Experience the culture, mysticism and beauty of China in comfort

Discover all the wonder and beauty of fascinating China on a comfortable adventure tour. Ancient emperors, a turbulent revolution and rapid modernisation, China is a nation of great character and intrigue. Explore the captivating landscape between Hong Kong and Beijing, pass by the stunning Yangshuo countryside and cruise down the Yangzi River. Visit Shanghai, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an and the mighty Great Wall of China. Travelling through this rapidly evolving land will give you a deep appreciation and admiration for China's rich and enduring culture.

Start
Hong Kong, China
Finish
Beijing, China
Countries
China
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBKL
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 853kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Stimulate the senses in super Shanghai
  • Visit iconic cultural sights in Beijing
  • Feast on delicious Peking duck
  • Stroll the seemingly endless Great Wall of China
  • Uncover the secrets of Chinese cuisine in a cooking class
  • Indulge in a dim sum brunch in Hong Kong
  • Explore Yangshuo's scenic surrounds
  • Travel down the Yangzi River on a traditional boat
  • Be delighted by Chengdu’s giant pandas

Itinerary

Unearth an elegant mix of culture and glamour. Spend time exploring this former British colony and observe the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures at every turn. Shop up a storm at Temple Street and Stanley Market, chow down a dim sum brunch, become spellbound by the treasures at the many museums or see the city lights on a night cruise around Victoria Harbour.
Admire green-topped limestone peaks towering mightily over the Li River while en route to Yangshuo. Mosey through the local market before mastering traditional techniques in a cooking class. In the evening, check out Yangshuo’s buzzing bar and café cultures.
Learn about the effort to save pandas from extinction at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Use free time to wander through colourful Chengdu attractions including lush gardens, temples and atmospheric teahouses.
Take a relaxing boat ride down the Yangzi River. Admire the dramatic scenery and jagged walls of the Three Gorges before visiting the Yichang Dam - the largest hydro-electric project in the world.
Discover this vibrant city’s eclectic style - which ranges from Art Deco to ultra-modern - on a walking tour of the historical areas. Head to the Bund district and the Yuyuan Bazaar. Visit the exquisite collection of Chinese artwork in the Shanghai Museum, saunter through the magnificent Yuyuan Gardens, savour some classic Shanghai dishes and be wowed by a dare-devil acrobatic performance from the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats.
Hop on a fast train to Hangzhou, a beautiful city renowned for its lakes, temples, tea and cuisine. Visit a local village to learn about tea production and enjoy a traditional Chinese banquet. In free time, choose to spend an afternoon exploring the famous West Lake by boat.
Make tracks to one of the country’s ‘Four Great Ancient Capitals’, see the commencement of the legendary Silk Road and stop by the peculiar Small Goose and Big Goose pagodas before devouring a delicious Chinese Muslim meal. Visit the phenomenal Terracotta Warriors - Xi’an’s famous collection of life-sized Qin Dynasty statues. Learn the mythology behind these stone soldiers that stand guard over the mausoleum of China’s first emperor.
Delve into the hive of activity that exists in Beijing city. Wander through Tiananmen Square, admire the Forbidden City and explore ancient hutongs on foot. Walk the Great Wall of China or take a cable car ride for a better view of this monolithic structure that spans more than 6,000 km. In spare time, why not check out a busy marketplace or shopping centre, hire a bicycle and explore the city’s suburban neighbourhoods or take part in a tai chi lesson. Conclude this grand tour of China with a sumptuous Peking duck feast at one of Beijing’s many fine restaurants.
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Inclusions

Meals
18 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport
Cruise ship, Metro, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (15 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Great Wall - Cable car
  • Great Wall Experience Urban Adventure
  • Hong Kong - Dim Sum breakfast
  • Hutong walking tour
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Local-style banquet
  • Peking duck dinner
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Shanghainese dinner
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Shennong stream tour
  • Sichuan hot pot
  • Tea village visit
  • Xi'an - Dumpling banquet
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - 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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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.

Important notes

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