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Essential China

Starts: Beijing, China
Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Visit: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Emei Shan, Yangtze River, Liujiang, Yangshuo, Hong Kong

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Budget

Overview

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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 accommodation and transport arranged by our expert Chief Experience Officers, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights

    • Bargain in bustling markets
    • Walk the Great Wall and explore the Forbidden City
    • Stand face-to-face with Terracotta Warriors
    • Visit a panda sanctuary
    • Cruise the Yangtze
    • Ride a bamboo raft through Yangshuo's karst landscape

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126930
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, walking, bicycle, taxi.
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Budget

Starts: Beijing, China
Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 21 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Jia Community Restaurant, Yangshuo Your Discover Moment: Shanghai Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo
    • Great Wall excursion
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
    • Shanghai Museum entrance
    • Xi'an orientation walk
    • Terracotta Warriors tour
    • Emei Shan entrance
    • Leshan Giant Buddha visit
    • Visit the Panda Breeding Centre
    • Yangtze River boat trip through the Three Gorges with tributary excursion
    • Li River bamboo raft ride
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts), Basic Monastery (2 nts), Sleeper Train (2 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts).
    • 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, boat, walking, bicycle, taxi.
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,849 ($136/day)

Deposit:

$350 per person for bookings made 70 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 70 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Itinerary

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Ben T. 

Excellent overview of the culture, and a great taste of this fabulous country.

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Victoria W. 

An excellent itinerary - Essential China - does exactly what it says on the tin! We saw the more western cities and the more remote China..an excellent and balanced mix.

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Helen K. 

This was a great introduction into an amazing country and its people. I will definitely be returning to discover more of China!

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Dahnalda G. 

Incredible! The stressful aspects of travel - taking care of everyday type stuff (where to sleep and how to get from city to city) were taken care of which left so much more time for enjoyable exploration.

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Joel L. 

Had a great experience in China. Our tour leader was great, fellow tour-mates were a lot of fun. Recommend to anyone.

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Roger P. 

A very vigorous physical workout, combined with a stimulating intellectual and emotional experience. We were extremely fortunate with the weather and the companionship of our fellow travelers (hope they felt the same about us!!)

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Nicole G. 

Overall we were very happy with this trip. It is cool to look back on it now and to see how much we covered in 21 days. The Giant Panda Reserve, Great Wall and the Karst Mountains were truly amazing to see.

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Elizabeth L. 

The tour was excellent; I felt the itinerary was very varied and encompassing.

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Brian M. 

We were very happy with the tour guide/s, our accommodation and the transportation too.

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Marianne B. 

It was a trip of a lifetime, a really great experience, seeing so many of China's famous sites and definitely the best way to see such a complex country. The way the tour was organized meant we had the right amount of freedom to do our own thing (although our group enjoyed spending time out together) whilst not having to worry about which platform the train was leaving from, how to get to the hotel etc.. The hotels were, with one exception, better than I'd expected, we were all pleasantly surprised. The best bit of the trip was cycling in the fields around Yangshuo, stunning. However, it was the guide that made the trip, he was so knowledgeable and gave us great honest advice and insights into the country and he was great fun too! As much as we loved seeing the Great Wall and terracotta warriors etc, it was the small things like eating noodles in a local cafe in Chengdu, being jammed in train opposite a woman eating chicken feet and watching the old people ballroom dancing in the park which gave us a view into "real China".

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Sherry W. 

The tour was fantastic! I loved the people in the group and our tour guide, Chris, was amazing! He was a wealth of information and we had a great time at every location.

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Cheryl H. 

I expected China to be somewhat difficult to travel but G Adventures tour was so exceptionally well organized, and our tour guide such a star, that everything ran smoothly so I could just relax, see the sights and enjoy myself.

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Lindsey B. 

A non stop amazing race through China. Well organized, perfect tour leader.

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Kevin K. 

21 days on the Essential China tour and every day was sensational! The tour allowed us time to experience the people, culture and attractions as a group while it also provided a balance of free time to explore. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

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Kerry S. 

Overall,I enjoyed the tour, it gave a good taste of China. Not a fully comprehensive trip of the country but great if you want to experience the surface.

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David M. 

The tour was fantastic - it exceeded our expectations, particularly in regard to the tour leadership, accommodation and overall arrangements. It met our objectives of getting a broad introduction to China and the way its people live.

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Kimm B. 

TRIP WAS EXCEPTIONAL AND WAS EVERYTHING G Adventures PROMISED AND MORE!

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Fabio B. 

A fantastic trip that exceeded expectations, made particularly special by a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.

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Jeremy S. 

An excellent itinerary - "Essential China" does exactly what it says on the tin! We saw the more Western cities and the more remote China..an excellent and balanced mix.

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Edward B. 

I had a wonderful time, and enjoyed the blend of group activities, suggested activities, and free time.

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Kirsten B. 

I thought the tour was extremely good with a good mix of different activities and a good group of people.

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Joanna G. 

Exactly what we were hoping for: the trip we would have planned ourselves minus all the hassles.

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Alesha F. 

We took this trip because we wanted to "experience China," and this trip exceeded our expectations. We saw amazing sites; had the opportunity to interact with local people and get a sense of what life is like in China; ate excellent food; learned a lot about China, it history, culture and politics from our guide Charles; had a lot of fun and met great people. We can honestly say, it was a trip of a lifetime!

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Anna P. 

G Adventures offers the perfect balance between adventure travel and guided tourism. I recommend it to everyone I meet. Both China and Peru stand in my mind as highlights in my lifetime of travel. thank you !!!

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Andrew S. 

The essential china trip far exceeded my expectations. To take on a nation as vast and majestic as china, in only 21 days, is no easy task. Fortunatley, with the genius organization skills of our guide and the cooperation of a great group of strangers, brought together with the same sense of adventure, we were able to crack the cultures surface and look back deep into what the rising superpower of china truly is.

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Colette H. 

A very diverse, culturally interesting tour.

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Shayne R. 

The tour was amazing. I feel that I really experiences China and saw a lot that the country has to offer.

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Kenneth B. 

We wanted a broad experience of China close to the people and we got it. It was tiring with so much traveling but very enjoyable.

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Helen H. 

Extremely comprehensive trip of China for the 21 days.

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Kim H. 

Thank you G Adventures for organizing such an amazing tour of China. I was impressed by the accommodations, the number of different sights we saw and the internal transportation arrangements. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone and would love to do another G Adventure in the near future. I also enjoyed the small group size. We had a great group of people who all got on well. I have developed international friendships which was an unexpected bonus to the whole experience!

Tour Operator

G Adventures

G Adventures is a tour operator providing small-group tours, safaris and expeditions all over the world. But there's more to it than affordability and product depth – G Adventures is in the business of changing people's lives.  

As the world's largest independent adventure travel company, G Adventures brings curious travellers from different backgrounds together to experience, learn, share, and explore this incredible planet we all inhabit.

In 1990, Bruce Poon Tip founded G Adventures with nothing more than two credit cards and a burning desire to create an authentic, sustainable travel experience like nothing the world had ever seen. By offering adventure-craving travellers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and motorcoach tours they were accustomed to, he not only changed the way people looked at their holiday time, but changed the face of travel forever. Over 26 years later, the only thing that hasn’t changed is an inherent belief in the core values that continue to inspire our being and business today.

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