Backpacking: China Adventure

18 Days

from £1209

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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2017 – 18

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

Departing Finishing Price
20th Aug, 2017 6th Sep, 2017 £1,209
27th Aug, 2017 13th Sep, 2017 £1,209
3rd Sep, 2017 20th Sep, 2017 £1,209
10th Sep, 2017 27th Sep, 2017 £1,209
17th Sep, 2017 4th Oct, 2017 £1,209
24th Sep, 2017 11th Oct, 2017 £1,209
1st Oct, 2017 19th Oct, 2017 £1,209
6th Oct, 2017 23rd Oct, 2017 £1,209
8th Oct, 2017 25th Oct, 2017 £1,209
15th Oct, 2017 1st Nov, 2017 £1,209
22nd Oct, 2017 8th Nov, 2017 £1,209
29th Oct, 2017 15th Nov, 2017 £1,209
30th Mar, 2018 16th Apr, 2018 £1,209
1st Apr, 2018 18th Apr, 2018 £1,209
8th Apr, 2018 25th Apr, 2018 £1,209
20th Apr, 2018 7th May, 2018 £1,209
29th Apr, 2018 16th May, 2018 £1,209
13th May, 2018 30th May, 2018 £1,209
20th May, 2018 6th Jun, 2018 £1,209
27th May, 2018 13th Jun, 2018 £1,209
3rd Jun, 2018 20th Jun, 2018 £1,209
8th Jun, 2018 25th Jun, 2018 £1,209
17th Jun, 2018 4th Jul, 2018 £1,209
24th Jun, 2018 11th Jul, 2018 £1,209
29th Jun, 2018 16th Jul, 2018 £1,209
1st Jul, 2018 18th Jul, 2018 £1,209
15th Jul, 2018 1st Aug, 2018 £1,209
20th Jul, 2018 6th Aug, 2018 £1,209
22nd Jul, 2018 8th Aug, 2018 £1,209
29th Jul, 2018 15th Aug, 2018 £1,209
3rd Aug, 2018 20th Aug, 2018 £1,209
5th Aug, 2018 22nd Aug, 2018 £1,209
12th Aug, 2018 29th Aug, 2018 £1,209
19th Aug, 2018 5th Sep, 2018 £1,209
26th Aug, 2018 12th Sep, 2018 £1,209
2nd Sep, 2018 19th Sep, 2018 £1,209
9th Sep, 2018 26th Sep, 2018 £1,209
16th Sep, 2018 3rd Oct, 2018 £1,209
23rd Sep, 2018 10th Oct, 2018 £1,209
28th Sep, 2018 15th Oct, 2018 £1,209
30th Sep, 2018 17th Oct, 2018 £1,209
5th Oct, 2018 22nd Oct, 2018 £1,209
7th Oct, 2018 24th Oct, 2018 £1,209
14th Oct, 2018 31st Oct, 2018 £1,209
21st Oct, 2018 7th Nov, 2018 £1,209
28th Oct, 2018 14th Nov, 2018 £1,209


Price is only $ 1209 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.

All our hostels have WIFI