Majestic Yangtze
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Majestic Yangtze

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Savour the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise – just one part of a wonderful tour that also includes China’s enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and of course the unforgettable Giant Pandas of Chengdu.

Places Visited

Ireland - Shanghai (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (4N) - Chengdu (1N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - Ireland

Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the exuberant city of Shanghai, called ‘the Paris of the East’. 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 Shanghai
Day 3 Discover Shanghai
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Today's explorations include the peaceful Yu Gardens, the atmospheric alleys of the old town, and the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Follow the age-old silk production process at the Silk Museum, from the cultivation of silkworms up to creating the final piece. There are also many gorgeous, handmade items for sale. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. The skyscrapers and glimmering lights are a sight to behold, Shanghai is unlike any other city in the world. Later on you will sample some traditional cuisine.
Day 3 Discover Shanghai
Day 4 Fly to Yichang
Take the morning to see the sights of the ultramodern Pudong area of the city with its sci-fi skyscrapers before flying to Yichang to board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Day 4 Fly to Yichang
Days 5-7 Yangtze River Cruise
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases this massive feat of engineering. But as we cruise up stream nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days prepare for one breath-taking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy shore excursions to the Ghost City of Fengdu or Shibaozhai.
Days 5-7 Yangtze River Cruise
Day 8 Drive to Chengdu
Disembarking the cruise vessel, explore old Ciqikou, a district known for its porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqikou’s narrow streets are perfect for a morning stroll to admire the historical, traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, where this evening there will be a delicious Sichuan meal to enjoy.
Day 8 Drive to Chengdu
Day 9 Panda Conservation Centre
A visit to Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre allows you to see and learn about China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve’s breeding programme. We’ll then fly to the former imperial capital of Xian. This evening a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing awaits.
Day 9 Panda Conservation Centre
Day 10 Terracotta Warriors, 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 enigmatic ranks of life sized warriors. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.
Day 10 Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Day 11 Explore Xian, fly to Beijing
A fascinating morning includes a visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Take time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.
Day 11 Explore Xian, fly to Beijing
Day 12 Forbidden City
Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square 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. 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. Later enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
Day 12 Forbidden City
Day 13 Great Wall of China
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. In the afternoon savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. This evening, savour Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking Duck.
Day 13 Great Wall of China
Day 14 Fly Beijing to Ireland
Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 14 Fly Beijing to Ireland

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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 London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €2930 (Shanghai - Beijing)
Single room from €600
Tipping paid locally RMB 600

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €2930 (Shanghai - Beijing)
Single room from €600
Tipping paid locally RMB 600

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.

Greenland Jiulong Hotel
Greenland Jiulong Hotel - Shanghai (2 Nights)
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Greenland Jiulong Hotel is located in the famous Shanghai Bund area with luxury views of the Huangpu River and Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower. Rooms include high speed wired internet, air conditioning, a minibar and tea making facilities. There are onsite restaurants providing traditional Shanghai delicacies and Cantonese food, as well as a hotel bar and a spa.



Mercure Chengdu North
Mercure Chengdu North - Chengdu (1 Nights)
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Situated close to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the 290 room Mercure Chengdu North offers modern, stylish rooms with free Wifi, a minibar and a flat screen satellite television. Complimentary toiletries are included in the bathroom. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves both Chinese and international dishes.



Grand New World
Grand New World - Xian (2 Nights)
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Grand New World Hotel is centrally located within ancient urban Xian, close to its city walls. All 471 rooms have en-suite bathrooms with deep bathtubs, satellite television, a minibar and 24 hour room service. There are two onsite restaurants swerving Chinese and Western delicacies, as well as an indoor pool, spa and coffee shop.



Park Plaza Beijing West
Park Plaza Beijing West - Beijing (3 Nights)
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Hotel Park Plaza Beijing West is located close to the capital’s attractions, a large shopping district and the metro system. The hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, flat screen satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s three onsite restaurants serve a wide range of Chinese and Western dishes, including Cantonese and Sichuan styles. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre.



Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

duration 5 Days from price 340pp
Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

Hong Kong & Macau - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 380pp
Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

Emirates Extension - 5D/4N

duration 5 Days from price 460pp
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 adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China. This tour is also idea for those looking for a Yangtze River cruise.

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