China Experience

10 Days from $1,890 per person

China Experience

What's Included
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 internal flights within China
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Group airport transfers & ground transportation
  • National Escort & Local Insider Guides
  • Visa fees for US & Canada passport holders
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
Places Visited
Shanghai (3 nights), Xian (2 nights), Beijing (3 nights)
Highlights of the Itinerary
  • Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China
  • Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
  • Survey Xian from its ancient city ramparts
  • Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
  • Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise
  • Escape the bustle of Beijing for the tranquility of the Summer Palace
  • Soak up the old world charms of the sleepy Water Town of Zhujiajiao
  • Admire the 1920s architecture of The Bund, set against futuristic skyscapers
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Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai's sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town's narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, while the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges.

Return to Shanghai and enjoy the superb antiquities and fine arts at the Shanghai Museum, where we can also wander the surrounds of the neighboring People's Square.

This evening we enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Shanghai Cuisine Dinner
Accommodation: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel or Similar
Zhujiajiao  Water Town Shanghai
Sightseeing today starts in the Old Town (Yuan Bazaar) of Shanghai, where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalizing snacks. We take a relaxing walk through moon gates and latticed pavilions in the peaceful Yu Gardens, the inspiration for willow patterned china.

We will also explore Xintiandi. This area was once a dilapidated strip of shikumen buildings, a mixture of English-styled terraces and traditional Chinese courtyard houses. This style of housing is unique to Shanghai, and was originally designed for the many Chinese workers that flooded the city in the early 1900s. The area was later purchased by film star Jackie Chan who restored the buildings.

Later we explore the historical riverfront area known as the Bund, which is recognized as Shanghai's former Wall Street and home to an impressive collection of buildings from the early trade houses of the 1850s to the glamorous Art Deco modernism of the 1920s. We also visit a local Silk Museum and Showroom, and later enjoy some shopping along Nanjing Road (if time permits).

In the evening we enjoy a cruise on the spectacular Huangpu River to view the picturesque nightscape of this exciting city.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel or Similar
Huangpu River Cruise
Enjoy the morning at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our flight to Xian.

Xian, which means Western Peace, is located on the banks of the Yellow River and has a history dating back to 1000BC. It once rivaled great cities such as Constantinople and Rome in size, culture and development and was also the starting point for the famous trade route, the Silk Road, a caravan passageway which carried not only silks, ceramics and spices but also led to an exchange of cultures, technologies and ideas. Buddhism brought from India during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) was perhaps one of the most influential of the religions to travel along this famed road into Xian.

Upon our arrival in this historic city, we will transfer to our hotel. This evening we feast on a sumptuous Shui Jiao Dumpling dinner, a specialty of the region, while enjoying a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty era.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Shui Jiao Dumpling Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Flower Hotel or Similar
Tang Dynasty Dancing Show
We start our day with a visit to the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. One of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, this unearthed terracotta army is comprised of over 7,000 soldiers, horses and chariots. The army was built in life-sized form by thousands of workers and designed by the self-proclaimed Emperor Qin Shi Huang to defend himself in his afterlife. The word China derived from his name and he is acclaimed by Chinese historians to have unified the rival lands of China into a single empire after defeating his enemy states and standardizing the systems of currency, writing and measurement.

On our return to Xian we stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition where replicas of the warriors are made before visiting the Ancient City Wall, a 500-year-old barricade built to protect the city. Standing the test of time, it is one of the only walls in China to remain intact.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Golden Flower Hotel or Similar
Terracotta Warriors
After breakfast we commence our morning tour of Xian. We will visit the renowned Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in the Tang Dynasty, this pagoda is home to Buddhist scriptures brought to China from India. Later we take a stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter, exploring the many narrow laneways of the interesting Islamic food markets.
This afternoon we will board our flight to Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. With its unequaled wealth of history, Beijing served as the center for the many different empires and cultures that ruled China and has been the heart of politics and society throughout its long history. The ancient monuments, the stories of days gone by as well as the dynamic and modern city Beijing has become today, make it a destination not to be missed.

Upon arrival in Beijing we are transferred to our hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar
Xian Muslim Quarter
This morning we walk through the expanse of Tiananmen Square, where we will pass Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Built on Mao Zedong's orders, Tiananmen Square is said to hold a capacity crowd of over one million.

Next we walk through the outer gates of the Imperial Forbidden City, the sacred center of the Chinese empire for 500 years and home to both the Ming and Qing dynasties. We walk through this royal complex from the south gate at Tiananmen, named Gate of Heavenly Peace, through to the north gate at Shenwumen, named Gate of Divine Might. We can explore the outer courts, the courtyards and the private residences within the Forbidden City.

From here we visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven, one of the more perfect examples of Ming architecture, set among a 660 acre park with four gates set at each point of a compass. Walking through the park we will see the many groups of local people that gather here every day to sing folk songs, practice tai chi and sword dancing, play chess or just come to sit and chat.

Our evening entertainment is a fascinating Chinese acrobatic performance, where we will see gravity-defying acrobatics, contortionists, juggling, plate spinning acts and more.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar
Forbidden City
It is often quoted in Beijing that you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 4,000 miles long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labor required for its construction.

After lunch, we will visit the Jade Factory and Showroom. From here we visit the Summer Palace, a retreat for emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the most notorious of which is Empress Dowager Cixi. Popularly known as the dragon lady, the empress spent money reserved to commission a modern navy on embellishment of the royal garden. However, she did restore the large marble boat that sits at the edge of the beautiful Kunming Lake, which occupies three quarters of the park's expanse.

For dinner this evening sample the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar
Great Wall
Today our group tour arrangements end. Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the USA.

Included Meal: Breakfast
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Sat. Apr 25 Mon. May 04 $2,490 - -
Mon. May 04 Wed. May 13 $2,690 - -
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All of the hotels used by Wendy Wu Tours are of four star or superior three star (international tourist) standard unless otherwise specified. The hotels are selected for their comfort, convenience of location and character and are subject to change. Below is an example of the typical hotels used on our tours, however these are not guaranteed and alternative hotels of a similar standard may also be used.

Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel

This modern and well-appointed hotel is a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Information

  • Hotel Facilities

    The hotel features a fitness room, indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa and massage facilities as well as a business centre. 24-hour room service, currency exchange, laundry service and free Wi-Fi in public area are available.

  • Room Facilities

    Amenities include satellite television, DVD player, mini-bar, safety deposit box, kettle and hair dryer as well as free wired and wireless internet access. There are tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary bottled water offered.

  • Restaurants

    Three restaurants feature a range of styles including International cuisine, Japanese specialties and contemporary Cantonese food. There is also a patisserie and a lobby lounge.

Golden Flower Hotel

The Golden Flower Hotel is located in the core business area of Xian, close to Terracotta Warriors and Xi'an City Walls.

Information

  • Hotel Facilities

    Recreational amenities include swimming pool, exercise facilities, sauna and massage room. Currency exchange, ticket office, laundry service, gift shop, beauty salon and free Wi-Fi in public area are all available.

  • Room Facilities

    The air conditioned room is fitted with a satellite TV, complimentary toiletries, bottled water and 24-hour room service.

  • Restaurants

    A daily buffet awaits guests every morning at Golden Flower Hotel. In-room dining is available with room service.

Jiangxi Grand Hotel

The Jiangxi Grand Hotel is located in the southwestern part of Beijing, with a good range of local facilities nearby.

Information

  • Hotel Facilities

    The hotel offers a business center, laundry service, room service, currency exchange service, beauty salon and free Wi-Fi in public area.

  • Room Facilities

    Room in the Jiangxi Grand Hotel provides satellite television, free toiletries and complimentary bottled water. An attached toilet with deep-soaking bathtub and shower facilities are also provided.

  • Restaurants

    The hotel has western restaurant and Chinese restaurant. A bar at the hotel lobby is also available.

  • We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. We were especially impressed by the friendliness, knowledge & helpfulness of our national guide Jay Chen who went out of his way to make the tour a great success. The two local guides too were also very good: Jung in Shanghai and Angie in Beijing offering their knowledge of their cities. All of the guides spoke excellent English. We were lucky to only have a small group (15). We were shown a great deal in only a short time and will certainly recommend Wendy Wu Tours to others. Everything was ...
    Kevin and Natalie Cavenett South Australia
  • Dear Ms. Wu, I just finished a Wendy Wu tour (“A China Experience”), hosted by national escort Jay Chen. My experience was beyond first-rate, due in large part to Mr. Chen. I wanted to write to you to bring this highly effective young man to your attention. As a U.S. diplomat, I once visited and studied, in depth, the practices of large, blue-chip corporations such as 3M, IBM, Citibank, Hughes, and many others across the United States, to identify and prepare their truly promising junior employees for eventual senior leadership positions in their organizations. Later, as a businessman, I engaged ...
    James E. Overly United States
  • Brilliant Service. All staff friendly and helpful. This holiday was excellent, staff very helpful and friendly. The hotels were amazing and the activities on the trip were brilliant. I would recommend Wendy Wu tours to everyone I know.
    United Kingdom
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