Break away from the city for the natural charms of China
How do you get a grasp of China in just over a week? The big cities, misty countryside, sleepy rural villages and varied cuisine may seem overwhelming, but on a nine-day Lonely Planet Experience from Shanghai heading south, you’ll gain a tasteful insight into the tapestries of history and deep-seated traditions that make this region shine. Discover Yangshuo’s literary landscapes, Longji’s terraced rice fields, and the longtangs and tucked-away neighbourhoods that make Shanghai and Hong Kong such thriving centres of cuisine, culture and industry. Plus, with a group of likeminded adventurers joining you each step of the way, you’ll have more than one eager companion to share a plate of dumplings.
The bright city lights of Shanghai are a perfect place to begin – stroll along the Bud, explore the ancient longtangs and get a taste of the renowned cuisine. You’ll definitely need more than a day!
In Longji, hike the beautiful rice terraces that snake through the mountains of Longsheng like giant dragons, and visit hill tribe communities to learn of a local way of living.
Enjoy time to sit back and relax beside the dramatic karst countryside of Yangshuo. This region, immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings, is a haven of exploration.
Local knowledge goes a long way when it comes to really discovering the south of China. And with a leader to offer suggestions and tips along the way, you’ll be exploring, eating and drinking the best of the best.
Cross the border into cosmopolitan Hong Kong – one of the world’s global cities, and a perfect place to extend your stay. Why not dig a little deeper and explore its up-and-coming neighbourhoods.
This trip uses a mix of transport – overnight sleeper trains, private buses and public buses. It 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 of time is spent in Shanghai or Hong Kong (the start and endi points of your tour) so that you can get straight into the highlights of South China, but we highly recommend booking additional nights in either or both as these exciting cities have so much to offer.
1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip, except on the overnight train.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required no later than 40 days before departure 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. Please note while travelling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular websites.
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