China & Tibet Discovery


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Journey to the roof of the world to uncover the mysteries of Tibet in the incredible city of Lhasa whilst enjoying the very best cultural, historical and natural treasures that China has to offer – from the Great Wall and Terracotta Army to the Yangtze River.

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 3,645pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Lhasa (3N) - Chengdu (1N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Explore the rooms of the colossal Potala Palace and discover Tibet's epic history
Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
Take a 3-night voyage on the mighty Yangtze for a glimpse of China past and present
Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise

Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.
Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Day 3 Forbidden City
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. We also visit the unique Temple of Heaven, where you can watch, or participate in, a local dance class. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
Day 3 Forbidden City
Day 4 Great Wall & Summer Palace
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China's most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Visit the Jade Museum then savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.
Day 4 Great Wall & Summer Palace
Day 5 Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. Visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 5 Fly to Xian
Day 6 Terracotta Warriors
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shi Huang into the afterlife. We also walk along the Ancient City Walls and enjoy panoramic views over the old city.
Day 6 Terracotta Warriors
Day 7 Fly to Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet. The afternoon is at leisure to help acclimatise to the altitude.
Day 7 Fly to Lhasa
Day 8 Jokhang Temple & Bazaar
Sightseeing today includes a stroll around the Barkhor circuit where traditional dress, market stalls selling religious trinkets and the sound of chanted prayers create the atmosphere of a medieval carnival. We also visit the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which is the most sacred in Tibet and the Sera Monastery, which has about 600 monks in residence.
Day 8 Jokhang Temple & Bazaar
Day 9 Potala Palace and Norbulingka
Explore the crown jewel of Tibet the Potala Palace. The palace is an architectural wonder that towers over the city with thousands of rooms filled with treasures such as intricate shrines and beautiful frescoes. We also visit Norbulingka; the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, containing several palaces and chapels; and a local Tibetan carpet workshop. Enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner and dance performance in the evening.
Day 9 Potala Palace and Norbulingka
Day 10 Fly to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province where, after a tour of Jinli Street, there will be a delicious Sichuan meal to savour.
Day 10 Fly to Chengdu
Day 11 Panda Conservation Centre
Visit the famous Panda Reserve to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Travel to Chongqing to board your Yangtze River cruise for the next three nights.
Day 11 Panda Conservation Centre
Days 12-13 Yangtze River Cruise
Over the next two days, we will take a side trip to the striking Goddess Stream or the Shennong Stream. We also enjoy various shore excursions along the way.
Days 12-13 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 14 Fly to Shanghai
After visiting the site of the Three Gorges Dam you will disembark your cruise in Yichang. Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East.
Day 14 Fly to Shanghai
Day 15 Discover Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face, before having a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 15 Discover Shanghai
Day 16 Fly Shanghai to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 16 Fly Shanghai 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.

07-Oct > 22-Oct - £3,645 LIMITED

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,190pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £590 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB770pp

07-Apr > 22-Apr - £3,690 BOOK NOW
12-May > 27-May - £3,690 BOOK NOW
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01-Sep > 16-Sep - £3,790 BOOK NOW
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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,190pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £590 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB770pp

20-Apr > 05-May - £3,990 BOOK NOW
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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,190pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £590 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB770pp

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.



Ramada Plaza
Ramada Plaza - Xi'an (2 Nights)
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The Ramada Plaza Xian South hotel is located close to the city’s attractions. Traditionally decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, a large flat screen satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve a wide range of Chinese and Western dishes. Spa services and a fitness centre are also available.



Gang Gyan Hotel
Gang Gyan Hotel - Lhasa (3 Nights)
hotel star rating

The traditionally Tibetan Gang Gyan Lhasa Hotel is situated close to Lhasa’s main attractions, offering views of Potala Palace from the west. Its recently refurbished, modern en-suite 200 rooms have Wifi, a minibar, satellite television and a safety deposit box. There’s an onsite restaurant, as well as a bar.



Jin-Tone Hotel
Jin-Tone Hotel - Chengdu (1 Nights)
hotel star rating

Jin-Tone Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the core business area of Chengdu, close to CBD, Tianfu Square and Wide and Narrow Alleys.



Greenland Jiulong Hotel
Greenland Jiulong Hotel - Shanghai (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

Greenland Jiulong Hotel is located in the famous Shanghai Bund area with luxury views of the Huangpu River and Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower. Rooms include high speed wired internet, air conditioning, a minibar and tea making facilities. There are onsite restaurants providing traditional Shanghai delicacies and Cantonese food, as well as a hotel bar and a spa.



Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp
Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 460pp
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 380pp

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).

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
Tibet permit conditions are subject to change

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive visit to China’s most famous sights and who also wish to visit Tibet. This tour is also ideal for customers looking for a Yangtze River Cruise.

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