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Glorious China

14 Day Escorted Tour

China, East Asia
Intermediate Pace

Glimpse into the future beneath Shanghai's cloud brushing skyline, cruise upon the Li River to observe China's rural heart against a backdrop of immense karsts and step back in time on a rickshaw as you navigate Beijing's ancient hutong alleys to the revered Lama Temple. Our fourteen-day itinerary showcases this magnificent country of contradictions, with unique cultural encounters allowing you to join a traditional tea ceremony or marvel at a spellbinding Tang Dynasty performance, intertwined with visits to iconic landmarks including Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the astonishing Great Wall of China.

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Tour Highlights

  • City tours of Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing
  • Visit the ancient water city of Zhujiajiao
  • Observe rural life on a Li River cruise
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • The Great Wall of China & Summer Palace
  • Stroll along the Bund in Shanghai
  • Take in the vistas from Fubo Hill in Guilin
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Shanghai.

Day 2


Upon arrival into Shanghai you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. Following dinner, experience your first taste of this fast-paced metropolis with a visit to the Bund, Shanghai's riverside architectural showcase, followed by a stroll along Nanjing Road to observe a neon-illuminated bustle of the world's busiest shopping street.

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following breakfast embark on a morning tour of Shanghai, which includes a meander through the pond-dwelling pavilions of Yuyuan Gardens and past the French Concession's charming tree-lined avenues. After lunch, tour the affluent district of Xintiandi to admire Shikumen housing of old Shanghai, much of which conceals contemporary interiors that make up international galleries, quaint cafes and upmarket boutiques. Optional excursion (payable locally in cash) - Night cruise on the Huangpu River

Day 4

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Discover treasures of the Shanghai Museum, which hosts an astonishing collection of paintings, calligraphy and sculptures representing a complex tapestry of dynasties. Continue to the Pudong area and peer up at the gargantuan skyscrapers that dominate the city's skyline, including the striking Oriental Pearl Tower's protruding spheres. Later in the morning, enjoy a scenic coach journey to the ancient city of Zhujiajiao for a tour of its winding waterways, delicate bridges and Ming Dynasty suburbs.

Day 5
Shanghai to Guilin

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning take a short flight to the city of Guilin. Your sightseeing tour begins at Fubo Hill, a rock edifice that protrudes through the river. Explore its network of caves that display intricate Buddha statues before ascending a sweeping staircase that'll lead you to a viewing platform to admire stunning vistas across Guilin. Spend some time at leisure this afternoon beside the striking Elephant Hill, whose trunk appears to be drinking from the Taohua River.

Day 6
Guilin to Yangshuo

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Begin today with a peaceful cruise along the winding Li River to witness enormous karsts behind each corner, water buffalo patrolling the fields and the famous cormorant fisherman upon bamboo rafts. Having observed this charming rural landscape arrive at Yangshuo, arguably one of China's most beautiful cities. Following lunch, explore West Street at leisure to savour all the cultural nuances this diverse hub has to offer including stalls decorated with vibrant local crafts and a myriad of freshly caught fish from the Li River. Optional excursion (payable locally with cash) - Evening meal with Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 7


Today explore Yangshuo at your own pace, in which you can revisit West Street, wonder at the enigmatic Moon Hill or take a scenic bike ride to Xingping Town for an encounter with a quaint fishing community.

Day 8
Yangshuo to Xi'an

Breakfast & Dinner

Return to Guilin where you will catch your flight to the city of Xi'an. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour that will lead you through 3,000 years of history concluding at the Xi'an City Wall, one of the largest ancient defence structures in the world, crowned by elaborate guard towers indicative of fourteenth century Ming architecture.

Day 9

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Behold over 7,000 soldiers, horses and chariots crafted to protect the first Emperor of China, during your visit to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, considered by many to be the 'Eight Wonder of the World'. After admiring this tour highlight, visit the Wild Goose Pagoda to marvel at this 197ft ancient structure surrounded by pilgrims lighting aromatic incense, followed by a meander through the Muslim Quarter's marketplace, alive with the scent of steamed Jiasan buns. This evening witness a breath-taking artistic performance during a colourful Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 10
Xi'an to Beijing

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast take a flight to China's capital, Beijing. Your half-day tour begins at the grand Temple of Heaven, an oasis of pristine garden space interrupted by lavish Confucian monuments, including the Temple itself that once served as a vast stage for the emperor. After spending time strolling through the Wang Fujing area, savour a delicious Peking duck dinner, for a traditional taste of fine Chinese cuisine.

Day 11

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your day tour of Beijing includes a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of China's most infamous political landmarks and the world's largest public square. Having marvelled at this symbolic centre of the Chinese universe overlooked by a portrait of Chairman Mao, gaze at the largest palace complex in the world, the Forbidden City. Continue to the Summer Palace, for a stroll through the royal gardens that once acted as a retreat for emperors, before visiting a tea house to be part of an ancient ceremony involving the preparation and serving of oolong tea.

Day 12

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's sightseeing tour will begin at the iconic Great Wall of China. Winding over 5,500 miles across vast deserts, grasslands and mountains, the Wall was constructed over 2,000 years ago to guard the Chinese Empire against Mongol invaders from the north. We have included a cable car trip to a viewing point, ensuring you get the most from this gargantuan landmark. In the afternoon, stop off at the eye-catching Bird's Nest stadium used for the 2008 Olympic games. After dinner relax and take-in a spellbinding Chinese Acrobatic show.

Day 13

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your last full day in Beijing commences with a rickshaw tour of the city's hutong alleys, a network of ornate houses and elegant courtyards. Before lunch explore the Lama Temple, China's most perfectly preserved lamasery whose Hall of Harmony houses three enormous bronze Buddha statues. Following an afternoon of perusing Liulichang's antique street, spend this evening witnessing a traditional Peking Opera performance, a quintessence of China and mesmerising way to end your tour.

Day 14
Beijing to UK

Transfer to Beijing airport for your flight back to the UK via Shanghai.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
March 2021
from £1,899
1 Date
15th Mar - 28th Mar
April 2021
from £1,799
2 Dates
18th Apr - 1st May
25th Apr - 8th May
May 2021
from £1,899
2 Dates
2nd May - 15th May
16th May - 29th May
June 2021
from £1,999
1 Date
6th Jun - 19th Jun
September 2021
from £2,299
2 Dates
5th Sep - 18th Sep
19th Sep - 2nd Oct
October 2021
from £1,899
2 Dates
3rd Oct - 16th Oct
24th Oct - 7th Nov
November 2021
from £1,699
1 Date
8th Nov - 21st Nov


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Ocean Hotel
2 nights
Shanghai, China
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Days Inn
2 nights
Guilin, China
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Tour Reviews

J Barry

02 Oct 19

We have nothing but praise for you as a company our holiday was fantastic and the organisation whilst we were away was second to none. Will definitely be booking with you again in the future.

Mary Holt

04 Jun 19

all hotels were very good and provided good breakfast. the guides were enthusiastic friendly and spoke very good English which we could easily understand. They had a good background knowledge of the places we were visiting. We went on all the extra optional excursions and enjoyed them very much. Our main guide Lee was always friendly and in whom we had upmost confidence. His organisation was excellent and together with his excellent driver he provided us with an unforgetable holiday. His English was brilliant and he went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our trip.

S Danischewsky

02 Apr 19

The guides were very well informed fascinating cover of old,new,city and rural life. Funny, felt safe and looked after. Spectacular visits.

The staff very helpful (over the visa application especially) It was great to eat with locals. It was the holiday of a lifetime - extraordinary.

Many Thanks to Alan the guide for all the extras and the country side tour. thanks to Sue and Cormorants the Calligraphy class. Thanks to Louise The impressions of Lui Sauyin Extravaganza was spectacular, even in the unseasonable torrential rain.

Janet Tellefsen

28 Nov 18

Shanghai hotel very good. Generally good comfy beds for single occupant. As a single traveller I would rate this tour as excellent as there was no additional single supplement! Congratulations!

Brian Jones

26 Nov 18

All hotels were excellent. The tour guide ( Richard ) was very good and organised everything very efficiently.

Kim Read

29 Oct 18

Hotels were all clean of a high standard, No complaints

Richard Tripp

25 Oct 18

All of the hotels were good to excellent.

Richard Burnett

23 Oct 18

all hotels very comfortable and well placed. ( would like to comment further on our main guide, ann, as she made our holiday with her knowledge, friendliness and sense of humour. Nothing was to much trouble for her. An excellent ambassador for Mercury holidays!!)

Vince Cognata

25 Sep 18

Hotels were great. The best Hotels being the Shanghai, Yangshou and Xi'an Hotel.

Sandra Lee

24 Sep 18

Richard our guide was excellent nothing was too much trouble always accommodating

Julie Acheson

19 Jun 18

The hotels in which I stayed were absolutely fabulous. Very comfortable, near shopping and other facilities, of high quality and service. I cannot fault any of the hotels. Top class.

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Important Information

A visa is required for entry into China. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. All applicants who wish to apply for a China Tourist Visa must do so in person at the Chinese Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester, Belfast or Edinburgh where fingerprint information will be collected. Fingerprints are not required for children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 70. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are valid for unlimited trips to China for 2 years from the date of issue. We therefore recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in China is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry, extra drinks, and snacks. Approximately £400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. There are some optional tours available to purchase locally and these generally need to be paid in cash. Therefore please allow an additional £100 if you wish to book these. Enhance your tour experience with our excellent range of optional excursions, to be booked locally in CNY. Prices are per person; please speak to your local guide. All optional excursions are subject to availability.