Magnificent China
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Magnificent China

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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.

Places Visited

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

Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China’s historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Beijing
Day 3 Forbidden City
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City to discover a complex full of imperial riches. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs and meet a local family where you will learn about local culture and customs. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck.
Day 3 Forbidden City
Day 4 The Great Wall
Visit China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. There is no better way to appreciate the magnificence of this incredible structure than a walk along it. Visit the Jade Museum then savour an afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace.This evening, there is an option to see Kung Fu masters in action.
Day 4 The Great Wall
Day 5 Temple of Heaven
In the morning, soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
Day 5 Temple of Heaven
Day 6 Fly to Xian
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. See the delicate Little Wild Goose Pagoda before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a Tang Dynasty dance show.
Day 6 Fly to Xian
Day 7 Terracotta Warriors
The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shihuang has long intrigued visitors. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of lifelike warriors and later, visit the Ceramics Exhibition where replicas of the statues are created. Take an afternoon stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. Also explore the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter and the many Islamic food stalls.This evening, join an optional tour of Xian by night.
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
The Three Gorges Dam showcases a massive feat of engineering but as we cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare for one breath-taking panorama after another, and take a side trip to the attractive Shennong Stream or Goddess Stream and the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai.
Days 9-11 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 12 Explore Ciqikou
After disembarking in Chongqing take a tour around Ciqikou, a centre of cobbled streets and porcelain wares, and continue your journey to Chengdu.
Day 12 Explore Ciqikou
Day 13 Chengdu's Panda Conservation Centre
Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Look around the Shu Brocade Museum and stroll through the vibrant People’s Park with a stop at Matchmaker’s Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, ending with a visit to a traditional tea house. Dine on delicious Sichuanese food for dinner after which there is an option to see a performance of Sichuan Opera, famous for 'face-changing'.
Day 13 Chengdu's Panda Conservation Centre
Day 14 Fly to Guilin
Take an early morning flight to the attractive city of Guilin. Discover the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of Reed Flute Cave.
Day 14 Fly to Guilin
Day 15 Li River Cruise and Yangshuo
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fisherman.
Day 15 Li River Cruise and Yangshuo
Day 16 Li River Cruise and Yangshuo
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside and stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. before having an afternoon at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting, and walking though you may prefer to relax in the town.
Day 16 Li River Cruise and Yangshuo
Day 17 Explore Guilin
Travel back to Guilin and visit Ronghu Lake and the Sun and Moon pagodas – two towering examples of traditional Chinese- Buddhist architecture. Continue to the South China Pearl Museum to see the fascinating 1,700-year history of pearling in the South China Sea with displays and demonstrations. There are also beautiful pieces available to buy.
Day 17 Explore Guilin
Day 18 Travel to Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai. Later, spend some time in the city’s Xintiandi area, a vibrant entertainment district made up of traditional 19th-century Shikumen architecture.
Day 18 Travel to Shanghai
Day 19 Historic Suzhou
Today travel to Suzhou. Suzhou is renowned for its gardens – visit one of the finest, the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Cruise the Grand Canal and return to Shanghai to dine on local cuisine.
Day 19 Historic Suzhou
Days 20-21 Discover Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide. Visit the Shanghai museum, People's Square and admire the architecture on the Bund. Later, view the city from the Huangpu River on a cruise. The next day visit the Silk Museum, classical Yu Garden and stop in the old town before exploring futuristic Pudong.
Days 20-21 Discover Shanghai
Day 22 Fly Shanghai to Ireland
Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 22 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.

See our private 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.

Additional Price Information:

Based on Dublin departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €3590 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from €920
Tipping paid locally RMB 930

Additional Price Information:

Based on Dublin departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €3590 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from €920
Tipping paid locally RMB 930

Additional Price Information:

Based on Dublin departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €3590 (Beijing - Shanghai)
Single room from €920
Tipping paid locally RMB 930

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.

Super House International Hotel
Super House International Hotel - Beijing (4 Nights)
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The 4 star Super House International Hotel combines traditional Chinese culture with contemporary comforts. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Facilities include a restaurant serving authentic Chinese cuisine, a coffee shop, lobby bar and tea room. There is also a fitness centre with sauna and a small boutique.



Golden Flower Hotel
Golden Flower Hotel - Xian (2 Nights)
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The Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel is centrally located in Xian. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves both Chinese and Western cuisines, and the lobby bar serves hot and cold drinks. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre is also available.



Furong Hotel
Furong Hotel - Chengdu (2 Nights)
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Furong Hotel is located within easy reach of Tianfu Square, People's Park, Babao Street and the central business district of Chengdu. All rooms are en-suite with air conditioning and complimentary toiletries. There is a Chinese restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine, well as a rooftop garden offering lovely views and a tea garden.



Jin-Tone Hotel
Jin-Tone Hotel - Guilin (1 Nights)
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Guilin Jin-Tone Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city and its local attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, Wifi and tea making facilities. There is an onsite spa that offers Chinese massage, and the hotel’s restaurant serves Chinese and Western dishes.



Great Wall Hotel
Great Wall Hotel - Jiayuguan, Gansu (2 Nights)
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The Great Wall Hotel offers fantastic views of the nearby Qilian Mountains and is in easy reach of the Great Wall Museum and the Jiayuguan Great Wall Pass. There are 150 modern rooms equipped with satellite television, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.



Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel
Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel - Shanghai (4 Nights)
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The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the fa?ade of Shanghai’s Olympic Stadium. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve both Cantonese and Western cuisines. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre are also available.



Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

Dubai at Leisure - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 220pp
Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 380pp
Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo, Mt Fuji & Bullet Train Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 790pp
Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

Tokyo Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 590pp
Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

duration 3 Days from price 240pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

duration 4 Days from price 420pp

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 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.

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Why Book This Tour?

This 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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