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  • London
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2 NIGHTS from £369pp

Tour Highlights

  • Half Day City Tour of Hong Kong
  • Free time to explore at your pace
  • 2 Full Day Tours of Shanghai
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • and more...
Extension from £369pp
Tour + Extension from £2064pp
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Add a 2 night stay in Hong Kong

Following our incredible China Discovery Tour, why not explore the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong? Towering skyscrapers form the back-drop to the city's busy harbour whilst the street markets that fill the teeming alleys remain untouched by western influences.

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.
Please note that not all the meals and drinks are included - check the Hotels and Meals section for more information. The airport transfer procedure also varies from the main China Discovery tour, please refer to the detailed Itinerary for full instructions.

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 before going out for dinner. Time permitting, after dinner you will experience your first taste of the city with a visit to the magnificent Bund, then a walk along Nanjing Road, the main shopping area in Shanghai.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Shanghai

    Following breakfast, you will embark on a full day tour of the city, taking in the delights of the famous classical Yuyuan Garden, the French Concession and Tianzifang, the arts and crafts enclave in the French neighbourhood. After lunch you can saunter around Xintiandi - 'The City's Living Room', a multifunctional entertainment district with unique 1920's style stone gate buildings known as 'shikumen'.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Shanghai to Yangtze River

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Wuhan, where you will continue to Yichang to board your ship for the four night Yangtze River Cruise which will tour the Three Gorges Dam and breath-taking scenery along the way as you cruise upstream.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Yangtze River

    The cruise will set sail to reach your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam itself and the Five Stage Ship Lock - a giant ship elevator capable of lifting a 14,000 ton passenger liner! In the afternoon you'll sail past the Xiling Gorge the largest and most famous of the Three Gorges.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Yangtze River

    Following breakfast you will take a tour of the Shennong Stream, a zigzagging watercourse where local inhabitants line the shore. You will then sail to Wu Gorge, the prettiest of the Three Gorges followed by Qu Tang Gorge, the shortest. In the afternoon there is the option to take a tour of the White Emperor City, an ancient temple perched at the top of an island in the middle of the river.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Yangtze River

    On the final day of the cruise the ship will sail to the Fengdu Ghost City, thought to have been the place where souls must go to pass three tests to enter the afterlife.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Yangtze River to Chengdu

    Disembarking the ship at Chongqing you will travel to the capital of the Sichuan Province, Chengdu. Your guide will show you around the People's Park, where locals relax, mingle and exercise, then enjoy a stroll through the ancient streets of the Wide and Narrow Alleys which have been renovated to their former architectural glory.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Chengdu

    Today takes you to Leshan, famous for its magnificent riverside cliff carving of a giant Buddha which is the largest stone-carved Buddhist statue in the world, viewed from a boat on the river. Continue in the afternoon to the old town of Huanglongxi, a 1700 year old settlement restored to retain its old-world charm. In the evening enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Chengdu

    Perhaps a highlight of the tour, today takes you to experience a once in a lifetime trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, home to one of China's largest habitat of pandas. Strolling around a variety of enclosures, you can even pay an extra fee to be photographed next to one of these beautiful animals. The afternoon will be at leisure for you to relax before dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Chengdu to Xi'an

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. 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

    Day 12: Xi'an to Beijing

    A morning tour of Xi'an incorporates a visit to the historic City Wall, then the Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 to hold sacred Buddhist figurines. In the afternoon board the bullet train to Beijing where you will arrive in the early evening and spend the night at your hotel.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 13: Beijing

    Begin your day with a visit to 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, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 14: 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 mesmerising Chinese acrobatics performance.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 15: Beijing

    Following breakfast on your last full day you will visit one of China's most important political landmarks, Tiananmen Square. It is the world's largest city centre square and gateway to the Forbidden City, whic

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Hong Kong - Extension Starts

    Day 16: Beijing to Hong Kong

    Depart Beijing in the morning and fly to Hong Kong via Shanghai. 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* Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel.

    • Breakfast

    Day 17: Hong Kong

    After breakfast you will be picked up at 09:00am 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

    Day 18: 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
      • 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 £128.00, 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. Please note you do not need to obtain an additional visa for Hong Kong.


      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 17 days cover£39£75£129
      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 add-on to Hong Kong is not 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 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, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
      10 Aug 201727 Aug 2017£369pp£2295pp£2664ppBook
      17 Aug 201703 Sep 2017£369pp£2295pp£2664ppBook
      31 Aug 201717 Sep 2017£399pp£2295pp£2694ppBook
      07 Sep 201724 Sep 2017£399pp£2325pp£2724ppBook
      14 Sep 201701 Oct 2017£399pp£2325pp£2724ppBook
      28 Sep 201715 Oct 2017£399pp£2195pp£2594ppBook
      05 Oct 201722 Oct 2017£399pp£2095pp£2494ppBook
      12 Oct 201729 Oct 2017£449pp£2145pp£2594ppBook
      26 Oct 201712 Nov 2017£399pp£1995pp£2394ppBook
      02 Nov 201719 Nov 2017£369pp£1895pp£2264ppBook
      16 Nov 201703 Dec 2017£369pp£1795pp£2164ppBook
      30 Nov 201717 Dec 2017£369pp£1695pp£2064ppBook
      11 Jan 201829 Jan 2018£399pp£1869pp£2268ppBook
      25 Jan 201812 Feb 2018£399pp£1769pp£2168ppBook
      08 Feb 201826 Feb 2018£399pp£1869pp£2268ppBook
      22 Feb 201812 Mar 2018£449pp£1869pp£2318ppBook
      01 Mar 201819 Mar 2018£449pp£1985pp£2434ppBook
      08 Mar 201826 Mar 2018£449pp£2085pp£2534ppBook
      05 Apr 201823 Apr 2018£449pp£2145pp£2594ppBook
      19 Apr 201807 May 2018£399pp£2195pp£2594ppBook
      26 Apr 201814 May 2018£399pp£2195pp£2594ppBook
      03 May 201821 May 2018£399pp£2195pp£2594ppBook
      10 May 201828 May 2018£399pp£2195pp£2594ppBook
      17 May 201804 Jun 2018£399pp£2195pp£2594ppBook
      24 May 201811 Jun 2018£399pp£2195pp£2594ppBook
      31 May 201818 Jun 2018£399pp£2185pp£2584ppBook
      07 Jun 201825 Jun 2018£399pp£2285pp£2684ppBook
      21 Jun 201809 Jul 2018£369pp£2319pp£2688ppBook
      05 Jul 201823 Jul 2018£399pp£2409pp£2808ppBook
      09 Aug 201827 Aug 2018£399pp£2459pp£2858ppBook
      30 Aug 201817 Sep 2018£449pp£2409pp£2858ppBook
      06 Sep 201824 Sep 2018£449pp£2509pp£2958ppBook
      13 Sep 201801 Oct 2018£449pp£2545pp£2994ppBook
      20 Sep 201808 Oct 2018£499pp£2485pp£2984ppBook
      27 Sep 201815 Oct 2018£499pp£2435pp£2934ppBook
      04 Oct 201822 Oct 2018£499pp£2245pp£2744ppBook
      11 Oct 201829 Oct 2018£499pp£2209pp£2708ppBook
      18 Oct 201805 Nov 2018£449pp£2129pp£2578ppBook
      25 Oct 201812 Nov 2018£449pp£2105pp£2554ppBook
      08 Nov 201826 Nov 2018£399pp£1995pp£2394ppBook
      15 Nov 201803 Dec 2018£399pp£2055pp£2454ppBook
      29 Nov 201817 Dec 2018£399pp£1825pp£2224ppBook

      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.

      2018 departures:

      Please note that in 2018 the Hong Kong Extension will be 3 nights long

      Fact File

      • Currency: Yuan
      • Average Flying time: 11 hours
      • Minimum temperature: -4°C
      • Maximum temperature: 29°C
      • Spoken Language(s): Mandarin, English

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