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.
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 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding the overnight train journeys, Yangzi River boat trip and the monastery stays
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.
Our China Experience trips score an average of 4.71 out of 5 based on 77 reviews in the last year.
I loved this trip. If in doubt, do it!! It's a great way to see major parts of the country. But that does involve a lot of traveling, so be prepared to pack up every couple of days and move out. Traveling in China is challenging, but very rewarding and very beautiful! The monasteries and hikes are gorgeous. Take a backpack (not a roller bag - it's too cumbersome when navigating through crowds and train stations). Take noise canceling headphones. I was prepared for being jostled by the crowds. I was not at all prepared for how incredibly LOUD China is. Do one hard sleeper train, but then upgrade the rest to the soft sleeper. Can't emphasize this enough! Go with an open mind and be prepared to be wowed by very unique cultural experiences. Definitely do the outdoor show while on the Yangtze river cruise (don't remember the name, but it was stunning!). If you have the chance to learn a little Chinese before you go, do it. It's amazing how much just a little bit will help you navigate the country.
Review submitted 08 Dec 2017
Awesome trip, lots to see, good food (a bit spicy at times), well worth the effort and discomfort felt at times (the sleeper trains are not the greatest form of transport, my advice is upgrade to the soft sleeper and request bottom bunk). Also, get a VPN app on your phone so you can use Google/FB/Line etc. as it is blocked in China, this was a real PITA. Express VPN is a highly regarded VPN, but I have no experience with it. Also, don't bother getting a China Mobile sim card as my experience was not pleasant.
Review submitted 26 Nov 2017