Wonders of ChinaExperience China's unique wonders like the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, the Forbidden City and pandas
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The footprints of your next getaway
- Return flights from London (Regionals available with a surcharge).
- 25% Savings applied.
- Business Class starting from £6,299pp.
- 9 Nights Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- 3 Nights in Beijing at the 4-star Xin Qiao Hotel or similar.
- 2 Nights in Xi’an at the 5-star Hotel Xi’an Grand Barony Hotel or similar
- 2 Nights in Chengdu at the 5-star Chengdu Tibet Hotel or similar.
- 2 Nights in Shanghai at the 5-star Metro Park Hotel or similar.
- Daily breakfast in all the cities based on 2 pax sharing a twin or double room.
- Meals according to the itinerary (9 breakfasts / 5 lunches).
- All transfers & transportation for sightseeing by Air conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English-speaking guide in each city.
- Domestic air tickets in economy class as indicated in the programme including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
- Train tickets in 2nd class (for high-speed trains).
- All tours & entrance fees indicated in the Itinerary.
- Low deposit from £150pp with flexible payments plan.
- Prices are based on a double or twin sharing room.
- Flights may include stopovers between 2 & 4 hours.
- Call us for single occupancy charges.
- Valid to travel on selected dates between 2023.
- Subject to availability; please book early to secure your preferred dates.
- Prices and taxes are correct at the time of publishing and subject to change without prior notice.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
- ABTA & ATOL Protected.
Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
The 693-room Novotel Beijing Xinqiao is a 4-star international hotel, situated in the heart of Beijing's Chongwenmen business district, within walking distance to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing shopping area, ideal for a business trip, holiday or short break in Beijing. Located just in front of the hotel is the Chongwenmen station with two subway lines (line2 and Line5) that provide convenient access to all parts of the city, with Beijing Railway Station 15-min walk and Beijing Capital International Airport 1-hr drive. Besides the famous Wangfujing Pedestrian Street with shopping malls, there are also New World Shopping mall, Glory Mall and M Cube around the hotel. Unique to this hotel is the natural hot spring water from 1,400 meters underground and supplied to all guestrooms and spas. Novotel Beijing Xinqiao features both all day dining and Shangdong Chinese restaurants, a lobby bar, gym, and outdoor tennis court. Hi-speed Wi-Fi access to the internet is available in all areas and is free of charge. Ideal for meetings, weddings, events, the hotel has 8 conference rooms with modern amenities and maximum capacity of 250 people. Airport transfer service and tour desk providing customized city tours are available in the hotel.
Xi'an Grand Barony
See why so many travelers make Grand Barony Xi'an their hotel of choice when visiting Xi'an. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. While staying at Grand Barony Xi'an, visitors can check out Small Goose Pagoda (1.7 mi) and Hanguanmen Site Museum of Xi'an Tang City Wall (2.7 mi), some of Xi'an's top attractions. Grand Barony Xi'an offers guests an array of room amenities including air conditioning and a minibar, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available. The hotel offers a 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features a pool and breakfast. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking. Xi'an has plenty of Asian restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like First Noodle Under The Sun, Redfort Cultural Restaurant, and Haidilao Hot Pot Cheng (XiAn YanTa Road), which are serving up some great dishes. If you’re looking for something to do, Muta Temple Relics Park (1.1 mi) is a nice way to spend some time, and it is within walking distance of Grand Barony Xi'an. At Grand Barony Xi'an, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Xi'an.
Tibet Hotel Chengdu
Tibet Hotel Chengdu, stands on the shore of the Jinjiang River, adjacent to Chunxi Road CBD and shopping areas such as Wenshu Monastery, Longfor Paradise Walk and Wanda Plaza, easily accessible with transportation with a three-minute walk to Chengdu Metro Line 1 and Line 6. Breakfast buffet, combining the best of western and Chinese food, decorated with unique Tibetan cuisines, brings you various options. The five-star Tibet Hotel Chengdu has been honored with numerous accolades like Green Tourism Hotel (Golden Leaf Class) and Tibetan Cultural Theme Hotel (Jinding Class). And it is noted for its cultural sophistication that rivals a Tibetan cultural museum. With themes such as Turquoise, Coral and Beeswax, different floors employ different color scheme to manifest the connotation behind the belief of "harmony of heaven, earth and man". Custom-made furniture adds a dash of refinement in a way that immaculately integrates the sensitivity of the arts and the objectivity of craftsmanship. Enhanced noise-reduction, ventilation and purification dual-filters, live displays of PM2.5 in rooms and hallways ensure the best of health and well-being; intelligent curtains and nightlights with infrared sensors provide a smart lifestyle at the press of a button.
Metropark Hotel Hongqiao Shanghai
The Metropark Hotel Hongqiao Shanghai is a great choice for guests looking for accommodation in Shanghai, having been recently opened in 2021. Boasting a convenient location, the hotel is just 5km from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and 7km from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Being just minutes away from Panlong Road Metro Station allows guests to explore the city with ease. Seeing Shanghai's sights from this hotel is easy with City Flight Club, Shuiguo - Hot Spring and MOI Shanghai - Museum of Illusions all close by. This hotel makes a great place to kick back and relax after a long day of sightseeing. Guests of this Shanghai hotel can make use of the parking facilities. When it comes to Shanghai hotels, the Metropark Hotel Hongqiao Shanghai is highly regarded for its excellent facilities.
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The story of your holiday!
Our intrepid adventure begins in the bustling capital Beijing. We will receive a warm welcome from our guide at the airport before transferring to the hotel. We then have the rest of the day at leisure to settle into our new surroundings. Overnight at Xin Qiao Hotel or similar.
Discover Beijing’s rich heritage as we step back in time to an era when mystery and incredible power reigned. We start at Tiananmen Square and get an overview of China’s communist history on a tour of the vast array of halls and monuments. This is the symbolic heart of China and it can accommodate one million people. We then embark on an in-depth exploration of the Forbidden City, the power base of Chinese emperors for centuries. This contains the Imperial Palace Museum which details the history of each dynasty, represented in four palatial halls with antiques and treasures from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. This was the ceremonial and political centre of government for almost 500 years. In the afternoon, we take a 40 minute transfer and explore the Summer Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises walkways, gardens, palaces and lakes, stroll around and admire the beauty of the setting along with the ancient architectural structures and collections of cultural relics. Breakfast is at the hotel. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Overnight at Xin Qiao Hotel or similar.
This morning in Beijing takes us to the Temple of Heaven which was founded in the 15th century. This features a complex of fine buildings set in gardens, surrounded by pine woods. The layout and the individual buildings symbolize the relationship between heaven and earth – the god’s world and the human world – and the special role played by emperors within this association. The temple provides a unique opportunity to see the capital’s past and present exist in cohesion side-by-side. Then we embark on a 90 minute scenic drive to the Mutianyu section of the wall, which is less visited than the famous Badaling stretch. Mutianyu is more rugged and covered in expansive greenery. Built as a form of defence by millions of soldiers and peasants, the wall is a remarkable feat of engineering and archaeologists estimate that it once spanned nearly 10,000 km. Construction continued over the centuries, with the most impressive portions built during the Ming Dynasty. The Mutianyu section holds a prominent place in Chinese military history and this area is now equipped with cable cars to offer a different perspective (surcharge applies) of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Overnight at Xin Qiao Hotel or similar.
Beijing – Xi’an
We head to the train station and embark on a four-hour-plus train journey from Beijing to Xi'an, travelling in second class. Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Xi’an Grand Barony Hotel or similar.
We explore Xi’an’s ancient historic past that dates back over 3,000 years as we marvel at the army of Terracotta Warriors; and discover Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum. A highlight of the tour is the acclaimed site of the Terracotta Warriors which consists of 8,000 figures built under the order of the emperor to accompany him to the afterlife. We also explore Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum, the world’s largest underground tomb. In the afternoon, we visit a terracotta replication factory to observe how craftsmen replicate the iconic statues at the UNESCO listed site. Breakfast is at the hotel. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Overnight at Xi’an Grand Barony Hotel or similar.
Xi’an - Chengdu
Bid a fond farewell to Xi’an as we set off on the next leg of our adventure to Chengdu, the capital of south-west Sichuan province. After breakfast, we check-out and drive to the train station and set off on a three-hour high-speed train journey to Chengdu, travelling second class. Upon arrival, we check-in at the hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to explore our new surroundings. Chengdu is famed as the home of giant pandas. These creatures can be seen in a simulation of their natural habitat at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Aside from wildlife, this modern city is renowned for its teahouse culture. It is also a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and this was awarded in recognition of the city’s outstanding cuisine which has a diverse taste based on the five elements of sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and salty and you can experience this globally recognised food at high-end hotels and hawker stalls on virtually every street. Overnight at Chengdu Tibet Hotel or similar.
Get up close and personal with Chengdu’s famed residents at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. In total, there are fewer than 2,000 giant pandas out in the wild – of which 70 per cent are distributed across Sichuan. We head north out of the city to this facility founded in 1987 to see giant pandas rescued from the wild. Researchers and those who care for the wellbeing and preservation of these creatures will give an insight into what they have achieved over the years and we will witness their uncompromising commitment to conserving the population out in the wild and the healthy growth of the captive population. After lunch at a local restaurant, we take a stroll through the historic People’s Park which dates back to 1911 and spans an expansive area of 112,639 sq-m. Next, we visit a traditional tea house for tea and then explore the ancient Wide and Narrow Alley, two parallel ancient alleys dotted with 45 courtyards where we get a glimpse into authentic Chengdu life. Overnight at Chengdu Tibet Hotel or similar.
Chengdu – Shanghai
Today sees us head to our final destination on this intriguing trip – vibrant Shanghai. After breakfast, we drive to the airport to catch our economy class flight to China’s largest city and financial hub. Upon arrival, we visit Yu Garden which is a prime example of a classical Chinese garden that dates back to 1559. This tranquil world of bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds and Ming Dynasty pavilions remains a serene sanctuary in contemporary times. We then enjoy tea in a close-by facility. After this cultural exploration we head to Tianzifang, a network of alleyways filled with cafes, bars and boutiques. We round the day off with a stroll past the European style villas and buildings of the Former French Concession. We then proceed to the famous Bund, a waterfront promenade lined with European-style buildings. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Overnight at Metro Park Hotel.
All day at leisure to explore this pulsating metropolis. Shanghai is China’s largest city and its main financial hub. At its heart is the Bund, a waterfront promenade lined with European-style buildings. Across the Huangpu River is Pudong’s ultramodern skyline, including the 632-metre high Shanghai Tower. For culture, Yu Garden has traditional pavilions and ponds. This is a destination that radiates affluence with glitzy shopping malls, high-end hotels and prestigious art centres, all serviced by the world’s longest subway system. Exploration will reveal celebrity restaurants, designer flagship stores and a wealth of leisure opportunities. Overnight at Metro Park Hotel.
All good things must come to an end and today sees our ten-day adventure draw to a close. Before transferring to the airport for our onward flight, we may have time to embark on some, independent, solo sight-seeing.