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Uncover a part of China with turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls. Rarely seen by Western visitors, this delightful scenery is one of China's real treasures. Combined with the most popular sights in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai this tour really provides the best of both worlds.
- Marvel at exuberant Shanghai
- Discover the imperial treasures of Beijing
- Experience the spectacular Terracotta Warriors
- Walk in the spectacular Three Natural Bridges National Park
- Get up close to the loveable Giant Pandas
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the exuberant city of Shanghai, called ‘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: Discover Shanghai
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Explore the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum, visit the Yu Gardens and admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Follow the age-old silk production process at the Silk Museum, from the cultivation of silkworms up to creating the final piece. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Shanghai cuisine.
Day 4: Fly to Beijing
Fly to Beijing, China's fascinating capital. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. This evening savour Beijing's best-known delicacy –Peking Duck.
Day 5: Forbidden City
Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City – a monument to China's dynastic past. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. An evening of Chinese acrobatics rounds off the day.
Day 6: Great Wall & Summer Palace
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. An astounding feat of construction, there is no better way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall and the dramatic scenery that it crosses than a fascinating walk along it. Relax in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you explore traditional Chinese gardens and view exquisite architecture.
Day 7: Explore Xian
Fly to Xian, the historic former capital. Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda and admire the priceless treasures of the Shaanxi Museum. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 8: Terracotta Warriors
After their fortuitous discovery in the1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor Qin Shihuang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of lifelike warriors. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and choose to purchase your own little warrior to take home. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town, and soak up the atmosphere in the narrow alleyways of the Muslim Quarter.
Days 9-10: Nine Villages Valley
A national park of ragged peaks, sapphire lakes, abundant forests and rushing waterfalls, the Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou National Park) is considered one of China's most beautiful areas. Named after the nine typical Tibetan settlements scattered throughout the valley, the park is a World Biosphere Reserve, full of endemic flora and 140 species of birds. Whilst the scenery transforms with the seasons it is always spectacular and you will spend time in the depths of it, revelling in your arresting surroundings.
Day 11: Huanglong Pools, fly to Chengdu
Hundreds of vivid pools in striking colours, formed by thousands of years of mineral deposits, tumble gently down through the bright green forests of the Huanglong Valley. The whole area is studded with waterfalls and hot springs and, as it is relatively undiscovered, is a pleasure to explore. There is an option to take the chairlift up to Huanglong Temple at the head of the valley for excellent views over the whole valley. Later, fly to Chengdu.
Day 12: Giant Pandas
Visit Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre where you can get up close to China's celebrated bears, as they chomp through piles of bamboo, in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat.
Day 13: Grand Buddha of Leshan
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha which, at 71 metres, is the world's largest stone-carved Buddhist monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A short boat trip on the river will give even better views of the statue. Returning to Chengdu, there will be a stop at the riverside village of Huanglongxi, where cobbled streets and rickety wooden buildings retain the charms of the Qing Dynasty.
Days 14: Fly Chengdu to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
‘China Splendour’ is a moderate tour. This mean that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness. On several days, there will be sightseeing on foot for extended periods of time, especially in the Wulong National Geology Park. On the Great Wall of China in Beijing some of the walking will be at an incline. In Leshan you will be required to get on and off the boat without assistance.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by both a National Escort and local guides. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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