Unwrap China and discover a land of wonder and mystique

Experience an action-packed travel experience through some of the best-loved cities in China, with stopovers in several lesser-known towns as well. Visit Beijing, come face-to-face with a terracotta army in Xi'an and shop up a storm in Shanghai. Experience the culture of remote communities hiking through the Longji Valley or cycle through the scenic Guangxi region. From beautiful Beijing to bustling Hong Kong, see the old-world wonders, modern marvels and magical scenery of southern China. Get active, meet the locals and soak up Chinese culture as we travel across this great nation.

Beijing, China
Hong Kong, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
1 589kg pp per trip


  • Explore the mystical countryside around Yangshuo
  • Experience rural Chinese living on a village homestay
  • Hike through the rice terraces of Longji
  • Devour dumplings in Shanghai and dim sum in Hong Kong
  • Trek the Great Wall
  • Discover the many faces of Beijing
  • Shop for a bargain in the Yuyuan Bazaar
  • Come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors


Modern high-rise buildings tower over buzzing busy streets - a dramatic contrast to the timeless wonder of Beijing's ancient sites. There is plenty of time to explore this amazing metropolis - from the Forbidden City and Summer Palace to backstreet hutongs packed with tiny local shops and eateries.
Travel to a lesser-known section of the Great Wall. Take a long walk over steep, remote terrain taking in incredible views of the countryside. Rise early the next morning to catch a sunrise over this great feat of ancient engineering.
Cycle around the city walls, admire the Great Mosque or sample street food in the Muslim Quarter - Xian is packed with things to do. Don't miss the famed 2,200 year-old Terracotta Warriors who stoically guard the tomb of China's First Emperor.
Travel to Shanghai and hunt for a bargain in Yuyuan Bazaar or shop up a storm in China's hippest stores. Gobble Shanghai's favourite dumpling, xiaolongbao. Perhaps catch an evening performance by the famous Shanghai acrobats.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities for an overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse in Xitang. Visit ancient villas and stroll on cobblestone streets alongside the many canals in town.
Dramatic limestone peaks and lush surrounds characterise the unforgettable Guangxi region. Perhaps take it all in on a cycling adventure along picturesque country lanes or wander the backstreets of Yangshuo to discover hole-in-the-wall restaurants and small markets.
Hike through the magnificent Longji rice terraces that cling precariously to the side of steep mountains. Stay with locals in a hillside village and take day treks to explore rural China.
Travel to Hong Kong and take the funicular to Victoria Peak or enjoy a harbour cruise. Shop at the Stanley Market or join the throngs on Nathan Road. Why not celebrate the end of this fantastic tour of China with a tasty dim sum feast?
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Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Train
Guesthouse (4 nights), Hostel (7 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Great Wall - Gubeikou to Jinshanling trek
  • Hutong walking tour
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Longji - Guided Rice Terraces trek
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Walking tour


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In 2013 this itinerary will run as follows
Days 1-3 Beijing
Days 4-6 Shanhaiguan (Dongjiakou Great Wall)
Days 7-9 Xi'an
Days 10-12 Shanghai
Days 13-15 Yangshuo
Days 16-18 Longji Terraces
Days 19-20 Hong Kong

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