26 DAYS ●
This wide-ranging tour has China’s top destinations covered, with time to soak up the sights. Whether you are looking for history, character and culture, the modern and marvellous, or a straight-up combination of the two, then this is the itinerary for you.
Take a 4-night voyage on China's most famous river and see the magnificent Three Gorges
Spend time with these furry creatures at the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
Meander amongst the eerie Stone Forest in Kunming
Visit Dali's sentinel Three Pagodas, standing guard at the bottom of the mountain
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
Visit Tiananmen Square
and discover the sprawling
magnificence of the Forbidden
City before exploring Beijing’s
old hutongs where you can
meet a local family and visit
their home. This evening, enjoy
traditional Peking duck. The
next morning, take a walk on
the incredible Great Wall, the
best way to appreciate its sheer
magnificence. Stop at the Jade
Factory to understand and
appreciate the delicate process of
carving the stone – you can even
buy a piece. Finally, enjoy the
idyllic landscapes of the Summer
In the morning, soak up the
harmonious ambience of the
Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis
in a bustling urban landscape, and
wander through the park, where
you can watch, or participate in
a dance class. Later, take a bullet
train to Xian.
Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda
before wandering around the
narrow alleys of the Muslim
Quarter. Tonight, feast on
traditional Shui Jiao dumplings
before a performance of Tang
Dynasty dancing. The next
day, view the enigmatic ranks
of warriors that make up the
Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin
Shi Huang. 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
Xian’s beautifully preserved
14th-century city walls.
Fly to Wuhan and continue by coach to Yichang. Board your cruise ship which will take you on an amazing journey up China’s Yangtze River for the next 4 nights.
The Three Gorges Dam may be
an impressive feat of engineering
but as you cruise upstream nature
takes over, revealing some of the
world’s most dramatic scenery
including the Three Gorges
themselves. Over the next three
days prepare for one breathtaking
panorama after another. Take a
side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess
Stream and enjoy a
range of shore excursions.
Disembark in Chongqing then
explore old Ciqikou, whose
narrow streets are perfect for a
stroll to admire the traditional
architecture. Transfer to Chengdu
where tonight you will be served a
traditional Sichuanese dinner with
the option to watch a Sichuan
Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda
Centre to see these celebrated
bears in surroundings that mirror
their natural habitat. Later, fly to the
pleasant city of Kunming.
Today, explore the fascinating
formations of the picturesque
Stone Forest. Tuck in to local
delicacy, Across the Bridge
Noodles, for dinner.
Dali offers a peek of the China of
times-gone-by. Over the next two days, visit the Three
Pagodas, explore the Ancient Quarter, see the
Yan Family House and travel to Xizhou village
to browse around the local market. There will
also be a cruise on Erhai Lake.
Transfer back to Kunming and fly to
the beautiful city of Guilin.
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li
River to charming Yangshuo. Around
every river bend is a view to take
your breath away as jagged karst
peaks loom over rural scenes of
lush greenery and grazing buffalo.
Begin with a relaxing and invigorating session
of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to
learn this ancient martial art. Explore the
countryside and stop on the banks of the Li
River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant
fisherman. Enjoy time at leisure or choose
one of the many optional activities available
including cycling or bamboo rafting.
Drive back to Guilin to visit
the Pearl Factory and Reed
Flute Cave, where you can
admire colourful stalactites and
stalagmites. Also stroll around
Ronghu Lake and admire the Sun and
Moon pagodas – two towering examples of
traditional Chinese-Buddhist architecture.
Fly to Hangzhou and visit the Temple of Inspired
Begin the with a cruise on West Lake and visit Xihutiandi
before continuing to Suzhou. Renowned for its
elegant gardens, Suzhou has managed to retain a
sense of quaint charm. The next day, visit one of the finest, the
Humble Administrator’s Garden – typical
of the Chinese appreciation of balance and
harmony. Also cruise on the
thousand-year-old Grand Canal.
Travel to the exuberant and cosmopolitan
city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of
the East'. Shanghai is China’s great
metropolis, where east and
west collide on streets lined
with futuristic skyscrapers and
10th-century temples. Visit
Matchmaker's Corner in Peoples Park, where
parents search for worthy
suitors for their children, the
Shanghai Museum and People's
Square. Later, enjoy a view of the
glittering city from the Huangpu
River on a panoramic cruise. This
evening, dine on a delicious meal
of Shanghainese cuisine.
explorations include the traditional
Yu Garden, the old town and the
Silk Factory. Later, admire the
magnificent colonial architecture
with a stroll along the Bund.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day.
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.
Want to fly direct to your destination? Choose Manchester, Heathrow or Gatwick for the biggest selection of direct flights.
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Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and when it comes to organising it, our visa team will be on hand to help you with any questions or queries. Our step-by-step guide on completing your visa form is available on our website and we will comprehensively check your visa application form to make sure it meets the embassy guidelines. For those passengers travelling to the London visa centre, you will be met and assisted by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team.
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).
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the 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 smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
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....Read more
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. ...Read more
Jin-Tone Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the core business area of Chengdu, close to CBD, Tianfu Square and Wide and Narrow Alleys. ...Read more
Jin Jiang Hotel is located close to Kunming’s main sttractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel includes the Shanghai and the Lily restaurant, which serve local Huaiyan and Yunnan specialties. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight. ...Read more
Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake....Read more
Centrally located, the Universal Hotel is close to the Li River and local markets. The hotel combines a warm welcome and pleasant ambience with convenient facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The Palace Restaurant serves delicious Chinese cuisine and the Pizzeria Cafe offers an international menu. Other facilities include a bar and a sauna room. ...Read more
Centrally located, the New Century Hotel is near the beautiful Yangshuo Park. Facilities include a restaurant serving international cuisine, a bar, beauty salon and currency exchange. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a hairdryer....Read more
The Best Western Richful Green Hotel is located in the heart of Hangzhou, steps away from the famous West Lake. It offers spacious and stylish air conditioned rooms with free Wifi, satellite television and a luxurious en-suite. The hotel also provides an onsite restaurant serving Cantonese cuisine, a health club and a beauty salon....Read more
Holiday Inn Suzhou Youlian is located in the heart of ancient Suzhou, the Venice of the East. Each air conditioned, modern en-suite room includes satellite television, safety deposit boxes, a minibar and tea making facilities. The onsite Chinese restaurant offers Taihu Lake prawns and sweet and sour Mandarin fish for those wishing to try the local flavours. There is also a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness centre. ...Read more
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
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