As China leaps into the 21st century it is still possible to meander through peaceful villages and meet local farmers working their fields. This trip offers the richness of past dynasties, with historic highlights like the Great Wall in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, alongside up-to-the-second experiences in ultra-modern cities. Bask in the bright lights of Hong Kong, delight in the sublime beauty of the Yangshuo countryside and spend the night in a monastery. Take it all in - these wonderful contradictions offer the true spirit of China.
Days 3-5 Yangshuo
Cycle through the beautiful Yangshuo countryside past rustic villages and rice paddies. Perhaps float lazily down the Li River on a boat, catch a cultural performance in the evening or join Yangshuo locals for an invigorating Tai Chi class in the park.
Days 6-8 Chengyang
Step back in time in charming Chengyang. Cross the Wind and Rain Bridge, mingle with locals as they chat and sell their wares and soak up the laidback vibe of this charming place.
Days 9-10 Chengdu
Home to spicy Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu also boasts traditional tea houses and markets. Learn about the conservation of threatened species on a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and spy giant and red pandas who make their home here.
Days 11-14 Leshan/Emei Shan
Marvel at the towering figure of the Grand Buddha at Leshan before travelling onwards to the holy Emei mountains. Spend a peaceful night in a local monastery, waking to the soulful sound of monks chanting and visit the Emei Shan summit.
Days 1-2 Hong Kong
Hit the streets, enjoy a dim sum brunch or view the sprawling city skyline from Victoria Peak. And what trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to the raucous markets?
Days 15-17 Xi'an
Visit the Terracotta Warriors and admire this ancient feat of artistry and engineering. Enjoy a stunning view of Xi'an city from atop the ancient city walls and enjoy a walking tour through the spice-laden streets of the Muslim Quarter.
Days 18-21 Beijing/Great Wall
Hop aboard an overnight train to Beijing. Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Stop by an Intrepid-supported organisation for locals living with intellectual disabilities and enjoy a walk on the iconic Great Wall of China. Cap off the ultimate China Adventure with a farewell group dinner.