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Oriental Splendours of China including

Hong Kong


Route:
  • UK
  • Beijing
  • Xi'an
  • Chengdu
  • Guiyang
  • Kaili
  • Guilin
  • Shanghai
  • Hong Kong
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £459pp

Tour Highlights
  • Half Day City Tour of Hong Kong
  • Free time to explore at your pace
  • City Tour of Beijing
  • Marvel at the Great Wall of China
  • The incredible Terracotta Warriors
  • See the City Wall of Xi'an
  • Two bullet train rides
  • Scenic boat ride down the Lijiang River
  • Fantastic views of Longsheng's terraced Rice Fields

Extension from £459pp

Tour + Extension from £2058pp

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Hong Kong City Stay

Towering skyscrapers form the backdrop to Hong Kong's busy harbour whilst the street markets that fill the teeming alleys remain untouched by western influences. Explore Hong Kong and Kowloon at your own pace during this extension which includes a half day city tour.

This add-on to Hong Kong is not fully escorted. Whilst you will be accompanied by an English speaking guide on your half day city tour on day 2, the rest of your time in Hong Kong is at your own leisure giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the varied culture that this city has to offer.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Beijing

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Beijing, via Shanghai.

2
Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of China's sprawling capital.

3
Beijing

After a morning at leisure, discover Beijing's rich, imperial history on an afternoon city tour. Explore Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square, under the watchful eye of Chairman Mao's large, central portrait. From here, enter the vast Forbidden Palace and wander its 9,999 rooms and chambers, brimming with age-old relics. After dinner later this evening, an optional excursion to the Legend of Kung Fu show allows you to marvel at the athleticism and precision of China's martial artists.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Beijing

After breakfast, today's tour starts with a visit to the Summer Palace. Walk around the royal grounds and peaceful lake then travel to one of China's most iconic and impressive landmarks, the Great Wall of China. Access the wall from Juyongguan, the site of some of the Ming Dynasty's biggest battles, and stroll through 5th-century watchtowers and winding stone paths. Continue on to Silk Street Market, a maze of over 1,700 stalls selling everything from designer dupes to fine silk shirts. Later tonight, feast on Beijing's greatest culinary contribution at a traditional Peking duck dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Beijing to Xi'an

Your morning tour visits the ancient sacrificial buildings of the Temple of Heaven. Built to allow prayers to reach heaven, the heavily adorned pillars and ceiling are a spectacular ode to Ming Dynasty architecture. In the afternoon, browse the longstanding, traditional calligraphy and bookshops of Liulichang Antique Culture Street and the historic stores of Qianmen Dashilan, where some of China's most notable silk stores are located. After dinner, transfer to the railway station for your overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Xi'an

On arrival in Xi'an and following breakfast, uncover the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Terracotta Warriors, an 8,000-strong army created so that no two warriors look alike. Explore these cavernous underground vaults then visit the UNESCO-listed Wild Goose Pagoda. Continue to the Muslim Quarter, a network of market stalls and shops, and the city's Great Mosque nestled in its centre. Enjoy an evening of culture at tonight's entertaining Tang Dynasty dance performance.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Xi'an to Chengdu

Travel to Xi'an's City Wall, a long stretch of fortifications which is the oldest in China and provides dramatic views of the city. Take in the defensive stronghold as you walk along its length then journey to the Tangbo Art Museum. Browse through an array of Shaanxi folk artwork and age-old masterpieces before trying your hand at the ancient art of calligraphy. In the late afternoon, transfer to the train station for your high-speed bullet train to Chengdu. Soak in China's picturesque rural landscapes before arriving in Chengdu for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Chendgu to Guiyang

Meet Chengdu's most famous residents on today's trip to the Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Concerted efforts to save this beloved endangered animal have increased the centre's population to 120 giant and 76 red pandas. Watch the comical creatures napping, snacking and playing in natural enclosures before continuing on to People's Park, a green oasis in the city centre. Take a walk along nearby Jinli Ancient Street and admire the elegant architecture of its buildings, which house handicraft shops. Next, transfer to the train station and board your overnight sleeper train. Watch the night lights of passing towns and cities as you make your way to the city of Guiyang.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Guiyang to Kaili

Arrive into Guiyang in the early morning. After breakfast, set out for a morning of sightseeing, starting with a visit to the grand Jiaxiu Tower. Wander the ornate interior of this structure built in honour of the province's great intellectuals then continue on to Qingyan Ancient Town. Travel back to 14th century China as you explore this preserved town and its stone pavilions, ancestral halls and watchtowers. Delve deeper into the country's colourful culture as you journey to the city of Kaili, home to the Miao ethnic minority, for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kaili

China is home to 56 ethnic groups, each with their own distinctive culture, and the city of Kaili is the ideal base from which to explore the villages of some of its most fascinating ethnic minorities. After breakfast, drive to the Zhenyuan Ancient Town of the Miao people, founded in 202BC. Although it covers a mere 1.2 square miles, this amazing settlement boasts over 160 scenic spots, including palaces, caves, temples and a spectacular central river. After a walk around the town, visit the imposing temple complex of Black Dragon Cave before travelling onward to Langde Miao Village to witness the daily life, customs and dress of the Miao people. Return to Kaili for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Kaili to Guilin

Your cultural experience continues as you make your way to the Matang Gejia Village. Witness the colourful clothes of the Gejia people, created using a traditional dyeing method, and delve into their rich, unique customs and traditions. At the nearby village of Shiqiao Miao, learn more about the villagers' ancient paper-making traditions and wander amongst their simple but elegant log houses as they go about their daily activities. In the afternoon, board your bullet train to Guilin, arriving in time for dinner and your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Guilin

Take in some of China's most dazzling scenery on today's trip to the rice terraces of Longsheng. Known locally as 'dragon's backbone' for their shape, these stepped terraces of rippling, multi-coloured rice fields are set on dramatic mountain slopes. Journey to the Zhuang Minority Village for fascinating insight into the lives of the Zhuang people, renowned for their vibrant headdresses, hospitality and culture of singing and dancing. Explore the village with its stilted houses and multi-storey wooden buildings before returning to Guilin for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Guilin to Shanghai

See China from a new perspective as you embark on a boat trip down the Lijiang River. Sail between karsts and past riverside villages and verdant rice paddies on a breath-taking journey that showcases rural China at its best. After lunch on your boat, disembark in Yangshuo and walk along West Street, a shopping area with a fascinating mix of Eastern and international elements, where traditional jade stores lie next to Italian cafes. This evening, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai where you will be transferred to your hotel on arrival.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Shanghai

Enjoy the day at leisure, giving you the chance to explore Shanghai at your own pace. Why not stroll along the waterfront promenade of the Bund, dine in the eateries of the French Concession area or simply take the day to relax back at your hotel.

  • Breakfast
15
Shanghai to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
16
Shanghai to Hong Kong

Depart Shanghai in the morning and fly to Hong Kong. You will find your shared coach transfer at counter B04 in Arrival Hall B at Hong Kong Airport, operated by Airport Shuttle and will be transferred to the 4-star Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel.

  • Breakfast
17
Hong Kong

After breakfast you will be picked up to embark on a half-day tour of the city with an English speaking guide, where you can visit some of the city's most famous sights. The afternoon is then left to you to spend at your leisure and explore the gems that Hong Kong has to offer.

  • Breakfast
18
Hong Kong

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a day at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
19
Hong Kong to UK

You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning 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.


Your Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner will be taken in local Chinese restaurants and served with either one beer or soft drink. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.

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 £189.00 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 valid for unlimited trips to China for 2 years from the date of issue. Therefore we 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

Your initial flight is to Beijing Capital International Airport with China Eastern Airlines (MU) via Shanghai, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4.
Baggage allowance (per person): Please note that the baggage allowance may vary. Please refer to the bottom right of your E-ticket receipt for the correct allowance. For example, if it shows '20k' this means your allowance is 20kg. If it shows '2PC' this means your allowance is two bags not exceeding 23kg each. Important note: For handling purposes the maximum weight of any single piece of baggage is 23kg. If the allowance shown on your ticket exceeds this, you will need to take an additional bag. You may also take hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

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, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep 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 add-on to Hong Kong is not escorted. Whilst you will be accompanied by an English speaking guide on your half day city tour, the rest of your time in Hong Kong will be left to you to do as you please.

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 leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in China should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however ATM's are available throughout Hong Kong.

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. 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.
It is customary to tip your national guide, local guide and driver approximately £3.50 (CNY30.00) per person per day. Your national guide will collect this for your convenience on the first day of your tour in Shanghai, approximately £35.00 (CNY300.00) per person for the total duration. Tips are collected in Chinese Yuan.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 DATES
Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel
21 Sep 201808 Oct 2018£529£2499£3028SOLD OUT
19 Oct 201805 Nov 2018£529£2199£2728SOLD OUT
02 Nov 201819 Nov 2018£509£1999£2508Please call to book
0800 781 4893
16 Nov 201803 Dec 2018£529£1899£2428Book Now
30 Nov 201817 Dec 2018£459£1599£2058Book Now
2019 DATES
08 Feb 201925 Feb 2019£479£1949£2428Book Now
22 Feb 201911 Mar 2019£519£1999£2518Book Now
08 Mar 201925 Mar 2019£519£2099£2618Book Now
12 Apr 201929 Apr 2019£519£2199£2718Book Now
26 Apr 201913 May 2019£479£2249£2728Book Now
10 May 201927 May 2019£479£2249£2728Book Now
24 May 201910 Jun 2019£479£2299£2778Book Now
21 Jun 201908 Jul 2019£479£2399£2878Book Now
30 Aug 201916 Sep 2019£519£2549£3068Book Now
13 Sep 201930 Sep 2019£519£2599£3118Book Now
11 Oct 201928 Oct 2019£549£2199£2748Book Now
25 Oct 201911 Nov 2019£519£2199£2718Book Now
08 Nov 201925 Nov 2019£479£1999£2478Book Now
22 Nov 201909 Dec 2019£479£1899£2378Book Now
06 Dec 201923 Dec 2019£479£1599£2078Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Fully escorted with local English-speaking guides throughout
  • Scheduled flight from London Heathrow to China with China Eastern
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Accommodation, 14 excursions and entry fees to all sights

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 for the add-on part of the tour.

2017 departures:

Please note that in 2017 the Hong Kong Extension will be 2 nights long

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Yuan

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

-2 °C / 7 °C

Spoken languages

Mandarin, English

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Travel plug adaptor - The voltage in China is 220 Volts. It is advisable to bring a multi-adaptor
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
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