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China Marvels

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Tour Type
    Private Tour
  • Price From
    £4,790pp

The next few months offer the opportunity of a lifetime for visitors to China. Beating other tourists to the punch you'll get to see the iconic attractions without the crowds and experience travel in China like it was over 30 years ago.

Whichever part of the country you visit, China has a wonderful reputation for hospitality – but never more so than now, when its people are hungry to reconnect with the wider world. Visitors have been sorely missed by the guides, restaurants, and hotel workers who work hard to showcase the wonders of their beautiful country so you can be sure that you'll be welcomed with open arms.

China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular private tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.

Due to the Yangtze Cruise sailing schedules in 2024 & 2025, this private tour can only depart UK on Thursday, Friday & Sunday from mid-March to mid-November. Please call our reservations team to find out more.

What's Included

  • International flights and current taxes
  • Domestic transportation
  • Accommodation and meals as stated
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Excludes tipping
This adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China. This tour is also suitable for those who wish to do a Yangtze River Cruise.

Why Choose a Wendy Wu Private Tour?

Complete flexibility

Travel on any day you wish

Expertly crafted itineraries

Tailored for parties as small as two.

You Choose who you travel with

A private trip just for you and your chosen travel party.

Personalised guiding

Enjoy the undivided attention of your knowledgable private guide.

Small is beautiful

Enjoy a more intimate and authentic travel experience.

Private Tour Highlights

Our China Marvels tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

The Great Wall

Walk along this incredible ancient wonder of the world

Xian

Come face to face with the awesome spectacle that is the Terracotta Warriors

Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy a 4 night cruise alone the majestic Yangtze River

Guilin

Admire the culture and nature of Guilin in all its glory

Yangshuo

Soak up the charming cobbled streets of this quaint town

Shanghai

Marvel at this sparkling city on a Huangpu river cruise

Authentic Experience

Marvel at the Three Gorges

Cruise through Qutang, Wu and Xiling gorges, otherwise known as the Three Gorges, admiring the magnificent scenery from the comfort of your Yangtze River cruise vesseland learning about its epic history from your onboard expert.

Authentic Experience

Indulge in a feast of Peking Duck

Tuck into a delicious feast of Beijing's best known dish, Peking Duck, a food that offers a true taste of imperial China and a long-time favourite of locals and visitors alike!

Authentic Experience

Hutong Family Visit

Venture into Beijing's atmospheric old neighbourhoods, the hutongs, exploring the narrow alleyways and visiting the traditional courtyard house of a family, who will give you a glimpse into their daily life.

Private Tour Itinerary

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Beijing
    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.

  • Day 3
    Explore Beijing B L D
    Day 3 Explore Beijing

    This morning, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow alleys of the warren-like hutongs and learn more about living in this traditional area. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. This evening, sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck.

  • Day 4
    Great Wall & Summer Palace B L
    Day 4 Great Wall & Summer Palace

    This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Soar up to the summit by a scenic chairlift or cable car ride and walk on the ancient stones, immersing yourself in the magnificence of its engineering and the landscapes it crosses. Choose a thrilling descent by toboggan ride or the more serene cable car. You will then have an opportunity to visit a jade factory, where you have the opportunity to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China, it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Enjoy the afternoon strolling through the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace.

  • Day 5
    Bullet train to Xian B L
    Day 5 Bullet train to Xian

    This morning, board the bullet train to to Xian, the former ancient capital, and visit Xian Museum. Explore the Xian Museum for a glimpse into the rich heritage of the city before enjoying an evening at your own leisure.

  • Day 6
    Terracotta Warriors B L D
    Day 6 Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also visit the workshop to see where the warriors are intricately recreated in the style of their ancient counterparts and stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. Later, take a walking tour of the narrow and winding streets of the lively Muslim Quarter and gain an insight into the city’s fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road. In the evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing in the evening.

  • Day 7
    Board your Cruise B L
    Day 7 Board your Cruise

    Fly to Yichang and then travel by road to Maoping Dock to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.

  • Days 8-10
    Yangtze River Cruise B L D
    Days 8-10 Yangtze River Cruise

    A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But cruising upstream, nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another and enjoy various side trips and shore excursions along the way.

  • Day 11
    Bullet Train to Guilin B L
    Day 11 Bullet Train to Guilin

    Disembark the cruise vessel in Chongqing and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo, a great opportunity to get close to these magnificent and unique creatures. Later, take the bullet train to the beautiful city of Guilin.

  • Day 12
    Li River Cruise B L
    Day 12 Li River Cruise

    Take a relaxed cruise on the stunning 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, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. Spend the evening walking the cobblestone streets or relax in a street side café.

  • Day 13
    Yangshuo B L
    Day 13 Yangshuo

    Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before returning to Guilin by road. Explore the impressive Reed Flute Cave and visit the South China Pearl Factory before stopping for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li River to meet a cormorant fisherman. End the day with a walk around the picturesque Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and Moon pagodas.

  • Day 14
    Fly to Shanghai B L
    Day 14 Fly to Shanghai

    Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East.

  • Day 15
    Shanghai B L
    Day 15 Shanghai

    Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and a quick visit to the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund, explore the Xintiandi area and visit the Silk Factory. This evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.

  • Day 16
    Fly Shanghai to UK B
    Day 16 Fly Shanghai to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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China Marvels map

Places Visited: UK - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (1N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UK
Return Date
Price
Offer
Booking Options
Depart UK: Sunday 17 Mar 2024
Return UK: Monday 01 Apr 2024
Price: £4,790pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Sunday 31 Mar 2024
Return UK: Monday 15 Apr 2024
Price: £4,790pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Sunday 07 Apr 2024
Return UK: Monday 22 Apr 2024
Price: £5,090pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Sunday 05 May 2024
Return UK: Monday 20 May 2024
Price: £5,090pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Friday 17 May 2024
Return UK: Saturday 01 Jun 2024
Price: £5,090pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Thursday 20 Jun 2024
Return UK: Friday 05 Jul 2024
Price: £5,090pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Sunday 21 Jul 2024
Return UK: Monday 05 Aug 2024
Price: £5,290pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Friday 23 Aug 2024
Return UK: Saturday 07 Sep 2024
Price: £5,290pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Sunday 08 Sep 2024
Return UK: Monday 23 Sep 2024
Price: £5,190pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Thursday 10 Oct 2024
Return UK: Friday 25 Oct 2024
Price: £5,190pp
Offer:
Depart UK: Sunday 03 Nov 2024
Return UK: Monday 18 Nov 2024
Price: £5,090pp
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Sample Hotels

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

Best time to go

The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.

Yangtze River cruising commences from mid-March to mid-November.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
-3°c
3mm
Guilin
8°c
63mm
Shanghai
5°c
74mm
Xian
0°c
7mm
Yangshuo
10°c
53mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
0°c
5mm
Guilin
10°c
97mm
Shanghai
7°c
59mm
Xian
4°c
10mm
Yangshuo
10°c
81mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
6°c
8mm
Guilin
13°c
137mm
Shanghai
10°c
94mm
Xian
9°c
29mm
Yangshuo
14°c
114mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
14°c
21mm
Guilin
19°c
247mm
Shanghai
16°c
74mm
Xian
15°c
43mm
Yangshuo
20°c
224mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
20°c
34mm
Guilin
24°c
352mm
Shanghai
21°c
84mm
Xian
20°c
60mm
Yangshuo
24°c
312mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
24°c
78mm
Guilin
27°c
347mm
Shanghai
25°c
182mm
Xian
25°c
54mm
Yangshuo
26°c
293mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
26°c
185mm
Guilin
29°c
231mm
Shanghai
29°c
146mm
Xian
27°c
99mm
Yangshuo
28°c
200mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
25°c
160mm
Guilin
29°c
173mm
Shanghai
29°c
214mm
Xian
26°c
71mm
Yangshuo
28°c
186mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
20°c
46mm
Guilin
26°c
82mm
Shanghai
25°c
87mm
Xian
21°c
92mm
Yangshuo
26°c
83mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
14°c
22mm
Guilin
21°c
66mm
Shanghai
20°c
56mm
Xian
15°c
60mm
Yangshuo
22°c
85mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
5°c
7mm
Guilin
16°c
64mm
Shanghai
14°c
52mm
Xian
8°c
24mm
Yangshuo
16°c
69mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
-1°c
3mm
Guilin
11°c
43mm
Shanghai
8°c
44mm
Xian
2°c
6mm
Yangshuo
12°c
44mm