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Ultimate China on a Shoestring - Hong Kong to Hong Kong
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Ancient villages or bustling metropolises what will you see while in China? We made sure this 28-day tour included both (and then some), so you wont have to choose. Sights like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and army of Terracotta Warriors can make China can seem intimidating. With an expert CEO leading the way, well wipe away those worries and leave you free to enjoy the ride. And between the panda breeding centre, bamboo rafting, beaches, historic sites, Tai Chi, and lively nightlife, its not a ride youll want to miss.

  • Duration: 28 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ACRR.A/201382
  • Starts: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Finishes: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
You will Visit
  • Hong Kong
  • Yangshuo
  • Chengdu
  • Luoyang
  • Song Shan
  • Beijing
  • Xi’an
  • Suzhou
  • Shanghai
  • Wuyishan
  • Xiamen
  • Hongkeng Village
  • Shenzhen

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo

Cross the border to Shenzhen and board a train to Guilin before transferring to scenic Yangshuo.
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.

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Day 3: Yangshuo

Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.

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Day 4: Yangshuo

Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.

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Day 5: Yangshuo

Transfer to Guilin and board an overnight train to Chengdu.

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Day 6: Chengdu

Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.

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Day 7: Chengdu

Opt for a day trip to Leshan to see the giant Buddha or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.

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Day 8: Chengdu/Luoyang

Opt to see the famous pandas up close at the Giant Panda Breeding Center before boarding an overnight train to Luoyang.

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Day 9: Shaolin

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.

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Day 10: Song Shan

Enjoy free day to explore the area around Mount Song.

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Day 11: Song Shan

Transfer to Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes before boarding an overnight train to Beijing.

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Day 12: Beijing

Enjoy free time in China's booming capital city.
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.

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Day 13: Beijing

Step back in time with a visit to the Great Wall. Opt to check out the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
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.


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Day 14: Beijing/Xi’an

Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an.

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Day 15: Xi’an

Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the locals.
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).

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Day 16: Xi’an/Suzhou

Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou.

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Day 17: Suzhou

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!

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Day 18: Suzhou/Shanghai

See the city on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore this metropolis on your own.
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.

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Day 19: Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city.
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.

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Day 20: Shanghai/Wuyishan

Enjoy free time or join the CEO for a walk through the Bund, Old Shanghai, People's Park, and more. Board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province.

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Day 21: Wuyishan

Explore the area with an included entrance ticket to the reserve. Go hiking and opt to go bamboo rafting.

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Day 22: Wuyishan/Xiamen

Board a fast train to Xiamen. Enjoy an orientation walk around colonial Xiamen on the coast, then opt to visit the cafés and beaches of Gulangyu Island and check out the night markets. Be sure to indulge in the lively nightlife of this university town.
Xiamen is a modern city with a little something for everyone from night markets to beautiful sculptures lit-up at night to peaceful parks.

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Day 23: Xiamen

Free day to explore.

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Day 24: Xiamen/Hongkeng Village

Transfer to a Yongding County. Overnight in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living. Enjoy an orientation tour around the village, then experience day-to-day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture.

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Day 25: Hongkeng Village

Experience day to day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture. Opt to rent a bike and visit a neighbouring community with more tulou, or travel to visit an ancient village that is still inhabited today.

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Day 26: Hongkeng Village/Shenzhen Train Station

Travel to Longyang in the morning and continue on a fast train to Shenzhen.

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Day 27: Shenzhen Train Station/Hong Kong

Cross the border into Hong Kong and enjoy an orientation walk around this bustling metropolis. Enjoy a last evening with the group.

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Day 28: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
    • Private Karaoke Session (Suzhou)
    • Shaolin Temple Visit
    • Wuyishan entrance ticket
    • Tour of a traditional tulou
    • Shanghai, Xi'an, Xiamen, and Hong Kong orientation walks
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels and simple hotels (18 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), traditional communal roundhouse/tulou (2 nts), overnight trains (5 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, bus, sleeper train (beds), private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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