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A China Experience Private Tour
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A Glimpse of China

  • Duration
    10 days
  • Tour Type
    Private Tour
  • Price From
     £3,690pp

The next few months offer the opportunity of a lifetime for visitors to China. Beating other tourists to the punch you'll get to see the iconic attractions without the crowds and experience travel in China like it was over 30 years ago.

Whichever part of the country you visit, China has a wonderful reputation for hospitality – but never more so than now, when its people are hungry to reconnect with the wider world. Visitors have been sorely missed by the guides, restaurants, and hotel workers who work hard to showcase the wonders of their beautiful country so you can be sure that you'll be welcomed with open arms.

The quintessential experience, this introductory private tour offers a glimpse of China's glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.

What's Included

  • International flights and current taxes
  • Domestic transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as stated
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Excludes tipping
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.

Why Choose a Wendy Wu Private Tour?

Complete flexibility

Travel on any day you wish

Expertly crafted itineraries

Tailored for parties as small as two.

You Choose who you travel with

A private trip just for you and your chosen travel party.

Personalised guiding

Enjoy the undivided attention of your knowledgable private guide.

Small is beautiful

Enjoy a more intimate and authentic travel experience.

Private Tour Highlights

Our A Glimpse of China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Shanghai

Marvel at this sparkling city on a Huangpu river cruise

Zhujiajiao

Soak up the old world charms of this sleepy water town

Xian

Come face to face with the awesome spectacle that is the Terracotta Warriors

The Great Wall

Walk along this incredible ancient wonder of the world

Authentic Experience

Relax on a Huangpu River Cruise

Cruise on the waters of Huangpu, the river that bisects Shanghai, the perfect way to appreciate the contrast of the west bank, where you'll find the colonial architecture of The Bund, and the east bank, home to the ultramodern skyscrapers of Pudong.

Authentic Experience

Visit the Ancient City of Xi'an

Step back in time to relive the majesty of the Tang Dynasty, of which Xian was the prosperous and glorious capital, with a colourful spectacular of traditional music and dancing.

Authentic Experience

Learn About Jade

Jade has long been a sacred stone to the Chinese people, bringing fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Visit a jade factory where you can learn more about its origins, its importance and how it is crafted.

Private Tour Itinerary

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

  • Days 1-2
    Fly Overnight to Shanghai
    Days 1-2 Fly Overnight to Shanghai

    Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as 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.

  • Day 3
    Explore Shanghai B L
    Day 3 Explore 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 a wander through the Shanghai Museum and traditional Yu Garden, a stop in the bustling old town, and an opportunity to learn about the age-old silk production process at a silk factory. Later, admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and Xintiandi precinct. View the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise – the skyscrapers and glimmering lights are a sight to behold and make Shanghai unlike any other city in the world.

  • Day 4
    Zhujiajiao Water Town B L
    Day 4 Zhujiajiao Water Town

    Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town’s narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges.

  • Day 5
    Feast on Dumplings B L D
    Day 5 Feast on Dumplings

    Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings, a specialty of the region, before a captivating performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

  • Day 6
    Terracotta Warriors B L
    Day 6 Terracotta Warriors

    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 and horses who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate terracotta warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century ancient city walls that enclose Xian’s old town.

  • Day 7
    Little Wild Goose Pagoda B L
    Day 7 Little Wild Goose Pagoda

    This morning, visit the fascinating Little Wild Goose Pagoda and spend time walking through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Here you will gain an insight into the city’s fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road. Later, board the bullet train to Beijing, China’s historic capital city.

  • Day 8
    Imperial Beijing B L D
    Day 8 Imperial Beijing

    Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart and stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Later soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class.

  • Day 9
    Imperial Beijing B L D
    Day 9 Imperial Beijing

    Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart and stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. The sacred centre of the Chinese empire for 500 years and home to the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City is a vast complex of over 900 buildings and covers an area of 180 acres. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Beijing’s hutongs, some dating back 700 years. These narrow alleys are known for their labyrinthine layout, traditional courtyard homes, and sense of community that has been preserved for centuries. Meet a local family to get a glimpse of old Beijing’s rich culture and experience first-hand the unique hutong way of life. End the day watching an exciting Chinese acrobatic show.

  • Day 10
    Fly Beijing to UK B
    Day 10 Fly Beijing to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

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A Glimpse of China map

Places Visited: UK - Shanghai (3N) - Zhujiajiao - Xi'an (2N) - Beijing (3N) - UK

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Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UK
Return Date
Price
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Depart UK: Tuesday 30 Jul 2024
Return UK: Thursday 08 Aug 2024
Price: £4,090pp
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Depart UK: Sunday 25 Aug 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 03 Sep 2024
Price: £4,090pp
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Depart UK: Sunday 08 Sep 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 17 Sep 2024
Price: £3,990pp
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Depart UK: Thursday 19 Sep 2024
Return UK: Saturday 28 Sep 2024
Price: £3,990pp
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Depart UK: Thursday 10 Oct 2024
Return UK: Saturday 19 Oct 2024
Price: £3,990pp
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Depart UK: Tuesday 19 Nov 2024
Return UK: Thursday 28 Nov 2024
Price: £3,890pp
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Depart UK: Thursday 12 Dec 2024
Return UK: Saturday 21 Dec 2024
Price: £3,590pp
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Sample Hotels

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
-3°c
3mm
Shanghai
5°c
74mm
Xian
0°c
7mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
0°c
5mm
Shanghai
7°c
59mm
Xian
4°c
10mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
6°c
8mm
Shanghai
10°c
94mm
Xian
9°c
29mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
14°c
21mm
Shanghai
16°c
74mm
Xian
15°c
43mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
20°c
34mm
Shanghai
21°c
84mm
Xian
20°c
60mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
24°c
78mm
Shanghai
25°c
182mm
Xian
25°c
54mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
26°c
185mm
Shanghai
29°c
146mm
Xian
27°c
99mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
25°c
160mm
Shanghai
29°c
214mm
Xian
26°c
71mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
20°c
46mm
Shanghai
25°c
87mm
Xian
21°c
92mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
14°c
22mm
Shanghai
20°c
56mm
Xian
15°c
60mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
5°c
7mm
Shanghai
14°c
52mm
Xian
8°c
24mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
-1°c
3mm
Shanghai
8°c
44mm
Xian
2°c
6mm