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Explore China including Tibet

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Explore the unique culture and ancient traditions of China on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You’ll discover architecture from imperial dynasties, ancient cities and temples, beautiful landscapes and wildlife, as you get under the skin of iconic cities such as Beijing, Xi’an and Lhasa.

Begin your adventure in Beijing, one of the most vibrant cities in the world, with a history stretching back over three thousand years. Experience the hustle and bustle of Beijing’s winding streets on a thrilling rickshaw tour, immerse yourself in ancient traditions at Beijing’s Kung Fu School and learn how to make traditional Chinese dumplings with a local Hutong family. No trip to China would be complete without trekking along the famous Great Wall of China! Your local guide will ensure you learn the real story behind this 20,000 mile long defence structure which dates back to the 7th century BC. This is definitely a bucket list sight not to be missed.

With wonders at every turn, you will take in a selection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites during your trip including Beijing’s Summer Palace, the Terracotta Army, the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project and Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. Sightseeing will take on a whole new meaning as you take to the saddle! Cycling along the old city walls of Xi’an is the perfect way to take in beautiful views of this ancient city while you’ll enjoy serene views of the Chinese countryside during a relaxing spin around Tibet with your local guide.

One of the highlights of this holiday will undoubtedly be your visit to the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to volunteer and help with feeding The Giant Pandas that are cared for there. Your tour will end on a high in the vibrant, buzzing centre of Hong Kong where you’ll enjoy a fascinating guided tour around the iconic sights and admire the skyscraper-studded skyline from Victoria Peak.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Chinese Yuan (¥) – pronounced ‘wan’

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Dollar

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +8 hours
Passport
Irish/UK citizens are required to obtain a visa before travelling to China. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of the intended stay. Click here for more information on visas for China. 
Vaccinations & Health

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau. Larger cities in China may at times experience poor air quality. If you have a respiratory condition it is advisable to discuss this with your medical practitioner prior to booking your holiday.

Airport
The airport in Beijing is located 28km northeast of the city. 
Climate

China’s spring is mostly dry. In July and August the weather turns hot and humid. Autumn is the nicest time of the year with many warm, clear days and usually little wind.

Food & Drink
Chinese food eaten in China is much fresher and more unusual than you would get in your local takeaway. Peking duck, Cantonese beef soup, fried rice, and pork noodles are just some of the specialities served here and this is a fantastic opportunity to try tasty regional dishes as you travel. If you prefer to stick to more familiar dishes, there are an abundance of western restaurants in Beijing. In Hong Kong, you can try delicious rice, noodles, grilled meats and unusual fruits and vegetables as well as visiting some of the top restaurants in the world.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 27 ¥
  • Beer: 11 ¥
  • Glass of wine: 13 ¥
  • Meal: 28 ¥
  • Soft Drink: 4 ¥
  • Bottled Water: 4.50 ¥

 

€1 = approx 7.5 ¥

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard

Holiday highlights

The Great Wall of China

First developed as a series of smaller walls protecting various separate Chinese states, the Great Wall of China was connected more than 2000 years ago by the Emperor Qin to defend the first consolidated kingdom of China. Embark on a guided trek along a section of the Great Wall of China with your local expert guide. You will explore the ruins of this marvellous man-made structure from the Gubeikou Section to Jinshanling Section, covering a distance of 15kms by foot over the duration of approximately 6 hours. 

The Forbidden City

This is the best conserved collection of ancient buildings in China, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming Dynasty and served as the home of emperors for almost 500 years. It is now under the charge of the Palace Museum and is home to an impressive collection of porcelain, paintings, jewels and sculptures as well as beautiful imperial gardens. The design of the Forbidden City was meticulously planned to reflect philosophical and religious principles of the Ming Dynasty and to symbolise the majesty of Imperial power.  

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is centered at the heart of Beijing. It is one of the largest squares in the world and has been the site of many historic rallies and protests. The square is also home to many important buildings and monuments such as the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.  

The Terracotta Army

These life-sized terracotta figures of warriors and horses were discovered in 1974 by farmers digging for a well near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Altogether over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and weapons have been unearthed from the pits where they were found, work on the site continues.

Xi’an City Wall

The city is enclosed by an ancient wall which was re-constructed in the 14th century, during the early Ming Dynasty and its design is based on the inner imperial palace of Tang Dynasty. The outer city is 13.7 km in circumference and occupies an area of 11.5 square km. You'll explore Xi’an’s Old City Walls by bicycle with your local guide. After a climb of approximately 70 steps you will reach the top of the wall, from here you will begin your bicycle ride which is the perfect way to take in beautiful views of the city. 

Tibet

Tibet is an autonomous region of China, situated on the northern side of the Himalayas. It is often referred to as the “Roof of the World” for its towering peaks and stunning views of Mt. Everest. You will have plenty of time to explore Lhasa, the capital of Tibet where we suggest taking some time to explore the bustling markets of the Barkhor area by foot and picking up some local produce to take home as souvenirs. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to explore the Tibetan countryside by bicycle with your local guide, taking in picturesque views of the surrounding region.

Chengdu

Another unique city on this tour is Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. Well known for its foodie culture and relaxing teahouses, you’ll enjoy some downtime and mingle with the locals as they go about their daily lives. Enjoy a guided tour of the centre, where we suggest spending some leisure time on Jinli Old Street, a pedestrianised area full of cafes, tea houses and stalls selling arts and crafts. You’ll also visit the People’s Park which was the city’s first public park, built in 1911. We suggest spending some time soaking up the atmosphere here and getting lost in the hustle and bustle around you.

Dujiangyan Panda Reserve

One of the highlights of this holiday is the unique opportunity to spend the day volunteering at the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve. The reserve takes care of sick or injured pandas so they can be rehabilitated back in to the wild. The Giant Panda, a Chinese national treasure, is one of the rarest animals in the world with over 80 percent of them currently now present in the Sichuan Province. After an introduction to the reserve, you will help care for some of the pandas under the guidance of a panda keeper. You will have the chance to assist with the feeding of the pandas as well as gathering fresh bamboo. There are more than 40 pandas living in the reserve and you will have some free time to walk around the different sections at your leisure.

Hong Kong

Located in southeastern China, Hong Kong is a vibrantly buzzing city with a densely populated urban center and a skyscraper-studded skyline. This is a city full of endless options to keep you entertained. Hong Kong's captivating neighborhoods and islands offer a feast for all the senses. You will have ample free time to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Hong Kong.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Chinese Yuan (¥) – pronounced ‘wan’

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Dollar

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +8 hours
Passport
Irish/UK citizens are required to obtain a visa before travelling to China. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of the intended stay. Click here for more information on visas for China. 
Vaccinations & Health

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau. Larger cities in China may at times experience poor air quality. If you have a respiratory condition it is advisable to discuss this with your medical practitioner prior to booking your holiday.

Airport
The airport in Beijing is located 28km northeast of the city. 
Climate

China’s spring is mostly dry. In July and August the weather turns hot and humid. Autumn is the nicest time of the year with many warm, clear days and usually little wind.

Food & Drink
Chinese food eaten in China is much fresher and more unusual than you would get in your local takeaway. Peking duck, Cantonese beef soup, fried rice, and pork noodles are just some of the specialities served here and this is a fantastic opportunity to try tasty regional dishes as you travel. If you prefer to stick to more familiar dishes, there are an abundance of western restaurants in Beijing. In Hong Kong, you can try delicious rice, noodles, grilled meats and unusual fruits and vegetables as well as visiting some of the top restaurants in the world.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 27 ¥
  • Beer: 11 ¥
  • Glass of wine: 13 ¥
  • Meal: 28 ¥
  • Soft Drink: 4 ¥
  • Bottled Water: 4.50 ¥

 

€1 = approx 7.5 ¥

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Depart for China

Afternoon

Depart for China

Begin your oriental adventure with an overnight flight to China’s capital city Beijing.

Day 2 - Beijing

Afternoon

Arrive in Beijing

On arrival in Beijing you will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel, where you will have some time at leisure to settle in to your new surroundings. Beijing is rich in cultural heritage, with its history stretching back over three thousand years. However it is known just as well for its modern architecture as well as its ancient sites.

Evening

Welcome meal

This evening, join your fellow group members and your guide for a welcome meal at a local restaurant. Chinese cuisine is an important part of Chinese culture, so this authentic dining experience serves as the perfect introduction to some of the unique tastes and flavours for your first night in China.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Beijing (1 night)

Day 3 - Explore Beijing

Morning

Summer Palace

This morning enjoy a guided visit to the Summer Palace, a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces, which served as an imperial garden during the Qing Dynasty. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, the Summer Palace is a must see for any visitor to Beijing. Your guide will give you some free time to have the opportunity to climb up Longevity Hill, which is approximately 60 metres, to enjoy views over the Summer Palace.

Afternoon

Kung fu lesson

This afternoon prepare to fully immerse yourself in ancient Chinese traditions during a visit to the Beijing Kung Fu School. Kung fu is a general term which is used to refer to the martial arts of China. Kung fu originated in the Shaolin Temple, where monks practiced it for health and self-defence during their quest for enlightenment. You will enjoy a guided tour of the school’s campus before partaking in a 40 minute Kung fu lesson. Your Kung fu teacher will train you on some of the basic skills of Kung fu. The Chinese people place great value in the practice of Kung fu because they feel it teaches respect, patience, humility, and morality. Afterwards, you will take a guided transfer from the city to Miyun County, a district in northeast Beijing, which is close to the trekking paths of the Great Wall of China. Enjoy a locally prepared dinner and then settle in to your guest house accommodation for the night.

Overnight

Accommodation

Guest house in Miyun County (1 night)

Day 4 - Explore the Great Wall of China

Full day

The Great Wall of China

Today is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. The Great Wall of China dates back to the 7th century BC and was built to protect the first unified Kingdom of China. Stretching for over 20,000 miles, this is a bucket list sight for most people and no trip to China would be complete without it. Embark on a guided trek along a section of the Great Wall of China with your local expert guide. You will explore the ruins of this marvellous man-made structure from the Gubeikou Section to Jinshanling Section, covering a distance of 15kms by foot over the duration of approximately 6 hours. The trek will consist of walking along mostly flat terrain, with a series of ascents and descents up and down the famous steps of the Great Wall. You will receive a packed lunch for this full-day trek and a stop will be made along the way so you can have a picnic on the Great Wall of China. A backpack and strong, sturdy footwear are essential. (Distance: 15km / Duration: 6 hours / Difficulty: Moderately challenging)

Evening

Transfer to Beijing city

After your adventure on the Great Wall of China, transfer back to Beijing city where you will have the evening free to explore at your leisure. Your local guide will be happy to suggest restaurants and activities to suit your taste.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Beijing (2 nights)

Day 5 - Local Family Experience

Morning

Tian An Men Square

This morning you will visit one of the largest squares in the world, Tian An Men Square, which has been the site of many historic rallies and protests. The square is also home to many important buildings and monuments such as the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

Early afternoon

Rickshaw tour

Afterwards take a thrilling rickshaw tour through Beijing’s Hutongs, a series of old alleys and narrow laneways that have been formed by lines of traditional courtyard residences. You will visit a local Hutong family during your rickshaw tour to learn how to make “jiaozi”, which are a type of traditional Chinese dumplings. Jiaozi are one of the most popular foods that are eaten during the Chinese New Year, and typically consist of a ground meat or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together. Jiaozi are either boiled, steamed or pan fried before eating. The produce from this afternoon’s interactive cooking experience will also be today’s lunch.

Afternoon

The Forbidden City & Peking duck dinner

After lunch visit Beijing’s Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Ming Dynasty and served as the home of emperors for almost 500 years. It is now under the charge of the Palace Museum and is home to an impressive collection of porcelain, paintings, jewels and sculptures as well as beautiful imperial gardens. The design of the Forbidden City was meticulously planned to reflect philosophical and religious principles of the Ming Dynasty and to symbolise the majesty of Imperial power. Explore this large palace complex by foot with your local guide before ending the day with a Peking Duck dinner at a nearby restaurant. Peking Duck is one of Beijing’s most famous dishes that has been eaten since the Imperial era.

Day 6 – Beijing to Xi’an

Morning

At leisure

Enjoy a full morning at leisure in Beijing. This is the perfect opportunity to do some independent sightseeing. We recommend checking out Qianmen Street, which is one of the oldest pedestrian streets in China. This ornate shopping street has a mix of Chinese and Western shops and eateries, the most famous of which is Quanjude Chinese Restaurant, which sells over 2 million of its trademark Peking Roast Duck every year.

Afternoon

Overnight train

No visit to China is complete without experiencing the hustle and bustle of a Chinese railway station. In the afternoon, you will have a guided transfer from your hotel to Beijing Railway Station. From here, you will board your overnight train from Beijing to Xi’an. The overnight train is a soft sleeper, with four sleeping berths per cabin, two upper and two lower. There is a dining car on board where you can purchase dinner, but as options are limited we recommend taking some snacks with you. Overnight trains are not for the faint hearted but are a great way to mingle with the locals for a truly authentic experience. (Estimated journey time by train: 13 hours and 40 minutes)

Overnight

Accommodation

Overnight train from Beijing to Xi’an (1 night)

Day 7 – Cycle the Old City Wall of Xi’an

Morning

Transfer to hotel

Arrive in to Xi’an this morning and transfer from the train station. After breakfast at your hostel, you will have the morning at leisure to settle in to your new surroundings. You can simply relax at your hostel accommodation or embark on some independent sightseeing. The choice is all yours. We recommend taking a visit to the Muslim Quarter, which is full of narrow alleys of shops and restaurants. It is the perfect spot to sip a coffee and soak up the atmosphere of Xi’an.

Afternoon

Cycle Xi’an old city walls

Xi’an is the ancient capital of China, and its city walls represent one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in the country. In the afternoon you will explore Xi’an’s Old City Wall by bicycle. The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370, so it is steeped in history. After a climb of approximately 70 steps you will reach the top of the wall and from here you will begin your bicycle ride. The wall is quite spacious in width, completely flat and is just under 14kms long. Cycling along the old city walls of Xi’an is the perfect way to take in beautiful views of the city while working up a bit of a sweat. After your cycle, you will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening free to continue exploring Xi’an independently. You guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interest.

Overnight

Accommodation

Hostel in Xi’an (2 nights)

Day 8 – The Terra Cotta Army

Full day

Terracotta Army Museum

Today you will have a guided visit to the Terracotta Army Museum. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a remarkable collection of life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses, arranged in battle formations. These figures were buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210–209 BC, to protect him in his afterlife. They remained hidden until 1974 when they were accidentally discovered by local farmers who were digging a well. The Terracotta Army is now considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century and is a must-see attraction for any visitor to China. Your guide will tell you the full history behind the Terracotta Army and you will also have some free time to explore the Museum at your leisure.

Evening

At leisure

You will have the remainder of the evening at leisure to spend as you wish in Xi’an. Your local expert guide is always on hand to suggest local restaurants to suit your taste so make sure you chat to them about places to eat and drink if you are in need of recommendations.

Day 9 – Explore Lhasa, the capital of Tibet

Morning

Fly to Lhasa

This morning you will take an internal flight from Xi’an to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Tibet, set on the lofty Tibetan Plateau, on the northern side of the Himalayas, is an autonomous region of China. Sharing Mt. Everest with the neighbouring Nepal, Tibet has is often referred to as the “Roof of the World” for its towering peaks.

Afternoon

Lhasa

Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will visit a local workshop which is well known for its handmade Lulu, a type of traditional Tibetan apron. Here you can learn how to make this weaving wool fabric under the guidance of a local worker. Afterwards you will continue to your guest house in Lhasa which will be your base for the next 3 nights. You will have some time at leisure to settle in. As Lhasa is situated at 3,656 metres above sea level it is advisable to take things at an easy pace this afternoon so you can adjust to the higher altitude. In the evening you will have a chance to sample some local cuisine. A yak steak dinner will be served at a local restaurant. The yak is a wild ox, which is native to the Himalayan region and is used in Tibet for its milk, meat and hide.

Overnight

Accommodation

Guest house in Lhasa (3 nights)

Day 10 – Explore Potala & the Jokhang Monastrey

Morning

Explore Potala

This morning depart for Potala, which was constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet. Here you will have a guided visit of Potala Palace museum and World Heritage Site, which was once the winter home of the Dalai Lama. Afterwards you will visit the Jokhang Monastery. This temple is considered to be the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan Buddhism and pilgrims come here daily to worship.

Afternoon

At leisure

You will have the remainder of the day free to spend on your own as you wish. We suggest talking a walk through the Barkhor area of Lhasa. It is an area filled with narrow streets and bustling market places. It is the ideal place to independently explore if you would like to soak up the atmosphere as locals go about their daily lives.

Day 11 – Cycle the Tibetan countryside

Full day

Cycle the Tibetan countryside

Explore the Tibetan countryside by bicycle with your local expert guide, cycling from your guesthouse towards the home of a local family, admiring the beautiful scenery along the way. Experience the rural Tibetan lifestyle as you learn the process of how to generate fuel from yak dung and how to make yak butter tea. This is a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the Tibetan way of life, as you will learn these techniques with the local family in their home. Enjoy a cup of homemade butter tea with the family as well as a lunch of curry at a local restaurant before returning by bicycle to your guesthouse. (Total distance covered by bicycle: 20km on mostly flat terrain)

Late afternoon

At leisure

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Make sure you speak to your local expert guide if you need any recommendations on places to visit, eat or shop during your free time. Or simply relax at the guest house, the choice is all yours.

Day 12 – Explore Chengdu

Morning

Fly to Chengdu

This morning it will be time to say goodbye to Tibet as you board an internal flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival you will transfer to Jinli Old Street, a pedestrianized area full of cafes, tea houses and stalls selling everything from arts and crafts, to confectionary. You will have a guided tour of this charming street as well as some free time for lunch at your leisure.

Afternoon

People’s Park

In the afternoon your guide will take you to People’s Park in Chengdu. Built in 1911, this was the city’s first public park. It is a great spot for people watching and will give you the opportunity to mingle with the locals as they go about their daily lives. Your guide will take you to the section of the park where the Marriage Market takes place. Also often referred to as the “Corner of Looking for a Partner”, this is where Chinese grandparents and parents seek spouses for their unmarried family members. In China marriage is not only a symbolic rite of passage in to independent adulthood, but it is also a social requirement, so if a young Chinese person has trouble meeting the right person, their family will intervene and help them. You will also have the chance to enjoy a cup of tea with some of the locals and learn how to play Mahjong, an ancient tile-based game which was developed in China during the Qing Dynasty, before transferring to your guesthouse in the county area of Dujiangya. A Sichuan Hot Pot will be served for dinner and you will have the remainder of the evening at leisure to settle in to your new surroundings.

Overnight

Accommodation

Guest house in Dujiangyan (2 nights)

Day 13 – Volunteer at Dujiangyan Panda Reserve

Full day

Dujiangyan Panda Reserve

Today is sure to be another highlight of your holiday as you spend the day volunteering at the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve. The Giant Panda, a Chinese national treasure, is one of the rarest animals in the world. The total number is estimated to be 1,500, including those living in the wild, 80 percent of which are in Sichuan Province. The Dujiangyan Panda Reserve takes care of sick or injured pandas so they can be rehabilitated back in to the wild. There is also a section that serves as a panda nursing home for elderly or disabled pandas that need special care. After an introduction to the reserve, you will help care for some of the pandas under the guidance of a panda keeper. You will have the chance to assist with the feeding of the pandas as well as gathering fresh bamboos. There are more than 40 pandas living in the reserve and you will have some free time to walk around the different sections at your leisure. Lunch will be included today and will be served in the Reserve Staff Dining Room. (Please note that customers below the age of 12 or over the age of 65 cannot participate in volunteering activities at the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve. This is due to local regulations in China. In these cases, no alternative excursion will be arranged).

Evening

At leisure

You will have the remainder of the evening at leisure in Dujiangyan. Your local guide will be happy to recommend local restaurants, places to enjoy a drink or optional sightseeing to suit your taste.

Day 14 - Dujiangyan Irrigation Project

Morning

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project

Today you will visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, a UNESCO heritage site which was built in 256 BC as an irrigation and flood control project. This ancient irrigation system still works today and plays a crucial role in draining off floodwater, irrigating farms and providing water resources for more than 50 cities in the province. Constructed on the Minjiang River, it is the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world; and a wonder in the development of Chinese science.

Afternoon

Jiezi Old Town

In the afternoon you will say goodbye to the Dujiangyan and head towards the city center of Chengdu, making a stop en route at Jiezi Old Town. Located at the foot of Fengqi Mountain, you will have some free time at leisure in Jiezi Old Town before continuing to your hotel in Chengdu. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure in Chengdu to spend as you wish. Chengdu’s history dates back to the 4th century BC so it is rich in cultural heritage. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Chengdu City (1 night)

Day 15 – Explore Hong Kong

Early morning

Fly to Hong Kong

This morning you will have a transfer to Chengdu airport for your internal flight to Hong Kong. Located in southeastern China, Hong Kong is a vibrantly buzzing city with a densely populated urban center and a skyscraper-studded skyline.

Afternoon

Explore Hong Kong

Upon arrival in Hong Kong you will have a 4 hour orientation tour of the city with your local expert guide. You will visit all the iconic sights such as Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Man Mo Temple & Hollywood Road before transferring to your hotel. The remainder of your time in Hong Kong will be completely at your leisure so make sure you speak to your guide today for any tips on the best places to eat, drink, shop and sightsee in the city.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Hong Kong (2 nights)

Day 16 – Hong Kong at leisure

Full day

At leisure

Today you will have a full day at leisure for independent exploration in Hong Kong. This is a city full of endless options to keep you entertained. Hong Kong's captivating neighborhoods and islands offer a feast for all the senses. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Hong Kong today as you desire.

Day 17 – Return home

Full day

At leisure & return home

You will have one final day at leisure to spend as you wish in Hong Kong. This is the perfect time to do any last minute shopping or sightseeing before your evening transfer to Hong Kong airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 18 – Arrive home

Afternoon

Arrive home

Arrive home to Dublin following your once in a lifetime adventure to China.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Tashitakge Hotel Guest House

This small but comfortable guest house is enviably situated within the centre of the ancient old town of Lhasa, within close proximity of Jokhang Temple and Bakuo Street. Guest rooms are decorated in traditional Tibetan style and equipped with modern comforts. After a day of sigh... read more read more read more

This small but comfortable guest house is enviably situated within the centre of the ancient old town of Lhasa, within close proximity of Jokhang Temple and Bakuo Street. Guest rooms are decorated in traditional Tibetan style and equipped with modern comforts. After a day of sightseeing guests can enjoy a variety of local Tibetan dishes at the rooftop restaurant which offers views of the nearby mountains and Potala Palace, the former winter home of the Dalai Lama. 

Hotel address
Tashitakge Hotel
TibetLhasaLupu 1 Lane 3
Chengguan District

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Panda Hotel Dujiangyan Baiguo Lane Branch Guest House

Panda Hotel Dujiangyan Baiguo Lane Branch is a guest house located in Dujiangyan, 60km northwest of the city of Chengdu. Rooms at the guesthouse are basic but comfortable. There is no internet connection at this property, allowing guests to switch off completely from the digital ... read more read more read more

Panda Hotel Dujiangyan Baiguo Lane Branch is a guest house located in Dujiangyan, 60km northwest of the city of Chengdu. Rooms at the guesthouse are basic but comfortable. There is no internet connection at this property, allowing guests to switch off completely from the digital world and enjoy the Sichuan countryside. In your free time you can rent a bicycle and explore the surrounding areas independently

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Panda Hotel Dujiangyan Baiguo Lane Branch
Baiguo Alley, Dujiangyan Shi
Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng

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Wenjun Mansion Hotel 3

Located along the historic Qintai Path, Wenjun Mansion Hotel is a great choice for those interested in history, culture and a glimpse into local life. The property is decorated in traditional Chinese style. The guest rooms feature authentic décor and modern comforts.... read more read more read more

Located along the historic Qintai Path, Wenjun Mansion Hotel is a great choice for those interested in history, culture and a glimpse into local life. The property is decorated in traditional Chinese style. The guest rooms feature authentic décor and modern comforts.

Hotel address
Wenjun Mansion Hotel
No.180 Qintai Road Qingyang
610072 Chengdu

Chengdu
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Standford Hotel 3

Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s buzzing Mongkok area, the Stanford Hotel Hong Kong offers a contemporary hotel experience. Surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants, this is the ideal base for exploring Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan scene. The hotel offers rooms with urban design ... read more read more read more

Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s buzzing Mongkok area, the Stanford Hotel Hong Kong offers a contemporary hotel experience. Surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants, this is the ideal base for exploring Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan scene. The hotel offers rooms with urban design and modern comforts, ensuring a pleasant stay.

Hotel address
Standford Hotel
118 Soy St, Mong Kok,
Hong Kong

HONG KONG
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