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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
  • Yangtze River boat trip through the Three Gorges with tributary excursion
  • Yangshuo countryside bike ride with local lunch (full-day)
  • Internal flight
  • Border crossing and language support
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD350-420 for meals not included.)
  • 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
  • Hotels (11 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts).
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Places Visited

Day 1Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Beijing

Head out to discover the wonders of the Great Wall of China.

Day 3Beijing

Visit the famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City before free time to explore.

Day 4Beijing/Shanghai

Enjoy a free day before an overnight train to Shanghai.

Day 5Shanghai

Take a walk along the bund before a visit to the world-famous Shanghai Museum. Opt to take in a breathtaking Chinese acrobat performance.

Day 6Shanghai

Explore the city during the free day.

Day 7Shanghai/Xi’an

Enjoy free time before boarding an overnight train to Xi’an.

Day 8Xi’an

Opt to cycle the ancient city walls or visit the Great Mosque.

Day 9Xi’an

Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors.

Day 10Xi’an/Chengdu(1D)

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

Day 11Chengdu/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. En route stop at Leshan, home of the largest stone carved Buddha in the world and opt to visit. Overnight in a monastery with breathtaking views.

Day 12Emei Shan

Hike around Emei Shan and learn more about this significant area.

Day 13Emei Shan/Yangtze River

Travel by bus to Chongqing. In the evening embark on the Chinese-style boat to cruise down the mighty Yangtze River through the Three Gorges.

Days 14–15Yangtze River

Enjoy the views from the deck and embark on riverside excursions up stunning tributaries and to historic sites.

Day 16Yangtze River/Guilin

Disembark in Yichang and travel to Wuhan to board an overnight train to beautiful Guilin.

Day 17Guilin/Yangshuo

Drive to nearby Yangshuo, a backpacker town set amongst the picture-perfect limestone karsts by the Li River. Opt to try a cooking class, practice tai chi or see the Light and Sound show produced by Zhang Yimou.

Day 18Yangshuo(1L)

Take a full-day bike ride through the surrounding countryside with a local guide to gain insight into rural Chinese life. Enjoy lunch at a local family's home.

Day 19Yangshuo/Shenzhen

Enjoy some free time before boarding the overnight train to Shenzhen.

Day 20Shenzhen/Hong Kong

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

Day 21Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

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