China Active Adventure::From Jan 19

Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Get a full dose of this land’s truly incredible history, culture, and geography using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields. Tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi’an on two wheels and on foot. Study curious limestone karst formations in Yangshuo. Navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that downtime is rightly earned.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACBH.B/228519
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Beijing, China
  • Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Gubeikou
  • Luoyang
  • Song Shan
  • Xi'an
  • Yangshuo
  • Longji
  • Hong Kong



Day 1: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing at any time.


Day 2: Beijing

Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. After take a walk through the historic Beijing hutongs.
Discover the fascinating history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then join the throngs of locals to explore the city's ancient hutongs.


Day 3: Beijing/Gubeikou

Leave Beijing behind and transfer out to the Great Wall of China for two days of hiking. Tonight, enjoy a homestay in a village with a local family.
Leave Beijing behind and head out into the countryside for a trek along the Great Wall. Begin the trek from Mutianyu, heading for the village of Gubeikou. At night, interact with rural farmers over a traditional Chinese meal at a homestay.


Day 4: Beijing

Continue to trek along the Great Wall. Return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.
Continue trekking along the Great Wall. Start from Gubeikou and head towards the Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall. The Wall is less crowded at this point and the scenery is spectacular along the way. From Jinshanling, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.


Day 5: Luoyang

Arrive in Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes.
Enjoy time in Luoyang located in central China's Henan province, widely recognized as the region where Chinese civilization originated. The city was China's ancient capital and is home to many Temples, and close by the Longmen Grottoes which contain thousands of Buddhist rock carvings dating back to the 5th century.


Day 6: Luoyang/Song Shan

Travel to the holy mountain of Song Shan and enjoy a hike in the surrounding countryside.
Leave our large bags in storage and catch the public bus with an overnight pack to the Song Shan area. This beautiful Mountain area is best known as the home of the Shaolin Temple and birthplace of kung-fu.

Known as one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Recognized as an International Geological Park due to its unique landscape, its peaks can reach up to 1512 meters above sea level. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area.


Day 7: Song Shan/Xi'an

Visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Transfer by public bus back to Luoyang then travel to Xi'an by train.
Explore the Shaolin Temple, birth place of China Zen Buddhism and UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 495 AD, martial arts have been practiced here for 1500 years as a way to practice Zen Buddhism.

From Longmen, take a high speed train to Xi'an (arriving in the evening), and transfer to the hotel.


Day 8: Xi'an

Explore China's former capital and terminus of the Silk Road. Cycle the ancient city walls and discover the Muslim Quarter.
Xi'an is one of many cities that was once capital of the great Chinese empire. Gather for an orientation walk exploring the inner city, which is surrounded by 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls. Weather permitting, visit these walls by bike during our time in Xi'an.

In the evening, explore the Muslim Quarter, with its Great Mosque, multicultural feel, shopping lanes, and street food stalls selling a large variety of food, including naan, kebabs, and lots of sweets.


Day 9: Xi'an/Yangshuo

Fly to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo.
Enjoy some free time wandering the city or visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors.

Departing from Xi'an, take a flight to Guilin and transfer to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains.


Day 10: Yangshuo

Take an orientation walk around Yangshuo. Opt to check out a local cooking school, practice tai chi, or see a light and sound show.
In the morning, enjoy an orientation walk of Yangshuo. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Opt to take a boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way.

Enjoy a leisurely evening. Experience some of Yangshuo's famous nightlife or see the Liu San Jie, a 500 person show by Oscar winning director, Zhang Yi Mou -- he also directed the Beijing Olympic Ceremony.


Day 11: Yangshuo

Cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be.
Cycle out over the mostly flat fields to get more of a feel for the region. Ride past rice paddies with water buffalo and stare up at towering limestone karsts. En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch with options like the local beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine.


Day 12: Yangshuo/Longji

Enjoy village to village trekking along rice terraces.
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.


Day 13: Longji

Continue trekking along rice terraces.
Located 300-1000m above sea level, and nestled amongst the mountains, enjoy a hike on land cultivated over generations, stemming from the Yuan dynasty. Soak in the beautiful views and experience the harmony between humanity and nature.


Day 14: Longji/Hong Kong

Depart the village and take a fast train to Hong Kong.
Arrive in Hong Kong in the afternoon. Take an orientation walk around the hotel, then explore the city. Opt to walk to the harbour front and take in the astonishing city lights.


Day 15: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

    • Great Wall trek (2 days)
    • Guided tour of the Forbidden City
    • Beijing hutong walking tour
    • Bike the ancient Xi'an city walls
    • Shaolin Monastery visit
    • Yangshuo cycling
    • Longsheng village-to-village trekking
    • Yangshuo and Hong Kong orientation walks
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (9 nts), simple guesthouses (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    • Train, local bus, plane, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and hutongs
  • Walk the Great Wall
  • Trek through rice terraces
  • Cycle old city walls and rural villages
  • Watch kung fu monks