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The striking landscape along the Li River is the defining highlight of this popular itinerary. Stay overnight in the small town of Yangshuo surrounded by rice fields and limestone hills. Add the history of Beijing and Xian along with cosmopolitan Shanghai and you have the best that China can offer.
Soak up the culture in vibrant Shanghai
Take a cruise down the tranquil Li River
Explore the peaceful Yangshuo countryside
Experience the spectacular Terracotta Warriors
Walk on the Great Wall of China
Discover the imperial treasures of Beijing
- 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 cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East.
Days 3-4: Explore Shanghai
Shanghai is Chinas great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Explore the antiquities of the Shanghai Museum before admiring the magnificent architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Round off the day with a delicious meal of Shanghai cuisine. The next day visit the peaceful Yu Gardens and wander the bustling streets of the old town before exploring the modern Pudong area and viewing the 1920s architectural styling of Xintiandi. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Day 5: Fly to Guilin
Fly to the scenic city of Guilin. Visit the Seven Star Park which is not only home to two Giant Pandas but also has beautiful scenery to stroll through. The South China Pearl Museum covers the fascinating 1700 year history of pearling in the South China Sea with displays and demonstrations. There are also beautiful pieces available to buy.
Day 6: Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo. 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 7: Yangshuo
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. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting, and walking though you may prefer to relax in the town. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Day 8: Fly to Xian
Fly to ancient Xian. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 9: Terracotta Warriors
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of Chinas first Emperor Qin Shihuang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of a life-sized warrior. 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. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town.
Day 10: Explore Xian, fly to Beijing
A fascinating morning includes the treasures of the Shaanxi Museum and visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Take some time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing.
Day 11: Forbidden City
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. Round off the day with an evening Chinese acrobatic show.
Day 12: Great Wall of China
This morning is dedicated to Chinas 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. In the afternoon savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander amongst traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. Later on, you'll visit the Jade Museum.
Day 13: Temple of Heaven
Enjoy a fascinating rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutong's and soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. This evening, relish Beijing's best-known delicacy - Peking Duck.
Day 14: Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
‘Glories of China’ is a comfortable tour. Although this is the easiest grading of tour Wendy Wu Tours offers it still requires a reasonable 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.
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.
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