China Trailblazer
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China Trailblazer

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Take a journey like no other. This is your chance to see the classical sights, and also explore a different side of this beautiful country - be it from the back of a bicycle; on a hike through serene countryside, or a walk through buzzing city streets.

tour duration 21 Days from
tour price 3,590pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (1N) - Gubei Watertown (1N) - Beijing (2N) - Xian (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Chengdu (3N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Hike on the winding Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall of China
Come face to face with the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors
Cruise the mighty Yangtze River
Cruise down the languid Li River
Start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi session in Yangshuo
Take a breakfast walking tour of Shanghai

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 Temple of Heaven and Simatai Great Wall
Arrive early for a visit to the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with tai chi, dancing and card playing in a flurry of sociable activity you would never see in a park at home. Next explore the Hutongs, visiting Yandaixiejie Hutong where you will have lunch with a local family before driving to Gubei Watertown at Simatai Great Wall. On arrival, ascend Simatai Great Wall by cable car to witness the sun set. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Temple of Heaven and Simatai Great Wall
Day 4 The Great Wall
Rise early to transfer to the Gubeikou Section of the Great Wall to trek to the Jinshanling section. One of the most scenic section-to-section hikes of the Great Wall, your path will traverse ancient and rugged landscapes, only going off-wall briefly to navigate around a Chinese Military Base. The stark, yet magnificent surroundings allow you to put yourself in the shoes of those who walked this incredible edifice hundreds of years ago. This challenging trek will take you through dramatic landscapes and rugged terrain. Later, head back to Beijing, where you’ll have free time in the evening. (B,L)
Day 4 The Great Wall
Day 5 Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Walking through this ornately designed complex offers an unsurpassed insight into China's colourful past. Continue to the idyllic Summer Palace and explore the magnificent grounds, before taking a short hike up Longevity Hill to enjoy panoramic views. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Day 6 Xian by night
Fly to Xian the ancient former capital, and explore the atmospheric Muslim Quarter. (B,L)
Day 6 Xian by night
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors and Cycle the City Walls
Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China's first Emperor in the afterlife. Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers' fascinating story. Continue to the ancient city wall for a cycle on the fortifications surrounding the heart of the city. Tonight feast on a traditional dumpling dinner (B,L,D)
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors and Cycle the City Walls
Day 8 Fly to your Yangtze River Cruise
Fly to Wuhan and take a coach to Yichang where you will board your exciting 4 night Yangtze River Cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Fly to your Yangtze River Cruise
Days 9-11 Yangtze Cruise
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. As you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges Dam themselves. A three day voyage along China's riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing one breathtaking panorama after another. (B,L,D)
Days 9-11 Yangtze Cruise
Day 12 Ciqikou Ancient Town
Disembark your cruise vessel and enjoy an early lunch in the charming old town of Ciqikou - there's time to wander the cobbled alleyways and learn about its colourful history. Jump on the bullet train to Chengdu for an overnight stay (B,L,D)
Day 12 Ciqikou Ancient Town
Day 13 Pingle Ancient Town
Drive to Pingle Ancient Town. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take a walk across the magnificent Jinji rope Bridge for vistas of the bamboo forest below. Drive back to Chengdu. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Pingle Ancient Town
Day 14 Duijangyan Panda Base
Located in the forested Sichuanese countryside north of Chengdu, Duijangyan offers refuge to Giant Pandas with the ultimate aim to reintroduce them into the wild. The panda centre's rural location offers one of the most authentic, spacious and natural settings in the country. Later, explore the slopes of Mt Qingcheng, one of China’s holy Taoist Mountains. Take the cable car to the higher slopes, and take a boat ride on Yuecheng Lake. Drive back to Chengdu for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Duijangyan Panda Base
Day 15 Guilin
Fly to Guilin and and enjoy a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake and visit Sun & Moon Pagodas for spectacular views over downtown Guilin. (B,L)
Day 15 Guilin
Day 16 Longji Rice Terraces
Take a full day tour trekking around the spectacular Longji Rice Terraces. Transfer to Guilin for your overnight stay. (B,L)
Day 16 Longji Rice Terraces
Day 17 Li River Cruise
Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with the most dramatic, sci-fi style limestone cliffs on the planet, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. (B,L,D)
Day 17 Li River Cruise
Day 18 Tai Chi and Countryside Cycling
This morning take part in a traditional tai chi class and learn the skills behind this ancient and spiritual exercise. This afternoon, there is the option to explore independently or to take part in some river rafting on the Yulong River or cycling through the countryside. (B,L)
Day 18 Tai Chi and Countryside Cycling
Day 19 Fly to Shanghai
This afternoon drive back to Guilin and board your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 19 Fly to Shanghai
Day 20 Shanghai
This morning take an exciting breakfast tour around some of Shanghai’s most exciting districts, tasting local delicacies, including pancakes and fried bread sticks. Wander the pleasant Yu Gardens and bustling Old Town before visiting the informative Silk Museum. Take an evening stroll on the colonial Bund and enjoy a farewell Shanghainese meal this evening. Take a short cruise on the Huangpu River this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 20 Shanghai
Day 21 Fly Shanghai to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 21 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.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,090 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from £620 (none if willing to share)
Tipping paid locally RMB1130pp

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,090 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from £620 (none if willing to share)
Tipping paid locally RMB1130pp

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.

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.

Yinhe Dynasty Hotel
Yinhe Dynasty Hotel - Chengdu (3 Nights)
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The Yinhe Dynasty Hotel is a popular business hotel located in the business and entertainment center of Chengdu.

Jin-Tone Hotel
Jin-Tone Hotel - Guilin (2 Nights)
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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.

Jasper International Hotel
Jasper International Hotel - Yangshuo (2 Nights)
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Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel is located a 5 minute complimentary shuttle ride to the centre of Yangshuo’s pedestrianised market streets. Each of its 400 air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, safety deposit boxes and tea making facilities. There are 2 onsite restaurants offering local southern Chinese cuisine as well as Western cuisine. The outdoor pool is a highlight.

Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai
Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai - Shanghai (2 Nights)
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Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown is located in central Shanghai, with easy reach of a large shopping centre, local resaturants and the metro. Each air conditioned, modern en-suite room includes satellite television, a minibar and tea making facilities. The onsite Chinese restaurant offers Dim Sum and seasonal Hairy Crab for those wishing to try the local flavours.

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
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

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This tour is designed for those who wish to further immerse themselves in the authentic charm of China and take part in more cultural and active experiences. This tour is also suitable for those who wish to take a Yangtze River Cruise.

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