China Encounters
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China Encounters

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Encounter all of the magnificent sights that make China a truly spectacular destination. Journey from the iconic Wall and enigmatic Warriors to the more off-the-beaten-track mountain vistas of Yunnan province on this epic cross-country adventure.

tour duration 24 Days from
tour price 3,645pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (3N) - Chengde (1N) - Overnight train (1N) - Xian (2N) - Yangtze Cruise (4N) - Chengdu (2N) - Zhongdian (3N) - Lijiang (2N) - Dali (2N) - Kunming (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the former summer resort of the Manchu emperors in Chengde
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Cruise the dramatic Three Gorges on the Yangtze River
Learn about Taoism at Mt Qingcheng
Admire the spectacular scenery of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Get lost in the fascinating rock formations of the Stone Forest

Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's historical capital. 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 Beijing
Day 3 Forbidden City
Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck.
Day 3 Forbidden City
Days 4-5 Imperial Chengde
Travel by train to Chengde. The summer retreat of the Manchu emperors, this town is home to a wealth of imperial architecture. Over two days visit the magnificent mountain villas and intricate temples, including Puning and Puyou. Return by train to Beijing.
Days 4-5 Imperial Chengde
Day 6 Great Wall of China
This morning is dedicated to Chin'as most iconic sight - the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. Savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace before boarding an overnight train to Xian.
Day 6 Great Wall of China
Days 7-8 Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Arrive in Xian and visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Quarter. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumpling before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. The next day, visit the enigmatic ranks of warriors that make up the Terracotta Army. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and choose to purchase one to take home. Later stroll Xian's 14th century city walls.
Days 7-8 Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Day 9 Train to Wuhan
Take the bullet train to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Day 9 Train to Wuhan
Days 10-12 Yangtze River Cruise
The Three Gorges Dam showcases a massive feat of engineering but as we cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare for one breath-taking panorama after another, and take a side trip to the attractive Shennong Stream or Goddess Stream and the Shibaozhai Temple or Fengdu Ghost City.
Days 10-12 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 13 Drive to Chengdu
Disembark and explore old Ciqikou, whose narrow streets are perfect for a stroll to admire the traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu.
Day 13 Drive to Chengdu
Day 14 Pandas & Mt Qingcheng
Head to Chengdu’s famous Panda centre to see these celebrated bears in their natural surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Visit the Shu Brocade Museum, then continue to Mt Qincheng, an important centre for Taoism. Returning to Chengdu, explore the colourful markets before a delicious, typically Sichuan dinner.
Day 14 Pandas & Mt Qingcheng
Day 15 Chengdu to Zhongdian
Start your morning with a visit to Matchmakers corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children. Fly to the monastery town of Zhongdian.
Day 15 Chengdu to Zhongdian
Days 16-17 Zhongdian
Visit the Songzanlin Monastery, one of the most significant centres of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet. Next we will visit part of Zhongdian’s Old Town where we will see authentic Tibetan dwellings, prayer halls and pagodas. End your day with a trip to the Dafo Temple and a traditional Tibetan village. On the next day, visit the Baishui Terraces.
Days 16-17 Zhongdian
Day 18 Tiger Leaping Gorge
The 3000-metre deep Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, is one of China's most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular - prepare for breathtaking views before you travel on to Lijiang.
Day 18 Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 19 Jade Dragon Mountain
A magnificent mountain, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which is 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. Visit Baisha Old Town to view the fascinating murals, painted during the early Ming Dynasty.
Day 19 Jade Dragon Mountain
Day 20 Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang
The quintessential Chinese 'old town', Lijiang's old quarter is a jumble of cobbled streets, precarious wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges - in short, a delightful place to aimlessly wander. Also visit Black Dragon Pool where there are wonderful views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Travel to Dali and explore the lively Foreigners Street.
Day 20 Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang
Days 21-22 Enchanting Dali
Dali is a charming place to visit. Explore the old quarter and pop over to Xizhou village to browse the local market. At the Yen Family House, an ancient courtyard home, there will be a tye-dye demonstration. The next day visit the Three Pagodas and travel by road to Kunming. Tuck into local Across the Bridge noodles for dinner.
Days 21-22 Enchanting Dali
Day 23 Kunming Stone Forest
Explore the fascinating formations of the picturesque Stone Forest.
Day 23 Kunming Stone Forest
Days 24 Fly Kunming to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Days 24 Fly Kunming 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.

11-Oct > 03-Nov - £3,645 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,190pp (Beijing - Kunming)
Single supplement from £820 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB1090pp

04-Apr > 26-Apr - £3,690 BOOK NOW
09-May > 31-May - £3,690 BOOK NOW
05-Sep > 27-Sep - £3,790 BOOK NOW
10-Oct > 01-Nov - £3,790 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,190pp (Beijing - Kunming)
Single supplement from £820 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB1090pp

04-Apr > 26-Apr - £3,990 BOOK NOW
09-May > 31-May - £3,990 BOOK NOW
05-Sep > 27-Sep - £4,090 BOOK NOW
10-Oct > 01-Nov - £4,090 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,190pp (Beijing - Kunming)
Single supplement from £820 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB1090pp

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.

Jiangxi Grand Hotel
Jiangxi Grand Hotel - Beijing (3 Nights)
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Located in the Fentai District, the Jiangxi Grand Hotel is close to many of Beijing’s sites and attractions. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving Chinese and Western cuisine, a coffee shop, a bar, a tea house and a fitness centre. The 322 rooms and suites are traditionally furnished with air conditioning, satellite television, tea making facilities, a minibar and a safety deposit box.



Mountain Villa Hotel
Mountain Villa Hotel - Chengde (1 Nights)
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The Chengde Mountain Villa Hotel is located directly opposite the entrance to the Mountain Resort and the Imperial Palace Garden. Built around a verdant courtyard, this hotel offers large rooms with modern facilities including satellite television and en-suite bathrooms. The six onsite restaurants serve excellent Chinese and Western cuisine, and the hotel also offers a gym.



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.



Spring Downton Hotel Chengdu
Spring Downton Hotel Chengdu - Chengdu (2 Nights)
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Zhaxidele Hotel
Zhaxidele Hotel - No. 65 Kangzhu Avenue, Shangri-la County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Region, China (3 Nights)
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Situated 1.0 Km away from the city centre, The Shangri-la Zhaxidele Hotel offers comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning and satellite television. Other amenities include a salon, shops and Wi-Fi in public areas. The hotel also features a superb restaurant and bar.



Adange Hotel
Adange Hotel - Lijiang, Yunnan (2 Nights)
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Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available.



Asia Hotel
Asia Hotel - Dali, Yunnan (2 Nights)
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Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.



Jinjiang Hotel
Jinjiang Hotel - Kunming (2 Nights)
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Jin Jiang Hotel is located close to Kunming’s main sttractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel includes the Shanghai and the Lily restaurant, which serve local Huaiyan and Yunnan specialties. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.



Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp

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
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suited for those interested in gaining a further insight into some of China’s lesser known destinations and at the same time visiting the country’s most famous sights. This tour is also ideal for those who wish to take a Yangtze River Cruise, a day train and an overnight train journey in China.

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