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Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balances Chinas highlights with a look at its wild side, this three-week tour gives you the classics before taking you further afield to the hidden gems. Best of all, you get the free time you need to explore at your own pace. Whether wandering mountain monasteries or cycling through the regions watercolour scenery, this tour will take you down the road less travelled.


Duration: 21 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126900
Starts: Beijing, China Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
You will visit
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Beijing

Travel out of Beijing to explore the Great Wall at Mutianyu, an incredible piece of engineering stretching almost 3000km westwards from mountain ridges north of Beijing. Spend the day exploring the wall, taking photos, and chatting up souvenir hawkers.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu visit

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Day 3: Beijing/Xi’an

Enjoy an included visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Use your free afternoon to shop in the various markets scattered throughout the city. Take tours of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's old city or the Summer Palace, or visit a Tibetan Monastery. In the evening, board an overnight train to Xi'an.

Included Activities:
Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
Forbidden City

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))

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Day 4: Xi’an

Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.

With some free time, opt to visit the Bell and Drum Towers and the vibrant Muslim Quarter with its lively market and Great Mosque. In the evening, opt for a feast at a local dumpling banquet.

Central Xi'an is still enclosed by Ming Dynasty walls, which are a great place to view the city. An excellent option is to rent a bicycle and ride around the city on the top of the walls. Visit one of the parks or squares and watch the locals ballroom dance or practice tai chi in the morning.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

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Day 5: Xi’an

Visit the Terracotta Warriors, located a short drive out of town. The army of warriors was discovered in 1974, having been buried for more than 2000 years. Learn all about this once-buried treasure.

Included Activities:
Terracotta Warriors Visit

Transport:
Take an excursion to the Terracotta Warriors and back by private vehicle.
Private Vehicle

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Day 6: Xi’an/Emei Shan

Spend the day exploring Xi'an before catching an overnight train to Emei Shan.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (19.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Emei Shan

Continue on to Emei Shan and check into the monastery. This accommodation is very basic, but the experience and the views are breathtaking.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 8: Emei Shan

Lace up your hiking boots for treks around Emei Shan. Opt to take the cable car or public bus' to explore the area.

Included Activities:
Mount Emei (Shan) Visit

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Day 9: Emei Shan/Chengdu

En route to Chengdu, stop for an optional visit to the world's largest outdoor sitting Buddha in Leshan.

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city of almost 12 million people, which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions.

One of these traditions is the Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppetry, and incredible 'changing faces' act performed as part of the opera are a feast for the eyes.

Transport:
Private transfer to Leshan with an optional to visit the Giant Buddha.
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Catch express train from Leshan to Chengdu.
Local train (1.25 hour(s))

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Day 10: Chengdu/Lijiang

Take a flight to Lijiang.

Spend time in Lijiang getting lost in the small pedestrian lanes that meander throughout the town. Every twist and turn reveals picturesque old buildings, local arts and crafts, fast flowing canals, and beautiful arched bridges.

Included Activities:
Giant Panda Breeding Center
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 11: Lijiang

Opt to spend an afternoon resting in a pavilion in the Black Dragon Pool Park, gazing at the reflection of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain or listening to local Naxi music.

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Day 12: Lijiang/Hetaoyuan

In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast-flowing Yangtze has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow that legend has it a tiger once escaped capture by jumping across it.

This area definitely rivals the well-known Three Gorges as the most spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River. Hiking the route is surely the best way to experience the landscape.

Included Activities:
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1

Transport:
First-class bus (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Hetaoyuan/Lijiang

Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. Typically, return to Lijiang at the end of the second day's trek.

Included Activities:
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2

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Day 14: Lijiang/Dali

The town is small enough to explore on foot, but a bicycle or bus ride can take you to see smaller Bai villages, or to visit the colourful markets where women in traditional dress sell their handicrafts.

Transport:
Grab a taxi to the bus station before boarding the express bus to Dali. From there, take a 10-min cart ride into the ancient walled town.
First-class bus (3.50 hour(s))

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Day 15: Dali

Enjoy a free day to explore markets, scenery, and temples.

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Day 16: Dali/Kunming

Travel by bus to Kunming and explore the Green Lake and local markets on an included city tour.

Included Activities:
City Tour with Local Flower and Bird Market

Transport:
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Continue on by express bus to Kunming.
First-class bus (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 17: Kunming/Yangshuo

Often remembered as a highlight on a trip to China, Yangshuo has some of the country's most spectacular scenery along with a vibrant countryside and relaxed atmosphere.

Hop on a bicycle and head off the beaten track for a ride into the countryside. It's like cycling through a traditional Chinese painting. Mountains, rivers, bamboo, rice paddies, water buffalo — there's something new to see at every turn.


Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle

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Day 18: Yangshuo (1L)

Enjoy an included river cruise on the Li River. Embark from Fuli town, taking in views of the mountainous landscape as you cruise down this scenic river.

Included Activities:
Li River Cruise

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Day 19: Yangshuo

Enjoy free time to continue exploring Yangshuo.

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Day 20: Yangshuo/Hong Kong

Arrival to Shenzhen and cross the border by foot. Catch the metro into the heart of Hong Kong. Prepare for the extreme change of pace and enjoy a last night in the most dynamic city in Asia.

With extra time here, explore Stanley Park, shop and eat in one of the many night markets, visit Victoria Peak or take a harbour cruise for incredible views.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Metro

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Day 21: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
    • Xi'an orientation walk
    • Terracotta Warriors excursion
    • Panda Breeding Center visit (Chengdu)
    • Emei Shan hike
    • Lijiang UNESCO World Heritage site orientation walk
    • Tiger Leaping Gorge trek
    • Dali orientation walk
    • Kunming city tour
    • Li River cruise (Yangshuo)
    • Internal flights
    • Border crossing support
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (12 nts), guesthouses (4 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper train (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, plane, air-con bus, public bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Meet the Terracotta Warriors
  • Sleep overnight in a monastery
  • Hike Emei Shan and Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Marvel at the Li River countryside near Yangshuo
  • Bask in the glamour of Hong Kong


Reviews (17)
Lisa H. Posted on: 

Great mix of places, right pace of itinerary, most hotels good, leader (Puma Wang) was fabulous

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Jochen Robert S. Posted on: 

The tour was a great and unforgettable experience. The destinations are well chosen and allow an excellent insight in different aspects of China and its people.

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Rowan P. Posted on: 

This tour was my first experience with over seas travel. I will be using it again.

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Darlene S. Posted on: 

This was my first big travel trip since high school and I was traveling alone. The trip was what you make of it and for me it was a total blast. Don't worry about traveling solo.

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Anne Elizabeth G. Posted on: 

In terms of getting an overall feel for China, this was a great choice...Big cities and small, countryside and villages...active and relaxed. Nice balance.

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Marion M. Posted on: 

An excellent itinerary. An in-depth look at the variety of landscapes and lifestyles of China and her people.

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Rebecca G. Posted on: 

Excellent trip. Well paced, interesting and a lot of fun. Great, knowledgeable guide, beautiful scenery, enjoyable activities.

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Mark H. Posted on: 

I thought the trip was well planned with a balance of busy days and individual time.

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Catherine Elaine D. Posted on: 

Overall the tour was great, I met some wonderful people, and saw more than I imagined, China truly is a beautiful place.

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Richard G. Posted on: 

The variety and depth of experiences on the tour was even more than I had expected -- the diverse natural beauties of the Chinese countryside -- the differences between the cities large and small on the itinerary -- the local experiences among the ordinary Chinese -- and the great people I had the pleasure to travel with -- all made this a trip of a lifetime for me, filled with fantastic memories.

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David F. Posted on: 

the tour went from downtown city to remote hiking areas. it was really quite a diverse experience. I cant say enough nice things about the whole experience, They really have done their homework! truly a worry free trip & i don't know how you do it so cheaply!! thank you!!!!

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Cheryl B. Posted on: 

Vincent was an excellent guide who was able to explain cultural details quite well. He was willing to tell of his family's experience in the cultural revolution which was quite interesting. He also helped us choose authentic Chinese food which we all enjoyed.

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Jodie F. Posted on: 

This tour was fantastic. Loved the whole itinerary and would highly recommend to anyone wanting to visit China for the first time.

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Harrison H. Posted on: 

Dragon was an excellent tour leader. Informative and funny! We got to see everything and loved every minute of it. Thanks !

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Laura P. Posted on: 

Overall managed to see a lot of China I would not have normally chosen to do but it was all amazing! Managed to challenge myself a lot in the physical activities and I think I learned a lot about myself.

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William D. Posted on: 

This was a great tour to do to get a wider view of China, with many different types of activities and places. I had a great time.

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Stephanie V. Posted on: 

It was a really great tour. I got to see a very wide range of places in such a big country! I got to learn a lot about Chinese culture as well.

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