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Classic Hong Kong to Xi'an Adventure

Its a rare tour that can include the word classic in its name and have it feel like an understatement. This adventure packs a ton of pure, unfiltered China into 13 incredible days, starting with two days in bustling Hong Kong. From there, youll move on to scenic Yangshuo (home of the majestic limestone karsts), explore Yunnan (a showcase for Chinas incredible ethnic diversity), hike the drop-dead gorgeous Tiger Leaping Gorge, meet pandas in Chengdu, and wrap it all up in Xian, starting point of the fabled Silk Road. If you think you'll only go to China once, take this tour. Trust us; it wont be your last visit.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACRX/162844
  • Starts: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Finishes: Xi'an, China
You will Visit
  • Hong Kong
  • Xi’an

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo

Cross the border to Shenzhen for the fast train to Guilin, then transfer to Yangshuo, nestled amongst the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River.
Arrive to Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo. One of China's most scenic regions, 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.

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Day 3: Yangshuo

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.

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Day 4: Yangshuo/Kunming

After a free morning in Yangshuo, transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan.

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Day 5: Kunming/Dali

Enjoy a walk around the Bird and Flower Market in Kunming before boarding an express bus to Dali. With free time, opt to visit the old town, take a boat around Lake Erhai, or ride a bike to Xizhou.

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.

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Day 6: Dali

Enjoy a free day to continue exploring this scenic town.

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Day 7: Dali/Lijiang

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

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Day 8: Lijiang/Yongsheng County

Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge.
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.

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Day 9: Yongsheng County/Lijiang

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

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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.

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Day 11: Lijiang/Chengdu

Fly from Lijiang to the vibrant, modern city of Chengdu. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.
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.

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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.

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Day 13: Xi’an

Trip ends on arrival at Xi'an train station at approximately 1pm.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Yangshuo countryside bike ride with local lunch (full-day)
    • Bird and flower market visit (Kunming)
    • Orientation walk in Lijiang
    • Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (2 days)
    • Panda Breeding Centre excursion (Chengdu)
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), guesthouses (4 nts), sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, private vehicle, plane
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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