Ultimate China on a Shoestring - Hong Kong to Hong Kong

Ultimate China on a Shoestring - Hong Kong to Hong Kong


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

China

Tour Itinerary

Explore scenic Yangshuo, Taste the spicy food Chengdu is known for, Visit the Great Wall, Spend the night in a traditional roundhouse, Wander the mystical Shaolin Monastery and Temple, Stretch your legs in the area around Mount Song

Day 1 Hong Kong
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Hong Kong/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. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Hong Kong - China) Transport: Metro (1.00-1.50 hours) Local train (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 3 Yangshuo
Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, visit a women-run Community Restaurant, take a cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.

Day 4 Yangshuo
Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.

Day 5 Yangshuo/Chengdu
Today, take the bullet train from Yangshuo to Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of your day free to explore Chengdu. Transport: Transport Local bus (0.50 hour(s))

Day 6 Chengdu
Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.

Day 7 Chengdu
Opt for a day trip to Leshan to see the giant Buddha or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.

Day 8 Chengdu/Luoyang
Say goodbye to Chengdu and its Giant Pandas and travel to Luoyang. Transport: Local bus (0.50 hour(s)) Transport

Day 9 Luoyang
Enjoy time in Luoyang located in central China's Henan province, widely recognized as the region where Chinese civilization originated. The city was China's ancient capital and is home to many Temples, and close by the Longmen Grottoes which contain thousands of Buddhist rock carvings dating back to the 5th century.

Day 10 Luoyang/Song Shan
Leave our large bags in storage and catch the public bus with an overnight pack to the Song Shan area. This beautiful Mountain area is best known as the home of the Shaolin Temple and birthplace of kung-fu. Known as one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Recognized as an International Geological Park due to its unique landscape, its peaks can reach up to 1512 meters above sea level. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area. Included Activities: Song Shan Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 11 Song Shan/Beijing
Explore the Shaolin Temple, birth place of China Zen Buddhism and UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 495 AD, martial arts have been practiced here for 1500 years as a way to practice Zen Buddhism. We'll have some time upon return to Luoyang to pick our bags up from storage. Included Activities: Shaolin Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km) Transport Metro

Day 12 Beijing
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.

Day 13 Beijing
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. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

Day 14 Beijing/Xi'an
Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an. Additional Notes: Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-15.00 hours)

Day 15 Xi'an
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). Included Activities: Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk

Day 16 Xi'an/Suzhou
Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-16.00 hours)

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! Included Activities: Private Karaoke Session

Day 18 Suzhou/Shanghai
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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))

Day 19 Shanghai
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.

Day 20 Shanghai/Wuyishan
Enjoy free time to explore, opt to join the CEO for a walk through the Bund. Board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Bullet train (3.50 hour(s)) Local bus (0.50-1.00 hours)

Day 21 Wuyishan
Explore the area with an included entrance ticket to the reserve. Go hiking and opt to go bamboo rafting. Included Activities: Wuyishan Reserve Visit Transport: Local bus (0.50-1.00 hours)

Day 22 Wuyishan/Xiamen
Xiamen is a modern city with a little something for everyone from night markets to beautiful sculptures lit-up at night to peaceful parks. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (0.50-1.00 hours) Train (3.00 hour(s)) Metro (0.50-1.00 hours)

Day 23 Xiamen/Hongkeng Village
Transfer to Yongding County. Overnight in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))

Day 24 Hongkeng Village
Enjoy an orientation tour around the village, then experience day-to-day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture. Included Activities: Hongkeng Village Walk

Day 25 Hongkeng Village/Xiamen
Leave the beautiful Hongkeng Village behind and head back to Xiamen. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s)) Metro (0.50-1.00 hours)

Day 26 Xiamen/Hong Kong
Hop on the bullet train and get ready to cross the border into Hong Kong. Included Activities: Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong) Transport: Metro (0.50-1.00 hours) Bullet train Metro (1.00-1.50 hours)

Day 27 Hong Kong
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities)

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Inclusions

Inclusions
Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo Your Discover Moment: Beijing Your Big Night Out Moment: Private Karaoke Session, Suzhou Your Discover Moment: Shanghai. Great Wall Mutianyu Visit. Song Shan hike. Shaolin Temple Visit. Wuyishan entrance ticket. Tour of a traditional tulou. Shanghai, Xi'an, and Xiamen orientation walks. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included
No meals included

Meals
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport
Train, bus, sleeper train (beds), private vehicle.

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Accommodations

Hotels (14 nts), Hostels (standard twin/single) (3 nts), guesthouse (standard twin/single) (4 nts) sleeper trains (5 nts).

A variety of styles of hostels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.


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