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.
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
In Longi, hike the beautiful rice terraces that snake through the mountains of Longsheng like giant dragons, and visit hill tribe communities while surrounded by incredible views
Enjoy time to sit back and relax in the dramatic karst countryside of Yangshuo – immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings – and try the local favourite: beerfish
Starting and ending in two of the country's largest and most bustling cities – Shanghai and Hong Kong – you’ll also be able to experience the dazzling future of modern China
This trip uses a mix of transport – overnight sleeper trains, private buses and public buses. The trip covers a fair amount of ground to maximise experiences, so be prepared for some long journeys.
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.
This trip includes a mixture of free time and included activities, giving you choice and flexibility to explore what really excites you in China.
Not a lot a time is spent in Shanghai or Hong Kong (the starting and ending points) so that you can get straight into the highlights of South China, but we highly recommend booking additional nights here as these exciting cities have so much to offer.
As this trip visits remote and lesser-visited parts of China, some accommodation is basic (and some multi-share). This allows you get a true encounter of local life and experience Chinese hospitality.
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 except the overnight train
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 toilet facilities (usually one with a toilet seat and one squat-style in each compartment) are available on all trains, but there are no showers or baths.
4. The flight from Guilin to Xiamen is included in the trip price.
5. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
Our South China Getaway trips score an average of 4.9 out of 5 based on 20 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