27 DAYS ●
This really is the ultimate tour for those who want to experience China in depth! From modern cities and ancient history to rural villages and spectacular landscapes, this is the tour for those wanting to see all of China’s highlights in just one visit.
Explore the imperial treasures of China's capital Beijing
Admire Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Discover mystical Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet
Relax with a 3-night cruise on the Yangtze River
Fly overnight to Beijing, China’s historic capital.
Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the
day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
This morning, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart,
Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling
magnificence of the Forbidden City. Later, soak
up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of
Heaven, where you can mingle with the locals
and watch or participate as they practise Tai
Chi, dance or play cards. In the evening, enjoy
a traditional Peking duck dinner.
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 wall itself and the dramatic
scenery that it crosses. Visit a jade factory then
spend the afternoon in the idyllic gardens of
the Summer Palace. This evening, there is an
option to see kung fu masters in action.
Take the bullet train to Xian and in the
evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional
Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a
performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
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. Also visit the workshop to see
where the warriors are intricately recreated
in the style of their ancient counterparts.
After lunch, stroll along the beautifully
preserved 14th-century city walls that
enclose Xian’s old town.
Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Next, fly to the beautiful city of
Guilin and visit a pearl factory.
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to
charming 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 fishermen.
This afternoon you can spend some time
browsing Yangshuo’s vibrant markets.
Begin with a relaxing and invigorating session
of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to
learn this ancient martial art. Explore the
countryside and stop on the banks of the Li
River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant
fisherman. Enjoy time at leisure or choose
one of the many optional activities available
including cycling or bamboo rafting.
Drive back to Guilin and visit Reed Flute
Cave to see the colourful stalagmites and
stalactites. Next, fly to Kunming, capital of
Meander through the formations of the
UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, where
towering limestone pillars stand tree-like
in a fascinating illusion of woodland.
This evening, dine on the local dish,
Across the Bridge Noodles.
Board the bullet train to Dali, a charming
town that offers a peek at bygone China and
discover the magnificent Three Pagodas.
Today, explore the village of Xizhou to browse
its local market, visit the Yan family home and
watch a tie-dying demonstration and wander
through Dali’s ancient quarter. Also enjoy a
relaxing cruise on Erhai Lake.
Drive to Lijiang, set in the foothills of Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain and visit Shaxi village.
A magnificent mountain, the Jade Dragon Snow
Mountain comprises several peaks, the tallest
of which soars 5,500 metres. Taking a cable
car, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows
and enjoy the amazing vistas. On the way back
to Lijiang, visit Baisha old town to view its
spectacular Ming Dynasty frescoes and Baisha
village, a settlement of the Naxi minority people.
Journey to the 3,000-metre-deep Tiger Leaping
Gorge. With its backdrop of snow-capped
mountains, it is one of China’s most extraordinary
sights. Next, continue to the monastery town
of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. This
afternoon is at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude.
Begin the day with a visit to a Tibetan style
village where you will learn about the
villagers’ way of life. Also visit Dafo Temple,
explore the spectacular Songzanlin Monastery
and end the day with a tour of the old town.
Fly to the city of Lhasa, the heart and soul
of Tibet. This afternoon is at leisure to help
acclimatise to the altitude.
Lhasa is a modern, fast-growing city, but
among the narrow, old, atmospheric streets
you will feel a million miles from the modern
world. Wander around the Barkhor Circuit
with traditionally-dressed locals and explore
the Jokhang Temple, the sacred centre of
Tibetan Buddhism. There will also be a
visit to Sera Monastery, a renowned seat
of Buddhist learning, and a local Tibetan
arts and crafts shop.
The Potala Palace is an architectural
wonder towering over the city from its
seat on Marpo Ri (Red Mountain). The
Potala, the former winter palace of the
Dalai Lama, houses thousands of rooms
filled with old treasures from intricate
shrines to beautiful frescoes. This
afternoon, explore Norbulingka, the former
summer residence of the Dalai Lama.
Fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.
Take a stroll through People’s Park to see
Matchmaker’s Corner, where parents search
for suitable partners for their children.
Tonight, dine on local Sichuan cuisine.
Begin the day with a visit to Chengdu’s
famous conservation centre. Later, transfer
to Chongqing and board your Yangtze River
Over the next three days prepare for one
breathtaking panorama after another. Enjoy
various side trips and shore excursions including
the Three Gorges Dam. Disembark and travel
to Wuhan for your flight to Shanghai.
Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east
and west collide on streets lined with futuristic
skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Visit Yu
Garden, the old town, a silk factory and stroll
along the Bund. This evening, view the city from
the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise and enjoy
a delicious meal of traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and when it comes to organising it, our visa team will be on hand to help you with any questions or queries. Our step-by-step guide on completing your visa form is available on our website and we will comprehensively check your visa application form to make sure it meets the embassy guidelines. For those passengers travelling to the London visa centre, you will be met and assisted by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. Out of hours is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. 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. 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. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate 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. 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.
The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. 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. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. 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).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience the world. That's why we are touring experts - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing top sights magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you soon!
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