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Wonders of China from Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Yangtze River
  • Chengdu
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • Manchester
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16 DAYS from €2351pp

Tour Highlights
  • City tours of Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing
  • Four-night Yangtze River cruise, sailing past the Three Gorges and Fengdu Ghost City
  • Encounter the giant pandas of Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre
  • Boat trip to the world's largest stone-carved Buddhist statue in Leshan
  • Marvel at Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors
  • The Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Summer Palace

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Wonders of China from Manchester

This amazing sixteen day, fifteen-night tour journeys across one of the world's largest and most interesting countries, steeped 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

Manchester to Beijing

Depart Manchester on your scheduled, overnight flight to Beijing.


On arrival in Beijing you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Take the morning to relax, then visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit 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. In the evening enjoy a mesmerising Chinese acrobatics performance.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beijing to Shanghai

Following breakfast, you will visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, which houses the Imperial Palace. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai where you will arrive in the early evening in time for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following breakfast, you will visit the famous Yu Garden, the French Concession and Tianzifang. After lunch you can saunter around Xintiandi - 'The City's Living Room' and then visit the Bund, and walk along Nanjing Road, the main shopping area in Shanghai.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Shanghai to Yangtze River

After lunch, visit the Shanghai Museum and then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Yichang, to board your ship for the four-night Yangtze River Cruise which will tour the Three Gorges Dam.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Yangtze River

Take your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam setting sail in the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Yangtze River

Following breakfast take a tour of the Shennong Stream, a zigzagging watercourse where local inhabitants line the shore. You will then sail to Wu Gorge, followed by Qu Tang Gorge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
Yangtze River to Chengdu

Disembarking the ship at Chongqing, travel to the capital of the Sichuan Province, Chengdu. Wander around the People's Park, then enjoy a stroll through the ancient streets of the Wide and Narrow Alleys.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today takes you to Leshan, for its 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. In the evening enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Chengdu to Xi'an

Experience the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, home to one of China's largest habitat of pandas. In the afternoon board the bullet train to Xian.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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, then in the evening enjoy the colourful Tang Dynasty dancing show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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 board the bullet train for Beijing.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Stroll around the impressive Summer Palace, China's largest & best-preserved royal park. Conclude your trip with a traditional Peking duck dinner. Transfer to the airport for your later flight home.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Beijing to Manchester

Direct flight back to the Manchester.

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'. All applicants who wish to apply for a China Tourist Visa must do so in person at the Chinese Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester, Belfast or Edinburgh where fingerprint information will be collected. Fingerprints are not required for children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 70. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are valid for unlimited trips to China for 2 years 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.


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.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €250pp 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.

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;,,, 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
2020 Dates
13 Oct 202029 Oct 2020€2877.00
27 Oct 202012 Nov 2020€2732.00
17 Nov 202003 Dec 2020€2496.00
01 Dec 202017 Dec 2020€2407.00
2021 Dates
16 Feb 202104 Mar 2021€2351.00
02 Mar 202118 Mar 2021€2575.00
16 Mar 202101 Apr 2021€2575.00
23 Mar 202108 Apr 2021€2608.00
27 Apr 202113 May 2021€2911.00
04 May 202120 May 2021€2799.00
18 May 202103 Jun 2021€2799.00
08 Jun 202124 Jun 2021€2799.00
22 Jun 202108 Jul 2021€2911.00
06 Jul 202122 Jul 2021€2911.00
10 Aug 202126 Aug 2021€3135.00
24 Aug 202109 Sep 2021€3135.00
07 Sep 202123 Sep 2021€3135.00
28 Sep 202114 Oct 2021€2799.00
12 Oct 202128 Oct 2021€2799.00
26 Oct 202111 Nov 2021€3023.00
16 Nov 202102 Dec 2021€2687.00
30 Nov 202116 Dec 2021€2463.00
Important note for 2020 departures

We have been informed by Hainan Airlines of a flight schedule change. Due to this change we have had to extend your Wonders of China tour by one night. You will have a day at leisure in Beijing at the end of your tour. Rest assured your extra night will be at the same 4* The Landmark Hotel and your itinerary will operate as advised.

What to expect

Fact File


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.




What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Warm clothing/Thermals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Electric plug converter
  • Toilet paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Customer Rating:
C Higgins
22nd Oct 2019

An excellent guide Jason.

Fabulous holiday thank you.

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Ian Spencer
22nd Oct 2019

Very good quality often centrally located

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Pauline Rooney
5th Oct 2019

Very good hotels

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Alan Stephenson
21st Sep 2019

Hotels all excellent

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P Felgate
5th Jun 2019

The organisation and support from Jason our guide during the tour was excellent, he quickly sorted any problems promptly and efficiently. The local guides were also excellent and worked together with Jason to provide lots of information, interesting facts and tips. It was great being able to to travel from Manchester airport direct to Beijing. The only criticism was the information about the itinerary and tickets were received very late.
We had a wonderful holiday and would certainly consider choosing Mercury Holidays again. Jason our guide could not have been better very efficient.

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