21 days,Beijing to Hong Kong

Bargain in bustling markets, hike the Great Wall and explore the Forbidden City, stand face-to-face with Terracotta Warriors, visit a panda sanctuary, cruise the Yangtze, bike through Yangshuo's karst landscape

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Encounter the essence of China in all its wonderful diversity—climb the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta Warriors before heading down south on this 3-week tour of China's cultural and natural highlights. Rest your gaze on the giant Buddha of Leshan and explore ancient mountainside monasteries at Emei Shan, then float down the world-famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze River before stepping out to experience the vibrant rural life and stunning scenery of Yangshuo. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

What's Included

  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Shanghai Museum entrance. Xi'an orientation walk. Terracotta Warriors excursion and tour. Panda Breeding Center excursion (Chengdu). Emei Shan entrance. Overnight stay in a monastery. Leshan Giant Buddha visit. Three Gorges boat trip with tributary excursion. Yangshuo countryside bike ride with local lunch (full-day). Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD350-420 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (11 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts).
  • Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, walking, bicycle, plane, taxi.
  • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Places Visited
Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-4 Beijing

Included visit to the Great Wall and tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 5-7 Shanghai

Visit to the world-famous Shanghai Museum. Opt to take in a breathtaking Chinese acrobat performance.

Day 8-9 Xi'an

Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls or visit the Great Mosque.

Day 10 Chengdu (1D)

Fly to Chengdu. Explore the teahouses and the streets of Chengdu, birthplace of the delicious Sichuan hot pot. Get a massage and perhaps sample some of the local culinary classics.

Day 11-12 Panda Breeding Center and Emei Shan

See the famous giant pandas up close at the Panda Breeding Center and explore Emei Shan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China. Overnight in a monastery with breathtaking views.

Day 13 Leshan/Chongqing

Stop en route at Leshan, home of the largest stone carved Buddha in the world before arriving to Chongqing. In the evening embark on the Chinese-style boat to cruise down the mighty Yangtze through the Three Gorges.

Days 14-16 Yangtze River/Three Gorges

Enjoy the views from the deck and embark on riverside excursions up stunning tributaries and to historic sites. Overnight train from Wuhan to Guilin on Day 16.

Days 17-19 Yangshuo (1L)

Guided cycle ride through the countryside of Yangshuo with included local lunch. Options to experience a local cooking school, practice tai chi or see the Light and Sound show produced by Zhang Yimou. On Day 19 travel by bus and overnight train to Hong Kong.

Day 20 Hong Kong

Cross into Hong Kong and enjoy free time to explore the city.

Day 21 Hong Kong

Depart at any time. We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

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