China In Depth Itinerary

Tour through the sights of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing. Explore beautiful Fenghuang, Hangzhou and the Three Gorges - this extensive China trip has it all.

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The Great Wall, China

Forbidden city, Beijing

Boy waving a flag at Tiananmen Square

Giant Panda Breeding Centre

The Great Wall of China

Terracotta warriors, Xian

Days 1-2 Hong Kong

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-4 Zhangjiajie

Travel to Zhangjiajie, one of the most stunning locations in China. Perhaps trek the surrounding area and take in the soaring mountains and plethora of valleys, caves, gorges and streams.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 5-6 Fenghuang

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 7-10 Yangzi River

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.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 4

Days 11-12 Chengdu

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Shanghai

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 16-18 Xi'an

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 19-20 Xiahe

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 21 Tongren

Known as the 'Gateway to eastern Guizhou', Tongren is home to the Longwu Temple, 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 22-23 Xining

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. Then jump aboard the Qinghai-Tibetan Railway for a spectacular train journey to Beijing.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 24-27 Beijing

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3