Experience the essence of China from Beijing to Hong Kong.

This in-depth tour has proven to be one of the most popular we offer in China. Experience the Middle Kingdom as you take in the major tourist attractions in China and visit some of its lesser-known sites. See the majestic splendour as you tour Beijing, visit the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors before travelling to Hong Kong to soak up the electric vibe. From sizzling Sichuan dishes in Chengdu to the tranquillity of the Buddhist temples in Emei Shan, experience the true essence of China - you won't be disappointed.

Beijing, China
Hong Kong, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
1 666kg pp per trip


  • Cruise along the Yangzi River
  • Join the pilgrims on Emei Shan
  • Admire the Three Gorges
  • Experience electric Hong Kong
  • Cycle through China's stunning countryside
  • Scale the Great Wall of China
  • Tour Beijing's architectural wonders
  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Sample sizzling Sichuan cuisine in Chengdu
  • Fall in love with giant pandas


Walk a stretch of the Great Wall of China, check out Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and stop by Beijing Hui Ling, an Intrepid-supported local organisation that supports intellectually disabled members of the community.
The ancient capital Xi'an is abundant with cultural marvels, including the famous Terracotta Warriors. Perhaps walk or cycle the city wall then devour some tasty morsels at the Muslim Quarter night markets.
The Chengdu region is home to spicy Sichuan cuisine, including the much-loved hot pot. Visit the residents of a giant panda reserve and perhaps watch locals practise tai chi in People's Park. In Leshan, marvel at the world's largest carved stone Buddha.
With clear mountain streams running through subtropical rain forest and old growth forest shrouding ancient monasteries, Emei Shan is one of the most famous Buddhist sites in China. Soak up the immense beauty of the region on a cable car ride.
Travel to Chongqing, gateway to the majestic Yangzi River. Cruise the river and witness the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges. Relax on board or perhaps enjoy a side trip down a tributary of the river.
With limestone mountains towering over rice paddies and the meandering Li River, Yangshuo is a traveller's delight. Cycle through the idyllic countryside past villages, rivers and farms.
Experience the dynamic atmosphere of Hong Kong, where skyscrapers nestle alongside ancient temples and modern city life is only minutes from picturesque islands and beaches. Stay on to go shopping, sample street food or venture up Victoria Peak for fabulous views over the harbour and city skyline.
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3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Cable car, Cruise ship, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Taxi
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (4 nights)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Huiling Foundation visit
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Chengdu - Walking tour
  • Emei Mountain - Scenic Area
  • Emei Shan - Baoguo Monastery
  • Emei Shan - Cable car
  • Great Wall - Jinshanling to Gubeikou trek
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Leshan - Da Fo
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Yangshuo - Countryside cycling guided tour
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges Dam guided tour


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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
3. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for full details.

Trip notes

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China Experience , August 2015

China Experience , August 2015