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Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Get a full dose of this lands 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 Xian both on two wheels and on foot. Study curious limestome karst formations in Yangshuo. Navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that downtime is rightly earned.


Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Road Cycling, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126405
Starts: Beijing, China Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
You will visit
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Beijing

Discover the fascinating history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then join the throngs of locals and hop on a bike to explore the city's ancient hutongs for a couple of hours.

Included Activities:
Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
Forbidden City
Hutong Cycling Tour

03

Day 3: Huairou/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 Xizhazi. At night, interact with rural farmers at a homestay. Each family will happily cook country style dumplings for the group. Join in and learn some new cooking skills to impress your friends back home!

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Trek

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 75km)

04

Day 4: Beijing/Luoyang (1B)

Continue trekking along the Great Wall to Jiankou. The trek covers a lot of ascents and descents and the Wall is in varying degrees of repair, all of which only adds to its charm. From Jiankou, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Trek

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (11.00 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Luoyang/Song Shan

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

Included Activities:
Shaolin Temple Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km)

06

Day 6: Song Shan

Spend the day at Song Shan and enjoy a hike in San Dengfeng Village.

Included Activities:
Song Shan Hike

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Day 7: Song Shan/Xi’an

In the morning, opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes. From Longmen, take a high speed train to Xi'an (arriving in the evening), and transfer to our hotel.

Transport:
Train (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 8: 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.



Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

09

Day 9: Xi’an/Yangshuo

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

Departing from Xi'an, take a flight to Guilin (arriving in the morning) and transfer by public bus to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains.

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 10: Yangshuo

In the morning, enjoy an orientation walk of Yangshuo. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Take a boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way, or observe one of the local traditions: cormorant fishing.

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.



Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

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Day 11: Yangshuo (1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour

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Day 12: Yangshuo/Longji

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.

Included Activities:
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 1

Transport:
Drive from Yangshuo to Guilin
Local bus (1.00-1.50 hours, 75km)
Take a local bus out into the countryside to the rural village of Longji.
Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 200km)

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Day 13: Longji

Continue trekking along rice terraces.

Included Activities:
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 2

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Day 14: Longji/Hong Kong

Take the fast train to Shenzhen/Hong Kong.

Included Activities:
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 3

Transport:
Local train (3.50 hour(s))

15

Day 15: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
You may wish to arrange extra nights' accommodation in this exciting city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance to the Great Wall and trek (Beijing)
    • Entrance and guided tour of the Forbidden City
    • Beijing hutong bicycle tour
    • Biking along the ancient city wall
    • Shaolin Monastery
    • Yangshuo cycling
    • Longsheng village to village trekking
    • Yangshuo and Hong Kong orientation walks
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), simple guesthouses (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, plane, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and hutongs
  • Walk the Great Wall
  • Trek through rice terraces
  • Cycle old city walls and rural villages
  • Watch kung fu monks