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China Discovery Tour


Route:
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Wuzhen
  • Xian
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • London
Tour Pace:

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

1
UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Shanghai International Airport.

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
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.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Jinmao Tower & ride the Airport Maglev Train.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
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
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
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
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
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
10
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 €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; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, 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
23 Sep 201802 Oct 2018€1948
07 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€1813
21 Oct 201830 Oct 2018Save €150pp
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€1645pp
€1495pp
11 Nov 201820 Nov 2018Save €150pp
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€1589pp
€1439pp
25 Nov 201804 Dec 2018€1455
2019 Dates
25 Jan 201903 Feb 2019€1455
01 Feb 201910 Feb 2019€1343
22 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€1511
15 Mar 201924 Mar 2019€1623
29 Mar 201907 Apr 2019€1768
26 Apr 201905 May 2019€1780
03 May 201912 May 2019€1780
17 May 201926 May 2019€1791
07 Jun 201916 Jun 2019€1836
16 Aug 201925 Aug 2019€2149
30 Aug 201908 Sep 2019€2104
20 Sep 201929 Sep 2019€1992
04 Oct 201913 Oct 2019€1780
18 Oct 201927 Oct 2019€1679
08 Nov 201917 Nov 2019€1623
22 Nov 201901 Dec 2019€1511
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.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Yuan

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

-4 °C / 32 °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

Wuzhen

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
Penny Paley
19th Sep 2018

The quality and the service at the hotels were good, rooms were clean, spacious and had everything you needed.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Belinda Yarwood
1st Sep 2018

The Tibet Hotel Chengdu and hotel in Wuzhen were my favourites.
Staff in Tibet Hotel could not do enough for you!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Andrea Purves
29th Aug 2018

Lovely hotels

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Mark Trotman
29th Aug 2018

Clean and in the main well maintained. Service good. Food good.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Linda Hoadley
21st Jun 2018

All hotels provided good service and excellent breakfast

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Customer Rating:
10/10
J Gascoigne
12th Jun 2018

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Ann Judith Smith
11th Jun 2018

You have changed to hotel in Shanghai from the Ocean to the Northern, due to complaints about noise at the Ocean - good decision, Northern was possibly the best hotel we stayed in. Xi'an Jianguo Hotel - the room stank of stale smoke, despite being in a non smoking floor. Hotel in Wuzhen was lovely. Breakfasts in all hotels was excellent, some better than others but couldn't be faulted.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Lorraine Foggoa
2nd Jun 2018

Good hotels great breakfast selection in them all.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Maxine Spencer
30th May 2018

In Shanghai our hotel was changed from the Ocean Hotel to the Northern this hotel was gorgeous it was changed as the guide said that previous guests had said the Ocean hotel was too noisy due to the karrioki there ,also the hotel in whuezen the water village was beautiful. Xian we didn’t have long there but again the hotel was gorgeous the last hotel in Beijing wasn’t as good as the others but it was still a great hotel but this hotel for me had the best breakfasts.. The staff at all were very friendly and check in was quick free water in all the rooms with tea and coffee facilities also all the toiletries you will need along with slippers and also dressing gowns for you to use.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Garry Lloyd
24th May 2018

All the Hotels wear first class and spot on .

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jan Tucker
28th Mar 2018

All three hotels were excellent. Rooms spacious and clean. Staff polite and helpful.
Breakfasts very good and catering for all tastes.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
B Dhar
9th Mar 2018

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Customer Rating:
10/10
D Jelley
22nd Feb 2018

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Jean Minns
14th Feb 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Emma Turner
2nd Dec 2017

Great hotels

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Julie Bird
1st Dec 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Barbara Christie
29th Nov 2017

Some hotels better of good to excellent standard - However excellent breakfast and service in all.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
S Booth
9th Nov 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Natalie Beech
2nd Nov 2017

All of the hotels in the tour were excellent. The rooms were very clean, modern and outstanding.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
A Senior
19th Oct 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Elizabeth Matthews
4th Oct 2017

Enjoyed all the hotels. Good breakfasts and comfortable rooms

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Kevin Corrigan
16th Sep 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Howard Fisher
1st Jul 2017

All the Hotels had excellent facilities and staff always curtious and helpfull.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
C Hatton
18th Jun 2017

All good hotels used.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Ian Hibbert
17th May 2017

All the hotel rooms were excellent.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Roger Buddle
25th Feb 2017

Liked Passage D'Eau
8 Degrees out of town but Shuttle bus good

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Susan Philip
3rd Dec 2016

Hotels were very good standard and we could not have asked for anything else.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
William Pitt
2nd Nov 2016

All very good standard and very comfortable.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
James Fletcher
2nd Nov 2016

Hotel choices were good.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Robert Skilton
6th Oct 2016

We were very pleased with the hotels. Top marks!

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Mervyn Harris
24th Aug 2016

Really enjoyed the visit, the tour manager and guides were very knowledgeable.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Mrs Martin
15th Aug 2016

  • Overall Satisfaction
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  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
10/10
Juliet Millard
13th Jun 2016

The hotels was very nice clean and tidy

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Sarah Jones
9th Jun 2016

An amazing tour with exceptional guides. Perfect service from quote to completion of trip.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
John Kid
9th Jun 2016

Had a fantastic holiday, many thanks.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Alan Wightman
7th Jun 2016

Having just returned from the China Discovery Tour, I thought I would share my views with you. For me it was the best tour of the four on offer. The two tour guides were very good and knowledgeable, especially Andy who had the whole group on the last two days. Western style breakfasts in the hotels and a lot of us found they were cooked ok but they were only warm to cold. Hopefully this is something you can address to the hotel management with regard for future travellers. The two tour guides Jimmy and Andy were fantastic. They were informative without giving out too much information all at once. Especially Andy for him to be able to give all that information without a crib sheet was amazing. Finally I am pleased that I decided to go to see China and its wonders and I have many happy memories. I would certainly recommend the tour to other people.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Patricia And David Brown
27th Apr 2016

The hotels were clean and comfortable. Breakfast was excellent with choice of Chinese or Western style breakfast. The hotel in Wuzhen in particular was excellent and certainly exceeded expectations. Raddison Blu hotel in Beijing could have benefited from some new carpets but it was clean and comfortable so no complaints.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Sun Yee
9th Mar 2016

Excellent, choice of Hotels

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Leslie Bradshaw
9th Mar 2016

All very good

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Nicola Ratcliffe
21st Jan 2015

Stayed in 5 hotels, the standard of them all was excellent.

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  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
10/10
Patricia Hoal
13th Nov 2014

All the hotels on the tour were great

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“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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Date: 24th Apr 2016

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