Group of Pandas | Chengdu | China
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Great Wall & Giant Pandas - 10 days map

Experience the mystique of China's cultural gems on this 10-day adventure. In Beijing, explore the historic Tiananmen Square and wander through the magnificent Forbidden City. Venture to the enchanting Great Wall for a unique hiking experience. In Luoyang, discover the celestial art of Longmen Caves. Travel to Xi'an by high-speed train and visit the Terracotta Army. Explore Chengdu's charming streets and culinary delights, including hotpot and a get up close and personal with China's famous furry mascots at the Panda Research Center.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Beijing - Visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, explore the Hutong area of Beijing, enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic Show and taste the famous peking duck
Xi'an - Experience the UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Terracotta Warrior Factory, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride and savour a dumpling-making experience
Chengdu - Come face to face with adorable pandas at the cutting-edge Chengdu Panda Research Center
Huanghuacheng Great Wall - A section of the Great Wall of China, unique for its partially submerged and picturesque portion of the wall
Luoyang - Take a high-speed train to Luoyang, and enjoy a visit to the Longmen Caves, food hunt in Old City Shizi Street and watch Kung Fu at a Shaolin Monastery
Leshan - Admire the towering Great Buddha, carved into the cliff face and overlooking the rushing rivers of Min, Qingyi and Dadu

Included

Daily breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners, inclusive of traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing, dumpling-making experience in Xi'an & Hotpot dinner in Chengdu
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Touring of Beijing, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Luoyang, Xi'an & Chengdu
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
Shadow puppetry show
9 nights 4 star hotels
2 Highspeed train tickets, from Beijing to Luoyang & Xi'an to Chengdu (2nd class)
Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Visit to Shaolin Monastery

Not Included

International flights and visa
Departure airport transfer
Tipping Kitty: USD$55-75pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: USD$130-150pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Beijing!

Saturday. Huang ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

The day is yours to explore Beijing, the captivating capital of China, renowned for its blend of history, contemporary skyscrapers, and iconic cultural sites such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby to kick off your exciting journey.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

The Forbidden City

After breakfast, our first stop today will be the iconic Tiananmen Square, where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. While we won't enter the tomb, we will get to view the exterior.

Following this, we'll enter the Forbidden City, a magnificent palace complex which served as the seat of power for Chinese emperors over five centuries. With over 800 buildings and 9,000 chambers, this is one of China's best preserved historical treasures.

In the afternoon, delve into Beijing's hutongs, a maze-like network of ancient alleyways that form the city's historical core. Wander through these charming lanes, where generations of families have lived, and discover traditional courtyards and compact houses. Afterward, you'll take a leisurely stroll along Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, a renowned shopping avenue at the heart of the city.

In the evening, enjoy a Beijing dining experience by savouring a Peking roast duck dinner, typically enjoyed wrapped in thin pancakes, with spring onions and hoisin sauce!
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall of China

Today, prepare for an exciting journey to the iconic Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Wall stands as an enduring symbol of Chinese civilization and ingenuity. Initially constructed for defensive purposes, it snakes an impressive 6,700 kilometers across diverse terrains and towering mountains.

We'll be visiting the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, known as the "Yellow Flower Great Wall." Its name originates from the vibrant yellow wildflowers that bloom along the wall during specific seasons. What sets Huanghuacheng apart is that a portion of the wall is partially submerged underwater. We'll embark on a scenic hike along the wall, offering breathtaking views and a deeper understanding of the structure's historical significance.

This evening promises an enchanting spectacle as we attend a Chinese acrobatic performance. These skilled artists will leave you spellbound with their gravity-defying feats.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Welcome to Luoyang

Beijing - Luoyang. After breakfast this morning, we'll head to the railway station for a comfortable 2nd class high-speed train journey to Luoyang, which will take approximately 4-4.5 hours. Luoyang is one of the four ancient Chinese capitals, renowned for its magnificent peony blooms and the celestial Longmen Caves.

After meeting our local guide and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, prepare to be captivated by the Longmen Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These remarkable caves are perched densely along the cliffs lining the Yi River, and they house the world's most extensive collection of celestial art treasures, boasting the largest array of statues to be found anywhere on Earth. This enduring art form, etched into the stone, has not only withstood the test of time but has also borne witness to the reign of over 10 dynasties spanning more than 1,400 years.

In the evening, we'll take a stroll through Old City Shizi Steet, a renowned food street in old city Luoyang. Here, you'll have the chance to follow tantalizing aromas and sample a wide variety of local flavors.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Xiyuan Park & Shaolin Monastery

Today will begin with a visit to the vibrant Xiyuan Park. Here, residents gather to dance and sing, infusing the park with a lively burst of morning energy. It's an excellent opportunity to observe and perhaps even join in the joyful morning activities that reflect the spirit of the community.

Afterwards, brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as we head to the legendary Shaolin Monastery, renowned as the reputed birthplace of Chinese martial arts. This sacred temple is not only a spiritual haven but also the epicenter of Kung Fu mastery. Witness a mesmerizing performance that promises to entertain and awe. The skills and discipline of these martial artists are sure to leave a lasting impression.

As the day comes to an end, we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, allowing you to indulge in the flavors of Luoyang cuisine.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

The Train to Xi'an

Luoyang - Xi'an. Rise and shine, today we'll catch an early morning train bound for Xi'an. Enjoy a swift yet scenic journey as we head toward this ancient city. Upon arriving in Xi'an, we'll start our day with a bike ride along the Xi'an City Wall. This remarkable structure stands as one of the oldest and best-preserved among the few remaining Chinese city walls.

Afterwards, get ready for the sensory delights of Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, a bustling neighborhood in the heart of the city. Here, the air is thick with the mouthwatering aromas of sizzling lamb skewers and fragrant spices emanating from the food stalls that line the narrow alleys. Engage with the warm and welcoming locals, witness their skilled craftsmanship in action, and let the diverse flavors tantalize your taste buds.

Not far from the Muslim Quarter, discover the majestic courtyard of the Gao Family. Within these hallowed walls, a unique spectacle awaits—a 15-minute shadow puppetry show, an art form believed to originate from this province. These performances breathe life into simple yet vibrant leather or paper figures, spinning enchanting narratives that have captivated audiences for generations.

Then, pay your respects at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a serene contrast to the bustling Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Within this peaceful Buddhist complex, you'll discover intriguing exhibits in the Xi'an Museum.

Tonight, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making dumplings, a local delicacy that is also a true form of culinary art. Enjoy the delicious dumplings you've created, accompanied by a cup of rice wine.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Terracotta Warriors

Xi'an - Chengdu. Our day begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army and Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This remarkable collection of terracotta sculptures depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. These life-sized figures were meticulously modeled after actual soldiers of the Qin Army, displaying incredible attention to detail. The army consists of an astounding 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots, and 600 horses, and each figure is unique. The purpose of this vast army was to guard the remains of Emperor Qin Shihuang, entombed within a massive mausoleum complex.

Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit a Terracotta Warrior Factory. Here, you can delve deeper into the intricate production process, which remains unchanged since the time of the Qin Dynasty. Gain insights into the techniques behind these captivating artworks, adding a layer of appreciation to these ancient treasures.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we'll hop on a second-class high-speed train bound for Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This dynamic city is famous for being the home of China's beloved pandas and a hotspot for spicy cuisine. Chengdu showcases China's relaxed and easygoing way of life, promising an enjoyable experience over the next few days.
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Meet the Pandas

Today's the day you'll get to meet China's famous fuzzy mascots - the panda! After breakfast, we'll take a short drive out of town to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

China's giant pandas are considered the most endangered mammals on the planet, with less than 1500 remaining in the wild. Of this number, 80% of them are located in Sichuan Province. This center is dedicated to breeding, research, and education. The facility covers over 92 acres, providing ample space for giant pandas and other rare and endangered animals. While here, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Panda nursery to get close to the center's infant population!

After the panda visit, explore the Wenshu Monastery, built during the Qing Dynasty under the guidance of Zen Master Ci Du Hai Yue in 1697. Make sure to visit the teahouse located inside the temple grounds, where you can enjoy a fine cup of green tea and some of the best vegetarian food in the city. Afterwards, we'll head to Jinli Street, an ancient pedestrian street in the old city, filled with food stalls and vendors of every description. We'll also visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple, a peaceful temple set amongst expansive gardens.

In the evening, enjoy an unmissable Chengdu experience – a hotpot dinner! Chengdu is renowned for its hotpot, which offers a unique combination of spiciness and numbing flavors.
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

The Great Buddha of Leshan

This morning, we'll embark on a trip to the Great Buddha of Leshan, which is close to Chengdu. Marvel at the iconic colossal Buddha statue, and don't forget to join the queue for a brief boat ride on the Minjiang River to capture a panoramic view of the Giant Buddha in all its glory. The statue is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill and overlooks the treacherous confluence of the Min, Qingyi, and Dadu rivers below it. The dimensions of the Buddha are immense, with 8 meter feet, 7 meter drooping ears, a 28 meter span of shoulders, and a 5.6 meter nose.

Afterwards, we'll enjoy lunch, and if time permits, make a stop at the ancient town of Huanglongxi on our way back to Chengdu. Huanglongxi offers a glimpse into the past with its quaint streets, traditional architecture, cobbled pathways, age-old temples, and bustling market stalls.

Tonight, enjoy the evening at leisure. You can relax, explore the city further, try local foods or even consider attending a Sichuan Opera performance at the Shufengyayun Theater!
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Goodbye

Monday. Today marks the conclusion of your remarkable China adventure, full of cultural wonders and tasty delicacies. After breakfast and 12pm hotel check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 4 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
25 May - 03 Jun 20% off G
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
08 Jun - 17 Jun 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
06 Jul - 15 Jul 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
20 Jul - 29 Jul 20% off G
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
03 Aug - 12 Aug 20% off G
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
17 Aug - 26 Aug 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
07 Sep - 16 Sep 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
21 Sep - 30 Sep 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860
05 Oct - 14 Oct 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
12 Oct - 21 Oct 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
19 Oct - 28 Oct 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
26 Oct - 04 Nov 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
02 Nov - 11 Nov 20% off
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
09 Nov - 18 Nov 20% off G
USD $2,765
USD $2,212
USD $3,415
USD $2,732
21 Dec - 30 Dec 20% off
USD $2,635
USD $2,108
USD $3,185
USD $2,548
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
08 Mar - 17 Mar 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860
22 Mar - 31 Mar 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860
29 Mar - 07 Apr 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860
12 Apr - 21 Apr 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860
19 Apr - 28 Apr 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860
26 Apr - 05 May 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860
03 May - 12 May 20% off
USD $2,735
USD $2,188
USD $3,575
USD $2,860

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing (From price)
USD $65
USD $125
Post-Tour Accommodation - Chengdu (From price)
USD $65
USD $125
Full Day Shanghai City Tour
USD $185
N/A
Full Day Suzhou Tour
USD $255
N/A
Full Day Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour
USD $215
N/A

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, nestled in Beijing's Cultural Tourism District, offers a rich cultural experience with its proximity to historical attractions. Comprising of three distinct buildings from 1918, 1953, and 1985, this Republic of China-themed hotel seamlessly blends nostalgia with classic charm. Guests can savor traditional Shandong cuisine at the 'Flavor 1918 restaurant'.

New Friendship Hotel, Luoyang

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The New Friendship is a modern hotel with a beautiful garden of bridges, brooks and peonies. The practical rooms are cosy and comfortable with modern amenities including internet access. The hotel is on Xiyuan Road, a few blocks from Wancheng Park and the museum. It is 15km from the airport and 7km from the railway station.

Xi'an Minsheng International Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Wangyuan Minsheng International Hotel in Xi'an offers a comfortable stay with amenities like relaxing rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also provides a 24-hour front desk, concierge service, and express check-in and check-out for guest convenience. With its proximity to landmarks such as Daming Palace Site Park and Xi'an Mosque, along with popular attractions like the Muslim Quarter and the Xi'an Bell Tower, guests can easily explore the city's rich history and vibrant culture. Additionally, an on-site restaurant allows for convenient dining, making it a convenient choice for travelers looking to enjoy their stay in Xi'an.

Dorsett Chengdu, Chengdu

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Dorsett Chengdu offers 556 spacious guest rooms and suites, blending modern amenities with warm hospitality. For leisure, there's a 24-hour gym and a games room with chess. The rooms feature contemporary decor with subtle Asian touches, bay windows for city views and natural light, and plush bedding. The hotel's amenities include an executive lounge, a well-equipped ballroom, and various function rooms, Dining options include Fuyuexuan Chinese Restaurant, offering Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines, and Yue Rong Cafe, serving international dishes to suit every palate.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Chengdu
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No - bookable for a supplement
Click to play videoTaihemen gate of the Supreme Harmony Imperial Palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing
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The riverside view of Chengdu city with Anshun bridge beautifully illuminated
The riverside view of Chengdu city with Anshun bridge beautifully illuminated
The riverside view of Chengdu city with Anshun bridge beautifully illuminated
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