Beijing to Hong Kong Overview

Adventure through Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hong Kong to experience the Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors and tranquil rivers of Hongcun on this unforgettable tour of China.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Beijing to Hong Kong.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Explore the big cities and quaint villages of China from Beijing to Hong Kong

China really does have it all: tranquil countrysides 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, culture and zeal, China will astonish you with the levels of diversity and distinction contained within its borders.

  • Get among the sights and sounds of Beijing
  • Walk a remote section of the Great Wall of China
  • Spend the night at a homestay in a rural village
  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Wander the cosmopolitan streets of Shanghai
  • Hike around ‘Yellow Mountain’ in Huangshan
  • Cruise the waterways of quaint Hongcun
  • Traverse the rolling rice terraces of Longji

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Beijing, China
  • Finish:

    Hong Kong, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (5 nts), Hostel (5 nts), Hotel (9 nts), Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Cable car, Metro, Plane, Public bus, Taxi, Train (bullet)
  • Included activities:

    Great Wall - Dongjiakou section, Great Wall - Shanhaiguan section, Hongcun - Guided village tour, Longji - Guided Rice Terraces trek, Shanghai - Walking tour, Tulou Village - Guided hike & village tour, Xi'an - Walking tour

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Day 1 Beijing

Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries. Snaking over the landscape for 8,851 km, the building of China's Great Wall started in the 5th century BC with the aim of protecting China's northern borders from invading Mongolian hordes.

Days 2-4 Great Wall

Jump on a bullet train bound for the Great Wall of China, a fortress built to defend China’s boundaries in the seventh century BC against invading Mongols. Explore the Old Dragon Head, where the Great Wall meets the Pacific Ocean, and relax around town. Afterwards, travel to Dongjiakou village to meet and mingle with local families. Head out on a remote hike along a part of the wall that has not yet been restored - a fascinating experience and exceptional chance to get up close to this ancient wonder. Stay overnight with a local family in a basic homestay and chat about what it’s like living next door to the national symbol.

Days 5-6 Xi'an

As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.

Day 7 Shanghai

It may lack the imperial history of Bejing and Xi'an, but Shanghai more than makes up for it with an intoxicating modern buzz and cosmopolitan flair. Explore Shanghai on a walking tour and better understand the city where China and the western world unite. In free time, take to the Propaganda Museum, Yuyuan Gardens or just sit back with a juicy pork bun and watch the world whizz by.

Days 8-9 Huangshan

Visit ‘Yellow Mountain’, an incredible mountain range of sharp granite peaks and spectacular scenery. Spot some of the 490 wild animal species while walking around this serene landscape. The city also holds a number of interesting sights to explore, but commit some serious time to a quiet, shady spot and just soak up the jaw-dropping views.

Day 10 Hongcun

Take a guided walking tour of this picturesque village and visit the Hall of the Peach Garden, South Lake Academy and the tea market. With crystal clear waterways mirroring timeworn buildings, this might look more like a movie set than a rural village, and it is – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed here.

Days 11-12 Shanghai

Head back to the big smoke of Shanghai and suss out the sights that you may have missed first time around. If in doubt, just ask your leader for help – with an intimate knowledge of the best dumpling houses, shopping districts and night-time entertainment, you’ll be experiencing Shanghai like a local in no time.

Day 13 Tulou Village

Travel to a Tulou village and meet the local Hakka people. Become acquainted with their culture, history and unique living arrangements on an overnight homestay in a tulou or a local guesthouse.

Days 14-15 Xiamen

Head to the seaside and relax by the bay. Perhaps visit Gulangyu Island, Xiamen University or the peaceful Botanical Gardens.

Days 16-18 Yangshuo

Soak up the scenic surroundings of Yangshuo. Perhaps hire a bike and set off for a pedal though the emerald-coloured rice paddies around Moon Hill or take in the limestone pillars lining the Yulong River on a cruise. There's also the opportunity to delve further into the local lifestyle by signing up for a cooking or Tai Chi class.

Days 19-21 Longji Rice Terraces

Take a stroll along the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’: the rice terraces that cling precariously to the steep mountain sides. Have cameras handy because this is some of the most exceptional scenery in China. Watch the glistening water change colour as the sun floats through clouds, and try bargaining with local ladies selling handmade goodies. It is a challenging trek, but regardless of the time of year, it will be one of the most rewarding parts of the trip.

Days 22-23 Hong Kong

Never sleeping, always moving, Hong Kong is best experienced from above. Head to Victoria Peak for exceptional views (both day and night) of arguably the best skyline in the world. Then, why not watch A Symphony of Lights over Victoria Harbour after dining on Hong Kong’s legendary cuisine – perhaps partake in a banquet of traditional Cantonese yum cha.
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