17 DAYS ●
Wind your way from Beijing to Shanghai in style, discovering China's natural grandeur and imperial wonders en route - see the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors before cruising down the Li and Yangtze Rivers.
Discover this peaceful temple and its surrounding local park
Gaze upon the Sun and Moon Pagodas in Guilin
Cruise down this idyllic, languid river
Enjoy this bustling city with a walking tour featuring some spectacular views
Our Exclusive Collection Legends of China Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Take a Tai Chi class with a master at the Temple of Heaven
Toast with champagne on top of the Great Wall of China
Enjoy a 3 night cruise on China's most famous river
Enjoy a farwell cocktail in Jinmao Towers' Cloud 9 bar
Our Legends 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.
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel. (D)
Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private Tai Chi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City - the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Visit a cloissoné workshop to witness the process of creating beautiful, enameled objects with pieces available to buy. Dine on Peking Duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Visit the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of the Wall as it snakes over craggy peaks. Return to Beijing via the Jade Museum, then take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where you'll stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. ENjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)
Fly to Xian. walk on the 14th-century walls for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. This evening, watch a Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
The Terracotta Warriors are one of the world's most famous archaeological discoveries. View the enigmatic ranks in the company of an archaeologist who works at the site. Next we have exclusively arranged for you to meet the discoverer of the Warriors - learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition before returning to the city. Later study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. (B,L,D)
Explore Hanyangling Mausoleum. The artefacts recovered here, viewable from the glass walkways above, give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty. Fly to Guilin, a city set in the dramatic limestone karst landscapes of the Li River valley. Visit the South China Pearl Museum to discover the fascinating 1,700 year history of pearling in the South China Sea. As well as displays and demonstrations there are also beautiful pieces to buy. (B,L)
Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo. The magnificence of the limestone karsts and serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. On arrival, enjoy dinner before Impression Sanjie Liu, a light spectacular that perfectly utilises the karst landscape as a theatre and the Li River as a stage. (B,L,D)
This morning, enjoy a half-day countryside tour of beautiful Yangshuo. This afternoon, relax, explore or take part in an optional activity of Bamboo rafting. (B)
Return to Guilin for a walking tour, see the Sun and Moon Pagodas and the West Lake before meeting a genuine cormorant fishermen on the banks of the Li River (B).
Transfer to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic district full of traditional architecture - spend a free evening here exploring before boarding your ship. (B,D)
The Yangtze has long played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China - this voyage is the perfect way to get an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a welcome reception followed by a lavish dinner at the à la carte restaurant. (B,L,D)
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through Wu and Qutang gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. Back on the boat, expand your knowledge on the dam project with a presentation by the ships river guide. (B,L,D)
This massive feat of engineering saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Our vessel must then negotiate the five-step Three Gorges Dam lock before we disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
China's attractive water towns exude a rustic charm. The 1,700 year old Zhujiajiao is a typical example, boasting old stone bridges, wood-panelled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways once used to transport goods. Return to Shanghai where the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities of your hotel, or you may wish to take a ride on the super-fast Maglev train (at your own expense). (B)
Walk in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of traditional Chinese horticulture. Visit the colonial Bund, the Silk Museum and the Old Town, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Meiyuancun and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
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.
Within steps of the vibrant Pedestrian Zone of Wangfujing, the Regent Building offers a grand choice in sophisticated, centrally located accommodation. This luxurious hotel provides meticulously designed rooms with a King Size bed and 42" plasma screen TV. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Serenity Spa....Read more
This chic hotel is an 11 minute walk from a subway station. Refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks and minibars, plus tea and coffeemakers. There's an elegant restaurant, a sleek cafe and a lobby bar, in addition to a gym, an indoor pool and a spa. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, a beauty salon, a ballroom and an open-air roof garden....Read more
Featuring classic Chinese architecture, this elegant hotel can be found along the Lijiang River. The plush rooms have picture windows with city, river or garden views, as well as marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and sitting areas. Upgraded quarters add club lounge access with special perks, while suites include living rooms. Some also come with dining areas. Room service is offered 24/7....Read more
Situated by the Yulong River, The Yangshuo Resort Hotel offers guests a place to enjoy beautiful views of nearby mountains.
This Yangshuo hotel hosts spacious, river-view en-suite rooms.
For recreation and relaxation, enjoy a spa or massage, take exercise at the fitness centre, or play a game of tennis. The onsite restaurants serve delicious western, local and Cantonese food.
It is located at the intersection of Nanjing Road and Zhongshan Road, overlooking the majestic Huangpu River.
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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