Legends of China


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.

tour duration 17 Days from
tour price 4,690pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the peaceful Temple of Heaven and its surrounding local park
Walk along the mighty Great Wall of China, one of China's top highlights
Gaze upon the Sun and Moon Pagodas in Guilin
Cruise down the idyllic, languid Li River
Relax in the tranquil setting of the Yu Gardens
Enjoy bustling Shanghai on a walking tour

Exclusive Experiences

Watch the spectacular Impression Sanjie Liu show in Yangshuo
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 luxury 3 night cruise on the Yangtze River
Meet one of the discoverers of the Terracotta Warriors
Enjoy a farewell cocktail in Jinmao Towers' Cloud 9 bar in Shanghai

Day 1-2 Fly to Beijing
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)
Day 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
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 vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City - a monument to a dynastic past, the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Visit a cloissoné workshop to witness the elaborate 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)
Day 3 Explore Imperial Beijing
Day 4 Champagne on the Great Wall
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)
Day 4 Champagne on the Great Wall
Day 5 Ancient City Walls
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)
Day 5 Ancient City Walls
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
Fortuitously found by local farmers, 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 and who will put their story into context. 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)
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
Day 7 Beautiful Guilin
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)
Day 7 Beautiful Guilin
Day 8 Cruise the Li River
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)
Day 8 Cruise the Li River
Day 9 Yangshuo's Countryside
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)
Day 9 Yangshuo's Countryside
Day 10 Discover Guilin
Return to Guilin for a walking tour, see the Sun and Moon Pagodas and the West Lake before watching the famous cormorant fishermen demonstrating their age-old technique (B).
Day 10 Discover Guilin
Day 11 Ciqikou & Yangtze River Cruise
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)
Day 11 Ciqikou & Yangtze River Cruise
Day 12 Captain's Welcome
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)
Day 12 Captain's Welcome
Day 13 Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
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)
Day 13 Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
Day 14 Three Gorges Dam Project
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)
Day 14 Three Gorges Dam Project
Day 15 Zhujiajiao water town
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)
Day 15 Zhujiajiao water town
Day 16 Stylish Shanghai
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.
Day 16 Stylish Shanghai
Day 17 Fly Shanghai to UK
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)
Day 17 Fly Shanghai to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4,190 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from £1,490 (none if willing to share)
Tipping paid locally RMB1190

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £4,190 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from £1,490 (none if willing to share)
Tipping paid locally RMB1190

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Regent Beijing Wangfujing
Regent Beijing Wangfujing - Beijing (3 Nights)
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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.



Hilton Xian
Hilton Xian - Xian (2 Nights)
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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.



Shangri-La Guilin
Shangri-La Guilin - Guilin (1 Nights)
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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.



Yangshuo Resort
Yangshuo Resort - Yangshuo,Guilin (2 Nights)
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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.



Fairmont Peace Hotel
Fairmont Peace Hotel - Shanghai (2 Nights)
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It is located at the intersection of Nanjing Road and Zhongshan Road, overlooking the majestic Huangpu River.



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. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. 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. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. 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. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
 
We will indicate the 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. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
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. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
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. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

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).

What's Included

International flights
UK chauffeur transfer (50m airport radius)
Domestic transportation
5* luxury accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Mid-tour laundry service
2 bottles of water per day
Porterage to and from hotel rooms

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time available to travel and who are looking to tour the most iconic and popular destinations and cities in China. This tour is a luxury tour and is suitable for the more discerning traveller.

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