Beijing to Hong Kong on a Shoestring

  • China

Get thee to China for the adventure of your life! Seriously though, these two weeks of the country's big-ticket highlights (as well as some smaller, more personal ones) will have you missing this country for years to come. From massive and historical Beijing (hello Forbidden City!), central Xi'an (home of the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors), glittering Shanghai, pastorally picturesque Yangshuo, and eventually to the world-in-itself gobsmacking city of Hong Kong, this is your (super affordable) opportunity to get here with a whole group of new friends.

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Suitable for
18-35 years
Trip Code
ACBS
Travel Style
Yolo
Service Level
Basic
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Meals
No meals included
Other
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Day 1 Beijing

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

Jade Hotel

Day 2 Beijing

Step back in time with a visit to the Great Wall. Opt to check out the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

The Chinese capital, Beijing, is one of the world's most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend a day at the Great Wall, a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from the northern barbarians.

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.

accommodation

Jade 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 Opera

    Enjoy this form of traditional Chinese theatre that combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. Dating back to the late 18th century, this form was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China.

    There's a show every night at 19:30.

  • Forbidden City

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

  • Tiananmen Square Guided Tour

    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.

  • 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.

Day 3 Beijing / Xi’an

Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an.

free time

full day

Get out and explore more of Beijing.

Basic overnight train (beds)

13h

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:

  • Tiananmen Square Guided Tour

    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

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

  • Temple of Heaven Visit

    Explore the stunning Temple of Heaven, which was built during the rule of the Ming dynasty. Learn more about the history and significance of this place, often referred to as the symbol of Beijing.

Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel.

Day 4 Xi’an

Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the locals.

Opt to tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls, and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.

Opt to take a day trip to the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town (approximately 1 hr).

Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk

1h

Enjoy a walk around Xi'an’s Muslim Quarter with our CEO, and be introduced to favourite streets, artists, chefs or food stalls in the quarter. Each CEO offers a unique perspective. Get a better feel for the district and have plenty of time to roam around on your own, shopping and eating along the way.

accommodation

Jinjiang zhixing Xi'an

Optional Activities:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Day 5 Xi’an / Suzhou

Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou.

free time

14h to 16hfull day

Get out and explore Xi'an.

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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

Day 6 Suzhou

Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group; this is sure to be a memorable night!

free time

full day

Get out and explore historic Suzhou and its beautiful garden.

Private Karaoke Session

1h

Release your inner rock star and let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group. Everyone will have a turn to sing a song as a solo, duet, or group. Sing your heart out!

accommodation

Suzhou Taohuawoo International Youth Hostel

Optional Activities:

  • Master of the Nets Garden Tour

    Tour through the serene classical garden and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7 Suzhou / Shanghai

See the city on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore this metropolis on your own.

Shanghai is the most modern of Chinese cities. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road or stroll along the Bund district with its many riverside historical buildings.

Bullet train

2h morning

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Orientation Walk of the Bund

1h

Take a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.

free time

afternoon

Get out and explore bustling Shanghai.

accommodation

Phoenix Hostel

Optional Activities:

  • Shanghai Acrobatic Performance

    Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers— truly not to be missed!

    Transport to the show takes between 30-40min by taxi.

  • Yuyuan Gardens

    Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there’s plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills.

Day 8 Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

free time

full day

Get out and explore bustling Shanghai.

accommodation

Phoenix Hostel

Optional Activities:

  • Yuyuan Gardens

    Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there’s plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills.

  • Shanghai Museum

    Visit Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy. Stop at the gift shop on your way out.

  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

  • Shanghai Acrobatic Performance

    Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers— truly not to be missed!

    Transport to the show takes between 30-40min by taxi.

Day 9 Shanghai

After some free time, board an overnight train to Guilin.

Basic overnight train (beds)

19h 30m

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

half day

Get out and explore China's biggest city.

Day 10 Guilin / Yangshuo

Continue on to Yangshuo and enjoy some free time.

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.

Private Vehicle

1h 30m to 2h

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

free time

half day

Discover scenic Yangshuo.

accommodation

Didu Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • 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.

Day 11 Yangshuo

Explore Yangshuo with a free day. Opt for a tai chi lesson, a cooking class, or try your hand at calligraphy.

free time

full day

Get out and explore relaxing Yangshuo.

accommodation

Didu Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Day 12 Yangshuo

Explore Yangshuo with a free day. Opt for a tai chi lesson, a cooking class, or a calligraphy lesson.

free time

full day

Get out and explore relaxing Yangshuo.

accommodation

Didu Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Day 13 Yangshuo / Hong Kong

Travel to bustling Hong Kong via Guilin.

Private Vehicle

1h 30m to 2h

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

Local train

3h 15m to 4h

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

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.

Metro

1h

Get around underground via public transit.

accommodation

West Hotel

Day 14 Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

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