Family Panda Adventure


The ultimate family adventure! Journey from ancient Beijing on this private tour to atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.

tour duration 10 Days from
tour price 2,690pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

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

Tour Highlights

Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China
Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
Join a hands-on Chinese painting class
Practise Chinese Yoo-yoo in the Temple of Heaven Park
Learn how to make and fly traditional Chinese kites
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Visit the Dujiangyan Panda Conservation Centre just outside Chengdu

Days 1-2: UK to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, one of the world’s great ancient capitals and a home to some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for a three night stay. Take a rest at your hotel or start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Days 1-2: UK to Beijing
Day 3: The Great Wall
Head to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall is a masterpiece of restoration makes for easy walking with breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside. On the way back to Beijing, stop to visit Beijing Jade Factory and learn more about one of China’s most symbolic and important materials – Jade. After lunch, visit the Summer Palace in the north of Beijing, built by Emperor Qianglong as a gift to his mother in the 18th century. Stroll along its charming garden before heading back to the city late afternoon. This evening, experience authentic Chinese cuisine with a special Peking Duck dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3: The Great Wall
Day 4: Imperial Beijing
This morning, try your hand at making and flying traditional Chinese kites before heading to visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world and among the most well-known historical sites in China. Continue on to the Forbidden city, so called because it was off limits to all but the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties for 500 years. In the afternoon, join a hands-on Chinese painting class before returning to your hotel. This evening, you may wish to join an optional Chinese Acrobat or Kung Fu show. (B,L)
Day 4: Imperial Beijing
Day 5: Temple of Heaven
Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven where you can learn Chinese Yoo-Yoo or simply enjoy watching the locals practicing Tai-Chi, dancing and playing cards. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. (B,L)
Day 5: Temple of Heaven
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
Spend the morning visiting the Terracotta Army, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century, where work is still ongoing to uncover more of these legendary statues. Next, stop by the Terracotta Factory where you will have the chance to sculpt your very own mini Warrior, before cycling along Xian’s ancient city walls. This evening, take in an optional light and fountain show. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Terracotta Warriors
Day 7: Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu for a three night stay. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or start exploring the city. (B,L)
Day 7: Chengdu
Day 8: Dujiangyan Panda Base
Head to Dujiangyan this morning and visit the Panda Base to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. A world-class research facility and conservation centre, the Panda Centre is also a primary destination to get a closer look at these endangered bears. You may wish to participate in optional panda volunteering and panda handling (ages 12 – 65 only, subject to availability). Later, visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and experience further how these richly decorative fabrics are created before having the opportunity to purchase a piece yourself. Return to Chengdu where this evening you may wish to join an optional face-changing show. (B,L)
Day 8: Dujiangyan Panda Base
Day 9: At leisure in Chengdu
Enjoy a day at leisure in Chengdu where you can relax or further explore. You may wish to take an optional tour to the New Century Global Centre Waterpark (subject to seasonal opening), Happy Valley Chengdu theme park or Chengdu Giant Panda Base. These can be booked and paid for in Chengdu via your local guide. (B)
Day 9: At leisure in Chengdu
Day 10: Chengdu to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 10: Chengdu to UK

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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.

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Children under the age of 12 receive a special discount.

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Additional Price Information:

Children under the age of 12 receive a special discount.

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.

Novotel Peace Hotel
Novotel Peace Hotel - Beijing (3 Nights)
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The Novotel Peace Hotel is located in Wangfujing area of central Beijing, only a few minutesí? walk to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.



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.



Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel - Chengdu (3 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.



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

Why Book This Tour?

This private tour is ideal for the whole family who wish to see the key highlights and cities of China, including the Pandas at the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve where you may wish to participate in optional panda volunteering. Children under the age of 12 receive a special discount.

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