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China Panorama

Trip Length

Trip Code

23 days PCCP
Min Altitude Max Altitude

Minimum Passengers

4 people
Minimum Age

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Kunming Beijing
China Panorama

This is a comprehensive journey through China, taking in the splendours of the south, including colourful Yunnan Province, as well as the historical and natural icons of the north.

Beginning in Kunming and continuing to Dali and Lijiang, home to a wide array of ethnic minority people, we explore ancient historic towns and enjoy sweeping panoramic views. Tiger Leaping Gorge is the perfect place for a memorable walk in spectacular surroundings. Flying east to Shanghai we discover the modern face of China wth amazing skyscrapers towering over historic Art Deco buildings. We view giant pandas in Chengdu, visit the fabled Terracotta Warriors in Xian and enjoy a comfortable cruise on the fabled Yangtze River, surrounded by dramatic gorges. We also have the opportunity to dine on the famous hot and spicy cuisine of Sichuan. The final highlights are found in the capital, Beijing - home to the renowned Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, not to mention the Great Wall of China.

Why we love it:

China Panorama

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kunming

Accommodation: Haikun Hotel or similar, Kunming


Day 2-3 : Dali

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Lan Lin Ge Hotel or similar, Dali


Day 4-5: Shaxi

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Huishui Guesthouse or similiar, Shaxi


Day 6-7: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Tina’s Guest House or similar, TLG


Day 8-9: Lijiang

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sanhe Naxi Hotel or similar, Lijiang


Day 10: Kunming - Shanghai

Accommodation: Bund Riverside Hotel or similar, Shanghai


Day 11: Shanghai

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Bund Riverside Hotel or similar, Shanghai


Day 12: Zhouzhuang - Shanghai

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Bund Riverside Hotel or similar, Shanghai


Day 13-14: Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Chengdu Garden City Hotel or similar, Chengdu


Day 15-16: Yangtze River Cruise

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Yangtze cruise, cruise


Day 17: Yichang - Wuhan - Xian

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Union Alliance Hotel or similar, Xi'an


Day 18-19: Xian - Overnight Train

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Union Alliance Hotel or similar, Xi'an


Day 20-22: Beijing

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Dong Fang Hotel or similar, Beijing


Day 23: Beijing

Meals included: 1 breakfast


Your Trip

What's Included


Not Included

What to know


You need a reasonable level of fitness for this tour, including carrying your own bags through busy train stations. There are options for those who are not of a high enough level of fitness to trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shaxi (which may involve additional costs paid to the tour leader on the ground) however you will get the most out of this tour if you are able to participate in all activities. See the Itinerary for more info on these treks.


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.


Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.

We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance


Most nationalities require a visa for mainland China. You must obtain your Chinese visa in advance. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival and Chinese visas can be difficult to obtain outside your country of residence. You may be able to apply for your visa in Hong Kong If you have time here before your trip departs. You will need a Single Entry Tourist for your trip valid for 30 days. Hong Kong is not considered part of mainland China for immigration purposes and most nationalities do not require a visa. Please check with an embassy for specific requirements.



Please list the destinations you will visit in China in chronological order on your application form. Do not mention Tibet anywhere on your application form. While these areas are not off limits to travellers, they are considered politically sensitive, so including these on your visa application could lead to significant delays or your visa being denied.

Name of Host/Inviting Organisation:
Intrepid Travel Beijing Co. Ltd.
606 InterChina Commercial Building
33 Dengshikou Street
Dongcheng District
Beijing 100006
+86 10 6406 7328


* Hotel List - this will be sent to you by your booking agent. If you do not receive this please email us with your booking number and trip details. Please tick the hotels in all destinations that your trip visits.
* Official invitation from licensed Chinese tourism company - this will be provided together with the Hotel List to all travellers regardless of whether it is required by the embassy or not.
* Itinerary – please print off a copy of your specific trip itinerary from our website and include it with your application, listing the dates you will visit each destination.
* Photocopy of your passport.
* Passport size photo (up to 4 may be required).
* Please check with the embassy for any other specific requirements.


We require you to send the following at the time of booking, or no later than 60 days prior to travel: Clear, colour copy of the personal details page of your passport
Please make sure that this copy is for the passport that you will be travelling on. If you have to renew your passport after booking please notify us as soon as you have a new passport number and bring your old passport with you on your trip as well.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading


There are a number of books which make interesting reading and provide insight in the history, politics and culture of the country. Suggestions are: Wild Swans-Jung Chang The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices-Xinran Riding the Iron Rooster-Paul Theroux From Heaven Lake-Vikram Seth One’s Company-Peter Fleming Red China Blues-Jan Wong Mr China’s Son: A Villager’s Life-He Liuyi China, Renaissance of the Middle Kingdom-Odyssey Guide China-Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrase Book-Lonely Planet. The following are recommended for travellers on the Silk Road: The Great Game-Peter Hopkirk Foreign Devils on the Silk Road-Peter Hopkirk.

Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our Beijing Office can be reached on Tel: +861064067328

Local travel

China is a rapidly developing country whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are travelling in this exciting country and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there. Occasionally it may be necessary to amend this itinerary for reasons beyond our control, such as bad weather and poor road conditions. Changes to flight and train schedules do sometimes occur, which may also lead to changes to this itinerary.

Travelling During Holiday Periods

Major holidays in China are Spring Festival (Lunar New Year), first week of May and National Week (first week of October). These are not ideal times to travel in China as literally the entire country is on the move and we schedule less or no tours during these times. There is a major burden on all forms of transport, and despite booking in advance, tickets for planes and trains especially are extremely difficult to obtain. If your tour does travel during this time, plenty of patience and flexibility will be required.

In 2014 Chinese New Year day fall on Friday 31st January, ushering in the Year of the Horse. All days from 30th January to 5th February 2014 are designated as public holidays. In 2015 Chinese New Year will be on 19th February (Year of the Sheep) and in 2016 it will be on 8th February (Year of the Monkey).

Train Travel in China

Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 4-berth ‘soft-sleeper’ class, which are four beds in a compartment. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilet facilities (usually one with a toilet seat and one squat-style in each compartment) are available on all trains, but there are no showers or baths. There are urns or thermos flasks for making hot beverages. It is quite possible that we may be divided over a series of separate compartments and some of us may have to share our compartment with other train travellers. There is no single supplement available for the train. While train travel is an integral part of the China travel experience and offers some of the best chances of meeting and making friends with locals, it can also be quite a culture shock for some travellers.

Travel on the Yangzi River

The boat trip through the Three Gorges offers some incredible sightseeing and is a genuine way to experience the Yangtze River. Many travellers consider it a highlight of their adventure. Please note that all rooms on the cruise are on a twin share basis. If you are not already sharing a room with someone from your group, you may be required to share with someone (of the same gender) from outside your tour group. The Yangtze is an important industrial waterway and all boat travel along it is overseen by the government authorities, so at times itineraries can change without notice either due to nautical conditions or directives from the government. A wide range of river boats is used in our trips, mandated by availability and departure dates. Your tour leader will keep you at all times informed of any changes that may occur.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

30 April 2014

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