Made in China

Chengdu's Giant Pandas and Sichuan cuisine
Find your favourite Chinglish menu item
Chopstick etiquette. It exists. Learn it.
Terracotta Warriors of Xian
Yangshuo's limestone karsts
Float among foliage on the Yangshuo River
A Hard Day's Night
The Forbidden City
  • Kick 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)

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Hong Kong

    Old 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 Kong
    Pre-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 Island
    Head to China on Day 2 on a train to Shenzhen
    Board an overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train bound for Guilin

    Day 3-5 - Yangshuo

    Plenty 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 paradise
    Hire bikes for half a day and ride past the limestone outcrops that jut up from the surrounding paddy fields
    Stop in the villages and mingle with the locals
    Hike up the famous Moon Hill and view the surrounding countryside
    Plenty of free time to relax in the many cafes and restaurants that line Xi Jie (West Street), or shop for a bargain in the marketplace
    Catch the overnight train to Chongqing
    Included Activities
    Cycling Tour
    Moon Hill
    Optional Activities
    Yangshuo River Light Show - 250CNY
    Yangshuo Cooking School - 150CNY

    Day 6-9 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Time 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 next
    Make the most of the boat's viewing platform, bar, shop and dining room
    Perhaps take one of the several optional on-shore excursions
    Day 9 disembark in Yichang and overnight train to Chengdu (14 hrs)
    Optional Activities
    Yangtze River Cruise - Fengdu Ghost City -CNY 120
    Yangtze River Cruise - Shennong Stream - CNY 120
    Yangtze River Cruise - Three Lesser Gorges - CNY 120
    Yangtze River Cruise - Baidi Ancient City - CNY 260CNY
    Yangtze River Cruise - ShiBao Zai - CNY 200
    Yangtze River Cruise - Tour of Dam Site (time permitting) -CNY 120

    Day 10-12 - Chengdu & Leshan

    Arrive in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, a province famous for its spicy food
    You’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 hotpot
    Visit Leshan, situated on the shores of the Min River
    View the Giant Buddha (Dafo), located at the convergence of the Dadu and Min rivers
    Drive out to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and seize a rare chance to glimpse this cute and cuddly icon
    Board a sleeper train bound for Xian
    Included Activities
    Panda Breeding Centre
    Leshan Big Buddha
    Optional Activities
    Chengdu - Sichuan Opera and Cultural Show -200CNY

    Day 13-14 - Xian

    Two 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 province
    Explore the awesome army of Terracotta Warriors
    Enjoy free time to wander around this historical city
    Perhaps swing by the Muslim Quarter - a fascinating place to visit
    Why not cycle along the top of the ancient city walls or climb the Bell Tower
    Embark on the sleeper train to Beijing
    Included Activities
    Terracotta Warriors
    Optional Activities
    Xi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda - 80CNY

    Day 15-17 - Beijing & Great Wall

    See 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 attractions
    After entering through an archway beyond Tiananmen Gate, we spend the morning exploring The Forbidden City
    Take a walk along Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.
    Survey the spectacular surrounding countryside from the Wall - the surrounding views are amazing
    Enjoy ample free time to discover the many other sights of Beijing, such as the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven
    The trip ends on Day 17 in the morning in Beijing. You can depart at any time
    Included Activities
    Beijing Forbidden City
    Great Wall Mutianyu
    Optional Activities
    Beijing Acrobats - 200CNY
    Beijing Opera - 200CNY
    Beijing - Shaolin Monks Kungfu Show - 200CNY
  • What's Included

    • • 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.

    Not Included

    • 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.
  • Map Itinerary

  • Trip Dates and Prices

    Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price
    03 Aug 2014 - 19 Aug 2014 2 places left US $1,925 Book Now
    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
    5
    Overall Rating

    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
    5
    Overall Rating

    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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