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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 £551pp

Tour Highlights
  • Half Day City Tour of Hong Kong
  • Free time to explore at your pace
  • City tours of Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing
  • 4-night Yangtze River Cruise
  • See the Giant Pandas of Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors
  • See the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

Extension from £551pp

Tour + Extension from £2838pp

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Hong Kong City Stay

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.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Shanghai

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

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
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
4
Shanghai to Yangtze River

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Yichang, where you will continue 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
5
Yangtze River

The cruise will set sail to reach your first shore excursion the Three Gorges Dam itself and the Five Stage Ship Lock viewing platform, from where you can see the impressive 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. *A ride in the elevator can be booked locally at an additional charge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
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
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
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. Optional excursion (payable locally): Sichuan Culture Evening Show - Special dance and culture show highlighting China from the 14th Century onwards.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Chengdu to Xi'an

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. In the afternoon board the bullet train to Xian.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
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
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
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
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 wondr

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
17
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
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

Visas

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 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. All applicants who wish to apply for a China Tourist Visa must do so in person at the Chinese Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester, Belfast or Edinburgh where fingerprint information will be collected. Fingerprints are not required for children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 70. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are valid for unlimited trips to China for 2 years 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.

Insurance

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.

Payment

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 not exceeding 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm in size.

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.

Alternative Flights
Alternative flights are available, please contact us for details.

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; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, 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
2021 DATES
The City View
23 Sep 202111 Oct 2021£549£2499£3048
30 Sep 202118 Oct 2021£549£2379£2928
07 Oct 202125 Oct 2021£549£2379£2928
14 Oct 202101 Nov 2021£549£2279£2828
21 Oct 202108 Nov 2021£549£2279£2828
28 Oct 202115 Nov 2021£549£2129£2678
04 Nov 202122 Nov 2021£549£2079£2628
11 Nov 202129 Nov 2021£549£2099£2648
18 Nov 202106 Dec 2021£479£2099£2578
25 Nov 202113 Dec 2021£479£2099£2578
2022 DATES
17 Feb 202207 Mar 2022£479£2039£2518
03 Mar 202221 Mar 2022£479£2139£2618
10 Mar 202228 Mar 2022£479£2189£2668
17 Mar 202204 Apr 2022£479£2189£2668
24 Mar 202211 Apr 2022£479£2289£2768
31 Mar 202218 Apr 2022£479£2299£2778
07 Apr 202225 Apr 2022£479£2299£2778
14 Apr 202202 May 2022£479£2399£2878
21 Apr 202209 May 2022£479£2299£2778
28 Apr 202216 May 2022£479£2299£2778
05 May 202223 May 2022£479£2299£2778
12 May 202230 May 2022£479£2299£2778
19 May 202206 Jun 2022£479£2299£2778
26 May 202213 Jun 2022£479£2299£2778
02 Jun 202220 Jun 2022£479£2299£2778
09 Jun 202227 Jun 2022£479£2399£2878
23 Jun 202211 Jul 2022£479£2399£2878
07 Jul 202225 Jul 2022£479£2639£3118
28 Jul 202215 Aug 2022£479£2639£3118
04 Aug 202222 Aug 2022£479£2699£3178
11 Aug 202229 Aug 2022£479£2639£3118
18 Aug 202205 Sep 2022£479£2639£3118
01 Sep 202219 Sep 2022£479£2599£3078
08 Sep 202226 Sep 2022£479£2599£3078
15 Sep 202203 Oct 2022£549£2599£3148
22 Sep 202210 Oct 2022£549£2539£3088
29 Sep 202217 Oct 2022£549£2399£2948
06 Oct 202224 Oct 2022£549£2399£2948
13 Oct 202231 Oct 2022£549£2299£2848
20 Oct 202207 Nov 2022£549£2289£2838
27 Oct 202214 Nov 2022£549£2189£2738
03 Nov 202221 Nov 2022£549£2189£2738
10 Nov 202228 Nov 2022£549£2189£2738
17 Nov 202212 Dec 2022£479£2139£2618
01 Dec 202219 Dec 2022£479£1989£2468
2023 DATES
16 Feb 202306 Mar 2023£479£2039£2518
02 Mar 202320 Mar 2023£479£2139£2618
09 Mar 202327 Mar 2023£479£2189£2668
16 Mar 202303 Apr 2023£479£2189£2668
23 Mar 202310 Apr 2023£479£2289£2768
30 Mar 202317 Apr 2023£479£2299£2778
06 Apr 202324 Apr 2023£479£2299£2778
13 Apr 202301 May 2023£479£2399£2878
20 Apr 202308 May 2023£479£2299£2778
27 Apr 202315 May 2023£479£2299£2778
04 May 202322 May 2023£479£2299£2778
11 May 202329 May 2023£479£2299£2778
18 May 202305 Jun 2023£479£2299£2778
25 May 202312 Jun 2023£479£2299£2778
01 Jun 202319 Jun 2023£479£2299£2778
08 Jun 202326 Jun 2023£479£2399£2878
22 Jun 202310 Jul 2023£479£2399£2878
06 Jul 202324 Jul 2023£479£2639£3118
27 Jul 202314 Aug 2023£479£2639£3118
03 Aug 202321 Aug 2023£479£2699£3178
10 Aug 202328 Aug 2023£479£2639£3118
17 Aug 202304 Sep 2023£479£2639£3118
31 Aug 202318 Sep 2023£479£2599£3078
07 Sep 202325 Sep 2023£479£2599£3078
14 Sep 202302 Oct 2023£549£2599£3148
21 Sep 202309 Oct 2023£549£2539£3088
28 Sep 202316 Oct 2023£549£2399£2948
05 Oct 202323 Oct 2023£549£2399£2948
12 Oct 202330 Oct 2023£549£2299£2848
19 Oct 202306 Nov 2023£549£2289£2838
26 Oct 202313 Nov 2023£549£2189£2738
02 Nov 202320 Nov 2023£549£2189£2738
09 Nov 202327 Nov 2023£549£2189£2738
16 Nov 202304 Dec 2023£479£2139£2618
30 Nov 202318 Dec 2023£479£1989£2468
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

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Yuan

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

-2 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Mandarin, English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Shanghai

Xi'an

Beijing

Hong Kong

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Warm clothing/Thermals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Electric plug converter
  • Toilet paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Customer Rating:
10/10
Barry Alford
6th Nov 2019

All the hotels were excellent except the one in Beijing which was standard.
It was a great experience and very well co-ordinated and managed by our national guide.
Jonathon was excellent, friendly and did his best to ensure we all had a good time.
The individual guides were all very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, some relating their own experiences of growing up in communist country.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Shelagh Morriss
19th Jun 2019

The hotel in Beijing is in need of a bit of attention in the bathrooms.
All the other hotels were excellent.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Carol Barnes
17th Apr 2019

Very pleased with all the hotels - thank you
As a solo traveller, I felt very safe being on an Escorted tour

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Customer Rating:
10/10
C Cusack
3rd Jan 2019

No comments

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Customer Rating:
10/10
M Mccallion
12th Dec 2018

The China guide Ann was excellent.

Had a great time, every day was good for me as a lone traveler.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
G Ballinger
24th Oct 2018

We were not very impressed with the extension Hong Kong tour. We expected to be given a lot more information regarding places to eat, shop, ferries and some historical facts. We certainly didn't want to end the tour at a jewelry factory.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Mark Harrison
26th Sep 2018

Great hotels , good rooms , Breakfast very good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Giles
11th Jul 2018

Overall the hotels were excellent in Shanghai, Chengdu and Xian. Beijing hotel is in a great location but needs some updating, though it had the best breakfast selection.
Overall good selection of western breakfasts.
We are glad that we booked the Executive room upgrade on the Yangtze Cruise. The room was very spacious, the dining room was relaxed, quiet with a great selection of food. Their was also a spa and swimming pool which we used.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Turner
8th Jul 2018

Spot on for comfort and breakfasts.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Katherine Andrew
18th Dec 2017

Loved the upgrades to suites - hotels good and breakfasts good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John & Car0l Postles
22nd Nov 2017

generally excellent & breakfasts very good. bedroom in Landmark Beijing a bit tired

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
R Barrett
27th Jun 2017

Hotels were of a good standard with good choices at breakfast.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Steve Walker
6th Feb 2017

Great hotels. A touch of luxury

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Peter And Patricia Tomlinson
6th Oct 2016

What can I say about this tour other than utterly ideal. All hotels were as they should have been for this sort of tour, the accommodation on the Yangtze River was beyond expectations. Everything from ticket issue, transfers, internal flights, train journeys all perfection and all ran that way due to our tour guide. I cannot commend Alan our guide to you enough, his knowledge and humour were insurmountable. We are very happy with you as a choice of tour operator and would certainly recommend you and we look forward to our next booking with you which might be a Croatian Island Cruise or a Grand Tour of Sri Lanka.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Julie Belfitt
27th Sep 2016

Had a fantastic time on your tour. The food was good and Max the guide was excellent, very professional.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Neil Mckay
18th Mar 2016

All the hotels were very good.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Bland
6th Feb 2016

Hotels 5* except Beijing & Honking but these were excellent

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Sally Pryce
18th Oct 2015

Great service from all concerned. Excellent choice of hotels.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Lesley Shortland
14th Jul 2015

The guide Max made the experience a wonderful one as he was very knowledgable about his country and thoroughly made the trip a pleasure to be on

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Denise Sandy
20th Apr 2015

All very good, thank you

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Peter Beetham
3rd Apr 2015

A most excellent adventure. Could not falt the whole experience from start to finish. So much fitted into such a small amount of time. We have not enough praise and thanks to the tour guide, MAX, always on the ball and so helpful and patient with us all. Will look to Mercury Direct for our next trip.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Barbara Brooker
6th Oct 2014

Hotel in Beijing disappointing rooms tired and not very clean. However breakfast was very good. All other hotels excellent

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