Magnificent China Private Tour

China is home to a great number of magnificent and world-renowned sights. This tour incorporates them all – cruise along the mighty Yangtze and languid Li Rivers, visit the adorable pandas and admire the astonishing Great Wall and Terracotta Army.

tour duration 21 Days from
tour price 4,545pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (4N) - Xian (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Chengdu (2N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Shanghai (4N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Dine on sumptuous Peking Duck, a favourite of the Chinese emperors
Stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century Xian city walls
Cruise on the mighty Yangtze River to admire the magnificent Three Gorges
Explore the idyllic dreamlike scenery of Yangshuo
Admire the intricacies and Fengshui of the Humble Administrator’s Garden
Discover thousands of relics at the Shanghai Museum

Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.
Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Day 3 Forbidden City
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. We also take a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong areas. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Forbidden City
Days 4-5 Great Wall & Temple of Heaven
Walk on the world-famous Great Wall and visit the unique Summer Palace. The next day, tour the exquisite Summer Palace and enjoy a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening. (B,L)
Days 4-5 Great Wall & Temple of Heaven
Day 6 Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital and visit the Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. Later, visit the spectacular Little Wild Goose Pagoda and in the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Fly to Xian
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century - the Terracotta Warriors and walk along the Ancient City Walls. We also stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. (B,L)
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors
Day 8 Fly to Wuhan
Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Day 8 Fly to Wuhan
Days 9-11 Yangtze River Cruise
Tour the Three Gorges Dam before cruising upstream through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Over the next three days, we will take a side-trip to the striking Goddess Stream or the Shennong Stream and enjoy various shore excursions along the way. (B,L,D)
Days 9-11 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 12 Drive to Chengdu
Disembark from our cruise vessel this morning to explore the living ancient town of Ciqikou before transferring to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. (B,L)
Day 12 Drive to Chengdu
Day 13 Grand Buddha of Leshan
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha, the world's largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. We take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Return to Chengdu, visiting the old town of Huanglongxi en-route. Enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Grand Buddha of Leshan
Day 14 Giant Pandas
Visit the famous Panda Conservation Centre to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat before flying to the beautiful city of Guilin. (B,L)
Day 14 Giant Pandas
Days 15-16 Li River Cruise
Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the landscape of limestone hills, fishing scenes and picturesque villages. The following morning discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. The afternoon is at leisure and there are many activities available (arranged locally at extra cost) including cycling, rafting and walking, or you may choose to relax in the town. (B,L)
Days 15-16 Li River Cruise
Day 17 Travel to Shanghai
Drive back to Guilin and visit the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of the Reed Flute Caves. Fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 17 Travel to Shanghai
Day 18 Historic Suzhou
This morning, transfer to the charming city of Suzhou, also known as the Venice of the East. Visit two of the finest oriental gardens: the Humble Administrators Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden, a local silk mill still in operation today and enjoy a cruise on the ancient Grand Canal. Return to Shanghai, and in the evening enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine. (B,L,D)
Day 18 Historic Suzhou
Days 19-20 Discover Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to the Shanghai Museum. We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. The next day, visit modern Pudong and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River. (B,L)
Days 19-20 Discover Shanghai
Day 21 Fly Shanghai to the UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 21 Fly Shanghai to the UK

Also Available

Group Departures for this tour

If you'd prefer to travel as part of a group and you are more flexible about the dates when you are available to travel, this tour is also available as a group tour. You'll have the opportunity to share your travel experiences with new people and we often find that customers make lifelong friends on our tours. Your tour will be led by one of our experienced National Escorts who will guide you through your tour every step of the way.

See our group departure itinerary of this tour

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:

Prices are inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,740pp (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single supplement from £830
Sole Supplement from £1560
Comfortable Paced Tour

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 and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation and Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Excludes tipping

Why Book This Tour?

This private tour is suitable for those with an extensive amount of time who wish to visit the comprehensive sights of China’s major cities and scenic areas. Touring is relaxed which allows time to appreciate the touring at each destination. This tour is suitable for those who wish to cruise on the Yangtze River.

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