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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.

  • Admire the Three Gorges
  • Cruise along the Yangzi River
  • Cycle through China's stunning countryside
  • Experience electric Hong Kong
  • Fall in love with giant pandas
  • Join the pilgrims on Emei Shan
  • Scale the Great Wall of China
  • Tour Beijing's architectural wonders

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Beijing, China
  • Finish:

    Hong Kong, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (3 nts), Hotel (10 nts), Overnight boat (3 nts), Overnight sleeper train (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bicycle, Boat, Bus, Cable car, Cruise ship, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Taxi
  • 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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1666kg pp per trip
  • 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.

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Days 1-4 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.

Days 5-7 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 8-9 Chengdu/Leshan

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. Home to the world's largest outdoor Buddha, which took 90 years to carve, Leshan is a small city situated at the confluence of three rivers.

Days 10-11 Emei Shan

Emei Shan is one of the holiest places in China. At just over 3000 m high, this mountain has been a centre of pilgrimage for over 1800 years.

Days 12-16 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 17-19 Yangshuo

With great cafes and bars, scenery that is out of a painting and located within traditional Chinese countryside, Yangshuo is understandably one of China's most popular towns.

Days 20-21 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.
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