Hong Kong to Beijing on a Shoestring

  • Hong Kong
  • China

Meet some furry friends at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre, Visit the Shaolin Temple on the holy mountain of Song Shan, Experience the hustle and bustle of Beijing, Soak in Chinese culture

Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong and walk the Great Wall 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 Hong Kong, have close encounters with pandas in Chengdu, say hello to Leshan’s giant Buddha, and learn about kung fu while staying overnight at a Shaolin monastery. An experience so rich and incredible, you may not want to come back home.

was €1,19913 days from €1,079

(€83 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
ACRB
Travel Style
18-to-Thirtysomethings
Service Level
Basic
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 18, avg 12.
Transport
Local bus, train, private vehicle.
Accommodation
Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (7 nights), guesthouse (2 nights), overnight trains (3 nights).
Meals
No meals included
Other
  • Shaolin Temple Visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Hong Kong to Beijing on a Shoestring itinerary
  • Day 1Hong Kong

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    accommodation

    Pentahotel

  • Day 2Hong Kong / Yangshuo

    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.

    Metro

    Get around underground via public transit.

    Border Crossing (Hong Kong - China)

    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local train

    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

  • Day 3Yangshuo

    Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.

    free time

    Get out and explore relaxing Yangshuo.

    Optional Activities:

    • Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour

      Follow the guide and cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies, local farmers, and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be.

    • Yangshuo Tai Chi Lesson

      Learn how to do Tai Chi, the local exercise regimen. Practice in any park around sunrise, and be sure to have company from locals.

    • Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo

      Calling all foodies! Get an inside look at real Chinese food with a tour of the Yangshuo market to learn about the ingredients used in the Yangshuo area. Afterward, learn to cook Chinese food in a traditional Chinese farmhouse in the beautiful countryside just outside Yangshuo. After the cooking class you can sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes you have prepared.

    • Impressions Light Show (Liu San Jie)

      Take in the Light and Sound Show (Liu San Jie), a 1-hr performance that showcases the ethnic diversity of the region and tells the story of 'Third Sister Liu'. See more than 500 singers and dancers, many of whom are local farmers, perform on and around the beautiful Li River against the backdrop of the incredibly illuminated karst mountains. The show usually takes place at 8pm, and is located at the confluence of the Li and Yulong rivers on the outskirts of Yangshuo.

    • Calligraphy Yangshuo

      Classes are available throughout the day and last 1 hr.

      Watch and learn how to do calligraphy, a traditional form of writing Chinese characters using a brush and ink. See how calligraphers have evolved a richly varied tradition of calligraphic styles, which have been handed down from generation to generation.

    • Chinese Language Lesson

      Enjoy a lesson in basic Mandarin and practice what you've learned with the locals.

    • Kung Fu Lesson

      Pick up some basic skills of Kung Fu and learn a bit of the history behind this ancient martial art form.

    • Moon Hill Entrance and Hike

      Enjoy a hike up to Moon Hill, one of Yangshuo's most popular attractions. This karst hill has a huge hole through the middle that's shaped like the moon, hence its name. The views of the surrounding countryside from the hill are spectacular -- it's worth the climb!

  • Day 4Yangshuo

    Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.

    free time

    Get out and explore relaxing Yangshuo.

    Optional Activities:

    • Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour

      Follow the guide and cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies, local farmers, and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be.

    • Yangshuo Tai Chi Lesson

      Learn how to do Tai Chi, the local exercise regimen. Practice in any park around sunrise, and be sure to have company from locals.

    • Impressions Light Show (Liu San Jie)

      Take in the Light and Sound Show (Liu San Jie), a 1-hr performance that showcases the ethnic diversity of the region and tells the story of 'Third Sister Liu'. See more than 500 singers and dancers, many of whom are local farmers, perform on and around the beautiful Li River against the backdrop of the incredibly illuminated karst mountains. The show usually takes place at 8pm, and is located at the confluence of the Li and Yulong rivers on the outskirts of Yangshuo.

    • Calligraphy Yangshuo

      Classes are available throughout the day and last 1 hr.

      Watch and learn how to do calligraphy, a traditional form of writing Chinese characters using a brush and ink. See how calligraphers have evolved a richly varied tradition of calligraphic styles, which have been handed down from generation to generation.

    • Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo

      Calling all foodies! Get an inside look at real Chinese food with a tour of the Yangshuo market to learn about the ingredients used in the Yangshuo area. Afterward, learn to cook Chinese food in a traditional Chinese farmhouse in the beautiful countryside just outside Yangshuo. After the cooking class you can sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes you have prepared.

    • Chinese Language Lesson

      Enjoy a lesson in basic Mandarin and practice what you've learned with the locals.

    • Kung Fu Lesson

      Pick up some basic skills of Kung Fu and learn a bit of the history behind this ancient martial art form.

    • Moon Hill Entrance and Hike

      Enjoy a hike up to Moon Hill, one of Yangshuo's most popular attractions. This karst hill has a huge hole through the middle that's shaped like the moon, hence its name. The views of the surrounding countryside from the hill are spectacular -- it's worth the climb!

  • Day 5Yangshuo

    Transfer to Guilin and board an overnight train to Chengdu.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Basic overnight train (beds)

    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

  • Day 6Chengdu

    Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.

    free time

    Get outside and discover Chengdu.

    Optional Activities:

    • Wenshu Monastery

      Wenshu Monastery definitely worth a visit during your stay in Chengdu. The monastery was first built in Tang dynasty (618-907). More than 500 pieces of painting and calligraphy by celebrities are stored in this monastery. The exquisite garden and solemn halls are other highlights of this place.

  • Day 7Chengdu

    Opt for a day trip to Leshan to see the giant Buddha or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.

    free time

    Opt to visit Leshan and see the giant Buddha.

    Optional Activities:

    • Leshan Giant Buddha Visit

      See centuries-old Dafo, the largest Buddha in the world, from a number of viewpoints. Opt to board a boat and head out into the Mingjiang River to get an overall view of the statue from afar, and then visit a beautiful forested park. Explore numerous carvings and temples before climbing down the path that travels from the statue’s head to its enormous toes. Be sure to take a break with a cup of tea in one of the teahouses in the park.

    • Giant Panda Breeding Center

      Visit the popular pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, created to provide an ideal breeding environment for these endangered creatures. Learn about their life cycle and habitat and take memorable photographs of these iconic national treasures. See a number of other rare species, including the little-known red panda. Arrive in the fall for a chance to see tiny newborn pandas.

    • Wenshu Monastery

      Wenshu Monastery definitely worth a visit during your stay in Chengdu. The monastery was first built in Tang dynasty (618-907). More than 500 pieces of painting and calligraphy by celebrities are stored in this monastery. The exquisite garden and solemn halls are other highlights of this place.

  • Day 8Chengdu / Luoyang

    Opt to see the famous pandas up close at the Giant Panda Breeding Center before boarding an overnight train to Luoyang.

    Basic overnight train (beds)

    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

    free time

    Opt to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center or continue to explore the city.

    Optional Activities:

    • Giant Panda Breeding Center

      Visit the popular pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, created to provide an ideal breeding environment for these endangered creatures. Learn about their life cycle and habitat and take memorable photographs of these iconic national treasures. See a number of other rare species, including the little-known red panda. Arrive in the fall for a chance to see tiny newborn pandas.

  • Day 9Luoyang / Song Shan

    Transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Spend the night in a local guesthouse.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Shaolin Temple Visit

    Song Shan is home to the Shaolin Monastery and Temple, the mystical birthplace of the world famous martial art, Kung Fu. First founded in the 5th century, Shaolin has been rebuilt multiple times.

    Optional Activities:

    • Song Shan Hike

      Enjoy the natural scenery in the beautiful Song Shan National Forest Park.

  • Day 10Song Shan

    Enjoy free day to explore the area around Mount Song.

    free time

    Get out and explore this scenic region.

    Optional Activities:

    • Song Shan Hike

      Enjoy the natural scenery in the beautiful Song Shan National Forest Park.

  • Day 11Song Shan

    Transfer to Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes before boarding an overnight train to Beijing.

    Local bus

    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Basic overnight train (beds)

    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

    Optional Activities:

    • Longmen Grottoes Visit

      Enjoy a visit to this fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Site, with over 100,000 Buddha images carved into a mountain side. Giant panoramas featuring various images of Buddha are flanked by smaller statues that depict him in a variety of poses.

  • Day 12Beijing

    Arrive in bustling Beijing this morning and opt to visit the famous Great Wall with free time.

    free time

    Spend the day exploring the nation's capital.

    accommodation

    Lanting Youth Hostel

    Optional Activities:

    • Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

      Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

      Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

    • Beijing Acrobatics Performance

      Show will begin at 19:30.

      Enjoy an evening of spectacular acrobatics performed by some of China’s most talented performers and athletes. This unforgettable spectacle features Chinese-style tricks, like plate-spinning, contortion, foot-juggling, and a host of circus-style acrobatics, too.

    • Tiananmen Square

      Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

    • Forbidden City Tour

      Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

    • Factory 798 Art & Galleries

      Explore the modern art district of Beijing! Named after 798 factory which was built in 1950's, now an exhibition centre of Chinese culture and art, also the world - famous culture and creative industries centralized area. This is a place to not miss while in Beijing!

  • Day 13Beijing

    Depart at anytime.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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