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Group Size: Avg 10-15, max 25
Trip code: CHAD
Duration: 27 days
Explore China in 27 days on this awesome Asian adventure tour, beginning and ending in Hong Kong. Visit epic locations such as Shanghai, Beijing, Moganshan and Macau, and see famous sights including the Terracotta Warriors and Victoria Peak. Plus, you’ll enjoy a fantastic range of included activities, such as hiking and camping on the Great Wall, meeting Pandas in Chengdu, learning Kung Fu at a Shaolin children's home, sleeping in a traditional roundhouse and bamboo rafting on the Li River. You’ll see and do it all on this amazing China Adventure!
Experience an awesome 27-day tour and be awed by the wonders of Asia on this epic China Adventure!
Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong. Arrive at any time and get settled in to your hostel, ready to begin your epic China Adventure. There are no activities planned for today.
Day 2: Hong Kong to Yangshuo. 7am start for a tram ride to Victoria Peak and a welcome briefing at the top. At 11 a.m. you'll depart Hong Kong and cross the border into mainland China, where you’ll hop on a bullet train and bus to Yangshuo.
Day 3: Yangshuo. Get to know the area with a free day to get involved with awesome optional activities, including a Chinese cooking class, kayaking or a traditional hot cup therapy.
Day 4: Yangshuo. Enjoy an epic included bike ride and bamboo rafting experience down the Li River. The rest of the day is free. Why not check out the local mud baths and hot springs?
Day 5: Yangshuo. Optional deep-water soloing or rock climbing. This evening, opt to visit a local farm to learn about local ways of life.
Day 6: Yengshuo. Board a bus to Guilin and then take a 7-hour train to Chengdu. Another guide will pick you up at the station.
Day 7: Chengdu. Inclusive morning visit to meet some of China’s most wonderful wildlife, the Giant Panda, at the world-renowned Panda Breeding Research Centre. This evening, enjoy an included Mandarin Lesson and an optional trip to the Sichuan Opera.
Day 8: Chengdu. Optional trip to see the impressive Leshan Buddha (extra cost). Tonight, why not sample a traditional Sichuan Hotpot for a spicy taste of local cuisine! Enjoy a night out with your group.
Day 9: Chengdu. Opt to visit Jinli and People’s Park before making tracks for Xi’an on an overnight train.
Day 10: Xi’an. Guided tour of Muslim Quarter (25RMB) or join an optional bike tour around the city (extra cost of 100RMB, approx £10). Street food dinner in Muslim Quarter, visit to Silk Road Market.
Day 11: Xi’an: The Terracotta Warriors. Marvel at one of the wonders of the ancient world today as you take a tour of the awe-inspiring site of the Terracotta Warriors, one of China’s must-see attractions. In the evening, you can help out at a soup kitchen or home for the disadvantaged providing food and support to Xi’an’s homeless people.
Day 12: Xi’an to Dengfeng. Bus to Dengfeng. Orphanage visit with Kung Fu show and option to join in a Kung Fu lesson (extra cost of 150RMB). Evening Mandarin lesson.
Day 13: Dengfeng. Free time. Optional visit to a Shaolin Temple (extra cost of 150RMB) or hike to Buddhist pilgrimage site of Dharma Cave. Night train to Beijing.
Day 14-16: Beijing and the Great Wall. A meal at a local farm is followed by a hike along the Great Wall as the sun goes down, then set up camp for a night under canvas. Wake to a memorable sunrise and then head to Beijing for two days of free time and fun in this buzzing capital city. Optional attractions include a visit to The Forbidden City, the Olympic Village & Bird’s Nest Stadium or a Beijing Acrobatics Show (all at extra cost).
Day 17-19: Beijing – Moganshan - Shanghai. Travellers on the tour will board a night train to the beautiful lake city of Hangzhou and travel via private bus to Moganshan. You will stay in the countryside around the Moganshan bamboo nature reserve, cycling around the villages and hiking up to the peak of magical Moganshan Mountain. After another inclusive Mandarin lesson you'll travel onwards by minibus and bullet train to Shanghai.
Day 20-22: Shanghai. Optional activities include a French Concession Walking Tour, bar crawl or a visit to a roof bar to sip champagne in a hot tub (all at extra cost).
Day 23: Nanjing, Fujian Province. Nanjing in Fujian Province (not to be confused with the more famous Nanjing City North of Shanghai) has been described as one of Asia’s most picturesque areas. Travel there by bullet train and spend the night in a traditional roundhouse known as a ‘Tulou’, part of the culture of the local Hakka people.
Day 24: Fujian Province. Visit roundhouses, temples and stunning countryside in this area. Sip Chinese tea in a traditional tea ceremony, take a dip in the local river and then head into the hills, where you’ll camp out on a tea plantation (if you prefer, you can return for a second night at the roundhouse).
Day 25: Fujian Province to Guangzhou. Start your day on the tea plantation by picking and drinking the local tea as you enjoy the spectacular views. Cycle to a local village before having a last dinner with the locals. Travel by night train and bus towards Guangzhou.
Day 26: Macau - Hong Kong. Arrive early and travel across the border and then by casino bus on to Macau, famous for its casinos and lively nightlife. Travel back to Hong Kong by boat in the evening and spend one final night at your city hostel.
Day 27: Hong Kong. The China Adventure ends today in Hong Kong.
Please note: This itinerary is for guidance only and may vary.
Please note: This tour uses public transport to get to activities and to transfer between hostels and train stations. Most overnight train journeys are unaccompanied, but one guide will put you on the train and you will be met at the end by another guide.
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