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This Wendy Wu China tours combine many of the great sights of China with a Yangtze River Cruise and picturesque Yunnan Province. Discover the bizarrely eroded limestone pinnacles of the Stone Forest, stroll through the beautiful Old Town of Lijiang and gaze in awe at the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Walk on the Great Wall of China
Experience the spectacular Terracotta Warriors
Relax in the peaceful Yangshuo countryside
Explore the magnificent Stone Forest
Enjoy the panoramas of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Take a three-night cruise along the Yangtze River
Discover the vibrant city of Shanghai
- Return international flights
- All AccommodationAll 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, the capital of China, depending on your time of arrival the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Explore Imperial Beijing
Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Finally, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Board the overnight train to Xian, the ancient former capital.
Day 4: Great Wall
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Jade has been long cherished by the Chinese. At the Jade Museum you can understand and appreciate the delicate process of carving the stone and buy a piece if you wish. Savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander amongst traditional Chinese gardens and see the exquisite architecture. Enjoy an evening Chinese acrobatic show.
Days 5: Fly to Xian
Arrive in Xian. Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda before admiring the thousands of fascinating relics at the Shaanxi Museum. There will also be time to explore the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing in the evening.
Day 6 - Terracotta Warriors
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of these life-like warriors. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Take an afternoon stroll on Xian's beautifully preserved 14th century city walls.
Day 7: Fly to Guilin
Fly to the scenic city of Guilin and explore the Reed Flute Caves, admiring the stunning colours of the stalagmites and stalactites.
Day 8: Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along Li River. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen.
Day 9: Explore rural Yangshou
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before having an afternoon at leisure.
Day 10: Fly to Kunming
Visit the Pearl museum before flying to Kunming, one of China’s most pleasant cities. Tonight dine on the famous Across the Bridge Noodles.
Day 11: Visit the Stone Forest
Explore the fascinating formations of the picturesque Stone Forest.
Day 12: Fly to Lijiang
Fly to Lijiang in Yunnan province. The quintessential Chinese ‘old town', Lijiang's old quarter is a jumble of cobbled streets, precarious wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges – in short, a delightful place to aimlessly wander. There will also be a visit to Black Dragon Pool where there are wonderful views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain massif.
Day 13: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Over 3,000-metres deep, Tiger Leaping Gorge with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains is one of China's most dramatic sights. The whole area is spectacular –prepare for breathtaking views. You will also visit a local embroidery school where young tribes-people learn vital skills and create handicrafts.
Day 14: Ascend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which is 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the beautiful high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas.
Day 15: Fly to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Wander through the People’s Park to Matchmaker’s Corner and tonight enjoy a typical Sichuan dinner.
Day 16: Giant Pandas
Visit China’s most famous resident, the Giant Panda before travelling to Chongqing to board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.
Day 17-18: Yangtze River Cruise
Over the next two days prepare for one breath-taking panorama after another. Take a side trip to the attractive Goddess or Shennong Stream and enjoy a shore excursion to the Shibaozhai Temple.
Day 19: Fly to Shanghai
Fly to the vibrant city of Shanghai.
Day 20: Discover Shanghai
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Gardens, the Silk Mill and the atmospheric alleys of the old town before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund.
Day 21: Fly to the UK
‘Classic China’ is a moderate tour. This mean that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness. There will be sightseeing on foot for both short and extended periods of time. On the Great Wall of China in Beijing some of the walking will be at an incline. On the Yangtze River Cruise and on the Li River in Guilin you will be required to get on and off the boats without assistance. You will be at a higher altitude in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
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.
Cruise ships: On this tour you will take a 3 night cruise up the Yangtze River. Your cabin on your Yangtze River cruise ship will have a private bathroom and balcony. Please note that the cruise ship and all shore excursions arranged by the cruise are on a shared basis.
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.
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