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Wonders of China


Route:
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Yangtze River
  • Chengdu
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • London
Tour Pace:

16 DAYS from €2015pp

Tour Highlights
  • City tours of Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing
  • 4-night Yangtze River Cruise
  • See the Giant Pandas of Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors
  • See the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

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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

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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Sichuan Culture Evening Show - Special dance and culture show highlighting China from the 14th Century onwards.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
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
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
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
14
Beijing

Following a stroll around the impressive Summer Palace, China's largest & best-preserved royal park, the tour will continue to the iconic Great Wall. Winding across deserts, grasslands & mountains & 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
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 & 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
16
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 & 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 & 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 & 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 this please call 0800 781 4237, quoting 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number & 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 & 5kg hand luggage not exceeding 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm in size.

Bullet Train Information
The bullet train leaves Xi'an at 13:10 & 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 & a change of clothes in a hang luggage bag.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health & vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health, hygiene facilities & disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible & 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 & mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on/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 & 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 & 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, 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
25 Oct 201809 Nov 2018€2429
08 Nov 201823 Nov 2018€2306
15 Nov 201830 Nov 2018€2306
29 Nov 201814 Dec 2018Save €150pp
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€2071pp
€1921pp
2019 Dates
24 Jan 201908 Feb 2019€2172
07 Feb 201922 Feb 2019€2239
28 Feb 201915 Mar 2019€2239
07 Mar 201922 Mar 2019€2407
14 Mar 201929 Mar 2019€2452
28 Mar 201912 Apr 2019€2463
04 Apr 201919 Apr 2019€2485
25 Apr 201910 May 2019€2575
02 May 201917 May 2019€2575
09 May 201924 May 2019€2575
16 May 201931 May 2019€2575
23 May 201907 Jun 2019€2575
30 May 201914 Jun 2019€2485
06 Jun 201921 Jun 2019€2597
20 Jun 201905 Jul 2019€2631
04 Jul 201919 Jul 2019€2799
08 Aug 201923 Aug 2019€2911
29 Aug 201913 Sep 2019€2832
05 Sep 201920 Sep 2019€2911
12 Sep 201927 Sep 2019€2967
19 Sep 201904 Oct 2019€2911
26 Sep 201911 Oct 2019€2799
03 Oct 201918 Oct 2019€2575
10 Oct 201925 Oct 2019€2519
17 Oct 201901 Nov 2019€2463
24 Oct 201908 Nov 2019€2463
31 Oct 201915 Nov 2019€2407
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 are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal & 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.

Bullet Train

Please note the bullet train has restricted Carry-ons; Aerosol spray cans containing hairspray, hair gel, styling mousse, insecticide and air freshener must be under 120 ml (4.2 fl oz)

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Yuan

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

-4 °C / 27 °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

Xi'an

Beijing

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Warm clothing/Thermals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Electric plug converter
  • Toilet paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Customer Rating:
10/10
Timothy Coyle
13th Oct 2018

All the hotels were very good especially in Chengdu and Xian.
All rooms were quiet and clean and staff very helpful
All breakfasts were excellent

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Janet Mercer
6th Oct 2018

The rooms were excellent

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Gordon Waller
4th Oct 2018

A couple of the hotels, The Tibet in Chengdu and the Titan Times in Xi'an, were excellent but all accommodation was very good. No complaints at all. I was a single traveller and very impressed with the accommodation provided.

  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
James Sherifi
4th Oct 2018

Generally of a very high standard with good size rooms/facilities/ breakfast. Good locations

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Dennis Gardner
27th Sep 2018

Excellent standard of hotels, with good locations and facilities.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Mark Harrison
26th Sep 2018

Great hotels , good rooms , Breakfast very good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Graham Davies
24th Sep 2018

Overall the hotels were extremely good.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
David Buckley
22nd Sep 2018

Allen our tour guide was absolutely brilliant and along with our group made the holiday very memorable.

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Peter Arthurs
19th Sep 2018

Good standard of hotel.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Frances Battersby
27th Aug 2018

All hotels were excellent

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
Trevor Shurmer
25th Aug 2018

First class hotels, easily exceeded our expectations given the cost of the holiday. Also, room upgrades where possible free of charge. Could not criticise any aspect of the hotel selection.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John Collins
21st Jul 2018

lighters not allowed on planes ,trains or sights of special interest, so have to be surrendered.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Joyce Bradbury
12th Jul 2018

Titan and Tibet hotels were excellent with great breakfasts. Would have been nice to just eat in hotel for dinner instead of being dragged out to inferior restaurants each evening.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Giles
11th Jul 2018

Overall the hotels were excellent in Shanghai, Chengdu and Xian. Beijing hotel is in a great location but needs some updating, though it had the best breakfast selection.
Overall good selection of western breakfasts.
We are glad that we booked the Executive room upgrade on the Yangtze Cruise. The room was very spacious, the dining room was relaxed, quiet with a great selection of food. Their was also a spa and swimming pool which we used.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Paul Denton
11th Jul 2018

Very good standard of hotels throughout the stay. All conveniently located very clean and tidy. All close to local supermarkets / grocery stores to pick up snacks and milk for my tea ;-)
Couldn't have asked for any better hotels.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Turner
8th Jul 2018

Spot on for comfort and breakfasts.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
C Morgan
26th Jun 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday all destinations, concerts, shows and the river cruise.

Max our tour guide was 1st class, very knowledgeable, humorous, helpful and caring.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Asha Ravi
24th Jun 2018

The hotels in Shanghai, Xian and Chengdu were good but the one in Beijing was cramped and the ensuite bathroom had mould on the walls. The induite toilet on board cruise ship were of poor quality.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Brian Smith
20th Jun 2018

All hotels were as good as, or better than expected. All the staff were friendly, efficient and courteous. In particular he Tibet Hotel in Chengdu was beautiful and full of character.

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
10/10
D Shann
19th Jun 2018

The organisation of tours, tickets etc. were exceptional throughout.
Our guide Max was very knowledgeable, helpful and a good friendly personality.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Garry Watson
16th Jun 2018

No complaints about any of the hotels used

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Paulene Fender
10th Jun 2018

All hotels excellent however room cleaning in the Landmark Beijing needs improving. Surfaces sticky and dusty.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
V Anderson
7th Jun 2018

Wonderful accommodation throughout.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Marea Williams
6th Jun 2018

Carefully chosen good clean hotels

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Denis Smith
6th Jun 2018

All satisfactory

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Penny Couzens
3rd Jun 2018

The Dorsett Grand in Chendu have a system that links your room key to your floor so you can only travel to that floor, we were not told this on arrival and it was not helpful when the lift door closed on my partner with our cases and he was unable to get back to our floor. He had to go back down to the lobby and ask the lobby staff to take him back up.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Dennis Roberts
14th May 2018

The hotels used were excellent in terms of service and breakfast. Indeed rooms were of an excellent size

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Customer Rating:
10/10
W James
14th May 2018

Had a wonderful holiday around China the food, hotels and itinerary was perfect. Our guides were excellent, could not fault anything.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Robert Aitken
13th May 2018

All very good for the price.
All checking in already done, very good.
All breakfasts very good.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Linda Hume
8th May 2018

Hotels were clean and apart from the boat and the Degree 8 in Hong Kong quite luxurious. The staff in all the hotels were very friendly, helpful and polite food was very good but it would have been good to have more western food available for some meal times. The Boat Dining room was at all meal times heaving with people pushing and shoving it may be better to select tablesxa few at a time to prevent accidents spillage and buffet tables becoming very messy.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
M Bowler
27th Apr 2018

Our guide Max was superb, The organisation was beyond reproach. An excellent holiday.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Cath Sumner
25th Feb 2018

With the exception of the bejing hotel the rest were excellect. The bejing hotel (landmark towers) was very dirty (excrement in the toilet from the previous guest and diry room) the smell of cigarette smoke in the room was unbearable even though it was a non smoking room.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
P Holt
22nd Dec 2017

Well looked after by our tour guide Max for the entire trip. excellent service on the cruise.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Alison Mackay
21st Dec 2017

The hotels were all very good, and we were fortunate to have rooms upgraded in Chengdu and Xi'an.
The breakfasts taken in the hotels offered extensive choices and the staff were all efficient and courteous.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Katherine Andrew
18th Dec 2017

Loved the upgrades to suites - hotels good and breakfasts good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Jennifer Blake
17th Dec 2017

Upgrades were most appreciated - really good hotels all the way through. Western breakfasts available everywhere - could not have been better looked after.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
N Aldridge
6th Dec 2017

A wonderful experience. The tour guide Max was superb throughout.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Lorraine Woodger
3rd Dec 2017

Pace of tour was hard but necessarily so to complete the itinerary.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John & Car0l Postles
22nd Nov 2017

generally excellent & breakfasts very good. bedroom in Landmark Beijing a bit tired

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Colin Morris
19th Nov 2017

All hotels used were of excellent quality, comfortable and spacious rooms.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Sue Staff
18th Nov 2017

Hotel selections was very good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Catherine Bain
13th Nov 2017

Could not fault any hotel for quality, cleanliness or service.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Paul Frith
13th Nov 2017

Very good quality hotels with very large rooms apart from Landmark in Beijing which by contrast seemed small but the hotel was very good.
Breakfasts at all the hotels were excellent.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Peter Wakeman
9th Nov 2017

General concern about lack of emergency escapes. Some hotels seemed to have only one central staircase.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Carole Warren
6th Nov 2017

The hotels were of excellent standard although the Titan Times hotel was a little 'tired' and the carpet in the lounge are very grubby.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Terrence Forrest
28th Oct 2017

Shanghai ocean hotel large very comfortable beds good breakfast
Tibet hotel Chengdu five star rooms enormous beds and pillows very comfortable
Titan times hotel Xi’an luxurious in every way
Raddison blu instead of landmark which was being used for the party conference this hotel had lovely breakfasts with fresh smoked salmon but we thought the rooms were in need of repair and a little tired our wardrobe doors kept falling off the runners but the beds and pillows were first class

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Customer Rating:
10/10
R Guttridge
23rd Oct 2017

The guide on this tour was outstanding and made this holiday a really memorable one. The holiday was great value for money.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Dan Webb
21st Oct 2017

All the hotels we''re of a good standard

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Customer Rating:
10/10
L Bett
19th Oct 2017

The tour was amazing it was truly an experience of a lifetime.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Susan Laville
15th Oct 2017

The hotel's were excellent ,clean and had coffee and tea making facilities.
Staff were attentative and western breakfast adequate.
Towels changed each day and rooms cleaned.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Philp
8th Oct 2017

All hotels were very good, not only the hotels but the service as well. The yangtze 2 cruise ship needs updating but still a good cruise.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Janet Newby
7th Oct 2017

All very good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Audrey Barnes
23rd Sep 2017

Food was same lunch and dinner every day. 30 meals all the same was very boring.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Dark Julie
17th Sep 2017

All hotels were welcoming with good quality rooms and service.I feel it is important to have comfortable hotels of this quality when on a touring holiday as it helps relaxation.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Rosi Harnett
5th Sep 2017

All excellent locations, with 4/5* facilities and superb breakfast choices. We especially enjoyed the Tibet Hotel in Chengdu, which had luxurious bathrooms and extra little touches such as top quality toiletries and TV in the bathroom.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Gordon Gregg
2nd Aug 2017

The national guide, Alan was excellent. Very good English and very knowledgeable as well as being friendly and helpful. The local area guides were also excellent. Gordon celebrated his 70th birthday at Xian, Alan helps us with Jenny to organise a cake, and we would like to thank Alan and Mercury for his gift. Amazing holiday.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Christina Kington
22nd Jul 2017

The hotels in Chengdu and Xi'an were absolutely beautiful. Very high quality throughout the tour.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Norman Harris
10th Jul 2017

All the hotels were superb 4 or 5 star

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Jeffrey Gunn
3rd Jul 2017

Locations of hotels not so good but made up for with good quality rooms and facilities.

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
R Barrett
27th Jun 2017

Hotels were of a good standard with good choices at breakfast.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Peter Cheetham
25th Jun 2017

The Tibet hotel was excellent.The others were good. The upgrade on the ship was worth the extra.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Ian Thorp
23rd Jun 2017

All really good quality. Breakfasts were really good with western style included. Plenty of choice to suit all tastes.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
S Milward
21st Jun 2017

I had a lovely time and certainly recommend you.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Angela Evans
20th Jun 2017

No complaints about any of the hotels - all really good and probably better than expected.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John Mills
4th Jun 2017

The whole trip is very well planned. The guide (Richard) was superb in all respects. Every aspect ran smoothly. Highly recommended.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Nigel Whalley
9th May 2017

Some of the hotels need cleaning better like the Titan times hotel

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Filiz Hassan
8th Apr 2017

Hotels we're all amazing. Great size rooms. Great service. Clean throughout

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Tom Stokes
3rd Apr 2017

All the hotels on our trip were great. One was an alternative but on par with all the others

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Howard Smith
11th Feb 2017

Very high standard, especially Titan Times.

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Russell Greaves
7th Feb 2017

Excellent accomodation throughout the tour

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Lesley Wilhelmsen
7th Feb 2017

The Tibet & Titan Times Hotels were exceptional and we were very pleased to have the upgrade.
Staff were very helpful and friendly, breakfast very good, rooms very comfortable and luxurious. Landmark Hotel was good, excellent breakfast, staff friendly. Bit mean with the loo paper!
The Ocean Hotel in Shanghai was a disappointment compared to the others. Although 5* the staff were unfriendly, breakfast room very small and couldn't cope with the number of guests. Our room had a view of a concrete wall only 6' from the window, mattresses very hard, heating didn't work properly and no hairdryer. It didn't feel like a 5* compared to the others. Although adequate, not nearly as good as the others.

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10/10
Steve Walker
6th Feb 2017

Great hotels. A touch of luxury

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10/10
Helen Dickerson
6th Dec 2016

The only thing which affected the quality of the hotels was the fact that a lot of the bedding smelled of smoke.

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10/10
Sue Booth
28th Nov 2016

A very good all round experience. Our guide Alan was brilliant - spoke good English and made sure everything ran smoothly. He gave us sufficient information on the history and culture of China and what to be looking for at each stop on the tour, without overburdening us.

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10/10
Stephanie Farrow
28th Nov 2016

Beautiful hotels, absolutely no complaints at all. Our tour was made so great as a result of our brilliant tour leader Max, he was fantastic and I cant rate him highly enough!

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10/10
Shaun Coleman
26th Nov 2016

The tour is excellent value for money. We researched a number of holidays to China and this was the best value by far. We would use Mercury again. Hotels were excellent value for money. All were really comfortable.

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10/10
Rosemary Percy
22nd Nov 2016

Great hotels - clean with attentive staff - good breakfasts each morning. Excellent star ratings.

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10/10
Dorothy Ritchie
20th Nov 2016

Excellent value for money and attention to detail. Everything went to plan. All travel arrangements went like clockwork and we could not fault hotels. They felt like 5 star and the staff were pleasant and helpful.

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10/10
Lois Castledine
7th Nov 2016

It was a wonderful experience. I can recommend this holiday to anyone with even the slightest interest in China. You do need to like Chinese food.All hotels were of a good standard.

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7.5/10
Olga Sandercombe
31st Oct 2016

This is the first time I have travelled on my own, usually I travel with friends. The saving on the no single supplement is a huge advantage as I am a widow. Enjoyed the tour immensely and will certainly consider travelling with Mercury Holidays again, many thanks

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10/10
Robert Dicker
31st Oct 2016

We enjoyed our tour.

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10/10
Vincent Adams
29th Oct 2016

The overall tour guide was excellent and looked after the group extremely well. The quality of the tour guide has a critical role in optimising the activities and met the challenge! Overall, the hotel accommodation was excellent.

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7.5/10
Michelle Grocutt
16th Oct 2016

What a great tour. All hotels good standard and the rooms were brilliant.

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/10
Carole, Brian, Sarah And Matthew Gregory
10th Oct 2016

The itinerary was very good. It was a fantastic trip made especially wonderful by our interesting, knowledgeable and humorous guide. The itinerary was really good and local guides were also very helpful and knowledgeable. Richard the guide went out of his way to accommodate everyone he gave over and above. The hotels were all clean and the food was a good quality and variety.

Customer Rating:
10/10
Deborah And Allan Blight
10th Oct 2016

Thank you, we had a great experience in China. It was a fantastic trip. Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. We are very happy customers.

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10/10
Timothy Dickens
9th Oct 2016

The holiday of a life time. Guide Max was outstanding. All hotels provided an extensive good breakfast, more than adequate rooms with shower, bath etc. Service of staff really good.

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10/10
Edward Eagle
8th Oct 2016

All Hotels of excellent standard. The tour guide Max was excellent with vast knowledge, and nothing was too much trouble.

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10/10
Peter And Patricia Tomlinson
6th Oct 2016

What can I say about this tour other than utterly ideal. All hotels were as they should have been for this sort of tour, the accommodation on the Yangtze River was beyond expectations. Everything from ticket issue, transfers, internal flights, train journeys all perfection and all ran that way due to our tour guide. I cannot commend Alan our guide to you enough, his knowledge and humour were insurmountable. We are very happy with you as a choice of tour operator and would certainly recommend you and we look forward to our next booking with you which might be a Croatian Island Cruise or a Grand Tour of Sri Lanka.

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10/10
Jacqueline Smith
27th Sep 2016

We had a wonderful time, and our guide Max was absolutely brilliant, we had 30 on our tour and he looked after everyone. He was very professional knowledgeable, funny, polite which made our tour really most enjoyable. All the local guides and drivers were also first class.

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10/10
Julie Belfitt
27th Sep 2016

Had a fantastic time on your tour. The food was good and Max the guide was excellent, very professional.

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10/10
David Major
24th Sep 2016

The hotels were consistently of a good standard. Our national tour guide, in particular, was excellent as were the regional ones that helped out at each location.

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10/10
Paulette Ford
22nd Sep 2016

We had a fantastic holiday, Richard our guide was excellent.

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10/10
Michelle Bye
27th Aug 2016

Beijing hotel could be better... was an anti-climax after the exceptional two in Chengdu and Xi'an!

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10/10
Linda Palin
11th Aug 2016

Our guide Simon was amazing, made our tour with his humour and local knowledge. A well-organised tour to be well recommended. Excellent hotels, varied food, a wonderful holiday.

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8.8/10
Diana Blyther
14th Jul 2016

very good could have been with the rest of the English speaking tourists on the Yangtze River cruise if we wanted this we were asked to pay extra

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7.5/10
Janice Philpott
3rd Jul 2016

The hotels were excellent

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10/10
Alexandra Leigh
30th Jun 2016

An excellent tour- so efficiently run and organised- we never even had to wait for our coach it was always there waiting at the designated spot. Local guides polite and helpful and informative All the guides were excellent.
Hotels very good and restaurants chosen also very good. Tour guide who accompanied us all the way was particularly good- he catered for our every need and comfort.

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10/10
Prem Maghera
27th Jun 2016

All hotels were excellent except for Beijing:
1. The room carpet was dirty.
2. The bathroom fan was very noisy. complained to the room service the following day and later the front desk the forth day but noting was done.
3. There was no replacement toilet roll.
4. The room service lady was insisting she cleaned the room while my wife and I were trying to get ready to go out on our tour.

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10/10
Morton Birch
27th Jun 2016

All of the hotels were excellent

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10/10
Carolyn Renault
19th Jun 2016

As a solo traveller I felt safe and made lots of friends during the trip.

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10/10
John Fisher
18th Jun 2016

All of a very good standard.
Really pleased with them all.

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10/10
Stephen Wilde
16th Jun 2016

I have returned uninjured from China. Fantastic holiday. The National guide/rep, Simon was extremely efficient, friendly and had a good sense of humour. He made a good trip, great. I really couldn’t fault the holiday, even looking at it with a deliberately jaundiced eye, all the hotels were good, some were great. The only improvement I can think of (and all our group agreed) would be if we could have flown home direct from Beijing rather than have to take an internal flight from Beijing to Shanghai first. When I get around to it I will put a positive review on Trip Advisor.

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10/10
Rawdon John And Helen Jane Morris
7th Jun 2016

Every Hotel was excellent with superb locations and services provided.

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10/10
Martin Hannant
6th Jun 2016

Three of the hotel rooms were suites which was excellent. Couldn't fault any of the hotels

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10/10
Barrie Jamieson
4th Jun 2016

Just returned from your Wonders of China tour. We had an excellent time and will recommend Mercury to all of our friends and relations. The Hotels, food and transport arrangements were all first class and I would especially like to thank our main tour guide Simon Chow who looked after our party of 32 sometimes awkward Brits and entertained and informed us. He was very helpful and friendly and his organisation and knowledge were superb. I would hope that Mercury can retain his services for for any future tours.

Thank you all at Mercury for providing such an enjoyable and rewarding holiday and are already considering another tour with you in the near future.

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7.5/10
Brian Thurling
31st May 2016

This tours was great value with an excellent itinerary.

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7.5/10
Christine James
30th May 2016

all hotels were of an excellent standard clean and welcoming

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10/10
Christine Manship
25th May 2016

Everything was perfect, Max the guide was excellent.

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10/10
Julie Henson
25th May 2016

Amazing adventure. Max the tour guide was brilliant. Hotels fantastic, can't believe how much was fit in! So very well organised. Came home exhausted!

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10/10
Alyson French
23rd May 2016

Food good, rooms large and spacious.

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8.8/10
Shirley Crame
22nd May 2016

The hotels were very good.
Need English breakfast tea, sugar and coffee without sugar left in rooms

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10/10
Robert Francis
21st May 2016

The hotel at Xion was excellent. The hotel in Beijing was smaller than the others, but still ok but after the previous hotels was short of space. No hotel had specific space for 2 suitcases, just one.

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10/10
Michael Curry
3rd May 2016

Flight was good with enough legroom but the inflight service left a lot to be desired.
One small drink of red wine was served with meal (no white wine or spirits) that was it !
On return flight one choice of meal ran out - so some passengers had no choice.
Also would it have been quicker if we could have flown home from Beijing instead of flying back to Shanghai.

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7.5/10
Christine Williams
3rd May 2016

Did not get to use many of hotels facilities because of time restraints but all hotels were first class

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10/10
Sally Murphy
26th Apr 2016

Particular praise for our guide Alan. We could not have done it without him. It all went like clockwork - which usually means someone working hard behind the scenes to make it happen.

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10/10
Les Chapman
23rd Apr 2016

Last hotel, the Landmark Towers could have provided an iron & board for the last leg of the tour. Also room a little cramped as we had been pampered in the previous ones.
All other Hotels were up to expectation.

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10/10
Barry Reeves
30th Mar 2016

good quality hotels.
very comfortable.
Good service
International breakfast's
Top rate.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
David Heaven
22nd Mar 2016

All hotels were excellent

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10/10
Neil Mckay
18th Mar 2016

All the hotels were very good.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Bland
6th Feb 2016

Hotels 5* except Beijing & Honking but these were excellent

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10/10
Lynda Hambling
13th Jan 2016

Very happy with all the hotels quality surpassed expectations. No single supplement was much appreciated.

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10/10
Sally Pryce
18th Oct 2015

Great service from all concerned. Excellent choice of hotels.

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10/10
Lesley Shortland
14th Jul 2015

The guide Max made the experience a wonderful one as he was very knowledgable about his country and thoroughly made the trip a pleasure to be on

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10/10
Denise Sandy
20th Apr 2015

All very good, thank you

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10/10
Peter Beetham
3rd Apr 2015

A most excellent adventure. Could not falt the whole experience from start to finish. So much fitted into such a small amount of time. We have not enough praise and thanks to the tour guide, MAX, always on the ball and so helpful and patient with us all. Will look to Mercury Direct for our next trip.

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10/10
Barbara Brooker
6th Oct 2014

Hotel in Beijing disappointing rooms tired and not very clean. However breakfast was very good. All other hotels excellent

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9.6/10
Kalms
14th Jul 2014

CHOSE MERCURY AS PLEASED WITH PREVIOUS GOOD SERVICE TOO MUCH CHINESE FOOD HEARD ABOUT MERCURY DIRECT THROUGH BROCHURE

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10/10
Taylor
30th Apr 2014

mercury tells you what youre going to get and delivers very good pre holiday service

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