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Highlights of China and Beyond


Route:
  • UK
  • Shanghai
  • Hangzhou
  • Huangshan
  • Zhengzhou
  • Xian
  • Beijing
  • UK
Tour Pace:

13 DAYS from £1599pp

Tour Highlights
  • City tour of Shanghai
  • Tours of Xi'an and Beijing
  • Marvel at the Great Wall of China
  • Xi'an's incredible Terracotta Warriors
  • Visit Hangzhou and tour the tea plantation of Longjing
  • Cable car journey through Mount Huangshan
  • Explore Tiananmen Square

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Highlights of China and Beyond

This cultural heritage tour combines the iconic highlights of China and introduces you to a deeper insight of this fascinating country. See the fabled Terracotta Warriors, The Great Wall and meander around the Summer Palace. Journey through Mount Huangshan before discovering the mystical Shaolin Temple and marvel at the monks as they embrace their famous martial art.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight.

2
Shanghai

On arrival in Shanghai, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

  • Dinner
3
Shanghai

Following breakfast enjoy a full day city tour incorporating the impressive Bund, followed by a walk along Nanjing Road, the city's main shopping area. Continue to the Yuyuan Garden, the French Concession and the arts area of Tianzifang and wander around the district of Xintiandi.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Shanghai Night Cruise on the Huangpu River (1 hour) and view the mighty skyscrapers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Shanghai to Hangzhou

Today you will journey to Suzhou, the famous Garden city of China. Visit the Master of the Nets Garden, one of the finest oriental gardens, as well as the local silk mill. Take a stroll around Guanqian Street, one of the 'Four Most Famous Walking Streets'. In the afternoon travel to Hangzhou.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Hangzhou to Huangshan

Take a trip on the stunning freshwater West Lake, enjoy the natural beauty and marvel at the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Visit the delightful Tea Plantation of Longjing Tea, known locally as dragon well tea and often referred to as the national drink of China. After lunch continue to Huangshan.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
6
Huangshan

Following breakfast, you will drive to the foot of the glorious Mount Huangshan known as 'the loveliest mountain in China'. Renowned for its magnificent scenery, embrace the stunning granite peaks emerging from the sea of clouds which will be fully appreciated from your cable car as it glides through the pure beauty of the area. You will disembark from the cable car to enjoy the unforgettable views such as the Bright Summit and the Peach Blossom Peak. Before returning to Huangshan, enjoy a traditional Chinese culture experience such as bamboo carving.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Huangshan to Zhengzhou

Admire the picturesque Xidi Village, well known for its stunning landscape and often described as a village out of a traditional Chinese ink painting, Xidi consists of 138 ancient residences all constructed in Anhui style featuring white walls with grey or black roofs and rising eaves. Built during the Ming and Qing dynasties they are often thought of as one of the best historic sites in China. In the evening you will be picked up for your bullet train to Zhengzhou, taking approximately 5 hours 20 minutes. A packed dinner will provided this evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Zhengzhou to Xian

After breakfast, spend time in the Song Mountain region at 'the number one Temple under Heaven'. The Shaolin temple is the most famous temple in China, the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin cudgel. Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the most respected and revered martial arts traditions in the world. You will also embrace the Pagoda Forest which along with the Shaolin temple was inscribed into UNESCOs World Heritage Sites. A once in a lifetime experience, admire the unforgettable Kung Fu fighting Shaolin monks, renowned for their amazing feats of flexibility, strength, and pain-endurance, the monks have created a world-wide reputation as the ultimate Buddhist warriors. Continue to the Longmen Grottos containing the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist Art. In the afternoon take the bullet train to Xian.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Xian

Known to many as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', a visit to the spectacular Terracotta Warriors is an unforgettable experience. 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. Continue to the Muslim Quarter- a labyrinth of market stalls and shops, then in the evening travel back in time whilst you watch the colourful Tang Dynasty dancing show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Xian to Beijing

Travel on the bullet train to Beijing, the capital of China. On arrival visit the unique Temple of Heaven, China's largest existing masterpiece of ancient sacrificial buildings. The afternoon is left at leisure to relax and explore the city in your own time.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
11
Beijing

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. The afternoon takes you to the distinctive Dashilan Old Street and Liulichang Antique Culture street followed by a mesmerising Chinese acrobatics performance in the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Beijing

Following a stroll around the impressive Summer Palace, China's largest and best-preserved royal park, the tour will continue to the iconic Great Wall. Winding across deserts, grasslands and mountains and stretching over 5,500 miles, it was constructed over 2,000 years ago to guard the Chinese Empire against the Mongol invaders from the North. We've included a cable car trip to a viewing point to avoid the arduous steps. In the evening enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner, a delicious way to end your tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Beijing to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.

Payment

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. A return Business Class upgrade for international legs of the tour is available from £899pp, please speak to our reservations department for further details.

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; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Group Size

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.

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.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2018 Dates
12 Oct 201824 Oct 2018£2019SOLD OUT
2019 Dates
25 Jan 201906 Feb 2019£1749Book Now
22 Feb 201906 Mar 2019£1799Book Now
29 Mar 201910 Apr 2019£1899Book Now
26 Apr 201908 May 2019£1939Book Now
31 May 201912 Jun 2019£1959Book Now
28 Jun 201910 Jul 2019£2129Book Now
30 Aug 201911 Sep 2019£2299Book Now
27 Sep 201909 Oct 2019£2249Book Now
25 Oct 201906 Nov 2019£1999Book Now
29 Nov 201911 Dec 2019£1599Book 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

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Yuan

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

-4 °C / 27 °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.

Shanghai

Xi'an

Beijing

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
Customer Rating:
10/10
Thomas Dupplaw
25th Aug 2017

Most hotels were fantastic, clean and comfortable. The one in Zhengzhou had a very hard bed.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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