Day 1 Beijing Arrive in Beijing at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Beijing Discover the fascinating history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then join the throngs of locals to explore the city's ancient hutongs.
Forbidden City Tour
Day 3 Beijing/Gubeikou (1D) Leave Beijing behind and head out into the countryside for a trek along the Great Wall. Begin the trek from Mutianyu, heading for the village of Gubeikou. At night, interact with rural farmers over a traditional Chinese meal at a homestay.
The homes along the Great Wall have simple but good bathing and shower facilities. Each family can host 4-6 travellers, so our group may be split among 2 or 3 different homes.
Great Wall Trek
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 75km)
Day 4 Beijing (1B) Continue trekking along the Great Wall. Start from Gubeikou and head towards the Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall. The Wall is less crowded at this point and the scenery is spectacular along the way. From Jinshanling, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang.
Please note that due to restoration and maintenance of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, portions of the trek may be altered.
Great Wall Trek
Basic overnight train (beds) (11.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Song Shan In the morning, arrive by train to Luoyang. From Luoyang, transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and spend the night.
Explore the Shaolin Temple, birth place of China Zen Buddhism and UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 495 AD, martial arts have been practiced here for 1500 years as a way to practice Zen Buddhism.
Shaolin Temple Visit
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km)
Day 6 Song Shan Known as one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Recognized as an International Geological Park due to its unique landscape, its peaks can reach up to 1512 meters above sea level. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area.
Song Shan Hike
Day 7 Song Shan/Xi'an In the morning, opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes represents some of China's best Buddhist art. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings display thousands of images of Buddha and his disciples.
From Longmen, take a high speed train to Xi'an (arriving in the evening), and transfer to the hotel.
Train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Xi'an Xi'an is one of many cities that was once capital of the great Chinese empire. Gather for an orientation walk exploring the inner city, which is surrounded by 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls. Weather permitting, visit these walls by bike during our time in Xi'an.
In the evening, explore the Muslim Quarter, with its Great Mosque, multicultural feel, shopping lanes, and street food stalls selling a large variety of food, including naan, kebabs, and lots of sweets.
Cycling Xi'an City Walls
Day 9 Xi'an/Yangshuo Enjoy some free time wandering the city or visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors.
Departing from Xi'an, take a flight to Guilin and transfer to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains.
Plane (1.75-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 10 Yangshuo In the morning, enjoy an orientation walk of Yangshuo. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Opt to take a boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way.
Enjoy a leisurely evening. Experience some of Yangshuo's famous nightlife or see the Liu San Jie, a 500 person show by Oscar winning director, Zhang Yi Mou -- he also directed the Beijing Olympic Ceremony.
Day 11 Yangshuo (1L) Cycle out over the mostly flat fields to get more of a feel for the region. Ride past rice paddies with water buffalo and stare up at towering limestone karsts. En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch with options like the local beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine.
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Day 12 Yangshuo/Longji Longji is famous for its centuries old rice terraces, often referred to as the Dragon's Backbone, built along forested mountain slopes that seem to poke into the clouds. Check out the unique wooden architecture of the local Zhuang and Yao people.
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 1
Drive from Yangshuo to Guilin
Local bus (1.00-1.50 hours, 75km)
Take a local bus out into the countryside to the rural village of Longji.
Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 200km)
Day 13 Longji Located 300-1000m above sea level, and nestled amongst the mountains, enjoy a hike on land cultivated over generations, stemming from the Yuan dynasty. Soak in the beautiful views and experience the harmony between humanity and nature.
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 2
Day 14 Longji/Hong Kong Arrive in Hong Kong in the afternoon. Take an orientation walk around the hotel, then explore the city. Opt to walk to the harbour front and take in the astonishing city lights.
Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 3
Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Day 15 Hong Kong Depart at any time.
You may wish to arrange extra nights' accommodation in this exciting city.