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Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing through 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.
Walk along this incredible wall, one of the modern wonders of the world
Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
Our In Pursuit of Pandas 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 Beijing, China’s
historical capital. Depending on
your time of arrival, the rest of the
day is yours to start soaking up
the local culture.
Head to Tiananmen Square, Beijing's symbolic heart, and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the
Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will
find a complex full of imperial riches. Later,
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. This evening, sit
down to a traditional dinner of
Peking duck, after which there is an
option to enjoy a Kung Fu show.
This morning is dedicated to
China’s most iconic sight – the
Great Wall, which stretches thousands
of miles from the Yellow Sea to
the Gobi Desert. Taking a walk on
this incredible structure is the best
way to appreciate both the wall
itself and the magnificent scenery
that it crosses. In the afternoon, visit the Jade
Factory, where you will be able
to buy a small handcrafted piece, before
enjoying a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic
gardens of the Summer Palace, as you wander through traditional
landscapes and admire exquisite
architecture. A Chinese acrobatic
show rounds off the day.
Fly to Xian. An illustrious and
age-old city, Xian is one of the four
great ancient capitals of China.
It is also the capital of Shaanxi
province, and the starting point
of the fabled Silk Road with a
history spanning 3,100 years.
Take a leisurely stroll on the
beautifully preserved 14th-century
city walls that enclose Xian’s old
town, before a delicious feast of
traditional Shui Jiao dumplings
and a performance of Tang
After their fortuitous discovery by
local farmers 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-like warriors who stand
in their original formations at the
exact location they were excavated.
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. Take
a bullet train to Chengdu.
This morning visit one of the
world’s finest panda conservation
centres where you’ll gain a real
insight into the hard work that
goes into caring for and boosting
the population of this endangered
species. The pandas here are kept
in conditions very close to their
natural habitat. Later enjoy the
atmosphere of Jinli Street – a lively
street lined with antique shops
and restaurants before sampling a
delicious Sichuanese meal.
A visit to Chengdu’s famous
Panda Conservation Centre
allows you to see and learn about
China’s celebrated bears. See
them up close in surroundings
that mirror their natural habitat
as they chomp through piles
of bamboo. A look around the
informative museum gives an
overview of the Reserve’s breeding
programme. Also, visit the Shu
Brocade Embroidery Museum,
then enjoy a hot beverage in a
traditional teahouse before visiting
Matchmaker’s Corner where
parents search for worthy suitors
for their children.
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.
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
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.
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. ...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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