Multi-Day Tour

Essential China (21 days)

G Adventures Inc.

Beijing, China To Hong Kong, China

Valid for Departures: 29 Apr 2018 - 15 Dec 2019

Essential China (21 days)

Day 10

Emei Shan

Day 11

Emei Shan

Day 12

Emei Shan

Day 13

Emei Shan/Chengdu

Day 19

Liuzhou/Yangshuo

Day 20

Yangshuo

Day 21

Yangshuo/Hong Kong

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Beijing, China
None None
Day 1 Beijing: Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2
Beijing, China
None None
Day 2 Beijing: Travel north to the Great Wall. One of the most iconic sights in all of China, spend the better part of the day exploring and taking photos, soaking in the atmopshere. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Drive through the city and countryside to reach the Great Wall's Mutianyu section. Take the same transportation back. Private Vehicle
Day 3
Beijing, China
None None
Day 3 Beijing: Explore the vast expanses of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Use free time to shop in the various markets scattered throughout the city, take a tour of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's old city or visit the Tibetan Monastery. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour
Day 4
Beijing, China
None None
Day 4 Beijing/Shanghai: Enjoy a free morning before a bullet train ride to Shanghai. Overnight in Shanghai. Transport: Relax an enjoy smooth ride at 300km per hour and scenery along the way. Bullet train
Day 5
Shanghai, China
None None
Day 5 Shanghai: Take an orientation walk down one of the city’s most famous streets, Nanjing Road, ending at the Shanghai Museum, one of the best in the country. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Shanghai Museum
Day 6
Shanghai, China
None None
Day 6 Shanghai/Xi'an: Temples, markets, gardens and colonial enclaves are around every corner. Spend some time exploring the Yuyuan Gardens or the old alleyways. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 7
Xian, China
None None
Day 7 Xi'an: Arrive in Xi'an in the morning and, after checking into the hotel, opt to visit one of Xi’an’s most fascinating areas – the Muslim Quarter. Tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque, a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, bargain at souvenir stalls and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.
Day 8
Xian, China
None None
Day 8 Xi'an:
Day 9
Xian, China
None None
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. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour Transport: Drive out to the Terracotta Warriors site, located about an hour out of the city. Private Vehicle Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 10
Emei Shan
None None
Day 10 Emei Shan: Settle in for a stay at the monastery – one of the highlights of the trip! Facilities are basic but the views and the experience will take your breath away. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 11
Emei Shan
None None
Day 11 Emei Shan: Spend a full day exploring the monasteries, stunning vistas and sites of Mt Emei – one of China's sacred Buddhist peaks. Included Activities: Emei Shan Hike
Day 12
Emei Shan
None None
Day 12 Emei Shan: Visit Giant Budhha in the morning, optional take a tour visiting local tea farm and one of the region's old villages. Included Activities: Leshan Giant Buddha Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle
Day 13
Emei Shan/Chengdu
None None
Day 13 Emei Shan/Chengdu: Travel by local train to Chengdu. Free exploration in this tea & spice loving city. Enjoy a local Hotpot dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle Local train
Day 14
Chengdu, China
None None
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. Included Activities: Giant Panda Breeding Center Transport: Local train Chinese-style boat
Day 15
Chengdu, China
None None
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. Included Activities: Giant Panda Breeding Center Transport: Local train Chinese-style boat
Day 16
Yangtze River, China
None None
Day 15 Yangtze River: Spend two days on board a basic boat traversing through the Three Gorges en route to Yichang. Along the way take the opportunity to visit some of the many attractions and towns. There is the opportunity to leave the boat to take an early morning trip down a tributary of the Yangtze River. Additional Notes: The cabins are clean, twin-share with private toilet and shower facilities, but not luxurious. There is basic Chinese food available in the restaurant on board. Included Activities: Yangtze River Cruise Transport: Chinese-style boat
Day 17
Yangtze River, China
None None
Day 16 Yangtze River: Spend two days on board a basic boat traversing through the Three Gorges en route to Yichang. Along the way take the opportunity to visit some of the many attractions and towns. There is the opportunity to leave the boat to take an early morning trip down a tributary of the Yangtze River. Additional Notes: The cabins are clean, twin-share with private toilet and shower facilities, but not luxurious. There is basic Chinese food available in the restaurant on board. Included Activities: Yangtze River Cruise Transport: Chinese-style boat
Day 18
Yangtze River, China
None None
Day 17 Yangtze River/Liuzhou: Disembark in Yichang and board an overnight train to Liuzhou. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 19
Liuzhou/Yangshuo
None None
Day 18 Liuzhou/Yangshuo: Arrive in Liuzhou early in the morning and travel to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Here, there are so many activities to choose from— bamboo rafting, rock climbing, hiking, acupuncture and traditional massage, the Light and Sound Show, calligraphy lessons, tai chi, or a countryside cooking class. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 20
Yangshuo
None Lunch
Day 19 Yangshuo: Cycle out over the mostly flat fields to get more of a feel for the region. Ride past rice paddies with water buffalo and stare up at towering limestone karsts. En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch with options like the local beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine. Included Activities: Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Day 21
Yangshuo/Hong Kong
None None
Day 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong: Arrive late morning to Shenzhen, cross the border and catch the metro into the heart of Hong Kong, arriving late afternoon. Prepare for the change of pace as you enjoy your last night's dinner in the most dynamic city in Asia. Explore Stanley Market, shop, eat, go to the top of Victoria Peak or take a harbour cruise. Included Activities: Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong) Transport: Private Vehicle Local train Metro
Day 22
Hong Kong, China
None None
Day 21 Hong Kong: Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

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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 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 accommo...

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