Day 1 Hong Kong – Yangshuo
Start the day with an optional guided hike up Victoria Peak for incredible views over the harbour. Take the High Speed Rail link to Guangzhou, and connect to Yangshuo, arriving late that evening.
Day 2 Yangshuo
Famed for its stunning karst scenery. 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 3 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 4 Yangshuo
Another day to enjoy the optional activities on offer.
Day 5 Yangshuo – Chengdu
Catch the night train to Chengdu.
Day 6 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 7 Chengdu – Xian
Board the night train to Xian.
Day 8 Xian
In the morning we head off for another included 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 9 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, or KTV as it is known in China.
Day 10 Qing Ling Mountains
Take a minibus deep into the heart of the Qing Ling mountains, stopping en-route for tubing and sunbathing by a river. We can choose tonights menu from the farm animals in the yard. We will then hike into the mountains to a series of waterfalls. The evening is spent eating the organic food from the farm and drinking Hans, the local beer, under the stars.
Day 11 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 orphans 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 12 Shaolin – Beijing
An early rise to join our optional activity to visit the Shaolin Temple – home of Shaolin Kung Fu. Catch the night train to Beijing.
Day 13 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 14 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 15 Beijing
At leisure to continue enjoying optional activities in Beijing.
Day 16 Beijing – Hangzhou
One more day to explore Beijing before boarding the train to Hangzhou.
Day 17 Hangzhou
Visit the stunning West Lake. In the countryside visit the Moganshan bamboo nature reserve, a favoured summer retreat of Chairman Mao. Swim in the crystal clear mountain lagoon, overnight in a mountain lodge.
Day 18 Hangzhou
Hike to the peak of Moganshan Mountain, before travelling on to Shanghai. Optional to join the Drunken Dragon bar crawl.
Day 19 Hangzhou – Shanghai
Transfer to Shanghai.
Day 20 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 sitting in a skyscraper rooftop bar to enjoy city views in a hot tub sipping champagne.
DAY 21 Shanghai – Xiamen
Take the fast train south to Xiamen, spend the evening on the small Island of Gulangyu, a favourite retreat for China’s most influential artists for hundreds of years.
DAY 22 Xiamen
Take a boat back to the mainland before driving to a group of 30,000 round houses of the Hakka minority people. Spend the night with them and observe their fascinating way of life. Optional visits the temples and beautiful countryside, sample the tea in a tea ceremony and swimming in the local river are possible.
Day 23 Taxia – Guangzhou
Visit the beautiful ancient village of Taxia. It hosted imperial scholars who brought great pride to their village from serving the imperial empire. Night train to Guangzhou.
Day 24 Guangzhou – Macau
Drive to Zhuhai and then onto Macau. Optional to try the World’s Highest Bungee Jump. Gamble in casinos and visit the Venetian.
Day 25 Macau – Hong Kong
The next morning join us on a free tour exploring the old Portuguese part of Macau, before taking the high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong.
Duration: 25 Days
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Price is only $ 1459 for 25 days China Explorer trip
The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.
- 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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