Travel from Hanoi to Hong Kong on this adventure through China's spectacular south.

Discover the spectacular southern reaches of China on this adventure through the past. Start in Vietnam's jewel of the north, and delve further into the region's French heritage over the border, with a stop in Mengzi. Explore Yuanyang, the picture-perfect home of the Hani people, where eye-popping terraced landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. Step back in time among the Qing and Ming dynasty masterpieces in Jianshui, and wander the busy streets of Kunming. Finish with an epic rail trip to Hong Kong, where neon lights strike a contrast with the splendour of the harbour.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Hong Kong, China
Countries
China, Vietnam
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
CBSV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Follow the Yunnan-Vietnam railway and visit the one of the oldest train stations on this line at Bisezhai village for a fascinating glimpse into history

  • Explore idyllic Yuangyang on a guided half-day walk, snapping photos of the spectacular rice terrace landscapes and learning a thing or two about their makers, the Hani people

  • Discover the Ming and Qing marvels of Jianshui Ancient Town on a guided walk. Visit Zhu's Family Garden, the Confucius temple and the amazingly preserved Tuanshan village

  • Kunming is yours for the taking. Enjoy plenty of free time in the liveable, laid-back 'Spring City' to make your own discoveries

  • Finish up in Hong Kong, a perfect playground for urban adventures. Ride the ferry or tram for spectacular views of the town's natural splendour, or hit the harbour for an incredible synchronised light shows by night

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are two quite long journeys on this trip – one from Hanoi to Mengzi, over the Chinese border (Day 2); the other a high speed train from Kunming to Shenzhen, your stepping-stone to Hong Kong (Day 10). The high-speed train is especially fun and a chance to see the new high-tech China.

Itinerary

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

Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early in Hanoi, there’s plenty to see and do. Consider booking the Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure with an expert local guide to introduce you to the city. Start by visiting the Temple of Literature, drop into a traditional tea house, learn the stories of the Hoa Lo Prison museum and finish among the temples at Hoan Kiem Lake. Alternatively, take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter and admire the city’s French-colonial architecture, relax in a park, or enjoy some street food.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information

Today is a long travelling day. First you will take a private bus from Hanoi to Lao Cai, near the border with China. Say goodbye to your Vietnamese leader and meet your Chinese leader at the Hekou border crossing. From there, take a taxi to the bus station and board your bus to Menzgi. Transfer to your hotel and settle in. Spend your free evening kicking back and relaxing – or perhaps head out for a taste of the famous Yunnan rice noodles which originated here.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note that your leader will change at the border today from a Vietnamese to a Chinese leader.
As well as noodles, this town is known for its remnants French architecture - a rarity in today's China. Spot the simple, stately aesthetic of the European style buildings, with their soft yellow facades and tiled roofs which set them apart from the modern structures around them. Visit Bisezhai Station, the finest surviving station on the French-built Vietnam-Kunming railway. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. This is a town rarely visited by foreigners. The Nanhu Park area is great for a wander and meeting locals.
Included Activities
  • Mengzi - Bisezhai Station
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by private bus to Yuanyang (approximately 3 hours). If you're a keen photographer, you're in luck, as this is one picturesque destination. This place is famous for its beautiful rice terraces, idyllic rural scenery and unique ethnic minority culture. Some 88% of Yuanyang County belongs to ethnic minorities; the Hani and Yi people created the ornate rice terraces that impress so many visitors. We are staying right inside the Duoyishu Scenic Area. The terraces here are considered a superior spot to photograph the sunrise. 
Included Activities
  • Yuanyang - Rice Terraces
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes today for your hike around the rice terraces with a local guide (approximately 4 hours). You'll be able to take it at a leisurely pace and enjoy the scenery. Most of the paths go through villages, which makes it easy to stop for a break.
Included Activities
  • Yuanyang - Village walk
  • Yuanyang - Sunrise from Duoyishu Rice Terraces
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If the weather is poor, an alternative route or activities may be organised for today.
Travel by private bus to Jianshui (approximately 3.5 hours). With a 1,200-year history and a distinct cultural heritage, the ancient town is a veritable outdoor museum of magnificent buildings. Many of these date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. You will set out on a walking tour of the city and visit the Zhu Family Garden, as well as the incredible Confucius Temple.


Included Activities
  • Jianshui - Confucius Temple
  • Jianshui - Walking tour
  • Jianshui - Zhu Family Garden
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Visit Tuanshan Village, a cultural echo of the Qing Dynasty that's still intact. You'll learn a little more about the Yi minority as you explore. It's a fascinating window to the China of the past. Visiting the village is like travelling to the China of the past. Small, cobbled lanes leave you with impressions of timelessness, art and architecture. In the afternoon and evening, enjoy some free time.
Included Activities
  • Jianshui - Tuanshan Villlage
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we travel to Kunming (approximately 3-4 hours). Stop at the geological wonder of the Stone Forest on the way. The Forest covers an area of 400 square kilometres (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small clusters of towering limestone pillars, as well as many other scenic spots. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time'. Truly, the site is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kunming - Stone Forest
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Free time to explore this large but laidback city today. The 1,000-year-old Yuantong temple is most definitely worth a visit, or find the traces of old Kunming at Lingguang street. You can also take a day tour out to Dianchi Lake or the West mountain if the weather is good. Perhaps head to Green Lake Park where you can see locals spending their leisure time on all kinds of activities and games. Check out The Loft, a disused factory area west of the city centre, home to many small galleries and cafes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
An early start this morning to catch the high-speed train from Kunming to Shenzhen (approx 7 hours). The fast train network is key to China's fast development and the most common way for locals to travel now. Watch the world speed by, read a book or learn a few words from others on the train. We'll arrive at Shenzhen around 3pm and then take the metro to the border for our crossing into Hong Kong. The time for the border crossing depends on the volume of people, so some patience and flexibility will help ease the process. The night is yours, so perhaps bargain your heart out at Temple Street Night Market or try out the great food that the city has to offer.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Reclaimed by China from Britain in 1997, Hong Kong remains an intriguing place to explore, with a spectacular, fast-paced cityscape, and islands and beaches on its doorstep. Enjoy a walking tour of the city and take a scenic journey across to Hong Kong Island on the famous Star Ferry. This gives you beautiful views of the harbour and surrounding areas. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps ride the Peak Tram – the only way to truly experience Hong Kong's wonders. In the evening, gather your group to celebrate your final night and watch the harbour's spectacular light show – a spectacle of laser beams and searchlights synchronised to music and narration.
Included Activities
  • Hong Kong - Walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Hong Kong - Victoria Peak & Tram - HKD40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your trip comes to an end today, with no further activities planned.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

High-speed train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Taxi, Ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Mengzi - Bisezhai Station
  • Yuanyang - Rice Terraces
  • Yuanyang - Village walk
  • Yuanyang - Sunrise from Duoyishu Rice Terraces
  • Jianshui - Confucius Temple
  • Jianshui - Walking tour
  • Jianshui - Zhu Family Garden
  • Jianshui - Tuanshan Villlage
  • Kunming - Stone Forest
  • Hong Kong - Walking tour

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available to purchase on this trip.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking or no later than 30 days before departure in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
4. Your tour leader will change at the Vietnam - China border.

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Reviews

Our Hanoi to Hong Kong trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Hanoi to Hong Kong, June 2017

Wendy Millard

Hanoi to Hong Kong, March 2017

Kathleen Hardy