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Immerse yourself in a China Adventure with Wendy Wu Tours where you will spend 16 days exploring the beautiful country of China. See the sights of the rice terraces of Longji, the scenic surroundings of Yangshuo, the Terracotta Warriors at Xian, the iconic Great Wall and much more.
Have lunch with a local family in Beijing
Hike the Great Wall of China
Cycle the Ancient city walls of Xian
Get up close to the Giant Pandas
Explore the stunning Longji Rice Terraces
Relax with a cruise on the Yangtze River
Discover vibrant Shanghai
- 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 Beijing
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3 – Temple of Heaven
Arrive early for a visit to the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with tai chi, dancing and card playing in a flurry of sociable activity you would never see in a park at home. Next explore the Hutongs, visiting Yandaixiejie Hutong where you will have lunch with a local family before driving to Gubei Watertown at Simatai Great Wall. On arrival, ascend Simatai Great Wall by cable car to witness the sunset.
Day 4 – Hike the Great Wall
Rise early to catch an unforgettable sunrise over the Great Wall. Jinshanling is much less frequented by tourists than other parts of the Wall. The stark, yet magnificent surroundings allow you to put yourself in the shoes of those who walked this incredible edifice hundreds of years ago. Your trek will last approximately six hours as the wall improbably courses through dramatic landscapes and rugged terrain. Later, head back to Beijing, where you'll have free time. Buzzing Sanlitun or lakeside Houhai are a great choice for the evening. (B,L)
Day 5 - Forbidden City
Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Walking through this ornately designed complex offers an unsurpassed insight into China's colourful past. Continue to the idyllic Summer Palace and explore the magnificent grounds, before taking a short hike up Longevity Hill to enjoy panoramic views.
Day 6: Xian by night
Fly to Xian the ancient former capital, and explore the atmospheric Muslim Quarter.
Day 7 – Terracotta Warriors and Cycling on the City Wall
Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China's first Emperor in the afterlife. Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, each one unique, whilst your guide introduces you to these life-like soldiers' fascinating story. Continue to the ancient city wall for a cycle on the fortifications surrounding the heart of the city. Take a walking tour of the narrow and twisting streets of the Muslim Quarter. Sample the delicious, freshly cooked snacks and gain an insight into the city's fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road.
Day 8 - Fly to your Yangtze River Cruise
Fly to Wuhan and take a coach to Yichang where you will board your exciting 4 night Yangtze River Cruise
Days 9 - 11: Yangtze River Cruise
As you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges Dam themselves. A three-day voyage along China's riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing one breathtaking panorama after another.
Day 12: Ciqikou Ancient Town
Disembark your cruise vessel and enjoy an early lunch in the charming old town of Ciqikou - there's time to wander the cobbled alleyways and learn about its colourful history. Jump on the bullet train to Chengdu for an overnight stay.
Day 13 – Pingle Ancient Town
Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the forest from above on Jinjigu Suspended Rope Bridge. Lastly pay a visit to Lugou Bamboo Sea where you can get lost amongst creaking, swishing spears of green. Drive back to Chengdu.
Day 14 - Duijangyan Panda Base
Located in the forested Sichuanese countryside north of Chengdu, Duijangyan offers refuge to Giant Pandas with the ultimate aim to reintroduce them into the wild. The panda centre's rural location offers one of the most authentic, spacious and natural settings in the country. Later, explore the slopes of Mt Qingcheng, one of China’s holy Taoist Mountains. Take the cable car to the higher slopes, and take a boat ride on Yuecheng Lake. Drive back to Chengdu for an overnight stay.
Day 15 - Guilin
Fly to Guilin and enjoy a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake and visit Sun & Moon Pagodas for spectacular views over downtown Guilin.
Day 16 - Longji Rice Terraces
Take a full day tour trekking around the spectacular Longji Rice Terraces. Transfer to Guilin for your overnight stay.
Day 17 - Li River Cruise
Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with the most dramatic, sci-fi style limestone cliffs on the planet, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight.
Day 18 - Tai Chi and countryside cycling
This morning take part in a traditional tai chi class and learn the skills behind this ancient and spiritual exercise. This afternoon, there is the option to explore independently or to take part in some river rafting on the Yulong River or cycling through the countryside.
Day 19 - Fly to Shanghai
This afternoon drive back to Guilin and board your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.
Day 20 - Shanghai
This morning take an exciting breakfast tour around some of Shanghai’s most exciting districts, tasting local delicacies, including pancakes and fried bread sticks. Wander the pleasant Yu Gardens and bustling Old Town before visiting the informative Silk Museum. Take an evening stroll on the colonial Bund and enjoy a farewell Shanghainese meal this evening. Take a short cruise on the Huangpu River this evening.
Day 21 – Fly Shanghai to the UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Designed for those who wish to be further immersed in the authentic charm of Asia; Immerse Yourself range include more cultural and active experiences. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience. These tours include:
- Cycling and walking through classic sites
- Unique cultural experiences and encounters
- Off the beaten track destinations
- More evenings at leisure for independent exploration
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 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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