Classic Hong Kong to Beijing Adventure

  • Hong Kong
  • China

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 Kong? Check. Terracotta warrior staring contest? Check. Giant panda ogling? Remote village cycling? Mountain monasteries and Forbidden City? Oh yes and so much more. Don't just get to China; get inside what makes it drive the 21st century, starting right here, right now.

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Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
ACNB
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Meals
4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Other
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Day 1 Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.

18:00

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

18:00

accommodation

West Hotel

Day 2 Hong Kong / Yangshuo

Cross the border to Shenzhen for the fast train to Guilin, then transfer to Yangshuo, nestled amongst the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River.

Arrive to Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo. One of China's most scenic regions, 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

1h

Get around underground via public transit.

Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)

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

3h 30m

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

Local bus

1h 30m to 2h

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

accommodation

Yangshuo Landmark Collection Hotel

Day 3 Yangshuo

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 family's home.

Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour

4h to 5h

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.

free time

evening

Get out and explore relaxing Yangshuo.

accommodation

Yangshuo Landmark Collection Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Calligraphy Yangshuo

    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.

    Classes are available throughout the day and last 1 hr.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Meals Included

  • lunch

Day 4 Yangshuo / Kunming

After a free morning in Yangshuo, transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan.

free time

morning

Enjoy a free morning in Yangshuo.

Private Vehicle

1h 30m to 2h

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

Flight

1h 45m

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

accommodation

Jinhua Hotel

Day 5 Kunming / Dali

Enjoy a walk around the Bird and Flower Market in Kunming before boarding an express bus to Dali. With free time, opt to visit the old town, take a boat around Lake Erhai, or ride a bike to Xizhou.

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.

Bird and Flower Market Visit

2h

Enjoy the exotic scents and vibrant colours of of this lively flower market. You'll find several locals shopping for house pets; birds are among the most popular items but you can buy crickets, too!

Local bus

4h 30m to 5h

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

free time

Get out and explore.

accommodation

Chengxinjing Mingyuan Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Dali Old Town Visit

    Visit the Old town of Dali and enjoy its traditional architecture. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the minority cultures (mostly Bai but also with many Yi and Hui) and relax in this unique place.

  • Bike to Xizhou

    Hop on a bike and peddle out to Xizhou to explore.

  • Lake Erhai Boat Tour

    Enjoy a visit to the many islands in stunning Lake Erhai has several islands to visit. Relax on the water, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and learn more about the region.

Day 6 Dali

Enjoy a free day to continue exploring this scenic town.

free time

Get out and make the most of your time in beautiful Dali.

accommodation

Chengxinjing Mingyuan Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Dali Old Town Visit

    Visit the Old town of Dali and enjoy its traditional architecture. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the minority cultures (mostly Bai but also with many Yi and Hui) and relax in this unique place.

  • Bike to Xizhou

    Hop on a bike and peddle out to Xizhou to explore.

  • Lake Erhai Boat Tour

    Enjoy a visit to the many islands in stunning Lake Erhai has several islands to visit. Relax on the water, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and learn more about the region.

Day 7 Dali / Lijiang

Travel by bus to Lijiang and take an orientation walk before free time to explore on your own.

Local bus

3h to 3h 30m

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

Orientation Walk

30m to 1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

free time

Don't waste a minute, get out and explore.

accommodation

Jingyuan View Guesthouse

Day 8 Lijiang / Yongsheng County

Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge.

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.

Local bus

2h 30m to 3h

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

Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1

6h to 8h

Enjoy a first day of hard walking on a combination of a new dirt road and smaller farmers' trails. Ascend the '28 bends', where the path twists and turns, climbing steeply, until you come out at the top of the path (not the top of the gorge – that is still several hundred metres above you!). Enjoy the stunning, hard-earned views from the top! You can also see where a tiger reputedly jumped across the gorge, a mythical occurrence from which the gorge derives its name.

accommodation

Tea Horse Guesthouse

Day 9 Yongsheng County / Lijiang

Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. After completing the trek, drive back to Lijiang.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2

4h to 6h

Continue on for the second day of the hike – it's easy walking today. Enjoy breathtaking views of Jade Dragon mountain and waterfalls along the way.

Private Vehicle

2h 30m to 3h

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

accommodation

Jingyuan View Guesthouse

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.

free time

full day

Explore more of this city or just relax and take it easy after the hike.

accommodation

Jingyuan View Guesthouse

Optional Activities:

  • Black Dragon Pool Park

    Explore the gorgeous Black Dragon Pool, a pond in Jade Spring Park, which is a short walk from the Old Town of Lijiang. Take in a spectacular view of the region’s tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the many temples and pavilions in the park, including the Deyue Lou (Moon Embracing Pavillion), the Longshen Temple, and the Wufeng Tower. Tour the Dongba Culture Research Institute and the Dongba Culture Museum, which help to preserve local culture.

Day 11 Lijiang / Chengdu

Fly from Lijiang to the vibrant, modern city of Chengdu. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.

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.

Flight

1h 30m

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

accommodation

Garden City Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Sichuan Opera Show

    Sit back and enjoy the show at the vibrant Sichuan Opera – a performance filled with wit, humour, and local flavor. Be taken on a journey by the singing, acrobatics, acting, and exquisite, stylized movements.

Day 12 Chengdu

Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. Later, board an overnight train to Xi'an.

Giant Panda Breeding Center

3h

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.

Basic overnight train (beds)

12h to 16h

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 13 Xi’an

Full day to see Xi'an.

free time

Free time to explore Xi'an, opt to see the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, or cycle the city walls.

accommodation

HNA Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Terracotta Warriors Visit

    Visit the site of the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure where approximately 8,000 soldiers and hundreds of horses stand on guard in three excavated pits in an on-site museum. Learn how the underground warriors were discovered (by accident) in 1974, and why Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife.

    Visit the site of the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure where approximately 8,000 soldiers and hundreds of horses stand on guard in three excavated pits in an on-site museum.

  • The Great Mosque

    Discover this hidden oasis behind the markets of the Muslim Quarter. Learn about the Great Mosque's centuries-old history, and explore the temples and gardens to see how Chinese and Islamic architecture came together in this place of worship.

  • Muslim Quarter Visit

    Explore the lively Muslim Quarter and its serene Great Mosque, making time to indulge in the offerings of exotic local street food stalls. At night, head out for some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favorite.

  • Big Goose Pagoda Visit

    Head to the outskirts of the city to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a beautiful, brick Buddhist temple. Check out the Music Fountain Square at the base of the leaning pagoda at night to see an amazing light show.

  • Cycling Xi'an City Walls

    Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. The walls – built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty –are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along.

  • Defachang Dumpling Banquet

    Dumpling banquets are a great way to experience the traditional Northern Chinese cuisine. Have a delicious meal trying all the different dumpling flavours.

Xi'an (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 Xi’an / Pingyao

Discover Xi'an with some free time before boarding an evening fast train to Pingyao.

Local train

3h

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

free time

half day

Head out and explore Xi'an.

accommodation

Honghu Hostel

Day 15 Pingyao

Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson and explore the ancient city of Pingyao with free time.

Calligraphy Class

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.

free time

half day

Get out and discover this historic city.

accommodation

Honghu Hostel

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Day 16 Pingyao / Datong

Hop on a train to Datong after a free morning in Pingyao.

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.

Local train

6h 30m to 8h

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

free time

morning

Take a final free morning to enjoy Pingyao.

accommodation

Hongqi Hotel

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Day 17 Datong

Set eyes on the gorgeous Hanging Monastery and visit the Yungang Grottoes to see the thousands of Buddha statues. Later, board an overnight train to Beijing.

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 Datong's six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas".

Yungang Grottoes Visit

1h 30m

Enjoy a guided visit to the Yungang Grottoes, a spectacular sight just 16km (9.9 mi) from the city of Datong. There are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining here.

Hanging Temple Visit

4h

Check out the Hanging Monastery located outside Datong and over 1,500 years old -- it is one of China's most famous sights. The building has elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Wooden beams placed in holes chiseled in the cliff face hold up this massive structure, measuring over 50m (164 ft) tall.

Basic overnight train (beds)

6h to 7h

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

accommodation

Hongqi Hotel

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Day 18 Datong / Beijing

Arrive in bustling Beijing early and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City.

Forbidden City

2h

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

free time

half day

Get outside and explore this metropolis.

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Day 19 Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.

Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs.

Private Vehicle

2h

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

Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

3h

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.

Private Vehicle

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

accommodation

Chong Wen Men Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Beijing Acrobatic Performance

    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. This is a must on a visit to Beijing.

    Show will begin at 19:30.

  • Beijing Kung Fu Show

    Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance (don’t worry – there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, the performance showcases the skills of its talented young cast, most of whom are still in their teens.

  • Cable Car at Great Wall

    The cable car ride is about 5 minutes ride up to tower 14, from where you may walk to the highest point of Mutianyu Great Wall at Tower 23. The walk from ticket check to tower 10 is about 30 minutes.The cable car ride is a good option if you are hoping to save energy to challenge the Tower 23. Return ticket is recommended as you may spend more time on the wall.

  • Toboggan at Great Wall

    After your hike on the Great Wall, opt to take a Toboggan ride back down instead of the cable car!

    Toboggan Station is at Tower 6. The return ticket include a cable car up to Tower 6 and the Toboggan.

  • 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 20 Beijing

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

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