Hong Kong to Beijing Bullet Train Adventure

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Travelling by train, mostly in daylight, you have plenty of opportunity to observe the Chinese countryside, towns and villages; passing through incredible scenery and busy farming areas as you journey between the main stops on your tour. Be overawed by the immensity of China, its history, its natural diversity and its amazing modern cities and infrastructure.

Day 1: Hong Kong Harbour & Victoria Peak – Yangshuo
Nihao! Welcome to Hongkong, home to the greatest number of skyscrapers in the world!
This morning travel by MTR and Star Ferry then take the Peak tram up to Victoria Peak for unbelievable views across the densely packed city and the busy harbor of Hong Kong.
In the afternoon collect your luggage and head to the station for the fast train to Guilin from where it is a 2-hour drive to the rural resort town of Yangshuo set within a dramatic limestone karst landscape.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa or similar (3 nights)
Meals Included:
• No meals included

Day 2: 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 you’d like to take a challenge, 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 or similar
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Yangshuo countryside & Li River cruise
Take a morning hike in the countryside followed by a relaxing cruise on the Li River. The afternoon is free for your own explorations – try Chinese calligraphy, visit local markets, relax in a café, shop for local handicrafts … Make sure you try some local specialities for dinner.

Accommodation:
• Floral Hotel Qinghui Villa or similar
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 4: train to Chengdu –Kuanzhai Alley
After breakfast take a bullet train to Chengdu, soaking up the charm of the unique landscape as you travel through it.
After checking in to your hotel head to Kuanzhai Alley, a landmark of Chengdu. Here we will see the historical remains of the old Chengdu city and experience the leisure lifestyle of Chengdu locals.

Accommodation:
• Joha Forstar Hotel Chengdu or similar (3 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 5:  Chengdu – Panda Breeding Center, Chengdu city
A morning visit to the Panda Breeding Center, where we can witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endangered species. Here they are bred and protected and you are able to get quite close, watching them at play, eating, napping, and munching bamboo.
Back in Chengdu city enjoy an afternoon 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.
In late afternoon, we will enjoy a walk around the people's park and relax with a cup of tea in the century-old Heming Teahouse.

Accommodation:
• Joha Forstar Hotel Chengdu or similar (3 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 6: Chengdu – Leshan Buddha, Sichuan hotpot
Make an excursion south of Chengdu to one of the region's most famous sites -- the Leshan Buddha. This 71-meter-tall statue is carved from a hillside and dates from AD713 (Tang Dynasty) when China was ruled by the Lee’s imperial family. The carving took 90 years to finish and is complete with a well-designed drainage system at the back of the Buddha’s head and ears.
Back in town our dinner this evening is a spicy Sichuan hotpot, probably Chengdu’s most famous dish.

Accommodation:
• Joha Forstar Hotel Chengdu or similar (3 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Train to Xi’an – explore old city
It is about 4 hours by fast train to Xi’an, arriving early afternoon. Xi’an is not only the capital city of Shaanxi Province, but also home to many imperial powers dating back to 2200 years. The development of the historic city is booming; however, many amazing historical sites are still very well preserved. Your orientation tour begins at the iconic Bell and Drum Tower then on to the popular food paradise of the Muslim Quarter.

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

Day 8: Xi'an Terracotta Warriors, city wall cycling, train to Luoyang
This morning’s visit is to the Terracotta Warriors; this incredible archaeological find, discovered in 1976, comprises more than 6,000 warriors, chariots and horses - each individually sculpted from clay with different costumes, height and even facial expressions – all in battle formation. 3 main pits displaying over 2,000 of the warriors are open for you to view.
After marveling at this incredible display we will lunch in a local village before returning to Xi’an city for 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.
Later, board a bullet train to Luoyang (around 1.5 hours).

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

Day 9: Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin, train to Beijing
Nearby Luoyang are the famous Longmen Grottoes. Steep limestone cliffs extend for almost a mile and contain approximately 110,000 Buddhist stone statues, 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions carved on steles. Most of the carvings at the Longmen site date between the end of the 5th century and the middle of the 8th century—the periods of the Northern Wei (486­–534 C.E.) through early Tang dynasties (618–907 C.E.).
From here continue to the Shaolin Temple. Spend the afternoon visiting the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Martial Arts Training Center. Watch a live kung fu performance and witness an incredible display of concentration and skills.
Evening board an overnight soft sleeper train to Beijing.

Accommodation:
• Overnight soft sleeper train Luoyang/Beijing ( 1 night)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 10: Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutongs
Early morning, arrive in Beijing and head to your hotel for breakfast then head out to explore the city.
There will be a lot of walking as well as using the subway to get around so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. First stop 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 1406-1420; 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. From here continue on foot through the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known as Hutong to explore and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing.

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

Day 11: Beijing –the Great Wall
This morning we will make the 2-hour journey out of town to Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best-preserved sections. The wall stretches 6000 km along the mountain ridges. The Mutianyu section is well restored so that it is easy to climb up and down. At midday, enjoy a picnic lunch that is provided by your guide. From the stunning views you can appreciate the difficulty of constructing the wall in ancient times. Return to Beijing in late afternoon and relax yourself or spend some time exploring the local market.

Accommodation:
•Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
•Breakfast, Peking Duck dinner

Day 12: Beijing –departure
Today is your last day in Beijing. You are free until being transferred to the airport for your departure.

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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