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Our Essential China itinerary has been designed for those who wish to see the plethora of magnificent sights China has to offer, from the Great Wall to the Terracotta Warriors as well as the chance to uncover rich heritage, vibrant culture and ancient history. You’ll be travelling with the guarantee that our professional and expert local guides, will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.

What's Included

Tour Highlights

This tour will see you exploring some of China's most iconic sights, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Tour Itinerary

Highlights include the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and the Yu Garden amongst an abundance of other incredible sights. Use your free time to explore China in-depth, uncovering hidden gems and learning about local life.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly to Beijing

    Fly overnight to Beijing, China’s history and culture-packed capital city. Transfer to your hotel, check in then relax or start exploring.

  • Day 3

    Imperial Beijing

    From Tiananmen Square, wander through the opulent Forbidden City before heading to the Temple of Heaven to explore and watch, or join in, a dance class?

  • Day 4

    Great Wall of China

    Start the day with a walk along the Great Wall, China’s most iconic sight, returning to Beijing via the Jade Museum and the Olympic Green for a photo stop.

  • Day 5

    Bullet Train to Xian

    Hop on a bullet train to Xian, an ancient city with a long and exciting history, and the home of the Terracotta Warriors.

  • Day 6

    Terracotta Warriors

    Call on the Terracotta Warriors, made to protect an Emperor, before visiting craftsmen in a warrior workshop. Later, see the Little Wild Goose Pagoda.??

  • Day 7

    Fly to Shanghai

    Fly to Shanghai, China’s great modern metropolis. The rest of the day is free, so why not start exploring amongst the gleaming skyscrapers?

  • Day 8

    Explore Shanghai

    Explore the city, stopping at the Yu Garden with a stroll through the old town, the Shanghai Museum and Silk Museum.

  • Day 9

    Fly Shanghai to UK

    Wave farewell to Shanghai and transfer to the airport to board your flight home. Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Tour Dates and Prices for

All of our departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs or you are not sure that travelling as part of a group is for you, a Private tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.

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Find a tour with the same inclusion cheaper and we will match it AND give you a reward. We will match the price of any Wendy Wu Tour quoted elsewhere. The price of your tour will never rise after you've paid. See full terms and conditions.

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Please note, visas are not included in the price of your tour

Additional Price Information

  • Based on London Heathrow departures
  • Land only from £999pp (Beijing-Shanghai)
  • Regional UK departures available
  • Single room option from £290
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Tipping payable locally RMB470pp
  • Visa is NOT included
  • Price listed is based on new bookings only

Sample Tour Hotels

We select a wide range of hotels for our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the style of tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a more rual town. Here are some example hotels.

  • DAY 2-4Beijing

    Jiangxi Grand Hotel

    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.

    No. 8 Hengyitiao, Fengtai District, Beijing, China
    Jiangxi Grand Hotel
  • DAY 5-6Xian

    Xian Tourism Golden Flower Hotel

    The Xian Tourism Golden Flower Hotel is centrally located in Xian. 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 onsite restaurant serves both Chinese and Western cuisines, and the lobby bar serves hot and cold drinks. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre is also available.

    8 West Changle Road, Xi'an
    Xian Tourism Golden Flower Hotel
  • DAY 7-8Shanghai

    Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan

    Providing spacious, comfortable, air conditioned rooms the Crowne Plaza is in a great location for exploring the city. The hotel has a fitness centre, two swimming pools, a spa and a variety of dining options serving Chinese and international dishes.

    199 Handan Rd, WuJiaoChang, Yangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200433
    Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan

Essential Information


Everyone needs a visa to travel to China and this should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is not included in the price of this holiday. Once your booking is made, we will contact you to help you with your visa. Our step-by-step guide will also help you complete your China visa form.


To call the UK the international access code is 0044. Out of hours is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. 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. 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. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate 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. 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.


Selected meals are included in your tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. 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. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.


Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. 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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