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In Pursuit of Pandas tour

In Pursuit of Pandas

Wendy Wu Tours
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 2,990 $ 332 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China
  • Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
  • Survey Xian from its ancient city ramparts
  • Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
  • Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
  • Gaze awestruck at magnificent Grand Buddha of Leshan
  • Wander colourful Jinli Street and sample a smorgasbord of street snacks
  • Escape the bustle of Beijing for the tranquility of the Summer Palace

Short Description

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the nation's most important center for economy, education and international trade. With its unequaled wealth of history, Beijing served as the center for the many different empires and cultures that ruled China and has been the heart of politics and society throughout its long history. we visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven, one of the more perfect examples of Ming architecture, set among a 660 acre park with four gates set at each point of a compass. It is often quoted in Beijing that you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 4,000 miles long.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Chengdu
End City Chengdu

Trip Includes

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 internal flights within China
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Group airport transfers & ground transportation
  • National Escort & Local Insider Guides
  • Visa fees for US & Canada passport holders
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees

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Itinerary

Days 1 - 2: Fly to Beijing

Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar

Depart on your overnight flight from the US to China. Upon arrival in Beijing, we are welcomed by our Wendy Wu representative and transferred to our hotel.

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the nation's most important center for economy, education and international trade. With its unequaled wealth of history, Beijing served as the center for the many different empires and cultures that ruled China and has been the heart of politics and society throughout its long history. The ancient monuments and the stories of days gone by make this dynamic and modern city a destination not to be missed.

Day 3: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar

This morning we will walk through the expanse of Tiananmen Square, where we will pass Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. Built on Mao Zedong's orders, Tiananmen Square is said to hold a capacity crowd of over one million.

Next we will walk through the outer gates of the Imperial Forbidden City, the sacred center of the Chinese empire for 500 years and home to both the Ming and Qing dynasties. We walk through this royal complex from the south gate at Tiananmen, named Gate of Heavenly Peace, through to the north gate at Shenwumen, named Gate of Divine Might. We can explore the outer courts, the courtyards and the private residences within the Forbidden City.

From here we visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven, one of the more perfect examples of Ming architecture, set among a 660 acre park with four gates set at each point of a compass. Walking through the park we will see the many groups of local people that gather here every day to sing folk songs, practice tai chi and sword dancing, play chess or just come to sit and chat.

Our dinner this evening will include a sample of the most renowned local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Day 4: Beijing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Jiangxi Grand Hotel or Similar

It is often quoted in Beijing that you have not been to China until you have climbed the Great Wall. Stretching from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west, it is more than 4,000 miles long. Walk along the wall, admire the panoramic views and reflect on the immensity of the material and labor required for its construction.

After lunch, we will visit the Jade Factory and Showroom. From here we visit the Summer Palace, a retreat for emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the most notorious of which is Empress Dowager Cixi. Popularly known as the dragon lady, the empress spent money reserved to commission a modern navy on embellishment of the royal garden. However, she did restore the large marble boat that sits at the edge of the beautiful Kunming Lake, which occupies three quarters of the park's expanse.

Our evening entertainment is a fascinating Chinese acrobatic performance, where we will see

Day 5: Beijing to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Golden Flower Hotel or Similar

This morning we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Xian.

Xian, which means Western Peace, is located on the banks of the Yellow River and has a history dating back to 1000BC. It once rivaled great cities such as Constantinople and Rome in size, culture and development and was also the starting point for the famous trade route, the Silk Road, a caravan passageway which carried not only silks, ceramics and spices but also led to an exchange of cultures, technologies and ideas. Buddhism brought from India during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) was perhaps one of the most influential of the religions to travel along this famed road into Xian.

Upon arrival in Xian, we will transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we will visit the Ancient City Wall, a 500-year-old barricade built to protect the city. Standing the test of time, it is one of the only walls in China to remain intact.

In the evening we enjoy a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty while feasting on a sumptuous Shui Jiao dumpling dinner, a specialty of the region.

Day 6: Xian to Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel or Similar

We start our day with a visit to the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed Terracotta Warriors and Horses. One of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, this unearthed terracotta army is comprised of over 7,000 soldiers, horses and chariots. The army was built in life-sized form by thousands of workers and designed by the self-proclaimed Emperor Qin Shi Huang to defend himself in his afterlife. The word China derived from his name and he is acclaimed by Chinese historians to have unified the rival lands of China into a single empire after defeating his enemy states and standardizing the systems of currency, writing and measurement.

This afternoon we stop at the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition where replicas of the warriors are made before transferring to the airport for our flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival in Chengdu, we will transfer to our hotel.

Chengdu is the capital of one of the most affluent rural areas in China and has developed into a large and modern city, yet within its crooked backstreets we will find all the charms of old China. Wander among the traditional wooden houses and bustling street markets, through the aroma of Sichuan spices and the chatter of old men walking with their caged birds.

Day 7: Chengdu – Leshan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel or Similar

Enjoy a day trip to one of the most spectacular and memorable sights of Sichuan, the Grand Buddha of Leshan. We drive past the town of Leshan where we reach the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers and the site of the tallest Buddha statue in the world sitting on the mountainside.

Local history tells us that the river here was once treacherous with a whirlpool that overturned so many boats and drowned so many fishermen that they suspected a demon lurked under the water where the rivers met. The locals carved an enormous statue of Buddha at this point on the river to pray to him to placate the whirlpool below. Whether it was due to Buddha's pleasure or the fact that the locals threw tons of rock into the riverbed as they carved away at the mountain, the river is now calm allowing us to take a ferry ride to view this remarkable site.

Upon our return to Chengdu we will visit the ancient town of Huanglongxi. We will have some time to explore the town's ancient alleyways which date back 1,700 years to the Qing Dynasty and have been restored with modern touches, yet still retain their rustic charm. Among the attractions of the small town include the Zhenjiang, Chaoyin and Gulong temples. Later this afternoon we return to our hotel in Chengdu.

This evening enjoy delicious Sichuan cuisine.

Day 8: Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel or Similar

Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Including a protected wilderness and breeding area, the base also has a museum and research facility which was opened to the public in 1995. The giant panda has become one of the most adored animals in China and noted as the cute and memorable mascot for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). We explore the grounds with a chance to see some of the animals up close and learn more about this region's endangered species.

This afternoon explore the ancient Jinli Street. It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC), Jinli Street was a famous place to buy baldachin, a rich and ornate cloth. It was also one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263BC). Strolling down the narrow street, we will find ourselves surrounded by old-world stores selling Shu Embroidery, lacquer products, folk handicrafts, curios and calligraphies. Towards the end of Jinli Street, we may be tempted by the aroma of the delicious local snacks.

Day 9: Depart Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast

Today our group tour arrangements end. Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the USA.

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Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

6 Breakfast, 6 Lunch and 6 Dinners

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