9 DAYS ●
Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.
Walk along this incredible wall, one of the modern wonders of the world
Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
Our In Pursuit of Pandas itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Beijing for a three-night stay.
Begin in Beijing’s symbolic heart with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, flanked by imposing government buildings and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao. At the head of the square the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City is a monument to dynasties past. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treasures. Later soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. This evening sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking Duck, after which there is an option to enjoy a Kung Fu show (at your own expense).
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Stretching thousands of kilometres from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert, over all sorts of dramatic landscapes, it is one
of the world’s most impressive feats of engineering. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the wall itself and the magnificent scenery that it crosses. Drive
back to Beijing, then savour a relaxed afternoon in the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace
as you wander through traditional gardens and admire exquisite architecture. Jade is revered
throughout China; it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. You will have an opportunity to visit a jade factory, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four great ancient capitals of China.
It is also the capital of Shaanxi province, and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with a history
spanning 3,100 years. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls
that enclose Xian’s old town to get your bearings, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao
dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first
Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic
ranks of life-like warriors who stand in their original formations at the exact location where they were excavated. Visit the workshop of the craftspeople who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Take a bullet train to Chengdu.
Visit one of the world's finest panda conservation centres where you’ll gain a real insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this endangered species. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Later enjoy the atmosphere of Nanjiao Park and then Jinli Street – a lively road lined with antique shops and restaurants before sampling a delicious Sichuan meal.
A visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see and learn about
China’s celebrated bears. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve’s breeding programme. Later, visit the Shu Brocade Embroidery Museum, then enjoy a hot beverage in a traditional tea house before visiting Matchmaker’s Corner where parents search for worthy suitors for their children.
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to China. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. The Yangtze River cruise service charge is paid when embarking. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate.
Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally. Beer is drunk in small glasses; not large glasses that you may be used to.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. Government laws in China require air conditioning be switched on nationally in May and central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
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