Backpacking: China Adventure

18 Days

from £1149

China Adventure Backpacking tour is a truly adventurous form of travelling that puts you right in the heart of the country. China is a land filled with wonders, cultural and geographical diversity.

Highlights of this tour include Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo, Giant Pandas in Chengdu, the Terracotta Army in Xian and stay in a mountain farm, learn Kung Fu from a Shaolin Orphanage and watch the sunrise on the Great Wall.

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2015 – 16

Day 1  Beijing – Shanghai

Meet for a pre-departure briefing, board the night train to Shanghai.

Day 2  Shanghai

Arrive in China’s most cosmopolitan city.

Day 3  Shanghai

Optional activities include watching an incredible Acrobatics Show, the former French Concession Walking Tour, People’s Square, Nanjing Road, the infamous Shanghai Pub Crawl and visiting a skyscraper rooftop bar where you can enjoy views of Pudong and the Bund, sitting in a hot tub sipping champagne.

Day 4  Shanghai – Guilin

Overnight train to Guilin.

Day 5 Guilin – Yangshuo

In the morning we take a coach to Yangshuo, famed for its stunning karst scenery.

Day 6  Yangshuo

The first afternoon includes one of our free attractions: rafting down the Li River on bamboo rafts while the sun sets over the karst peaks.

Day 7  Yangshuo

Optional activities include visiting mud-baths in underground caves, a bike tour stopping at swimming spots and view points , Deep Water Soloing (rock climbing without ropes above a river), sampling snake liquor in the various roof top bars, watching the Cormorant Fishermen, or trying suction cups on the back to withdraw impurities.

Day 8 Yangshuo – Chengdu

Night train to Chengdu.

Day 9 Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu. Optional activities include a visit to the world’s largest Buddha statue at Leshan, enjoy a traditional Sichuan Hotpot. In the morning visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre, to see them having breakfast. Relax with an optional massage from a blind masseur

Day 10  Chengdu – Xian

Night train to Xian.

Day 11  Xian

In the morning we head off for another free attraction, The Terracotta Warriors, China’s Wonder of the Ancient World. In the evening, have the chance to help out at a soup kitchen for Xian’s homeless people.

Day 12  Xian

Today you can explore the Muslim Quarter independently or join us for an optional bike tour around the Ancient City Wall. In the evening you can see a fountain and light show, before experiencing a night out Chinese style, needless to say it involves Karaoke.

Day 13  Qing Ling Mountains

After breakfast, the first stop will be at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, just 6 miles from downtown Chengdu. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. Afterwards, we will have a city tour to visit Jinli street to see local people’s life.

Day 14  Qing Ling – Dengfeng

It’s an early start in the morning as we head back to Xian for a quick shower before taking the train to Longmen, and bus to Dengfeng. That afternoon we call in at the local market to buy supplies for the orphanage we’ll visit later that evening. It’s up to you what supplies you’d like to get them, but normally if everyone contributes about RMB60 it’s enough to get them some meat as well as some oil, rice, sweets and stationary. All the children in the orphanage are trained in Kung Fu, and put on a Kung Fu show for us, before we teach them a few games and help them practice their English.

Day 15  Shaolin – Beijing

This morning, we have an optional activity heading to the Shaolin Temple. We arrive before the crowds, allowing us time in the afternoon for a Kung Fu lesson with a Kung Fu master. Catch the night train to Beijing.

Day 16  Beijing

After a morning spent relaxing in the hostel in Beijing we head off to our next attraction, The Great Wall. We go to a deserted section of The Wall, we hike along as the sun is setting, and stay just a few minutes from the Wall, before rising for what will be one of the most memorable sunrises of your life, before heading back to Beijing.

Day 17  Beijing

The next two days in Beijing are spent seeing flag raising and Chairman Mao’s embalmed body in Tiananmen Square. Other optional activities include visiting The Forbidden City, The 2008 Olympic Village including The Bird’s Nest Stadium, The National Museum and a visit to a food market where you can try dog, snake, cat, scorpion and a host of other mouth-watering delicacies.

Day 18  Beijing

Say goodbye to the group having completed and epic 2,346 mile journey around China!

Duration: 18 Days

Depart – Return  from Depart – Return  from Depart – Return  from
12/03 – 29/03/17 £1149 18/06 – 05/07/17 £1149 27/08 – 13/09/17 £1149
31/03 – 17/04/17 £1149 25/06 – 12/07/17 £1149 03/09 – 20/09/17 £1149
02/04 – 19/04/17 £1149 30/06 – 17/07/17 £1149 10/09 – 27/09/17 £1149
09/04 – 26/04/17 £1149 16/07 – 02/08/17 £1149 17/09 – 04/10/17 £1149
21/04 – 08/05/17 £1149 21/07 – 07/08/17 £1149 24/09 – 11/10/17 £1149
30/04 – 17/05/17 £1149 23/07 – 09/08/17 £1149 01/10 – 19/10/17 £1149
07/05 – 24/005/17 £1149 04/08 – 21/08/17  £1149 06/10 – 23/10/17 £1149
28/05 – 14/06/17  £1149 06/08 – 23/08/17  £1149 08/10 – 25/10/17 £1149
04/06 – 21/06/17  £1149 13/08 – 30/08/17 £1149 15/10 – 01/11/17 £1149
09/06 – 26/06/17 £1149  20/08 – 06/09/17 £1149 22/10 – 08/11/17 £1149
29/10 – 15/11/17 £1149

Price is only $ 1149 for 18 days China Adventure trip
The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance due 10 weeks before departure.

Price includes:

  • Bilingual Adventure Leaders
  • Accommodation (hostels, guest houses, and 1 night camping)
  • Transport within China
  • All unmissable activities (see itineraries)

Please note: Accommodation is in dorm rooms as a standard. Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available – please contact us for more information.

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