Ultramodern and resolutely traditional, modern China is a land with one foot in the present and the other striding into the future. This eight-day adventure connects them both, beginning with Shanghais sleek skyscrapered skyline and a train to the limestone karsts of Guilin. Next, youll strap on your boots and hike into the countryside around Longji to wander the picturesque rice paddies. (Depending on the season, you may even get to help out with the harvest.) Finally, youll return to modern times with a two-day stint in always-on Hong Kong. Nature and modernity, in perfect balance.
After the group meeting, head out for an optional group dinner and go for a stroll along the Bund, taking in Shanghai's futuristic skyline.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Spend a free day exploring the mix of modern and historic in Shanghai before boarding an overnight train to Guilin.
Basic overnight train (beds) (19.50 hour(s))
Arrive in Guilin, transfer to Longji and get ready for the next day's hike with some free time.
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.
Longji Terraces Half Day Trek
Spend two days in Yangshuo enjoying the heaps of activities available in this scenic region. Some favourites include trying your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school, dabbling in Tai Chi or Chinese calligraphy, walking and cycling through the countryside, climbing atop a karst for panoramic views or relaxing at one of the town's many cafés.
Discover more of scenic Yangshuo with a free day.
Transfer to Guilin and board a train to Hong Kong, arriving in the late afternoon.
Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Local train (4.00 hour(s))
Metro (1.00 hour(s))
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Trip Name: Classic Shanghai to Hong Kong Adventure
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: 959
Trip Code: 162846
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