Explore China on this truly unique and real China experience. China offers a wide range of historical attractions, natural marvels, off the beaten track villages, amazing people along with urban delights that no traveller can refuse. Enjoy comfortable, clean and safe accommodation while travelling with fellow travellers from around the world. The variety of stunning sites, culture and even remoteness you’ll thoroughly enjoy at an affordable price while under the leadership of our amazing bi-lingual guides.
Meet your group at the hostel and take the tram or hike together up and down Victoria Peak, where you´ll be able to enjoy incredible views of the bustling metropolis below! After listening to a short welcome and safety briefing, hike down Victoria Peak back to the hostel. Later, the group will cross the border into Mainland China, going by bullet train and bus to Yangshuo.
Wake up to the unbelievable karst scenery of Yangshuo. This landscape of rivers, rice paddies and limestone peaks is your playground for the next three days. On your first afternoon, participate in the first of many free and un-missable attractions: bamboo rafting down the Li River.
Optional activities in Yangshuo include: rock climbing (170RMB), taking mud-baths in underground caves (90RMB), attending a Chinese cooking lesson (120RMB), or try cupping (suction cups on the back that help circulation; 40RMB). There’s also a chance to visit your adventure leader´s home village (85RMB). At the beginning of day 5 board your bus to Guilin and afterwards take the night train to Chengdu.
Arrive in Chengdu and meet your new adventure leader - a fun-loving Sichuanese local. Ease out the strains of your overnight journey with a massage from a blind physical therapist (60 RMB). In the afternoon learn your first Chinese words in a free mandarin lesson! Afterwards try a traditional Sichuan Hotpot for dinner - a meal where you cook meats and veggies by dipping them into a boiling pot of spicy broth (around 80 RMB).
The next morning you will visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre, arriving just in time to watch these national treasures dig into breakfast (bamboo shoots, of course).
In the afternoon you’ve got time to visit the world´s largest stone Buddha (it’s 70m tall!) in Leshan (transportation + 90 RMB entrance fee) or you can walk through Chengdu’s Tibetan quarter with its Tibetan shops and cafes (yak dumplings anyone?).
Next morning is your last in Chengdu. You could either visit an Autism Children Rehabilitation Center or visit WenShu Monastery, Mao´s Statue and a traditional Chinese tea house then board the bullet train to your next destination: Xi´an.
Today, after a beautiful free morning, you can join the group for an optional bike tour around the ancient city walls of the former dynastic capital (100RMB). A great way to get your bearings. In the late afternoon you can explore Xi’an’s fascinating Muslim Quarter, where you’ll see unique Chinese mosques and sample the delights of Hui Muslim street food carts. The lamb skewers are a must!
Afterwards you´ve got the opportunity to visit the Silk Road market nearby.
Next morning we visit the jewel in Xi’an’s crown: the Terracotta Warriors (free entry), a full-sized stone army designed to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife. Then it’s time for a change of gear with a Chinese-style night of fun: to visit the famous Big Goose Pagoda and see the music and light show there.
In the morning, take a private minivan and afterwards a bus to Deng-Feng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple. After your arrival, you’ll have the chance to put your strength and flexibility to the test in a Kung Fu lesson and then watch a show at a local children´s home run by the Shaolin temple (150RMB - all proceeds go directly to the orphanage). In the evening your second mandarin lesson starts - good luck/Yiqiè shùnlì!
Rise early if you wish to visit the flagship of Kung Fu - the Shaolin Temple (120RMB)! In the beautiful temple courtyards you’ll see masterful displays and physically impossible feats from these Kung Fu masters. Had enough of temples or kung-fu? Visit the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site with over 100,000 carved Buddha’s (transportation + 90RMB entry fee). Afterwards the group hikes together to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of both the shrines and the surrounding landscapes. In the evening you depart to Zhengzhou to board your night train to Beijing.
In the morning, we head off to our next unmissable attraction, The Great Wall of China! We go to a deserted section of the Wall, where we will have the place to ourselves! Hike along thist wonder of the world as the sun sets, before pitching up your tent for a night camping.
Wake up the next morning for what will be one of the most memorable sunrises of your life. Afterwards return to Beijing where you can visit the Temple of Heaven (40RMB) fake good market nearby or enjoy in the afternoon the incredible Beijing Acrobatics Show (140RMB). For dinner you’ve got the opportunity to taste one of Beijing´s signature dishes: famous Peking Roast Duck (around 70RMB).
After a morning spent relaxing in the hostel in Beijing and our third Mandarin lesson, it’s off to see the Tiananmen Square (free), the Forbidden City (60RMB) and a night market where you can try dog, snake, cat, scorpion and a host of other “mouth-watering delicacies”. In the late afternoon of the day, you could wander around Beijin’s ancient streets and alleyways and visit Nanluo district, Beijing’s one of the best-preserved historical area, before saying goodbye to your group and Adventure Leader.
After arriving in Hangzhou we head to West Lake for a relaxing boat tour. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about China’s trade history, with visits to the China National Tea Museum or the National Silk Museum. As the day comes to a close, embark a hike up Jiuyao Mountain to catch the beautiful sunset over West Lake and the rest of the city. Finish the night with a delicious group dinner in the city centre.
The next morning, why not explore Hangzhou old town, known for its street artists, boutiques and traditional teahouses. Head to Misty Forest for a hike around the Nine Creeks area. After a morning full of exercise, make your way back to the hostel to freshen up and grab some lunch. Check out of your accommodation and transfer to Huzhou Station as you prepare to catch the bullet train for our next destination: Glamorous Shanghai!
Shanghai is the world’s biggest city by population, and does not disappoint in what it has to offer. Learn about China’s modern history on a walk around the Former French Concession, which includes a visit to the Propaganda History Museum (40RMB entry), the only one of its kind! Discover TianZiFang (free), a local artisan’s lane set in an old-style residential area in the heart of Shanghai.
Explore the more futuristic side of the city when you embark on a walking tour down Nanjing Road (the world’s busiest shopping street) and take a walking tour down the Bund (your unmissable activity!), where you will get the best view of Shanghai’s stunning skyline.
In the evenings, take advantage of Shanghai’s hedonistic bar scene when you experience the largest bar crawl in China - the Drunken Panda Pub Crawl (180 - 200 RMB). Or, spend your evening in a more sophisticated manner, sipping champagne in a hot tub on the rooftop of a skyscraper, overlooking Shanghai’s dazzling nightlife below (110RMB).
Today we take the bullet train to Nanjing in Fujian province, arguably the most picturesque area in the whole of Asia. You spend the night in a Tulou (the Hakka people´s roundhouse). There are over 30,000 Tulous in Fujian which still host the Hakka minority people today. This provides an opportunity to not just observe, but also actively experience their fascinating way of life.
In the morning participate in another unmissable activity: a walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site exploring the neighbouring round-houses and the beautiful countryside. Sample the tea in a tea ceremony and swim in a local lagoon. Later we will then head to a tea factory and its plantations. Take some cash if you’d like to purchase tea at the factory itself! We start the morning with some cycling to a neighbouring village that is famous for its beautiful rivers and mountains. After arriving back, you’ve got free time to relax with the locals before dinner. In the evening take the night train to Guangzhou.
Take a short drive to Zhuhai and try the World´s Highest Bungee Jump approx £340/420USD! Gamble in casinos which make 5 times more profit than Las Vegas. We´ll visit the Venetian Macau, which is a replica of the Venetian in Vegas, only twice the size! In the evening, we´re taking the high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong and to the hostel we started our adventure.
The Hong Kong Loop ends here. Congratulations, you’ve just completed an epic 3,392 mile journey around China!
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Trip Name: Hong Kong to Hong Kong
Duration: 25 Days
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