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.

Hong Kong, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
2 169kg pp per trip


  • 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
  • Cycle along the magnificent West Lake of Hangzhou
  • Meet the gentle giant panda


Arrive in lively Hong Kong and search out a bargain in the markets and shopping malls or head to Victoria Peak for fabulous views over the city.
Leaving the bustle of Hong Kong behind, it's time to step back in time to the ancient town of Fenghuang. Visit a nearby village and trek to a waterfall.
Take a scenic train ride and arrive on the shores of the Yangzi River. Soak up the striking beauty of the Three Gorges on a river cruise and learn about the dam project.
Home to giant pandas, a Tang dynasty monastery and delicious Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu is the perfect place to meet locals and get a taste of China. After an eye-opening walking tour, set off to experience all this enchanting town has to offer.
Travel to Hangzhou and cycle around the picturesque West Lake. Afterwards, relax with some local Dragon Well tea or pay a visit to the Silk Museum to see how this traditional fabric is produced.
A city of contradictions, Shanghai blends 21st-century architecture with old-world character. Perhaps stroll the Bund with its spectacular array of art-deco style buildings and admire the view across the river of Pudong and the iconic Pearl Tower.
Explore the cobblestone streets and canals of a tranquil water town outside Shanghai.
Complete with horses and chariots, the army of Terracotta Warriors is a sight to behold. Walk the walls of Xi'an and soak up the city's garden culture where locals practise tai chi and ballroom dancing.
Spend a day walking along the ancient Great Wall of China. Finally, travel to Beijing and discover the impressive Forbidden City. Stroll across the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square and be amazed by the contortions of Chinese acrobats.
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4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Bicycle, Boat, Cruise ship, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi, Train
Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (12 nights), Overnight boat (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
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


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Important 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

Trip notes

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