Classic Hong Kong to Beijing Adventure

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.

Duration: 20 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
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Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 162840
Starts: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Finishes: Beijing, China
You will visit
  • Hong Kong
  • Beijing



Day 1: Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo

Arrive to 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.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)

Metro (1.00 hour(s))
Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours)


Day 3: Yangshuo (1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour


Day 4: Yangshuo/Kunming

Transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan.

Flight (1.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)


Day 5: Kunming/Dali

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.

Included Activities:
Bird and Flower Market Visit

Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours, 344km)


Day 6: Dali

Enjoy a free day to continue exploring this scenic town.


Day 7: Dali/Lijiang

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

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 148km)


Day 8: Lijiang/Yongsheng County

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.

Included Activities:
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1

Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)


Day 9: Yongsheng County/Lijiang

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

Included Activities:
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2

Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours)


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.


Day 11: Lijiang/Chengdu

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 (1.50 hour(s))


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.

Included Activities:
Giant Panda Breeding Center

Overnight train (beds) (12.00-16.00 hours)


Day 13: Xi’an

Day at leisure.


Day 14: Xi’an/Pingyao

Board a fast train to Pingyao.

Local train (3.00 hour(s))


Day 15: Pingyao (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Calligraphy Class


Day 16: Pingyao/Datong (1B)

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 (6.50-8.00 hours)


Day 17: Datong (1B)

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".

Included Activities:
Yungang Grottoes Visit
Hanging Temple Visit


Day 18: Datong/Beijing (1B)

Travel to bustling Beijing via train and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City.

Included Activities:
Forbidden City

Local train (6.00-7.00 hours)


Day 19: Beijing

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

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle


Day 20: Beijing

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    Meals Included
    • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
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