Made in China
OverviewKick of the fun times in sparkly Hong Kong, bike and hike in Yangshuo, cruise down the Yangtze, hang with the big guy (Giant Buddha) and have a feed of spicy Sichuan treats in Chengdu, see the Terracotta Warriors in Xian and finish up with the Great Wall and all the other cool stuff in Beijing.Tiananmen Square can hold one million people. Its the brithplace of Peking Duck. There are 800 buildings inside the Forbidden City. Yeah, we guess you could say Beijing's pretty interesting.(Was Inland China)
Day 1-2 - Hong KongOld Honkers knows how to put on a show. Head to Victoria Harbour at 8pm every night for a 15-minute music, laser light and fireworks display to rival the Olympics opening ceremony.A free day on Day 1, but arrive early if you can - there's plenty to see in Hong KongPre-departure briefing with your tour guide in the early evening (usually 6 pm)Perhaps take in the spectacular Sound and Light Show on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong IslandHead to China on Day 2 on a train to ShenzhenBoard an overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train bound for Guilin
Day 3-5 - YangshuoPlenty of free time to explore this riverside town and surroundings on bikes and hikes. Xi Jie (West Street) is the perfect spot to relax with a cup of green tea.Explore the Yangshuo region on bicycle and by foot - a photographer's paradiseHire bikes for half a day and ride past the limestone outcrops that jut up from the surrounding paddy fieldsStop in the villages and mingle with the localsHike up the famous Moon Hill and view the surrounding countrysidePlenty of free time to relax in the many cafes and restaurants that line Xi Jie (West Street), or shop for a bargain in the marketplaceCatch the overnight train to ChongqingIncluded ActivitiesCycling TourMoon HillOptional ActivitiesYangshuo River Light Show - 250CNYYangshuo Cooking School - 150CNY
Day 6-9 - Yangtze River CruiseTime to cruise the Yangtze. See towering cliffs plunge into the river and the huge Three Gorges Dam along the way.Arrive at Chongqing, the largest city in China if not the world.Board our boat and cruise down the river.Be immersed in the changing scenery - surrounded by sheer cliff faces one minute and passing a thriving city or a deserted town the nextMake the most of the boat's viewing platform, bar, shop and dining roomPerhaps take one of the several optional on-shore excursionsDay 9 disembark in Yichang and overnight train to Chengdu (14 hrs)Optional ActivitiesYangtze River Cruise - Fengdu Ghost City -CNY 120Yangtze River Cruise - Shennong Stream - CNY 120Yangtze River Cruise - Three Lesser Gorges - CNY 120Yangtze River Cruise - Baidi Ancient City - CNY 260CNYYangtze River Cruise - ShiBao Zai - CNY 200Yangtze River Cruise - Tour of Dam Site (time permitting) -CNY 120
Day 10-12 - Chengdu & LeshanArrive in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, a province famous for its spicy foodYou’re in for a cute-fest today when we stop by the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Challenge of the day: fitting Dafo, the world’s largest image of Buddha, into your camera screen.For dinner, why not try the local delicacy - Sichuan hotpotVisit Leshan, situated on the shores of the Min RiverView the Giant Buddha (Dafo), located at the convergence of the Dadu and Min riversDrive out to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and seize a rare chance to glimpse this cute and cuddly iconBoard a sleeper train bound for XianIncluded ActivitiesPanda Breeding CentreLeshan Big BuddhaOptional ActivitiesChengdu - Sichuan Opera and Cultural Show -200CNY
Day 13-14 - XianTwo massive China drawcards over the next couple of days – the 8000-strong army of Terracotta Warriors and some of the best dumplings in China in Xian’s Muslin Quater.Arrive in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi provinceExplore the awesome army of Terracotta WarriorsEnjoy free time to wander around this historical cityPerhaps swing by the Muslim Quarter - a fascinating place to visitWhy not cycle along the top of the ancient city walls or climb the Bell TowerEmbark on the sleeper train to BeijingIncluded ActivitiesTerracotta WarriorsOptional ActivitiesXi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda - 80CNY
Day 15-17 - Beijing & Great WallSee Beijing at its best – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and head a little out of town to the Great Wall. Finish up things on Day 17.Explore many of Beijing's main attractionsAfter entering through an archway beyond Tiananmen Gate, we spend the morning exploring The Forbidden CityTake a walk along Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.Survey the spectacular surrounding countryside from the Wall - the surrounding views are amazingEnjoy ample free time to discover the many other sights of Beijing, such as the Summer Palace or the Temple of HeavenThe trip ends on Day 17 in the morning in Beijing. You can depart at any timeIncluded ActivitiesBeijing Forbidden CityGreat Wall MutianyuOptional ActivitiesBeijing Acrobats - 200CNYBeijing Opera - 200CNYBeijing - Shaolin Monks Kungfu Show - 200CNY
What to Know
- • Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.• 3-night Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges. Accommodation in a twin-share cabin, with private facilities, on a tourist-class riverboat.• Exploring Yangshuo on bicycle and by foot including Moon Hill and stops at local villages.• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Giant Buddha (Dafo), Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Terracotta Warriors and Beijing Forbidden City & Great Wall.• Free time to explore Hong Kong, Yangshuo, Xian and Beijing.• Overnight trains from Shenzhen to Guilin, Guilin to Chongqing, Yichang to Chengdu, Chengdu to Xian and Xian to Beijing. Accommodation in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 03 Aug 2014 - 19 Aug 2014 Fully Booked US $1,925 Closed 14 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014 Available US $1,940 Book Now 30 Mar 2015 - 15 Apr 2015 Available US $1,780 Book Now 13 Apr 2015 - 29 Apr 2015 Available US $1,780 Book Now 11 May 2015 - 27 May 2015 Available US $1,780 Book Now 08 Jun 2015 - 24 Jun 2015 Available US $1,780 Book Now 06 Jul 2015 - 22 Jul 2015 Available US $1,780 Book Now 03 Aug 2015 - 19 Aug 2015 Available US $1,780 Book Now 14 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 Available US $1,780 Book Now
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Made in China
Kevin - Australia, 22 Jan, 2014
The tour was well structured and included a decent balance between planned activities, optional activities and free time. I was able to visit numerous attractions and cities in China and spend a reasonable time in each place.
Made in China
Thomas - Australia, 4 Feb, 2104
Overall I was very satisfied with this tour and did not expect to enjoy it or have as much fun as i did. The activities in the tour were a lot of fun, I highly recommend all the cycling activities as it was a great way to see a lot of China. The cooking and Kung Fu lessons in Yangshuo were really good. Likewise the Kung Fu show was done to a really high standard and was enjoyable to watch. I enjoyed the group meals and the restaurants we went to. I was sad to leave China but feel inspired to travel again and will eagerly start planning my next holiday!
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