Classical China with Shangri-La


Travel along China’s Golden Triangle. Start in Shanghai; next to Xian, home to the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors; and ending in Beijing, the political and historical hub of China, home to the majestic, world-renowned Great Wall of China. Stay in luxurious Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts throughout your trip.

tour duration 9 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Shanghai (3N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Walk past the colonial architecture of the Bund, a glimpse into Shanghai’s opulent past
Cruise the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas of Shanghai’s magnificent skyline
Come face to face with the enigmatic Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
Wander through the industrious lanes of the exotic Muslim Quarter
Take in the spiritual and tranquil atmosphere at the stunning Temple of Heaven
Stand on China’s most iconic and legendary structure, the Great Wall of China

Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your 5* Shangri-La accommodation for a 3 night stay. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure exploring this magnificent city or spend time in luxury discovering your accommodation.
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai
Day 2 Wuzhen water town
Visit Wuzhen water town, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, with an intricate system of canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. The town’s narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings. Return to Shanghai and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Day 2 Wuzhen water town
Day 3 Explore 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 traditional Yu Gardens and the atmospheric alleys of the old town.Next visit the Shanghai Museum, for an informative introduction to both Shanghai and China's history and culture. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund before enjoying the 1920's architectural styling of the Xintiandi area. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. (B,L)
Day 3 Explore Shanghai
Day 4 Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.(B,L,D)
Day 4 Fly to Xian
Day 5 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. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.(B,L)
Day 5 Terracotta Warriors
Day 6 Fly to Beijing
A relaxed morning includes a visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda as well as visit the Shaanxi Museum, as well as enjoy time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city. (B,L)
Day 6 Fly to Beijing
Day 7 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. Soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, before an evening watching a Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L)
Day 7 Imperial Beijing
Day 8 Great Wall of China
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 and at the Jade Museum you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Today’s sightseeing is the perfect way to build up your appetite for Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking Duck. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Great Wall of China
Day 9 Depart Beijing
Check out from your hotel and be transferred to Beijing Capital International airport where your arrangements will end. (B)
Day 9 Depart Beijing

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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.

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

all accommodation as detailed based on twin share throughout tour.
meals as detailed
all transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees as indicated on itinerary.
local English-speaking guide.
Domestic air tickets in E-class. from Shanghai~Xian and Xian~Beijing
Visa fees for UK & EU Passport holders
Land Only - does not include international flights

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those who have a reasonable amount of time available and are looking to visit the three most iconic and famous cities in China. This tour is also suitable for the more discerning customer, as you will be staying in 5* Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts throughout your trip.

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