China Limestone Karst and Rice Terrace Explorer

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Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing at any time. Group meeting at 18:00 pm followed by the first welcome dinner
· Group Meeting
· Welcome dinner

Day 2 Beijing
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.  Take a walk through the historic Beijing hutongs.
· Guided Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square tour
· Guided Hutong tour

Day 3 Beijing/Gubeikou
Early morning we will head to Great Wall and start two days of hiking. Home-stay at the local village with a local family. Enjoy a home-made dumpling dinner.
· Entrance for Great Wall
· Dinner at local farmer's House

Day 4 Gubeikou / Jinshanling
Trek the Great Wall from Gubekou to Jinshanling.  Overnight at local farmer's  guest house.
· Entrance Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall
· Breakfast &  Dinner

Day 5  Jinshanling / Beijing - Luoyang
Trek the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai West, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.
· Jinshanling - Simatai Great Wall
· Hard sleeper train to  Luoyang

Day 6  Luoyang / Shaoling / Song Shan
Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Kung Fu.
· Shaoling entrance

Day 7 Song Shan
Spend the day exploring the holy mountain area of Song Shan and enjoy a hike in the surrounding countryside.
· Entrance of Songshan
· Breakfast

Day 8 Song Shan/Xi'an
Optional Longmen Grottoes tour. Return to Luoyang and travel to Xi'an by train.
· Fast train to Xian
 
Day 9 Xi'an
Explore China's former capital and terminus of the Silk Road. Cycle the ancient city walls and discover the Muslim Quarter.
· Orientation walk
· Entrance fee of City Wall & Bike tour on the wall

Day 10 Xi'an / Longji
 Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, fly to Guilin and private transfer to Longji.
· Terracotta Warriors guided tour
· Flight Xian to Guilin
· Entrance of Longji

Day 11 Longji
Hike about 18km (4-5 hrs) from Ping An Village to Dazhai Village via Zhongliu and enjoy the views of endless rice paddies and green trees on the hillsides. This hike offers different but equally beautiful views in all seasons. Take a short break in Zhongliu and trek on to Dazhai, where we take a bus back to Ping’an.
· Trekking in rice fields

Day 12 Longji / Yangshuo
Continue to trek in Pinan village in the morning, private transfer to Yangshuo in the afternoon, followed by an orientation walk around Yangshuo.
· Orientation walk in Yangshuo

Day 13 Yangshuo
Cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be.
· Guided bike tour
· Lunch at farmer’s restaurant

Day 14 Yangshuo
Free to explore the Yangshuo. Maybe enjoy an optional cooking class in the countryside.

Day 15 Yangshuo / Hong Kong
Depart Yangshuo, board on the fast train to Guangzhou, change trains to Shenzhen and go across the border in HKG, the trip ends when arriving at Hong Kong Train station.
· Fast train tickets
· KCL ticket HKG
· Private Transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin train station

Day 1 Beijing (D)
Nihao! Welcome to Beijing, the Capital of China. Upon arrival at the airport, own transfer to your hotel located in the city center. You will have a 6 pm group meeting at your hotel, 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 included dinner at a local restaurant. 

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included transfer and activities:
· Group meeting

Meals Included:
· Welcome group dinner

Day 2 Beijing
Today we'll explore famous sights in Beijing. This morning, we will go 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

Meals Included:
· No meal included today

Day 3:  Beijing / Gubeikou (D)
This morning we will export Great Wall of China. Private transferred for 2 hours to Great Wall at Gubeikou.

We will hike on Wohushan Great Wall, which is 665.2 meters above sea level. It was built in the Ming Dynasty with the full length of 13.6 kilometers, which contains a great many watch towers. Wohushan Great Wall becomes a masterpiece in the history of building Great Walls for its long history, ingenious distribution, steepness and complete facilities. Today's Great Wall hiking takes about 3-4 hours. 

Overnight in local guest house in a village. You can interact with local friendly villagers.

Accommodation:
· Local farmer's guest house

Transportation: private

Included Activities:
· Entrance to the Great Wall

Meals Included:
· Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 4: Gubeikou / Jinshanling  (B,L,D)
Full day hike to Jinshanling. As you hike along with your guide, you'll see lush vegetation and learn how this part of the wall has crumbled because in the 1950s local farmers took bricks from the wall to build their houses. Pass by a local village and walk around the inner circle of wall, which was the second defense in case the main wall was breached. Continue walking until the late afternoon. Today, you’ll hike 7.5 miles (12 km) for a total of 4-5 hours, and will rest for a 3-4 hours to take in the views and have lunch. Then you will come to a guesthouse in village called Erdaoliang Jinshanling area for accommodation.
Overnight at Jinshanling local guest house.

Accommodation:
· Local farmer's Guest House

Transportation: private

Included Activities:
· Entrance to the Great Wall

Meals Included:
· Breakfast at the Guest House
· Picnic lunch at the wall
· Dinner at local farmer's house

Day 5: Jinshanling / Simatai West / Luoyang
In the morning, we will continue to hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West.

Follow your expert guide to experience both original and restored sections of the wall. Catch scenic views of watchtowers snaking along the mountain. Some of these 2-story and 3-story towers have flat roofs, others rounded, and others pitched with upturned eaves.

You’ll hike for 7 miles (12 km) on the mostly paved ground, and there are a few stretches of unrestored pathways with stairs and steep gradients. Be sure to bring your camera! Throughout your hike, you’ll be awarded amazing views of steep gradients rising and dipping into the distance, giving you a constantly changing perspective.
After the hike we will head back to Beijing board on overnight train to Luoyang.

Accommodation:
· Overnight train (hard-sleeper)

Transportation: private

Included Activities:
· Entrance to the Great Wall

Meals Included:
· No meal included today

Day 6: Luoyang / Shaolin
Upon arrival, private transfer to hotel. This morning we will visit Shaolin Monastery, and its Pagoda Forest were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 as part of the "Historic Monuments of Dengfeng.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
· Shaolin Monastery

Day 7 Song Shan (B)
Today we spend the whole day to explore the holy Mt. Songshan.

Mt. Songshan is located in the northwest of Dengfeng County and reputed as the Central Sacred Mountain among China's Five Sacred Mountains. Mt. Songshan stretches more than 60 km across from east to west. It consists of two mountains - Taishi and Shaoshi, with 36 peaks altogether.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
· Mt. Songshan entrance

Meals Included:
· Breakfast

Day 8 Song Shan / Xi’an
This morning you have time to visit Longmen Grottoes before we return to Luoyang and board on train to Xi’an.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Optional activities:
· Longmen Grottoes

Meals Included:
· No meal is included today

Day 9 Xi’an
Upon arrival, transfer from train station to our downtown hotel. Then take a short walking tour of the city, passing by the Bell and Drum Tower, Muslim quarter. In the afternoon, start exploring the city by biking the ancient City Wall, the most significant and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running over 13 kilometers around Xian. 

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
· Orientation walk
· Old city Wall bike tour

Day 10 Xi’an / Longji
Today we will visit the Terracotta Warriors by private bus. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered in 1976 by farmers digging a well, after being buried for 2,000 years. Three main pits are open for you to view, where just under 2,000 of the total 6,000 warriors – each individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. The scale is incredibly impressive. After the tour we will fly to Guilin then overnight at Ping An Village.

Accommodation:
· Guest House (1 night)

Included activities:
· Terracotta Warriors

Transportation:
· Private bus
· Flight: Xi’an to Guilin

Day 11 Longji
Today you’ll hike through the Longji Valley and its rice terraces, constructed over 500 years ago (called the Dragon’s Backbone because the rice terraces resemble a dragon's scales, while the mountain summit looks like the backbone of the dragon). Walk through stunning scenery, with its unique terraces for growing plants in season, 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 stay a night in the picturesque village of Ping'an.

Accommodation:
· Guesthouse (1 night)

Included activities:
· Longji – Guided Rice Terraces trek

Day 12 Longji / Yangshuo
In the morning we will continue hike around Pinan village. Then get on a private bus heading to Yangshuo (approximately 4 hours), a small place best for relaxation and the youth who is looking for funs. Green hills are in karst landform, standing between rice fields, all of which constructs a unique landscape. 

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
· Orientation walking tour of Yangshuo 

Optional Activities:
· Yangshuo – Tai Chi / Kungfu class – CNY50
· Yangshuo – Bike hire – CNY20
· Yangshuo – Zhang Yimou’s Impressions Show – CNY198
· Yangshuo – Li River Cruise – CNY100

Day 13 Yangshuo (L)
Today we will head out of town on bikes to cycle through the surrounding countryside then enjoy a meal at local farmer’s restaurant.

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
· Bicycle ride at Yangshuo countryside (Bicycle rental)

Meals Included:
· Lunch at farmer’s restaurant

Day 14 Yangshuo
Today is a free day for you to do as you like. Lots of activities are on offer, like a morning Tai Chi class or Kung Fu lesson or simply stroll along the river and be immersed in the natural beauty of the valley. For something a little less energetic, you could simply sit back and relax as you enjoy a relaxing river excursion around Yulong River. Later, perhaps watch an impressive performance on the natural water stage with hills at the back at night, produced by Zhang Yimou, a famous movie director. 

Accommodation:
· Hotel (1 night)

Day 15 Yangshuo / Hong Kong Depart
It's the beginning to get back home. You will take a private bus to Guilin train station and get on a fast train to Shenzhen. You will cross the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border after leaving the train. There may be a long queue, so a lot of patience is required. When in Hong Kong, take KCR train to Hong Hum Railway Station. There ends the tour.

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    2018-09-29

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    2018-10-06

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    US$1999.00

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    2018-10-20

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    2019-04-27

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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.

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 18 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.

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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