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China on a Shoestring–Hong Kong to Beijing
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Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong, float down the Yangtze on a Chinese-style riverboat and walk the Great Wall with other others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy eighteen days packed with China's major sights and out-of-the way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Cycle along Xians ancient city walls and through the stunning rice fields and limestone karsts of Yangzhou. Explore gorgeous scenery straight out of a painting or just relax and take it all in.


Trip Highlights:
  • Explore Shanghai and Hong Kong's bustling streets
  • Snap photos of Yangshuo's karst scenery
  • Discover history in Xi'an and Beijing
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China

Included activities: There are many wonderful activities included with this trip. Please refer to the 'Nuts & Bolts' and 'Itinerary' tabs to see what activities are included in this itinerary.

Optional Activities: There are several optional activities available with this trip. Please refer to the itinerary section for details about activities available in visited location.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Wildlife, Parks & Nature Reserves, History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126706
  • Starts: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Finishes: Beijing, China
You will Visit
  • Hong Kong
  • Beijing

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo

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.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Hong Kong - China)

Transport:
Metro (1.00 hour(s))
Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Local bus (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 3: Yangshuo

Enjoy free time in Yangshuo.

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Day 5: Yangshuo/Wuchang

Take an afternoon bus to Guilin train station to catch the overnight train to Wuchang.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (21.00 hour(s))

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Day 6: Wuchang/Yichang

Arrive in Wuchang and take a fast train to Yichang. Yichang has a charming vibe, with great backstreets and alleyways with quaint tea houses and temples for exploring. It is renowned for its tea and fruit, all of which can be seen on (and purchased from) the street stalls.

There is a great local food market where people can find prickly ash, hot peppers, and chili powder, which are among the ingredients used to add a local flavour to most dishes.

Transport:
Train (2.50 hour(s))

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Day 7: Yichang (1L)

Board a boat in the morning and cruise along the Yangtze River to view both the Xiling Gorge and the Three Gorges Dam. Both an inspiration to generations of painters and poets and a source of international controversy, the Three Gorges remains one of the world's natural scenic wonders while the massive Three Gorges Dam is an incredible feat of modern technology.

Included Activities:
Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge Boat Trip

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Day 8: Yichang/Xi’an

Enjoy a free morning to explore Yichang before we take an overnight train to Xi'an.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (17.00 hour(s))

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Day 9: Xi’an

Enjoy an orientation walk to get familiar with the Muslim Quarter. Spend almost 3 full days exploring this city, including the active Muslim Quarter and its serene Great Mosque, as well as the exotic local street food stalls and the majestic Ming Dynasty City Wall.

Included Activities:
Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk

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Day 10: Xi’an

Free time to explore Xi'an.

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Day 11: Xi’an/Shanghai

Take advantage of a final day to explore Xi'an before boarding an overnight train to Shanghai.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (17.00 hour(s))

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Day 12: Shanghai

Blending 21st century architecture with old-world charm, Shanghai is the vibrant pulse of the new China. Arrive at noon, enjoy an orientation walk along the Bund, with its spectacular array of art deco-style buildings.

The afternoon is free to explore: go across the river to take in the sights of Pudong, a modern financial centre with amazing skyscrapers. Explore busy Yuyuan Bazaar, the French Concession, or shop till you drop in China's hippest stores!

There is enough to see in at the impressive Shanghai Museum to spend a whole day exploring. It houses one of the best collections of Chinese bronze and artwork in the world.

Try to catch a performance by the famous Shanghai Acrobats one night.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk of the Bund

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Day 13: Shanghai

Visit the impressive Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art.

Included Activities:
Shanghai Museum

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Day 14: Shanghai/Beijing

Enjoy free time to explore. In the early evening, take an overnight train to Beijing.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (17.00 hour(s))

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Day 15: Beijing

Enjoy plenty of time to visit the numerous important sights in this city—Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.

The backstreet hutongs, packed with local shops and restaurants, are a world away from the imperial splendors, but also part of this energetic city. Use your free time to explore at your leisure.

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Day 17: Beijing

Set out early for a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction.

Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

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Day 18: Beijing

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Full-day Yangtze River boat trip to Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge
    • Excursion to the Great Wall
    • Visit to Shanghai Museum
    • Orientation walks in Xi'an and Shanghai
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (12 nts), sleeper trains (5 nts, 6-berth compartments)
    • 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, private bus, Chinese-style boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Shanghai and Hong Kong's bustling streets
  • Snap photos of Yangshuo's karst scenery
  • Discover history in Xi'an and Beijing
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China.


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Jeanelle Posted on: 

Everything (transportation and travel) went smoothly!

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Luisa Posted on: 

The group had the right size. Everything was well arranged, the accommodation chosen were not luxurious but clean and comfortable. The trains were better than I was expecting as well.

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Tanya Posted on: 

I had a great time on the G Adventures tour across China - it allowed me to experience the country in a unique and interesting way!

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Marie Posted on: 

This tour of China was a great experience and awesome adventure.

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