Budget China: Beijing to Hong Kong

Highlights

Explore cosmopolitan cities, uncover ancient capitals and charming rural villages, hike the beautiful hills dotted with Longji rice terraces, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, stand in awe on the Great Wall.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

For ambitious travellers on a tight budget who are after an experience full of the very best this country has to offer, this tour showcases the scenic wonders without missing its most famous cities and sites. Walk back in time along the Great Wall then see the future in Shanghai. Our CEOs will help you dig deeper into the very best of China. Offering a great deal of flexibility, our optional activities allow you to go beyond the highlights.

Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing
As fellow group members will be arriving throughout the day there are no planed activities until the group meeting at 6PM, followed by dinner. On arrival please check the notice board in the hotel entrance for details of the time and place of the meeting.
Day 2-4 Beijing
China’s capital is a city on a grand scale - vast expanses of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall – and a city of incredible sights, shopping, food and entertainment.The back-street hutongs, packed full of local shops and restaurants are a world away from the imperial splendors, but also part of this energetic city. On the morning of Day 2 we will take a bus out to the Great Wall of China where you'll have free time to walk along the wall. Day 3 will be open for free exploration of this amazing city after an orientation walk. On the evening of Day 4, we will board an overnight train to Xi'an (approximately 14hrs). Train is our main mode of transport in China and a great way to travel. *Please note: if you have pre-booked the China Cultural Theme Pack your CEO will inform you when you will see each show throughout your tour: Shaolin Kung Fu Show (Beijing), Acrobat Performance (Shanghai) and the Li River Light Show (Yangshuo).
Day 5-7 Xi'an
This ancient city, the capital of China for many years is home to one of The Middle Kingdom's greatest archaeological treasures – the Terracotta Warriors - and some of the best market food in the country. Spend almost two full days exploring the active Muslim Quarter and its serene Great Mosque as well as the exotic local street food stalls and the majestic Ming Dynasty City Wall. On Day 7, enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Shanghai (approx 12hrs).
Day 8-10 Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s largest and most dynamic city where new sky scrapers clash with the traditional architecture of the Bund. Arrive at noon and take a stroll along the Bund, with its spectacular array of art deco-style buildings or go across the river where you can take in the sights of Pudong - a modern financial centre - with its amazing skyscrapers. Explore the busy Yu Yuan Bazaar, the French Concession, or shop 'til you drop in China's hippest stores! There is enough to see in the impressive Shanghai Museum to spend half, if not a whole, day exploring; it houses one of the best collections of Chinese bronze and artwork. Visit the museum or take in the acrobatics. On Day 10, take an overnight train to Guilin (approximately 19hrs) and transfer to the Longji Terraces area.
Day 11-12 Longji Terraces
Transfer to the breathtakingly beautiful Longji Terraces area. After settling into the hotel and freshening up after the long transfer, opt to go for a walk through the village and onto a nearby viewpoint with sweeping views of the area. On Day 12, enjoy an included half-day trek along the hills and terraces. Stop for lunch along the way, then check out the village of Dazai before busing it back. Settle in for a sundowner overlooking the terraces and be sure to have your camera ready. This area is famous for terraced rice paddies located on the mountains and hills. Longji means "Dragon-backed Mountain," due to the appearance of scales on the mountains when the rice paddies are filled with water in the spring.
Day 13-16 Yangshuo
Discover the village life surrounding the spectacular karst hills, river scenery and green paddy fields in one of China's best known scenic spots. Take a morning bus to Guilin and transfer to a local public bus for the 1½ hour journey to the small country town of Yangshuo. The Li River and the limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in China. On Day 16, take an afternoon bus back to the Guilin train station for the overnight train to Shenzhen. After a 2-3hr border crossing, transfer to the KCR train and continue to the vibrant city of Hong Kong.
Day 17 Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most fascinating, vibrant and impressively situated cities - it boasts a unbeatable array of cultural sights, shopping, fabulous restaurants and atmosphere galore. Cross the border into Hong Kong, visit Victoria Harbour and enjoy a free afternoon to explore this exotic city.
Day 18 Hong Kong
Depart at any time.