Another Brick in the Wall

Chengdu's Giant Pandas and Sichuan cuisine
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant Buddha at Leshan
The Forbidden City
Float among foliage on the Yangshuo River
Yangshuo's limestone karsts
Find your favourite Chinglish menu item
Chopstick etiquette. It exists. Learn it.
Go off with a bang in China
Terracotta Warriors of Xian
  • Hoon from Shanghai across the Great Wall and on to the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Have a gander at a panda in Chengdu, swing by chilled out Yangshuo and finish up in Honkers (Hong Kong for the uninitiated).  

    From Peking duck to fried pork dumplings, a Chinese feed is one of life’s pleasures. Please note: rooster blood, duck tongues and scorpions on sticks are optional.


    Day 1 - Shanghai

    For your obligatory Apple, Gucci and Nike knock-offs head to Shanghai's Fake Market. Hey, at least they're being honest. Phonetically the address sounds like: "Nan jing she loo woo by bah shih how." Handy if you're getting a cab.
    Day 1
    Arrive as early as you can and explore Shanghai under your own steam. You'll need to do this today because we head off for Beijing tomorrow
    Pre-departure briefing with your tour guide in the early evening (approx. 6 pm)
    Optional Activities
    Shanghai Jinmao Tower - 120CNY
    Shanghai Pearl Tower - 100CNY

    Day 2-4 - Beijing & Great Wall

    To say Beijing is crowed might be the understatement of the century. You could squeeze the entire population of Australia into Beijing alone. That's around 20 million people for those playing at home.
    Catch a high-speed train to Beijing
    Explore the Forbidden City
    Take a walk along the Great Wall
    Survey the spectacular surrounding countryside from the wall - the surrounding views are amazing
    Enjoy ample free time to explore the many other sights of Beijing, such as the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven
    Catch six-berth hard-class sleeper train to Xian
    Included Activities
    Forbidden City
    Great Wall Mutianyu
    Optional Activities
    Beijing Acrobats - 200CNY
    Beijing Opera - 200CNY
    Beijing - Shaolin Monks Kungfu Show - 200CNY

    Day 5-6 - Xian

    Arrive in Xian, pop in and pick out your favourite Terracotta Warrior (there are about 1800 to choose from). Your dumpling tour of China begins when you hit the Muslim Quarter for some of the city's best.
    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 a six-berth hard-class sleeper train to Chengdu
    Included Activities
    Terracotta Warriors
    Optional Activities
    Xi'an Big Wild Goose Pagoda - 80CNY

    Day 7-8 - Chengdu

    Get up close to the pandas at Chengdu's Giant Panda Breeding Reseach Base. It's impossible not to feel a bit of small man syndrome at Dafo, the world's largest Buddha statue.
    Arrive in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, a province famous for its spicy food
    For dinner, why not try the local delicacy - Sichuan hotpot
    Visit Leshan on a day trip, 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
    Included Activities
    Leshan Giant Buddha
    Panda Breeding Centre
    Optional Activities
    Chengdu Sichuan Opera - 200CNY

    Day 9-11 - Yangshuo

    Google "chilled out cities in China" and Yangshuo will be at the top of the list. Unless you've spelled 'cities' with a 'k', in which case you're probably looking at pictures of cats wearing sunnies.
    Fly to Guilin and travel by bus to Yangshuo
    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
    Return to Guilin and catch an overnight train to Shenzhen
    Included Activities
    Moon Hill 
    Yangshuo Cycling Tour
    Optional Activities
    Yangshuo River Light Show - 250CNY
    Yangshuo Cooking School - 150CNY

    Day 12-13 - Hong Kong

    Poke around the night market, get lost in the backstreets (but not too lost) and eat at tiny hole-in-the-wall places. If you're down at Victoria Harbour about 8pm and miss the huge fireworks show then you're just not paying attention.
    Take in the views whilst sailing along Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on a Ferry.
    Perhaps take in the spectacular Sound and Light Show on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island
    Why not wander through the Stanley Market 
    Perhaps head out to enjoy some of the many bars and nightclubs around town
    The trip ends on Day 13 morning in Hong Kong. You can depart at any time
  • What's Included

    • • Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.
      • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Beijing Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, Leshan's Giant Buddha, Cycling in Yangshuo.
      • Walk the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
      • Free time to explore Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
      • High-speed train from Shanghai to Beijing.
      • Flight from Chengdu to Guilin.
      • Overnight trains from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Chengdu and Guilin to Shenzhen. Accommodation in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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