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Glorious China

14 Day Escorted Tour

China, East Asia
Intermediate Pace

Glimpse into the future beneath Shanghai's cloud brushing skyline, cruise upon the Li River to observe China's rural heart against a backdrop of immense karsts and step back in time on a rickshaw as you navigate Beijing's ancient hutong alleys to the revered Lama Temple. Our fourteen-day itinerary showcases this magnificent country of contradictions, with unique cultural encounters allowing you to join a traditional tea ceremony or marvel at a spellbinding Tang Dynasty performance, intertwined with visits to iconic landmarks including Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the astonishing Great Wall of China.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • City tours of Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing
  • Visit the ancient water city of Zhujiajiao
  • Observe rural life on a Li River cruise
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • The Great Wall of China & Summer Palace
  • Stroll along the Bund in Shanghai
  • Take in the vistas from Fubo Hill in Guilin
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Shanghai

Day 2


Upon arrival into Shanghai you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Embark on a morning tour of Shanghai, with visits to Yuyuan Gardens, French Concession, and the Shanghai Museum. After lunch, visit the Bund, followed by a stroll along the world's busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road.

Day 4
Shanghai to Guilin

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore the picturesque water town of Zhujiajiao, a collection of meandering canals, bridges, and traditional homes. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin.

Day 5

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel to the magnificent, stepped hills of Longji a region famous for breath-taking vistas of terraced rice fields cascading down into the valleys below. Walk amongst the rice terraces stopping off a traditional hamlet and stunning view-points. In the afternoon learn how to make Bamboo Rice and visit Zhuang Museum. Return to Guilin for dinner.

Day 6
Guilin to Yangshuo

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Begin today with a peaceful cruise along the winding Li River. Having observed this charming rural landscape arrive at Yangshuo, one of China's most beautiful cities. Following lunch, explore this stunning area at leisure.

Day 7


Spend the day at leisure in the beautiful village of Yanghuo. You could explore the local area by foot or by bike, or simple wander the varied local markets.

Day 8
Yangshuo -Xi'an

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Take a morning flight to Xian and explore the Ancient City Walls, an imposing defence the encircles the city, before witnessing an artistic performance during a colourful Tang Dynasty Show this evening.

Day 9

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Behold over 7,000 soldiers, horses and chariots crafted to protect the first Emperor of China, during your visit to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, considered to be the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'.

Day 10

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Wild Goose Pagoda and a stroll through the Muslim Quarter's marketplace.

Day 11
Xi'an to Beijing

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast take a flight to Beijing and see the royal gardens at the Summer Palace before visiting a tea house to participate in an ancient ceremony involving oolong tea. Tonight, savour the traditional taste of Chinese Cuisine with a Peking duck dinner.

Day 12

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City's large palace complex before exploring the Temple of Heaven.

Day 13

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's sightseeing tour will begin at the iconic Great Wall of China, built over 2,000 years ago to guard the Chinese Empire against Mongol invaders. Later, stop off at the Bird's Nest stadium used for the 2008 Olympic games and enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic show.

Day 14
Beijing to the UK

Transfer to Beijing airport for your flight back to the UK, via Shanghai or continue on to your chosen extension.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
March 2023
from £2,049
1 Date
13th Mar - 26th Mar
April 2023
from £1,849
2 Dates
17th Apr - 30th Apr
24th Apr - 7th May
May 2023
from £1,949
2 Dates
1st May - 14th May
15th May - 28th May
June 2023
from £2,149
1 Date
5th Jun - 18th Jun
September 2023
from £2,349
2 Dates
4th Sep - 17th Sep
18th Sep - 1st Oct
October 2023
from £1,939
2 Dates
2nd Oct - 15th Oct
23rd Oct - 5th Nov
November 2023
from £1,799
1 Date
6th Nov - 19th Nov


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel
3 nights
Shanghai, China
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Days Inn Guilin
1 nights
Guilin, China
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Tour Reviews

J Barry

02 Oct 19

We have nothing but praise for you as a company our holiday was fantastic and the organisation whilst we were away was second to none. Will definitely be booking with you again in the future.

Mary Holt

04 Jun 19

all hotels were very good and provided good breakfast. the guides were enthusiastic friendly and spoke very good English which we could easily understand. They had a good background knowledge of the places we were visiting. We went on all the extra optional excursions and enjoyed them very much. Our main guide Lee was always friendly and in whom we had upmost confidence. His organisation was excellent and together with his excellent driver he provided us with an unforgetable holiday. His English was brilliant and he went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our trip.

S Danischewsky

02 Apr 19

The guides were very well informed fascinating cover of old,new,city and rural life. Funny, felt safe and looked after. Spectacular visits.

The staff very helpful (over the visa application especially) It was great to eat with locals. It was the holiday of a lifetime - extraordinary.

Many Thanks to Alan the guide for all the extras and the country side tour. thanks to Sue and Cormorants the Calligraphy class. Thanks to Louise The impressions of Lui Sauyin Extravaganza was spectacular, even in the unseasonable torrential rain.

Janet Tellefsen

28 Nov 18

Shanghai hotel very good. Generally good comfy beds for single occupant. As a single traveller I would rate this tour as excellent as there was no additional single supplement! Congratulations!

Brian Jones

26 Nov 18

All hotels were excellent. The tour guide ( Richard ) was very good and organised everything very efficiently.

Kim Read

29 Oct 18

Hotels were all clean of a high standard, No complaints

Richard Tripp

25 Oct 18

All of the hotels were good to excellent.

Richard Burnett

23 Oct 18

all hotels very comfortable and well placed. ( would like to comment further on our main guide, ann, as she made our holiday with her knowledge, friendliness and sense of humour. Nothing was to much trouble for her. An excellent ambassador for Mercury holidays!!)

Vince Cognata

25 Sep 18

Hotels were great. The best Hotels being the Shanghai, Yangshou and Xi'an Hotel.

Sandra Lee

24 Sep 18

Richard our guide was excellent nothing was too much trouble always accommodating

Julie Acheson

19 Jun 18

The hotels in which I stayed were absolutely fabulous. Very comfortable, near shopping and other facilities, of high quality and service. I cannot fault any of the hotels. Top class.

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Extend Your Tour

Glorious China with Hong Kong City Stay

4 Day Extension



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 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.

We strongly recommend that you and 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 your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and 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.

Your initial flight is to Shanghai Pudong International Airport with China Eastern (MU), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to two 23kg pieces of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final documentation. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and 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.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in China is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

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.