Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Ultimate China on a Shoestring - Hong Kong to Hong Kong tour
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Ultimate China on a Shoestring - Hong Kong to Hong Kong

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
27 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • 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

Short Description

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 won’t 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, we’ll 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, it’s not a ride you’ll want to miss.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Hong Kong
End City Hong Kong

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

China Hong Kong

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Trip Includes

  • 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

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Itinerary

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) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Local train (3.50 hour(s))

Day 3 Yangshuo

Try your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school and pre-book the Central Chinese Cooking Class by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

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

Feeling hungry? Pre-book the Evening Foodie tour by Tuk-Tuk on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 7 Chengdu

Want to immerse yourself fully into the culture of Chengdu? Pre-book both the Chengdu City Culture tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 8 Chengdu/Luoyang

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

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) Bullet train (4.00 hour(s)) 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. Opt to pre-book the Beijing Kung Fu Show on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. 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. Interested in a half-day guided tour to see the Terracotta Warriors? Pre-book the Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour. 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. Opt to see a show, pre-book the Shanghai Acrobatic Performance on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. 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 before boarding a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province. 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 Wuyishan Nature Reserve Hike 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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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Train, bus, sleeper train (beds), private vehicle.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Max 18, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

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.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. LUGGAGE As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. Train travel means that bags have to be stowed either overhead or under beds, so travelling as light as possible is recommended. 2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.

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.

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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.

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