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Hong Kong to Shanghai on a Shoestring
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China is a great example of a country with equally modern and historic relevance, and with this 19-day tour youll learn why. By crossing the country via train youll not only be able to visit a bunch of different cities (and Hong Kong!) in just under three weeks, but youll also get to see the diverse landscapes that make up the worlds most populous country. Stand face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, practice Tai Chi with locals, go shopping in Shanghai, or sing your heart out in a karaoke session. If youre feeling adventurous, do it all.


Duration: 19 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 162843
Starts: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Finishes: Shanghai, China
You will visit
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hong Kong

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo

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.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Hong Kong - China)

Transport:
Metro (1.00 hour(s))
Local train (3.50-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

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Day 3: Yangshuo

Enjoy free time in Yangshuo.

04

Day 4: Yangshuo

Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.

05

Day 5: Yangshuo

Transfer to Guilin and board an overnight train to Chengdu.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Overnight train (beds) (25.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Chengdu

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

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Day 7: Chengdu

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

08

Day 8: Chengdu/Luoyang

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

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (16.00 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Shaolin

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

Included Activities:
Shaolin Temple Visit

Transport:
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Song Shan

Enjoy another day near Mount Song Shan.

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Day 11: Song Shan

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

Transport:
Local bus
Overnight train (beds) (10.50 hour(s))

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Day 12: 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.

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Day 13: 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.



Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

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Day 14: Beijing/Xi’an

Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an.

Additional Notes:
Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

15

Day 15: 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).

Included Activities:
Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk

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Day 16: Xi’an/Suzhou

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

Transport:
Overnight train (beds)

17

Day 17: 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!

Included Activities:
Private Karaoke Session

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Day 18: Suzhou/Shanghai

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk of the Bund

Transport:
Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 19: Shanghai

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Meals Included
    • No meals included
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