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Wendy Wu Dreams of Nature

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Embark on an epic journey that encompasses some of China’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and most incredible natural landscapes. Gaze over the mythical Zhangjiajie, and cruise along tranquil rivers.

Amongst the incredible scenery you’ll meet the people who call it home, from simple farmers tending their crops to the minority hilltribe communities who will invite you into their village, and stumble on ancient traditions in the most unlikely of places.

  • Explore the fascinating rice terraces
  • Relax with a cruise on the Yangtze River
  • Walk in the spectacular Three Natural Bridges National Park
  • View Zhangjiajie’s pinnacles
  • Find peace in Buddhist Emeishan
  • Come face to face with the Giant Pandas

Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Guilin

Fly overnight to Guilin. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3: Li River Cruise 

Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, the magnificence of the limestone karsts and serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. Later in the afternoon take a walk around the countryside during which you’ll visit a local farm.

Day 4: Yangshuo

Start the day with a session of Tai Chi, followed by an option to go bamboo rafting down the Yulong River

Day 5: Reed Flute Caves

This morning is at leisure. You may have the option to join a bamboo rafting trip along the Yulong River. In the afternoon transfer back to Guilin, where you’ll visit the colourful formations of the Reed Flute Cave.

Day 6: Longji Rice Terraces

Travel to the iconic Longji Rice Terraces and head out for a 3-4 hour walk through the traditional landscapes. There are several viewpoints boasting picture-postcard views of the extensive rice terraces that cover the hillside in intricate patterns. Drive back to Guilin, with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7: Travel to Zhangjiajie

Catch the bullet train to Changsha, then enjoy the breathtaking drive to Zhangjiajie.

Days 8-9: Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie’s striking beauty is unforgettable. Ravines and gorges, streams and waterfalls and a plethora of endangered plants and animal species complete this idyllic scene. During your time here you will enjoy some beautiful walks, as well as taking a cruise on Lake Baofeng and visiting Huanglong Cave. You’ll also be able to trek to Jinbian Stream and explore the Ten-Mile Natural Gallery

 

Day 10: Yichang

Catch the train to Yichang, and board the cruise ship.

Days 11-13: Yangtze River Cruise

Over the next three days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another, and enjoy a chance to take some respite on board the ship.

Day 14: Heishan Valley

Disembark your cruise vessel in Chongqing and begin travelling to Wulong. En route, stop at Heishan Valley to enjoy spectacular views

Day 15: Three Bridges National Park & Longshuixia 

Visit Three Bridges National Park, home to three natural karst bridges. Continue on to Longshuixia Fissure, a narrow fault line, carved out by the river

Day 16: Wulong National Park

Explore the UNESCO listed Wulong National Park, filled with stunning natural scenery. Later, return to Chongqing

Day 17: Chongqing

Visit the charming town of Ciqikou, and admire its traditional architecture.

Day 18: Leshan Grand Buddha

Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha. The 71-metre Buddha, the world’s largest and UNESCO World Heritage-listed, is carved into a hillside overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min Rivers. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddha’s presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. Later, continue on to Emeishan

Day 19: Mount Emei

Mount Emei is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built here, on its peak, in the 1st century. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and inconspicuous old temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and its setting. Spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring.

Day 20: Pingle Ancient Town

Drive to Pingle Ancient Town. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on Jinjigu Suspended Rope Bridge. Drive back to Chengdu.

Day 21: Chengdu

Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre where you can get up close to China’s celebrated bears, as they chomp through piles of bamboo, in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. In the evening, enjoy delicious Sichuan cuisine for dinner and an optional show

Day 22: Fly Chengdu to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.

– Return international flights
– All Accommodation
– All meals: 20 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 16 dinners
– All transportation & transfers
– All sightseeing & entrance fees
– English speaking National Escort & local guides
– Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.

Go Beyond

Venture off the beaten track to explore fascinating destinations away from the tourist trail. You will discover the local culture in depth and see sights rarely witnessed by other travellers. These tours take you away from the comforts of home but will reward you with the experience of a lifetime.

Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by both a National Escort and local guides. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.

 

This tour has a physical rating of 4. A good level of fitness is required as you can expect to be walking, or taking part in a physical activity like cycling, for longer periods of time on several days throughout the tour, and may be required to tackle some more challenging terrain.

If you want to explore more of China or simply want more time in your destination, then you can add an extension or stop over.*

Choose from the following Extensions and Stopovers
Macao Special (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong Glimpses (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong in Focus (Hong Kong)
Macau (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong and Macau (Hong Kong)
Kunming & Lijiang (Kunming)
Nine Villages Valley (Chengdu)
Zhangjiajie (Zhangjiajie)
Chongqing, Dazu and Wulong (Chongqing)
Guilin and Yangshou (Guilin)
Mount Huang (Shanghai)
Lhasa (Lhasa)
Chengdu (Chengdu)
Beijing and Xi’an (Beijing)
Suzhou and Hangzhou (Shanghai)
Shanghai (Shanghai)
Guilin (Guilin)

*Available extensions and stopovers depend on your chosen airline

Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

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