Wild China

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An active trip, perfect for those whose main interests lie amid awesome natural beauty. Hike on the Great Wall, sacred Emei Shan, Tiger Leaping Gorge and through the spectacular karst scenery of the Guilin area. There are plenty of cultural wonders also – the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors. A trip that introduces the diversity of China with focus on its scenic wonders.

Day 1: Beijing Arrival
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 cover more details about your trip including meeting up with your guides in each city.

Accommodation:
•Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• No meals included today

Day 2: Beijing – Explore the Forbidden City, Hutongs, Temple of Heaven
Today you will explore famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using 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. Later, we’ll take metro to visit the Temple of Heaven. After the tour, take metro back to your hotel with your guide.

Accommodation:
•Chongwenmen Hotel or similar
Meals Included:     
• Breakfast
 
Day 3:  Beijing – Hike the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling
We leave in the early morning for the Great Wall at Gubeikou. Gubeikou was a vital mountain pass and dates back to the 16th century. Today’s hike will start from Wohushan Great Wall, which is 665 meters above sea level. As you hike along with your guide you will 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 the wall, which was the second defense in case the main wall breached. Today you will hike 12km - a total of 4-5 hours walking and 3-4 hours resting, enjoying the views and lunch.
Continue walking until late afternoon when you will reach a guesthouse in the village of Erdaoliang in the Jinshanling area where you will spend the night.

Accommodation:
•Jianxia Guesthouse or similar ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Beijing / Xi'an – Hike the Great Wall – train to Xi’an
This morning enjoy a home-cooked breakfast in the guesthouse and then continue to hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West. Along this route you will see both original and restored sections of the Wall and enjoy the classic postcard views of watchtowers snaking across the mountain so keep your camera handy. Some of these 2-story and 3-story towers have flat roofs, others are rounded and others pitched with upturned eaves. You will hike 12km (7 miles) on mostly paved ground though there are a few stretches of unrestored pathways with stairs and steep gradients. In the afternoon, we will take private transfer to Beijing railway station and board the overnight train to Xi'an.

Accommodation:
•Overnight on Soft-sleeper train Beijing/Xi'an ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Xi'an – City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque
Upon arrival met your local guide and transfer to your hotel for breakfast. Today's adventure starts with a cycling tour on the ancient City Wall. This is the most significant and best-preserved city wall extant in China, running over 13 kilometers around Xi'an. Then we will take a walk around the trendy Muslim quarter and stroll through the narrow streets dotted with small shops, markets and restaurants to reach the Great Mosque. The Great Mosque of Xi'an is the most significant mosque in China. It was constructed during the Hongwu reign of the Ming dynasty, with further additions during the Qing dynasty. Previous religious complexes are known to have stood on the same site, dating back as far as the Tang dynasty.

Accommodation:
• Manxin Hotel Bell Tower or similar ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 6: Xi'an/Chengdu – Terracotta Warriors, train to Chengdu
Today we will visit the Terracotta Warriors and learn much about this incredible archaeological find. After being buried for 2,000 years it was discovered in 1976 by farmers digging a well. Three main pits are open for you to view. Here 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 marveling at this incredible display we will enjoy lunch in a local village before our private transport takes us to Xi’an North Railway Station for the high-speed train to Chengdu. The train journey takes about 4 hours. Arrive Chengdu in the evening, met and be transferred to hotel.

Accommodation:
•Joha Forstar Hotel or similar ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7:  Chengdu / Mt. Emei – Panda Breeding Center, Chengdu city, Emei Shan
A morning visit to the Panda Breeding Center, where you can witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endangered species. Pandas look adorable with amazing body movements. They are bred and protected in the base. You can get quite close to them, watching them at play, eating, napping, and munching bamboo.
Back in Chengdu city, after lunch we’ll enjoy a walking tour around Jinli Street. This street is famous for its historic atmosphere, bustling businesses and most of all for its local snacks. Enjoy sticky rice cakes with sesame sauce, spicy chicken on a stick, sweet rice jelly, fried beef pancakes and, for the more adventurous, seasoned rabbits’ heads. Later in the afternoon head south to Mount Emei by private vehicle. You will spend the night in a peaceful inn at the base of this incredibly beautiful mountain.

Accommodation:
• Chanlin Inn or similar ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 8 :  Mt. Emei – Bus & cable car to the Golden Summit
Your first stop on Emei Shan is Baoguo temple. This beautiful 16th century temple features a 3.5m porcelain Buddha dating from 1415 and is noted for its gardens of rare plants. From here take the eco-bus up to the 2nd highest parking lot at Leidongping (1.5hrs) from where it is about a 1.5km walk to the cable car to the Golden Summit (3077m). Your hotel is just next to the cable car station so check in and take a short break before exploring the summit including Jinding Temple and 48-meter-high golden Buddha statue. On some days, you may be lucky enough to enjoy the magnificent wonder of the Cloud Sea.

Accommodation:
•Jinding Hotel or similar ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 9: Mt. Emei – Hike down Emei Shan, Temples, monkeys
It is a challenging day today! A full days hiking of 8-9 hours, so an early start at 8:00 am is highly recommended. During the day visit many interesting temples, meet wild monkeys, see beautiful waterfalls and rivers. Start out taking the cable car down to Jieyin Hall and walking to Leidongping. Descending a set of old stone steps, you will reach Xixiangchi Temple, also known as Elephant Bathing Pool (2070m). Legend says the white elephant of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva used to bathe in the pool in front of the temple. Then continue to Zuantian Slope (Slope Drilling into Sky) which winds down seemingly vertically – descending 300m with 32 turns and more than 1500 steps.
Rest at Jiuling Hill before hiking on to Yuxian Temple. This is a section of ups-and-downs, winding along small hills. Passing by Xianfeng Temple you will reach Ecological Monkey Zone, home to a large tribe of wild monkeys. The monkeys are lovely and fascinating to encounter, but remember they are wild and can be aggressive. Reaching Wuxiangang parking lot take an eco-bus to the tourist center.

Accommodation:
•Chanlin Inn or similar ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 10:  Emei / Chengdu / Lijiang – Train to Chengdu Airport, flight to Lijiang
Early in the morning a private transfer will take you to Emeishan Train Station for the high-speed train directly to Chengdu airport for an afternoon flight to Lijiang. Transfer to the old town of Lijiang and check-in to your hotel. Lijiang lies in northwestern Yunnan Province at an altitude of 2400m and is the center of the Naxi culture. From here a series of strategic passes give access to the surrounding mountains. There is a distinct line of division between the old and new towns. The Old Town of Lijiang is bisected by numerous waterways and is a maze of old lanes and squares. It is primarily made up of three parts: Dayan Old Town (including the Black Dragon Pond), Baisha and Shuhe.

Accommodation:
•Wangfu Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 11:  Lijiang – Lijiang Old Town walking tour
On today’s walking tour of Lijiang Old Town the first stop is Black Dragon Pool, a famous pond in the scenic Jade Spring Park located at the foot of Elephant Hill. It was built in 1737 during the Qing dynasty and, standing on its white marble bridge, you are offered a spectacular view of the region's tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Next, visit Lion Hill Park located in the center of the Old Town. This park is a famous national attraction. It was built against a hill which resembles a lion lying sleeping, hence its name. From the park’s ancient buildings you have a bird's-eye view of Lijiang's old town. Spend the afternoon strolling around the Old Town with your guide including a stop at the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture, the museum dedicated to the history, culture and art of the Naxi people; their pictographic language and animist Dongba religion.

Accommodation:
•Wangfu Hotel or similar
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 12:  Tiger Leaping Gorge – Hike 6 hours
Drive north to the Yangtze River to marvel at the awe- inspiring views of Tiger Leaping Gorge.
The starting point for our hike is the small town of Qiaotou, where we leave our large luggage behind, taking only day packs with basic essentials for 1 night. You will need to carry your own pack. Today hike approximately 6 hours through the gorge to a small guesthouse. In the remote area the brilliance of the stars is almost overwhelming.

Accommodation:
• Tea Horse Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Tiger Leaping Gorge / Shaxi
This morning we start a light hike around the area to explore it’s rural villages and monasteries. We may find ourselves sharing our walking track with donkeys and horses as this is still a popular form of transport in the more remote areas. Our walk is a little steep, but well worth the panoramic views that it provides.
After lunch in a local restaurant we meet up with our vehicle (& luggage) and drive to the ancient town of Shaxi. Here we can still find the Yi and Bai ethnic minorities maintaining their traditions, farmhouses lining the country roads, and the original walled town gates and market square that prove Shaxi was once an important stop on the old Tea Horse Trail. Spend the rest of the day exploring the town. Overnight in a local family-run guesthouse. The accommodation is simple, but the warm hospitality makes for a memorable experience.

Accommodation:
• Cato’s Inn Shaxi or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Shaxi – ShibaoShan Hike
A great day hiking the mountain trails (4-5 hours). Your destination is Shizong Temple on ShibaoShan. We can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy amid the beautiful ‘Danxia’ landscape. Back in Shaxi for the evening take the opportunity to mix with the locals in the town square where there is usually dancing, singing and various traditional games.

Accommodation:
• Cato’s Inn Shaxi or similar
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 15: Shaxi /Longji – Drive to Lijiang, fly to Guilin, drive to Longjii
A travel day that is well rewarded with magnificent vistas. It is about 2-hours’ drive back to Lijiang, through scenery which can still amaze, to catch your flight to Guilin. On arrival it is about 1.5 hours drive to Longjii. Both transfers by private vehicle. The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are an agricultural spectacle with a history of more than 650 years. The most eye-catching part of the terrace cluster is the Ping'an Village Rice Terrace, which was the earliest one discovered by tourists and photographers. After settling into your guesthouse, your guide will take you on an orientation walk.

Accommodation:
• Seven Star Resort ( Ping’an Branch) or similar (1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Longji / Yangshuo – Hike through Lonjii Rice Terraces, bus to Yangshuo
Hike through the Longji Valley and its rice terraces, bamboo trees and chestnut forests. Constructed over 500 years ago, the terraces are named for their resemblance to a dragon’s scales whilst the mountain summit looks like the backbone of a dragon. Despite some challenging hills, much of the hike is spent walking along stone paths, passing waterfalls and fields. At the end of the hike our vehicle will meet us for the trip to Yangshou (4 hours). A small village set amid green karst hills and rice fields Yangshou has become a favorite traveler center of southern China.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Yangshuo – Bicycle tour through Yangshuo countryside
Yangshuo offers excellent opportunities for biking and hiking. After breakfast we head out of town on bikes to cycle through the surrounding countryside to gain an insight into China’s rural life and marvel at the surroundings. Each turn in the road reveals another picture-postcard view. Stop at Moon Hill, one of the most popular attractions in Yangshuo, easily recognizable by its crescent-moon-shaped natural arch. If more adventurous, you can ascend to the summit via a steep and rough path, for which you will be rewarded with spectacular vistas.
Stop for lunch at the house of our local friends and savor a tasty meal made from locally grown produce. Then, ride back to town and enjoy an evening at your leisure.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18: Yangshuo / Hong Kong – Fast train from Guilin to Hong Kong and end trip
This morning we will enjoy a relaxing Li River Cruise. Li River boat cruise can be a great introduction to the clear rivers and the impressive karst mountain landscape, which is a highlight of your China river trip. After the tour, transfer to Guilin train station for a fast train to Hongkong where the tour ends.

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

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.

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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