Hong Kong to Shanghai on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Hong Kong to Shanghai

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China is a great example of a country with equally modern and historic relevance, and with this 19-day tour you’ll learn why. By crossing the country via train you’ll not only be able to visit a bunch of different cities (and Hong Kong!) in just under three weeks, but you’ll also get to see the diverse landscapes that make up the world’s most populous country. Stand face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, practice Tai Chi with locals, go shopping in Shanghai, or sing your heart out in a karaoke session. If you’re feeling adventurous, do it all.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo Your Discover Moment: Beijing Your Big Night Out Moment: Private Karaoke Session, Suzhou
  • Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
  • Shanghai and Xi'an orientation walks
  • Private Karaoke Session (Suzhou)
  • Shaolin Temple Visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Meet some furry friends at the giant panda breeding centre
  • Visit the shaolin temple
  • Explore the great wall
  • Belt out your favourite tunes during a private karaoke session
  • Go shopping in shanghai
  • Take in the scenery in yangshuo
  • Spend the night in a local guesthouse in song shan

Itinerary

Day 1 Hong Kong There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Hong Kong/Yangshuo Arrive in Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo, nestled among the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River. One of the most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés. 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 the region. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Hong Kong - China) Transport: Metro (1.50 hour(s)) Local train (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Yangshuo Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.
Day 4 Yangshuo Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.
Day 5 Yangshuo/Chengdu Transfer to Liuzhou and board an overnight train to Chengdu. Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s)) Overnight train (beds) (16.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Chengdu Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.
Day 7 Chengdu Opt for a day trip to Leshan to see the giant Buddha or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.
Day 8 Chengdu/Luoyang Opt to see the famous pandas up close at the Giant Panda Breeding Center before boarding an overnight train to Luoyang. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (16.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Shaolin Transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Spend the night in a local guesthouse. Included Activities: Shaolin Temple Visit Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Song Shan Enjoy free day to explore the area around Mount Song.
Day 11 Song Shan/Beijing Transfer to Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes before boarding an overnight train to Beijing. Transport: Local bus Basic overnight train (beds) (10.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Beijing Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 13 Beijing The Chinese capital, Beijing, is one of the world's most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend a day at the Great Wall, a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from the northern barbarians. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Day 14 Beijing/Xi'an Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an. Additional Notes: Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-15.00 hours)
Day 15 Xi'an Opt to tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls, and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning. Opt to take a day trip to the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town (approximately 1 hr). Included Activities: Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
Day 16 Xi'an/Suzhou Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-16.00 hours)
Day 17 Suzhou Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group; this is sure to be a memorable night! Included Activities: Private Karaoke Session
Day 18 Suzhou/Shanghai Shanghai is the most modern of Chinese cities. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road or stroll along the Bund district with its many riverside historical buildings. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 19 Shanghai Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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