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Pandas of Chengdu

  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Wuzhen
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • London

3 NIGHTS from £449pp

Tour Highlights
  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre
  • Wide and Narrow Alleys
  • Peoples Park
  • Sichuan Hot Pot Dinner
  • Red Pandas
  • Enjoy a full day tour of Shanghai
  • Relax with a cruise on the Huangpu River
  • Visit the famed Terracotta Army at Xi'an
  • See the stunning Great Wall of China
  • Marvel at a Chinese Acrobatic Show

Extension from £449pp

Tour + Extension from £1878pp

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Visit the Pandas of Chengdu

Extend your stay in China by adding on this fantastic trip to visit the Pandas in Chengdu from just 449pp. This 3-night tour takes you to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre which is home to one of China's largest habitats of pandas.

This add-on to Chengdu is semi-escorted, meaning that you have some leisure time to explore the city of Chengdu yourself at your own pace. Your guide will meet you on arrival at Chengdu Airport and take you to your hotel. Day 2 will be fully accompanied, including your trip to see the pandas, whilst day 3 is left to you to do as you please. Your guide will then meet you to take you back to the airport on the final day.
Please note that not all the meals and drinks are included - check the Hotels and Meals section for more information.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Shanghai International Airport.


On arrival in Shanghai you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel and taken out for dinner followed by an overnight stay.

  • Dinner

With a population surpassing 25 million, Shanghai is an incredible metropolis not to be missed with architecture like no other Chinese city. Our full day tour commences after breakfast and includes visits to the scenic Yu Gardens, the traditional Old Town, Shanghai Museum and shopping in a silk factory with a break for lunch. After dinner in the city, take a night cruise along the Huangpu River, giving you the chance to enjoy beautiful views whilst meandering through the streams of water traffic.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Shanghai to Wuzhen

Following breakfast you will travel by coach to the water village of Wuzhen where lush gardens, calming waterways and authentic buildings will transport you back in time to a traditional China from centuries ago. Your boat trip will journey through the stone bridges and winding canals before you retire to your hotel for dinner and your evening's stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Wuzhen to Shanghai

After returning to Shanghai you will explore the former French Concession area as well as the nearby Tianzifang, a labyrinth of art studios and shops. Before enjoying an afternoon at your leisure your guide will take you to Xintiandi, a district known for arts, crafts and restaurants.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Shanghai to Xi'an

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. On arrival in this ancient Sichuan city, lunch will be followed by a fascinating orientation tour showing you the highlights of Xi'an, including a visit to the ancient City Wall. Built in around 582 AD and stretching around a perimeter of 13.7km, it is China's most complete city fortification. In the evening enjoy an East meets West banquet dinner in a grand theatre followed by the colourful Tang Dynasty Show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Xi'an to Beijing

Test your bargaining skills in the morning in the market stalls that zigzag through the Muslim Quarter along with a visit to the Xi'an Great Mosque. In the afternoon visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Taking nearly four decades to complete and over 700,000 workers, this incredible tomb was built to protect China's first emperor in his afterlife. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Beijing is one of the world's truly ancient capitals and an extraordinary city. One of the tour highlights is a trip to the iconic Great Wall, built over 2,000 years ago to protect the Chinese Empire against marauding Mongol invaders from the North. We've included a cable car ride to the top to explore the wall's ancient battlements. After lunch, take a stroll around the magnificent Summer Palace, followed by a traditional Peking Duck dinner in the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your final day includes a comprehensive city tour, first stopping at Tiananmen Square. This monumental landmark is not only the world's largest city centre square but also the gateway to the Forbidden City, which houses the wondrous Imperial Palace where dynasties ruled China for hundreds of years. After visiting the famous Temple of Heaven unwind and marvel at the talents of the accomplished performers in the Chinese Acrobatic Show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beijing to the UK

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

  • Breakfast
Beijing to Chengdu

Depart Beijing in the morning and fly to Chengdu via Shanghai. You will be met by your local guide on arrival and transferred to your hotel, where you will stay for the duration of your tour.

  • Breakfast

Today is the highlight of this extension tour, the once in a lifetime chance to see one of the world's most endangered species - the Giant Pandas. You will visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre which is China's largest panda breeding centre, founded in 1987 to encourage the healthy growth and nurturing of these beautiful creatures. Stroll around the many panda enclosures, watch an educational film in their cinema, visit the museum and discover the lesser known red pandas with their racoon-like features. In the afternoon you can stroll through the stalls that line the Wide and Narrow Alleys, a smart area of the city where old-style pagoda buildings have been renovated and rebuilt to incorporate a network of three pedestrian alleys. Continue on to the People's Park, where hundreds of locals go to practice traditional forms of martial arts exercise. Dinner is a delicious traditional Sichuan Hot Pot meal, where guests are invited to create their own dipping sauce then cook a variety of meats at their table in their individually flavoured hot pot broths.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you have the remainder of the day at your own leisure. Alternatively, the following full day tour can be taken at a supplement of 99 GBP per person: Travel through China's scenic countryside to Leshan, where you will visit the mesmerising Giant Buddha. It was built over 2,000 years ago during the Tang Dynasty and is an impressive 71 metres tall. See a different perspective of the Buddha by taking a boat ride along the adjacent river, allowing you to see the numerous carvings hidden from view when on the ground. During the afternoon you will stop by the 1,730-year-old riverside Huanglong Xi Old Village, an ancient Chinese town with cobbled streets and an array of arts and crafts. In the evening you have the option to attend a Sichuan Opera Changing Faces Show or relax at your own leisure. The show will also be at a supplement.

  • Breakfast
Chengdu to the UK

Depart Chengdu on a morning flight for your return flight back to London Heathrow via Shanghai. Whilst breakfast at the hotel is not provided, a light snack will be included on your flight.

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.


You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 10 days cover£25£69£99
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. 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 Direct 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 £250pp 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.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by China Eastern Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm in size.

Health and Vaccinations

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;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This extension tour to Chengdu is semi-escorted. Your guide will meet you on arrival at Chengdu airport and take to your hotel. Day 2 will be fully accompanied, whilst day 3 is at your leisure so you will not be met by your guide at all. You will be met by your guide on day 4 to take you to the airport for your return flight to London Heathrow.

Currency Information

The currency in China is the Renminbi, known as RMB or CNY. It is often referred to as the Yuan. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you depart. US Dollars are widely accepted in China should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
04 Dec 202016 Dec 2020£529£1429£1958Book Now
2021 DATES
22 Jan 202103 Feb 2021£449£1489£1938Book Now
03 Dec 202115 Dec 2021£449£1519£1968Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however a single supplement must be paid on the add-on part of the tour.

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

-2 °C / 33 °C

Spoken languages

Mandarin, English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.






What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Toilet paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
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