Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Get a full dose of this lands 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 Xian 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
Activities: Hiking, Road Cycling, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Beijing, China
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Average
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 126405
End City: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
|Duration: 15 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Hiking, Road Cycling, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking||Physical rating: Average|
|Accommodation standard: Budget%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 126405|
|Starts: Beijing, China||Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
Arrive in Beijing at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
Hutong Cycling Tour
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 Xizhazi. At night, interact with rural farmers at a homestay. Each family will happily cook country style dumplings for the group. Join in and learn some new cooking skills to impress your friends back home!
The homes along the Great Wall have simple but good bathing and shower facilities. Each family can host 4-6 travellers, so our group may be split among 2 or 3 different homes.
Great Wall Trek
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 75km)
Continue trekking along the Great Wall to Jiankou. The trek covers a lot of ascents and descents and the Wall is in varying degrees of repair, all of which only adds to its charm. From Jiankou, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.
Great Wall Trek
Overnight train (beds) (11.00 hour(s))
In the morning, arrive by train to Luoyang. From Luoyang, transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and spend the night here.
Shaolin Temple Visit
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km)
Spend the day at Song Shan and enjoy a hike in San Dengfeng Village.
Song Shan Hike
In the morning, opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes. From Longmen, take a high speed train to Xi'an (arriving in the evening), and transfer to our hotel.
Train (3.00 hour(s))
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.
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.
Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
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.
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.
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
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.
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 1
Drive from Yangshuo to Guilin
Local bus (1.00-1.50 hours, 75km)
Take a local bus out into the countryside to the rural village of Longji.
Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 200km)
Continue trekking along rice terraces.
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 2
Take the fast train to Shenzhen/Hong Kong.
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 3
Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Depart at any time.
You may wish to arrange extra nights' accommodation in this exciting city.
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Trip Name: China Adventure
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: 1943
Trip Code: 126405
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