Spend exciting 16 days exploring China’s most fascinating destinations. Travel from Hong Kong to Beijing, discovering the country’s history, culture and natural landmarks.
Get checked in to your hostel today in Hong Kong upon arrival and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Hong Kong - Guilin
Take the metro from central Hong Kong to reach the Futian checkpoint on your own. You will cross the border and continue on the metro to Shenzhen North where you hop on a high-speed train to Guilin at 11:48 am. You will be picked up at the Guilin train station at 18:20 and transferred to your hostel where you will get settled in and have the evening at leisure.
(*We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to take the metro from Hong Kong to the border and to the high-speed train.)
Cycling Tour & Boat Ride
Wake up this morning ready for an exciting day to get to know Yangshuo with a morning half-day cycling tour to visit Moon Hill where you will have the option to take a mud bath. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Yangshuo on your own, before embarking on a boat ride this evening to cruise along the Lijjiang River and awe at the spectacular natural surroundings. Watch the local fisherman as they skillfully use trained cormorants to catch fish from their makeshift bamboo rafts.
Longji Rice Terrace Tour
Take a morning join-in tour with a guide to the Longji Rice Terraces for incredible photo opportunities and a day in nature.
Cooking Class, Bamboo Rafting & Night Show (L)
In the morning try your hand at cooking some local Chinese food, then go on an exciting Bamboo Rafting trip along Yulong River in the afternoon. At night enjoy a spectacular night show called Impression Sister Liu which was choreographed by the same director that designed the Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Yangshuo to Chengdu
Check out of your hostel in Yangshuo in the morning and our driver will drop you off at Guilin Airport where you will catch a flight to Chengdu. On your arrival at Chengdu airport, there will be someone waiting to transfer you to your accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own to discover Chengdu city at leisure. Wander Jinli street and the Tibetan districts or visit WenShu Monastery, Mao’s Statue, People’s Park or a traditional Tea House.
Giant Panda Breeding Centre and Research Base
In the morning the guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you for a visit of the Pandas Breeding Center, where you will learn about Giant Panda conservation, and the importance of your contribution towards protecting the Earth for future generations. In the afternoon, discover the 71-metre-high Leshan Grand Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world and by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. After the tour, return to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Chengdu.
Chengdu to Xi’an
Check out of your hostel in Chengdu and our driver will drop you off at Chengdu airport where you will catch a flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, there will be someone waiting for you to transfer you to your accommodation. Overnight.
Xi’an - Terracotta Warriors
In the morning you will have a guided visit of the infamous Xi’an Terracotta Army, a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, first Emperor of China. They were buried with the emperor with the purpose of protecting him in his afterlife. After the tour, explore Xi’an at your pace and overnight.
Xi’an to Dengfeng
Today you will take the high speed train to Luoyang and then a public bus to Dengfeng, a UNESCO`s World Cultural & Natural Heritage Site since 2010, and the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel. Check in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Dengfeng.
Dengfeng - Shaolin Temple
This morning you will go on a private guided half day tour to the Shaolin temple, which embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Martial Art Training Center, where you will have the opportunity to learn some basic kung-fu from the local monks. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and overnight in Dengfeng.
Dengfeng to Beijing
After checking-out of your accommodation, you will be transferred to the Zhengzhou Railway Station where you will board a 6 hour bullet train to Beijing. Upon arrival, there will be someone waiting for you to transfer you to your accommodation. Overnight.
Beijing Free Day & Chinese Acrobatics Show
Enjoy a free day today in Beijing with plenty of time to discover the incredible sights of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven or Lama Temple. Tonight you will watch a fascinating Chinese Acrobatics show in which the performers contort their bodies in ways you never imagined possible!
Wild Great Wall of China Day Tour (L)
Today you will depart on an exciting and much-anticipated guided day trip to the Great Wall of China located approximately 2.5 hours from Beijing. You will spend you day at the deserted section of the Great Wall (Wild Badaling Great Wall) and have time for a 3-hour hike with views of the lush surrounding jungles followed by a late lunch.
Different sections of the wall were built over time, the earliest dating from 200 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang. Stretching from Lop Lake in the west to Shanhaiguan in the east, several different walls were built in the 7th century during the Ming Dynasty as border defence against invasions of neighbouring nomadic groups. The wall has also served as a border control along the Silk Road for regulation of goods and taxes and as a transportation corridor. Enjoy your day at the Great Wall of China with your guide to learn about the historical events that occurred here and to admire the incredible natural mountain landscapes surrounding you. Enjoy the 2.5-hour drive back to Beijing and rest up tonight at your accommodation after an exciting day!
Hutong Tour & Kung Fu Night Show
This morning you will take a private Hutong Tour to walk among the narrow alleys and traditional courtyard residences that were once commonplace in northern Chinese cities. At one time, Hutongs were joined together to create entire neighbourhoods. Visit a local family to experience a taste of life in a Hutong. Enjoy more free time this afternoon to visit the Summer Palace, Olympic Park and make a trip to the Silk Market for last minute souvenir shopping! Tonight you will enjoy a fantastic Kung Fu Show before your trip ends!
Today your trip will come to an end as you check out of your accommodation and take your return transfer to the airport or train station in time to meet your return flight. We wish you a safe journey for your onward travels!
15 nights at hostel dorm, single, double, twin accommodation without breakfasts
15 nights at budget hotel, single, double, twin accommodation with breakfasts.
- 1 Night in Hong Kong
- 4 Nights in Yangshuo
- 2 Nights in Chengdu
- 2 Nights in Xian
- 2 Nights in Dengfeng
- 4 Nights in Beijing
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Trip Name: Independent - China Discovery Adventure
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: $3,396
Supplier Tour ID: HKGDIS/158868
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