Ancient sites, bright lights and cultural rites in captivating China

Travelling in China reveals a country of exciting contrasts, a place where city lights brighten ancient alleyways, where spectacular, natural landscapes conceal imperial monuments and where village life continues as it has for centuries. Breathe in the vibrancy of Hong Kong and Shanghai, escape from the crowds in laid back Fenghuang, bike ride in Hangzhou and cruise along the famed Yangzi. Discover these distinctive contradictions as we traverse from beating city to rustic countryside and back again.

Hong Kong, China
Shanghai, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
1 455kg pp per trip


  • Meet the gentle giant panda
  • Cycle along the magnificent West Lake of Hangzhou
  • Uncover the history and culture of Shanghai
  • Rub shoulders with worshippers at Wenshu Monastery
  • Experience the bright lights and buzz of sleek Hong Kong
  • Step back in time in ancient Fenghuang
  • Hop on a boat tour of the Three Gorges


Arrive in Hong Kong and be captivated by the city's bright lights and energetic vibe. For a little space amid the madness, head to the parks or beaches or scale Victoria Peak for great views over HK. Indulge in a dim sum brunch or shop up a storm at Stanley Market.
Learn about the customs and culture of the Tujia and Miao minorities while in Fenghuang – one of China’s most well-preserved ancient cities. Stroll the atmospheric streets, stopping at local diners, silver shops and historical residences. Visit forgotten sections of the Great Wall on a walk through rice paddies and towering limestone karsts.
Learn some traditional Chinese card games on a scenic train ride through the countryside. Experience everyday Chinese life in Yichang and visit the hydroelectric dam project. Embark on a relaxing boat trip through the panoramic delights of the Three Gorges.
Travel to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province, with its spicy cuisine, countless artisans and lively atmosphere. Take a walk around the city, stopping to admire the giant Mao Zedong statue in Culture Square. Perhaps take a cooking class, pass through Wenshu Temple to mingle with worshippers, or experience the passion and drama of a Sichuan Opera.
Cycle around Hangzhou’s picturesque West Lake, meet giant pandas at a specialist breeding centre and visit a local village to sample some Dragon Well tea. In free time, why not check out the Silk Museum or take a meandering boat cruise along the lake.
Welcome to Shanghai, one of the world's greatest cities. Perhaps wander the Bund, jostle through the Yuyuan Bazaar or peruse ancient treasures in the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy an energetic acrobat show on the last night, a fitting finale to this Chinese adventure.
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4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Bicycle, Boat, Cruise ship, Metro, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi
Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight boat (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Cycling tour around West Lake
  • Derhang Village visit and trek
  • Fenghuang - Walking tour
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges Dam guided tour


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Important notes

1. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.

In 2013 the CBSH will become a 15 day trip with the include Zhangjiajie. The itinerary will change as follows:

Days 1-2 Hong Kong
Days 3-4 Zhangjiajie
Days 5-6 Fenghuang
Days 7-10 Yangzi River
Days 11-12 Chengdu
Days 13-15 Shanghai

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