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
Accommodation: Not Rated%
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: 3 - Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 162840
End City: Beijing, China
|Duration: 20 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of:||Physical rating: 3 - Average|
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|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 162840|
|Starts: Hong Kong, Hong Kong||Finishes: Beijing, China|
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Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Arrive to 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.
Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)
Metro (1.00 hour(s))
Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)
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.
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan.
Flight (1.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
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.
Bird and Flower Market Visit
Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours, 344km)
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring this scenic town.
Travel by bus to Lijiang and take an orientation walk before free time to explore on your own.
Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 148km)
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.
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1
Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)
Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. After completing the trek, drive back to Lijiang.
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours)
Enjoy a day to discover Lijiang. Opt to explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town or visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.
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.
Flight (1.50 hour(s))
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. Later, board an overnight train to Xi'an.
Giant Panda Breeding Center
Overnight train (beds) (12.00-16.00 hours)
Day at leisure.
Board a fast train to Pingyao.
Local train (3.00 hour(s))
Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson and explore the ancient city of Pingyao with free time.
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.
Local train (6.50-8.00 hours)
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".
Yungang Grottoes Visit
Hanging Temple Visit
Travel to bustling Beijing via train and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City.
Local train (6.00-7.00 hours)
Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Depart at any time.
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Trip Name: Classic Hong Kong to Beijing Adventure
Duration: 20 Days
From Price: 2949
Trip Code: 162840
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