Flavours of China

Combine regional cuisines with incredible sights – see the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors and meet the Giant Pandas in Chengdu, tasting and learning to cook as you go.

Places Visited

Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Chengdu (1N) - Shanghai (3N)

Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Make your own way to your Beijing hotel. This evening you will sample the delicious local delicacy, Peking Duck. (D)
Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Days 2-3: Beijing
Walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum before entering the treasure-filled Forbidden City. Visit the Hutongs and enjoy a rickshaw ride to meet a local family for lunch in their home. This evening walk along Wangfujing Street where you can sample local delicacies. (B,L,D) Tomorrow visit the Great Wall, a jade factory and explore Maliandao Tea Street for teatasting. (B,L)
Days 2-3: Beijing
Day 4: Beijing to Xian
Fly to Xian. Visit the Muslim Quarter to see the spices and trinkets. Take part in a dumpling cooking class before enjoying a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a performance of music and dance dating back to the Tang Dynasty. (B,D)
Day 4: Beijing to Xian
Day 5: Xian
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition. (B,L)
Day 5: Xian
Day 6: Xian to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu and participate in a Sichuan cooking class. Sichuan cuisine is renowned for the use of Sichuan peppers and bold, spicy flavours. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Xian to Chengdu
Day 7: Chengdu to Shanghai
Visit the Panda Conservation Centre. Enjoy sumptuous Sichuan cuisine for lunch. Later, fly to Shanghai. (B,L)
Day 7: Chengdu to Shanghai
Day 8: Shanghai
Enjoy a dim sum cooking class. Later, tour the Old Town, the Yu Gardens and the Bund. This evening you will feast on a Shanghai banquet dinner. (B,D)
Day 8: Shanghai
Day 9: Shanghai – Zhujiajiao
Drive to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water village famous for its canals, ancient pavilions and overhead bridges. Visit Fangsheng Bridge, an ancient stone bridge built in 1571. You will also explore Kezhi Garden, Daqing Youju, a post office from the Qing Dynasty, and Yuanjin Chanyuan, a temple constructed in 1341. Return to Shanghai later this afternoon. (B,L)
Day 9: Shanghai – Zhujiajiao
Day 10: Depart Shanghai
Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (B)

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Visa fees are not included in your tour cost and it is your responsibility to arrange all necessary visas. Wendy Wu Tours can organise your visas at an additional cost, please contact our Reservation Department for more details.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.

Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.

Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.

The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.

Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot.

If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.

Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.

It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to your Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.