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Fast facts

Language: Cantonese, Mandarin.

Currency: Chinese Yuan.

Local time: GMT+ 8 hours.

Flight time from the UK: Approximately 10 hours.

Arrival airport: Beijing airport, Shanghai airport. Transfers take approximately 45 minutes (Beijing) and 40 minutes (Shangai).

Here to help: A local representative will meet you at the arrival airport, check your booking details and escort you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. You'll receive a welcome pack containing information about the local area and all contact details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your local hotel where you can find out more about the area you are visiting.

Entry details (for British nationals): ) A visa is required and needs to be arranged before departure. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk

Weather & Climate

Temperature: Beijing and Shanghai are both seasonal with hot summers (reaching 40 degrees Celsius) and cold winters that can drop as low as -20 degrees Celsius.

Holidays in China

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There are hundreds of reasons to come to China. As the world's oldest continuous civilisation, this magic land offers huge diversity of attractions with imperial history & purely natural scenery. From the ancient Silk Road traversing west to the economic powerhouse of Shanghai in the east, with culture and history in abundance. There are always more to experience.

Join us, a land beyond your imagination.


There has always been a fascination with all things Chinese and it's easy to see why, as the world's oldest continuous civilisation, China has culture and history in abundance. Combine that with cities that are modernising at a head-spinning pace with slick skyscrapers, the world's top designer brands and Maglev trains.

China is vast, in fact it's easy to forget how big it actually is; from the ancient Silk Road traversing west to the economic powerhouse of Shanghai in the east.

To make sense of such a big country, we highly recommend an escorted tour, as the easiest way to experience the wonders China has to offer.

Essential China (Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai) - 8 day locally escorted tour from £1,019

Thomas Cook China Tours  
Beijing 3 nights | Xian 2 nights | Shanghai 2 nights

Departures: daily.


Day 1 - Beijing: arrive Beijing, be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn Downtown (4A) or similar for a three night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 - Beijing: a full-day coach tour to include the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, known for its well-preserved imperial gardens and the Temple of Heaven, China‘s largest temple and altar complex.(B, L)

Day 3 - Beijing: today a full-day coach tour from Beijing includes a scenic mountain drive to the Badaling section of the Great Wall, a visit to the Chang Ling tombs and a stroll along the sacred wall.(B, L)

Day 4 - Beijing/Xi'an: transfer to the airport for your Beijing/Xi‘an flight. Upon arrival in Xi'an, you will be met and transferred to the Xian Days Inn & Suite, Xin Xing (4A) or similar for a two night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 5 - Xi'an: a full-day tour the Terracotta Army, Banpo Village and Qingshihuangling Tomb and lunch. (B, L) Day 6- Xi'an/Shanghai: transfer to the airport for your Xi‘an/Shanghai flight. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn Vista (4A) or similar for a two night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 7 - Shanghai: discover the highlights of Shanghai with a full-day private tour visiting Yu Garden, Jade Budda Temple, The Bund and Shanghai Museum including lunch. (B, L)

Day 8 - Shanghai: transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Please note: Essential China price from £1,019 per person valid on selected departure dates between 1 Jun-31 Aug 2014. Hong Kong Extension price from £1,634 per person valid on selected departure dates between 1 Jun-31 Aug 2014. However this tour is available all year round (unless specified). Prices may vary. Please ask for details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why it's special

- Take a tour of the Forbidden City

- Visit the Great Wall of China

- See the stunning Terracotta Warriors

Your tour price includes:

- 7 nights accommodation, flights and meals as specified (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle, accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide

Your tour price does not include:

- Meals other than those specified or drinks

- Entry visa for China







Essential China & Giant Pandas of Chengdu 10-Day Locally Escorted Tour from £1,425

Thomas Cook China Tours  
Departures: daily.

Day 1 - Beijing: arrive in Beijing, and be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn Downtown (4A) or similar for a three night stay.

Day 2 - Beijing: a full-day coach tour to include the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. (B, L)

Day 3 - Beijing: today a full day tour from Beijing to the Badaling section of the Great Wall and Ming Tombs. (B, L)

Day 4 - Beijing/Xi'an: transfer to the airport for your Beijing/Xi’an flight. Upon arrival in Xi’an, you will be met and transferred to the Xian Days Inn & Suite, Xin Xing (4A) or similar for a two night stay. (B)

Day 5 - Xi'an: a full day tour to include the Terracotta Warriors, Banpo Village, Qingshihuangling Mausoleum and lunch. (B, L)

Day 6- Xi'an/Chengdu: transfer to the airport for your X'ian/Chengdu flight. Upon arrival in Chengdu, be met and transferred to the Tibet Hotel for two nights. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 7 - Chengdu: today enjoy a full-day city tour to include the Marquis Wu Shrine and Jinli Ancient Street. The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved by people the world over. They are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In total there are fewer than 1,000 in the wild. Therefore, the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre offers a rare opportunity to witness this endangered species personally and is currently home to over 60 pandas. The centre is situated eight miles north of the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province and is easily accessible by flight from Xi'an, Beijing or Shanghai. Your tour of the centre will start early in the morning in order to be present when the pandas are fed as they spend the majority of their day sleeping. Lunch is included. (B, L)

Day 8 - Chengdu/Shanghai: join your flight to Shanghai from Chengdu. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn Vista (4A) or similar for two nights.

Day 9 - Shanghai: enjoy a full day private tour to include Yu gardens, Jade Buddha Temple, The Bund and Shanghai Museum with lunch. (B, L)

Day 11 - Shanghai: transfer to the airport to join your onward flight.

Please note: price from £1,425 per person valid on selected departure dates between 1 Jun-31 Aug 2014. However this tour is available all year round (unless specified). Prices may vary. Please ask for details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why it's special

- Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre

- Experience multiple Chinese cities

- Great Wall of China

Your tour price includes:

- Nine nights accommodation, flights and meals as specified

- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle, accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide

Your tour price does not include:

- Meals other than those specified or drinks

- Entry visa for China














Three Gorges of the Yangtze - 11-day locally escorted tour from £1,706

Thomas Cook China Tours  
Beijing 3 nights | Xi’an 2 nights | Yangtze Cruise 3 nights | Shanghai 2 nights

Departs: Sun, Apr-Nov.


Day 1 - Beijing: arrive in Beijing and be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn Downtown (4A) or similar for a three-night stay.

Day 2 - Beijing: full-day coach tour including Forbidden City. (B, L)

Day 3 - Beijing: full-day tour from Beijing to the Great Wall. (B, L)

Day 4 - Beijing/Xi'an: transfer to the airport for your Beijing/Xi'an flight. Upon arrival in Xi'an you will be met and transferred to the Xian Days Inn & Suite, Xin Xing (4A) or similar for a two-night stay. (B)

Day 5 - Xi'an: full-day tour to include Terracotta Warriors.(B, L)

Day 6 - Xi'an/Chongqing: transfer to the airport for your Xi‘an/Chongqing flight. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to board MV President VIII. The cruise sets sail in the late evening.

Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise: after lunch enjoy a shore excursion to Shibaozhai before you return to your ship and have dinner aboard. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise: after breakfast you will cruise through the spectacular Qutang Gorge and enjoy a shore excursion at Shennong Stream. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Yichang/Shanghai: you will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival transfer to the Holiday Inn Vista (4A) or similar for a two night stay. (B, L)

Day 10 - Shanghai: discover the highlights of Shanghai with a full-day private tour. (B, L)

Day 11 - Shanghai: transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Please note: price from £1,706 per person valid on selected departure dates between 1 Jun- 31 Aug 2014. However this tour is available all year round (unless specified). Prices may vary. Please ask for details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why it’s Special:

- Visit the Great Wall of China

- The scenery of the Yangtze river

- Terracotta Warriors

Your tour price includes:

- 10 nights accommodation, flights and meals as specified (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle. accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide

Your tour price does not include:

- Meals other than those specified or drinks

- Entry visa for China









Cruising on the MV President VIII - 3 nights from Chongqing to Yichang

Thomas Cook China Tours  
Departures: Tuesdays from mid March to mid January.

With an excellent reputation for delivering value for money, quality and service, a President Cruise is the perfect way to explore the beauty and history of the Yangtze.
The Yangtze River is the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Over 3,900 miles long, the mighty Yangtze is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world. This extensive waterway cuts through the heart of China, marking the division of China into north and south, both geographically and culturally.
MV President VIII, a five-star ship, offers high levels of comfort and service and operates downstream itineraries between Chongqing and Yichang, which is said to be the most scenic stretch of this captivating river.

Location: Sailing downstream for three nights from Chongqing to Yichang on Tuesdays from mid March to mid January.

Features: Restaurant; coffee shop; bar; swimming pool; fitness centre; sauna; cinema; internet bar; beauty salon; children's park.

Accommodation: MV President VIII sets a new standard of five star cruising on the Yangtze river, combining modern comforts with classical european décor, featuring 230 cabins, carrying up to 580 passengers in total. The whole ship is central air-conditioned.

Each cabin on the President VIII is equipped with satellite television, satellite telephone, a private bathroom with a shower or bathtub and a private balcony which enables passengers to appreciate the magnificent views of the Yangtze River any time in their own cabin.

Please note: a compulsory tipping of RMB150 per person will be charged on MV President VIII when boarding, which is not included in the rate.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why it's special

- Excellent standards

- Great way to see the sights























Pre and Post-Touring Hotel Offers

 

  • Located in the heart of Beijing, adjacent to Tian'anmen Square & Forbidden City
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with heated swimming pool
  • Centrally located with easy access to business & commercial areas and historical attractions
  • Lounges and bars
  • Tour/sightseeing desk
  • 3 minutes' walk from Fuchengmen Subway Station and a 45-minute drive from Beijing International Airport.
  • Room service
  • Meeting rooms and executive floor
  • Close proximity to Beijing's historical sites and entertainment districts
  • Dine at S.T.A.Y, the award winning French restaurant by Yannick Alleno
  • Four restaurants and three bars

Call 0844 871 6650 to book

  • Art-deco rooms set across two towers
  • The renowned Banyan Tree Spa and the multi-faceted WestinWORKOUT gym
  • 'Heavenly' beds boast 10 layers of comfort

Call 0844 871 6650 to book

  • Health club and games room
  • Four dining choices, 24 hour coffee shop, lobby lounge
  • Great central location close to the Bund & Nanjing

Call 0844 871 6650 to book

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