Highlights
  • Though not quite visible from space, the Great Wall of China is still massive! Wander this iconic monument and learn about its history
  • Travel back in time to the era of China’s powerful Emperors in Beijing while you and your family explore the halls and courtyards of the Forbidden City
  • Experience whizzing through the Chinese landscape on futuristic bullet trains
  • Meet pandas in Chengdu on a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Watch these adorable creatures at play, get to know the super-cute red ones, and learn about important conservation work
  • Uncover the secrets of Chinese food in a cooking class in Yangshuo 
  • Wrap up this eye-opening adventure in Hong Kong – a fast-paced explosion for the senses that’s an exciting mix of old and new, East and West

Take your family on a memorable adventure through China and see the many sides of this colourful, cultural and naturally beautiful nation. The perfect blending of the familiar and the novel, on this 10-day tour you will marvel at the incredible Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors, get lost in the quiet beauty of Yangshuo and be dazzled by the colourful markets and nightlife of the big cities. Boasting some of the grandest urban metropolises and most delicious cuisine in the world, China is an ideal destination for the whole family.

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China Family Holiday

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A major reason for the very likely September 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A major reason for the very likely score was our tour leader Jay. He was informative, made the trip, the understanding of the culture of China, its history and the passion for travel very real for all of us. The trip required someone who could make you feel connected with the country and Jay did that. In terms of the itinerary it was well paced with sufficient spare time. Jay's recommendations especially in Xian with the spinach noodles was just excellent. When we had questions, he answered them or found out.
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An excellent way to travel with family October 2015

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An excellent way to travel with family

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Overall, the trip was excellent. This was October 2015

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Overall, the trip was excellent. This was my first time with Intrepid but I have taken several similar trips (Tucan). The tour leader (Kris) was excellent and the activities were a good balance._x000D_
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One aspect - I've noticed a sharp shift in the demographic of group towards older travellers. I suspect this is but one side effect of wider economic conditions. While the individuals in our group were fine, I do worry that in future this could lead to a watering down of the experience. It is very important, that the "Original" trips are an adventure travel product. While of course, economic circumstances may lead to fewer of these trips and more trips specifically targeting older/less active/less change-averse groups, these should be differently labelled rather than diluting the "original" experience._x000D_
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Another minor oddity is that I received an itinerary adjustment 2 weeks before departure which turned out to be incorrect. Kris hadn't heard about the adjustment so was a bit puzzled people asked her about it (see comment about risk-averse old people above). No big deal but might have been nice to get another mail from HQ.
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Our tour Guide Jane was the best October 2015

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Our tour Guide Jane was the best .. she gave us a really good experience she was fun and made my overall experience fantastic , I have a gluten intolerance and she helped me pick food that I could eat and couldn't have done it without her! was great traveling with her
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The tour was very comprehensive, I loved October 2015

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  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour was very comprehensive, I loved that it had so many included activities and food.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing

Nimen Hao! Welcome to China. The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is a place where ancient history and the modern world collide. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. It’s important that you attend, as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. If you’re going to be late, please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. After the formalities are out of the way, why not head out to enjoy an optional Peking duck group dinner and get to know each other over the first of many superb Chinese meals.

Day 2 Great Wall

Load up on breakfast then hit the road for the three-hour drive towards the Great Wall by private minivan. Spend some time exploring, taking photos and learning the history of this mighty site (and sight). An incredible piece of engineering, the wall stretches 6000 kilometres west from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. Though it failed in its purpose to protect Chinese empires from the northern nomadic tribes, it is still one of the country's most remarkable achievements and an iconic destination. You’ll often feel like you have the whole wall to yourself as you explore, and being perched on this incredible monument while surveying the surrounding countryside is an unforgettable experience. Spend the night with a local family in their guesthouse, a great chance to sample local produce and delicious home cooking. While the accommodation is basic compared to the other hotels used during this trip, each room is equipped with private facilities and wi-fi is available. We believe the warm hospitality of your hosts and opportunity to experience a slice of life in the Chinese countryside is worth the sacrifice of a little luxury.

Day 3 Beijing

Eat breakfast and farewell your hosts before making the three-hour drive back to Beijing by private minivan. Get stuck into the sights with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the largest of its kind in the world and the symbolic centre of Chinese power. Take some time to soak up the immense size of the square and then continue to the maze of buildings that is the Forbidden City. Built more than 500 years ago and off limits to commoners for almost all that time, the courtyards, great halls and dragon and phoenix imagery give an idea of the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power. This evening, choose whether you would like to join your fellow family travellers for a group dinner. Hungry for more of China’s cultural delights? You may also choose to watch an optional acrobatic performance at the Chaoyang Theatre this evening.

Day 4 Xian

Jump on the bullet train to Xi’an and experience a form of rail travel like no other. While the distance would take around 11 hours to complete on a regular train, you’ll be in Xi’an in just over five hours, with great views of the countryside along the way! Arrive at around 3 pm and head to the hotel to drop off your bags and freshen up before exploring this historic city on a walking tour. Once known as the main eastern terminus of the ancient Silk Road, Xi’an served as the imperial capital of 11 dynasties and holds a wealth of history within its cobbled pavements. The city itself has spread beyond these walls, but the centre still retains the original grid formation, making it easy to navigate. Following your tour, the remainder of the afternoon is free to further explore. When night falls embark on another tour and see a different side of the city. Take in the view of the Bell and Drum Tower lit up against a black sky and sit down to a classic dumpling dinner.

Day 5 Xian

Today you’ll visit the vast, stone-faced army that is the Terracotta Warriors, a militia built to guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang over 2000 years ago. Discovered by farmers in 1974, several pits are now open to the public. Make the 1.5-hour drive to the site and spend some time marvelling at the sheer size and detail of this impressive tomb. Head to the attached museum to see some more artefacts and learn a little more about the ambitious, eccentric ruler who remains sealed in his mausoleum surrounded by his soldiers to this day. Qin Shi Huang sought eternal life, and while he may not have achieved it in the literal sense, the fact that his creation remains a source of wonder to visitors from around the world is a kind of immortality.

Day 6 Chengdu

Wave goodbye to Xi’an and board a bullet train bound for Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. Spend about 3.5 hours on the journey, arriving just after midday. Chengdu is most famous for two things – the pandas living in the mountains, and the delicious, spicy food. You'll get to enjoy both while you're here! Spend two-hours on a walking tour with your leader that takes in an Old Town that looks like a film set and the orange Tibetan Quarter, finishing at Tianfu Square, where a giant statue of Chairman Mao stands tall. Then spend a relaxing afternoon in bustling Renmin Park (People's Park), where you can mingle with locals drinking tea, exercising, singing, playing Mahjong or relaxing in bamboo chairs. Don't be surprised if somebody comes up to you with an offer to clean your ears! This evening, head out for a dinner of one of Sichuan’s most beloved dishes – the hot pot! This is the choose your own adventure of cuisine, and the whole family is sure to enjoy selecting which ingredients to add to the simmering broth.

Day 7 Chengdu

Embrace an early start to spend the morning watching gorgeous giant and red pandas in the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. As pandas are only active for a few hours of the day, it’s important you rise and shine to catch them at their most interesting. China’s national pride, the giant panda is among the world’s most threatened animals, but here you can witness the conservation efforts and see these majestic creatures in a close approximation of their habitat. Spend three hours with these wonderful creatures, watching them play, eat bamboo and climb the trees. If you’re lucky (and visiting between July and September), you might even get to see newborns taking their first steps in the nursery. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish. Maybe head to Wide and Narrow Alley, a popular set of alleyways where you can take a stroll and see craftspeople and food stalls aplenty.

Day 8 Yangshuo

Make sure you’ve got books or games ready for a half-day of travel, beginning with a two-hour flight to Guilin, followed by a two-hour transfer to Yangshuo. Located deep within the karst peaks of Guangxi province, Yangshuo is a haven for many visitors, away from the hustle and bustle of ever-developing China; a place where you can stop slow your pace and relax. Get settled into the hotel, which is located among stunning countryside, then pay a visit to the local farmers' market, where you can get a feel for the regional produce and daily life. Make a short drive to Chaolong, a small village where you can put your new knowledge to use and try your hand at cooking Chinese cuisine. This immersive class will allow the whole family to learn the techniques and skills of Chinese cuisine from experienced chefs, and after an afternoon trying out delicious recipes you can eat what you’ve made for dinner! The recipes selected are relatively simple to replicate, and feature ingredients readily available outside of China, so you’ll soon be wowing friends and family back home with your skills.

Day 9 Yangshuo

Rise and shine for a journey into one of China’s most enchanting landscapes. At 8 am you’ll strap on your provided helmet and jump on a hired bike to pedal out of town and through the surrounding countryside, past emerald-green karst mountains and lush fields. All equipment is provided for the bike ride: all bikes, helmets for both adults and children. The bike ride is from 8am to lunchtime. On the bike ride you will be accompanied with one or two local guides. You will be transferred back to the hotel after lunch to rest your weary legs! NOTE: for those not wishing to ride: your leader can assist you to hire a van or taxi to take you along the route to view the rural setting meeting the group at the lunch stop. This will be at your own expense.

Day 10 Hong Kong

Depart from the hotel at 8 am, boarding a bullet train and arriving in Hong Kong at around 6 pm. As there is a full day of travel in store today, it’s important to have books, games and devices at the ready. Even though there are power sockets on the train, it’s also a good idea to have any devices you wish to use fully charged, as they may be in use by other passengers. If you have the time (and more importantly, the energy) after arriving and settling in to your hotel, you may wish to end the day with the Symphony of Lights, a spectacular laser show that plays out on the futuristic buildings along Victoria Harbour. The show starts at 8 pm, and it’s free to watch. If a day in transit has you feeling drained however, rest easy knowing you’ve got a full day tomorrow to explore the city.

Day 11 Hong Kong

Dive into Hong Kong after breakfast this morning on a leader-led orientation walk. Under Chinese rule since 1997, Hong Kong is a vibrant and fast paced city only minutes away from quiet islands and beaches. The entire day is yours to spend as you see fit. Hong Kong Island is a great area to explore on foot, with plenty of family friendly hiking trails on offer with varying levels of difficulty. The Peak offers stunning views over the city, and can be reached by several trails or alternatively by tram. Ask your leader for details, but make sure you pack snacks and water if you plan to hike – there are no replenishing stations along the way. A more relaxing way to spend an hour is the Stay Ferry Harbour Tour, which takes you past the city’s landmarks and around the stunning harbour. The Hong Kong Science Museum is perfect for families with young kids, particularly if you’re visiting in rainy season (April to June) and don’t want to risk being caught out. Many of the exhibits are interactive, and entry prices are reasonable. This evening, maybe head out for a final meal with your fellow families and toast to a trip well spent.

Day 12 Hong Kong

It’s time to end this enlightening journey into the heart of China – there are no activities planned for the final day and you can depart the accommodation at any time following check out.

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Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Accomodations
Hotels (10 nights),Guesthouse (1 night)
Start City
Beijing
End City
Hong Kong
Guides All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Metropark Hotel Kowloon 九龍維景酒店
  • No.75 Waterloo Road 地址 :香港九龍窩打老道七十五號
  • Kowloon
  • Hong Kong
  • HONG KONG, SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA
  • Phone: +852 27611711
  • Fax: +852 27611711

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