Super Massive Giant China
In 210BC when the first Emperor of China died, he had every man working on the Terracotta Army buried alive to keep him company. But he also unified China and standardised writing. So, you could argue he's not a total monster.
(Was China Odyssey)
Day 1-4 - Beijing - Great Wall
Stay in the thick of Beijing’s action at our hotel with rooftop bar and view of Tiananmen Square. We've also managed to find a section of the Great Wall that's still relatively undiscovered.
- Arrive in Beijing and enjoy free time to explore many of the city's main attractions
- Pre-departure briefing with your tour guide in the early evening (approx. 6 pm)
- 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 Forbidden City, Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven
- Board an overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train for Xian
Day 5-6 - Xian - Terracotta Warriors
It’s said there are 7000 warriors at the site, but only about around 1800 have been excavated. Each warrior is different; look for moustaches, hair, smiles, frowns and sneaky sideways glances.
- 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
- Board an overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train for Shanghai
Day 7 - Shanghai
The Bund, Art Deco buildings Yuyuan Gardens blah blah blah...dumplings!
- Take a stroll along the famous river waterfront known as The Bund
- Optional visit to Yu Gardens, a fine example of a classical Ming Dynasty garden
- Enjoy plenty of free time to visit any of the fascinating museums or the many shopping arcades
- Cut loose in some of Shanghai's many bars, restaurants and nightclubs
Day 8-10 - Yellow Mountain - Hongcun Village
This is the China of medieval movies. The craggy peaks of Yellow Mountain make for a great place to go walking, but you can also catch the cable car.
- Catch the bus to Yellow Mountain (Huangshan)
- Head up Yellow Mountain's eastern steps by foot or cable car for spectacular views
- The more adventurous can walk up the eastern steps and down the western steps
- Optional visit to the Jade Gorge where the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed
- Overnight in traditional village of Hongcun
Day 11-12 - Shanghai
Hit Shanghai for its great cafes and restaurants. Perhaps catch a lift up to the top of one of the seriously high skyscrapers on the Pudong side and enjoy a cocktail while you're there.
- Travel back to Shanghai
- Last chance to grab a plate of your favourite xiao long bao. We also recommend finding some sheng jian bao - a final pork dumpling fix.
- Enjoy a night out on the town
Day 13-14 - Xiamen
Travel to Fujian province and the seaside city of Xiamen. This is the original home of the Hokkien people whose delicious noodles have made their way across Southeast Asia.
- Travel down the coast to Xiamen.
- In your free day catch a ferry across to Gulangyu Island and check out the elegant buildings and cobbled streets from the colonial era.
- Check out the seaside scenery take a walk along the beach.
Day 15 - Tolou Village
Spend a night in a fortified Hakka dwelling and pretend that you're in China during the Middle Ages.
- Travel out to the countryside to a 'tolou' village. 'Tolou' means 'earthen structure'
- These circular buildings are some of the most amazing houses in China, and we get to stay in one!
- Learn about the lifestyle of the Hakka people who built these communal homes.
Day 16-18 - Yangshuo
You can't come to Yangshuo without trying the famous beer fish. Carp (yes, we know, just stick with us) is fried skin-side down and tossed with beer, pickled chilli, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce and spring onions. Continue to Guilin and board a private bus on to Yangshuo
- Spend two days exploring the region on bicycle and by foot
- Ride bikes past the limestone outcrops that jut up from the paddy fields on the way to Moon Hill
- Perhaps opt to climb Moon Hill or explore some of the caves in the area, such as Black Buddha and New Water
- Stop in the villages en route and mingle with the locals
- Enjoy plenty of free time to relax in the many cafes and restaurants that line Xi Jie (West Street)
Day 19-21 - Longji Rice Terraces
These are the rice terraces that you see on postcards - only bigger and more awesome! You'll need to trek for the best part of a day but get to meet some amazing village folks and get some great views.
- Travel by public bus to the Longji region via Guilin and Longsheng (approx 4.5 hrs). Pack an overnight bag for our two night stay here as we leave our main luggage at the train station to pick up again on our return.
- Hike through the terraces to visit local hilltribe communities and learn about village life. Expect to walk around 5 hours on our second day here although actual trekking times will depend on the location of our accommodation and the fitness of the group.
- In Longji, we stay in local guesthouses.
- Bus back to Guilin (approx 3 hrs)
- Take an overnight hard sleeper train to Shenzhen - gateway to Hong Kong (approx 13 hrs).
Day 22-23 - Hong Kong
Grab a bargain at Stanley Market or maybe ride to Victoria Park for epic city views and cap it all off with high tea at the Peninsula.
- Arrive in Shenzhen and catch a train to Hong Kong, taking in the skyline of the city en route
- Free time on arrival - perhaps take a funicular ride up to Victoria Peak and enjoy views over the city, visit the market or spend time shopping
- Get together for an optional final group dinner or enjoy some of the many bars and nightclubs around town
- Watch the free Sound and Light Show on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island
- The trip ends this morning in Hong Kong. You can depart at any time
What to Know
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour and local site guides at some sites.
• Sightseeing: Beijing, Terracotta Warriors, Huangshan, Shanghai and Xiamen.
• Visit traditional Chinese villages of Hongcun and Tolou.
• Walk on a famous section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
• Explore the mystical countryside around Yangshuo.
• Hike through the rice terraces of Longji.
• Free time to explore Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Xiamen.
• Fly from Xiamen to Guilin.
• Overnight trains from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Shanghai and Guilin to Shenzhen. Accommodation in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins.
- International flights, departure taxes, visas, insurance, meals unless indicated, drinks, optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
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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.
Super Massive Giant China
Chelsea - United States, 12 Feb, 2014
This was my first tour with Gecko's and I definitely had the experience of a lifetime. It has been a dream of mine to explore China, and to truly SEE China--not only the tourist towns, but also the small villages where people actually live (such as Hongcun Village) and the natural beauty of China (such as the Yellow Mountains). All of that was included on this tour, along with a fun group of people, some of whom have become lifelong friends. If you are interested in a whirlwind adventure, this trip is right for you!
Super Massive Giant China
Michelle - Australia, 14 Apr, 2013
I really enjoyed my trip in China. I did think the first 3 weeks were a bit rushed. I think the GCCO tour should have been 30 days (not 25) - as we hardly ever got any time to relax and go off and do our own thing. They need extra "relax" days in Yangshou, Chengdu, Xian (Xian was way way too rushed) and Beijing.
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