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Wonders of China including
Hong Kong

  • Route:
  • London
  • Shanghai
  • Yangtze River
  • Chengdu
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • London
3 NIGHTS from £516pp

Tour Highlights

  • Half Day City Tour of Hong Kong
  • Free time to explore at your pace
  • 4-night Yangtze River Cruise
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors
  • and more...
Extension from £516pp
Tour + Extension from £2585pp
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Add a 3 night stay in Hong Kong

Towering skyscrapers form the backdrop to Hong Kong's busy harbour whilst the street markets that fill the teeming alleys remain untouched by western influences. Explore Hong Kong and Kowloon at your own pace during this extension which includes a half day city tour.

This add-on to Hong Kong is not fully escorted. Whilst you will be accompanied by an English speaking guide on your half day city tour on day 2, the rest of your time in Hong Kong is at your own leisure giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the varied culture that this city has to offer.

Day 1: UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Shanghai International Airport.

    Day 2: Shanghai

    On arrival in Shanghai you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel before going out for dinner. Time permitting, after dinner you will experience your first taste of the city with a visit to the magnificent Bund, then a walk along Nanjing Road, the main shopping area in Shanghai.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Shanghai

    Following breakfast, you will embark on a full day tour of the city, taking in the delights of the famous classical Yuyuan Garden, the French Concession and Tianzifang, the arts and crafts enclave in the French neighbourhood. After lunch you can saunter around Xintiandi - 'The City's Living Room', a multifunctional entertainment district with unique 1920's style stone gate buildings known as 'shikumen'.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Shanghai to Yangtze River

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Wuhan, where you will continue to Yichang to board your ship for the four-night Yangtze River Cruise which will tour the Three Gorges Dam and breath-taking scenery along the way as you cruise upstream.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Yangtze River

    The cruise will set sail to reach your first shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam itself and the Five Stage Ship Lock - a giant ship elevator capable of lifting a 14,000 ton passenger liner! In the afternoon you'll sail past the Xiling Gorge the largest and most famous of the Three Gorges.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Yangtze River

    Following breakfast you will take a tour of the Shennong Stream, a zigzagging watercourse where local inhabitants line the shore. You will then sail to Wu Gorge, the prettiest of the Three Gorges followed by Qu Tang Gorge, the shortest. In the afternoon there is the option to take a tour of the White Emperor City, an ancient temple perched at the top of an island in the middle of the river.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Yangtze River

    On the final day of the cruise the ship will sail to the Fengdu Ghost City, thought to have been the place where souls must go to pass three tests to enter the afterlife.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Yangtze River to Chengdu

    Disembarking the ship at Chongqing you will travel to the capital of the Sichuan Province, Chengdu. Your guide will show you around the People's Park, where locals relax, mingle and exercise, then enjoy a stroll through the ancient streets of the Wide and Narrow Alleys which have been renovated to their former architectural glory.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Chengdu

    Today takes you to Leshan, famous for its magnificent riverside cliff-carving of a giant Buddha which is the largest stone-carved Buddhist statue in the world, viewed from a boat on the river. Continue in the afternoon to the old town of Huanglongxi, a 1700 year old settlement restored to retain its old-world charm. In the evening enjoy a delicious Sichuan meal.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Chengdu to Xian

    Perhaps a highlight of the tour, today takes you to experience a once in a lifetime trip to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, home to one of China's largest habitat of pandas. Strolling around a variety of enclosures, you can even pay an extra fee to be photographed next to one of these beautiful animals. The afternoon will be at leisure for you to relax before dinner. Have your photo taken with the Pandas at the Chengdu Breeding Centre - CNY3000 cash - please note you must advise the guide on arrival into Shanghai if you wish to take this optional excursion. In the afternoon board the bullet train to Xian.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Xi'an

    Known to many as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', a visit to the spectacular Terracotta Warriors is an unforgettable experience. Taking nearly four decades to complete and over 700,000 workers, this incredible tomb was built to protect China's first emperor in his afterlife. Continue to the Muslim Quarter- a labyrinth of market stalls and shops, then in the evening travel back in time whilst you watch the colourful Tang Dynasty dancing show.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 12: Xi'an to Beijing

    A morning tour of Xi'an incorporates a visit to the historic City Wall, then the Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 to hold sacred Buddhist figurines. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing where you will arrive in the early evening and spend the night at your hotel.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 13: Beijing

    Begin your day with a visit to the unique Temple of Heaven, China's largest existing masterpiece of ancient sacrificial buildings. The afternoon is left at leisure to relax and explore the city in your own time.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 14: Beijing

    Following a stroll around the impressive Summer Palace, China's largest & best-preserved royal park, the tour will continue to the iconic Great Wall. Winding across deserts, grasslands & mountains & stretching over 5,500 miles, it was constructed over 2,000 years ago to guard the Chinese Empire against the Mongol invaders from the North. We've included a cable car trip to a viewing point to avoid the arduous steps. In the evening enjoy a mesmerising Chinese acrobatics performance.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 15: Beijing

    Following breakfast on your last full day you will visit one of China's most important political landmarks, Tiananmen Square. It is the world's largest city centre square & gateway to the Forbidden City, which houses the wond

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Hong Kong - Extension Starts

    Day 16: Beijing to Hong Kong

    Depart Beijing in the morning and fly to Hong Kong via Shanghai. You will find your shared coach transfer at counter B04 in Arrival Hall B at Hong Kong Airport, operated by Airport Shuttle and will be transferred to the 4* Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel.

    • Breakfast

    Day 17 - 18: Hong Kong

    After breakfast you will be picked up at 09:00am to embark on a half day tour of the city with an English speaking guide, where you can visit some of the city's most famous sights. The afternoon is then left to you to spend at your leisure and explore the gems that Hong Kong has to offer.

    • Breakfast

    Day 19: Hong Kong to UK

    You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning for your return flight back to London Heathrow via Shanghai. Whilst breakfast at the hotel is not provided, a light snack will be included on your flight.

      Important Information


      A visa is required for entry into China. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 & quote "Mercury Holidays". The cost of the visa is approximately £186.00, when calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of the most up to date fees. The visas take around 10 working days to issue & are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. We therefore recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time.


      We strongly recommend that you & all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange this please call 0800 781 4237, quoting 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number & their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      All flights are operated by China Eastern Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & 5kg hand luggage ot exceeding 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm in size. A return Business Class upgrade for international legs of the tour is available from £899pp, please speak to our reservations department for further details.

      Bullet Train Information
      The bullet train leaves Xi'an at 13:10 & arrives in Beijing between 17:50 - 18:00. Please be advised that due to limited space your luggage will be transferred separately to Beijing on Day 11, therefore please keep your toiletries & a change of clothes in a hang luggage bag.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health & vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health, hygiene facilities & disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible & in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Physical Accessibility

      This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness & mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on/off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

      Group Size

      There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

      Tour Guide

      This add-on to Hong Kong is not escorted. Whilst you will be accompanied by an English speaking guide on your half day city tour, the rest of your time in Hong Kong will be left to you to do as you please.

      Currency Information

      The currency in China is the Renminbi, known as RMB or CNY. It is often referred to as the Yuan. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in China should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however ATM's are available throughout Hong Kong.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. There are some optional tours available to purchase locally and these generally need to be paid in cash. Therefore please allow an additional £100 if you wish to book these.
      Enhance your tour experience with our excellent range of optional excursions, to be booked locally in CNY. Prices are per person; please speak to your local guide. All optional excursions are subject to availability.

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
      Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Hotel
      05 Jul 201823 Jul 2018£479pp£2459pp£2938pp
      09 Aug 201827 Aug 2018£489pp£2539pp£3028pp
      30 Aug 201817 Sep 2018£529pp£2459pp£2988pp
      06 Sep 201824 Sep 2018£549pp£2559pp£3108pp
      13 Sep 201801 Oct 2018£529pp£2599pp£3128pp
      20 Sep 201808 Oct 2018£549pp£2529pp£3078pp
      27 Sep 201815 Oct 2018£559pp£2429pp£2988pp
      04 Oct 201822 Oct 2018£529pp£2279pp£2808pp
      11 Oct 201829 Oct 2018£529pp£2279pp£2808pp
      18 Oct 201805 Nov 2018£529pp£2159pp£2688pp
      25 Oct 201812 Nov 2018£529pp£2159pp£2688pp
      08 Nov 201826 Nov 2018£469pp£2029pp£2498pp
      15 Nov 201803 Dec 2018£469pp£2049pp£2518pp
      22 Nov 201810 Dec 2018£469pp£2049pp£2518pp
      29 Nov 201817 Dec 2018£449pp£1799pp£2248pp
      24 Jan 201911 Feb 2019£499pp£1939pp£2438pp
      07 Feb 201925 Feb 2019£499pp£1979pp£2478pp
      28 Feb 201918 Mar 2019£549pp£1999pp£2548pp
      07 Mar 201925 Mar 2019£549pp£2149pp£2698pp
      14 Mar 201901 Apr 2019£549pp£2169pp£2718pp
      28 Mar 201915 Apr 2019£549pp£2179pp£2728pp
      04 Apr 201922 Apr 2019£549pp£2189pp£2738pp
      25 Apr 201913 May 2019£499pp£2269pp£2768pp
      02 May 201920 May 2019£499pp£2269pp£2768pp
      09 May 201927 May 2019£499pp£2249pp£2748pp
      16 May 201903 Jun 2019£499pp£2259pp£2758pp
      23 May 201910 Jun 2019£499pp£2299pp£2798pp
      30 May 201917 Jun 2019£499pp£2179pp£2678pp
      06 Jun 201924 Jun 2019£499pp£2299pp£2798pp
      20 Jun 201908 Jul 2019£499pp£2329pp£2828pp
      04 Jul 201922 Jul 2019£499pp£2499pp£2998pp
      08 Aug 201926 Aug 2019£499pp£2579pp£3078pp
      29 Aug 201916 Sep 2019£549pp£2499pp£3048pp
      05 Sep 201923 Sep 2019£549pp£2599pp£3148pp
      12 Sep 201930 Sep 2019£549pp£2639pp£3188pp
      19 Sep 201907 Oct 2019£549pp£2579pp£3128pp
      26 Sep 201914 Oct 2019£579pp£2479pp£3058pp
      03 Oct 201921 Oct 2019£579pp£2279pp£2858pp
      10 Oct 201928 Oct 2019£579pp£2229pp£2808pp
      17 Oct 201904 Nov 2019£549pp£2179pp£2728pp
      24 Oct 201911 Nov 2019£549pp£2179pp£2728pp
      31 Oct 201918 Nov 2019£549pp£2129pp£2678pp
      07 Nov 201925 Nov 2019£499pp£2099pp£2598pp
      14 Nov 201902 Dec 2019£499pp£2049pp£2548pp
      28 Nov 201916 Dec 2019£499pp£1799pp£2298pp

      Travelling Alone?

      We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however, a single supplement must be paid for the add-on part of the tour.

      2017 departures:

      Please note that in 2017 the Hong Kong Extension will be 2 nights long

      Fact File

      • Currency: Yuan
      • Average Flying time: 11 hours
      • Minimum temperature: -4°C
      • Maximum temperature: 29°C
      • Spoken Language(s): Mandarin, English

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