Was $3359  — Savings of 15% on Jun. 21, 2015
21 days,Beijing to Hong Kong

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

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 China’s highlights with a look at its ‘wild’ side, this 3-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 region’s watercolour scenery, this tour will take you down the road less travelled.

What's Included

  • 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
  • 1 lunch. (Allow USD315-450 for meals not included.)
  • Train, plane, air-con bus, public bus, walking.
  • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Simple hotels (11 nts), guesthouses (4 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper train (3 nts).
Map of the route for Click to enlarge
Places Visited


Day 1Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Beijing

Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.

Day 3Beijing/Xi’an

Walk the legendary grounds of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before an overnight train to Xi'an.

Day 4Xi’an

Arrive in Xi'an and take an orientation walk of the city before using free time to explore.

Day 5Xi’an

Enjoy an included visit to one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures — the Terracotta Warriors.

Day 6Xi’an/Emei Shan

Enjoy free time to explore. Later, board an overnight train to Emei Shan.

Day 7Emei Shan

Arrive in Emei Shan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, and stay in a basic monastery.

Day 8Emei Shan

Enjoy free time to hike in the area before another night in the remote monastery.

Day 9Emei Shan/Chengdu

Visit Leshan with an option to see the giant Buddha. Continue to the vibrant, modern city of Chengdu. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.

Day 10Chengdu/Lijiang

Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. In the afternoon, fly to Lijiang, a World Heritage-listed town. Enjoy an orientation walk.

Day 11Lijiang

Enjoy a free day to explore Lijiang.

Day 12Lijiang/Hetaoyuan

Trek Tiger Leaping Gorge, a spectacular trail following the Yangtze River that cuts through the dramatic gorge.

Day 13Hetaoyuan/Lijiang

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

Day 14Lijiang/Dali

Explore this ancient walled town on an orientation walk. Choose to visit the stunning 'Three Pagodas' or one of the local markets.

Day 15Dali

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

Day 16Dali/Kunming

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

Day 17Kunming/Yangshuo

Spend the morning in Kunming before a flight to Guilin and bus to Yangshuo. Enjoy the next three days exploring the beautiful countryside around the Li River.

Day 18Yangshuo(1L)

Relax on an included Li River cruise passing through a seemingly endless range of stunning karst mountains. Enjoy lunch at a local farmer's house.

Day 19Yangshuo

Enjoy free time to continue exploring Yangshuo.

Day 20Yangshuo/Hong Kong

Travel to Guilin to board a fast train to Shenzhen. Cross the border to Hong Kong and enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.

Day 21Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

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