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From the heart of Sichuan Province to the imperial highlights of Beijing, admire some of China's most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and natural landscapes. Immerse yourself in stories of 9th century China from the rock carvings of Dazu and relax in the wonderful surroundings offered by a cruise down the Yangtze River.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dazu Rock Carvings
Spend time in beautiful Wulong National Park
Enjoy three nights on the Yangtze for a glimpse of China past and present
Come face to face with these majestic creatures at Chengdu's Panda Reserve
Fly overnight to Chongqing. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Travel by road to Dazu, home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dazu Rock Carvings. Here, you will find thousands of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist idols and symbols carved into the rock faces across 70 sites. Made between the 9th-13th centuries, these rock carvings are some of the best preserved in China. Enjoy the day in Dazu before returning to Chongqing.
Travel to Wulong, an area of stunning natural scenery and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time strolling through the national park walking amongst the dramatic karst landscapes that include the naturally formed stone bridges, narrow gorges and limestone formations. Here, visit the Three Bridges National Park and Fairy Mountain. Stay overnight in Wulong.
Return to Chongqing and begin the day by heading to Hongyadong, an 11-storey, 75-metre high stilt house that has been built alongside a steep bank of the Jialing River. Also included is a visit to E’ling Park – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of Yuzhon District that overlooks the metropolis of Chongqing city below. Enjoy a hot pot dinner, before boarding the Yangtze River cruise vessel for a three-night stay.
As you cruise downstream, its time to relax and let nature take over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next two days, take a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Steam and enjoy various shore excursions.
Disembark the cruise vessel in Yichang and visit the Three Gorges Dam, a man-made marvel a simply massive feat of engineering. Later, travel by bullet train to Chengdu.
Begin this morning with a visit to Chengdu's famous panda reserve and visit the conservation centre to learn about their breeding programme as well as see the bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Also visit People's Park to see Matchmaker's corner before tucking into a Sichuan meal for lunch. Later, board the bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian.
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the ranks of life-sized warriors and horses. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate terracotta warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the production process and even buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. In the evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a Tang Dynasty show.
Begin the day by travelling on the bullet train to Beijing, the capital of China. Later, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the warren-like hutongs and visit a local family to gain a deeper insight into life living in the hutongs.
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Also visit a jade factory and enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. End the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.
Begin the day soaking up at harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch the locals as the mingle, dance and play cards. In the afternoon, head to Tiananmen Square, Beijing's symbolic heart, and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. This evening, savour Beijing’s best-known delicacy – Peking duck.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
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Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and when it comes to organising it, our visa team will be on hand to help you with any questions or queries. Our step-by-step guide on completing your visa form is available on our website and we will comprehensively check your visa application form to make sure it meets the embassy guidelines. For those passengers travelling to the London visa centre, you will be met and assisted by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team.
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.
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