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Classic Hong Kong to Beijing Adventure

There may be two sides to every coin, but there sure are a heck of a lot more to China. This staggering adventure gets you to as many of those sides as we can possibly fit into 20 days (wow!). Bright-lights-big-city Hong Kong? Check. Terracotta warrior staring contest? Check. Giant panda ogling? Remote village cycling? Mountain monasteries and Forbidden City? Oh yes and so much more. Don't just get to China; get inside what makes it drive the 21st century, starting right here, right now.

  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACNB/162840
  • Starts: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Finishes: Beijing, China
You will Visit
  • Hong Kong
  • Beijing

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo

Cross the border to Shenzhen for the fast train to Guilin, then transfer to Yangshuo, nestled amongst the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River.
Arrive to Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo. One of China's most scenic regions, 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.

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Day 3: Yangshuo

Take a full-day bike ride through the surrounding countryside with a local guide to gain insight into rural Chinese life. Enjoy lunch at a local family's home.

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Day 4: Yangshuo/Kunming

After a free morning in Yangshuo, transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan.

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Day 5: Kunming/Dali

Enjoy a walk around the Bird and Flower Market in Kunming before boarding an express bus to Dali. With free time, opt to visit the old town, take a boat around Lake Erhai, or ride a bike to Xizhou.

Enjoy free time in Dali with optional activities like visiting the old town, taking a boat around Lake Erhai, and riding a bike to Xizhou. Choose to spend some time wandering the local markets.

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Day 6: Dali

Enjoy a free day to continue exploring this scenic town.

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Day 7: Dali/Lijiang

Travel by bus to Lijiang and take an orientation walk before free time to explore on your own.

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Day 8: Lijiang/Yongsheng County

Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge.
In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast-flowing Yangtze has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow that legend has it a tiger once escaped capture by jumping across it.

This area rivals the well-known Three Gorges as the most spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River and hiking the route is surely the best way to experience the landscape.

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Day 9: Yongsheng County/Lijiang

Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. After completing the trek, drive back to Lijiang.

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Day 10: Lijiang

Enjoy a day to discover Lijiang. Opt to explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town or visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.

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Day 11: Lijiang/Chengdu

Fly from Lijiang to the vibrant, modern city of Chengdu. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city of almost 12 million people, which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions.

One of these traditions is the Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppetry, and incredible 'changing faces' act performed as part of the opera are a feast for the eyes.

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Day 12: Chengdu

Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. Later, board an overnight train to Xi'an.

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Day 13: Xi’an

Full day to see Xi'an.

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Day 14: Xi’an/Pingyao

Discover Xi'an with some free time before boarding an evening fast train to Pingyao.

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Day 15: Pingyao

Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson and explore the ancient city of Pingyao with free time.

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Day 16: Pingyao/Datong

Hop on a train to Datong after a free morning in Pingyao.
Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city.

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Day 17: Datong

Set eyes on the gorgeous Hanging Monastery and visit the Yungang Grottoes to see the thousands of Buddha statues. Later, board an overnight train to Beijing.

The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

Further afield are the Yungang Grottoes; there are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining. Enjoy a guided visit to the grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China.

Opt to check out Datong's six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas".

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Day 18: Datong/Beijing

Arrive in bustling Beijing early and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City.

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Day 19: Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.
Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs.

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Day 20: Beijing

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Calligraphy Class, Pingyao
    • Yangshuo countryside bike ride with local lunch (full-day)
    • Bird and flower market visit (Kunming)
    • Orientation walk in Lijiang
    • Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (2 days)
    • Panda Breeding Center excursion (Chengdu)
    • Calligraphy class (Pingyao)
    • Forbidden City visit
    • Great Wall Mutianyu excursion
    • Hanging Temple visit
    • Yungang Grottoes visit
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts), guesthouses (4 nts), sleeper train (2 nts)
    • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, private vehicle, plane
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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