Essential China

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: ACEC

From: £1699.15

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 three-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€commodation 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.

Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Beijing

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

Day 3 Beijing

Explore bustling Beijing including the famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

Day 4 Beijing/Shanghai

Enjoy a free morning before catching a bullet train to vibrant Shanghai.

Day 5 Shanghai

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

Day 6 Shanghai/Xi’an

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

Day 7 Xi’an

Arrive early and opt to cycle along the ancient city walls or visit the Great Mosque.

Day 8 Xi’an

Enjoy a full free day to explore in and around Xi’an. Opt to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a beautiful, brick Buddhist temple.

Day 9 Xi’an/Emei Shan

Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. Later, board an overnight train to Emei Shan.

Day 10 Emei Shan

Arrive in Emei Shan in the late afternoon and travel to the monastery for an overnight stay. Enjoy an orientation walk and some free time to explore the area.

Day 11 Emei Shan

Spend a full day exploring the monasteries, and hiking around the stunning sites of Mt Emei – one of China’s sacred Buddhist peaks.

Day 12 Emei Shan

Visit the Giant Budhha in the morning. Opt to take a tour visiting a local tea farm and one of the region’s old villages.

Day 13 Emei Shan/Chengdu (1D)

Travel by local train to Chengdu. Free exploration in this tea & spice loving city. Enjoy a local Hotpot dinner.

Days 14-15 Chengdu/Yangtze River

See the famous giant pandas up close at the Panda Breeding Centre before boarding a fast train to Chongqing. Later, board the Chinese-style boat and settle in before tomorrow’s cruise down the mighty Yangtze River and through the Three Gorges.

Day 15 Yangtze River

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

Day 16 Yangtze River

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

Day 17 Yangtze River/Liuzhou

Disembark in Yichang and board an overnight train to Liuzhou.

Day 18 Liuzhou/Yangshuo

Drive to 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 19 Yangshuo (1L)

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

Day 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong

Travel back to Guilin for the fast train to Shenzhen, then cross the border into Hong Kong. Enjoy some free time to explore the city.

Day 21 Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
30/09/2018 20/10/2018 0 £2239.00
07/10/2018 27/10/2018 2 £2239.00
14/10/2018 03/11/2018 0 £1999.00
19/10/2018 08/11/2018 0 £1999.00
21/10/2018 10/11/2018 6 £1999.00
28/10/2018 17/11/2018 1 £1999.00
04/11/2018 24/11/2018 2 £1699.15
09/11/2018 29/11/2018 0 £1999.00
11/11/2018 01/12/2018 0 £1999.00
02/12/2018 22/12/2018 16 £1999.00
16/12/2018 05/01/2019 9 £1699.15
06/01/2019 26/01/2019 7 £2099.00
24/02/2019 16/03/2019 12 £2099.00
10/03/2019 30/03/2019 9 £2099.00
17/03/2019 06/04/2019 13 £2099.00
24/03/2019 13/04/2019 10 £2099.00
07/04/2019 27/04/2019 11 £2099.00
14/04/2019 04/05/2019 11 £2099.00
21/04/2019 11/05/2019 16 £2099.00
28/04/2019 18/05/2019 15 £2399.00
12/05/2019 01/06/2019 15 £2279.00
19/05/2019 08/06/2019 14 £2279.00
26/05/2019 15/06/2019 12 £2279.00
09/06/2019 29/06/2019 14 £2279.00
16/06/2019 06/07/2019 16 £2279.00
30/06/2019 20/07/2019 14 £2279.00
07/07/2019 27/07/2019 15 £2279.00
14/07/2019 03/08/2019 16 £2279.00
21/07/2019 10/08/2019 16 £2279.00
04/08/2019 24/08/2019 16 £2279.00
11/08/2019 31/08/2019 16 £2279.00
25/08/2019 14/09/2019 12 £2279.00
01/09/2019 21/09/2019 15 £2279.00
08/09/2019 28/09/2019 12 £2279.00
15/09/2019 05/10/2019 16 £2279.00
22/09/2019 12/10/2019 14 £2279.00
29/09/2019 19/10/2019 16 £2399.00
06/10/2019 26/10/2019 16 £2399.00
13/10/2019 02/11/2019 16 £2099.00
18/10/2019 07/11/2019 16 £2099.00
20/10/2019 09/11/2019 16 £2099.00
27/10/2019 16/11/2019 16 £2099.00
03/11/2019 23/11/2019 16 £2099.00
08/11/2019 28/11/2019 16 £2099.00
10/11/2019 30/11/2019 16 £2099.00
01/12/2019 21/12/2019 16 £2099.00
15/12/2019 04/01/2020 15 £2099.00
12/01/2020 01/02/2020 16 £2099.00
02/02/2020 22/02/2020 16 £2099.00
16/02/2020 07/03/2020 16 £2099.00
01/03/2020 21/03/2020 16 £2099.00
15/03/2020 04/04/2020 16 £2099.00
22/03/2020 11/04/2020 16 £2099.00
29/03/2020 18/04/2020 16 £2099.00
05/04/2020 25/04/2020 16 £2099.00
10/04/2020 30/04/2020 16 £2099.00
12/04/2020 02/05/2020 16 £2099.00
19/04/2020 09/05/2020 16 £2099.00
26/04/2020 16/05/2020 14 £2399.00
03/05/2020 23/05/2020 16 £2399.00
10/05/2020 30/05/2020 16 £2399.00
17/05/2020 06/06/2020 16 £2279.00
24/05/2020 13/06/2020 16 £2279.00
31/05/2020 20/06/2020 16 £2279.00
07/06/2020 27/06/2020 16 £2279.00
14/06/2020 04/07/2020 16 £2279.00
21/06/2020 11/07/2020 16 £2279.00
28/06/2020 18/07/2020 16 £2279.00
05/07/2020 25/07/2020 16 £2279.00
10/07/2020 30/07/2020 16 £2279.00
12/07/2020 01/08/2020 16 £2279.00
19/07/2020 08/08/2020 16 £2279.00
26/07/2020 15/08/2020 16 £2279.00
02/08/2020 22/08/2020 16 £2279.00
09/08/2020 29/08/2020 16 £2279.00
16/08/2020 05/09/2020 16 £2279.00
23/08/2020 12/09/2020 16 £2279.00
30/08/2020 19/09/2020 16 £2279.00
06/09/2020 26/09/2020 16 £2279.00
11/09/2020 01/10/2020 16 £2279.00
13/09/2020 03/10/2020 15 £2279.00
20/09/2020 10/10/2020 16 £2279.00
25/09/2020 15/10/2020 16 £2279.00
27/09/2020 17/10/2020 16 £2399.00
04/10/2020 24/10/2020 16 £2399.00
09/10/2020 29/10/2020 16 £2399.00
11/10/2020 31/10/2020 16 £2099.00
18/10/2020 07/11/2020 16 £2099.00
23/10/2020 12/11/2020 16 £2099.00
25/10/2020 14/11/2020 16 £2099.00
08/11/2020 28/11/2020 16 £2099.00
15/11/2020 05/12/2020 16 £2099.00
29/11/2020 19/12/2020 16 £2099.00
06/12/2020 26/12/2020 16 £2099.00
20/12/2020 09/01/2021 14 £2099.00
27/12/2020 16/01/2021 16 £2099.00

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