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)
  • Song Shan hike
  • 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 (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Local train (3.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Yangshuo Try your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school and pre-book the Central Chinese Cooking Class by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 4 Yangshuo Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.
Day 5 Yangshuo/Chengdu Today, take the bullet train from Yangshuo to Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of your day free to explore Chengdu. Transport: Transport Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Day 6 Chengdu Feeling hungry? Pre-book the Evening Foodie tour by Tuk-Tuk on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 7 Chengdu Want to immerse yourself fully into the culture of Chengdu? Pre-book both the Chengdu City Culture tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 8 Chengdu/Luoyang Say goodbye to Chengdu and its Giant Pandas and travel to Luoyang. Transport: Local bus (0.50 hour(s)) Bullet train
Day 9 Luoyang Enjoy time in Luoyang located in central China’s Henan province, widely recognized as the region where Chinese civilization originated. The city was China's ancient capital and is home to many Temples, and close by the Longmen Grottoes which contain thousands of Buddhist rock carvings dating back to the 5th century.
Day 10 Luoyang/Song Shan Leave our large bags in storage and catch the public bus with an overnight pack to the Song Shan area. This beautiful Mountain area is best known as the home of the Shaolin Temple and birthplace of kung-fu. 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. Included Activities: Song Shan Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Song Shan/Beijing 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. We'll have some time upon return to Luoyang to pick our bags up from storage. Included Activities: Shaolin Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km) Bullet train (4.00 hour(s)) Metro
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. Opt to pre-book the Beijing Kung Fu Show on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. 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. Interested in a half-day guided tour to see the Terracotta Warriors? Pre-book the Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour. 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. Opt to see a show, pre-book the Shanghai Acrobatic Performance on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance. 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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