Ancient China

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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.
Destinations
  • Far East
  • China
  • Forbidden City
Tour Types
  • Active
  • River Cruise
  • Scenic
  • 50 plus
  • Seniors
  • Museum
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • History
  • Ruins-Archaeology

Location: London, Beijing

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.

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Location: Beijing

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.

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Location: Great Wall of China

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.

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Location: Beijing

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.

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Location: Datong

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.

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Location: Datong

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.

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Location: Mount Wutai

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.

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Location: Pingyao

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.

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Location: Pingyao

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.

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Location: Xi'an

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.

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Location: Xi'an

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.

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Location: Luoyang

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.

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Location: Dengfeng, Zhengzhou

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.

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Location: Shanghai

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.

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Location: Shanghai

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.

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Location: Shanghai

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.

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Location: London

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

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Included
  • Local Taxes
  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)
  • Fully Inclusive
    -Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Country Entry Visas
  • Entrance Fees
  • Meals – Full Board
    -Breakfasts: 16, Lunches: 15, Dinners: 16
  • Accommodation
    -16 nights in 4 star
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
  • Cruise
    -Huangpu River Cruise
  • Fully Guided
  • Flights
    -International flights and current taxes
  • International Travel

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
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  • Drinks with Meals
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5* Paced just right
The tour was paced just right and covered a wide range of sights and experiences.
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Date: 21-Nov-2018

5* One of the best holidays we've ever had
One of the best holidays we've ever had
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Date: 22-Oct-2016

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Touring with Wendy Wu

Wendy Wu Tours is the UK’s leading Asia travel specialist, offering a comprehensive range of group, private and tailor-made holidays to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Japan, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. Their tours have won a host of prestigious travel awards including The British Travel Awards plus a variety of high profile travel agent awards including the prestigious Travel Weekly Globe Awards for the last six years running and the TTG Travel Awards. What’s more, they enjoy a 5-star Trip Advisor rating and a 4.7/5 independent Feefo customer rating.

Their inspiring range of escorted group tours are fully inclusive, offering outstanding value to the customer. They even include your visa! As well as Classic Group Tours, the company also offers more adventurous journeys in their Immerse Yourself range, luxury journeys in their Exclusive Collection, bespoke, tailor made holidays and river cruising holidays throughout Asia.

For 2020 they’ve even built their own state-of-the-art vessel, Victoria Mekong, to operate a series of Mekong River Cruises that can be booked either as a cruise only option or as part of a tour. No matter what style of travel you enjoy, Wendy Wu Tours can provide a comprehensive and expert guiding hand to your travel plans. More recently, they have launched tours beyond Asia to South America. Each tour aims to showcase both the iconic sights as well as uncover the hidden gems of each destination.

By using local personnel, they can offer genuinely insightful and expert guiding and their award-winning National Escorts have a reputation for transforming a good tour into a truly great one - indeed many customers will name check their guides when they return saying how wonderful they were and how they performed beyond expectations. Recommendations and repeat travel are the foundation of the business and the guides are key to this success. Wendy Wu Tours is a truly global company with offices in London, New York, Sydney and Auckland plus an operational base in China. 

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Start:UK
Finish: UK
Group size:8 - 28
Suitable for: 16-70+
Accommodation:3* plus - 4*
Physical rating:Low, Reasonable level of fitness required. A lot of time spent on your feet rather than covering long distances. Some step climbing.
Meals:16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches & 16 Dinners
Diets:Vegetarians, Meat
Tour operated in: English
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