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ACEC - Essential China

Encounter the essence of China in all its wonderful diversity climb the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta Warriors before heading down south on this three-week tour of China's cultural and natural highlights. Rest your gaze on the giant Buddha of Leshan and explore ancient mountainside monasteries at Emei Shan, then float down the world-famous Three Gorges of the Yangtze River before stepping out to experience the vibrant rural life and stunning scenery of Yangshuo. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Inclusions

Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
Shanghai Museum entrance
Xi'an orientation walk
Terracotta Warriors excursion and tour
Emei Shan entrance
Leshan Giant Buddha visit
Panda Breeding Center excursion (Chengdu)
Yangtze River boat trip through the Three Gorges with tributary excursion
Yangshuo countryside bike ride with local lunch (full-day)
Border crossing
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $3,135
Start Location
Beijing, China
End Location
Hong Kong, China
Age Range
Min :12
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Small Group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 May 201816 Jun 20184AUD $3,919
10 Jun 201830 Jun 20184AUD $3,919
17 Jun 201807 Jul 20189AUD $3,135
01 Jul 201821 Jul 20188AUD $3,331
08 Jul 201828 Jul 201812AUD $3,135
15 Jul 201804 Aug 20185AUD $3,919
22 Jul 201811 Aug 20181AUD $3,919
05 Aug 201825 Aug 201813AUD $3,331
12 Aug 201801 Sep 201812AUD $3,331
26 Aug 201815 Sep 20187AUD $3,331
02 Sep 201822 Sep 20184AUD $3,919
09 Sep 201829 Sep 201813AUD $3,919
16 Sep 201806 Oct 20188AUD $3,919
23 Sep 201813 Oct 20187AUD $3,919
30 Sep 201820 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
07 Oct 201827 Oct 201815AUD $4,029
14 Oct 201803 Nov 20183AUD $3,599
19 Oct 201808 Nov 201814AUD $3,599
21 Oct 201810 Nov 201810AUD $3,599
28 Oct 201817 Nov 201815AUD $3,599
04 Nov 201824 Nov 201812AUD $3,599
09 Nov 201829 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
11 Nov 201801 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
02 Dec 201822 Dec 201816AUD $3,599
16 Dec 201805 Jan 201913AUD $3,599
06 Jan 201926 Jan 20199AUD $3,599
24 Feb 201916 Mar 201914AUD $3,599
10 Mar 201930 Mar 201915AUD $3,599
17 Mar 201906 Apr 201914AUD $3,599
24 Mar 201913 Apr 201916AUD $3,599
07 Apr 201927 Apr 201916AUD $3,599
14 Apr 201904 May 201916AUD $3,599
21 Apr 201911 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
28 Apr 201918 May 201916AUD $4,029
12 May 201901 Jun 201916AUD $3,919
19 May 201908 Jun 201916AUD $3,919
26 May 201915 Jun 201916AUD $3,919
09 Jun 201929 Jun 201914AUD $3,919
16 Jun 201906 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
30 Jun 201920 Jul 201916AUD $3,919
07 Jul 201927 Jul 201916AUD $3,919
14 Jul 201903 Aug 201916AUD $3,919
21 Jul 201910 Aug 201916AUD $3,919
04 Aug 201924 Aug 201916AUD $3,919
11 Aug 201931 Aug 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
25 Aug 201914 Sep 201914AUD $3,919
01 Sep 201921 Sep 201916AUD $3,919
08 Sep 201928 Sep 201916AUD $3,919
15 Sep 201905 Oct 201916AUD $3,919
22 Sep 201912 Oct 201916AUD $3,919
29 Sep 201919 Oct 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
06 Oct 201926 Oct 201916AUD $4,029
13 Oct 201902 Nov 201916AUD $3,599
18 Oct 201907 Nov 201916AUD $3,599
20 Oct 201909 Nov 201916AUD $3,599
27 Oct 201916 Nov 201916AUD $3,599
03 Nov 201923 Nov 201916AUD $3,599
08 Nov 201928 Nov 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
10 Nov 201930 Nov 201916AUD $3,599
01 Dec 201921 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
15 Dec 201904 Jan 202015AUD $3,599
12 Jan 202001 Feb 202016AUD $3,599
02 Feb 202022 Feb 202016AUD $3,599
16 Feb 202007 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
01 Mar 202021 Mar 202016AUD $3,599
15 Mar 202004 Apr 202016AUD $3,599
22 Mar 202011 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
29 Mar 202018 Apr 202016AUD $3,599
05 Apr 202025 Apr 202016AUD $3,599
10 Apr 202030 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
12 Apr 202002 May 202016AUD $3,599
19 Apr 202009 May 202016AUD $3,599
26 Apr 202016 May 202016AUD $3,599
03 May 202023 May 202016AUD $3,599
10 May 202030 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
17 May 202006 Jun 202016AUD $3,599
24 May 202013 Jun 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
31 May 202020 Jun 202016AUD $3,599
07 Jun 202027 Jun 202016AUD $3,599
14 Jun 202004 Jul 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
21 Jun 202011 Jul 202016AUD $3,599
28 Jun 202018 Jul 202016AUD $3,599
05 Jul 202025 Jul 202016AUD $3,599
10 Jul 202030 Jul 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
12 Jul 202001 Aug 202016AUD $3,599
19 Jul 202008 Aug 202016AUD $3,599
26 Jul 202015 Aug 202016AUD $3,599
02 Aug 202022 Aug 202016AUD $3,599
09 Aug 202029 Aug 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
16 Aug 202005 Sep 202016AUD $3,599
23 Aug 202012 Sep 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
30 Aug 202019 Sep 202016AUD $3,599
06 Sep 202026 Sep 202016AUD $3,599
11 Sep 202001 Oct 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
13 Sep 202003 Oct 202016AUD $3,599
20 Sep 202010 Oct 202016AUD $3,599
25 Sep 202015 Oct 202016AUD $3,599
27 Sep 202017 Oct 202016AUD $3,599
04 Oct 202024 Oct 202016AUD $3,599
09 Oct 202029 Oct 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
11 Oct 202031 Oct 202016AUD $3,599
18 Oct 202007 Nov 202016AUD $3,599
23 Oct 202012 Nov 202016AUD $3,599
25 Oct 202014 Nov 202016AUD $3,599
08 Nov 202028 Nov 202016AUD $3,599
15 Nov 202005 Dec 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
29 Nov 202019 Dec 202016AUD $3,599
06 Dec 202026 Dec 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,135 
20 Dec 202009 Jan 202116AUD $3,599
27 Dec 202016 Jan 202116AUD $3,599
Itinerary
Day 1 - Beijing
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Beijing
Head out to discover the wonders of the Great Wall of China.
Day 3 - Beijing
Visit the famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City before free time to explore.
Day 4 - Beijing/Shanghai
Enjoy a free morning before a bullet train ride to Shanghai. Overnight in Shanghai.
Day 5 - Shanghai
Take a walk along the bund before a visit to the world-famous Shanghai Museum. Opt to take in a breathtaking Chinese acrobat performance.
Day 6 - Shanghai/Xi'an
Enjoy free time before boarding an overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 7 - Xi'an
Opt to cycle the ancient city walls or visit the Great Mosque.
Day 8 - Xi'an
Full day exploration in Xi'an.
Day 9 - Xi'an/Emei Shan
Visit one of China's greatest archaeological treasures the Terracotta Warriors. Later, board an overnight train to Emei Shan.
Day 10 - Emei Shan
Arrive in Emei Shan in the late afternoon and travel to the monastery for an overnight stay. Enjoy an orientation walk and some free time to explore the area.
Day 19 - Yangshuo
Take a full-day bike ride through the surrounding countryside with a local guide to gain insight into rural Chinese life. Enjoy lunch at a local family's home.
Day 18 - Liuzhou/Yangshuo
Drive to Yangshuo, a backpacker town set amongst the picture-perfect limestone karsts by the Li River. Opt to try a cooking class, practice tai chi or see the Light and Sound show produced by Zhang Yimou.
Day 17 - Yangtze River/Liuzhou
Disembark in Yichang and board an overnight train to Liuzhou.
Day 16 - Yangtze River
Enjoy the views from the deck and embark on riverside excursions up stunning tributaries and to historic sites.
Day 11 - Emei Shan
Hike around Emei Shan and learn more about the significance of the area.
Day 14 - Chengdu/Yangtze River
See the famous giant pandas up close at the Panda Breeding Centre before boarding a fast train to Chongqing. Later, board the Chinese-style boat and settle in before tomorrow's cruise down the mighty Yangtze River and through the Three Gorges.
Day 13 - Emei Shan/Chengdu
Travel by local train to Chengdu. Free exploration in this tea & spice loving city. Enjoy a local Hotpot dinner.
Day 12 - Emei Shan
Visit Giant Budhha in the morning, optional take a tour visiting local tea farm and one of the region's old villages.
Day 20 - Yangshuo/Hong Kong
Travel back to Guilin for the fast train to Shenzhen, then cross the border into Hong Kong. Enjoy some free time to explore the city.
Day 15 - Yangtze River
Enjoy the views from the deck and embark on riverside excursions up stunning tributaries and to historic sites.
Day 21 - Hong Kong
Depart at any time.