China Essential


10 Days

from £2,098 

Visit the illustrious capital, Beijing, vibrant Shanghai and historic Xian, for a wonderful introduction to the China Essential. There is also an opportunity to visit the charming canal town of Zhujiajiao, offering an insight into traditional China, ensuring your trip is completed with  picturesque views of China’s scenic countryside. This tour is ideal for those looking for a taste of China.

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Day 1 UK to Beijing
Take your scheduled flight from London to Beijing. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing (D)
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. In the afternoon you will have time to relax, or explore the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what to do. In the early evening your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet your fellow group members.

Day 3 Beijing City Tour (BLD)
Your tour begins after breakfast, with a visit to the Temple of Heaven – where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests for the year. Here you can witness the tradition of Tai Chi being practised in the courtyard, which is followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, and continues to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs. Here, you will gain a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

Day 4 Great Wall (BLD)
Enjoy a good breakfast at the hotel before your visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post on the wall with breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique construction. Back to the city and an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a fabulous Peking Duck Dinner, in the city that gave it its name!

Day 5 Bullet Train to Xian (BL)
This morning visit the Summer Palace, which includes a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views, followed by a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before catching your bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes) and checking into your hotel.

Day 6 Terracotta Warriors (BLD)
Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army, made over 2,000 years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. This will be followed, in the afternoon, with a visit to Xian’s ancient city wall, best enjoyed as a peaceful stroll or leisurely bike ride. This evening you will sample a delicious dumpling dinner while enjoying the Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.

Day 7 Xian City Tour and to Shanghai (BL)
Following breakfast, visit the Shaanxi Museum, home to over a quarter of a million artefacts, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, offers you the opportunity to discover China’s unique architectural style at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, before your last stop in Xian in the Muslim Quarter, and your chance to witness local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to
Shanghai. On arrival check into your hotel for a three night stay.

Day 8 Shanghai City Tour (BLD)
The first attraction of the day, after breakfast, will be the Yu Yuan Gardens, first constructed in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan. The gardens occupy an area of 5 acres and are home to beautiful pavilions, walkways, rockeries, streams, ponds, courtyards and flowers. A horticulturist’s heaven. Next stop, the Jade Buddha Temple,
where you can marvel at impressive temples, both ancient and modern, housing large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. Afterwards you will spend time at the Shanghai Museum, followed by the opportunity to visit the impressive waterfront attraction of the Bund to admire Shanghai as a modern metropolis. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

Day 9 Zhujiajiao (BL)
Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town dating back over 1,700 years, known as the Pearl Stream. You can expect to see Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings and the Ma
Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 10 Shanghai to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

This group tour will typically use 4 Star Hotels or properties of a similar standard if those listed are not available. All rooms are equipped with a double or twin beds, private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, heating, TV’s, telephones and WiFi as standard.

Your 4★ Hotels

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Xian: Grand Dynasty Culture 4★

Located near Great Mosque, Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a health club. There is also a restaurant and a nightclub.

Shanghai: Greenland Jiulong Hotel 4★

Located around a mile from the Oriental Pearl Tower and 1.2 miles from Superbrand Shopping Mall.  The hotel offers comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities including flat-screen TV and kettle.  There is a restaurant serving both Chinese and Western cuisine.

Tour Name: China Essential

Tour Code: CE10
 10 Day

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02/04/20 11/04/20 £2,248
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07/05/20 16/05/20 £2,198
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04/06/20 13/06/20 £2,198
Direct Flights from Manchester

Single supplement from £268

Land only from £1,398 (no international flights or visa fees)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.


  • International departing from London Heathrow with British Airways, in economy class. Regional departures and flight upgrades available on request
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train in first class
  • 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees.


  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

*Manchester Flight Offer Terms and Conditions. Offer subject to availability on selected dates, for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other offer. China Links Travel terms and conditions apply.