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Escorted Tours

China Discovery Tour including
Pandas of Chengdu

  • Route:
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Wuzhen
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • London
3 NIGHTS from £329pp

Tour Highlights

  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre
  • Wide and Narrow Alleys
  • Peoples Park
  • Sichuan Hot Pot Dinner
  • and more...
Extension from £329pp
Tour + Extension from £1424pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Visit the Pandas of Chengdu

Extend your stay in China by adding on this fantastic trip to visit the Pandas in Chengdu from just 329pp. This 3 night / 4 day tour takes you to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre which is home to one of China's largest habitat 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.

Day 1: UK to Shanghai

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

    Day 2: Shanghai

    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

    Day 3: Shanghai

    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

    Day 4: 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

    Day 5: 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

    Day 6: 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

    Day 7: 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

    Day 8: Beijing

    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

    Day 9: Beijing

    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

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Pandas of Chengdu - Extension Starts

    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

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

    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". The cost of the visa is approximately £186.00, when calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of the most up to date fees. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months 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 Direct 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

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2, and the maximum will be 10.

    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
    12 Feb 201724 Feb 2017£329pp£1095pp£1424ppPlease call for availability
    26 Feb 201710 Mar 2017£349pp£1195pp£1544ppBook
    12 Mar 201724 Mar 2017£349pp£1295pp£1644ppBook
    02 Apr 201714 Apr 2017£359pp£1395pp£1754ppBook
    23 Apr 201705 May 2017£359pp£1395pp£1754ppBook
    07 May 201719 May 2017£359pp£1395pp£1754ppBook
    04 Jun 201716 Jun 2017£349pp£1495pp£1844ppPlease call for availability
    11 Jun 201723 Jun 2017£349pp£1495pp£1844ppBook
    13 Aug 201725 Aug 2017£349pp£1695pp£2044ppBook
    27 Aug 201708 Sep 2017£359pp£1695pp£2054ppBook
    10 Sep 201722 Sep 2017£359pp£1695pp£2054ppBook
    17 Sep 201729 Sep 2017£359pp£1695pp£2054ppBook
    24 Sep 201706 Oct 2017£359pp£1595pp£1954ppBook
    08 Oct 201720 Oct 2017£359pp£1495pp£1854ppBook
    22 Oct 201703 Nov 2017£359pp£1395pp£1754ppBook
    12 Nov 201724 Nov 2017£349pp£1295pp£1644ppBook
    19 Nov 201701 Dec 2017£349pp£1195pp£1544ppBook

    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.

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    Fact File

    • Currency: Yuan
    • Average Flying time: 11 hours
    • Minimum temperature: -4°C
    • Maximum temperature: 32°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Mandarin, English

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