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 bustle of Hong Kong and Shanghai, marvel at the picturesque scenery of Zhangjiajie, escape from the crowds for a laidback time in Fenghuang and travel down the Yangzi by boat. Then mix with worshippers at Wenshu Monastery and visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu. Discover these delicious contradictions on a travel adventure from vibrant city to rustic countryside and back again.

Start
Hong Kong, China
Finish
Shanghai, China
Countries
China
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 455kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Meet the gentle giant panda
  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of Zhangjiajie
  • 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

Itinerary

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.
Travel to Zhangjiajie, one of the most stunning locations in China. Perhaps trek the surrounding area and take in the soaring mountains, remote villages and the rustic stone bridges, not to mention the plethora of valleys, caves, gorges and streams.
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.
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.
Welcome to Shanghai, one of the world's more fascinating cities. Perhaps wander the Bund, jostle through the Yuyuan Bazaar or peruse ancient treasures in the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy an energetic acrobatic show on the last night, a fitting finale to this Chinese adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Cruise ship, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight boat (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Fenghuang - Walking tour
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges Dam guided tour
  • Zhangjiajie - National Park day trek

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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. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip.
3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Hong Kong to Shanghai trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.

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