Enchanting China


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This is your chance to explore the wonderful cities of Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Chengdu, on a relaxed itinerary that introduces you to the very best sights with the option to choose your own extra activities

tour duration 17 Days from
tour price 2,990pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (4N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Xian (2N) - Chengdu (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the imperial highlights of capital city Beijing
Gaze upon China's most famous resident: the Giant Panda
Come face to face with the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors
Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River for 3 nights
Walk along the ancient Tea Horse Road to the town of Pingle
Explore China's bustling, financial capital Shanghai

Days 1-2 UK 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 UK to Beijing
Day 3 Imperial Beijing
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you’ll find a complex full of imperial treasures. Visit Yandaixiejie, where you’ll have some free time to wander the hutongs. These narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of the old Beijing, before the emergence of high-rise buildings and modern commerce. Sit down for lunch with one of the families who call the hutongs home. This evening enjoy some free time in the vibrant Houhai district. (B,L)
Day 3 Imperial Beijing
Day 4 Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Wangfujing
Journey to Huanghuacheng Great Wall. This particularly scenic section of the Great Wall is reached by boat, and boasts spectacular views from the top. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring colourful Wangfujing market, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner. (B,L)
Day 4 Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Wangfujing
Day 5 Summer Palace
Explore the beautifully designed grounds of the Summer Palace including the Long Corridor and the Marble Boat. Spend time strolling around pretty Kunming Lake and walk up wooded Longevity Hill. Enjoy a photo stop at the Olympic Park. (B)
Day 5 Summer Palace
Day 6 Temple of Heaven
Visit the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with tai chi, dancing and cards in a flurry of sociable activity. Take the bullet train this afternoon to Xian. Your evening is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 6 Temple of Heaven
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors
Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China’s first Emperor. Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, while you are introduced to these lifelike soldiers’ fascinating story. Take a walking tour of the Muslim Quarter and maybe sample some of the freshly cooked snacks. With the evening free, why not enjoy a cold beer in Defu Lane? (B,L)
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors
Day 8 Cycle the Xian City Walls
Today is a day at leisure to explore Xian. There is the option to take a gentle cycle ride that will take you the nine miles around Xian’s beautifully preserved city wall, past many smiling locals. (B)
Day 8 Cycle the Xian City Walls
Day 9 Chengdu like a local
Fly to Chengdu and walk around People’s Park, a hive of activity. See beautiful golden koi, locals dancing and practicing tai chi, visit a local teahouse and most interesting of all, Matchmaker’s Corner. (B,L)
Day 9 Chengdu like a local
Day 10 Pingle Ancient Town
Today is a day at leisure in Chengdu, with the option of visiting the old town of Pingle. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the forest from above on Jinjigu Suspended Rope Bridge. (B)
Day 10 Pingle Ancient Town
Day 11 Giant Pandas
Spend the morning visiting with the Giant Pandas of Chengdu Panda Base. Here you can observe these gorgeous creatures lounging, playing and chomping through piles of bamboo in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Drive to Chongqing and board your Yangtze cruise vessel. (B,D)
Day 11 Giant Pandas
Days 12-13 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 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 12-13 Yangtze Cruise
Day 14 Fly to Shanghai
Visit the mammoth Three Gorges Dam and disembark your cruise vessel. Fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 14 Fly to Shanghai
Day 15 Shanghai
Enjoy a day at leisure in Shanghai, beginning your explorations of this actionpacked city. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town’s narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. (B)
Day 15 Shanghai
Day 16 Shanghainese Shanghai
Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai, and take a breakfast walking tour between coruscating skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the city’s most fascinating districts, marvelling at monuments and rickety buildings before enjoying breakfast as the locals do – sample pancakes, fried bread sticks and tofu. Visit the Yu Yuan Garden and the Old Town and the Silk Museum before taking an evening stroll along the Bund and a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. Your final farewell to China will be a cruise down the Huangpu River, serenaded by the neon lights of Pudong. (B,D)
Day 16 Shanghainese Shanghai
Day 17 Depart Shanghai
Return flight to the UK, arriving the same or following day. (B)
Day 17 Depart Shanghai

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 £2,490 (Beijing -Shanghai)
Single room supplement from £560 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB870pp

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11-Oct > 12-Oct - £3,390 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,490 (Beijing -Shanghai)
Single room supplement from £560 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB870pp

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 (4 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.



Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel - Chengdu (2 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.



Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel
Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel - Shanghai (3 Nights)
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The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the fa?ade of Shanghai’s Olympic Stadium. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve both Cantonese and Western cuisines. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre are also available.



Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 940pp
Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 240pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 420pp

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

Why Book This Tour?

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 also has days at leisure with many optional activities available, giving you the choice! This tour is also suitable for those who wish to take a Yangtze River Cruise.

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