Experience the essence of China from Beijing to Hong Kong
This in-depth tour has proven to be one of the most popular we offer in China. Experience the Middle Kingdom as you take in the major tourist attractions in China and visit some of its lesser-known sites. See the majestic splendour of Beijing, visit the Great Wall of China and discover the Terracotta Warriors before travelling to Hong Kong to soak up the electric vibe. From sizzling Sichuan dishes in Chengdu and a cruise along the Yangzi River to the tranquillity of the Buddhist temples in Emei Shan, experience the true essence of China - you won't be disappointed.
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Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors, walking the Great Wall (or encountering thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)
Find peace in one of the holiest places in China as you trek around Emei Shan and stay in a monastery, waking to the sound of drums and morning prayers
Learn about the endangered (and adorable) giant pandas’ struggle for survival, and get up close to these unique creatures in Chengdu
Take a tourist boat trip through the iconic scenery of the Yangzi River, which meanders through the dramatic Three Gorges
This trip travels on overnight hard sleeper trains on sections of the journey. Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
The trip covers a fair amount of ground to enable you to see some of China's biggest cities and main highlights, so be prepared for some long travel days.
With walks on the Great Wall and up Emei Shan, you'll need a reasonable level of fitness. Comfortable walking shoes with good support and grip are essential.
This trip includes stays in a range of accommodation from hotels, guesthouses, monasteries and riverboats to trains. While they might not always be as comfortable as home, they allow you to really encounter local life and experience Chinese hospitality on a true adventure.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding the overnight train journeys and Yangzi River boat trip.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class for 2 journeys and in 4-berth 'soft-sleeper' for one. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities. An upgrade to all Soft Sleeper train compartments is available on this trip.
4. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
5. Please make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
7. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our Beijing Office can be reached on Tel: +861064067328
Our China Experience trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 56 reviews in the last year.
This trip is incredible and you really won't regret doing it! Was a wonderful glimpse into Chinese life and left me with a new love for many aspects of their culture. Chinese history is so fascinating and could have stayed for much much longer. In terms of tips - Pack light as you frequently lug your bag on travelling days. If you travel in September as we did you really don't need to take much in terms of warm clothes as it was hot++. Perhaps just one warm top for the plane and transport with AC. You definitely need to have a good level of fitness as lots of walking, plus the long day walk to the monastery, and steps +++. Bring air plugs for sure, and tissues / toilet paper as many of the squat loos don't provide this. And on that note be prepared for some very basic squat loos! We found extra snacks - muesli bars etc really helpful for travel days. Do it - you won't regret it!
Review submitted 26 Sep 2017