Essential China

G Adventures


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 expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

21 days 

 Beijing to Hong Kong


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

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

Day 4 Beijing/Shanghai

Enjoy a free day before an overnight train to 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 acrobat performance.

Day 6 Shanghai

Explore the city during the free day.

Day 7 Shanghai/Xi’an

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

Day 8 Xi’an

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

Day 9 Xi’an

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

Day 10 Xi’an/Chengdu(1D)

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

Day 11 Chengdu/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, and visit the largest stone carved Buddha in the world. Overnight in a monastery with breathtaking views.

Day 12 Emei Shan

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

Day 13 Emei 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 14–15 Yangtze River

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

Day 16 Yangtze River/Guilin

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

Day 17 Guilin/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 18 Yangshuo(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 19 Yangshuo

Enjoy free time for more activities and to explore this beautiful area.

Day 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong

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

Day 21 Hong Kong

Depart at any time.


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