Ultimate China on a Shoestring - Hong Kong to Hong Kong
27 days from Hong Kong to Hong Kong
From $ 2549
Duration27 days

Ancient villages or bustling metropolises – what will you see while in China? We made sure this 28-day tour included both (and then some), so you won’t have to choose. Sights like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and army of Terracotta Warriors can make China can seem intimidating. With an expert CEO leading the way, we’ll wipe away those worries and leave you free to enjoy the ride. And between the panda breeding centre, bamboo rafting, beaches, historic sites, Tai Chi, and lively nightlife, it’s not a ride you’ll want to miss.

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  • Duration: 27 days
    Service level: Basic
  • Starts in: Hong Kong
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Hong Kong
    Ages: 18+
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Hong Kong

Start place: Hong Kong

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrive at any time.

End place: Hong Kong

Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo

Start place: Hong Kong

Arrive in Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo, nestled among the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River. One of the most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.

The Li River and the limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in the region.
Cross the border to Shenzhen and board a train to Guilin before transferring to scenic Yangshuo.

End place: Yangshuo

Day 3: Yangshuo

Start place: Yangshuo

Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.

End place: Yangshuo

Day 4: Yangshuo

Start place: Yangshuo

Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.

End place: Yangshuo

Day 5: Yangshuo/Chengdu

Start place: Yangshuo

Transfer to Liuzhou and board an overnight train to Chengdu.

End place: Chengdu

Day 6: Chengdu

Start place: Chengdu

Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.

End place: Chengdu

Day 7: Chengdu

Start place: Chengdu

Opt for a day trip to Leshan to see the giant Buddha or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.

End place: Chengdu

Day 8: Chengdu/Luoyang

Start place: Chengdu

Opt to see the famous pandas up close at the Giant Panda Breeding Center before boarding an overnight train to Luoyang.

End place: Luoyang

Day 9: Shaolin

Start place: Luoyang

Transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Spend the night in a local guesthouse.

End place: Song Shan

Day 10: Song Shan

Start place: Song Shan

Enjoy free day to explore the area around Mount Song.

End place: Song Shan

Day 11: Song Shan/Beijing

Start place: Song Shan

Transfer to Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes before boarding an overnight train to Beijing.

End place: Beijing

Day 12: Beijing

Start place: Beijing

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Enjoy free time in China's booming capital city.

End place: Beijing

Day 13: Beijing

Start place: Beijing

The Chinese capital, Beijing, is one of the world's most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend a day at the Great Wall, a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from the northern barbarians.

Step back in time with a visit to the Great Wall. Opt to check out the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

End place: Beijing

Day 14: Beijing/Xi'an

Start place: Beijing

Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an. Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel.

End place: Xi'an

Day 15: Xi'an

Start place: Xi'an

Opt to tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls, and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.

Opt to take a day trip to the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town (approximately 1 hr).
Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the locals.

End place: Xi'an

Day 16: Xi'an/Suzhou

Start place: Xi'an

Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou.

End place: Suzhou

Day 17: Suzhou

Start place: Suzhou

Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group; this is sure to be a memorable night!

End place: Suzhou

Day 18: Suzhou/Shanghai

Start place: Suzhou

Shanghai is the most modern of Chinese cities. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road or stroll along the Bund district with its many riverside historical buildings.
See the city on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore this metropolis on your own.

End place: Shanghai

Day 19: Shanghai

Start place: Shanghai

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Enjoy free time in this bustling city.

End place: Shanghai

Day 20: Shanghai/Wuyishan

Start place: Shanghai

Enjoy free time or join the CEO for a walk through the Bund, Old Shanghai, People's Park, and more. Board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province.

End place: Wuyishan

Day 21: Wuyishan

Start place: Wuyishan

Explore the area with an included entrance ticket to the reserve. Go hiking and opt to go bamboo rafting.

End place: Wuyishan

Day 22: Wuyishan/Xiamen

Start place: Wuyishan

Xiamen is a modern city with a little something for everyone from night markets to beautiful sculptures lit-up at night to peaceful parks.
Board a fast train to Xiamen. Enjoy an orientation walk around colonial Xiamen on the coast, then opt to visit the cafés and beaches of Gulangyu Island and check out the night markets. Be sure to indulge in the lively nightlife of this university town.

End place: Xiamen

Day 23: Xiamen

Start place: Xiamen

Free day to explore.

End place: Xiamen

Day 24: Xiamen/Hongkeng Village

Start place: Xiamen

Transfer to a Yongding County. Overnight in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living. Enjoy an orientation tour around the village, then experience day-to-day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture.
Day 25: Hongkeng Village
Experience day to day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture. Opt to visit more Tulou villages in the scenic mountain area or enjoy some free time in the guesthouse.
Day 26: Hongkeng Village/Shenzhen
Travel to Longyan in the morning and continue on a fast train to Shenzhen.

End place: Shenzhen Station

Day 27: Hong Kong

Start place: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

End place: Hong Kong

Inclusions

Included

  • Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo Your Discover Moment: Beijing Your Big Night Out Moment: Private Karaoke Session, Suzhou Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
  • Song Shan hike
  • Shaolin Temple Visit
  • Wuyishan entrance ticket
  • Tour of a traditional tulou
  • Shanghai, Xi'an, and Xiamen orientation walks
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Train, Bus, Sleeper train (beds), Private vehicle
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (14 nts), Hostels (standard twin/single) (3 nts), Guesthouse (standard twin/single) (4 nts) sleeper trains (5 nts)
  • Meals

    No meals are included on this tour

Dates & availability: Ultimate China on a Shoestring - Hong Kong to Hong Kong

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