Soak in the vibrant pulse of China with others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy 13 days of access to China's major sights and out-of-the-way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Get familiar with bustling Beijing, have close encounters with pandas in Chengdu, say hello to Leshan’s giant Buddha, and learn about kung fu at the Shaolin Temple. An experience so rich and incredible, you may not want to come back home.
Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Cross the border to Shenzhen and board a train to Guilin before transferring to scenic 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.
Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, visit a women-run Community Restaurant, take a cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.
Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.
Transfer to Liuzhou and board an overnight train to Chengdu.
Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.
Opt for a day trip to Leshan to see the giant Buddha or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.
Opt to see the famous pandas up close at the Giant Panda Breeding Center before boarding an overnight train to 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.
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.
Visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Transfer by public bus to Luoyang then board an overnight train to Beijing.
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.
We'll have some time upon return to Luoyang to get dinner and pick our bags up from storage.
Arrive in bustling Beijing this morning and opt to visit the famous Great Wall with free time.
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Trip Name: Hong Kong to Beijing on a Shoestring
Duration: 13 Days
From Price: £775
Supplier Tour ID: ACRB.B/226834
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