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.

Beijing, China
Hong Kong, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
763kg pp per trip


  • 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


Arrive in China's grand capital; a city that harbours an impressive mix of ancient citadels, architectural marvels and soaring skyscrapers. Perhaps arrive a few days early and explore the sprawling Forbidden City, check out the city's burgeoning art scene at the 798 Art District or bargain up a storm in one of Beijing’s markets.
Jump on a bullet train and power from Beijing to Shanhaiguan. Take a tour of Old Dragon Head - Shanhaiguan's section of the wall and the only part that enters the ocean. The following day, travel out to Dongjiakou village and visit a part of the wall that hasn't been restored. Then get a taste of rural Chinese life on a local family homestay.
Discover a plethora of fascinating historical sites and modern big city conveniences in Xi'an. Sample street food on a guided tour in the lively Muslim Quarter, pay a visit to the Great Mosque and climb to the the top of the Bell and Drum towers for impressive views. Make sure to leave time for an optional trip out to the Terracotta Warriors, a battle formation of incredible military precision.
Visit China’s most dynamic city, Shanghai. Embark on a guided tour of the city's historical quarters, such as The Bund, Nongtang and the European-influenced French Concession. To gain a deeper understanding of China’s engrossing past, perhaps stop by the Shanghai Museum or Propaganda Museum for a versing in local history.
Catch a local bus out to Huangshan. Also known as Yellow Mountain, the dramatic limestone peaks populating this superbly beautiful area make for some of the country's most breathtaking scenery.
Pass through verdant bamboo and pine forests en route to the age-old village of Hongcun. Amble along the quiet cobblestone streets, hire a bike and pedal out to surrounding villages or do your best Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon re-enactments – this is where a bunch of the film's scenes were shot.
Return to the bustle of Shanghai. After freshening up at the hotel, why not head out as a group for a traditional tea ceremony or visit the Bund's hippest bar and toast the conclusion of this memorable Chinese journey.
Check out the bubbling night market or enjoy an open-air barbecue and beer night in the university quarter.
Head to a tulou village, where their round dwellings are made from a mixture of earth, sand, lime rice, bamboo and wood chips, which are packed into walls up to 2 metres thick. Take a tour around the small community, meet the locals and hear their stories.
Take a stroll along Yundang Lake, through Music Square and past countless gardens before dining on Xiamen’s regional delights.
In the home of some of China’s most epic landscapes, take a rive cruise, jump on a bike and pedal through the rice fields or simply stroll along the river and become immersed in the natural beauty of the valley. For the more adventurous, go caving in the limestone hills or kit up in a rock-climbing harness and tackle one of the 300 rock-climbing routes.
Hike along the Longji rice terraces, also known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’. Like an undulating dragon’s tail, the terraces make fascinating patterns following the contours of the steep hillside. There may also be an opportunity to jump in a hot spring to rest aching bones. Otherwise just indulge in the blockbuster scenery and appreciate the natural splendour of the landscape.
Back in the bustle of a big city, jump aboard a ferry to see Hong Kong’s skyline from the water, enjoy the bright spectacle of the nightly light show or escape the busy city centre and wander through Hong Kong Park. Be sure to stop at a bakery to pick up an egg bun, visit a yum cha house for some perfect dumplings or hit up a street vendor for a stick of fish balls – Hong Kong's food is fast, fresh and full of flavour. Then it's time to say farewell to China's south and this enlightening journey.
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Bus, Cable car, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Train (bullet)
Guesthouse (5 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (5 nights), Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Hongcun - Guided village tour
  • Huangshan National Park Trek
  • Longji - Guided Rice Terraces trek
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Tulou Village - Guided hike & village tour
  • Xi'an - Walking tour


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Beijing to Hong Kong , August 2015

Beijing to Hong Kong , August 2015