China: Cafés & Karst Mountains

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Hong Kong to Hong Kong

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Ancient villages or bustling metropolises, what will you see while touring China? We made sure this 24-day tour includes both (and then some), so you won’t have to choose. Monumental sights like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and an army of Terracotta Warriors can make China seem intimidating — but with an expert CEO (Chief Experience Officer) leading the way, we’ll wipe away those worries and leave you free to enjoy the ride. And between the panda breeding centre, bamboo rafting, beaches, historic sites, tai chi, and lively nightlife, it’s not a ride you’ll want to miss.

What’s included

  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo Your Big Night Out Moment: Private Karaoke Session, Xi'an Your Discover Moment: Beijing Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Shaolin Temple Visit
  • Wuyishan entrance ticket, including hiking
  • Orientation walks in Xi'an, Shanghai, Hongkeng Village, and Xiamen
  • Karaoke session and one drink in Xi'an
  • Tour of a traditional tulou
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore scenic yangshuo
  • Taste the spicy food chengdu is known for
  • Visit the great wall
  • Spend the night in a traditional hakka roundhouse
  • Wander the mystical shaolin monastery and temple
  • Explore the ancient city of xi'an and sing your heart out during a private karaoke session

Itinerary

Hong Kong Arrive at any time. For your first night out, head down to Kowloon and experience the spectacular light show at Victoria Harbour. Get to know your fellow travellers and snap that iconic photo with the neon city backdrop. Afterward, opt for a traditional Cantonese dinner in a local restaurant and share stories over some Dim Sum.
Hong Kong/Yangshuo Board a bullet train and enjoy the scenic ride to Guilin, then transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo. The Li River and limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in the region, and a backpacker haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.
Yangshuo Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, visit a women-run Community Restaurant, take a cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.
Yangshuo Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.
Yangshuo/Chengdu Transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin and then catch the bullet train to Chengdu where you'll stay the night.
Chengdu Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Opt to take a day trip to Leshan, a foodie tour, or visit the Wenshu Monastery.
Chengdu/Xi'an Opt to see the Giant Pandas or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu before taking the high-speed train to Xi'an in the late afternoon.
Xi'an Embark on an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the local people. For your big night out, head to a karaoke bar and sing your heart out!
Xi'an/Luoyang Take a morning train from Xi'an to Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes in the afternoon.
Luoyang/Song Shan Catch the public bus with an overnight pack to Song Shan, a beautiful Mountain area best known as the home of the Shaolin Temple and birthplace of kung-fu. 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. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area.
Song Shan/Beijing Visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Transfer by private vehicle to Luoyang then board the bullet train to Beijing.
Beijing Enjoy free time in China's booming capital city. Opt to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Beijing Opt to visit the famous Great Wall with free time today.
Beijing Continue to explore Beijing and all it has to offer.
Beijing/Shanghai Hop on a morning bullet train to Shanghai. After you get settled, head out to explore this bustling hub with some free time.
Shanghai Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, or catch the famed Shanghai acrobats in performance this evening.
Shanghai/Wuyishan Enjoy free time to explore, opt to join the CEO for a walk through the Bund. Board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province.
Wuyishan Explore the area with an included entrance ticket to the reserve. Go hiking and opt to go bamboo rafting.
Wuyishan/Xiamen Board a fast train to Xiamen. Enjoy an orientation walk around colonial Xiamen on the coast, then opt to visit the cafés and beaches of Gulangyu Island and check out the night markets. Be sure to indulge in the lively nightlife of this university town.
Xiamen/Hongkeng Village Transfer to Yongding County. Overnight in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living.
Hongkeng Village Enjoy an orientation tour around the village, then experience day-to-day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture.
Hongkeng Village/Xiamen Leave the beautiful Hongkeng Village behind and head back to Xiamen.
Xiamen/Hong Kong Hop on the bullet train and get ready to cross the border into Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Depart at any time.
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