Made in China

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, see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, experience modern China in Shanghai 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.


    We have recently been informed by the Chinese Railway Authorities that from April to July 2015 all overnight trains between Guilin and Shenzhen will be cancelled. So far no reason has been provided for the cancellation, but it is likely due to the authorities wanting to increase volume on their new day services. Details of the affected days for those trips that travel during this time are outlined below:

    Day 2

    Morning travel by taxi and metro from the hotel to Hunghom - Lok Ma Chau – Shenzhen North including border crossing. Afternoon high speed G train from Shenzhen North to Guilin North (approx. 3 ½ hours). Tonight we stay in a Hostel in Guilin.

    Day 3

    Morning travel by public transport from the hotel to Yangshuo. Overnight in Yangshuo.


    Day 1-2 - Hong Kong

    Nimen Hao! Welcome to Hong Kong.

    Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

    It was as a British colony that Hong Kong made itself known to the world - now back under Chinese rule since the 1997 handover, the city is still a unique and fascinating place to explore and see where the East really does meet the West. Hong Kong's cityscape is spectacular and its modern fast-paced life is only minutes from picturesque islands and beaches. The locals are very proud of their Cantonese culture and history, so step out of the shopping malls and off the main streets to discover another side of the city.

    As there's no time to explore Hong Kong on this itinerary we strongly recommend that you spend a few extra days here to take full advantage of all there is to see and do such as:

    Take a scenic journey around the islands of Hong Kong on the famous passenger ferry service, the Star Ferry.

    Venture up to the top of Victoria Peak for a bird's eye view.

    Watch the harbour's spectacular light show - a stunning spectacle of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.

    On Day 2 we board the efficient KCR/MTR train to the border between Hong Kong and mainland China. After crossing the border, we board our first overnight train journey to Guilin (approx 14 hours).

    Please note that it'll be a travelling day today which may require you to change trains carry your luggage so packing compact and light will definitely help you with your journey.

    Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people as it's the main form of transport for locals. We use hard sleeper class trains for most of our overnight train journeys. These are not as rough as they sound – compartments are open-plan and clean, with padded three-tiered berths (6 to a compartment). Sheets, pillows and a blanket are provided. We recommend bringing your own sleeping sheet as the quality/cleanliness of sheets may not be what you are used to. Safe, hot drinking water is always available for making coffee, tea or instant meals. It is a good idea to bring a mug, spoon, knife and fork if you will be preparing your own hot drinks or food on the train (as these are not provided in cabins). Basic bathroom facilities are situated at the end of each carriage with toilets and washbasins. As toilet paper isn't always available, it's advised to carry some of your own; keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standard you are accustomed to. Most trains have a dining carriage where meals are available before the journey to supplement food available on the train.



    We have recently been informed by the Chinese Railway Authorities that from April to July 2015 all overnight trains between Guilin and Shenzhen will be cancelled. So far no reason has been provided for the cancellation, but it is likely due to the authorities wanting to increase volume on their new day services. Details of the affected days for those trips that travel during this time are outlined below:


    Day 2

    Morning travel by taxi and metro from the hotel to Hunghom - Lok Ma Chau – Shenzhen North including border crossing. Afternoon high speed G train from Shenzhen North to Guilin North (approx. 3 ½ hours). Transfer by private bus to hotel and overnight in Guilin.

    Day 3

    Morning travel by public & private transport from the hotel to Yangshuo. Overnight in Yangshuo.

    Goodrich Hotel or similar

    Day 3-5 - Yangshuo

    Arrive in Guilin and take the public bus to Yangshuo (approx 2 hours).
    Yangshuo has become very popular with international and domestic tourists in recent years and has a great cafe and bar culture. It's also one of the best places in the country to get a feel for local culture and traditions and have plenty of fun at the same time.
    The countryside around Yangshuo is immortalized in many traditional Chinese paintings - picture immense limestone karsts dotting the rural landscape and towering spectacularly over rice paddies and the meandering Li River.
    Perhaps choose to take a bike ride to gain an insight into rural Chinese life. This is an absolutely stunning region to explore, as every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard location.  There are lots of optional activities to partake in here, hike up the famous Moon Hill and view the surrounding countryside.
    Why not buy tickets to the spectacular outdoor light show staged by Olympic Opening Ceremony director Zhang Yimou,director of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.  Enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the Li River.  Take an early morning tai chi class by the riverside.
    Get a feel for local produce with a visit to the market, then learn to cook some Chinese dishes at the Yangshuo Cooking School. 
    Yangshuo River Light Show - 250CNY
    Yangshuo Cooking School - 150CNY
    • Bike hire - CNY20
    • Li River cruise - CNY100
    • Tai Chi class - CNY50
    Andi Geust House or similar

    Day 6-8 - Yichang

    On Day 6 we return to Guilin by public bus (approx 2 hours) to board an overnight train from Guilin to Wuchang (approx 12 hours) and then transfer to Yichang by super fast D or G class train (approx 2 hours). Phew!

    Stay overnight in a sinple hotel on Day 7.

    On Day 8 hop on board a boat for a tour of the Xiling Gorge and then visit the impressive Three Gorges Dam. The Three Gorges Dam cost $37 billion to build and generates 11 times as much power as the Hoover Dam in the United States. 

    On the evening of Day 8 board your next overnight train journey bound for Xi'an (approx 12 hours).


    Xiling Gorge & Three Gorges Dam Day Tour

    Day 9-11 - Xi'an

    The imperial centre of China for 2,000 years, Xi'an is now a vibrant, modern city dotted with many interesting historical sites. A monument pays homage to the fact that this was the start of the famous ancient trading route of the Silk Road and the city is still surrounded by city walls.
    Your leader will take you on a short walking tour of the city centre, showing you some of the highlights such as the Bell & Drum Towers, Muslim Quarter, the City Walls and Gates.
    Perhaps explore Xi'an's most famous site - the Terracotta Warriors (optional). It takes around an hour to get there and you can hear all about this incredible archaeological find from a local guide, discovered by farmers digging a well in 1976 after being buried for thousands of years. These clay statues of soldiers, horses and chariots, all standing in battle formation, were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum and a number of pits are now on view to the public.
    Some other options in your free time are:
    Visit the impressive Tang Dynasty Small or Big Wild Goose Pagodas. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is in a newly renovated scenic area which is very popular with locals especially in the evenings when there is a nightly light & music show around the many fountains. The Xi'an Museum and Jianfu Temple are also nearby.
    One of the oldest mosques in China, the Great Mosque in Xi'an features an unusual blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture. Still in use today, the mosque serves as a place of worship for Xi'an's large muslim population, made up predominantly of the Hui minority. Although non-Muslims are not allowed within the main hall itself, a visit during one of the five daily prayer times adds another dimension of spirituality, no matter what your religion.
    Catch an overnight train to Shanghai (approx 16 hrs).
    Orientation Walking Tour


    Terracotta Warriors Entry & Guide CNY400

    Bell & Drum Towers - CNY50
    Cycling on City Wall - CNY80
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda - CNY80
    Great Mosque - CNY25
    Small Wild Goose Pagoda - CNY50
    Nanfang Hotel, or similar

    Day 12-14 - Shanghai

    Arrive in Shanghai and take the subway to our accommodation.
    Some things you might like to do during your time here include:
    Join your leader for a walking tour of historical Shanghai including the Bund with its spectacular array of art deco style buildings, the narrow winding lanes of the Nongtang or the European-influenced French Concession.
    Visit the Propaganda Museum for a fascinating look at China's revolutionary past.
    Get a bird's eye view of the city from the Pearl Tower's observation decks.
    The impressive Shanghai Museum houses one of the best collections of Chinese bronze and artwork - you could easily spend the whole day here discovering the various exhibitions.
    Wander the Yuyuan Gardens. These famous classical gardens were completed in 1577 by Pan Yunduan, a government official of the Ming Dynasty. 
    On day 14 take a final overnight train journey from Shanghai to Beijing (approx 12 hours).
    Walking Tour
    Propaganda Museum - CNY20
    Shanghai - Shanghai Museum - Free
    Yuyuan Gardens - CNY40
    Urban Planning Exhibition Centre - CNY30
    Ask your leader about our Shanghai Urban Adventure day tours!

    Day 15-17 - Beijing & Great Wall

    The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is quickly shedding its historical face in favour of modernity. However, there are still plenty of places to go that will give you a great insight into the nation's ancient past as well as sights that showcase China's contemporary culture.
    As we will head to the Great Wall on Day 16 and have limited time here as a group we really recommend staying an extra few days at the end of the trip. 
    Some suggestions for free time are:
    Catch a performance of the world renown Beijing Acrobats.
    The Temple of Heaven Park is one of the most popular in Beijing and at any time of the day is full of people of all ages taking part in traditional pastimes such as tai chi, fan dancing, diablo, kite flying, water calligraphy and more.
    Pick up a bike for the day. You'll need comfortable clothes for cycling. Helmets may not be available for hire - if you wish to have a helmet you'll need to supply your own.
    A metro ride can take you to the Summer Palace, once an imperial residence and the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China.
    Visit beautiful Yonghegong, or Lama Temple, which was built in 1694 and is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan style monastery building in Beijing.
    We take an early morning trip to the Mutianyu Great Wall (approx 2 hrs drive from Beijing) on Day 16. An incredible piece of engineering, it stretches 6,000 km westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. It was originally constructed to protect Chinese empires from the 'barbarians' of the north and even though it failed in this purpose, it is still without a doubt one of the country's most remarkable achievements, and an iconic destination. It's a 30 minute climb up some steep steps to the wall itself but well worth the effort! There is also the option of taking a chair lift or cable car to the top and back if you are after a more leisurely experience and great views. We'll have a few hours to explore the winding wall before heading back to the city for the afternoon. Please note that the wall is quite steep in places so make sure you have some appropriate footwear for this activity.
    Our trip finishes after breakfast on Day 17. There are no included activities on this day and you are free to depart at any time.
    Great Wall Mutianyu
    Beijing Acrobats - 200CNY
    Beijing Opera - 200CNY
    Beijing - Shaolin Monks Kungfu Show - 200CNY
    Beijing Forbidden City
    Ask your leader our Beijing Urban Adventure day tours!
    King's Joy Hotel or similar
  • What's Included

    • Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.
    • Authentic Accommodation: 9 nights Hotel, 3 nights Hostel, 4 nights Overnight Sleeper Train, (six-berth, air-conditioned cabins)
    • Overnight trains - accommodation in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Three Gorges Dam & The Great Wall.
    • Free time to explore Hong Kong, Yangshuo, Xian, Shanghai and Beijing.
    • Chinese Visa Support

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Arrival and Departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
  • 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.

    Made in China

    Kevin - Australia, 22 Jan, 2014
    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
    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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