This exclusive tour transports you from China's beguiling past to its bold and fascinating future through 15 days of unforgettable experiences

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!

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Price includes

  • 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
  • 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


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  1. Days
    Fly to Beijing
    Beijing, China
    A statue of a lion guards the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing

    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.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Beijing and The Forbidden City
    Beijing, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    The Great Wall at Mutianyu
    Beijing, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Temple of Heaven and Xi'an
    Xian, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    The Terracotta Warriors
    Xian, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Bullet train to Chengdu
    Chengdu, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    The Giant Panda
    Chengdu, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Days
    Cruise the mighty Yangtze
    Fengdu, China
    Green hills flank an early section of the Yangtze River

    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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    From the Yangtze to Shanghai
    Yichang, China
    A view over water to Shanghai's skyline at sunset

    Disembark your ship and visit the Three Gorges Dam. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, for a two-night stay.

    Meals - Breakfast
  10. Day
    Shanghai, China

    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.

    Meals - Breakfast
  11. Day
    Shanghai to Hong Kong
    Shanghai, China

    After check out, fly to Hong Kong and transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    Explore Hong Kong
    Hong 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.

    Meals - Breakfast
  13. Days
    Return home
    Hong Kong Central, Hong Kong SAR China

    After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals - Breakfast

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This tour is operated solely by Wendy Wu Tours
It is hard to fully explore and experience this unique country without a first-class guide, and Wendy Wu Tours is the UK's leading Asia specialist, whose guides will help you navigate this extraordinary part of the world, and better understand its past and future.

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