China Experience Itinerary

Travel to China and tour Beijing, visit the Great Wall of China, travel from Xi'an to Chengdu and see the Terracotta Warriors before travelling to Hong Kong.

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Forbidden city, Beijing

Giant panda reserve in Chengdu

The Great Wall, China

Hong kong at night

Terracotta warriors, Xian

Happy Monks

Days 1-4 Beijing/Great Wall

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 5-7 Xi'an

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 8-9 Chengdu/Leshan

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 10-11 Emei Shan

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 12-16 Yangzi River

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight boat - 3, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 17-19 Yangshuo

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 20-21 Hong Kong

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1