Glories of China

Combining the contrasting urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian with the majestic sights of the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and extraordinary landscapes of the Li River, this tour showcases China’s most glorious highlights.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise
  • Admire the 1920s architecture of The Bund, set against futuristic skyscrapers
  • Absorb the rural serenity of the Li River and Yangshuo
  • Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
  • Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China
  • Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City

What is Included

  • Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  • English speaking National Escort (if your group is more than 10 passengers) and Local Guides
  • Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
  • Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
  • Comprehensive travel guides

What is Not Included

  • Travel Insurance €60.00 (+ 66 years - double premium)
  • Single room supplement from €490.00 for duration of stay
  • Tipping paid locally RMB 450 (approx. €60)

Itinerary Details

Days 1 & 2 – Shanghai

Fly overnight to Shanghai. On arrival on day two you will be met at the airport by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately 1 hour to your hotel for your 3-night stay.

Day 3 – Huangpu River

Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden, the atmospheric alleys of the old town and a visit to the Silk Museum. Sightseeing involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city with 3-4 hours on foot. Later, cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas, before dining tonight on traditional Shanghainese cuisine.

Day 4 – Explore Shanghai

Today drive approximately 1 and a half hours to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Sightseeing here is leisurely and involves a couple of hours exploring on foot. Later, return to Shanghai and enjoy the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum and the People’s Square, before taking a stroll on the Bund.

Day 5 - Shanghai to Guillin

Fly 2 and a half hours to the scenic city of Guilin. On arrival, enjoy some light sightseeing, including the Seven Star Park.

Day 6 – Guilin – Yangshuo

Take a relaxed 4-hour cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo where you will spend 2 nights. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalos and local fishermen. These are small cruise boats usually holding approximately 100 passengers; with an enclosed dining area on the lower deck and an open viewing area on the upper deck. As it is so popular, there are generally many boats at the docks – please be reassured that the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing as the boats cruise past unspoilt countryside. Usually, the boats depart at 9am from the dock located a 1 hour drive from your hotel. However, when the river level is low they depart from further downstream which would mean a longer drive and an earlier check-out from your hotel. Disembarking from the cruise, your Local Guide will walk with you to your hotel, approximately a 30-minute walk from the river. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. In Yangshuo, visit the local markets.

Day 7 - Yangshuo

Spend a morning exploring the verdant countryside of Yangshuo. Walk by lush paddy fields and slow-moving water buffalos as you admire the panoramic mountain scenery that so epitomises the area. This afternoon is at leisure. There are many activities to take part in including cycling, rafting and walking (arranged locally and at extra cost).A relaxed morning includes a visit to the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda and time to walk through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.

Day 8 – Yangshuo – Guilin

Drive 1 hour back to Guilin. Enjoy a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake and a visit to the Sun & Moon Pagodas

for spectacular views over downtown Guilin. Take a tour of the South China Pearl Museum where you will have

the opportunity to buy these precious stones. Stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li river and meet

a genuine cormorant fisherman.

Day 9 – Guilin - Xian

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian, China’s ancient capital, which takes just under 2 hours. Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, involving approximately 1 and a half hours on foot. This evening you will feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings, before enjoying a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 10 – Terracota Warriors, Xian

Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located approximately a 1 hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance there is a 15- minute walk. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take about 2 and a half hours to explore. After this, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition centre to see smaller models of the warriors being made. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. The local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall. These are offered by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense.

Day 11 – Bullet train to Beijing

Board your bullet train to Beijing. Your train will be in a second-class soft seater and takes 4-5 hours, on arrival drive 1 hour to your hotel. Later, take a 40-minute rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs where you will visit a local family to learn about local traditions and culture. Spend your evening soaking up the atmosphere of this fascinating city.

Day 12 – The Great Wall, Beijing

You will rise early this morning and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass. Here you can take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Museum. This afternoon, drive approximately 1 and a half hours to wander around the Summer Palace. This evening, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.

Day 13 – Forbidden City

Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance group. Walk across the lengths of Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City, involving 3-4 hours on foot. This evening, feast on the city’s most famous dish – Peking duck.

Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be switched around so that the Forbidden City is visited on an alternative day.

Day 14 – Depart Beijing

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

Accommodation

Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel - Shanghai (3 nights)

The Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel is within the shopping district of Xu Jia Hui and built into the fa?ade of Shanghai’s Olympic Stadium. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants serve both Cantonese and Western cuisines. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre are also available.

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel - Guilin (1 nights)

Located in Guilin’s city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.

Jasper International Hotel - Yangshuo (2 nights)

Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel is located a 5 minute complimentary shuttle ride to the centre of Yangshuo’s pedestrianised market streets. Each of its 400 air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, safety deposit boxes and tea making facilities. There are 2 onsite restaurants offering local southern Chinese cuisine as well as Western cuisine. The outdoor pool is a highlight.

YuLong International Hotel - Xi'an (2 nights)

Located 5 kilometers from the city downtown, Yulong International Hotel ,combines elegance and sophistication with first-class service. Facilities include three restaurants, a lobby bar, games room, beauty salon, fitness room and business centre. The 258 beautifully decorated and well-equipped rooms have air-conditioning, satellite LCD flatscreen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, mini-bar, hairdryer and a safe deposit box.

Park Plaza Beijing West - Beijing (4 nights)

Hotel Park Plaza Beijing West is located close to the capital’s attractions, a large shopping district and the metro system. The hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, flat screen satellite television, air conditioning, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s three onsite restaurants serve a wide range of Chinese and Western dishes, including Cantonese and Sichuan styles. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Emirates

Dublin/Dubai

13.50 hrs.

00.25 hrs. *

Emirates

Dubai/Shanghai

02.50 hrs.

15.30 hrs.

Emirates

Beijing/Dubai

00.40 hrs.

05.00 hrs.

Emirates

Dubai/Dublin

07.15 hrs.

12.05 hrs.

*next day arrival

Flight times and details may be subject to change

Dates & Prices

Depart Date

Arrive Ireland

Price PPS

Sat 24 Feb

Fri 9 Mar

€2,990.00

Sat 10 Mar

Fri 23 Mar

€3,290.00

Sat. 24 Mar

Fri 6 Apr

€3,490.00

Sat 31 Mar

Fri 13 Apr

€3,490.00

Sat 7 Apr

Fri 20 Apr

€3,490.00

Sat 21 Apr

Fri 4 May

€3,490.00

Sat 5 May

Fri 18 May

€3,490.00

Sat 19 May

Fri 1 Jun

€3,490.00

Sat 23 Jun

Fri 6 Jul

€3,690.00

Sat 21 Jul

Fri 3 Aug

€3,690.00

Sat 11 Aug

Fri 24 Aug

€3,590.00

Sat 1 Sep

Fri 14 Sep

€3,590.00

Sat 8 Sep

Fri 21 Sep

€3,590.00

Sat 15 Sep

Fri 28 Sep

€3,590.00

Sat 22 Sep

Fri 5 Oct

€3,590.00

Sat 6 Oct

Fri 19 Oct

€3,590.00

Sat 13 Oct

Fri 26 Oct

€3,490.00

Sat 27 Oct

Fri 9 Nov

€3,290.00

Sat 17 Nov

Fri 30 Nov

€2,990.00

Important Information

  • Passport: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date
  • Visa: a tourist entry visa is required. A standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost
  • Vaccinations: please check with your local GP or Tropical Medicine Centre for up to date information
  • Climate: China is a huge country so the climate varies greatly. The best time to visit the main tourist sights such as Beijing, Xian and the Yangtze river is from late March to early May and from late September to early November

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €500.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.

In conjunction with Wendy Wu Tours