Get the complete experience of modern, rural and cultural China

Experience China In Depth on this tour that takes in the bright lights of big cities and the rural wonders of water towns, as well as plenty of bike riding, boat cruising and Great Wall traversing. From the sights of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing to the natural beauty of Fenghuang, Hangzhou and the Three Gorges, discover the history and culture of China. Meet the local people, dine on traditional cuisine and delve into a country that's just waiting to reveal its true magic.

Start
Hong Kong, China
Finish
Beijing, China
Countries
China
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSWC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
2 566kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Walk an ancient path along China's Great Wall
  • See the fearsome Terracotta Warriors
  • Travel to Beijing to discover the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Grab a moment of tranquillity in a water town
  • Uncover history and culture on a visit to Shanghai
  • Hop aboard a boat tour through the Three Gorges
  • Experience the bright lights of buzzing Hong Kong

Itinerary

Arrive in Hong Kong and be captivated by the city's bright lights and energetic vibe. For a little space amid the madness, head to the parks or beaches, or scale Victoria Peak for great views over HK. Indulge in a dim sum brunch or shop up a storm at Stanley Market.
Travel to Zhangjiajie, one of the most stunning locations in China. Perhaps trek the surrounding area and take in the soaring mountains, remote villages and the rustic stone bridges, not to mention the plethora of valleys, caves, gorges and streams.
Learn about the customs and culture of the Tujia and Miao minorities while in Fenghuang – one of China’s most well preserved ancient cities. Stroll the atmospheric streets, stopping at local diners, silver shops and historical residences.
Learn some traditional Chinese card games on a scenic train ride through the countryside. Experience everyday Chinese life in Yichang and visit the hydroelectric dam project. Embark on a relaxing boat trip through the panoramic delights of the Three Gorges.
Travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province, with its spicy cuisine, countless artisans and lively atmosphere. Take a walk around the city, stopping to admire the giant Mao Zedong statue in Culture Square. Perhaps take a cooking class, pass through Wenshu Temple to mingle with worshippers or experience the passion and drama of a Sichuan Opera.
Welcome to Shanghai, one of the world's more fascinating cities. Perhaps wander the Bund, jostle through the Yuyuan Bazaar or peruse ancient treasures in the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy an energetic acrobatic show on the last night, a fitting finale to this Chinese adventure.
Travel to Xi'an and visit the incredible underground necropolis of the First Emperor, guarded by an army of terracotta warriors. Ascend to the top of the Bell and Drum towers, escape the noise of the city in the peaceful Great Mosque and savour some local food from the markets in the Muslim Quarter.
Stop over in Xiahe, a leading monastery town for Tibetans that plays host to swarms of pilgrims in their eccentric, colourful and finest outfits. Visit Labrang Monastery, one of six major Tibetan monasteries of the Gelugpa sect and home to some 1,200 Buddhist monks, and witness the remarkable traditions and worshippers walking the kora.
Known as the 'Gateway to eastern Guizhou", Tongren is home to the Longwu Temple, which is a fascinating Buddhist site whose origins can be traced back to the 1300s. Be lucky to witness a public Anduo Tibetan play, which are performed by monks throughout the year and make nearby villages hotbeds of diverse entertainment and cultural activities.
Journey onwards to Xining and stop off at Kanbula National Park en route for a spot of trekking. Be stunned by the incredible mountain scenes and become immersed in the forested hillside scenery.
Explore some of China's most iconic sights, including the sprawling Forbidden City. In free time, feast on dumplings or rent a bike and cycle to the Temple of Heaven. A walk along the Great Wall of China is a fantastic finale to this adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Cruise ship, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (6 nights), Hotel (13 nights), Overnight boat (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (4 nights)
Included activites
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Fenghuang - Walking tour
  • Great Wall - Gubeikou to Jinshanling trek
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Tongren - Longwu Monastery
  • Tongren - Tibetan village visit
  • Xiahe - Labrang Monastery
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Xining - Kanbula National Park trek
  • Xining - Wutun Thangka Artist Village visit
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges Dam guided tour
  • Zhangjiajie - National Park day trek

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Notes

1. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
2. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip.
3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip.

Important notes

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