Best Of China Overview

Travel to China and discover ancient and modern wonders. Visit Hong Kong, Yangshuo, the Yangzi River, Shanghai and Xi’an, and experience the best of the old and the new in Beijing.

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Uncover historical and contemporary delights during this Best of China tour

Visit China and discover a country of mesmerising contradictions, a place where antiquity meets ultra-modernity. Witness the bewildering speed at which change is ripping through the oldest continuous civilisation on Earth, and be impressed by the tenacity with which China’s ever-expanding populace holds on to its tradition and culture. Travel from Hong Kong to Beijing and meander through the vibrant emerald landscapes of rural Yangshuo, sizzle the tastebuds with traditional Sichuan dishes in Chengdu and glide between the soaring limestone cliffs of the Three Gorges. Return to the reality of modern China in colossal Shanghai before winding back time along the canals of a traditional water town, in the company of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and while walking along the most remarkable of ancient wonders – the Great Wall. See booming metropolises and historic villages, space-age skyscrapers and time-worn relics, fledgling settlements and millennia-old cities on this amazing Best of China adventure.

  • Roam the bold, neon-lit streets of Hong Kong Delight in the stunning scenery and relaxed pace of Yangshuo Learn about the fight to save giant pandas in Chengdu Cruise the Yangzi River and tour the scenic Three Gorges Experience the Bund’s Art Deco charm in Shanghai Coast through the canals in an historic water town Be intimidated by an ancient Terracotta Army in Xi’an Stride out along the Great Wall Visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in Beijing

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Hong Kong, China
  • Finish:

    Beijing, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    18 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (1 nt), Hotel (14 nts), Overnight boat (3 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Cruise ship, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Beijing - Forbidden City, Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Great Wall - Cable car, Great Wall Experience Urban Adventure, Hong Kong - Dim Sum breakfast, Informal Chinese language lesson, Shanghai - Acrobat show, Shanghai - Shanghai Museum, Shanghai - Walking tour, Xi'an - Dumpling banquet, Xi'an - Huiling visit, Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an - Walking tour, Yangshuo - Cooking school & market tour, Yangzi River - Fengdu Temple, Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise, Yangzi River - Three Gorges Dam guided tour, Yuyuan Gardens

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1870kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Arrival airport transfer is included, please advise flight details at time of booking. 2. A single supplement is available for this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 3. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.

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Days 1-2 Hong Kong

A British colony until 1997, Hong Kong's cityscape is spectacular and its modern fast-paced life is only minutes from picturesque islands and beaches.

Days 3-4 Yangshuo

With karst peaks looming and the Li River gently running alongside, Yangshuo's scenery is glorious and its town is a great place to relax and explore China's countryside.

Days 5-6 Chengdu

Chengdu has plenty of traditional flavour with its famous tea houses, numerous markets and as the home of Sichuan cuisine, known the world over for its spiciness.

Days 7-9 Yangzi River

Named after the site of an ancient ferry crossing, the Yangzi River flows for 6,418 km and winds through a diverse range of China's landscapes. Located on the Yangzi River, Yichang is an important trading town and has been the site of many historic battles due to its strategic location.

Days 10-13 Shanghai

Blending 21st-century architecture with old-world character, Shanghai is the vibrant pulse of new China.

Day 14 Water Town

Tongli is one of the picturesque "Water Towns" built along ancient networks of canals and provides a stark contrast to the nearby big cities of Suzhou and Shanghai.

Days 15-17 Xi'an

As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.

Days 18-21 Beijing

Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.
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