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Experience the inherent spirituality and natural grandeur of Tibet alongside China’s most renowned and awe-inspiring sights on an itinerary that perfectly blends unique culture, majestic landscapes and modern wonders.
Discover this peaceful temple and its surrounding local park
Walk along this mighty modern wonder of the world, one of China's top highlights
Relax in the tranquil setting of the Yu Gardens
Delve into the ancient wonders of this majestic city
Our Exclusive Collection China & Spiritual Tibet Tour Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Take a Tai Chi class with a master at the Temple of Heaven
Dine on Peking duck at the acclaimed Quanjude restaurant
Watch the monks of Sera Monastery debating
Meet the adorable Pandas with an expert
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.
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 vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City – a monument to a dynastic past. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering showcase of royal life. Dine on Peking duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy an optional Kung Fu show. (B,L,D)
From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea, the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Ride the cable car up to the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of the Wall as it snakes over craggy peaks. Return to Beijing via the Jade Museum, then 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)
Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14th-century walls for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure whilst this evening you have the option to watch a Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
View the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors in the company of an expert 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 from one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition before returning to the city. Later study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these delicacies, before 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)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Tibet’s capital city, Lhasa. This mystical city still manages to feel a million miles from the modern world, set on a plateau with views of the mountains. Spend the rest of the day acclimatising. (B)
Today we will visit one of Lhasa’s ‘great three’ monasteries. Travel on to Sera Monastery, stopping en route to admire the exquisite artistry of Tibetan ‘thangkas’ at a workshop. Sera is famous for its debating monks – witness them in action in the
debating courtyard. This evening is at leisure. (B,L)
The Potala Palace was built as a palace for the Dalai Lamas in 1645 – wander through the series of chapels, stupas and prayer halls and feel the palpable devotion of the pilgrims who’ll join you. Follow the Barkhor circuit around the ancient Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most sacred, before entering the yak butter-candle lit interior which has changed little in a thousand years. Later, learn how to create the traditional Tibetan delicacy ‘momos’ before dinner at the Snowland restaurant. (B,L,D)
Take a day trip out of the city to the sacred Yamdrok Lake. A breathtakingly spectacular sight, the lake's bright blue waters are backed by the distant, snowcapped peaks of the Himalayan range. On return to Lhasa, pay a visit to a local family to learn more about the daily life, culture and heritage of the Tibetan people. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Chengdu. This afternoon is at leisure. (B,L)
Visit Chengdu’s Panda Centre where an expert will talk to you about the centre’s work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Stroll through the vibrant People’s Park, one of the city’s social hubs. Visit Matchmaker's Corner to see parents searching through reams of notices for worthy suitors for their sons and daughters before sipping tea in a traditional tea house. Enjoy a hot pot dinner before taking the option to puzzle over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera – the face-changing art of Bian Lian. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Chongqing and make a relaxed exploration of Cikiqou, a historic district full of traditional architecture with time for your own leisurely lunch. Board your Century cruise ship. (B,D)
The Yangtze has played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China – this voyage is the perfect way to get an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a welcome reception before a lavish dinner is served. (B,L,D)
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through the Wu and Qutang gorges before heading up the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to explore further. (B,L,D)
The Three Gorges Dam is a massive feat of engineering that saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Walk in the Yu Garden, a classic example of traditional Chinese horticulture. Visit the colonial Bund, the Silk Museum and further explore the Old Town, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Shunfeng and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home, arriving the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
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. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and when it comes to organising it, our visa team will be on hand to help you with any questions or queries. Our step-by-step guide on completing your visa form is available on our website and we will comprehensively check your visa application form to make sure it meets the embassy guidelines. For those passengers travelling to the London visa centre, you will be met and assisted by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team.
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).
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.
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....Read more
This chic hotel is an 11 minute walk from a subway station. Refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks and minibars, plus tea and coffeemakers. There's an elegant restaurant, a sleek cafe and a lobby bar, in addition to a gym, an indoor pool and a spa. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, a beauty salon, a ballroom and an open-air roof garden....Read more
This luxury 5-star in Lhasa provides comfortably appointed rooms, suites and restaurants as well as excellent amenities.
Located 1km from the vibrant Chunxi Road shopping district, this luxury hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. Each room includes flat-screens, Nespresso machines and minibars, plus iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include 2 upscale restaurants, a fashionable bar with a terrace, and a lounge offering afternoon tea. There's also a spa with an indoor pool, a yoga studio and a gym....Read more
Fairmont Peace Hotel is a "luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece", brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. Situated at the famous Bund promenade and the unrivalled shopping area on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle....Read more
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