Beijing to Hong Kong Express

Stand face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors and marvel at the Temple of Heaven and other national treasures on this 12-day showcase of four diverse yet defining pieces of the Middle Kingdom. By crossing the country via train, youll go from the power of the Great Wall to the bright lights of Shanghai and through the karst scenery of Yangshuo. Discover China's natural and cultural highlights with the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Beer Tasting, History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 145305
  • Starts: Beijing, China
  • Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong



Day 1: Beijing

There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Beijing

Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction.

Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit


Day 3: Beijing/Xi’an

Explore the Forbidden City and its corridors and buildings, then stand in the heart of Tiananmen Square to learn the significance of these places.

In the afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a refuge for Chinese retirees who practice water calligraphy, Tai Chi, or walk pet crickets here. Tour the temple and learn the history of this intricate structure, historically only used twice a year.

Included Activities:
Forbidden City Tour
Tiananmen Square
Temple of Heaven

Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Xi’an

Take an orientation of the city, heading past the Drum and Bell Towers today, Xi'an's famous inner city landmarks.

With free time, visit the Muslim Quarter for fantastic food and souvenir shopping or check out the unique Great Mosque. Opt to rent a bike and cycle the city walls, looks down over the life of the city.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk


Day 5: Xi’an/Shanghai

Travel to the site of the sprawling pits of the Terracotta Warriors. Spend a long morning exploring with a local guide.

Later, catch the overnight train to Shanghai.

Included Activities:
Terracotta Warriors Visit

Basic overnight train (beds) (15.00-18.00 hours)


Day 6: Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai and enjoy two days in this fascinating city. From the colonial influence to the futuristic skyline seen from the Bund, Shanghai is a diverse and unique place.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk of the Bund


Day 7: Shanghai

Enjoy free time to visit Shanghai Museum, the Yuyuan Gardens or wander the streets of the old neighbourhood.


Day 8: Shanghai/Guilin

Enjoy free time to visit the Shanghai Museum, the Yuyuan Gardens, or wander the streets of the old neighbourhood. Take an overnight train to Guilin.

Basic overnight train (beds) (22.00 hour(s))


Day 9: 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 them most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.

Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)


Day 10: Yangshuo (1L)

Take a cycle ride through the fields with a local guide. Climb up Moon Hill for spectacular views of the karsts, and be rewarded with a delicious local lunch.

There are so many options for your free time in Yangshuo, from taking a class at a cooking school in a picturesque setting, to Tai Chi on the river, calligraphy and painting, shopping in the local markets, walking along the river, swimming, or just spending time soaking up the scenery in one of the many tempting cafés around town.

Included Activities:
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour


Day 11: Yangshuo/Hong Kong

Welcome to the big bustling city. There is so much to do in Hong Kong, from visiting Victoria Peak, taking the Star Ferry to one of the various islands, going clubbing on Lan Kuai Fung, or eating the freshest seafood at Temple Street Night Market.

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation here to soak it all in.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)

Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Local train (3.50 hour(s))


Day 12: Hong Kong

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully explore this exciting city.

    • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
    • Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven guided tour
    • Xi'an orientation walk
    • Terracotta Warriors excursion
    • Shanghai orientation walk
    • Yangshuo countryside bike tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts)
    • 1 lunch
    • Train, private van, public bus, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Climb the Great Wall
  • Stroll through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Stare down the Terracotta Warriors
  • Cycle through scenic rice paddies
  • Marvel at skyscrapers in Shanghai and Hong Kong