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In Pursuit of Pandas

In Pursuit of Pandas

9 Days

Multiple departure dates



This adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China.



Available Dates

Traveling Between Departure Days Adult Price Child Price Infant Price
10/01/2020 - 31/12/2020 Sunday € 2,990.00 -- --

What's Included


  • All international airfares
  • All domestic transportation, departure tax & current fuel surcharges
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees, guides & daily tours
  • Visa fees for UK passport holders


Additional Price Information:

Based on Dublin departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €1690 (Beijing - Chengdu)
Single room from €340
Tipping paid locally RMB 320



More Information


Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.


Places Visited

Ireland - Beijing (3N) - Xian (1N) - Chengdu (3N) - Ireland


Tour Highlights

 Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China
 Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City
 Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors
 Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
 Gaze awestruck at magnificent Grand Buddha of Leshan
 Wander colourful Jinli Street and sample a smorgasbord of street snacks



Days 1 - 2 Beijing

Fly overnight to Beijing, the capital of China, for a 3-night stay. On arrival in Beijing Capital International Airport on day 2, you will be met in the arrival hall by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately 1 hour to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. A tour introduction will be held in the hotel either this evening or the next. Food and drinks will not be served at this meeting, it is simply an opportunity for your group to meet and learn more about travelling in China.


Day 3 - Beijing

Walk through Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City. Sightseeing here will involve approximately 3-4 hours on foot. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven for about 1 hour where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance group. Tonight, eat a traditional Peking duck dinner. Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be switched around so that the Forbidden City is visited on an alternative day.


Day 4 - The Great Wall

You will rise early this morning to avoid the crowds and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass to take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit involves walking from the bus to the first section; once your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Museum and then stroll through the Summer Palace. This evening, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.


Day 5 - Beijing to Xian

This morning you will be transferred approximately 1 hour to Beijing airport for your 2-hour flight to Xian. On arrival, take a walk on the ancient city walls before you check in. Your local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall, these are offered by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense. Later this evening, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.


Day 6 - Xian to Chengdu

Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located approximately a 1 hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance is a 15-minute walk. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take about 2 and a half hours to explore. After this, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition centre to see smaller models of the warriors being made. Later, take a 3-hour bullet train to Chengdu.


Day 7 - Dujiangyan Panda Base

Today, meet the Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base. Located in the forested Sichuanese countryside around 1 hour’s drive north of Chengdu, Dujiangyan offers refuge to Giant Pandas with the aim to reintroduce them into the wild. Later, return to Chengdu and soak up the atmosphere on lively Jinli Street, before enjoying a typical Sichuan meal this evening.


Day 8 - Chengdu

This morning visit the Giant Pandas at the Panda Conservation Centre, where you can learn more about China’s celebrated bear. It is not guaranteed that you will be able to see the feeding of the younger pandas, as this only happens at the start and end of each day. Sightseeing involves approximately 1 and a half hours on foot and there are electric carts offered by private vendors that can be organised at your own cost. Take a trip to the Shu Brocade Museum. Later, visit Matchmaker’s Corner where you can watch parents search for suitable suitors for their children, and visit a traditional tea house where you can try traditional Chinese tea (at your own expense).


Day 9 - Depart Chengdu

Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight.


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