Classic Hong Kong to Xi'an Adventure

Classic, Hong Kong to Xi'an

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It’s a rare tour that can include the word “classic” in its name and have it feel like an understatement. This adventure packs a ton of pure, unfiltered China into 13 incredible days, starting with two days in bustling Hong Kong. From there, you’ll move on to scenic Yangshuo (home of the majestic limestone karsts), explore Yunnan (a showcase for China’s incredible ethnic diversity), hike the drop-dead gorgeous Tiger Leaping Gorge, meet pandas in Chengdu, and wrap it all up in Xi’an, starting point of the fabled Silk Road. If you think you'll only go to China once, take this tour. Trust us; it won’t be your last visit.

What’s included

  • Yangshuo countryside bike ride with local lunch
  • Bird and flower market visit
  • Orientation walk in Lijiang
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (2 days)
  • Panda Breeding Centre excursion
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the countryside
  • Enjoy lunch at a local family's home
  • Walk around the bird and flower market in kunming
  • Hike the tiger leaping gorge
  • Visit the panda breeding centre

Itinerary

Day 1 Hong Kong Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Hong Kong/Yangshuo Arrive to Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo. One of China's most scenic regions, 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 (China - Hong Kong) Transport: Metro (1.50 hour(s)) Local train (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Yangshuo (1L) Take a full-day bike ride through the surrounding countryside to gain insight into rural Chinese life. Enjoy lunch at a local family's home. Included Activities: Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Day 4 Yangshuo/Kunming After a free morning in Yangshuo, transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Plane (1.75 hour(s))
Day 5 Kunming/Dali Enjoy free time in Dali with optional activities like visiting the old town, taking a boat around Lake Erhai, and riding a bike to Xizhou. Choose to spend some time wandering the local markets. Included Activities: Bird and Flower Market Visit Transport: Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours, 344km)
Day 6 Dali Enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town. Opt to rent a bike to visit Lake Erhai and explore the Villages along the lake.
Day 7 Dali/Lijiang Travel by bus to Lijiang and take an orientation walk before free time to explore on your own. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 148km)
Day 8 Lijiang/Yongsheng County In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast-flowing Yangtze has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow that legend has it a tiger once escaped capture by jumping across it. This area rivals the well-known Three Gorges as the most spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River and hiking the route is surely the best way to experience the landscape. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1 Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)
Day 9 Yongsheng County/Lijiang Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. After completing the trek, drive back to Lijiang. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2 Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours)
Day 10 Lijiang Enjoy a day to discover Lijiang. Opt to explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town or visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.
Day 11 Lijiang/Chengdu Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city of almost 12 million people, which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions. One of these traditions is the Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppetry, and incredible 'changing faces' act performed as part of the opera are a feast for the eyes. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 12 Chengdu Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. Later, board an overnight train to Xi'an. Included Activities: Giant Panda Breeding Center Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-16.00 hours)
Day 13 Xi'an Trip ends on arrival at Xi'an train station at approximately 1pm. Included Activities: Departure Day
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