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Explore China on a family trip from Beijing to Hong Kong.
Take your family on a memorable adventure through China and see the many sides of this colourful, cultural and naturally beautiful nation. The perfect blending of the familiar and the novel, on this 10-day tour you will marvel at the incredible Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors, get lost in the quiet beauty of Yangshuo and be dazzled by the colourful markets and nightlife of the big cities. Boasting some of the grandest urban metropolises and most delicious cuisine in the world, China is an ideal destination for the whole family.
From $3,311*per adult twin share
From $2,922*per child twin share
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
31 July 2019
Day 1: Beijing
Nimen Hao! Welcome to China. The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is a place where ancient history and the modern world collide. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. It’s important that you attend, as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. If you’re going to be late, please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. After the formalities are out of the way, why not head out to enjoy an optional Peking duck group dinner and get to know each other over the first of many superb Chinese meals.
Day 2: Great Wall
Load up on breakfast then hit the road for the three-hour drive towards the Great Wall by private minivan. Spend some time exploring, taking photos and learning the history of this mighty site (and sight). An incredible piece of engineering, the wall stretches 6000 kilometres west from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. Though it failed in its purpose to protect Chinese empires from the northern nomadic tribes, it is still one of the country’s most remarkable achievements and an iconic destination. You’ll often feel like you have the whole wall to yourself as you explore, and being perched on this incredible monument while surveying the surrounding countryside is an unforgettable experience. Spend the night with a local family in their guesthouse, a great chance to sample local produce and delicious home cooking. While the accommodation is basic compared to the other hotels used during this trip, each room is equipped with private facilities and wi-fi is available. We believe the warm hospitality of your hosts and opportunity to experience a slice of life in the Chinese countryside is worth the sacrifice of a little luxury.
Day 3: Beijing
Eat breakfast and farewell your hosts before making the three-hour drive back to Beijing by private minivan. Get stuck into the sights with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the largest of its kind in the world and the symbolic centre of Chinese power. Take some time to soak up the immense size of the square and then continue to the maze of buildings that is the Forbidden City. Built more than 500 years ago and off limits to commoners for almost all that time, the courtyards, great halls and dragon and phoenix imagery give an idea of the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power. This evening, choose whether you would like to join your fellow family travellers for a group dinner. Hungry for more of China’s cultural delights? You may also choose to watch an optional acrobatic performance at the Chaoyang Theatre this evening.
Day 4: Xian
Jump on the bullet train to Xi’an and experience a form of rail travel like no other. While the distance would take around 11 hours to complete on a regular train, you’ll be in Xi’an in just over five hours, with great views of the countryside along the way! Arrive at around 3 pm and head to the hotel to drop off your bags and freshen up before exploring this historic city on a walking tour. Once known as the main eastern terminus of the ancient Silk Road, Xi’an served as the imperial capital of 11 dynasties and holds a wealth of history within its cobbled pavements. The city itself has spread beyond these walls, but the centre still retains the original grid formation, making it easy to navigate. Following your tour, the remainder of the afternoon is free to further explore. When night falls embark on another tour and see a different side of the city. Take in the view of the Bell and Drum Tower lit up against a black sky and sit down to a classic dumpling dinner.
Day 5: Xian
Today you’ll visit the vast, stone-faced army that is the Terracotta Warriors, a militia built to guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang over 2000 years ago. Discovered by farmers in 1974, several pits are now open to the public. Make the 1.5-hour drive to the site and spend some time marvelling at the sheer size and detail of this impressive tomb. Head to the attached museum to see some more artefacts and learn a little more about the ambitious, eccentric ruler who remains sealed in his mausoleum surrounded by his soldiers to this day. Qin Shi Huang sought eternal life, and while he may not have achieved it in the literal sense, the fact that his creation remains a source of wonder to visitors from around the world is a kind of immortality.
Day 6: Chengdu
Wave goodbye to Xi’an and board a bullet train bound for Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. Spend about 3.5 hours on the journey, arriving just after midday. Chengdu is most famous for two things – the pandas living in the mountains, and the delicious, spicy food. You’ll get to enjoy both while you’re here! Spend two-hours on a walking tour with your leader that takes in an Old Town that looks like a film set and the orange Tibetan Quarter, finishing at Tianfu Square, where a giant statue of Chairman Mao stands tall. Then spend a relaxing afternoon in bustling Renmin Park (People’s Park), where you can mingle with locals drinking tea, exercising, singing, playing Mahjong or relaxing in bamboo chairs. Don’t be surprised if somebody comes up to you with an offer to clean your ears! This evening, head out for a dinner of one of Sichuan’s most beloved dishes – the hot pot! This is the choose your own adventure of cuisine, and the whole family is sure to enjoy selecting which ingredients to add to the simmering broth.
Day 7: Chengdu
Embrace an early start to spend the morning watching gorgeous giant and red pandas in the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. As pandas are only active for a few hours of the day, it’s important you rise and shine to catch them at their most interesting. China’s national pride, the giant panda is among the world’s most threatened animals, but here you can witness the conservation efforts and see these majestic creatures in a close approximation of their habitat. Spend three hours with these wonderful creatures, watching them play, eat bamboo and climb the trees. If you’re lucky (and visiting between July and September), you might even get to see newborns taking their first steps in the nursery. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish. Maybe head to Wide and Narrow Alley, a popular set of alleyways where you can take a stroll and see craftspeople and food stalls aplenty.
Day 8: Yangshuo
Make sure you’ve got books or games ready for a half-day of travel, beginning with a two-hour flight to Guilin, followed by a two-hour transfer to Yangshuo. Located deep within the karst peaks of Guangxi province, Yangshuo is a haven for many visitors, away from the hustle and bustle of ever-developing China; a place where you can stop slow your pace and relax. Get settled into the hotel, which is located among stunning countryside, then pay a visit to the local farmers’ market, where you can get a feel for the regional produce and daily life. Make a short drive to Chaolong, a small village where you can put your new knowledge to use and try your hand at cooking Chinese cuisine. This immersive class will allow the whole family to learn the techniques and skills of Chinese cuisine from experienced chefs, and after an afternoon trying out delicious recipes you can eat what you’ve made for dinner! The recipes selected are relatively simple to replicate, and feature ingredients readily available outside of China, so you’ll soon be wowing friends and family back home with your skills.
Day 9: Yangshuo
Rise and shine for a journey into one of China’s most enchanting landscapes. At 8 am you’ll strap on your provided helmet and jump on a hired bike to pedal out of town and through the surrounding countryside, past emerald-green karst mountains and lush fields.
All equipment is provided for the bike ride: all bikes, helmets for both adults and children. The bike ride is from 8am to lunchtime. On the bike ride you will be accompanied with one or two local guides.
You will be transferred back to the hotel after lunch to rest your weary legs!
NOTE: for those not wishing to ride: your leader can assist you to hire a van or taxi to take you along the route to view the rural setting meeting the group at the lunch stop. This will be at your own expense.
Day 10: Hong Kong
Today you’ll make the epic journey from Yangshuo to Hong Kong (leaving at 8am and arriving around 6pm) so it’s important to have books, games and devices at the ready. Even though there are power sockets on the train, it’s also a good idea to have any devices you wish to use fully charged, as they may be in use by other passengers. First, drive 2 hours by private bus to Guilin North train station, where you’ll take the bullet train to Shenzhen North station. From here, you’ll take another bus approximately 2.5 hours across the border to Mong Kok. After a short metro ride (approx. 10 minutes) you will arrive at your hotel in the vibrant hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
If you have the time (and more importantly, the energy) after arriving and settling in to your hotel, you may wish to end the day with the Symphony of Lights, a spectacular laser show that plays out on the futuristic buildings along Victoria Harbour. The show starts at 8 pm, and it’s free to watch. If a day in transit has you feeling drained however, rest easy knowing you’ve got a full day tomorrow to explore the city.
Day 11: Hong Kong
Dive into Hong Kong after breakfast this morning on a leader-led orientation walk. Under Chinese rule since 1997, Hong Kong is a vibrant and fast paced city only minutes away from quiet islands and beaches. The entire day is yours to spend as you see fit. Hong Kong Island is a great area to explore on foot, with plenty of family friendly hiking trails on offer with varying levels of difficulty. The Peak offers stunning views over the city, and can be reached by several trails or alternatively by tram. Ask your leader for details, but make sure you pack snacks and water if you plan to hike – there are no replenishing stations along the way. A more relaxing way to spend an hour is the Stay Ferry Harbour Tour, which takes you past the city’s landmarks and around the stunning harbour. The Hong Kong Science Museum is perfect for families with young kids, particularly if you’re visiting in rainy season (April to June) and don’t want to risk being caught out. Many of the exhibits are interactive, and entry prices are reasonable. This evening, maybe head out for a final meal with your fellow families and toast to a trip well spent.
Day 12: Hong Kong
It’s time to end this enlightening journey into the heart of China – there are no activities planned for the final day and you can depart the accommodation at any time following check out.
Why you’ll love this trip
Select dates from 4 August 2019 – 30 April 2020
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Select dates from 4 August 2019 – 30 April 2020
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Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. Price advertised is based on 2 adults & 2 children travelling together.
To add flights to your holiday, please call and speak with a 7travel agent today.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a colour scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
Please note while travelling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites such as Google, Instagram and Facebook as well as some email platforms.
For Child prices, please call and speak with a 7travel agent
Discount applies to new bookings only for departures between 1st July 2019 – 30th April 2020. Bookings must be made and deposited between 1st July – 7th August 2019. The discount applies to the tour price only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer (except the Qantas Points offer if applicable) and are not combinable. Discount does not apply to local payments, permits, additional travel arrangements, international and local airfares. Deposit of $400 per person per trip is required upon booking. If booking within 56 days of departure, full payment is due immediately. All tours are subject to availability. *Prices are per person, twin share, low season, tour only. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to change without notice. Standard booking conditions apply.
Is this trip right for you?
This trip uses a mix of transport for a local experience – bullet trains, the metro, private vehicles and public buses – some of which give a great chance to interact with locals.
The trip also covers a fair amount of ground to maximise experiences and enable you to see much of this vast country, so be prepared for some long journeys.
Dongfang Hotel 北京东方饭店
11 Wanming Road 地址：北京市西城区万明路11号
Phone: +86 1063014466
Joining point description
Located in the south to the center of Beijing, Dong fang hotel has a history of almost 100 years with a themed decoration of China in the 1920s. It’s close to the southern city hutong area and is not far from Tian’anmen square and Forbidden City. All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, TV, A/C, fridge, safety box, and internet cable. For more information, please go to http://www.bjdongfanghotel.com.cn/en/Default.shtml
Joining point instructions
Beijing Capital International airport is located north-east of Beijing, 25 km from the city centre. One of the biggest airports in the world, it is relatively easy to navigate and many signs are written in English. Most international flights arrive at Terminal 3. For more information about Beijing Capital Airport, please go to http://en.bcia.com.cn/
An arrival transfer from the airport is available if arranged at the time of booking. Transfers cannot be arranged on arrival. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you plan to arrive earlier, this arrival transfer can only be offered in conjunction with pre-tour accommodation booked through your booking agent.
If you have pre-arranged an arrival transfer with us, our local operator, Ms Qi (Ms Chee), will have sent a driver to the airport who will be holding a sign with our company logo on it “Intrepid Travel” and/or your name.
If you arrive at Terminal 2, please meet your driver at the entrance/exit #7 after you go through the baggage claim area. I
f you arrive at Terminal 3, please meet your driver in front of the white jade screen wall with the dragon pattern, after you walk through Exit B. Exit B is the only international arrival gate in Terminal 3. Please note that Beijing Airport is very crowded so please be patient. If you have any problems finding the driver go to the information desk near your exit and ask them to call Ms Qi at (+86) 13671299816.
In any case, please take a printed copy of your hotel name and address in Chinese as shown in the joining point hotel section with you.
If you are making your own way to the joining hotel:
By taxi (the easiest option): Metered taxis are available outside the airport terminal building. You can follow the airport signs to reach to the official taxi stand. The taxi ride from the airport to our starting point hotels takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour and should cost around CNY120 (include CNY10 for the airport expressway toll). Show the taxi driver the address of the hotel in Chinese characters as shown below. **PLEASE AVOID TAXI DRIVERS WHO DON’T WAIT IN THE TAXI LINE FOR CLIENTS AND APPROACH YOU IN THE QUEUE CLAIMING THEY USE METER**
By airport express and taxi:
You can follow the airport signs to reach to the airport express station. Take the airport express (CNY25, service time: 06:20 to 22:50) to Dongzhimen station. It is suggested to hail a passing by taxi to go to your hotel. It will cost around CNY30 from Dongzhimen Station to your hotel. Show the taxi driver the address of the hotel in Chinese characters as shown in the Joining Point Section. **THERE IS NO TAXI LINE AT THIS STATION. AVOID USING TAXIS THAT ARE WAITING JUST OUTSIDE THE STATION EXITS. THEY DON’T USE METER AND TEND TO OVERCHARGE. **
Metropark Hotel Kowloon 九龍維景酒店
No.75 Waterloo Road 地址 :香港九龍窩打老道七十五號
HONG KONG, SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA
Phone: +852 27611711
Fax: +852 27611711
Finishing point description
Metropark Hotel Kowloon (Hong Kong) is situated at the heart of Kowloon in Hong Kong. This HK hotel provides easy access to Hong Kong’s major shopping areas and commercial area, such as the Langham Place and the Grand Century Place, and is ideal for business trips or leisurely breaks. Airport shuttle and free hotel shuttle bus service to and from Mong Kok and Tsimshatsui are provided by this Hong Kong hotel. The hotel is near subway and railway stations within walking distance of around 10 minutes’ walk from Yaumatei/Mongkok MTR stations and 8 minutes’ walk from Mong Kok East station. Metropark Hotel Kowloon, Hong Kong is facilitated with hotel (Chinese & Western) restaurants, a bar, a rooftop swimming pool and Fitness Room for hotel visitors’ enjoyment. Free broadband Internet access with unlimited usage is available in all hotel rooms. http://hongkonghotel.metroparkhotelkowloon.com/index.php
Finishing point instructions
Hong Kong International Airport (or Chek Lap Kok Airport) is situated on Lantau Island, 36km from the centre of Kowloon Peninsula. Even though it is one of the world’s busiest airports, it is very easy to navigate and there are several different and convenient ways to get into the city. All signs and directions are written in English.
A departure transfer from the airport is available if arranged at the time of booking. Please advise your departure flight details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you plan to stay longer, this departure transfer can only be offered in conjunction with post-tour accommodation booked through your booking agent.
Your tour leader can advise you when is the best time to leave for your flight depending on local traffic condition. It is suggested to leave from your hotel at least 3 hours before your flight time. By taxi, it’ll take about 45minutes to go to the airport at a cost around HKD300.
By hotel-airport shuttle bus, please book with hotel concierge directly 1 day before leaving. Service time is from 5:10 am to 9:10 pm.
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