The Great Tour of China
Walk on the Great Wall, explore Beijing's Forbidden City, discover the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, come face to face with giant pandas in Chengdu, enjoy a cruise along the impressive Yangtze River and explore the fascinating city of Shanghai. Join us on this exclusive escorted tour of China this September, which is the best time of the year to go.
Nine reasons to book now
1 Walk the Great Wall
2 The Terracotta Warriors
3 Business-class upgrade for £299
4 The Giant Pandas of Chengdu
5 Treasures of The Forbidden City
6 Learn Tai Chi from a master
7 Cruise the mighty Yangtze
8 The gardens of Suzhou
9 Learn calligraphy in Xian
- International flights with your choice of airline with the choice of regional departures.
- Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
- All exclusive experiences and excursions, including guides and entrance fees, including Yangtze cruise, tours in Beijing and Shanghai, Tai Chi, calligraphy and hot springs experiences, and visits to the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, UNESCO gardens of Suzhou and Chengdu pandas
- All tour managers and local guides - Wendy Wu's award-winning national escorts offer unrivalled passion, experience and expertise, and always receive fabulous feedback
- All travel in China, including internal flights and Yangtze cruise
- Four-star accommodation throughout
- All meals. Western dishes will be included with all breakfasts
Day1Fly to BeijingBeijing, China
Fly overnight with your choice of airline to Beijing, China's capital city
Day2Arrive in BeijingBeijing, China
On arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, either relax at the hotel, or begin exploring the city.
Day3The Forbidden City and Pearl MarketBeijing, China
Start the day with a stroll through Tiananmen Square, stopping to see Chairman Mao's Mausoleum and admiring the grand architecture that surrounds it.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Go behind the scenes in the Forbidden City in Beijing Enter into Imperial magni cence through the impressive Gate of Heavenly Peace, where you'll explore the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. Here you will also get exclusive access to the Treasure Hall.
This afternoon, you are at your leisure to explore Beijing's famous Pearl Market, where you can browse a plethora of wares including handbags, clothes, silk, souvenirs and electronics. Optional extra: After dinner this evening you can enjoy a Kung Fu Show, a spectacular blend of martial arts and modern theatre.
Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore The Treasure Rooms. As the name suggests these former imperial palaces are awash with the glorious artefacts from countless Chinese dynasties
Day4The Great Wall at MutianyuBeijing, China
Extraordinary may be a word that has long been over-used. But there is simply no other way to describe The Great Wall of China. Stretching some 4,000 miles from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, this extraordinary structure remains a symbol of this country's ambition two millennia after the first brick was laid. Walking on the wall itself is the best way to appreciate this 2,000-year-old feat of engineering and the magnificent surrounding landscapes.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Walk one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall at Mutianyu It provides a glimpse of how the structure would have looked when it was rst built to keep out the Mongol hordes. Reached by a short cable car ride, the views from the top over the surrounding mountains are memorable.
On your return to Beijing, there's time to stop at the beautiful Summer Palace. Once the royal family's escape from the summer heat of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has exquisite landscape gardens, traditional pavilions and pagodas to admire. This evening's meal includes the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck.
Stretching some 4,000 miles from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert,
Day5Temple of Heaven and Xi'anXian, China
Rise early to join the dawn gathering of locals in the parklands that surround the Temple of Heaven.
EXLCUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Learn Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven. A Tai Chi master will ensure a relaxing start to the day with the graceful, free-flowing movements of this ancient martial art.
This afternoon you fly to Xian - Imperial capital for 11 dynasties and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Optional extra: A colourful Tang Dynasty dance performance.
Day6The Terracotta WarriorsXian, China
Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army was buried in battle formation for 2,000 years, each warrior crafted with a di erent facial expression and varying heights. Seeing them in their huge hangar will be one of the highlights of the trip.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Sample the hot springs of Angsana. This afternoon enjoy some welcome relaxation at the foot of scenic Mount Lishan. Bathe in the hot spring pools, use the swimming pool or book spa treatments for some extra pampering.
Day7Calligraphy and ChengduChengdu, China
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Try your hand at calligraphy. The symbolic art form of the oriental world stresses the importance of balance and harmony in eastern cultures. In the class, you'll use simple tools and techniques to create beautiful characters.
This afternoon, fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province but best known as the home of the giant panda. Optional extra: This evening you can enjoy a Face Changing Show, part of the elaborate and magical Sichuan Opera.
Day8The Giant PandaChengdu, China
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: See both giant and red pandas in Chengdu. Spend the morning visiting the gorgeous pandas at Chengdu's Panda Centre. You'll learn more about China's celebrated bears, and get to observe them as they sit, play and munch through bamboo. Travel by coach from Chengdu to Chongqing and on arrival enjoy dinner in old Ciqikou.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: This afternoon board the four-star boat for a three-night cruise along the mighty Yangtze River.
Day9Cruise the mighty YangtzeFengdu, China
Depending on river conditions, you'll take a shore excursion to either the fabled ghost city of Fengdu or Shibaozhai, an impressive wooden pagoda built on a cliff side.
This evening enjoy a special reception with the ship's captain and learn about life on the Yangtze.
Day10The Three GorgesSandouping, China
Cruise through the breathtaking panoramas of the Three Gorges, starting with Qutang and Wu gorges.
Sculpted by nature, the gorges make for a dramatic sight as you pass through on board
your cruise ship. Listen to the on-board commentary and enjoy a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of the Goddess or Shennong streams. Later, enter the Xiling Gorge.
This evening, sail through the locks on the Three Gorges Dam and admire this incredible feat of engineering.
Day11From the Yangtze to ShanghaiYichang, China
Arrive in Yichang, the trade centre that connects east and west China, and boasts the largest hydroelectric base in the world.
Here you disembark the ship and drive to Wuhan, where you'll y to Shanghai.
Day12Gardens of SuzhouSuzhou, China
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Explore the Unesco-listed gardens of Suzhou Located just outside of Shanghai, Suzhou is a city famous for its meticulously designed classical gardens, cobbled streets and picturesque waterways. Explore the Humble Administrator's Garden.
Founded in the 12 century, Suzhou's largest garden has numerous pavilions, bridges, pools and islands to explore. Later, cruise on the 1,000-year-old Grand Canal before returning to Shanghai
Day13Explore ShanghaiShanghai, China
This morning is at leisure to spend as you wish, be it relaxation or a bit of time to explore by yourself.
Later tour the Old Town in Shanghai. It still nestles among the ever-growing skyscrapers, where you can admire the spectacular Art Deco architecture of the famous Bund waterfront area. Get a view of the city from a different perspective with a cruise - the contrast between
the classic Bund on one bank and the futuristic Pudong on the opposite side, is fascinating.
This evening, dine on a farewell meal of Shanghai cuisine and relive your favourite memories from your China adventure.
Day14Return homeShanghai, China
Enjoy a final morning in Shanghai before you fly back to the UK.
Opt for a business-class upgrade on your return flight to Gatwick for just £299 if you book in March