Hike and Bike China

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Day 1: Beijing arrival and welcome. Beijing Duck Dinner
Ni Hao! Welcome to Beijing. You will start your trip by meeting with your local guide at 6pm in the hotel lobby. They will welcome you and go over details about your trip including meeting up with your guides in each city. After that, you will enjoy an orientation walk, followed by a Beijing Duck dinner.

Accommodation:
•Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Peking Duck dinner
 
Day 2: Beijing – Explore the Forbidden City, Hutongs, Temple of Heaven
Today you will explore famous sights of Beijing with your guide. There will be a lot of walking as well as using the subway to get around so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. 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 we 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.
After the Forbidden City, we will cycle through the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known as Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing.

Accommodation:
Chongwenmen Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
•Breakfast
 
Day 3:  Beijing/Gubeikou – Hike Wohushan Great Wall
We leave in the 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 665.2 meters above sea level. It was built in the Ming Dynasty with the full length of 13.6 kilometers. Along the wall, there’re a great many watchtowers. Wohushan Great Wall becomes a masterpiece in the history of Great Walls for its ingenious distribution, steepness and complete facilities. Today we will hike 6km – a total of 3 hours. After the hike, we will settle into a farmer’s guesthouse in Gubeikou for the night.

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

Day 4:  Gubeikou/Jinshanling – Hike the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling
Embrace an early start and make the trek from the Gubeikou section of wall to the Jinshanling section.
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 (c.7 miles) - 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 5: Great Wall / Beijing
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 8km (4.7 miles) on mostly paved ground though there are a few stretches of unrestored pathways with stairs and steep gradients. The hiking today takes about 4-5 hours. Then we will head to a local farmer’s restaurant for lunch.
In mid-afternoon, we will take a 3-hour drive back to Beijing.

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

Day 6: Beijing/Huashan
A free morning in Beijing before the 5 hour fast train ride to Huashan. HuaShan is known as "The Number One Precipitous Mountain under Heaven." The mountain is one of the Five Sacred Taoist Mountains in China and has a long history of religious significance. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, which is located at the foot of the mountain, then take an orientation walk around.

Accommodation:
Lotus Flower Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included :
•Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Hua Shan – A full day hiking around the mountain
Today we will explore the magnificent Mt. Hua Shan. Beginning by taking a cable car to the North Peak, we climb up the Ear-Touching Cliff, Heavenward Ladder and Black Dragon Ridge until reaching the Golden Lock Pass. After a lunch break, continue on to visit the Middle Peak (Jade Maiden Peak) and the East Peak (Facing Sun Peak) before the hike to South Peak (Landing Wild Geese Peak).The South Peak is 2,160 meters above sea level, the highest of the five. Here we will have chance to experience the dangerous Changkong Plank Trail, a 0.3 meter wide plank path built along a seemingly bottomless vertical cliff. Then finally we reach the West Peak. The West Peak is the symbol of Hua Shan; it is the most spectacular of the five peaks. From the West Peak we take the cable car down and return to the hotel. Today you will hike 12km (c.7 miles) - a total of 4-5 hours walking and 3-4 hours resting, enjoying the views and lunch. The cliff trail of Huashan offers excellent opportunities for a thrilling but easy hike.

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

Day 8: Hua Shan / Xi’an
This morning set off to visit the Terracotta Warriors. You will learn 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 expression – stand in battle formation. After that we will drive on for one hour to Xi’an where a cycling tour around the ancient city wall is waiting for us. This is the most significant and best-preserved city wall extant in China, running over 13 kilometers around Xi’an.
Later, we will take a walk around the trendy Muslim quarter and stroll through the narrow streets dotted with small shops, markets and restaurants.

Accommodation:
Manxin Hotel Bell Tower or similar (1 night)
Meals Included :
•Breakfast
 
Day 9: Xi’an/Guilin/Longji
Catch a morning flight to Guilin from where it is 1.5 hours drive to Longjii. 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 (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 10: Longji – Hike through Lonjii Rice Terraces
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. The hiking distance is about 10.2km, which takes about 5 - 6 hours.
Lunch in a farmer’s restaurant in Dazhai, from where we will take the local shuttle bus to Huangluo Yao Zhai, a village by the Yao Ethnic people. Stroll among the local wooden houses and discover the unique culture of the Yao Women with their long hair. After the tour we’ll take the shuttle bus back to Ping’an Village for the night.

Accommodation:
• Seven Star Resort ( Ping’an Branch) or similar (2 nights)
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Longji / Shiertan
Our first day on the bikes starts with a thrilling downhill for 6km through dozens of switchbacks, down the mountainside. We follow a smooth twisting gentle downward ride for 11km along a small river, passing several minority villages. After a short break we spend the rest of the morning on quiet sealed roads climbing gently up over 12km through pine and bamboo forests, tea plantations and small settlements, often catching views of villages perched improbably the hills across the deep valley. What follows is a long sweeping downhill through pristine countryside to our lunch spot. Being close to Guilin, delicious Guilin-style rice noodles are available everywhere and these hearty meals are perfect for biking. In the afternoon, it's an undulating 25km ride, with no significant climbs, passing by bamboo factories and small farming communities. We pass through Wantian village before making our way to our comfortable riverside hotel. We'll eat dinner in a picturesque setting in an open outdoor restaurant by the river.

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

Day 12:  Shiertan /Guilin
An early start and it’s back on the bikes with a smooth downhill before heading on to Wantian village for breakfast of local wanton soup and steamed bread, baozi. We'll have time to check out locals going about their daily life, buying in selling in the buzzing colorful local market. One of the highlight rides of the tour takes us through farming communities on small, serene backroads and trails through vegetable and fruit orchards as we explore village farm life. Around 30km we'll stop at a tea plantation for lunch where you see how tea is grown and produced with time to settle in to learn about tea culture over a traditional tea ceremony. After lunch we have a long but superb ride over 50km undulating through tiny villages, some off-road sections through forest, and passing by reservoirs before the karst peaks of Guilin’s skyline appear in front of us and we roll into town to our hotel next to the Li River. Guilin, one of China’s prettier cities, makes for an interesting place to spend an evening. With plenty of restaurants and eating options, shopping strips and cafes it’s a good chance to see how the local urbanites spend their evenings.

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

Day 13:  Guilin/Xing Ping/ Yangshuo 
From Guilin we head out of the city for a fun chaotic ride among the locals heading off to work until we reach the bamboo-lined Li River. We'll visit several river towns along the way today, including Daxu, which is a picturesque cobblestone street village that offers a glimpse into old town China. A series of bike paths takes us through bamboo forest and along the waters edge to lunch. We'll eat food prepared right from the field - delicious local vegetables and an array of typical farmer food. After lunch we have some climbing to do! The rewards are spectacular as we take mountain roads high over the Li River and surrounding karsts for expansive views.  After our initial climb the cycling gets much easier as we fly down newly built roads and along a wide valley of rice fields before emerging in Xingping town. Xingping is an old Ming Dynasty era village and boasts some fine streets worth exploring to see architecture that is rapidly disappearing in China. Later, we will head to Yangshuo for the night.

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

Day 14:  Yangshuo – Highlight bike ride
Our final day of cycling is a highlight! This section is famous for its beautiful karst mountains and is a fantastic start to the day as we follow the Li River upstream for around 2km to the view made famous for being on the Chinese 20 yuan note. From here we load up the bikes on bamboo rafts for a ride up the river taking in sublime views of endless massive karst mountains hanging over the river. Back on the bikes and we take a back road route to our first climb of the day. Heading into the hills for some of the finest views of the tour, we stop for a break at Xianggongshan Mt for a short steep climb up to the lookout. Here you get to appreciate the enormity of the landscape as a forest of karst mountains disappear in the distance and views of the Li River far below.  We ride along the ridgeline passing through citrus orchard countryside before heading away from the Li River to Baisha and onto the Dargon River. Situated among paddy fields, overlooked by the centuries old Yu Long (Dragon Meeting) Bridge, we will stop for lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant by the river and with the option for a refreshing swim. From here we cycle small countryside trails and paths along the river to emerge in bustling Yangshuo, popular with travelers from all over the world, where you have tonight to celebrate the end of the cycling adventure!

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

Day 15: Yangshuo/Guilin/Shanghai  
At an arranged time, you will be transferred from your hotel to Guilin airport for a morning flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, we will first visit the City God’s Temple area; a folk temple neighboring Yuyuan Garden. It originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan or "Gold Mountain", an island off the coast of Shanghai and was converted into a City God Temple in 1403. Its popularity turns the surrounding area into a large pedestrian area hosting an array of shops, restaurants and teahouses, as well as annual temple fair events. Yuyuan Garden is an extensive ancient garden with Ming and Qing architectural styles.
Later, we’ll stroll along the narrow winding lanes (longtangs) of Old Shanghai where we can get a real glimpse into the locals’ daily life. Then it’s time to explore the Bund. This spectacular array of Art Deco buildings line what was once the most important financial street in Asia

Accommodation:
• Metropolo Jinjiang Classiq Shanghai Nanjing Road or similar (1 night)
Meals Included:
Breakfast

Day 16: Shanghai
These past fifteen days have been flying by, today is your last day in Shanghai. There are no activities planned but depending on the time of your outbound flight you can spend the day exploring more of the busy city or indulging in the many cuisines that can be found here. At the time of departure a private transfer will be ready for you to take you from the hotel to airport

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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16 Days