Ultramodern and resolutely traditional, 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 Shanghai’s sleek skyscrapered skyline. Then, you’ll 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.) See the limestone karsts of Guilin before you return to modern times with a two-day stint in always-on Hong Kong. Nature and modernity, in perfect balance.
Day 1 — Shanghai
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 — Shanghai/Yangshuo
Spend a free day exploring the mix of modern and historic in Shanghai before boarding an overnight train to Yangshuo.
Day 3 — Yangshuo
Transfer to Yangshuo home of the world-famous Li River.
Day 4 — Yangshuo
With an entire free day, Yangshuo is yours to discover.
Day 5 — Yangshuo/Longji
Enjoy a morning float down the Li River, then enjoy a traditional lunch at the Jia Community Restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Longji and get ready for the next day's hike with some free time.
Day 6 — Longji
Enjoy village to village trekking along the rice terraces.
Day 7 — Longji/Hong Kong
Transfer to Guilin and board a train to Hong Kong, arriving in the late afternoon.