Visit China's iconic sites and bustling cities

Take in China's iconic sights and highlights on this in-depth adventure. From Hong Kong to Beijing, discover ancient relics, natural wonders, vibrant cities and a culture and history dating back thousands of years. Whether you're standing atop the Great Wall, checking out the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, cycling past paddy fields or scoffing dumplings in Shanghai, you'll be creating memories of China to last a lifetime.

Hong Kong, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
1 376kg pp per trip


  • See ancient stone warriors in Xi'an
  • Walk a section of the Great Wall of China
  • Stand in the centre of Tiananmen Square
  • Sip tea by a canal in a charming water town
  • Experience the vibrant contrasts of Hong Kong
  • Explore the Chinese countryside on a cycling tour
  • Gasp at the death-defying feats of Shanghai acrobats


Welcome to Hong Kong! Arrive early to soak up the East-meets-West vibe of this eclectic city. Take advantage of the dazzling nightlife or snare a bargain at one of Hong Kong's exciting markets.
Travel to Yangshuo to discover the heart and soul of rural China. Take a cycling tour into the countryside to gain an insight into traditional life and eat lunch at a farmhouse or local cafe.
Catch a jaw-dropping performance by the world-famous Shanghai acrobats and spend free time exploring this thriving metropolis. Stroll along the Bund to see a fascinating array of art deco buildings, explore the old French Concession area or go in search of a dumpling feast. For a slower pace, explore the many treasures of the Shanghai Museum or head to the Yuyuan Gardens, an oasis of calm amid the chaos of the big city.
Catch a glimpse of the past on a visit to a water town. Tranquil and slow-paced, villagers lead a simple life here so take time to appreciate the serenity. Take an optional gondola ride among Xitang’s canals.
Make tracks to Xi'an city and visit the famous Terracotta Warriors. These ancient statues have guarded the First Emperor in an underground necropolis for more than 2,000 years. Cruise around Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, enjoy some hawker-style street food and visit an Intrepid foundation project that assists children with learning disabilities.
Travel the final leg of the trip to lively Beijing. Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. China's Great Wall, an incredible feat of engineering, stretches more than 6,000km. See it up close on a daytrip before a final night out in Beijing.
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2 lunches
Bicycle, Bus, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi, Train
Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall Experience Urban Adventure
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Local-style lunch
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Xitang - Walking tour
  • Yangshuo - Countryside cycling guided tour


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Important notes

1. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see 'Accommodation' in the trip notes for full details.
2. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information
4. This trip is discontinued for 2013. Please contact us or your booking agent for more information and suggested alternatives.

Trip notes

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