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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 complete experience of modern, rural and cultural China

Bright lights and big cities, rural retreats and water towns, bike riding and boat cruising, the Great Wall and giant pandas - this China Encompassed trip has all bases covered. From the sights of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing to the simple 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 just waiting to be explored.

  • Cycle along the magnificent West Lake of Hangzhou
  • Grab a moment of tranquillity in a water town
  • Hop aboard a boat tour through the Three Gorges
  • Meet the gentle giant panda
  • See the fearsome Terracotta Warriors
  • Travel to Beijing to discover the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Uncover history and culture on a visit to Shanghai
  • Walk an ancient path along China's Great Wall

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Hong Kong, China
  • Finish:

    Beijing, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (12 nts), Overnight boat (4 nts), Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)
  • Transport:

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

    Beijing - Forbidden City, Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Cycling tour around West Lake, Derhang Village visit and trek, Fenghuang - Walking tour, Great Wall Experience Urban Adventure, Informal Chinese language lesson, Shanghai - Acrobat show, Shanghai - Walking tour, Xi'an - Huiling visit, Xi'an - Local-style lunch, Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an - Walking tour, Xitang - Walking tour, Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise, Yangzi River - Three Gorges Dam guided tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    2169kg pp per trip
  • 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, please ask your booking agent for more information In 2013 the CBSMC will not visit Hangzhou and will now include Zhangjiajie. The itinerary will change as follows: Days 1-2 Hong Kong Days 3-4 Zhangjiajie Days 5-6 Fenghuang Days 7-10 Yangzi River Days 11-12 Chengdu Days 13-15 Shanghai Day 16 Water Town Days 17-19 Xi'an Days 20-22 Beijing & Great Wall

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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 Fenghuang

With green waters, ancient walls, stilted houses, and lantern-lit streets, Fenghuang (Phoenix Town) is a beautifully preserved ancient town guaranteed to enchant.

Days 5-8 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.

Days 9-10 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 11-12 Hangzhou

Hangzhou is home to beautiful temples, the revered West Lake and is one of China's most popular destinations.

Days 13-15 Shanghai

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

Day 16 Water Town

With nine rivers and alleys joined by old stone bridges, Xitang is a unique water town with narrow, maze-like streets, antique temples and atmospheric waterways.

Days 17-19 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 20-22 Beijing & Great Wall

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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