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Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Get a full dose of this land’s truly incredible history, culture, and geography using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields. Tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi’an both on two wheels and on foot. Study curious limestome karst formations in Yangshuo. Navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that downtime is rightly earned.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACBH/126405
  • Starts: Beijing, China
  • Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Arrive in Beijing at any time.

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Day 2: Beijing

Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Included is a bicycle tour through the historic Beijing hutongs.
Discover the fascinating history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then join the throngs of locals and hop on a bike to explore the city's ancient hutongs for a couple of hours.

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Day 3: Beijing/Gubeikou

Leave Beijing behind and transfer out to the Great Wall of China for two days of hiking.
Leave Beijing behind and head out into the countryside for a trek along the Great Wall. Begin the trek from Mutianyu, heading for the village of Gubeikou. At night, interact with rural farmers over a traditional Chinese meal at a homestay.

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Day 4: Beijing

Continue to trek along the Great Wall.
Continue trekking along the Great Wall. Start from Gubeikou and head towards the Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall. The Wall is less crowded at this point and the scenery is spectacular along the way. From Jinshanling, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.

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Day 5: Song Shan

Travel by train and arrive late in the morning. Visit UNESCO World Cultural & Natural Heritage site, Shaolin Temple, home of Kung Fu.
In the morning, arrive by train to Luoyang. From Luoyang, transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and spend the night.

Explore the Shaolin Temple, birth place of China Zen Buddhism and UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 495 AD, martial arts have been practiced here for 1500 years as a way to practice Zen Buddhism.

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Day 6: Song Shan

Spend the day at Song Shan and enjoy a hike in San Dengfeng Village.
Known as one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Recognized as an International Geological Park due to its unique landscape, its peaks can reach up to 1512 meters above sea level. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area.

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Day 7: Song Shan/Xi’an

Opt to visit to Longmen Grottoes. Return to Luoyang and travel to Xi'an by train.
In the morning, opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes represents some of China's best Buddhist art. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings display thousands of images of Buddha and his disciples.

From Longmen, take a high speed train to Xi'an (arriving in the evening), and transfer to the hotel.

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Day 8: Xi’an

Explore China's former capital and terminus of the Silk Road. Cycle the ancient city walls and discover the Muslim Quarter.
Xi'an is one of many cities that was once capital of the great Chinese empire. Gather for an orientation walk exploring the inner city, which is surrounded by 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls. Weather permitting, visit these walls by bike during our time in Xi'an.

In the evening, explore the Muslim Quarter, with its Great Mosque, multicultural feel, shopping lanes, and street food stalls selling a large variety of food, including naan, kebabs, and lots of sweets.


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Day 9: Xi’an/Yangshuo

Fly to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo.
Enjoy some free time wandering the city or visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors.

Departing from Xi'an, take a flight to Guilin (arriving in the morning) and transfer by public bus to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains.

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Day 10: Yangshuo

Take an orientation walk around Yangshuo. Opt to check out a local cooking school, practice tai chi, or see a light and sound show.
In the morning, enjoy an orientation walk of Yangshuo. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Take a boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way, or observe one of the local traditions: cormorant fishing.

Enjoy a leisurely evening. Experience some of Yangshuo's famous nightlife or see the Liu San Jie, a 500 person show by Oscar winning director, Zhang Yi Mou -- he also directed the Beijing Olympic Ceremony.


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Day 11: Yangshuo

Cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be.
Cycle out over the mostly flat fields to get more of a feel for the region. Ride past rice paddies with water buffalo and stare up at towering limestone karsts. En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch with options like the local beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine.

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Day 12: Yangshuo/Longji

Enjoy village to village trekking along rice terraces.
Longji is famous for its centuries old rice terraces, often referred to as the Dragon's Backbone, built along forested mountain slopes that seem to poke into the clouds. Check out the unique wooden architecture of the local Zhuang and Yao people.

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Day 13: Longji

Continue trekking along rice terraces.
Located 300-1000m above sea level, and nestled amongst the mountains, enjoy a hike on land cultivated over generations, stemming from the Yuan dynasty. Soak in the beautiful views and experience the harmony between humanity and nature.

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Day 14: Longji/Hong Kong

Depart the village and take a fast train to Hong Kong.
Arrive in Hong Kong in the afternoon. Take an orientation walk around the hotel, then explore the city. Opt to walk to the harbour front and take in the astonishing city lights.

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Day 15: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance to the Great Wall and trek (Beijing)
    • Entrance and guided tour of the Forbidden City
    • Beijing hutong bicycle tour
    • Biking along the ancient city wall (Xi'an)
    • Shaolin Monastery visit
    • Yangshuo cycling
    • Longsheng village-to-village trekking
    • Yangshuo and Hong Kong orientation walks
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), simple guesthouses (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, plane, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and hutongs
  • Walk the Great Wall
  • Trek through rice terraces
  • Cycle old city walls and rural villages
  • Watch kung fu monks