Vibrant China

A tour that encompasses all of China’s must-see sights. Walk on the Great Wall, see the Terracotta Warriors, experience the bright lights of cosmopolitan Shanghai and discover the sheer beauty of scenic Guilin at Club Med’s all-inclusive resort where cycling, hiking, swimming, gourmet food and exciting entertainment is all on offer.

tour duration 15 Days from
tour price 3,690pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Beijing (4N) - Xian (3N) - Guilin (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - UK

Days 1-2 Fly UK to Beijing
Take an overnight flight to Beijing, the capital city of China. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel.
Days 1-2 Fly UK to Beijing
Day 3 Great Wall and Summer Palace
Visit the iconic Great Wall at Mutianyu. This section is specifically chosen as it is well restored and has the choice of an energetic walk or a cable car to get to the top. While you are here you’ll learn about the construction of this huge barrier that stretches for thousands of miles and was built to defend the Chinese from the attacking Mongols. Visit a Jade museum where you can learn about the importance of this gemstone in Chinese culture and purchase a piece if you wish. You’ll have lunch here. In the afternoon take a stroll around the grounds of the Summer Palace to see the Long Corridor and Marble Boat. More active visitors can hike the trails through the woods on Longevity Hill. There’s also the option to take a boat across Kunming Lake for a view from the water (weather permitting). In the evening is the option to visit a Peking Duck restaurant to taste this famous local delicacy. (B,L)
Day 3 Great Wall and Summer Palace
Day 4 Forbidden City and Family Hutong Visit
No visit to Beijing would be complete without seeing the Forbidden City, the centre of power of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Here you will see the best collection of traditional Chinese architecture anywhere in the world and learn about how the emperors lived from 500 years ago up until the Last Emperor in 1912. You’ll then explore one the hutong districts by cyclo-rickshaw. As you are pedalled around this historic part of the city along narrow alleys, you’ll see a more traditional way of life. A local family will invite you to their home and you’ll join them for a simple lunch. In the evening is the option to see a fascinating Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L)
Day 4 Forbidden City and Family Hutong Visit
Day 5 At Leisure
Today is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel, explore Beijing for yourself or take an optional tour which can be arranged locally. Options include visiting the Temple of Heaven where you can join the locals practicing tai chi, taking a Chinese painting class or making and flying your own kite. (B)
Day 5 At Leisure
Day 6 Fly to Xian
Transfer to the airport and fly to Xian, one of China’s ancient imperial capitals. Here you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 6 Fly to Xian
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors
Possibly the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century, the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang protects the tomb of China’s first emperor. Each of the warriors is individually sculpted and bears different features. See if you can spot a foot soldier, an officer and an archer. There are terracotta horses too! While you are here you’ll learn about how the country of China was formed by unifying a number of separate states. You’ll also visit a workshop where reproduction warriors are made. In the evening there’s the option to watch a music and dance performance based on styles from the Tang Dynasty. This is combined with a sumptuous dinner of the local Shui Jiao dumplings where each morsel is shaped to represent its filling. Look out for pigs, fish and fruit! (B,L)
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors
Day 8 At Leisure
Today you can enjoy as you wish. You could explore Xian on your own or take an optional tour arranged locally. You could visit the city wall and cycle around its ramparts as well as stroll through the Muslim Quarter and discover Xian’s history at the eastern end of the fabled Silk Road. You could also join a dumpling-making class. (B)
Day 8 At Leisure
Day 9 Fly to Guilin
Transfer to the airport and fly to Guilin, the gateway to some of China’s most beautiful scenery. Here you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the Club Med Gulin hotel, where you can enjoy all inclusive food, drink and entertainment. There is also an excellent kids club. (B,D)
Day 9 Fly to Guilin
Day 10 Li River Cruise
Take a cruise on the Li River which wends its way through a lush landscape punctuated with rounded limestone hills. The beauty of this area has been an inspiration to many local artists who feature the hills on ink-scroll paintings. Arrive in the picturesque town of Yangshuo and explore the markets or relax in a café before taking the scenic drive back to your hotel. As an option, stay later in Yangshuo and watch the popular Impression Sanjie Liu light and sound show. This production features hundreds of local people while using the river as a stage and the mountainous landscape as a spectacular backdrop. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Li River Cruise
Day 11 At Leisure
There are plenty of activities available at the hotel or further afield. Take a cycle ride in the beautiful countryside, see the fascinating formations of Reed Flute Cave or take a gentle raft ride along the pretty Yulong River. (B,L,D)
Day 11 At Leisure
Day 12 Fly to Shanghai
Transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan city. Here you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. (B)
Day 12 Fly to Shanghai
Day 13 Discover Shanghai
Discover the history of Shanghai on a visit to the Old Town and the traditionally designed Yu Garden. Then take a stroll along the riverside Bund where you’ll see many magnificent colonial buildings while hearing about the history of the city from a century ago. On the opposite side of the river are the tall, gleaming skyscrapers of modern Pudong. You’ll also visit a Silk Museum where you can learn about the silk production process and purchase an item if you wish. Other shopping and people-watching opportunities present themselves as you take a walk along Nanjing Road – Shanghai’s answer to Oxford Street. In the evening there is the option to take a cruise on the Huangpu River to the bright lights of the city from the water. (B,L)
Day 13 Discover Shanghai
Day 14 At Leisure
A free day to enjoy the facilities of your hotel or explore more of Shanghai on your own. An exciting new opportunity is to visit the first Disneyland in Mainland China. More cultural options include a visit to Zhujiajiao watertown or Suzhou with its traditionally designed gardens. (B)
Day 14 At Leisure
Day 15 Fly to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
Day 15 Fly to the UK

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Additional Price Information:

Price is a guide based on an adult twin share for April 2017
Children from £2,490pp
Based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight and Room upgrades available on request
Land only and single room options available

A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Wendy Wu Tours can arrange your visa for China at additional cost. We will handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us with your payment. 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 flights and transportation
Accommodation and meals as stated
3 night all-inclusive stay at Club Med Guilin
Touring with guides and entrance fees

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