Browse the bustling local markets and visit the plantations of Meijiawu to learn the tea-making process, from bush to brew. Enjoy a cup of organic green tea and decide which of the locally produced teas you might like to purchase. Fly to the attractive city of Guilin where the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 8 Fly to Guilin
Days 9-10 Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of paddy fields and limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before an afternoon at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting and walking. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Days 9-10 Li River Cruise
Day 11 Fly to Chengdu
Return to Guilin visiting the Reed Flute Cave to admire the colourful stalagmites and stalactites. Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.
Day 11 Fly to Chengdu
Day 12 Grand Buddha of Leshan
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha which, at 71 metres, is the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. A short boat trip will give excellent views from the river. Returning to Chengdu, there will be a stop at riverside Huanglongxi, where cobbled streets and rickety buildings retain the charms of the Qing Dynasty. Sample a delicious Sichuan meal this evening.
Day 12 Grand Buddha of Leshan
Day 13 Pandas, fly to Xian
Visit Chengdu’s famous reserve to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. This evening sit down to a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 13 Pandas, fly to Xian
Days 14 Terracotta Warriors
Visit the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shihuang. The warriors have intrigued visitors ever since their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s – spend the morning viewing their enigmatic ranks. Next visit a local kindergarten to see the differences between western and Chinese primary education systems and later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
Days 14 Terracotta Warriors
Day 15 Xian, train to Beijing
Take a fascinating morning visit to the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Board a bullet train to Beijing, the capital of China.
Day 15 Xian, train to Beijing
Days 16 Temple of Heaven
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. Heading to Beijing's symbolic hear, cross Tiananmen Square and head into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City - a complex full of imperial treasures. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
Days 16 Temple of Heaven
Day 17 Great Wall of China
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. Later on you’ll visit the Jade Museum. Take some time in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace before dining on Beijing's best known delicacy - Peking Duck.
Day 17 Great Wall of China
Day 18 Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 18 Fly Beijing to UK

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.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,190pp (Shanghai - Beijing)
Single supplement from £420 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB740pp

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,190pp (Shanghai - Beijing)
Single supplement from £420 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB740pp

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.

Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan - Shanghai (3 Nights)
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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.

Holiday Inn Youlian Suzhou
Holiday Inn Youlian Suzhou - Suzhou (1 Nights)
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Holiday Inn Suzhou Youlian is located in the heart of ancient Suzhou, the Venice of the East. Each air conditioned, modern en-suite room includes satellite television, safety deposit boxes, a minibar and tea making facilities. The onsite Chinese restaurant offers Taihu Lake prawns and sweet and sour Mandarin fish for those wishing to try the local flavours. There is also a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

Best Western Premier Richful Green Hotel
Best Western Premier Richful Green Hotel - Hangzhou (1 Nights)
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The Best Western Richful Green Hotel is located in the heart of Hangzhou, steps away from the famous West Lake. It offers spacious and stylish air conditioned rooms with free Wifi, satellite television and a luxurious en-suite. The hotel also provides an onsite restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine, a health club and a beauty salon.

Jin-Tone Hotel
Jin-Tone Hotel - Guilin (1 Nights)
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Guilin Jin-Tone Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city and its local attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, Wifi and tea making facilities. There is an onsite spa that offers Chinese massage, and the hotel’s restaurant serves Chinese and Western dishes.

New Century Hotel
New Century Hotel - Yangshuo, Guilin (2 Nights)
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Centrally located, the New Century Hotel is near the beautiful Yangshuo Park. Facilities include a restaurant serving international cuisine, a bar, beauty salon and currency exchange. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a hairdryer.

Spring Downton Hotel Chengdu
Spring Downton Hotel Chengdu - Chengdu (2 Nights)
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YuLong International Hotel
YuLong International Hotel - Xi'an (2 Nights)
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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.

Super House International Hotel
Super House International Hotel - Beijing (3 Nights)
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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.

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 940pp
Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 820pp
Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 199pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 370pp

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).

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What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for customers who are looking for a very comprehensive tour of China, visiting the country’s main cities and scenic areas. This tour is best suited for customers who perhaps do not want to take a Yangtze River Cruise but are interested in experiencing the bullet train in China.

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