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Essential China - G Adventures
21 days

Essential China

From Beijing to Hong Kong
Tour Operator:
G Adventures
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Age range:
12 to 99
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Start in Beijing and end in Hong Kong! With the In-depth Cultural tour Essential China, you have a 21 days tour package taking you through Beijing, China and 8 other destinations in China. Essential China includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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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/Chengdu (1D)
  10. Day 10: Chengdu
  11. Day 11: Chengdu/Emei Shan
  12. Day 12: Emei Shan
  13. Day 13: Emei Shan/Yangtze River
  14. Days 14-15: Yangtze River
  15. Day 16: Yangtze River/Liujiang
  16. Day 17: Liujiang/Yangshuo
  17. Day 18: Yangshuo (1L)
  18. Day 19: Yangshuo
  19. Day 20: Yangshuo/Hong Kong
  20. Day 21: Hong Kong
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

Berth / Cabin
Sleeper Train

Customer Reviews

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  • Itinerary
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 4.6
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  • B
    · July 16th, 2018
    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... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the constructive thoughts here. We will look into this.
    Trip date: June 2018
  • Essential China reviewer 2
    · April 17th, 2018
    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... Show more
    Trip date: March 2018
  • DC
    · December 6th, 2017
    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... Show more
    Trip date: November 2017
  • KL
    · October 27th, 2017
    Very poor tour leader, with few included activities, felt like it had been done on the cheap
    Trip date: September 2017
  • NH
    · April 21st, 2016
    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... Show more
    Trip date: March 2016
  • Essential China reviewer 6
    · August 4th, 2012
    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... Show more
    Trip date: July 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

    • 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.

    • Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

      Of course, we can! Once you have a confirmed booking on this tour, we can request additional accommodation for you with the tour operator.

    • What is the age range?

      This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old. This means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form. Please be aware that you must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour.

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    Good to Know

    • About the country


      Yuan Renminbi

      Plugs & Adapters



      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.


      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.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before December 30th, 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after December 30th, 2020, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with G Adventures. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 65 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and G Adventures will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "G Adventures" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
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