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.

Start
Hong Kong, China
Finish
Beijing, China
Countries
China
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBKBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 870kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Dive head first into the wave of activity that is Hong Kong. Join the throngs of people on the streets, gobble a delicious dim sum breakfast and pick up some tips during an informal language class.
Travel to Yangshuo, which is surrounded by picturesque countryside. Visit a local market and learn how to master Chinese dishes at a cooking school. At night, take advantage of the town’s buzzing cafe and restaurant culture.
Clear the sinuses with a hit of authentic Chinese Sichuan cuisine in Chengdu. Explore the city’s famous teahouses and markets before visiting a giant panda breeding centre to learn about the fight to save these endangered creatures.
Cruise along the longest river in Asia, the Yangzi, for three days and witness one of China’s most rapidly changing areas. Take the ‘purity’ challenge at the entrance to the 600-year-old Fengdu Temple, where colourful gazebos and menacing statues depict hellish scenes. Back on board, glide along the river, flanked by incredible limestone cliffs, and appreciate the majestic beauty of the Little Three Gorges - Qutang, Wu and Xiling.
Check out the largest hydroelectric power station in the world, the controversial Three Gorges Dam. Then, make tracks to pulsating Shanghai, a collision of futuristic skyscrapers and old-world charm. Explore the historical Bund district, full of stunning Art Deco architecture, on a walking tour. Be left breathless during a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats, and seek solitude in the peaceful surrounds of the Yuyuan Gardens.
Travel to a water town to glimpse the China of a bygone era. Glide along canals admiring ornate ancient buildings and bridges, preserved just as they were centuries ago.
Get acquainted with the walled city of Xi’an, once the imperial capital of China and now a vibrant megacity, on a walking tour. Enjoy a memorable singing-and-dancing extravaganza by the students at Huiling, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project for young people with disabilities. Visit undoubtedly Xian’s most famous drawcard, the Terracotta Warriors, and be amazed by the uniformity, detail and precision with which these archaeological superstars were crafted.
Peer into China’s heaving heart on a tour of Beijing. Visit Tiananmen Square and explore the impressive palaces and courtyards of the Forbidden City. Take a day trip to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and step out along this engineering wonder, taking in the incredible views of tree-covered mountains. Finally, celebrate the end of this Best of China adventure with a delicious Peking duck dinner.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Cruise ship, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (14 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
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

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Important 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.

Trip notes

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