Classic China
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Classic China

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Cruise along the Yangtze and Li Rivers and let the spectacular landscapes of Yunnan province take your breath away. Saunter around the cobbled streets of old Lijiang, gaze on the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge and explore the mysterious Stone Forest on this diverse adventure

tour duration 21 Days from
tour price 3,790pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Kunming (2N) - Lijiang (3N) - Chengdu (1N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

See the spectacular architecture of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise
Walk the imperial landscape of the magnificent Forbidden City
Visit the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Cave
Get lost in Kunming’s puzzling Stone Forest
Wander the cobbled streets of Lijiang’s Old Town
Take in the breathtaking scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge

Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, the capital of China, depending on your time of arrival the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Finally, 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. Enjoy an evening Chinese acrobatic show and savour Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking Duck.
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
Day 4 The Great Wall
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese. At the Jade Museum you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander amongst traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture.
Day 4 The Great Wall
Day 5 Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian and visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing in the evening.
Day 5 Fly to Xian
Day 6 Enigmatic 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 these life-like warriors. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Take an afternoon stroll on Xian’s beautifully preserved 14th century city walls.
Day 6 Enigmatic Terracotta Warriors
Day 7 Fly to Guilin
Fly to the scenic city of Guilin and explore the Reed Flute Caves, admiring the stunning colours of the stalagmites and stalactites.
Day 7 Fly to Guilin
Day 8 Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming village 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.
Day 8 Li River Cruise
Day 9 Explore Rural Yangshuo
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before having an afternoon at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting, and walking though you may prefer to relax in the town. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Day 9 Explore Rural Yangshuo
Day 10 Fly to Kunming
Visit the Pearl museum before flying to Kunming, one of China’s most pleasant cities. Tonight dine on the famous Across the Bridge Noodles.
Day 10 Fly to Kunming
Day 11 Visit the Stone Forest
Explore the fascinating formations of the picturesque Stone Forest.
Day 11 Visit the Stone Forest
Day 12 Fly to Lijiang
Fly to Lijiang in Yunnan province. 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. There will also be a visit to Black Dragon Pool where there are wonderful views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain massif.
Day 12 Fly to Lijiang
Day 13 Discover Tiger Leaping Gorge
Over 3,000-metres deep, Tiger Leaping Gorge with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains is one of China’s most dramatic sights. The whole area is spectacular –prepare for breath-taking views. You will also visit a local embroidery school where young tribes-people learn vital skills and create handcrafts.
Day 13 Discover Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 14 Ascend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which soars 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. On the way back to Lijiang, visit Baisha Naxi Village and admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes.
Day 14 Ascend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Day 15 Fly to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Wander through the People’s Park to Matchmaker’s Corner and tonight enjoy a typical Sichuan dinner.
Day 15 Fly to Chengdu
Day 16 Giant Pandas
Visit China’s most famous resident, the Giant Panda before travelling to Chongqing to board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Day 16 Giant Pandas
Days 17-18 Fly Yangtze River Cruise
Over the next two days prepare for one breath-taking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy a shore excursion to the Shibaozhai Temple.
Days 17-18 Fly Yangtze River Cruise
Day 19 Fly to Shanghai
Disembark from your cruise vessel and fly to the vibrant city of Shanghai.
Day 19 Fly to Shanghai
Day 20 Discover Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Gardens, the Silk Mill and the atmospheric alleys of the old town before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise before enjoying traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 20 Discover Shanghai
Day 21 Fly to the UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 21 Fly to the 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 £3,290 (Beijing -Shanghai)
Single room option from £690 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB920pp

08-Apr > 28-Apr - £4,090 BOOK NOW
13-May > 02-Jun - £4,090 BOOK NOW
02-Sep > 22-Sep - £4,190 BOOK NOW
16-Sep > 06-Oct - £4,190 BOOK NOW
07-Oct > 27-Oct - £4,190 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,290 (Beijing -Shanghai)
Single room option from £690 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB920pp

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.

Super House International Hotel
Super House International Hotel - Beijing (3 Nights)
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The 4 star Super House International Hotel combines traditional Chinese culture with contemporary comforts. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Facilities include a restaurant serving authentic Chinese cuisine, a coffee shop, lobby bar and tea room. There is also a fitness centre with sauna and a small boutique.



Grand New World
Grand New World - Xian (2 Nights)
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Grand New World Hotel is centrally located within ancient urban Xian, close to its city walls. All 471 rooms have en-suite bathrooms with deep bathtubs, satellite television, a minibar and 24 hour room service. There are two onsite restaurants swerving Chinese and Western delicacies, as well as an indoor pool, spa and coffee shop.



Universal Hotel
Universal Hotel - Guilin (1 Nights)
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Centrally located, the Universal Hotel is close to the Li River and local markets. The hotel combines a warm welcome and pleasant ambience with convenient facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The Palace Restaurant serves delicious Chinese cuisine and the Pizzeria Cafe offers an international menu. Other facilities include a bar and a sauna room.



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.



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.



Adange Hotel
Adange Hotel - Lijiang, Yunnan (3 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.



Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel - Chengdu (1 Nights)
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The Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is located a ten minute walk from the centre of Chengdu. All of its air conditioned, en-suite rooms have a safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a flat screen satellite television. There are also complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, a fitness centre and an onsite restaurant featuring Chinese and Korean cuisine.



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

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive visit to the main sights in China, as well as visits to some of China’s lesser known areas in Yunnan. This tour is also ideal for those who wish to go on a Yangtze River Cruise.

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