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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.
Admire the colonial architecture with a walk along the Bund
Stand in awe in front of the Grand Buddha of Leshan
Walk the parameters of Xian's 14th century ancient city wall
Take a relaxing cruise down the Li River which runs from Guilin to Yangshuo
Our China Delights 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.
Fly overnight to the exuberant
city of Shanghai, called ‘the
Paris of the East’. Depending on
your time of arrival, the rest of
the day is yours to start soaking
up the local culture.
Shanghai is China’s great
metropolis, where east and
west collide on streets lined
with futuristic skyscrapers and
10th-century temples. Visit the
classical Yu Garden and stop in
the old town before admiring
the colonial architecture with a
stroll along the Bund. Round off
the day with a delicious meal
of traditional Shanghainese
cuisine. The next day explore
ultramodern Pudong, the Silk
Museum and see the arts and
antiquities of the Shanghai
Museum. This evening, view the
city from the Huangpu River on
a panoramic cruise.
Suzhou’s centre has managed
to retain a sense of quaint
charm even as the city has
grown up around it. Renowned
for its traditional gardens, visit
one of its finest, the Humble
Administrator’s Garden, typical
of the Chinese appreciation
of balance and harmony. Also
cruise on the thousand-year-old
Travel 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. Continue
to the city of Hangzhou.
A restful morning is spent
wandering around the Temple
of Inspired Seclusion, one of
China’s most renowned Buddhist
temples. Visit the Residence
of Hu Xueyan before cruising
on Hangzhou’s West Lake and
admiring the gardens, pagodas
and old bridges on its shores.
Browse the bustling local
markets and visit the plantations
of Meijiawu to learn the teamaking
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
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 loom over rural scenes
of lush greenery and grazing
buffalo. Wander through the
Yangshuo markets and stop
on the banks of the Li River
for a photo opportunity with a
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite
rural location, surrounded by
landscapes of paddy fields
and limestone karsts. Spend
the morning exploring the
countryside before returning
Visit Reed Flute Cave to
admire the colourful
stalagmites and stalactites.
Continue to the Pearl Museum,
then fly to Chengdu, the capital
of Sichuan Province. This
evening, enjoy an optional
performance of Sichuan
opera for the actors' famous
Travel to Leshan to visit the
Grand Buddha which, at
71 metres, is the world’s
largest stone-carved Buddhist
monument. Get a bird's eye view
of the Buddha from the adjacent
park, then a short boat trip will
give excellent views from the
river. Back in Chengdu visit the
Shu Brocade and Embroidery
Museum. Tonight you will sample
a delicious Sichuanese meal.
Visit Chengdu’s famous
Giant Panda 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.
Visit the Terracotta Army of
Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The
warriors have intrigued visitors
ever since their fortuitous
discovery in the 1970s – spend
the morning viewing their
enigmatic ranks and visit the
workshop where the warriors are
intricately recreated. Later, stroll
along the beautifully preserved
14th-century city walls that
enclose Xian’s old town.
This morning, visit the
fascinating Little Wild Goose
Pagoda. Later, board a bullet
train to Beijing, the capital
In the morning, 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. Head to Beijing’s symbolic
heart, Tiananmen Square,
and stroll into the sprawling
magnificence of the Forbidden
City – a complex full of imperial
treasures. A Chinese acrobatic
show rounds off the day.
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. Later, enjoy an
optional Kung Fu show.
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.
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
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. ...Read more
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....Read more
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. ...Read more
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....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.
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
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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