Ancient China

Ancient China

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Ancient China

18 Days Starting in UK and ending in UK

Visiting: Beijing, ሀመር።, Great Wall of China, Datong, Wutaishan, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Xi'an, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, Shanghai

Tour operator:

Wendy Wu

Tour code:

428

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 28

Physical rating:

Low, Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances. Some step climbing.

Age range:

16-

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:

English

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Tour Overview

With thousands of years of fascinatingly diverse history, China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. Encounter millennia-old culture and religion with visits to some of China’s greatest and most intriguing ancient sights.

Visit the beautiful Shaolin Temple, a 5th century building, home to Buddhist teachings, as seen on BBC One's Sacred Wonders.

Highlights

  • Take a rickshaw ride through the intricate network of Hutongs in Beijing.

  • Look in disbelief at the mesmerising Hanging Temple.

  • Explore Wutaishan, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains.

  • Discover China’s ancient past at Pingyao.

  • Look out over the Yellow River, the 'birthplace of Chinese civilisation’.

  • Admire the 1920s shikumen architecture of Xintiandi in Shanghai.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - 2 : Fly Overnight To Beijing

Location: Beijing

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive in Beijing, China's fascinating capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3 : Imperial Beijing

Location: Beijing

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow alleys of the warren-like hutongs and learn more about living in this traditional area. In the evening, sit down to enjoy the local delicacy, Peking duck.

Day 4 : The Great Wall

Location: Great Wall of China

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning is dedicated to China's 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 surrounds it. Visit a jade factory, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China and is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Spend the afternoon at the idyllic Summer Palace, wandering through traditional Chinese gardens and seeing the exquisite architecture.

Day 5 : Temple Of Heaven

Location: Beijing

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape and mingle with the locals as they practice Tai Chi, dance or play cards. Later, browse your way through Panjiayuan, Beijing’s most extensive arts, crafts and antiques market.

Day 6 : Historical Datong

Location: Datong

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel by bullet train to Datong, watching the rural splendour of China pass by your window. Known for its abundant historical relics and natural beauty, upon arrival visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Yungang Caves where you will see the well-preserved rock carvings from the surrounding sandstone cliffs. Today, it is one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist cultural sites of China.

Day 7 : The Hanging Temple

Location: Datong

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the 1,400-year-old, gravity-defying Hanging Temple that seemingly floats 50 metres up the face of Jinxia Gorge before travelling on to Wutaishan.

Day 8 : Wutaishan

Location: Wutaishan

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day starts with a visit to one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains, Wutaishan (Five Terrace Mountain) and a place of scenic magnificence. In Wutaishan's shadow, an alpine valley shelters many important monasteries, temples and sculptures, some dating back over 1,000 years. Here, visit the Bodhisattva Summit Temple and Xiantong Buddhist Temple. Continue to Taiyuan, the capital and largest city in Shanxi Province and visit the Twin Pagoda Temple, constructed during the Ming Dynasty.

Day 9 : Taiyuan & Pingyao

Location: Taiyuan

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Jinci Temple before travelling to the old town of Pingyao. Pingyao is a living museum and home to China's best preserved ancient city walls. Here, take part in a traditional Chinese paper cutting experience, an art dating back to the 6th century.

Day 10 : Explore Pingyao

Location: Pingyao

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the characterful old town of Pingyao, strolling along the cobbled streets to view the old city walls and the Rishengchang Financial House Museum. There will also be time to see the Yamen, a government building during the Qing Dynasty, before taking the bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian.

Day 11 : Terracotta Warriors

Location: Xi'an

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of these life-size warriors and visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Workshop. Later, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved ancient city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. This evening, enjoy a delicious feast of Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 12 : Discover Xian

Location: Xi'an

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Admire the relics at the Xian Museum before visiting the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and watching a calligraphy demonstration. There will also be time to explore the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter.

Day 13 : Luoyang

Location: Luoyang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Board a bullet train from Xian to Luoyang, a city that was the capital for more than 13 dynasties. This afternoon, visit the Longmen Grottoes which houses tens of thousands of age-old statues and sculptures depicting Buddha and his disciples carved from the limestone cliffs of Xiangshan and Longmenshan.

Day 14 : Shaolin Temple

Location: Dengfeng, Zhengzhou

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Dengfeng and visit the famous Shaolin Temple, best known for its association with martial arts, and walk through the Pagoda Forest, a collection of 228 pagodas of various styles built from the Tang through to the Qing dynasties. Later, witness a kung fu demonstration by the famous Shaolin Monks. Continue to Zhengzhou.

Day 15 : Huangpu River Cruise

Location: Shanghai

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. In the evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a scenic cruise.

Day 16 : Cosmopolitan Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shanghai is China's great metropolis, east and west colliding on streets lined with skyscrapers and old temples. Visit the classical Yu Garden and stop in the old town before admiring the colonial architecture on the Bund. This evening, take your seats to see the fascinating ERA acrobatic show.

Day 17 : Explore Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wander through the Xintiandi area to admire the 1920s architectural style, view the artefacts at the Shanghai Museum and explore the Silk Factory. Taste delicious, traditional Shanghainese cuisine for dinner.

Day 18 : Fly Shanghai To Uk

Location: Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    16 nights in 4 star

  • Fully Inclusive

    Touring with Guides and entrance fees

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Entrance Fees

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfasts: 16, Lunches: 15, Dinners: 16

  • Local Taxes

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any changes to confirmed bookings need to be sent to us in writing via your travel agent. Please refer to our booking conditions for further information and fees.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your Final Travel Documents are usually sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Your travel pack will include your tour itinerary, hotel details, flight e-tickets and a travel guide. If you have booked with a travel agent, your tickets will be dispatched to your travel agent unless we have been otherwise informed.

  • Will I be travelling with passengers from other countries?

    Our passengers generally enjoy the mixture of British, Australian and American clients on tour. Occasionally we are joined by English-speaking passengers from other countries.

  • What is 'Happy to Share'?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date. If a share partner is found, the Single Supplement will be removed from your booking. If a share partner is not found, the Single Supplement will remain and is payable with your final balance in line with our normal booking conditions. Either way, our Operations Team will contact you around 75 days before departure to let you know whether a share partner has been found or not. We regret that Happy to Share requests cannot be accepted within 75 days of departure. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to change or withdraw this arrangement at any time.

  • Do you allow children on your tours?

    We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our private or tailormade tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Frances  

Paced just right

The tour was paced just right and covered a wide r

The tour was paced just right and covered a wide range of sights and experiences.

Trusted Customer  

One of the best holidays we've ever had

One of the best holidays we've ever had

One of the best holidays we've ever had

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  • Free Date Changes

    Wendy Wu allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 0 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Wendy Wu requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wendy wu charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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