Explore the big cities and small villages of China from Beijing to Hong Kong
China really does have it all: tranquil countryside offering jaw-dropping natural scenery and invigorating hikes, neon cities boasting incredible food and scintillating nightlife and points of historical, artistic and cultural interest at every turn. Get acquainted with this country's complexities and contrasts on this fascinating 23-day adventure that will have you walking the Great Wall, trekking through the Longji rice terraces, idling the hours away in serene Hongcun, drifting along the Li River and living it up in Hong Kong. Jam-packed with colour and culture, China will astonish you with the levels of diversity and distinction contained within its borders.
See the amazing contrasts between north and south China, from the chaotic and exciting capital to the photogenic landscapes of Yangshuo
Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, stay overnight in a unique Hakka village roundhouse, and trek through rice terraces and the villages of Longji
Overnight at the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the crowds
Stay in a Tulou for a unique overnight experience – these huge earthen structures are like ancient apartment buildings, where generations of the same clan can live together
Starting and ending in two of the country's largest and most bustling cities – Beijing and Hong Kong – you’ll also be able to experience the dazzling future of modern China
This trip travels on overnight hard sleeper trains on sections of the journey. Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
We cover a fair amount of ground to enable you to see some of China's biggest cities and main highlights, so be prepared for some long travel days. As we use plenty of public transport, you will be better off to bring only minimal belongings, or to leave your larger luggage in Beijing/Shanghai and take a smaller bag with you to some destinations.
We pack a lot in, in a short amount of time, so if you have some time to spare we highly recommend extra time in Beijing & Hong Kong.
This trip includes a mixture of free time and included activities, giving you choice and flexibility to pursue your own interests in China.
This trip includes overnight stays at family-run guesthouses and homestays, with more basic facilities than hotels, such as cold water showers and outdoor squat toilets.
With plenty of walks and treks included, you'll need a good level of fitness to get the most out of this trip. Walking shoes with good support and grip are essential.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding overnight trains
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. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities.
4. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
5. In winter months (Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb), we may not stay in the guesthouse at the Great Wall due to insufficient heating there. In those months, we will either visit the Great Wall on a day tour from Beijing or stay at a hotel nearby.
6. Please note that Jinshanling Great Wall is being renovated at the moment and is said to be open in November, 2017. Should the Jinshanling Great Wall remain closed in 2018 with no clear due date to open, we will reroute to another section of the Great Wall for the overnight stay and trek.
7. This is a combination tour which will save you the hassle of making multiple bookings. But please note that your tour leader and tour composition may change at Day 12.
8. The flight from Guilin to Xiamen is included in the trip price.
Our Beijing to Hong Kong trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 10 reviews in the last year.
This trip was great: true to the itinerary, informative, and a lot of fun. I will say that with the basic trip, although there are "optional activities" in each location, certain places with one or two main attractions (Huangshan and Hongcun in particular) require extra payment and although it is technically optional, your other option would be sitting in the guesthouse and doing nothing. Jenny was our enthusiastic, informative, approachable, and all-around incredible guide, so definitely request her if you can. I get the feeling all guides will try to sell you pretty hard on certain dinners and activities. Here are my recommendations: Walk the city wall in Xi'an, don't pay extra to bike—the bikes have one speed and they're pretty shoddy. Don't do the Beijing Hutong tour. You can easily walk through the Hutongs and get the same experience (which I highly recommend). The only part that was worth it was the tea ceremony and you can seek that out on your own. There are a lot of scams out there, so do the official one at the Bell Tower. Definitely do the bike tour in Yangshuo. It's beautiful there and the guide was awesome. The tea plantation and Li River cruise were also great. Do not do the cave tour / mud bath. It was a tourist trap and a waste of time. I opted out of it, but I heard the circus in Shanghai is great. Also opted out so I can't speak to it, but I was told that the dumpling feast in Xi'an was a waste of money. Trip Advisor is your friend here—we were able to find a good restarant that served delicious dumplings for a quarter of the price. Overall, I definitely recommend the trip.
Review submitted 12 Aug 2017
China was great. My idea (prejudice)of Chinees people is changed completely in a possitive way. I would recommend a visit to China to everybody but not without a good local guide.
Review submitted 11 Apr 2017