Discover the spirit of cultural China on this iconic adventure

As China leaps into the 21st century it is still possible to meander through peaceful villages and meet local farmers working their fields. This adventure tour offers the richness of past dynasties, historic highlights such as the Great Wall in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, alongside up-to-the-second experiences in ultra-modern cities. Bask in the bright lights of Hong Kong, delight in the sublime beauty of the Yangshuo countryside and spend the night in a monastery in the Emei Mountains. Take it all in - these wonderful contradictions offer the true spirit of China.

Start
Hong Kong, China
Finish
Beijing, China
Countries
China
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSL
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 666kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Stare into a pit of Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Take in the views from the sacred Emei Mountains
  • Experience vibrant Beijing
  • Stand atop the legendary Great Wall of China
  • Discover the beauty of Yangshuo's countryside
  • Be dazzled by Hong Kong's sparkling skyline
  • Make friends with giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Experience local life in Chengyang

Itinerary

Hit the streets, enjoy a dim sum brunch or view the sprawling city skyline from Victoria Peak. And what trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to the raucous markets?
Cycle through the beautiful Yangshuo countryside past rustic villages and rice paddies. Perhaps float lazily down the Li River on a boat, catch a cultural performance in the evening or join Yangshuo locals for an invigorating Tai Chi class in the park.
Step back in time in charming Chengyang. Cross the Wind and Rain Bridge, mingle with locals as they chat and sell their wares and soak up the laidback vibe of this charming place.
Home to spicy Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu also boasts traditional tea houses and markets. Learn about the conservation of threatened species on a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and spy giant pandas and red pandas that make their home here.
Marvel at the towering figure of the Grand Buddha at Leshan before travelling onwards to the holy Emei mountains. Spend a peaceful night in a local monastery, waking to the soulful sound of monks chanting and visit the Emei Shan summit.
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and admire this ancient feat of artistry and engineering. Enjoy a stunning view of Xi'an city from atop the ancient city walls and enjoy a walking tour through the spice-laden streets of the Muslim Quarter.
Hop aboard an overnight train to Beijing. Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Stop by an Intrepid-supported organisation for locals living with intellectual disabilities and enjoy a walk on the iconic Great Wall of China. Cap off the ultimate China Adventure with a farewell group dinner.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 lunch
Transport
Bicycle, Bus, Cable car, Private Bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (5 nights), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Huiling Foundation visit
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Culture show
  • Emei Mountain - Scenic Area
  • Emei Shan - Baoguo Monastery
  • Emei Shan - Cable car
  • Great Wall - Gubeikou to Jinshanling trek
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Leshan - Da Fo
  • Wind and Rain Bridge
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Yangshuo - Countryside cycling guided tour

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip.
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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