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Essential China - G Adventures
Essential China - G Adventures
Tim "My family have just returned from our Essential China Tour. Our Guide Ricky Deng made this tour a most memorable experience. When we left the tour we realised how organised he was and the efforts he made to make our tour a smooth and relaxed adventures were truly appreciated. This was not the case when we travelled on our own. He made sure that the members of our group were placed with each other ..."
Good
6 reviews
Starts
Beijing
Destinations
+8
Ends
Hong Kong
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Highlights

Start in Beijing and end in Hong Kong! With the in-depth cultural tour Essential China, you have a 21 day tour package taking you from Beijing to Hong Kong and through Beijing, China and 8 other destinations in China. Essential China is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
12 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Monastery, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Bicycle, Boat, Local Transport
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Boat, Coach / Bus

6 Reviews

Excellent
17%
Good
33%
Average
33%
Rather Poor
17%
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  • B
    Written on July 16, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    This was a very challenging trip physically. Yes, we went to some great sites and had some great times. The in-between travel was the hard bit, also travel distances take up a lot of time with not much to look at. I would give this a 4 star physical... Read more

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  • Essential China reviewer 2
    Written on April 17, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    The itineary was really good and we got to see all the essential highlights as per the name of the tour. However the transport was a disappointment. We spent a huge amount of time with rugsacks fighting our way through metro stations and over night... Read more

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  • DC
    Written on December 6, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Overall this was a good trip. It is the third trip I have done with GAdventures and it is interesting to compare them. The first trip was very good with a very good guide. The second trip was also very good but in some cases the guide was less than... Read more

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  • KL
    Written on October 27, 2017
    1.5 - Rather poor

    Very poor tour leader, with few included activities, felt like it had been done on the cheap

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  • NH
    Written on April 21, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    Another fantastic trip from G Adventure. Our guide, Bing, was great, family-friendly and nothing we too much trouble. We were kept busy but with enough free time to add our own touches to the trip and we saw everything that would be on your lust of things... Read more

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  • Essential China reviewer 6
    Written on August 4, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    My family have just returned from our Essential China Tour. Our Guide Ricky Deng made this tour a most memorable experience. When we left the tour we realised how organised he was and the efforts he made to make our tour a smooth and relaxed adventures were... Read more

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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 Beijing
  2. Day 2 Beijing
  3. Day 3 Beijing
  4. Day 4 Beijing/Shanghai
  5. Day 5 Shanghai
  6. Day 6 Shanghai/Xi'an
  7. Day 7 Xi'an
  8. Day 8 Xi'an
  9. Day 9 Xi'an/Emei Shan
  10. Day 10 Emei Shan
  11. Day 11 Emei Shan
  12. Day 12 Emei Shan
  13. Day 13 Emei Shan/Chengdu (1D)
  14. Days 14-15 Chengdu/Yangtze River
  15. Day 15 Yangtze River
  16. Day 16 Yangtze River
  17. Day 17 Yangtze River/Liuzhou
  18. Day 18 Liuzhou/Yangshuo
  19. Day 19 Yangshuo (1L)
  20. Day 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong
  21. Day 21 Hong Kong

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Additional Services

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Where and when does the tour end?

      The tour ends in Hong Kong, on Day 21 of the itinerary. There are no planned activities for this day so you're free to leave at any time, however we recommend extending your stay as there is so much to see!

    • When and where does the tour start?

      Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, so you can arrive in Beijing at any time, and spend the day settling into your accommodation and exploring the city. In the evening you will be greeted by your trip CEO at a welcome meeting, so you can get acquainted with your fellow travellers and go over the final trip details before the adventure commences! Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can pay for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our travel experts once you have a confirmed booking.

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    About the countries

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    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for China. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for China. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for China. Ideally 6 months before travel.

    Policies

    Location
    Beijing is the starting point and Hong Kong is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request G Adventures to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 14 February 2019 the full payment of $2,447 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2447 for Essential China, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for G Adventures tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 4,539 km.
    • Beijing (China)
    • 1,066 km
    • Shanghai (China)
    • 1,219 km
    • Xian (China)
    • 614 km
    • Chengdu (China)
    • 117 km
    • Leshan (China)
    • 271 km
    • Chongqing (China)
    • 664 km
    • Yangshuo (China)
    • 59 km
    • Guilin (China)
    • 59 km
    • Yangshuo (China)
    • 471 km
    • Hong Kong (China)

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