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 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
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival, you will be accompanied by one of our experienced guides to the hotel.
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 and enter the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering showcase of royal life. In the evening, dine on Peking duck and enjoy an optional Kung Fu show. (B,L,D)
Ride the cable car up the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping at an 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 Factory, then take a rickshaw ride through the hutongs where you will 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 and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy an optional exuberant and colourful Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
View the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors and horses in the company of an expert. We have exclusively arranged for you to meet one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974 to hear his story. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Workshop before returning to the city. Later, study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies and enjoy these for dinner. Take an optional night tour of the city which includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Explore Hanyangling Mausoleum and visit the restoration laboratory. 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 and enjoy time at leisure. (B,L)
Take a relaxing cruise on the Li River to Yangshuo. On arrival, enjoy a delicious dinner before taking your VIP seats for Impression Liu Sanjie', a light spectacular that perfectly utilises the karst landscape as a theatre and the Li River as a stage. (B,L,D)
Take a walking tour of Yangshuo's idyllic, karst-studded countryside and stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li River and meet a cormorant fisherman. Spend the afternoon relaxing or enjoy an optional activity including cycling or rafting. (B)
Return to Guilin by road. Take a walking tour to see the Sun and Moon pagodas and stroll around Guilin's vibrant West Lake area before visiting the South China Pearl Factory to discover the fascinating 1,700 year history of pearling in the South China Sea. (B)
Fly to Chongqing, where you will visit China's celebrated bear at Chongqing Zoo's dedicated Panda House. Later, board your Century Yangtze cruise ship. (B,L,D)
The Yangtze has 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 before a lavish dinner is served. (B,L,D)
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through the Wu and Qutang gorges before heading up the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to explore further. (B,L,D)
The Three Gorges Dam is a massive feat of engineering that 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. Disembark and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. (B,L)
Travel to the 1,700-year-old water town of Zhujiajiao which boasts old stone bridges, woodpanelled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways once used to transport goods. Return to Shanghai and enjoy an optional acrobatic show or a stunning cruise on the Huangpu River. (B,L)
Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the Yu Gardens, the old town and the Silk Factory. Also take a stroll along the Bund to see the colonial architecture, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening before toasting the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home, arriving the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
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.
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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).
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.
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
Set in an upscale commercial area, the Shangri-La Hotel offers spacious and refined rooms with marble bathrooms and city views through the room’s expansive floor-to-ceiling window. You can enjoy the hotel’s amenities, which include 3 restaurants and an elegant lobby bar, as well as a spa, a gym and an indoor pool. Dedicated and experienced staff caters to the needs of guests with an extensive range of services and facilities....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
The Amari Yangshuo is excellently located just a few minutes’ stroll from lively West Street, but still surrounded by the beauty for which the town is famous. Boasting a cool, contemporary feel, the hotel has a restaurant serving local and international dishes, fitness centre and spa. Bedrooms are bright and spacious with a private marble bathroom, air-conditioning, television, kettle and a private balcony with views over Yangshuo’s breathtaking landscapes. ...Read more
Fairmont Peace Hotel is a "luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece", brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. Situated at the famous Bund promenade and the unrivalled shopping area on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle....Read more
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