China Active Adventure
15 days from Beijing to Hong Kong
From $ 1999
Duration15 days

Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Get a full dose of this land’s truly incredible history, culture, and geography using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields. Tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi’an on two wheels and on foot. Study curious limestone karst formations in Yangshuo. Navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that downtime is rightly earned.

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  • Duration: 15 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Beijing
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Hong Kong
    Ages: 12+
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Start place: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing at any time.

End place: Beijing

Day 2: Beijing

Start place: Beijing

Discover the fascinating history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then join the throngs of locals to explore the city's ancient hutongs.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. After take a walk through the historic Beijing hutongs.

End place: Beijing

Day 3: Beijing/Gubeikou

Start place: Beijing

Leave Beijing behind and head out into the countryside for a trek along the Great Wall. Begin the trek from Mutianyu, heading for the village of Gubeikou. At night, interact with rural farmers over a traditional Chinese meal at a homestay.
Leave Beijing behind and transfer out to the Great Wall of China for two days of hiking. Tonight, enjoy a homestay in a village with a local family. The homes along the Great Wall have simple but good bathing and shower facilities. Each family can host 4-6 travellers, so our group may be split among 2 or 3 different homes.

End place: Gubeikou

Meals: D
Day 4: Beijing

Start place: Beijing

Continue trekking along the Great Wall. Start from Gubeikou and head towards the Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall. The Wall is less crowded at this point and the scenery is spectacular along the way. From Jinshanling, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.
Continue to trek along the Great Wall. Return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang. Please note that due to restoration and maintenance of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, portions of the trek may be altered.

End place: Luoyang

Meals: B
Day 5: Song Shan

Start place: Luoyang

In the morning, arrive by train to Luoyang. From Luoyang, transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and spend the night.

Explore the Shaolin Temple, birth place of China Zen Buddhism and UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 495 AD, martial arts have been practiced here for 1500 years as a way to practice Zen Buddhism.
Continue to the sacred Mount Songshang. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Kung Fu.

End place: Song Shan

Day 6: Song Shan

Start place: Song Shan

Known as one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Recognized as an International Geological Park due to its unique landscape, its peaks can reach up to 1512 meters above sea level. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area.
Spend the day exploring the holy mountain area of Song Shan and enjoy a hike in the surrounding countryside.

End place: Song Shan

Day 7: Song Shan/Xi'an

Start place: Song Shan

In the morning, opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes represents some of China's best Buddhist art. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings display thousands of images of Buddha and his disciples.

From Longmen, take a high speed train to Xi'an (arriving in the evening), and transfer to the hotel.
Opt to visit to Longmen Grottoes. Return to Luoyang and travel to Xi'an by train.

End place: Xi'an

Day 8: Xi'an

Start place: Xi'an

Xi'an is one of many cities that was once capital of the great Chinese empire. Gather for an orientation walk exploring the inner city, which is surrounded by 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls. Weather permitting, visit these walls by bike during our time in Xi'an.

In the evening, explore the Muslim Quarter, with its Great Mosque, multicultural feel, shopping lanes, and street food stalls selling a large variety of food, including naan, kebabs, and lots of sweets.

Explore China's former capital and terminus of the Silk Road. Cycle the ancient city walls and discover the Muslim Quarter.

End place: Xi'an

Day 9: Xi'an/Yangshuo

Start place: Xi'an

Enjoy some free time wandering the city or visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors.

Departing from Xi'an, take a flight to Guilin and transfer to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains.
Fly to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo.

End place: Yangshuo

Day 10: Yangshuo

Start place: Yangshuo

In the morning, enjoy an orientation walk of Yangshuo. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Opt to take a boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way.

Enjoy a leisurely evening. Experience some of Yangshuo's famous nightlife or see the Liu San Jie, a 500 person show by Oscar winning director, Zhang Yi Mou -- he also directed the Beijing Olympic Ceremony.

Take an orientation walk around Yangshuo. Opt to check out a local cooking school, practice tai chi, or see a light and sound show.

End place: Yangshuo

Day 11: Yangshuo

Start place: Yangshuo

Cycle out over the mostly flat fields to get more of a feel for the region. Ride past rice paddies with water buffalo and stare up at towering limestone karsts. En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch with options like the local beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine.
Cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be.

End place: Yangshuo

Meals: L
Day 12: Yangshuo/Longji

Start place: Yangshuo

Longji is famous for its centuries old rice terraces, often referred to as the Dragon's Backbone, built along forested mountain slopes that seem to poke into the clouds. Check out the unique wooden architecture of the local Zhuang and Yao people.
Enjoy village to village trekking along rice terraces.
Day 13: Longji
Located 300-1000m above sea level, and nestled amongst the mountains, enjoy a hike on land cultivated over generations, stemming from the Yuan dynasty. Soak in the beautiful views and experience the harmony between humanity and nature.
Continue trekking along rice terraces.
Day 14: Longji/Hong Kong
Arrive in Hong Kong in the afternoon. Take an orientation walk around the hotel, then explore the city. Opt to walk to the harbour front and take in the astonishing city lights.
Depart the village and take a fast train to Hong Kong.

End place: Hong Kong

Day 15: Hong Kong

Start place: Hong Kong

Depart at any time. You may wish to arrange extra nights' accommodation in this exciting city.

End place: Hong Kong

Inclusions

Included

  • Great Wall trek (2 days)
  • Guided tour of the Forbidden City
  • Beijing hutong walking tour
  • Bike the ancient Xi'an city walls
  • Shaolin Monastery visit
  • Yangshuo cycling
  • Longsheng village-to-village trekking
  • Yangshuo and Hong Kong orientation walks
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Train, Local bus, Plane, Bicycle, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (9 nts), Simple guesthouses (3 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Meals

    1 breakfasts,
    1 lunches,
    1 dinners

Dates & availability: China Active Adventure

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Departing Sat, 03/23/2019 Finishing Sat, 04/06/2019 Catalog Price $ 1899 Sale Price $ 1899 16 Book
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Departing Sat, 09/07/2019 Finishing Sat, 09/21/2019 Catalog Price $ 1999 Sale Price $ 1999 16 Book

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