The Great China Wall at sunset

Wonders of China Tour: Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Pandas

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Beijing, Forbidden City, Xi’an, Chengdu...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

Witness a fascinating collection of the world’s most spellbinding wonders as you embark on this unforgettable tour of the Middle Kingdom. Experience a range of incredibly close encounters with the mesmerizing giant pandas as you spend a day cuddling, feeding and looking after these wonderful creatures in the Dujiangyan Panda Base. Visit the tranquil areas of one of the Earth's most famous landmarks as you explore The Great Wall, and then admire the serene waterfalls and the natural landscape as...

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Trip Highlights

  • Get up-close and personal with the giant pandas of China during a Panda Keeper Program
  • Experience Beijing’s most notable landmarks including the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden Palace
  • Visit the historical sights of Xi’an and view incredible archaeological findings with the Terracotta Army
  • Revel in pure tranquility as you soak up the natural wonders of the Yangtze River during a magical boat cruise
  • Explore the fascinating panda-themed city of Chengdu and its unique laid-back atmosphere
  • Witness the colossal human-made force of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest in the world
  • Soak up both the modern and the traditional with the culture and character of Shanghai 

Detailed Description

Explore enchanting age-old palaces and temples, create a beautiful bond with giant pandas, gain a fascinating insight into both past and present inner-city China, and then journey down the magical Yangtze River. During this magical tour of both city and countryside, you will experience the wide variety of extraordinary natural and human-made beauty that China holds.

Walk across Tiananmen Square to take in the largest city square in the world and an area that has beheld the Middle Kingdom’s most significant political moments. Venture to the nearby Imperial wonder that is the Forbidden Palace for a truly stunning area that housed emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Explore the charming hutongs, the narrow streets that offer a fascinating insight into traditional Chinese lifestyle. Revel in the beautiful Temple of Heaven as a uniquely marvelous ancient architectural area where emperors prayed for good weather and, in turn, good harvests. Take to the spectacle that is the Great Wall of China and move away from the crowds to the Mutianyu section, one of the more preserved areas of the structure. Explore the Summer Palace to see a dreamlike assortment of lakes, beautifully decorated corridors and quaint gardens.

Delve into the extraordinary history that the city of Xi’an possesses, beginning with a visit to the site of the incredible Terracotta Warriors. These mesmerizing hand-carved sculptures, portraying the armies of Qin Shi Huang (the first emperor of China), are over 2,000 years old. The ancient architecture will continue to astound you as you visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda as this beautiful structure towers above its surroundings, and is regarded as Xi’an’s most significant landmark. Spend a magical day with the extraordinary giant pandas in Dujiangyan for a day that will long live in your memory as you get closer to the creatures than you ever thought possible. Explore the wonderfully different Chengdu to discover this city that exhibits both modern and traditional China through both landscape and culture. Embark on a journey down the spectacular Yangtze River and stop off at an incredible ancient pavilion, known as Shibaozhai, where you can admire stunning mountain-top views of the river. Watch in wonder as you pass by the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, two of the three gorges that surround the Yangtze River and embrace the serenity of the Shennong Stream as the pure peace of nature consumes you. In contrast, the man-made wonder that is the Three Gorges Dam will most certainly have your undivided attention as this great energy-generating construction is the largest power station in the world.

Conclude your trip in the wonderful metropolis that is Shanghai. Admire the stunning views found in the city from the perfect viewpoint as you visit the observation deck of the Shanghai World Financial Centre before exploring the true wonders of the city from the ground. Get a taste of Shanghai’s traditional character as you visit the centuries-old Yuyuan Garden and Jade Buddha Temple, before experiencing the tremendous buzz of the Yuyuan Market to indulge in some of the city’s dreamlike snacks. 

Starting Price

$3,511 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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