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China

There is so much to discover and explore with Imaginative Traveller in the vast & fascinating land of China. From the phenomenal karst rock formations and mountains of the south, to the vast deserts of the west, and the high Tibet plateau, China contains some of the most stunning scenery to be found in all of Asia. The entire country is teeming with beautifully-chaotic modern cities juxtaposed with thousands of years of fascinating history and heritage.

Endless highlights await including the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, Beijing's Forbidden Palace, the incredible Tian Shan mountains, the Buddhist caves of Dunhuang, Dazu and Datong, the stunning traditional towns of Pingyao, Lijiang and Dali, and of course the phenomenal Great Wall of China!

 

We have 18 trips in China   
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TRIP CODE
ICBFA

GROUP TOUR from £2120 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Though not quite visible from space, the Great Wall of China is still massive! Climb up this iconic sight and learn about its history
- Travel back in time to the era of China’s powerful Emperors in Beijing. Explore the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, see history, and people-watch modern China
- Get the unique experience of whizzing through the Chinese landscape on an overnight train. Meet the locals, understand the culture, and have a fun sleepover too!

TRIP CODE
ICBKS

GROUP TOUR from £2075 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- The Longmen Grottoes are the most stunning remnants of Northern Wei and Tang-era Buddhist art in existence, and you'll have plenty of time to explore them with your local guide
- By taking three sleeper trains, you'll maximise your time in your destinations, get a chance to interact with locals and see some beautiful countryside
- This trip is a fascinating story book of ancient and 20th-century history. The tale behind the discovery of Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors is almost as amazing as the statues themselves

TRIP CODE
ICBSE

GROUP TOUR from £2490 for 19 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors and when walking on top of the Great Wall
- Find peace in one of the holiest places in China as you trek around Emei Shan and stay in a monastery, waking to the sound of drums and morning prayers
- Learn about the endangered (and adorable) giant pandas’ struggle for survival, and get up close to these unique creatures in Chengdu

TRIP CODE
ICBSU

GROUP TOUR from £2300 for 16 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience this incredible bucket-list rail adventure through China, Mongolia, and Russia – one of the world’s greatest and most epic journeys
- Encounter the Mongolian wilderness in local-style with an overnight in a traditional ger camp
- Discover a way of life that has changed very little since the 18th century with a visit to the Orthodox Christian’s ‘Old Believers Village’ in Ulan Ude

TRIP CODE
ICBZF

GROUP TOUR from £1695 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Embrace the tastes of four of China's most important food regions – from the imperial cuisine of Beijing, to the Muslim-influenced food of Xi'An, the spicy Sichuan flavours of Chengdu (a UNESCO City of Gastronomy) and the international melting pot of Shanghai
- The Sichuan province is the literal birthplace of tea – get a truly local and authentic crop-to-cup experience here with a tea grower
- Savour the spicy flavours of Sichuan, like the fiery, tingling, tongue-numbing sensation of the famous Sichuan Pepper at Chengu’s spice market

TRIP CODE
ICBRKC

GROUP TOUR from £1645 for 20 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- See the amazing contrasts between North & South China
- Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors
- Stay overnight in a unique Hakka village roundhouse

TRIP CODE
ICBSQC

GROUP TOUR from £3295 for 23 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience this incredible bucketlist rail adventure through 3 countries.
- Overnight in a Mongolian Ger Camp.
- Visit 'Old Believers Village' in Ulan Ude, (Orthodox Christians who's way of life has changed very little since the 18th century).

TRIP CODE
ETCW

GROUP TOUR from £1099 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Trek alongside mountains on lesser-visited parts of the wall
- Experience rural life first hand in little villages
- Guided tour or Beijing's 'hutongs', Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
- Possibility to add Terracotta Warrior extension

TRIP CODE
ICBSV

GROUP TOUR from £1045 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Follow the Yunnan-Vietnam railway and visit the one of the oldest train stations on this line at Bisezhai village for a fascinating glimpse into history
- Explore idyllic Yuangyang on a guided half-day walk, snapping photos of the spectacular rice terrace landscapes and learning a thing or two about their makers, the Hani people
- Discover the Ming and Qing marvels of Jianshui Ancient Town on a guided walk. Visit Zhu's Family Garden, the Confucius temple and the amazingly preserved Tuanshan village

TRIP CODE
ICBSIC

GROUP TOUR from £1740 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)
- Exploring the narrow alleyways of Shanghai's nearby water town of Xitang, you can imagine a life long lost to modernity
- Escape to the countryside, overnight near the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the masses

TRIP CODE
ICBXA

GROUP TOUR from £1375 for 9 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Start off with scenic bike ride through Kaiping, revealing the hidden history and clan culture of its many abandoned diaolou (fortified tower houses).
- Spend time hiking the rice terrace-carved landscape of Longji and visiting communities that call this pocket of China home.
- Cycle amongst the dramatic karst-dotted countryside of Yangshuo that has been immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings.

TRIP CODE
ICBSZ

GROUP TOUR from £2090 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders
- Discover the unreal, ancient rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!
- Learn about the rapid development happening in western China as you travel between ancient regional centres and modern cities.

TRIP CODE
IWBSB

GROUP TOUR from £2825 for 20 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Climb aboard and discover Russia, Mongolia and China on one of the world’s greatest and most epic journeys.Here's just some of what is in store for you: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/picture-worth-8000-kilometres-trans-mongolian/
- Share in traditional tastes with a visit to the home of one of our local friends – indulge in a meal of hearty regional flavours and assist the family in baking pastries
- Live life on the shores of magnificent Lake Baikal in a Siberian village

TRIP CODE
EACE

GROUP TOUR from £2499 for 19 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
- Visit a quieter section of The Great Wall
- Cruise down the Yangtze River past the Three Gorges Dam
- Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre near Chengdu
- Discover rural Yangshuo and its limestone karst scenery

TRIP CODE
EACD

GROUP TOUR from £1549 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Beijing's Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park 
- Giant pandas at Chengdu's Breeding & Research Centre
- One of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
- The famous Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, near Xi'an
- Shanghai's Bund waterfront area and French Concession

TRIP CODE
ICBKT

GROUP TOUR from £2708 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Flanked by the majestic Himalayan Mountains, Kathmandu is nothing short of a legendary destination. Its bustling alleyways are filled with monks, incense, goats and sacred cows, and its temples steeped in symbolism.
- With knowledgeable local guides and others to look after the finer details, it has never been easier to make the journey into the far-fetched and mystical land of Tibet.
- In Lhasa, discover the dazzling former home of the Dalai Lama and the enchanting atmosphere of the pilgrim-filled Jokhang Temple – the holiest in the Tibetan Buddhist world.

TRIP CODE
ICBSJ

GROUP TOUR from £1660 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- See the heart of China and get under the skin of all of its highlights, made easy with the vast high-speed train network across the country. You’ll be flying!
- After a fascinating day explore the Great Wall, greet your host in a nearby guesthouse and join in on a dumpling making demonstration for dinner.
- Soak in the serenity and fresh mountain air in a temple stay in Mt Qingcheng and connect your mind, body and soul with a meditation session and tai chi class.

TRIP CODE
ICBSBC

GROUP TOUR from £5950 for 41 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders
- Discover the unreal, rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!
- Uncover the ‘other terracotta warriors’ in Xi’an’s Hanyangling Mausoleum, an authentic and more personal burial site that’s home to tens of thousands of buried pottery figures
 
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