China is a great example of a country with equally modern and historic relevance, and with this 19-day tour youll learn why. By crossing the country via train youll not only be able to visit a bunch of different cities (and Hong Kong!) in just under three weeks, but youll also get to see the diverse landscapes that make up the worlds most populous country. Stand face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, practice Tai Chi with locals, go shopping in Shanghai, or sing your heart out in a karaoke session. If youre feeling adventurous, do it all.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Arrive in 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.
Border Crossing (Hong Kong - China)
Metro (1.00 hour(s))
Local train (3.50-4.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.
Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.
Transfer to Guilin and board an overnight train to Chengdu.
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Basic overnight train (beds) (25.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.
Opt for a day trip to Leshan to see the giant Buddha or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.
Opt to see the famous pandas up close at the Giant Panda Breeding Center before boarding an overnight train to Luoyang.
Basic overnight train (beds) (16.00 hour(s))
Transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Spend the night in a local guesthouse.
Shaolin Temple Visit
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy free day to explore the area around Mount Song.
Transfer to Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes before boarding an overnight train to Beijing.
Basic overnight train (beds) (10.50 hour(s))
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
The Chinese capital, Beijing, is one of the world's most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend a day at the Great Wall, a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from the northern barbarians.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an.
Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel.
Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))
Opt to tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls, and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.
Opt to take a day trip to the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town (approximately 1 hr).
Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou.
Basic overnight train (beds)
Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group; this is sure to be a memorable night!
Private Karaoke Session
Shanghai is the most modern of Chinese cities. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road or stroll along the Bund district with its many riverside historical buildings.
Orientation Walk of the Bund
Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
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Trip Name: Hong Kong to Shanghai on a Shoestring
Duration: 19 Days
From Price: 2609
Trip Code: 162843
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