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China Discovery Tour including

Hong Kong


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

3 NIGHTS from €559pp

Tour Highlights
  • Half Day City Tour of Hong Kong
  • Free time to explore at your pace
  • 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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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 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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
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
11
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
12
Hong Kong

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

  • Breakfast
13
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.

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

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, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2019 DATES
The City View
01 Feb 201913 Feb 2019€559€1343€1902
22 Feb 201906 Mar 2019€559€1511€2070
15 Mar 201927 Mar 2019€559€1623€2182
29 Mar 201910 Apr 2019€604€1768€2372
26 Apr 201908 May 2019€559€1780€2339
03 May 201915 May 2019€559€1780€2339
17 May 201929 May 2019€559€1791€2350
07 Jun 201919 Jun 2019€559€1836€2395
16 Aug 201928 Aug 2019€559€2149€2708
30 Aug 201911 Sep 2019€604€2104€2708
20 Sep 201902 Oct 2019€604€1992€2596
04 Oct 201916 Oct 2019€637€1780€2417
18 Oct 201930 Oct 2019€637€1679€2316
08 Nov 201920 Nov 2019€559€1623€2182
22 Nov 201904 Dec 2019€559€1511€2070
2018 DATES
Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel
21 Oct 201802 Nov 2018€626€1645€2271
11 Nov 201823 Nov 2018€559€1589€2148
25 Nov 201807 Dec 2018€637€1455€2092
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 / 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

Hong Kong

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
Simon Bowman
26th Sep 2018

Hotels in general were very good. No complaints

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
J Gascoigne
12th Jun 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
D Jelley
22nd Feb 2018

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

All good hotels used.

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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.

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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:
10/10
Juliet Millard
13th Jun 2016

The hotels was very nice clean and tidy

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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
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