China – Incredible Journeys

From Beijing to Shanghai and the Great Wall to the Silk Road. From ancient towns and villages to modern architecture and sprawling skylines.

China boasts spectacular mountain ranges, grasslands, lakes, rivers and close to 9,000 miles of coastline, and is truly a vast country that makes a great starting point for some unforgettable trips and incredible journeys.

Featured tours and flavours of China

Wendy Wu Tours

Wonders of China

From ancient ancient to modern and natural to man-made, China is a land of many wonders, and this popular tour takes participants on a comprehensive journey through some of China’s most iconic sights. Highlights include a wander along the incredible Great Wall of China;   the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an; four nights on the Yangtze river for a glimpse of China past and present; Pandas of Chongqing; the rural serenity of the Li River and Yangshuo; and a Huangpu River Cruise.

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Intrepid Travel

China Highlights

From modern Shanghai to the old capital of Beijing, this tour provides a short but culture-filled adventure. Along the way, participants will explore busy Xi’an and take in iconic attractions such as The Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors. There is also time to discover gourmet delights and learn about Chinese lifestyles and traditions. A personal favourite is an overnight stay at a family-run Guesthouse near The Great Wall and see this iconic structure without the major crowds.

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Wendy Wu Tours

From Laos to China

On this epic adventure along the upper reaches of the Mekong River, participants will pass through the beauty of Laos, Thailand, explore the rich and varied culture of Myanmar (Burma), before venturing into the dramatic landscapes of China’s Yunnan province. Highlights include the former Royal City of Luang Prabang; Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River to Pak Beng; an opportunity to visit Thailand’s infamous Golden Triangle and travel along the Old Mandalay Road in Burma.

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  • The Mekong River boasts the world’s largest inland fishery, accounting for up to 25 percent of the global freshwater catch. –World Wildlife Fund

  • At least 1,100 freshwater species swim the waters of the Mekong River – including the last remaining populations of the Irrawaddy dolphin, giant freshwater stingray, and the Mekong giant catfish.–World Wildlife Fund

  • The Greater Mekong region is home to more than 300 million people from nearly 100 distinct ethnic groups.–World Wildlife Fund

  • The Mekong giant catfish can weigh up to 770 pounds and is the third largest freshwater fish on the planet.–World Wildlife Fund

  • Often called ‘the Asian unicorn’, the enigmatic saola are found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos.–World Wildlife Fund


China at a glance:

Official Name: The People’s Republic of China
Capital: Beijing – population 20.4 million  (est 2015)
Population: 1.4 billion (est 2016)
Area: 9,596,960 sq km
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Currency: Chinese yuan renminbi (CNY / RMB)
Time zone: GMT+8 – China Standard Time (CST)
Dialling code: +86
National Animal: Giant Panda

Famous sights and popular places:

Beijing with The Great Wall and Forbidden City
and The Terracotta Warriors
Giant Pandas

Reading up on China – books for the backpack

We believe reading up a little bit on the destination before, during or after you travel not only makes you understand the destination better, but it can also enhance the overall travel experience. Therefore, we have compiled a selection of books and recommended reading you might find useful when planning a trip to China.

Essential China

Volunteering and Responsible Travel

Southeast Asian street food

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