Exquisite China

Indulge in China's most spectacular sights on a luxury itinerary that includes a cruise on the mighty Yangtze River, the awe-inspiring Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and Chengdu's gorgeous Giant Pandas.

Places Visited

Ireland - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Chengdu (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - Ireland

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. Dine on Peking Duck and enjoy an optional performance of Kung Fu. (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. Ride the cable car up 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 colourful and sometimes humorous Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)
Day 5 Ancient City Walls
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Warriors are one of the worlds 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 fortuitously stumbled upon them in 1974. On the way back to Xian, visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Tonight there is an option (at your own expense) to take a city night tour which includes the dazzling fountain display in front of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B,L,D)
Day 6 The Terracotta Warriors
Day 7 Sichuan Opera
Explore the fascinating Hanyangling Mausoleum, burial place of Emperor Jing and Empress Wang of the Western Han Dynasty, and the restoration laboratory.The artefacts recovered here give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty.Fly to Chengdu, where the evening is at leisure with the option to puzzle over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera – the ‘face-changing’ art of Bian Lian. (B,L)
Day 7 Sichuan Opera
Day 8 Pandas with an expert
Visit Chengdu's Panda Centre's where an expert will talk to you about the Centre's work and the pandas themselves as you observe these peaceful bears. Later, stroll through the vibrant People’s Park and visit Matchmaker’s corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, before sipping tea in a traditional tea house. This evening, enjoy a quintessential Sichuan hot pot dining experience (B,L,D)
Day 8 Pandas with an expert
Day 9 Ciqikou
Transfer to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic district full of traditional architecture -with time for your own leisurely lunch. Board your Century cruise ship (B,D)
Day 9 Ciqikou
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
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 before a lavish dinner is served. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 11 Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through the Wu and Qutang gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
Day 12 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. Disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 12 Three Gorges Dam Project
Day 13 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-paneled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways once used to transport foods. Return to Shanghai where the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the facilities of your hotel, or you may wish to enjoy an acrobat show or a cruise on the Huangpu river. . (B)
Day 13 Zhujiajiao water town
Day 14 Stylish Shanghai
Walk through the Old Town in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of traditional Chinese gardens . Visit the colonial Bund and the Silk Museum, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Stylish Shanghai
Day 15 Fly Shanghai to Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day. On arrival you will be transported home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
Day 15 Fly Shanghai to Ireland

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 most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

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.

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €4,990 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from €2,190
Tipping paid locally RMB1030

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.

Xian Shangri-La Hotel
Xian Shangri-La Hotel - Xian (2 Nights)
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The luxury 5 star Shangri-La Hotel Xian has spacious, marble en-suite rooms which include a large flat screen satellite television, free Wifi, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurants serve Chinese, Thai and Western flavours, and the bar serves hot and cold drinks. There is also a fitness centre and a luxurious spa with heated pool.

Chengdu Shangri-la Hotel
Chengdu Shangri-la Hotel - Chengdu (1 Nights)
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The artistic 5 star Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu has spacious, marble en-suite rooms which include a large flat screen satellite television, free Wifi, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurants serve Sichuan and Western flavours, with views of the Jinjiang River to enhance your dining experience. There is also a fitness centre and a luxurious spa with heated pool.

Grand Central Hotel
Grand Central Hotel - Shanghai (3 Nights)
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The luxury Shanghai Grand Central is located next to the Bund and Nanjing Road: perfect for exploring Shanghai. It offers 353 en-suite rooms equipped with Wifi, air conditioning, safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a minibar. There are two onsite restaurants featuring authentic French cuisine and contemporary Cantonese delicacies.

Hong Kong  Extension - 4D/3N

Hong Kong Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 320pp

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry 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. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day.
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 most 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.

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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