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Take a relaxed journey through the great sights of China, walking on the Great Wall, admiring the Terracotta Warriors and visiting the Giant Pandas, while also having plenty of free time and optional excursions to make the holiday your very own.
Discover the imperial highlights and explore the hutongs of China's capital city
Enjoy a relaxing cruise along this languid river
Gaze upon China's most famous resident at the Chengdu Panda Base
Taste true Shanghai cuisine on a walking breakfast tour in this captivating city
Our Land of the Dragon 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.
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic
heart, stroll across Tiananmen
Square and into the sprawling
magnificence of the Forbidden
City. Visit Yandaixiejie, where you’ll
have some free time to wander
the hutongs. These narrow alleys
offer an authentic glimpse of the
old Beijing. Sit down for lunch
with one of the families who call
the hutongs home. This evening
enjoy some free time in the vibrant
Houhai district. (B,L)
Journey to Huanghuacheng Great Wall. This particularly scenic section of
the Great Wall is reached by boat, and
boasts spectacular views from the
top. Spend the afternoon at leisure
exploring colourful Wangfujing
market, or enjoy an optional Peking
duck dinner. (B,L)
Explore the beautifully designed
grounds of the Summer Palace
including the Long Corridor and
the Marble Boat. Spend time
strolling around pretty Kunming
Lake and walk up wooded
Longevity Hill. Enjoy a photo stop
at the Olympic Park. (B)
Visit the Temple of Heaven and
mingle with the locals as they
start their day with tai chi,
dancing and cards in a flurry
of sociable activity. Take the
overnight train to Xian. (B,L)
Arrive in Xian early this morning and check in to your hotel before visiting the Terracotta Warriors. Housed in three immense hangars,
the ranks of the Terracotta Army
stand sentinel in their subterranean
necropolis, constructed to protect
China’s first Emperor. Gaze over
the ranks of warriors and horses,
while you are introduced to these
lifelike soldiers’ fascinating story.
Take a walking tour of the Muslim
Quarter and maybe sample some of
the freshly cooked snacks. With the
evening free, why not enjoy a cold
beer in Defu Lane? (B,L)
Today is a day at leisure to explore
Xian. There is the option to take
a gentle cycle ride that will take
you the nine miles around Xian’s
beautifully preserved city wall, past
many smiling locals. (B)
Fly to Guilin. On arrival explore the
magnificent formations of the Reed
Flute Cave and browse the displays
of the South China Pearl Museum.
Later, take a late afternoon stroll
around the picturesque Ronghu and
Shanhu lakes, mingling with the
local people as you go, then head
to the vibrant Zhengyang Pedestrian
Street where you are free to enjoy
dinner and drinks. (B)
Today there is an option to take
a three-hour hike in the stunning
rice terraces of Longji. Walk past
small hamlets and picture-postcard
views of the terraces which cover
the landscape in intricate patterns.
Otherwise, spend more time in
Take a gentle cruise along the Li
River to Yangshuo. Lined with
dramatic, sci-fi style limestone cliffs,
the serenity of life on the riverbanks
is a wonderful sight. Take a walk
through this idyllic wonderland and
get an insight into life here and visit
the magnificent Moon Hill. The rest
of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
Start the day with a relaxing yet
invigorating session of tai chi,
taking time with a master to learn
this ancient martial art. You may
wish to join an optional bamboo
rafting trip along the Yulong River
or cycle through Yangshuo’s
countryside for one last, tranquil
jaunt in Yangshuo. (B,L)
Return to Guilin and fly to Chengdu.
Walk around People’s Park, a hive
of activity. See beautiful golden koi,
locals dancing and practicing tai
chi, visit a local teahouse and most
interesting of all, Matchmaker’s
Corner. The rest of the day is at
leisure where you can enjoy an
optional hot pot dinner and face
changing show. (B,L)
Today is a day at leisure in
Chengdu, with the option of visiting
the old town of Pingle. Dating back
to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a
stopping point on the Tea Horse
Road. Take time to walk through
its maze of teahouse-lined streets
before seeing the forest from above
on Jinjigu Suspended Rope Bridge.
Spend the morning visiting with
the Giant Pandas of Chengdu
Panda Base. Here you can observe
these gorgeous creatures lounging,
playing and chomping through piles
of bamboo in surroundings that
mirror their natural habitat. Drive to
Chongqing and board your Yangtze
A man-made marvel, the Three
Gorges Dam showcases this
massive feat of engineering. As
you cruise upstream nature takes
over, revealing some of the world’s
most dramatic scenery including
the Three Gorges themselves. A
three-day voyage along China’s
riverine treasure is a chance to
relax and enjoy a slower pace,
whilst absorbing one breathtaking
panorama after another. (B,L,D)
Visit the mammoth Three Gorges
Dam and disembark your cruise
vessel. Fly to Shanghai.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Shanghai,
beginning your explorations of this
action-packed city. Alternatively,
take an optional tour to Zhujiajiao,
one of Shanghai’s sleepy water
towns, built on an old canal system
once used to transport goods all
over imperial China. The town’s
narrow alleyways exude old-world
charm, whilst the waterways are
lined with ancient buildings and
crossed by stone bridges.
Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai,
and take a breakfast walking tour.
Stroll through the city’s most
fascinating districts and enjoy
breakfast as the locals do – sample
pancakes, fried bread sticks and
tofu. Visit the Yu Yuan Garden and
the Old Town and the Silk Museum
before taking an evening stroll
along the Bund and a farewell
dinner of authentic Shanghainese
cuisine. Your final farewell to China
will be a cruise down the Huangpu
Return flight to the UK, arriving 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 4 star Super House International Hotel combines traditional Chinese culture with contemporary comforts. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Facilities include a restaurant serving authentic Chinese cuisine, a coffee shop, lobby bar and tea room. There is also a fitness centre with sauna and a small boutique....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.
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
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
Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown is located in central Shanghai, with easy reach of a large shopping centre, local resaturants and the metro. Each air conditioned, modern en-suite room includes satellite television, a minibar and tea making facilities. The onsite Chinese restaurant offers Dim Sum and seasonal Hairy Crab for those wishing to try the local flavours. ...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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