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Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to the hotel. An evening group meeting is planned followed by an optional dinner.

·  Group Meeting and optional Beijing Duck Dinner

Day 2: Beijing

Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites with free time in the afternoon explore the local hutong alleyways.

·  Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong walking tour

Day 3: Beijing

Full day excursion to the impressive Great Wall. Night stay at the foot of the Great Wall.

·  Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 4: Beijing / Sleeper Train

the Summer Palace before boarding an overnight hard sleeper train to Shanghai.

·  Summer Palace visit

Day 5: Shanghai

Walk through local markets on the way to Shanghai's most famous traditional garden and the Bund riverfront.

·  Walking tour of Shanghai including Yuyuan Garden and the Bund riverfront.

Day 6: Shanghai/Zhangjiajie

Morning flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, take a guided walk around the town.

·  Orientation walk in Zhangjiajie

Day 7: Zhangjiajie

Full day exploration in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, enjoying the amazing view inside.

·  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Day 8: Zhangjiajie

Full day exploration in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, enjoying the amazing view inside.

·  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Day 9: Zhangjiajie/Fenghuang

A short bus ride to Fenghuang ancient town, visitingthe rivers, bridges, gate towers and town museum.

·  Fenghuang Ancient Town

Day 10: Fenghuang/Longji

Drive 400km from Fenghuang to Longsheng before private transfer to the terraces. Orientation walk around the village.

·  Orientation walk in Longji

Day 11: Longji

Enjoy the day hiking among the terraces in Longji. Return to the guest house in the evening.

·  Hike Longji Terraces

Day 12: Longji Yangshuo

Hike in Pingan village, transfer to Yangshuo.

·  Hike in Pingan Village

Day 13: Yangshuo

Enjoy the day on bicycles exploring the surrounding villages.

·  Cycle tour in the countryside of Yangshuo

Day 14: Yangshuo

Enjoy the day exploring the beautiful countryside and surrounding villages stopping at local farmers’ houses, rice paddy fields and karst mountains.

·  Optional activities

Day 15: Yangshuo-Hong Kong

Bullet train to Shenzhen before crossing the border into Hong Kong. The rest of the afternoon is left to explore this spectacular metropolis.

·  Temple Street Night market

Day 16: Depart

You are free to depart anytime during the day.

Day 1: Beijing
Nihao! Welcome to Beijing, the Capital of China.Your tour begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. and there will be more information about the meeting when you arrive at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask at reception. Your group meeting will include details about your trip, followed by an orientation walk and optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Group meeting
• Orientation walk

Day 2: Beijing
Today we' ll explore famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using public the subway to get around.After breakfast, we will take the metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great hall of the People. Then enter the Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. After the Forbidden City, we will stroll in the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known by Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
• Walking tour of Hutong area

Day 3 Beijing
This morning we’ll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. Spend quality time exploring and learning the history of Great Wall of China as well as enjoy the view at Huairou county the suburban area of Beijing.
The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top the wall during a rest break. We will back to Beijing in the late afternoon.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 4 Beijing-Shanghai
The highlights of the tour today is to visit the Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden, and palace in China. There are landscaped gardens, pavilions, lakes, temples, and bridges. You will stop at the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, the Hall of Happiness and Longevity, Kunming Lake, and the Qingyan Stone Boat. After this tour, private transfer to Beijing train station for overnight train to Shanghai.

Accommodation:
• Overnight Hard sleeper(2nd class)train
Included activities:
• Summer Palace

Day 5 Shanghai
Today we will visit the City God’s Temple area, a folk temple neighboring Yuyuan Garden. The City God Temple in Shanghai originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan, or "Gold Mountain," an island off the coast of Shanghai. It was converted into a City God Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty. Its popularity turns the surrounding area into a large pedestrian area that hosts an array of shops, restaurants, teahouses, as well as annual temple fair events. Yuyuan Garden, also called Yu Garden, was originally built in 1559, opened to the public in 1961 and a declared monument in 1982. It is the most extensive ancient garden with Ming and Qing architectural styles.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• City God’s Temple area and Yu Yuan Gardens

Day 6 Shanghai-Zhangjiajie
In the morning, we will take a private bus to airport and board on a flight to Zhangjiajie.Zhangjiajie, located on the northwestern border of Hunan, draws the attention of visitors to the Phoenix Ancient Town and Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Rising from the subtropical and temperate forests of northwest Húnán, Zhāngjiājiè (张家界) has a concentration of quartzite-sandstone formations found nowhere else in the world. Some 243 peaks and more than 3000 karst pinnacles and spires dominate the scenery in this Unesco-protected park.Upon arrival, we will take a orientation walk with tour leader to explore this amazing town.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Orientation walk in Zhangjiajie

Day 7 Zhangjiajie
Travel by public bus to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. This scenic area is world famous as the mountains here inspired the floating mountains in the Hollywood movie Avatar. The peaks in Yuanjiajie are nearly at the same height, making it into a mountain platform, great for enjoying the panorama view of the amazing scenery. Then, take a sightseeing bus to Tianzi Mountain, from where enjoy an incredible view of the peaks rising one after another. Atop of the mountain offers a full extent of the whole scenic area, which is magnificent and spectacular. There are four wonders in Tianzi Mountain: the Sea of Clouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Day 8 Zhangjiajie
Continue your adventure at the National Forest Park. Explore the park by visiting the Golden Whip Stream, which brings you into the Pandora's wonderland of the movie Avatar. The pristine water, the verdant peaks, the cliffs and the serene valley make the stream an extraordinarily beautiful, tranquil and natural ecological environment.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Day 9 Zhangjiajie-Fenghuang
Today we will take a public bus to Fenghuang Ancient Town (approx. 4 hrs). Then visit the Diaojiao Lou (traditional Chinese gabled wooden houses built on stilts) on both sides of the river and near Hongqiao. Hongqiao (Rainbow Bridge), built in the Ming Dynasty over 600 years ago, is the ancient town's best well-known tourist spot.

Accommodation:
• Local Guesthouse (1 night)
Included activities:
• Orientation tour in Fenghuang

Day 10 Fenghuang/Longji
This morning we will take a public bus to Longsheng( approx 4.5 hrs.) Upon arrival, private transfer to Longji. The Longji region has some of the most extensive rice terraces around. These terraces change with the seasons: filled with water from the mountains before planting, becoming green during the growing season and then golden when the rice is ready for harvest. We will take a short hike upon arrival. This evening you’ll overnight in the village of Dazhai, which is home to the Yao minorities.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Rice Terrace Hiking

Day 11 Longji
Today you’ll hike through the Longji Valley and its rice terraces, constructed over 500 years ago Walk through stunning scenery, with its unique terraces for growing rice, alongside bamboo trees and chestnut forests. Despite some challenging hills, much of the hike is spent walking around over the stones, passing waterfalls and fields. After a day spent admiring the endless vistas, you’ll overnight in the Pin'an village - Zhuang minority village.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Rice Terraces Trek

Day 12 Longji-Yangshuo
Get up early to enjoy the sunrise on the terrace rice field. Then private transfer to Yangshuo (approx. 3 hrs), Yangshuo, a county and resort town in southern China's Guangxi region, is known for its dramatic karst mountain landscape and outdoor recreation. This little town is popular with the Chinese and Western travelers alike, who come for the beautiful landscape and stay for the great cafes and bars. It's also one of the best places in the country to get a feel for local culture and traditions while having plenty of fun at the same time.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Walking tour of Yangshuo

Day 13 Yangshuo
The countryside around Yangshuo immortalized in many traditional Chinese paintings – picture immense limestone karsts dotting the rural landscape, towering spectacularly over rice paddies and the meandering Li River. Today we will head out of town on bikes to cycle through the surrounding countryside, and gain an insight into Chinese rural life on a ride where each turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard location.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Bicycle ride at Yangshuo countryside (Bicycle rental)

Day 14 Yangshuo
Today’s another free day to pursue your interests here in Yangshuo. Freedom and flexibility is the idea today, and your friendly local leader will be on hand to give you suggestions and tips.You may start your day by taking a Tai Chi class or Kung Fu lesson or take a short hike up to Moon Hill. Even take a cooking class. There are a lot of things to do in this little town.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Optional activities:
• Cooking School & Market Tour
• Tai Chi class
• Kung Fu lesson
• Moon Hill
• Li River Cruise

Day 15 Yangshuo-Hong Kong
After breakfast, transfer to Yangshuo train station for the bullet train to Shenzhen. Upon arrival, we will cross the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border. The China-Hong Kong border is busy, so there can often be a bit of a wait to get through, and a lot of patience is required. Then take KCR train to central Hong Kong. You will have a few hours to explore Hong Kong before our final tour to Temple street night market.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Temple Street Night market

Day 16 Hong Kong - Depart
There are no activities planned for today, and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

Tour Code
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Price(US$)
  • CA-HDCA180702

    Monday

    2018-07-02

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-07-17

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA180709

    Monday

    2018-07-09

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-07-24

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA180716

    Monday

    2018-07-16

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-07-31

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA180806

    Monday

    2018-08-06

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-08-21

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA180813

    Monday

    2018-08-13

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-08-28

    From Hong Kong

    Over

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA180820

    Monday

    2018-08-20

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-09-04

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA180903

    Monday

    2018-09-03

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-09-18

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA180910

    Monday

    2018-09-10

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-09-25

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA181008

    Monday

    2018-10-08

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-10-23

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA181015

    Monday

    2018-10-15

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-10-30

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA181105

    Monday

    2018-11-05

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-11-20

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA181112

    Monday

    2018-11-12

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-11-27

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA181203

    Monday

    2018-12-03

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-12-18

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA181210

    Monday

    2018-12-10

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2018-12-25

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190311

    Monday

    2019-03-11

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-03-26

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190318

    Monday

    2019-03-18

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-04-02

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190401

    Monday

    2019-04-01

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-04-16

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190408

    Monday

    2019-04-08

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-04-23

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190506

    Monday

    2019-05-06

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-05-21

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190513

    Monday

    2019-05-13

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-05-28

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190520

    Monday

    2019-05-20

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-06-04

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190527

    Monday

    2019-05-27

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-06-11

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190603

    Monday

    2019-06-03

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-06-18

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190610

    Monday

    2019-06-10

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-06-25

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190617

    Monday

    2019-06-17

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-07-02

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190701

    Monday

    2019-07-01

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-07-16

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190708

    Monday

    2019-07-08

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-07-23

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190715

    Monday

    2019-07-15

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-07-30

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190805

    Monday

    2019-08-05

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-08-20

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190812

    Monday

    2019-08-12

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-08-27

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190819

    Monday

    2019-08-19

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-09-03

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190902

    Monday

    2019-09-02

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-09-17

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA190909

    Monday

    2019-09-09

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-09-24

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA191007

    Monday

    2019-10-07

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-10-22

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA191014

    Monday

    2019-10-14

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-10-29

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA191104

    Monday

    2019-11-04

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-11-19

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA191111

    Monday

    2019-11-11

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-11-26

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA191202

    Monday

    2019-12-02

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-12-17

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

  • CA-HDCA191209

    Monday

    2019-12-09

    From Beijing

    Tuesday

    2019-12-24

    From Hong Kong

    Available

    US$2686.00

    16
    Days

Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

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