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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 ..."
5 reviews
Hong Kong


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
Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Monastery, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Bicycle, Boat, Local Transport

5 Reviews

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  • Essential China reviewer 1
    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 trains. Im young and fit but even i at times felt i was completing a 3 wk endurance test:). I really felt sorry for some of the more mature people on our trip. It was tough going at times. Surely G could provide transfer busses as opposed to us all walking the streets to get to metros/hotels??
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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 helpful. In contrast on this trip the guide did everything he could to try to make the trip as good as possible. His efforts were excellent. However there were problems with the GAdventures itinerary, the information provided by Gadventures and GAdventures response to changes in the itinerary (I have already explained these in a detailed trip assessment to GAdventures). GAdventures could have responded better which would certainly have improved the trip.
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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 to do in this fabulous country O
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  • Essential China reviewer 5
    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 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 on overnight sleeper trains in friendship groups which was not always easy when not all groups members could always be located together. He assisted me with my bags which were quite heavy and as an older group member with a wonky knee placed me in the sleeper trains on the bottom bunk sensitively noticing that this would make it easier to get into bed. Ricky also was active in group activities and kept with the lagging group members to ensure everyone returned safely on the Group HIke in the Mount Emei region. Those taking this tour should do so with an open mind. The tour takes you across China on a wide variety of transport, giving you an opportunity to see how the locals live. This includes basic toilet facilities and sometimes bedding and sleeping facilities however, under Ricky's leadership and with a great group of young people our 14 year old daughter and my husband and I would love to travel again with G adventures. Ricky was patient when he had to repeat information to tour members - many guides have loud speakers which sometimes make it hard to hear however because this is not something G adventures provides we noticed Riky's patience in this regard. Optional activities to the Acrobats in Shanghai, Kung Fu Show in Beijing and Opera in Chengdu enhance the trip and the tour information if followed make participation in the trip a pleasure. We loved the cycling on the Xian Wall - my daughter says she felt we were like the three main characters in Harry Potter travelling on their broomsticks - a truly great compliment. The walk on the Great Wall of China is also impressive - history back to 1404BC is not something readily found in Australia. The Terracotta Warriors and cycling around Yangshuo as well as the hiking in the Mount Emei region to see Tibetan Macques with great warm weather make this trip unforgettable. If you are expecting a five star experience this trip is not for you however if you want a truly memorable life changing adventure I would recommend this tour to anyone especially with Ricky Deng as the Guide!
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  1. Introduction
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  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
  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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    • August 1, 2016

      What are the accommodations used on this trip?

      Please be advised that these are subject to change however this information should help when applying for a visa.

      Beijing - Chong Wen Men Hotel (or similar)
      Shanghai - Nanying Hotel Shanghai (or similar)
      Xi’an - HNA Hotel (or similar)
      Emei Shan - Baoguo Monastery (or similar)
      Chengdu - Garden City Hotel (or similar)
      Yangtze River - Yangtze River Boat Cruise (or similar)
      Liuzhou - Overnight train (beds)
      Yangshuo - Yangshuo Landmark Collection Hotel (or similar)
      Hong Kong - West Hotel (or similar)

    • August 1, 2016

      Can you help us with our visas if needed?

      Unfortunately we are unable to give visa advice due to the vast number of nationalities which our customers represent. Some nationalities can travel freely over borders, where others require advance permission to enter. There are also changes in requirements from time to time. We recommend checking your local embassy or consulate's website for the latest up to date information.

    • April 1, 2016

      Where can I find more detailed information about this tour?

      A trip note - which contains essential information about your trip will be given to you. Information such as the daily itinerary, where to meet on the first day, what time the trip starts, how to get to the joining point hotel, included activities, visa information, etc will be mentioned in there. Please contact us for this.

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    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.
    Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for China. Ideally 2 months before travel.
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    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.


    Beijing is the starting point and Hong Kong is the endpoint.
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    TourRadar can request G Adventures to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    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 25 July 2018 the full payment of $2,841 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 $2841 for Essential China, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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    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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