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Our Essential Yangtze tour has been created for those who wish to see the epic beauty of the Yangtze River on a gentle cruise as well as explore some of China’s most magnificent sights from the adorable Giant Pandas to bustling Shanghai. You’ll be travelling with the guarantee that our dedicated and knowledgeable local guides will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.

What's Included

Tour Highlights

Our Essential Yangtze 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, a Yangtze River cruise and Imperial Beijing 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 Shanghai

    Fly overnight to Shanghai. Transfer to your hotel, check in then relax or start exploring.

  • Day 3

    Discover Shanghai

    Explore the city, stopping at Yu Garden with a stroll through the old town, the Xintiandi Area and Tianzifang. Later, visit the Silk Museum.

  • Day 4

    Board Your Yangtze Cruise

    Hop on a bullet train to Yichang and embark your Yangtze River cruise ship.

  • Days 5-7

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Cruise up the Yangtze River passing from one breathtaking panorama to another to sail through the dramatic Three Gorges. Enjoy shore excursions and cultural activities as you voyage.

  • Day 8

    Disembark in Chongqing

    Disembark in the mega city of Chongqing and head to the Panda House to see China’s beloved bear. Take the bullet train to Xian, an ancient city with an illustrious history, and the home of the Terracotta Warriors.

  • Day 9

    Terracotta Warriors

    Call on the life-like legions of Terracotta Warriors made to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang, before visiting the craftsmen of a warrior workshop. Later, see the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Day 10

    Bullet Train to Beijing

    Take the bullet train to Beijing. China’s capital may be a modern mega city but it is also an imperial treasure trove, with over 3,000 years’ worth of history to be explored.

  • Day 11

    Imperial Beijing

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

  • Day 12

    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 13

    Fly Beijing to UK

    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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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 £1,499pp (Shanghai - Beijing)
  • Regional UK departures available
  • Single room option from £490
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Tipping payable locally RMB640pp
  • Visa is NOT included
  • Price listed is based on new bookings only

Sample Tour Hotels

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

  • DAY 2-3Shanghai

    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
  • DAY 4-7Shanghai

    Grand Central Hotel

    The luxury Shanghai Grand Central is located next to the Bund and Nanjing Road: perfect for exploring Shanghai. It offers 353 en-suite rooms equipped with Wifi, air conditioning, safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a minibar. There are two onsite restaurants featuring authentic French cuisine and contemporary Cantonese delicacies.

    505 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
    Grand Central Hotel
  • DAY 8-9Xian

    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 10-12Beijing

    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

Essential Information


Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is not included in the price of this holiday and should be arranged yourself. However, our step-by-step guide on completing your visa form is available on our website.


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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