Scenic China (14 days)

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flag Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Hangzhou - Yellow Mountain - Tunxi - Shanghai
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

As the third largest country in the world, this scenic tour through China with specialists Emperor Tours will take you on a journey through captivating landscapes, ancient cultures and vibrant cities.

From Beijing you’ll travel to see the magnificent life-size Terracota Warriors at Xian and the adorable Giant Pandas in Chengdu.  From there you’ll travel to the breathtakingly beautiful Hangzhou and the willow-lined West Lake, pagodas and temples.

Next stop are peaks, canyons and the magnificent Yellow Mountain.  You’ll even stay overnight so you can experience the stunning sunset and sunrises.

You’ll also stop in the ancient town on Tunxi before your final destination – Shanghai – one of the most exciting cities in the world.

 

Day 1 - UK to Beijing

Your journey starts today with collection from your front door and transfer to London Heathrow airport for direct scheduled flight to Beijing.

(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request)

Day 2 - Beijing

On arrival at Beijing Capital Airport we’ll be met by our guide and taken by private transfer to the boutique Schichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel, located in the centre of this amazing city. Rest of day at leisure.

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Day 3 - Beijing

We start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world.

Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (with the late Chairman Mao’s huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City, a massive palace compound (home to 24 Emperors since the 15th century) which never fails to impress.

In the afternoon the tour continues visiting the enchanting Summer Palace with its lakes, gardens, teahouses and pagodas.  The largest Imperial garden in the world is where Qing Emperors and Empresses stayed between May and October, to escape the pollution inside the city.  End your day with a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4 - Beijing

Today we travel outside the city to the world famous Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the largest man-made structure on earth and one of the Great Wonders of the World. Spend time just taking in the breath taking, panoramic views!

In the afternoon we visit the Ming Tombs where 13 Ming Emperors are buried in historical and palatial mausoleums, surrounded by the spectacular Tiger and Dragon Mountains.

The evening is time to relax with a traditional Peking duck banquet!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Day 5 - Beijing to Xi'an

This morning take the high speed bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an (approx. 5 hrs).

Upon arrival we transfer to the Citadines Central Xi’an, a private serviced residence in the heart of the city centre.

Later we visit the Ancient City Wall, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete, surviving city wall in China today.

We also visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda – initially built in 589, it’s known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex.

In the evening relax and enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty Dinner Show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6 - Xi'an to Chengdu

Today begins another highlight of our tour – a visit to the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses.  Built over 2,000 years ago, to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang, over 7,000 life-size soldiers, horses and chariots lay undiscovered until 1974 when they were uncovered by a farmer.  This is truly one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century and now a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the afternoon we return to the city and visit the landmark, stately Bell Tower – beautifully lit as night falls with enchanting red lanterns. 

There’s also time to browse around the colourful and vibrant local food market in the old Muslim Quarter.

In the evening we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Chengdu. We are greeted on arrival and transfer to the 4* Buddha Zen Hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7 - Chengdu to Hangzhou

This morning we pay a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, one of the most important centres in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas and a highlight of any visit to Chengdu.

In the afternoon we visit Wu Hou Temple – originally built next to the temple of Liu Bei, the emperor of Shu, at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty. We then continue to Jin Li Ancient Street, a representation of Chengdu’s leisure life.

Later transfer to airport for our flight to Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in southern China. We will be met on arrival and transfer to our Tea Boutique Hotel, located in the centre of Hangzhou.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 8 - Hangzhou

Today we have a full day tour covering Lingyin Temple, a premier showpiece in the West Lake surrounding area, and Six Harmonies Pagoda, a true masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture.

Later we take a boat ride on the beautiful West Lake with its numerous temples, pagodas and gardens.

Finally today we visit a tea plantation and sample the famous Dragon Well Green Tea!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 9 - Hangzhou to Yellow Mountain

After breakfast we transfer by coach to the Yellow Mountain and take the cable car up the mountain. En route we have the opportunity to view the Brush Pen Peak, Lion Peak and Xihai Grand Canyon, various scenic spots ideal for sightseeing offering stunning photo opportunities. 

Enjoy the sunset at the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion, the best place to appreciate the captivating scenery with panoramic views of Huangshan Mountain!

We stay overnight on top of the mountain at the 4* Beihai Hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10 - Yellow Mountain to Tunxi

Wake up early in the morning to catch the magical sunrise over the mountain (depend on weather condition) and another perfect opportunity for some stunning pics!

Later we take the cable car down to the foot of the mountain and drive to Yixian to visit the beautiful historical villages of Xidi and Hongcun. Hongcun is one of the locations of the famous film ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ and has numerous Ming and Qing courtyards.

Later we continue to Tunxi Ancient Town and check in on arrival the the 4* Huashan Hotel for overnight.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 11 - Tunxi to Shanghai

Today our journey takes us to Wuyuan – the most picturesque village of China. You will have plenty of time to explore the beautiful villages, walking through the cobblestone streets and bridges, and admire the ancient architectures.

Later transfer to airport for our evening flight to Shanghai – a vibrant modern city often referred to as the “Oriental Paris”. You’ll be staying at the classic Astor House Hotel overlooking the Huangpu river. 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Day 12 - Shanghai

We begin our tour today to the Jade Buddha Temple – one of the few working monasteries in the city.

We then continue to the Old Town and the enchanting Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dating back to the Ming Dynasty.

We then take a leisurely walk on the Bund – Shanghai’s famous colonial waterfront.  Here you’ll be treated to breathtaking views Shanghai’s skyline on both sides of Huangpu River.

Finally today we visit the Shanghai Museum which possesses a collection of over 120,000 precious works of art.

In the evening we’ll be entertained by the famous State Shanghai Acrobatic show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13 - Shanghai

Discover more of Shanghai under your own steam!  Spend the whole day exploring the winding alleys of the Old Town, the famous Shanghai Museum, or indulge in some last-minute shopping and experience some local cuisine.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 14 - Shanghai to UK

Time to return home!  After breakfast you’ll transfer to Shanghai airport for your flight home. Your taxi will be waiting upon your arrival to transfer you back home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Beijing - Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel

Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the scenic Houhai area, renowned for its restaurants, bars, and cafés. Located in the historical Hutong area in central Bejing, the shadow art themed Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel offers a peaceful retreat away from the bustling streets.

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Xi'an - Citadines Central Xian

Citadines Central Xian

Chengdu - 4* Buddha Zen Hotel

4* Buddha Zen Hotel

Buddha Zen Hotel, a territory for Buddha-worshippers, is located at Wenshufang folk and custom street and adjacent to famous thousands-year Wenshuyuan Buddhist Temple, where you can listen to Buddhist sermons, smell incense, and experience ancient charms everyday.

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Hangzhou - Tea Boutique Hotel

Tea Boutique Hotel

The hotel boasts magnificent location in the center of Hangzhou, providing access to West Lake (Xi Hu), Wulin Square and Wushan Square. Tea Boutique Hotel was opened in 2010 and offers classic style rooms.

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Yellow Mountain - 4* Beihai Hotel

4* Beihai Hotel

Huangshan’s Beihai Hotel (Beihai Binguan) is a popular 4-star hotel extremely well located for those wishing to watch the sun set or rise from the mountain’s Eastern step. This Huangshan hotel has standard rooms and suites that come equipped with all the standard up-to-date amenities.

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Tunxi - 4* Huashan Hotel

4* Huashan Hotel

Facing the Xin’an River, standing in front of Xiao Hua Mountain, the hotel has an ancient style of Hui building in accordance with the ancient looking of the streets. It is an ideal accommodation.

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Shanghai - Astor House Hotel

Astor House Hotel

Dating from 1846, this palatial, Victorian-style hotel is a 6-minute walk from the iconic Bund waterside promenade. It’s also 2 km from Yu Garden and 3 km from People’s Square.
 
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Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • UK airport transfers (up to the value of £100 each way);
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;
  • Tibetan entry permit;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • Chinese visa;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.

FLIGHT TIMES: 9.5 hours direct from London Heathrow to Beijing.

 

TIME DIFFERENCE: +7 hours in summer time / +8 hours in winter time (BST).

 

CURRENCY: Chinese Yuan (official name Ren Min Bi) £1 = approx. 9 CYN.

 

MONEY: You can take Sterling cash with you and exchange in China – hotels and banks all provide a currency exchange service. Credit cards are widely accepted and there are ATM machines for withdrawing cash in local currency. 

 

TIPPING: Tipping is at your own discretion. We recommended £5 (approx. 45 CYN) per day for your tour guide but it’s entirely up to you based on how good you think your guide and driver are.

 

VISA: All visitors to China are required to apply for a Chinese visa in advance of travel. Upon booking Emperor Tours will provide visa forms and detailed instructions explaining the application process.

 

LANGUAGE: The official language spoken in China is standard Mandarin (Pu Tong Hua).

 

BEST TIMES TO VISIT: Generally Spring and Autumn months – end of March to early June and September to early November.

 

FESTIVALS:  Here are the main Chinese festivals and what you will expect to see and experience during these festivities…

Chinese New Year –   1st-15th of the first lunar month 

Scrolls and paper-cut pictures, firecrackers and fireworks, New Year visits to family and friends, eating celebratory dishes.

Lantern Festival – 15th day of the first lunar month

Lanterns and fireworks, guessing lantern riddles, folk dances and eating celebratory dishes.

Qingming Festival – April 4th or 5th of the solar calendar

Tomb sweeping, Spring outings and kite flying.

Dragon Boat Festival – 5th day of the 5th lunar month

Dragon boat racing, eating celebratory dishes and tying five-colour silk thread.

Double Seventh Festival – 7th day of seventh lunar month

Praying for skillful hands, appreciating the stars, and eating noodles, and wontons.

Mid-autumn Festival – 15th day of the 8th lunar month 

Appreciating and offering sacrifice to the moonlight and eating moon cakes.

Chongyang Festival – 9th day of the 9th lunar month   

Eating Chongyang cake, drinking chrysanthemum wine, climbing mountains and appreciating beautiful chrysanthemums.

Winter Solstice – Dec. 21st, 22nd or 23rd in solar calendar   

Eating dumplings in Northern areas and sticky puddings in Southern areas.

Laba Festival – 8th day of the 12th lunar month     

Eating laba rice porridge.

NOTE: A lunar month is the time between two successive syzygies (new moons or full moons).

 

FOOD & DRINK: Our China Group Tours include most meals however if you are venturing out to eat on your own all our hotels are in city centres so it’s very easy to find local restaurants. Your guides will be more than happy to recommend restaurants of various cuisines to you. It’s not expensive to eat out in China – a simple meal in a local restaurant costs around £10 per person.

It’s advisable not to use the minibar in your hotel room as it can be very expensive, and you can find cheap soft drinks, beer and wine in supermarkets. Emperor Tours provide bottled water for guests and your hotel will also provide free bottled water in your room.

 

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE: China is a fairly relaxed country regarding etiquette, but there are a few things to be aware of: 

Greetings and goodbyes – shake hands but never kiss someone’s cheek. 

Religion – dress sensitively when visiting Buddhist (especially in Tibet) and Taoist temples, churches and mosques.? You should avoid touching monks, especially women.

Eating and drinking – its polite to help fill your neighbour’s plate at the dinner table and toast the host and others at the table.  At the start of dinner, wait until toasting starts before drinking from your glass.

Gestures – don’t use too many hand movements or excessive body language.

 

HEALTH ADVICE: Before you travel, please make sure that you have obtained appropriate medical / travel insurance. There is no compulsory requirement for vaccination – the common recommendations are Hepatitis A and Typhoid and Malaria tablets are required if you travel to Yunnan Province or Hainan Island.

If travelling in Summer months, please bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent etc.

It is not safe to drink tap water in China – please drink boiled water or bottled water only.

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