Uncover the cities, history and landscapes of China on this exciting adventure.

Encounter ancient wisdom, great emperors, political controversy, ultra-modern development and fascinating characters on this Discover China adventure. Embrace the buzzing modernity of metropolises such as Hong Kong and Shanghai, travel through the verdant rural landscapes of Yangshuo, meet giant pandas in Chengdu and visit the Yangzi’s Three Gorges region. Witness sublime beauty, traditional ways of life and rapid commercialisation. Peer behind the rapidly evolving facade of China, and be enriched by its enduring culture on this captivating tour.

Hong Kong, China
Shanghai, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 169kg pp per trip



Begin this Discover China adventure in dynamic Hong Kong. Vibrating with vitality, Hong Kong’s crowded markets, fascinating special interest museums, creative fashion stores and diverse eateries threaten sensory overload of the best possible kind. Sample the city’s famous dim sum brunch and learn Chinese phrases during a language lesson. At night, head down to Victoria Harbour to catch the dazzling light and sound show.
Marvel at stunning jagged-green karst peaks that border the Li River while travelling to Yangshuo, the perfect place to glimpse local traditions. Perhaps get an up-close look at pastoral culture by taking a cruise along the river, which is dotted with weeping willows, rice paddies, crop fields and fishing villages. Encounter fresh local produce on a market tour, then whip up a feast during a cooking class.
Make tracks to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Wander down Jinli Street, a slabstone-paved walkway with ancient-style buildings on either side, or perhaps seek serenity within exquisite gardens at the historic Wenshu Monastery. Visit a research base to hear of conservation efforts being made to save the giant panda. When hungry, rouse the tastebuds with local specialities loaded with spicy Sichuan peppers, such as huoguo (hot-pot), la zi ji (chicken with chillies) and mapo doufu (spicy tofu).
Unwind while floating down the famous Yangzi River aboard a cruise, and be blown away by the breathtaking limestone scenery of the Three Gorges. Along the way, stop in at Fengdu Temple to be spooked by the statues that are supposed to represent scenes from hell.
Visit the controversial Three Gorges Dam at Yichang, the site of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant. Fly to Shanghai to see how ancient traditions and commerce-driven growth have created an old-meets-new dynamic. Admire the Art Deco beauty of the Bund on a walking tour, wander through the exquisite Ming Dynasty-era Yuyuan Gardens, devour a Shanghai-style feast and be amazed by the death-defying Shanghai Acrobats before saying zài jiàn to China.
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10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Cruise ship, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train
Hotel (7 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Hong Kong - Dim Sum breakfast
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Yangshuo - Cooking school & market tour
  • Yangzi River - Fengdu Temple
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges Dam guided tour
  • Yuyuan Gardens


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Important notes

1. Arrival airport transfer is included, please advise flight details at time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available for this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.

Trip notes

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