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Discover the most beautiful sights in China on a tour dedicated to nature. From the swirling mists of Mt Huang and the dramatic pinnacles of Zhangjiajie to the impressive Huangguoshu Falls and the spectacular Li River. Complete your tour with a visit to the beautiful alpine scenery of Nine Villages Valley.
Explore the fascinating rice terraces
Relax with a cruise on the Yangtze River
Walk in the spectacular Three Natural Bridges National Park
View Zhangjiajie’s pinnacles
Find peace in Buddhist Emeishan
Come face to face with the 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 overnight to Guilin
Fly overnight to Guilin. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Li River Cruise
Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, the magnificence of the limestone karsts and serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. Later in the afternoon take a walk around the countryside during which you’ll visit a local farm.
Day 4: Yangshuo
Start the day with an optional relaxing river rafting trip down a quieter section of the Yu Long River. The afternoon is yours to explore this beautiful area. There is an option this late afternoon to walk up Moon Hill for spectacular views over Yangshuo.
Day 5: Reed Flute Caves
This morning is at leisure. You may have the option to join a bamboo rafting trip along the Yulong River. In the afternoon transfer back to Guilin, where you’ll visit the colourful formations of the Reed Flute Cave.
Day 6: Longji Rice Terraces
Travel to the iconic Longji Rice Terraces and head out for a 3-4 hour walk through the traditional landscapes. There are several viewpoints boasting picture-postcard views of the extensive rice terraces that cover the hillside in intricate patterns. Drive back to Guilin, with the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7: Travel to Zhangjiajie
Catch the bullet train to Changsha, then enjoy the breathtaking drive to Zhangjiajie.
Day 8: Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie’s striking beauty is unforgettable. Ravines and gorges, streams and waterfalls and a plethora of endangered plants and animal species complete this idyllic scene. During your time here you will enjoy some beautiful walks, as well as taking a cruise on Lake Baofeng and visiting Huanglong Cave.
Day 9: Travel to Yichang
Catch the train to Yichang, where you’ll board your Yangtze Cruise vessel, home for the next four nights.
Days 11-13: Yangtze River Cruise
Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another, and enjoy a chance to take some respite on board the ship.
Day 14: Ciqikou
Disembark your cruise vessel and enjoy an early lunch in the charming old town of Ciqikou. Fly to Nine Villages Valley and enjoy dinner.
Days 15: Nine Villages Valley
A national park of ragged peaks, sapphire lakes, abundant forests and rushing waterfalls, Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou National Park) is considered one of China's most beautiful areas. Whilst the scenery transforms with the seasons it is always spectacular.
Day 16: Shuzheng Village
Visit Shuzheng village, the largest settlement in the park. Spend some time with a local Tibetan family who will give you an insight into daily life in Nine Villages Valley.
Day 17: Huanglong Pools
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. Walk up to Huanglong Temple at the head of the valley. Visit a Tibetan workshop and fly to Chengdu.
Day 18: Leshan Grand Buddha
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha. The 71-metre Buddha, the world’s largest and UNESCO World Heritage-listed, is carved into a hillside overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min Rivers. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddha’s presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river.
Day 19: Mount Emei
Mount Emei is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built here, on its peak, in the 1st century. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and inconspicuous old temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and its setting. Spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring.
Day 20: Pingle Ancient Town
Drive to 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 bamboo forest from above on Jinjigu Suspended Rope Bridge. Drive back to Chengdu.
Day 21: Chengdu
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. Wander along ancient Jinli Street, see Wuhou Temple, and visit the fascinating Shu Brocade museum and purchase a piece if you wish. Sample the delicious Sichuan cuisine for dinner.
Day 22: Fly Chengdu to 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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