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Wonders of China

  • Route:
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Yangtze River
  • Chengdu
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • London
16 DAYS from €2015pp

Tour Highlights

  • 2 Full Day Tours of Shanghai
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • 4 night Yangtze River Cruise
  • Great Wall of China
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre
  • Tour of Xi'an
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Wonders of China

This amazing 16 day, 14 night tour journeys across one of the world's largest and most interesting countries, seeped in ancient history and brimming with world-renowned sights. Cruise down the Yangtze River, experience Shanghai and Beijing, visit the Pandas in Chengdu and absorb the wonders of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army all in one fantastic tour.

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 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 to Xian

    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. Have your photo taken with the Pandas at the Chengdu Breeding Centre - CNY3000 cash - please note you must advise the guide on arrival into Shanghai if you wish to take this optional excursion. In the afternoon board the bullet train to Xian.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: 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, transfer to the airport for your flight 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, which houses the wondrous Imperial Palace. Conclude your trip with a traditional Peking duck dinner, a delicious way to end your tour.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 16: Beijing to the UK

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

    • Breakfast
    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.

    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.

    Bullet Train Information
    The bullet train leaves Xi'an at 13:10 and arrives in Beijing between 17:50 - 18:00. Please be advised that due to limited space your luggage will be transferred separately to Beijing on Day 11, therefore please keep your toiletries and a change of clothes in a hang luggage bag.

    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 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 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.
    *Prices in pounds for illustration purposes based on exchange rate of £1=CNY8.6 and are correct at time of production; please check current rates at your exchange bureau.

    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 £400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. There are some optional tours available to purchase locally and these generally need to be paid in cash. Therefore please allow an additional £100 if you wish to book these.
    Enhance your tour experience with our excellent range of optional excursions, to be booked locally in CNY. Prices are per person; please speak to your local guide. All optional excursions are subject to availability.

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKPrice
    2018 Dates
    24 May 201808 Jun 2018€2575
    07 Jun 201822 Jun 2018€2541pp
    21 Jun 201806 Jul 2018€2575pp
    05 Jul 201820 Jul 2018€2754
    09 Aug 201824 Aug 2018€2855pp
    30 Aug 201814 Sep 2018€2754pp
    06 Sep 201821 Sep 2018€2888
    13 Sep 201828 Sep 2018€2866
    20 Sep 201805 Oct 2018€2855
    27 Sep 201812 Oct 2018€2743
    04 Oct 201819 Oct 2018€2552
    11 Oct 201826 Oct 2018€2552
    18 Oct 201802 Nov 2018€2418
    25 Oct 201809 Nov 2018€2418
    08 Nov 201823 Nov 2018€2295
    15 Nov 201830 Nov 2018€2295
    22 Nov 201807 Dec 2018€2295
    29 Nov 201814 Dec 2018€2048
    2019 Dates
    24 Jan 201908 Feb 2019€2172
    07 Feb 201922 Feb 2019€2216
    28 Feb 201915 Mar 2019€2239
    07 Mar 201922 Mar 2019€2407
    14 Mar 201929 Mar 2019€2429
    28 Mar 201912 Apr 2019€2440
    04 Apr 201919 Apr 2019€2452
    25 Apr 201910 May 2019€2541
    02 May 201917 May 2019€2541
    09 May 201924 May 2019€2541
    16 May 201931 May 2019€2530
    30 May 201914 Jun 2019€2440
    06 Jun 201921 Jun 2019€2575
    20 Jun 201905 Jul 2019€2608
    04 Jul 201919 Jul 2019€2799
    08 Aug 201923 Aug 2019€2888
    29 Aug 201913 Sep 2019€2799
    05 Sep 201920 Sep 2019€2911
    12 Sep 201927 Sep 2019€2956
    19 Sep 201904 Oct 2019€2888
    26 Sep 201911 Oct 2019€2776
    03 Oct 201918 Oct 2019€2552
    10 Oct 201925 Oct 2019€2496
    17 Oct 201901 Nov 2019€2440
    24 Oct 201908 Nov 2019€2440
    31 Oct 201915 Nov 2019€2384
    07 Nov 201922 Nov 2019€2351
    14 Nov 201929 Nov 2019€2295
    28 Nov 201913 Dec 2019€2015

    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.

    Pandas of Chengdu

    Please be advised at the present time the option to have your picture taken with a Panda in Chengdu is unavailable due to renovations.

    Business Class Special Offer

    We have a fantastic offer on Business Class Upgrades on selected departure dates. Depart on 21st June or 09th August 2018 and you can upgrade to Business Class one way from £599pp or for £899pp return!

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