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The Great Tour of China & Hong Kong
With a civilisation spanning over 5,000 years, China is one of the world's most fascinating destinations. It's also home to such iconic sights as the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army in Xian, the mighty Yangtze River and the modern metropolis of Shanghai.
Our first Great Tour of China was such a success it completely sold out, which is why we've partnered with the UK's leading Asia specialist, Wendy Wu Tours, to bring it back by popular demand for 2018.
woman&home readers who visited China with us last year said: "It was a great tour - good value with first-class guides."
Once again our Great Tour leaves in September, which is the absolute best time to visit China - cooling breezes ease the sweltering heat in Beijing, the rainy season comes to an end in Shanghai and the forests around the Great Wall are a riot of autumn colours.
Plus this time we've included Hong Kong at the end of the tour so you can explore the blend of Chinese and British traditions in one of the most exciting cities in the world. There is one optional extra experience already included in the price, which is already packed full of amazing activities (see the itinerary for your choices). So if China and Hong Kong have always been on your bucket list, now's your chance to tick them off in style!
Nine reasons to book now
1 Walk the Great Wall
2 The Terracotta Warriors
3 The Giant Pandas of Chengdu
4 Treasures of The Forbidden City
5 Learn Tai Chi from a master
6 Cruise the mighty Yangtze
7 Experience Shanghai
8 The tranquil Yu Gardens
9 Discover Hong Kong
- International flights from London Heathrow (regional flights and upgrades are available)
- 13 nights accommodation in standard hotels
- Tours with a National Escort (in mainland China) and local guides with entrance fees to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, Beijing; the Great Wall; the Terracotta Warriors, Xian; giant pandas, Chengdu; Yangtze River Cruise; Shanghai; Hong Kong
- One optional experience from the choice of four in the itinerary (these are booked on a first-come, first-served basis)
- Most meals - see the full itinerary and details on these at womanandhome.com/chinatour
- Internal transportation and transfers
- Chinese visa
What 's not included
- Tipping (China: RMB600 per person; Hong Kong: HKD140 per person)
- Any service or meals not mentioned in the above itinerary
- Drinks with meals
Days1-2Fly to BeijingBeijing, China
Fly overnight with your choice of airline to Beijing, China's capital city. On arrival, be met by your English-speaking Wendy Wu Tours representative and transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay.
Day3Beijing and The Forbidden CityBeijing, China
Walk through Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. This afternoon, take a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs before visiting a local family. In the evening watch a Chinese acrobatic show and dine on delicious Peking Duck.
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.
Enjoy some time walking the 2,000 year-old Great Wall of China before visiting the Jade Museum. Return to Beijing and walk through the grounds of the 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.
Enjoy a spectacular kung fu show after dinner - a unique blend of martial arts and modern theatre.
Day5Temple of Heaven and Xi'anXian, China
Begin with a visit to the Temple of Heaven and enjoy some time in its park, where you can partake in a tai chi or dance class.
Later, fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China. This evening, dine on shui jiao dumplings and watch a Tang Dynasty dance show.
Day6The Terracotta WarriorsXian, China
Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army was buried in battle formation for 2,000 years, each warrior crafted with a different facial expression and varying heights. Seeing them in their huge hangar will be one of the highlights of the trip. Visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic Exhibition Hall and next, enjoy a visit to the Ming-dynasty city walls.
Meet one of the first people to discover the ancient Warriors and learn about the moment they were stumbled upon in 1974.
Day7Bullet train to ChengduChengdu, China
Learn about Xian's history as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road at the Muslim Quarter before taking the bullet train to Chengdu. This evening, dine on spicy Sichuan cuisine.
Puzzle over a national secret at the Sichuan Opera - the face-changing art of Bian Lian.
Day8The Giant PandaChengdu, China
This morning, come face to face with giant pandas at the Chengdu Panda Research Base. Learn about conservation efforts and the breeding programme here, before transferring by coach to Chongqing, where you will board your Yangtze River cruise ship for three nights.
Days9-10Cruise the mighty YangtzeFengdu, China
Cruise down the Yangtze River, enjoying an off-shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda and the Goddess Stream. Pass through the Three Gorges and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Day11From the Yangtze to ShanghaiYichang, China
Disembark your ship and visit the Three Gorges Dam. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, for a two-night stay.
Enjoy a full day tour of Shanghai. Begin at the tranquil Yu Garden and the bustling old town before enjoying a walk on The Bund. Next visit the Silk Museum and this evening enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River before dining on Shanghainese cuisine.
Enjoy amazing views of the Pudong skyline from the Jin Mao Tower and take a ride on the high-speed Maglev train.
Day13Shanghai to Hong KongShanghai, China
After check out, fly to Hong Kong and transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay
Day14Explore Hong KongHong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China
Today, enjoy a tour of Hong Kong Island, visiting Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village and beach-side Stanley Market. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy this bustling city.
Days15-16Return homeHong Kong Central, Hong Kong SAR China
After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.