＊ See the amazing contrasts between north andsouth China, from the chaotic and exciting capital to the photogenic landscapes of Yangshuo
＊ Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, stay overnight in a unique village
＊ Starting and ending in two of the country’s largest and most bustling cities-Beijing and Hong Kong- you’ll also be able to experience the dazzling future of modern China
China really does have it all: tranquil countryside offering jaw-dropping natural scenery and invigorating hikes, neon cities boasting incredible food and scintillating nightlife and points of historical, artistic and cultural interest at every turn.
Get acquainted with this country’s complexities and contrasts on this fascinating 23-day adventure that will have you walking the Great Wall, trekking through the Longji rice terraces, idling the hours away in serene Hongcun, drifting along the Li River and living it up in Hong Kong. Jam-packed with colour and culture, China will astonish you with the levels of diversity and distinction contained within its borders.
Is this trip right for you?
This trip travels on overnight hard sleeper trains on sections of the journey. Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it’s certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It’s the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
We cover a fair amount of ground to enable you to see some of China’s biggest cities and main highlights, so be prepared for some long travel days. As we use plenty of public transport, you will be better off to bring only minimal belongings, or to leave your larger luggage in Beijing/ Shanghai and take a smaller bag with you to somedestinations.
We pack a lot in, in a short amount of time, so if you have some time to spare we highly
recommend extra time in Beijing & Hong Kong.
This trip includes
a mixture of free time and included activities, giving you choice and flexibility
to pursue your own interests in China. With plenty of walks and treks included, you’ll
need a good level of fitness to get the most out of this trip. Walking shoes with good support and grip are essential.
Day 1 Beijing
Arrival day and welcome meeting.
Day 2 Great Wall
Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the bestpreserved sections of the Great Wall.
Day 3 Beijing/Xi’an
Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi’an.
Feel free to relax or try optional activities like shopping at the Silk Market, visiting the Summer Palace, and taking a hutong tour.
Day 4 Xi’an
Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the locals.
Day 5 Xi’an/yangshuo
Enjoy free time to explore Xi’an, then flight to Guilin. Take a bus ride about 1.5 hour to Yangshuo.
Day 6 Yangshuo
The Li River and the limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps th best known scenic attraction in the region.
Day 7 Yangshuo
Explore Yangshuo with a free day. A tai chi lesson, a cooking class, or try
your hand at calligraphy. Central Chinese Cooking Class – Yangshuo.
Day 8 Yangshuo/Hongkong
Travel to bustling Hong Kong via Guilin.
Day 9 Hong Kong
Depart at any time.