Classic: Classic Hong Kong to Beijing Adventure (ACNB)
Countries Visited: China, Hong Kong Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre, Enjoy a calligraphy lesson, See thousands of buddhas at the Yungang Grottoes, Explore the Forbidden City and the Great Wall
There may be two sides to every coin, but there sure are a heck of a lot more to China. This staggering adventure gets you to as many of those sides as we can possibly fit into 20 days (wow!). Bright-lights-big-city Hong Kongs Check. Terracotta warrior staring contests Check. Giant panda oglings Remote village cyclings Mountain monasteries and Forbidden Citys Oh yes and so much more. Dont just get to China; get inside what makes it drive the 21st century, starting right here, right now.
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|Day 1||Hong Kong||Day 1 Hong Kong|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Yangshuo||Day 2 Hong Kong/Yangshuo|
Arrive to Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo. One of Chinas most scenic regions, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafEs. 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 (China - Hong Kong) Transport: Metro (1.00 hour(s)) Local train (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 3||Yangshuo||Day 3 Yangshuo (1L)|
Take a full-day bike ride through the surrounding countryside with a local guide to gain insight into rural Chinese life. Enjoy lunch at a local familys home. Included Activities: Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
|Day 4||Kunming||Day 4 Yangshuo/Kunming|
After a free morning in Yangshuo, transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Flight (1.75 hour(s))
|Day 5||Dali||Day 5 Kunming/Dali|
Enjoy free time in Dali with optional activities like visiting the old town, taking a boat around Lake Erhai, and riding a bike to Xizhou. Choose to spend some time wandering the local markets. Included Activities: Bird and Flower Market Visit Transport: Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours, 344km)
|Day 6||Dali||Day 6 Dali|
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring this scenic town.
|Day 7||Lijiang||Day 7 Dali/Lijiang|
Travel by bus to Lijiang and take an orientation walk before free time to explore on your own. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 148km)
|Day 8||Yongsheng County||Day 8 Lijiang/Yongsheng County|
In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast-flowing Yangtze has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow that legend has it a tiger once escaped capture by jumping across it. This area rivals the well-known Three Gorges as the most spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River and hiking the route is surely the best way to experience the landscape. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1 Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)
|Day 9||Lijiang||Day 9 Yongsheng County/Lijiang|
Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. After completing the trek, drive back to Lijiang. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2 Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)
|Day 10||Lijiang||Day 10 Lijiang|
Enjoy a day to discover Lijiang. Opt to explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town or visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.
|Day 11||Chengdu||Day 11 Lijiang/Chengdu|
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city of almost 12 million people, which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions. One of these traditions is the Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppetry, and incredible changing faces act performed as part of the opera are a feast for the eyes. Transport: Flight (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 12||Chengdu||Day 12 Chengdu|
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. Later, board an overnight train to Xian. Included Activities: Giant Panda Breeding Center Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-16.00 hours)
|Day 13||Xi'an||Day 13 Xi'an|
Full day to see Xian. Additional Notes: Xian (translating to Peace in the West) was once the east end of the Silk Road and home to 13 emperors. From The Great Mosque to the Terracotta Warriors, this city is a must-see!
|Day 14||Pingyao||Day 14 Xi'an/Pingyao|
Discover Xian with some free time before boarding an evening fast train to Pingyao. Transport: Local train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Pingyao||Day 15 Pingyao (1B)|
Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson and explore the ancient city of Pingyao with free time. Included Activities: Calligraphy Class
|Day 16||Datong||Day 16 Pingyao/Datong (1B)|
Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city. Transport: Local train (6.50-8.00 hours)
|Day 17||Datong||Day 17 Datong (1B)|
The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. Further afield are the Yungang Grottoes; there are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining. Enjoy a guided visit to the grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China. Opt to check out Datongs six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas". Included Activities: Yungang Grottoes Visit Hanging Temple Visit Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Day 18||Beijing||Day 18 Datong/Beijing (1B)|
Arrive in bustling Beijing early and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City. Included Activities: Forbidden City Tour
|Day 19||Beijing||Day 19 Beijing|
Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
|Day 20||Beijing||Day 20 Beijing|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.