Our previous Solent Events tour to China was in 2012, so we thought it was about time we organised another one to this fascinating country.
We take you to the dramatic and spectacular Three Gorges on a spectacular Yangtze River Cruise, combined with getting up close to Giant Pandas in Chengdu, stepping up the Great Wall of China, viewing the Terracotta Warriors and wondering at bustling Beijing, ancient Xian and stylish Shanghai.
Once known as the ‘Paris of the East’, you will notice that Shanghai is now one of Asia’s most influential cities. Prior to communist arrival in 1949, Shanghai was a city with European-style mansions and was the most important trading port in Asia. Today it presents a blend of cultures; the modern and the traditional, along with the occidental and oriental. Modern skyscrapers intermingle with 1920s ‘shikumen’ buildings. This combination is what attracts millions of visitors each year.
The old town of Shanghai, where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalising snacks, is the original
centre of Shanghai and for decades was the seat of Chinese authority in Shanghai.
The Bund, recognised as Shanghai’s former ‘Wall Street’, is home to an impressive collection of buildings from the early trade houses of the 1850s to the glamorous Art Deco modernism of the 1920s. Originally the home of the foreign population of Shanghai, the Bund’s architecture has inherited much western influence and is a stark contrast to the Pudong skyline, sitting across the Huangpu River.
Travelling through China by coach will captivate you! It’s the only way to immerse oneself in the Chinese culture and experience first-hand, the differences between the East and the West bringing exciting and ever-lasting memories to treasure. Whether travelling by boat, train or plane, the spectacular scenery, the amazingly, resilient people and the diversity of each area we visit will leave you enthralled.
We fly DIRECT to Shanghai with the following highlights during the 14-day tour of China:
A relaxing 4-night Yangtze River Cruise
Get close to the cute Giant Pandas
Be amazed at the Terracotta Warriors
Explore the Great Wall of China
Stroll the Ancient City Walls of Xian
VISA A visa is required to travel to China, which should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and the Wendy Wu visa team will be on hand to help and means a simplified Visa process and no embassy visit is needed. All we need to do is provide Wendy Wu with a full colour copy of our passport and a passport style photograph. They will take care of the rest. What a bonus!
FITNESS To travel on any of our tours requires unaided mobility and the ability to stroll around the sights. ‘Majestic China’ is rated is a low physical level tour. A reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
▪ There will be sightseeing on foot for both short and extended periods of time
▪ On the Great Wall of China in Beijing some of the walking will be at an incline
▪ On the Yangtze River Cruise and the day trips arranged from it you will be required to get on and off the boats without assistance
NB. Although this will be one of our most popular long-haul tours, for the comfort of all our clients, a maximum of 15 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events tour so please book your place as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment!
Interested? For full details of this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime tour, please have a browse through the itinerary below.
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with China specialists, Wendy Wu Tours, who are fully bonded by ABTA, ATOL & IATA.
Flight and arrival times to be confirmed at a later date
ALL MEALS, EXCURSIONS & VISAS ARE INCLUDED
Friday 02 April 2021
Day 1 London Heathrow to Shanghai
Travel to London Heathrow Aiport by Luxury Coach
from our normal 4 pickups:
Gosport – Stokes Bay
Lee on the Solent – seafront shops
Stubbington – Red Lion
Fareham – Peak Lane
Complimentary Refreshments & Travel Treats en route
Relax in the comfort of an Airport Lounge
Fly overnight to Shanghai.
Saturday 03 April
Days 2: Shanghai
On arrival we will be met at the airport by our local guide and National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours for transfer to our hotel in Shanghai. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Sunday 04 April
Day 3: Shanghai
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and visit the fascinating Silk Factory. Sightseeing today involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city including 3-4 hours on foot. In the evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic river cruise. Dine on a delicious Shanghainese meal.
Monday 05 April
Day 4: Shanghai – Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the financial district of Pudong, before transferring to the airport for a 2-hour flight to Wuhan. We will then transfer by coach from Wuhan airport to the docks (6-7 hrs) taking in the local scenery, near the Three Gorges Dam, where we will board our river ship and check in for the next 4 nights.
NB. This Yangtze River cruise section of the itinerary will not be confirmed by the cruise operators until after commencement of our tour, as it is subject to local river conditions and water levels. Our guide will keep us informed of any changes but cannot guarantee against delays or – in rare cases – cancellations of sections of this itinerary. Shore excursions are subject to change depending on local weather conditions. A detailed itinerary will be handed out on the vessel each day.
Tuesday 06 April
Day 5: Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Disembark the ship and drive approx 20 minutes to the viewing area above the ship locks, where we will be able to appreciate the scale of this hydroelectric project. There is also a small museum and a lookout point here. Return to the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the three gorges.
Wednesday 07 April
Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise
Transfer to smaller vessels for a relaxing excursion through the Shennong Stream gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges, but very impressive. Later, as the cruise ship continues upstream, prepare for breathtaking vistas as you pass through Wu and Qutang gorges. Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest covered mountains and sheer cliffs, while Qutang Gorge is the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic of the gorges.
Thursday 08 April
Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise
Today, visit the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, which has the largest image of the Jade Emperor in the world. Disembark from the ship to the dock and take a short bus transfer. Sightseeing here involves climbing some steps. You will be off the ship for around 3 hours. NB. Depending on river conditions, you may visit the Shibaozhai Temple instead of the Jade Emperor Scenic Area near Fengdu
Friday 09 April
Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise – Chengduea near Fengdu
Check out of our cabins this morning and disembark at Chongqing. We take a tour around Ciqikou, a centre of cobbled streets and porcelain wares. We will then transfer to Chengdu (around 5 hours). Enjoy a Sichuanese meal in the evening.
Saturday 10 April
Day 9: Chengdu – Xian
Today you will see China’s most famous resident, the giant panda. Visit the Panda Conservation Centre where you can learn about China’s celebrated bear. See these lovable creatures in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Unfortunately it is not guaranteed that we will see the ‘feeding’ of the younger pandas, as this only happens at the start and end of each day. Later, we board the bullet train to Xian, a fast journey of 3-4 hours. This evening, dine on delicious Shui Jiao dumplings and watch a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Sunday 11 April
Day 10 – Xian
Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located approximately a 1-hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance is a short 15-minute walk. NB. Electric carts, offered by private vendors, can be organised at own cost, but there is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take about 2 and a half hours to explore. Afterwards we visit the Xian Art Ceramics & Lacquer Exhibition Workshop to see smaller models of the warriors being made. Stroll the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town exploring at own pace. There are options to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall. These are offered by private vendors and can be organised at own expense.
Monday 12 April
Day 11: Xian – Beijing
This morning, visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, which involves approximately 1.1/2 hours on foot. Afterwards, browse through the exotic Muslim Quarter, before transferring to the airport for a 2-hr flight to Beijing. On arrival, drive 1 hour to hotel for check-in.
Tuesday 13 April
Day 12: Beijing
Walk through Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City. Sightseeing here will involve approximately 3-4 hours on foot. Later, soak up the harmonious ambiance of the Temple of Heaven, where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance class. Tonight, watch a thrilling Chinese acrobatic show.
Wednesday 14 April
Day 13: Beijing
Rise early this morning to avoid the crowds and drive approx
2 hrs northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass for a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating, not only the great wall itself, but also the dramatic scenery. Our visit involves walking from the bus to the first section where we will be given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history. We will then have free time to explore at our own pace. Later, we visit a Jade Factory before strolling through the Summer Palace.
This evening, we dine on Peking duck, a favourite of the Chinese emperors.
Thursday 15 April
Day 14: Beijing
Any time before your flight is at leisure. We will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight.
Friday 16 April
Day 15 – We will arrive back in the UK today and travel back to our home area by our Luxury Coach.
Exact times & flights will be confirmed nearer the time and also in your final Travel Pack, to be posted/hand delivered to you approximately 10/12 days before departure.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS WONDERFUL TOUR, please contact us as soon as possible by completing the online booking form below or telephoning Lin with your deposit of just £350pp Tel: 02392 501803 | 07977 065885