Classic Hong Kong to Beijing Adventure

Classic, Hong Kong to Beijing

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

There may be two sides to every coin, but there sure are a heck of a lot more to China. This staggering adventure gets you to as many of those sides as we can possibly fit into 20 days (wow!). Bright-lights-big-city Hong Kong? Check. Terracotta warrior staring contest? Check. Giant panda ogling? Remote village cycling? Mountain monasteries and Forbidden City? Oh yes and so much more. Don't just get to China; get inside what makes it drive the 21st century, starting right here, right now.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Jia Community Restaurant, Yangshuo Your Hands-On Moment: Traditional Paper-Cut Class, Pingyao
  • Li River boat ride
  • Orientation walk in Lijiang and Dali
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek (2 days)
  • Panda Breeding Centre visit
  • Calligraphy class
  • Forbidden City visit and Great Wall Mutianyu excursion
  • Hanging Temple visit
  • Yungang Grottoes visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit the panda breeding centre
  • Enjoy a calligraphy lesson
  • Float along the li river
  • See thousands of buddhas at the yungang grottoes
  • Explore the forbidden city and the great wall

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. Transport: Bullet train (4.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Yangshuo (1L) Float along a tributary of the stunning Li River on a local boat. After, enjoy a traditional lunch at a G Adventures supported restaurant where rural women are working to create new opportunities for their families. Included Activities: Xing Ping Li River Bamboo Raft Jia Community Restaurant Transport: Ferry (0.50-1.00 hours)
Day 4 Yangshuo Full free day in Yangshuo. Opt to go biking or take a cooking class.
Day 5 Yangshuo/Lijiang Catch a flight to Lijiang and take an orientation walk through the old town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Plane (1.00-2.00 hours) Local bus (0.50-1.00 hours)
Day 6 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: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours)
Day 7 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: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours)
Day 8 Lijiang Enjoy a day to discover Lijiang. Opt to explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town or visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.
Day 9 Lijiang/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. Transport: Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)
Day 10 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 11 Dali/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. 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. Transport: Plane (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 12 Chengdu/Xi'an Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. Board a bullet train to Xi'an. Included Activities: Giant Panda Breeding Center Transport: Bullet train (3.50-4.00 hours)
Day 13 Xi'an Full day to see Xi'an. Additional Notes: Xi'an (translating to Peace in the West) was once the east end of the Silk Road and home to 13 emperors. From The Great Mosque to the Terracotta Warriors, this city is a must-see!
Day 14 Xi'an/Pingyao Board a morning fast train to the ancient city of Pingyao. On arrival, get hands-on with a paper cutting class. Included Activities: Traditional Paper-Cut Class Transport: Metro Local train (3.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 15 Pingyao/Datong Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city. Transport: Local train (6.50-8.00 hours)
Day 16 Datong/Datong The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. Further afield are the Yungang Grottoes; there are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining. Enjoy a guided visit to the grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China. Opt to check out Datong's six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas". Included Activities: Hanging Temple Visit Yungang Grottoes Visit
Day 17 Datong/Beijing Take a final morning to explore Datong. Later, board a local train to Beijing and arrive in the evening. Transport: Local train (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 18 Beijing Enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City then take the rest of the day to explore on your own. Included Activities: Forbidden City Tour
Day 19 Beijing Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs. Opt to pre-book the Beijing Kung Fu Show and/or the Beijing Acrobatics Performance 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 Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle
Day 20 Beijing Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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