Take this South China Getaway and explore Shanghai, Yangshuo and Hong Kong

Enter a world of both natural wonder and big city glamour. Discover friendly people, a passionate food culture, historic sites and deep-seated traditions on this all-encompassing southern China expedition. Meet rural people and city folk, chow down on local delicacies and world-class fare and explore the wealth of history and modern developments of this mighty nation.

Shanghai, China
Hong Kong, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
539kg pp per trip


  • Jump right into contemporary China in Shanghai
  • Travel across the country by high-speed train
  • Check out the college culture of Xiamen
  • Escape from the big city on colonial Gulangyu Island
  • Stay overnight in a unique Hakka village roundhouse
  • Chill out in the backpacker haven of Yangshuo
  • Trek alongside rice terraces to the villages of Longji
  • End your trip among the neon light of Hong Kong


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 22 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Kick off the journey in China’s most dynamic city. Visit the Yuyuan Gardens or stop by the Shanghai Museum to better understand China’s intriguing history. Sip on a hot brew and experience China’s tea culture at a traditional teahouse, take a boat ride along the river and marvel at Shanghai’s impressive skyline.
Take a stroll along Yundang Lake, through Music Square and past countless gardens before dining on Xiamen’s regional delights. Later, check out the bubbling night market or enjoy an open-air barbecue and beer night in the university quarter.
Head to a tulou village, where their round dwellings are made from a mixture of earth, sand, lime rice, bamboo and wood chips, which are packed into walls up to 2 metres thick. Take a tour around the small community, meet the locals and hear their stories.
In the home of some of China’s most epic landscapes, take a rive cruise, jump on a bike and pedal through the rice fields or simply stroll along the river and become immersed in the natural beauty of the valley. For the more adventurous, go caving in the limestone hills or kit up in a rock-climbing harness and tackle one of the 300 rock-climbing routes.
Hike along the Longji rice terraces, also known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’. Like an undulating dragon’s tail, the terraces make fascinating patterns following the contours of the steep hillside. There may also be an opportunity to jump in a hot spring to rest aching bones. Otherwise just indulge in the blockbuster scenery and appreciate the natural splendour of the landscape.
Back in the bustle of a big city, jump aboard a ferry to see Hong Kong’s skyline from the water, enjoy the bright spectacle of the nightly light show or escape the busy city centre and wander through Hong Kong Park. Be sure to stop at a bakery to pick up an egg bun, visit a yum cha house for some perfect dumplings or hit up a street vendor for a stick of fish balls – Hong Kong's food is fast, fresh and full of flavour. Then it's time to say farewell to China's south and this enlightening journey.
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Bus, Metro, Plane, Public bus
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Longji - Guided Rice Terraces trek
  • Tulou Village - Guided hike & village tour


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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. The flight from Xiamen to Guilin is included in the price of this trip.
4. This trip has itinerary changes for 2015. Please see Trip Notes for details.

Trip notes

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