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ACCNG - Iconic China: Beijing to Tibet

Explore China like an insider on this 15-day adventure across its awe-inspiring interior. Go for a walk on the Great Wall, explore the bustling city of Beijing, and meet pandas at a breeding centre in Sichuan. Glimpse daily life in Tibet and cruise the incredible Yangtze River on a riverboat. Cycle atop the city walls of Xi'an, and face its standing army of terracotta warriors before eating lunch with a local family. Venture into the heart of the country, and find the pulse of China.

Inclusions

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Temple of Heaven Tai Chi, Beijing National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Chinese Shadow Puppetry, Xi'an National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tangka Painting demonstration, Lhasa National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Dumpling-Making Lesson, Lhasa
Arrival transfer
Tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven
Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
Bike ride along the Xi'an city walls
Orientation walk through Xi'an's Muslim Quarter and street markets
Tour the museum of the terracotta warriors
Orientation walk in Barkhor square
Tour of Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and the Tibetan Medicine Institute
Sera Monastery visit
Visit a panda breeding centre
Yangtze River cruise
Three Gorges Dam tour
Internal flights
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $4,511
Start Location
Beijing, China
End Location
Shanghai, China
Age Range
Min :12
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Discovery, Small Group
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Sep 201815 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
08 Sep 201822 Sep 20183AUD $4,511
15 Sep 201829 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
22 Sep 201806 Oct 20185AUD $5,639
29 Sep 201813 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
06 Oct 201820 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
13 Oct 201827 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
13 Apr 201927 Apr 201915AUD $5,399
27 Apr 201911 May 201915AUD $5,399
04 May 201918 May 201915AUD $5,639
18 May 201901 Jun 201911AUD $5,639
15 Jun 201929 Jun 201913AUD $5,639
06 Jul 201920 Jul 201915AUD $5,639
24 Aug 201907 Sep 201915AUD $5,639
07 Sep 201921 Sep 201913AUD $5,639
21 Sep 201905 Oct 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
05 Oct 201919 Oct 201915AUD $5,399
19 Oct 201902 Nov 2019Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
04 Apr 202018 Apr 202015AUD $5,399
18 Apr 202002 May 202015AUD $5,399
25 Apr 202009 May 202015AUD $5,399
02 May 202016 May 202015AUD $5,399
16 May 202030 May 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
23 May 202006 Jun 202015AUD $5,399
13 Jun 202027 Jun 202015AUD $5,399
27 Jun 202011 Jul 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
18 Jul 202001 Aug 202015AUD $5,399
08 Aug 202022 Aug 202015AUD $5,399
29 Aug 202012 Sep 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
05 Sep 202019 Sep 202015AUD $5,399
12 Sep 202026 Sep 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
19 Sep 202003 Oct 202015AUD $5,399
26 Sep 202010 Oct 202015AUD $5,399
03 Oct 202017 Oct 202015AUD $5,399
17 Oct 202031 Oct 202015AUD $5,399
31 Oct 202014 Nov 2020Fully BookedAUD $4,511 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Beijing
Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Beijing
Start the day early with a lesson in tai chi, led by a local expert at the historic Temple of Heaven. After, continue exploring the key sites of Beijing including the famed Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.
Day 3 - Beijing/Xi'an
Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder. In the evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.
Day 4 - Xi'an
Arrive early into Xi'an where we take a leisurely bike ride along the ancient city walls. Then enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience at the historic Gao's Grand Courtyard House. Visit backstage, interact with local artists, and enjoy a performance of shadow puppetry. This evening, explore the vibrant Muslim Quarter and local markets then opt to try some of the best street food in China.
Day 5 - Xi'an
Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors an archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. After, visit a local village for lunch. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.
Day 6 - Xi'an/Lhasa
Fly over the Himalayas to Tibet. Settle into our Lhasa hotel, our home for the next three nights, before setting out on an orientation walk with a local guide through Barkhor Square.
Day 7 - Lhasa
Enjoy a guided visit to the Potala Palace and the Tibetan Medicine Institute to learn more about Tibetan spirituality and culture. Also visit a tangka academy to observe this ancient and intricate art form, considered sacred to Buddhists. The works usually depict a deity, scene, or mandala and are tied directly into Buddhist teaching and meditation.
Day 8 - Lhasa
Visit sacred Jokhang Temple and the historic Sera Monastery, one of the great Tibetan Universities famed for its open debates among monks on the Buddhist doctrines. Later take a cooking class with a local chef and make (and eat) Tibetan momo beef dumplings.
Day 9 - Lhasa/Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu and sample the famed and fiery Sichuan cuisine for dinner in the evening.
Day 10 - Chengdu/Chongqing
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre to learn about and observe these gentle animals. Later, catch a train to Chongqing and board a luxury riverboat for the first night on the Yangtze.
Day 11 - Yangtze River
Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam ship locks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy onboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.
Day 12 - Yangtze River
Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam shiplocks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy shipboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.
Day 13 - Yangtze River/Shanghai
Enjoy a tour of Three Gorges Dam (dependent on river conditions) before flying to Shanghai.
Day 14 - Shanghai
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, or catch the famed Shanghai acrobats in performance this evening.
Day 15 - Shanghai
Depart at any time.