Get 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 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.

Start
Hong Kong, China
Finish
Beijing, China
Countries
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSMC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
2 090kg 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
  • Meet the gentle giant panda

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

Meals
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus
Accommodation
Guesthouse (5 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Overnight boat (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Fenghuang - Walking tour
  • Great Wall - Gubeikou section
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Xitang - Walking tour
  • 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, please ask your booking agent for more information

Important notes

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