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Combining the contrasting urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian with the majestic sights of the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and extraordinary landscapes of the Li River, this tour showcases China’s most glorious highlights.
Marvel at this sparkling city on a Huangpu River Cruise
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Walk along this incredible wall, one of the modern great wonders
Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo on the stunning Li River
Our Glories of China itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to the exuberant
city of Shanghai, called ‘the
Paris of the East’. Depending on
your time of arrival, the rest of
the day is yours to start soaking
up the local culture.
Shanghai is China’s great
metropolis, where east and west
collide on streets lined with
futuristic skyscrapers and 10thcentury
temples.Visit the peaceful Yu Garden,
pass through the old town and
visit the Silk Museum. View the
city at night from the Huangpu
River on a panoramic cruise.
This evening, enjoy a meal of
Start with a visit
to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s
sleepy water towns. Afterwards
see the antiquities of the Shanghai
Museum before admiring
magnificent architecture with a
stroll along the Bund.
Fly to the scenic city of Guilin.
Visit Seven Star Park and stroll
through the beautiful scenery.
You can also explore the
spectacular formations of Seven
Take a relaxed cruise along the
Li River to the charming town
of Yangshuo. Around every river
bend is a view to take your breath
away as jagged karst peaks loom
over rural scenes of lush greenery,
grazing buffalo and local fishermen.
This evening there is an option to
watch the spectacular Impression
Liu Sanjie music and light show.
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite
rural location, surrounded by
landscapes of emerald-green
paddy fields and dramatic
limestone karsts. Spend the
morning exploring the countryside
before having an afternoon at
leisure. There are many optional
activities available including
cycling, rafting and walking,
though you may prefer to relax in
Travel back to Guilin by road. En
route, stop on the banks of the
Li River for a photo opportunity
with a cormorant fisherman. Stroll
around Ronghu Lake and admire
the Sun and Moon pagodas – two
towering examples of traditional
The South China Pearl Museum
covers the fascinating 1,700-year
old history of pearling in the South
China Sea with displays and
demonstrations. There are also
beautiful pieces available to buy.
Fly to the ancient city of Xian.
Saunter around the beautiful Little
Wild Goose Pagoda before feasting
on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings
and watching a lively performance
of Tang Dynasty dancing.
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. Visit the workshop of the
craftsmen who recreate Terracotta
Warriors in the style of their
ancient counterparts. Watch the
skilled production process and buy
a souvenir warrior to take home.
Later, stroll on the beautifully
preserved 14th-century city walls
that enclose Xian’s old town.
Board the bullet train to Beijing,
the capital of China. Enjoy a
fascinating rickshaw ride through
the warren-like hutongs, and visit
a local family to gain a deeper
insight into Chinese culture and
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.
Visit the Jade Museum, where
you can understand the delicate
process of carving this stone. In
the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic
landscapes of the Summer Palace
as you wander amongst traditional
Chinese gardens and view the
exquisite architecture. Round off
the day with an evening watching a
Chinese acrobatic show.
Soak up the harmonious ambience
of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly
oasis in a bustling urban landscape,
where you can watch, or participate
in a dance class. Head to Beijing’s
symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square,
and stroll into the sprawling
magnificence of the Forbidden
City. Entering through the Gate of
Supreme Harmony, you will find
a complex full of imperial riches.
This evening, savour Beijing’s best
known delicacy – Peking duck.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day.
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. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the facade 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. ...Read more
Located in Guilin’s city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant. ...Read more
Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel is located a 5 minute complimentary shuttle ride to the centre of Yangshuo’s pedestrianised market streets. Each of its 400 air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, safety deposit boxes and tea making facilities. There are 2 onsite restaurants offering local southern Chinese cuisine as well as Western cuisine. The outdoor pool is a highlight. ...Read more
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.
Hotel Park Plaza Beijing West is located close to the capital’s attractions, a large shopping district and the metro system. The hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, flat screen satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s three onsite restaurants serve a wide range of Chinese and Western dishes, including Cantonese and Sichuan styles. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre. ...Read more
All of our tour 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 travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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.
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.
The cost of meals is included in your group 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).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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