China Encompassed Itinerary

Visit the sights of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing. Explore beautiful Fenghuang, the Yangzi River and Xitang - this extensive China trip has it all.

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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: Hotel - 1

Day 16 Xitang

Get a taste of traditional China on a day trip to a ornate water town. Chill out by the canals, sip steaming cups of tea at a local teahouse or learn about local history at one of the many museums. Get lost among the maze of peaceful cobblestone streets lined with village buildings - a nice break from the chaos of modern Shanghai. While here, gliding along the waterways in a gondola is the ideal way to enjoy a real water town experience
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 17-18 Xi'an

Hop aboard an overnight train to Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and the beginning of the ancient Silk Road. Explore this vibrant, modern city that is bursting with some of China’s most famous cultural and historical attractions. Come face-to-face with the imposing Terracotta Warriors, a stoic army set out in battle formation and complete with horses and chariots. Learn about this incredible archaeological site before making a lunch stop at Huiling - an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that assists people in the local community who have intellectual disabilities.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 19 Great Wall

Head to this world wonder and spend a day ambling along the ancient stone pathways that make up the spectacular Great Wall of China.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 20-22 Beijing

Arrive in Beijing and become immersed in a city of culture, modernity and chaos. Spend time visiting Tiananmen Square - the largest city square in the world - and the Forbidden City, an oasis of gardens and courtyards in the heart of an urban jungle.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2