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China Discovery Tour

  • Route:
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Wuzhen
  • Xian
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • London
10 DAYS from €1343pp

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a full day tour of Shanghai
  • Relax with a cruise on the Huangpu River
  • Visit the famed Terracotta Army at Xi'an
  • See the stunning Great Wall of China
  • Xi'an's Muslim Quarter and ancient city wall
  • Explore Shanghai's charming French Concession area
  • Marvel at a Chinese Acrobatic Show
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China Discovery Tour

This 10 day, 8 night tour is the perfect way to explore the highlights of China. Incorporating the three major cities of Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing - it gives you the chance to visit some of the most iconic sights including the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, the Forbidden City and beautiful metropolis that is Shanghai.

Tour Itinerary

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 of years. After visiting the famous Temple of Heaven unwind and marvel at the talents of the accomplished performers in the Chinese Acrobatic Show.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Beijing to the UK

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

    • Breakfast

    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 Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

    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 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.


    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp 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;,,, 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 10, and the maximum will be 40. 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.

    Tour Guide

    This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

    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 UKPrice
    2018 Dates
    10 Jun 201819 Jun 2018€1791
    19 Aug 201828 Aug 2018Save €100
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    09 Sep 201818 Sep 2018€2015
    23 Sep 201802 Oct 2018Save €100
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    07 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€1735
    21 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€1623
    11 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€1567
    25 Nov 201804 Dec 2018€1432
    2019 Dates
    25 Jan 201903 Feb 2019€1455
    01 Feb 201910 Feb 2019€1343
    22 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€1488
    15 Mar 201924 Mar 2019€1612
    29 Mar 201907 Apr 2019€1757
    26 Apr 201905 May 2019€1768
    03 May 201912 May 2019€1757
    17 May 201926 May 2019€1757
    07 Jun 201916 Jun 2019€1824
    16 Aug 201925 Aug 2019€2127
    30 Aug 201908 Sep 2019€2093
    20 Sep 201929 Sep 2019€1981
    04 Oct 201913 Oct 2019€1768
    18 Oct 201927 Oct 2019€1656
    08 Nov 201917 Nov 2019€1612
    22 Nov 201901 Dec 2019€1488

    Travelling Alone?

    We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single use where no single supplement will need to be paid. But hurry, these spaces are limited and subject to availability. If however once all the places are sold out and you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

    Private Tours

    If the group tour departure dates and not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience than you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

    Tour Map

    China Discovery Tour Route Map


    “This is one amazing tour thank you for putting everything together The only thing I might change is the Shanghai hotels We had 2 night in the Ocean View before being whisked away to Whuzen for a night which is on the way to the airport and then taken back to the Ocean View in Shangahi for one night before being transported to the airport to continue our journey to Xian. Maybe 3 consecutive nights in the Ocean View and then Whuzen for 1 night but it was not a problem this is just a suggestion. Thanks for an amazing exceptional value for money holiday which will stay with me for the rest of my life”

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    Carol Miller

    Date: 13th Mar 2016

    “Exceeded all expectations. Nothing left to chance or could have been improved upon. Would love to go to India next if finances make it possible.”

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    Mrs Martin

    Date: 24th Apr 2016


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    Hotels and Accommodation

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    Passage D Eau Hotel

    Jianguo Hotel

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    • Wuzhen
    • Xi'an
    • Beijing
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    • London
    • Shanghai
    • Wuzhen
    • Xi'an
    • Beijing
    • Hong Kong
    • London

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