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Venture on an epic discovery of the Legends of China on a luxury Wendy Wu tour of China. Spanning 16 days, let the tour take you on a journey through Imperial Beijing visiting sights including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the iconic Great Wall. Spend time in Xian coming face to face with the Terracotta Warriors, soak in the beautiful natural beauty of Guilin, sights across a Li River cruise and finish your trip with an unforgettable time in Shanghai.
Take part in a Tai Chi class at the Temple of Heaven
Toast your tour with a glass of champagne on the Great Wall of China
Learn about the Terracotta Warriors’ discovery
Witness the astounding Three Gorges Dam, one of China’s greatest engineering achievements
Take a deluxe 3-night cruise down the mighty Yangtze River
- 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
Day 1-2: Fly to Beijing
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Beijing. On arrival, you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel.
Day 3: Explore Imperial Beijing
Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, as you partake in a private Tai Chi lesson with a master in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City - a monument to a dynastic past, the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering gallery showcasing the everyday trappings of royal life. Visit a cloisonne workshop to witness the elaborate process of creating beautiful, enamelled objects with pieces available to buy. Dine on Peking Duck at the excellent Quanjude restaurant and enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Champagne on the Great Wall
From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Visit the lesser-known Huanghuacheng section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of lakes and craggy peaks. Back in Beijing take a rickshaw ride through the hutong's where you'll stop for a lesson in calligraphy with a learned scholar. Enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)
Day 5: Ancient City Walls
Fly to Xian. Explore Hanyangling Mausoleum. The artefacts recovered here, viewable from the glass walkways above, give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty. This evening study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. Dine on the results before watching a Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L,D)
Day 6: The Terracotta Warriors
Fortuitously found by local farmers, the Terracotta Warriors are one of the world's most famous archÅological discoveries. View the enigmatic ranks in the company of an archÅologist who works at the site and who will put their story into context. Walk on the 14th-century walls for an excellent overview of the city. The lanes of Xian's Muslim Quarter lead to the Grand Mosque and gardens, founded after the introduction of Islam by Silk Road traders from Arabia. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and admire the Chinese-Islamic architecture. (B,L)
Day 7: Beautiful Guilin
Fly to Guilin, a city set in the dramatic limestone karst landscapes of the Li River valley. Visit the South China Pearl Museum to discover the fascinating 1,700-year history of pearling in the South China Sea. As well as displays and demonstrations there are also beautiful pieces to buy. (B,L)
Day 8: Cruise the Li River
Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo. The magnificence of the limestone karsts and serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. On arrival, enjoy dinner at Pure Lotus vegetarian restaurant before Impression Sanjie Liu, a light spectacular that perfectly utilises the karst landscape as a theatre and the Li River as a stage. (B,L,D)
Day 9: At leisure in Yangshuo
Relax, explore or take part in an optional activity such as walking in the countryside, learning Chinese painting or a cooking class. This evening watch Yangshuo's famous cormorant fishermen demonstrating their age-old technique. (B)
Day 10: Discover Guilin
Return to Guilin for a walking tour, see the Sun and Moon Pagodas and the West Lake before watching the famous cormorant fishermen demonstrating their age-old technique.
Day 11: Ciqikou & Yangtze River Cruise
Transfer to Chongqing and visit Ciqikou, a historic district full of traditional architecture - spend a free evening here exploring before boarding your ship.
Day 12: Captain's Welcome
The Yangtze has long played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China - this voyage is the perfect way to get an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a welcome reception followed by a lavish dinner at the À la carte restaurant.
Day 13: Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
Prepare for breathtaking vistas as we sweep through Wu and Qutang gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. Back on the boat, expand your knowledge on the dam project with a presentation by the ships river guide.
Day 14: Three Gorges Dam Project
This massive feat of engineering saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult to not be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Our vessel must then negotiate the five-step Three Gorges Dam lock before we disembark and fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 15: Zhujiajiao water town
China's attractive water towns exude a rustic charm. The 1,700-year-old Zhujiajiao is a typical example, boasting old stone bridges, wood-panelled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways once used to transport goods. Return to Shanghai for a free afternoon or take part in an optional cooking class specialising in Shanghainese cuisine. (B)
Day 16: Stylish Shanghai
Walk in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of traditional Chinese horticulture and admire the collections of the Shanghai Museum, before ascending to the Shanghai Financial Centres viewing platform. Dine on acclaimed dumplings at Dintaifeng and toast the end of the tour with a cocktail at M on the Bund with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Fly Shanghai to UK
Take the super-fast Maglev train to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. On arrival, you will be transported by chauffeured transfer. (B)
These tours have been meticulously designed with the more discerning traveller in mind. These deluxe journeys through Asia feature distinctive and exclusive experiences which bring the region to life. Exclusive collection tours include:
- Champagne moments
- Unique experiences
- Small group sizes
- UK chauffeur transfers
- Porter service to and from your hotel rooms
- A mid tour Laundry service
Enjoy handpicked luxury hotels throughout China in the best possible locations for our Exclusive tours meaning you will experience 5-star comfort throughout. On your ‘Legends of China’ tour you will be staying in the following hotels:
- Beijing - Regent Beijing Wangfujing
- Xian – Hilton Xian
- Guilin – Shangri-La
- Yangshuo – Amari Yangshuo
- Shanghai - Fairmont Peace
On ‘Legends of China’ you will spend 3 nights cruising on the Century Paragon or Century Legend down the mighty Yangtze river. Century cruises have one of the newest fleets on the river and are well known for providing an exceptional experience; with a passenger to crew ratio of 2:1 the service on-board is both attentive and conscientious. Your spacious cabin will have panoramic sliding glass doors and a private balcony for admiring the spectacular scenery as you float by. Each room has a seating area, television and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath tub. Whilst on board you can expect to enjoy a mix of Chinese and western cuisine from buffet style breakfasts and lunches to luxurious evening banquets. Each ship also offers a range of on board activities and entertainment such as Tai Chi, ethnic dance shows, and cooking classes; as well as shore excursions to fascinating and enticing spots along the banks of the Yangtze River.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our Exclusive Collection for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Cruise ships: You will be cruising on the Century Paragon or Century Legend; each ship offers a mixture of Chinese and western cuisine, a range of entertainment and a spacious sun deck with Panoramic views.
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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