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The highlight of this two-week tour is a four-night cruise on the Yangtze River. Sail through the Three Gorges where the vertical cliffs rise dramatically from the water. Add to this a visit to the famous panda reserve in Chengdu and it's easy to see why this tour is a long-term favourite.
Enjoy vibrant Shanghai
Take a four-night cruise along the Yangtze River
Get up close to the Giant Pandas
Experience the spectacular Terracotta Warriors
Explore the Great Wall of China
- 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: UK – Shanghai
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East'. You will be met at Shanghai's Pudong Airport in the arrivals hall by your Local Guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel later that day or the following day - this is simply an opportunity for your group to meet and learn more about travelling in China.
Day 3: Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens - built for the parents of Pan Yunduan, a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as a place for them to enjoy a happy and tranquil time in their old age - and the Old Town, as well as a visit to the Shanghai Museum located in the center of Shanghai in People's Square, which houses over 120,000 pieces of bronze, coins, jade, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. The exterior design of a square base and the round dome symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land!
We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920's style shikumen buildings - created by converting residential blocks into a multi-functional entertainment, retail and dining centre flowing with boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars of an international standard.
In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, the most important shipping artery of Shanghai, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face.
Day 4: Yangtze River Cruise
Fly to Yichang and transfer by coach (approx 1 hour) to board our Yangtze River Cruise vessel for the next four nights.
Days 5-7: Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, before cruising upstream through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Over the next three days, we will take a side-trip to the striking Shennong Stream in a pea-pod boat, a unique method for viewing the natural scenery, or visit the Lesser Three Gorges. We also enjoy various shore excursions along the way, including the ‘Ghost City' of Fengdu with its captivating temples.
Day 8: Chongqing – Chengdu
Disembark from our cruise vessel this morning and transfer to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. The area is renowned for its lush landscapes and cuisine. Enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal in the evening.
Day 9: Chengdu – Xian
Visit the famous Panda Reserve to see these adorable animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Later, fly to the former ancient capital of Xian. In the evening we will enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing, one of the symbols of its culture when the dynasty was at the pinnacle of splendour and power.
Day 10: Xian
Visit one of the most important archÅological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors - the figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen and musician - followed by a walk along the Ancient City Wall.
Day 11: Xian – Beijing
Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, one of two significant pagodas in the city of Xi'an and the renowned Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. We also stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter, past the Great Mosque to explore the Islamic food markets before flying to Beijing. In the evening, enjoy a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show.
Day 12: Beijing
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing which includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum - the final resting place of Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China - to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, which has the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and houses over 8,000 rooms. We also tour the exquisite Summer Palace, featuring a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures.
Day 13: Beijing
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China's most iconic attraction, which stretches over 3,000 miles to the Gobi Desert. We also visit the unique Temple of Heaven - literally the Altar of Heaven. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck, considered one of China's national foods.
Day 14: Beijing – UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same day or the following morning depending on airline chosen.
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of China on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. 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.
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.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Cruise ships: On this tour you will take a 4-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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