Made in China Trip Notes


At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : GCIC
Trip valid from : 01/01/2013
Trip valid until : 30/06/2014
Trip length : 17
Trip starts in : Hong Kong (China) (Country)
Trip ends in : Beijing
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights




Cycle the picturesque countryside around Yangshuo Enjoy a three day cruise along the Yangtze River Visit the Giant Panda Centre at Chengdu View over 7,000 Terracotta Warriors at Xi'an Tour all the great sights of Beijing including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall (Was Inland China)

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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.

Day 1

  • A free day, 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

Day 2

  • Head to China 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 Wuhan

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.

Day 6

  • Travel to Yichang - the gateway city to the massive Three Gorges Dam.
  • Take a stroll along the banks of the Yangtze River and watch the sunset with the locals.
  • Boat our riverboat

Days 7-9

  • Cruise up the Yangtze
  • 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
10-12

Chengdu - Giant Buddha

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.

  • Disembark at the bustling and hilly city of Chongqing and enjoy free time to explore
  • Travel to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, a province famous for its spicy food
  • 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
Day
13-14

Xian - Terracotta Warriors

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
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.

Day 15

  • 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 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.
Day 17  The trip ends this morning in Beijing. You can depart at any time

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While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade


RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

included




  • Expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.
  • 4-night Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges. Accommodation in a twin-share cabin, with private facilities, on a tourist-class riverboat.
  • Two days exploring Yangshuo on bicycle and by foot including Moon Hill and stops at local villages.
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Giant Buddha (Dafo), Terracotta Warriors and Beijing.
  • Visit to Chengdu’s Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
  • Walk on a beautiful section of the Great Wall.
  • Free time to explore Hong Kong, Yangshuo, Xian and Beijing.
  • Overnight trains from Shenzhen to to Guilin, Guilin to Wuhan, 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.

meals




There are no meals included on this tour.

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Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

local-payment

The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.

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