13 days



Cooking school and market tour in Yangshuo

Chengdu's Giant Pandas and Sichuan cuisine

Walk on remote sections of the Great Wall

The Forbidden City

Yangshuo's limestone karsts

Terracotta Warriors of Xian

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    The giant panda’s diet is 99% bamboo, and they can eat up to 20 kilograms of it every day. Despite having the digestive system of a carnivore, most pandas live like vegetarians. There’s not a lot of energy in bamboo so they have to eat for about 12 hours each day. That’s around 3500 bamboo stalks per panda!

    Why we love it

    • The first stop on this fantastic adventure is China's most famous landmark - the Great Wall.
    • You will travel to a quiet section of the wall and walk along this mighty fortification, which stretches for miles towards the horizon.
    • Back in Beijing you will explore the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
    • Travelling south by train, you will visit the Terracotta Warriors of Xian. Buried for 2000 years, each one has a different costume, height and even facial expression
    • Flying west we visit Sichuan province and meet that region's most famous citizens - the giant pandas.
    • The spectacular limestone karsts of Yangshuo are best explored by bike; you will cycle amongst lush paddy fields, before stopping for lunch at a local family's home.
    • After cruising down the Li River, you will head for the shimmering skyscrapers and bright lights of Hong Kong.


    Day 1 - Beijing

    • On arrival in Beijing you will be transferred to your hotel, which is located in the southern part of the city.
    • In the evening, you will meet your tour leader and the other group members for a pre-tour briefing. This is usually followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant – Peking Duck is a popular choice.
    Dong Fang Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Beijing

    • Beijing offers endless opportunities for exploration.
    • The enormous Forbidden City, built more than 500 years ago (it was off-limits to commoners for most of that time), is a truly amazing place. Its size might surprise you (it is huge!), but what makes it more fascinating is that every square metre has a special point of interest, from intricately carved walkways to colourful, painted ceilings.
    • You will make an afternoon visit to Tiantan Park, better known as the Temple of Heaven Park. Children and adults alike will appreciate this fun-filled area of open space in the city, filled with historical structures.
    • In the evening you will enjoy a performance of the amazing Beijing acrobats.

    Day 3 - The Great Wall - overnight train

    • Today you will travel to Mutianyu, a more remote section of the Great Wall that is not crowded with hordes of other tourists.
    • Standing on top of this incredible engineering feat and surveying the spectacular surrounding countryside is an unforgettable experience. We suggest you bring a solid pair of running or walking shoes - in places there is quite a lot of clambering around to be done, if you are feeling adventurous.
    • After stopping at a local hotel to freshen up, you will leave Beijing tonight on the overnight train headed for Xian, travelling in soft-class, four-berth compartments.
    • The 14-hour trip is a great opportunity for the group to get to know each other. It is also fun trying to communicate with some of the locals and your leader will prove to be invaluable as your translator.
    Overnight Train

    Day 4-5 - Terracotta Warriors - Xian

    • Xian is a wonderful city to explore and the food options are excellent here, ranging from delicious Muslim fare to great little dumplings in Chinese cafes.
    • Widely regarded as the first capital of a united China in 221 BC, the city is rich in history. A half-day tour to the renowned Terracotta Warriors will introduce you to these amazing entombed statues, considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century.
    • Over 6000 of them were individually sculpted from clay, each with a different costume, height, and even facial expression. They stand in battle formation, facing east in order to protect the tomb of China's first emperor, the great Qin Shihuang. Peasants digging a well only discovered the underground vault, which was home to this army for two millennia, in 1974.
    • Xian also has a wonderful Muslim Quarter. A day will be spent wandering the narrow streets, where you will find quaint shops, lively markets, and groups of white-bearded men in skull caps sipping tea in dimly-lit cafes.
    • The Great Mosque here is one of the most important in China.

    Day 6 - Chengdu

    • This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.
    • Sichuan is known for its hot, spicy dishes, considered by the Chinese as the best cuisine in the country. In such a food-loving country, this is no mean feat.
    • A history of trade built on ‘cottage industry’ handicrafts has had a major influence on the development of Chengdu. Recent changes in the regulations in China have seen a revival of this tradition of private industry, and, at almost every turn, you see signs of a thriving market.
    • There will be free time to explore the city. There is a large statue of Chairman Mao in the middle of the city, and the tranquil Renmin Park is well worth a visit, with its beautiful gardens and interesting tea houses.

    Day 7 - Leshan - Chengdu

    • Today you will travel out to Leshan, where you will see the world’s largest Buddha, carved into the hillside near the confluence of the Dadu and Min Rivers.
    • A seated figure (as opposed to the ‘standing’ or ‘reclining’ Buddha images found elsewhere), it is a staggering 71 metres high. It is over 1000 years old and took almost 100 years to build. It is not only impressive at close quarters, but can be viewed on a boat from a distance in order to gain a different perspective.

    Day 8 - Chengdu - Guilin - Yangshuo

    • In the morning you will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, located just outside the city.
    • The giant panda is one of the world's most endangered species and has become an icon for conservation movements everywhere. It is still found in parts of Sichuan province, but very difficult to spot in the wild.
    • You will then transfer to the airport for your 90-minute flight to Guilin. On arrival you will board a waiting vehicle and travel to Yangshuo.

    Day 9-10 - Yangshuo

    • Yangshuo is nestled amongst imposing limestone karst formations, these have inspired poets and painters for centuries. It offers a relaxed and intimate alternative to the major cities of China and is an excellent place to explore by bicycle.
    • You will join one of your local friends and spend a few hours riding amidst the wonderful scenery in the surrounding countryside, including Moon Hill, and meet some of the inhabitants of the nearby villages. (Please note that helmets are not provided for the cycling - these can be bought in Yangshuo or please feel free to bring one from home.)
    • In the afternoon you will take a short drive to Chaolong, where you will be able to learn the art of Chinese cooking.
    • This class will allow the whole family to learn the techniques and skills of Chinese cuisine from experienced chefs and after an afternoon trying out delicious recipes, you will eat what we have made for dinner!
    • You will then have a full free day to explore Yangshuo after watching a demonstration of the art of kung fu. There are many activities available here including calligraphy classes and boat trips on the river or many shops and cafes to browse and relax in.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 11 - Yangshuo – Guilin – overnight train

    • You will enjoy a very relaxing day in Yangshuo – a chance to partake in some of the activities you haven’t had a chance to do as yet.
    • Yangshuo is also one of the better places for souvenir shopping, so make the most of it.
    • Day rooms will be available in the hotel for you to use. In the evening you will head to the railway station in Guilin and board the overnight train to Shenzhen.
    Overnight Train

    Day 12 - Hong Kong

    • In the morning you will arrive in Shenzhen, one of the most rapidly growing cities in China.
    • This former fishing village has given way to a metropolis of gleaming glass skyscrapers. Crossing the border from China into Hong Kong is a busy and time consuming task. It can take up to two hours on each side to clear immigration and customs, and your bags will be with you during this time. Patience is essential.
    • Once on the Hong Kong side of the border you will board the local KCR train into the centre of the city. On arrival in Hong Kong, you will be transferred to your hotel.
    • You will then travel together to the city's highest point - Victoria Peak on the unique Peak Tram and hope that the weather will be clear for spectacular views.
    • There is a spectacular Sound and Light Show each evening, with the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island as a backdrop. This is usually between 8:00pm and 8:20pm, but you will check on arrival with the hotel reception to reconfirm these times.

    Day 13 - Hong Kong

    • The tour will come to an end after breakfast in Hong Kong.
    • Post-tour accommodation is available in Hong Kong - please consult us or your travel agent for details.
    • This would certainly allow time for additional exploration of Hong Kong, highly recommended if you have not visited this vibrant city before.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Beijing’s Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, and Xian’s Terracotta Warriors.
    • Walk on the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
    • Enjoy a Beijing acrobat show.
    • Visit to Chengdu’s Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
    • Chinese cooking class in Yangshuo.
    • Bike ride to Moon Hill, with a visit to a local village.
    • Kung fu demonstration in Yangshuo.
    • Tram ride up Hong Kong's Victoria Peak.
    • Local flights from Xian to Chengdu and from Chengdu to Guilin.
    • Overnight trains from Beijing to Xian and Guilin to Shenzhen. Accommodation in a ‘soft-class’, four-berth compartment (pillows and blankets provided).
    • Arrival transfer.

    Not Included

    • International flights, visa costs, departure taxes, insurance (obligatory on all trips), other meals, drinks, any optional additional tours and activities during free time, spending of a personal nature such as tips, laundry, drinks, souvenirs.
    • Visa costs
    • Departure taxes
    • Insurance (obligatory on all trips)
    • Other meals and drinks
    • Any optional additional tours and activities during free time
    • Spending of a personal nature such as tips, laundry and souvenirs.
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Group size 2 - 16
Start City: Beijing
End City: Hong Kong (China) (Country)

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