Wild China

Classic, Beijing to Hong Kong

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Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balances China’s highlights with a look at its wild side, this three-week tour gives you the classics before taking you further afield to the hidden gems. Best of all, you get the free time you need to explore at your own pace. Whether wandering mountain monasteries or cycling through the region’s watercolour scenery, this tour will take you down the road less travelled.

What’s included

  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • Xi'an orientation walk
  • Terracotta Warriors excursion
  • Panda Breeding Center visit (Chengdu)
  • Emei Shan hike
  • Lijiang UNESCO World Heritage site orientation walk
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge trek
  • Dali orientation walk
  • Kunming city tour
  • Li River cruise (Yangshuo)
  • Internal flights
  • Border crossing support
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Meet the terracotta warriors
  • Sleep overnight in a monastery
  • Hike emei shan and tiger leaping gorge
  • Marvel at the li river countryside near yangshuo
  • Bask in the glamour of hong kong

Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Beijing Travel out of Beijing to explore the Great Wall at Mutianyu, an incredible piece of engineering stretching almost 3000km westwards from mountain ridges north of Beijing. Spend the day exploring the wall, taking photos, and chatting up souvenir hawkers. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Day 3 Beijing/Xi'an Enjoy an included visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Use your free afternoon to shop in the various markets scattered throughout the city. Take tours of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's old city or the Summer Palace, or visit a Tibetan Monastery. In the evening, board an overnight train to Xi’an. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-15.00 hours)
Day 4 Xi'an Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land. With some free time, opt to visit the Bell and Drum Towers and the vibrant Muslim Quarter with its lively market and Great Mosque. In the evening, opt for a feast at a local dumpling banquet. Central Xi'an is still enclosed by Ming Dynasty walls, which are a great place to view the city. An excellent option is to rent a bicycle and ride around the city on the top of the walls. Visit one of the parks or squares and watch the locals ballroom dance or practice tai chi in the morning. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Day 5 Xi'an Visit the Terracotta Warriors, located a short drive out of town. The army of warriors was discovered in 1974, having been buried for more than 2000 years. Learn all about this once-buried treasure. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Visit Transport: Take an excursion to the Terracotta Warriors and back by private vehicle. Private Vehicle
Day 6 Xi'an/Emei Shan Spend the day exploring Xi'an before catching an overnight train to Emei Shan. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (19.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Emei Shan Continue on to Emei Shan and check into the monastery. This accommodation is very basic, but the experience and the views are breathtaking. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 8 Emei Shan Lace up your hiking boots for treks around Emei Shan. Opt to take the cable car or public bus' to explore the area. Included Activities: Mount Emei (Shan) Visit
Day 9 Emei Shan/Chengdu En route to Chengdu, stop for an optional visit to the world's largest outdoor sitting Buddha in Leshan. 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: Private transfer to Leshan with an optional to visit the Giant Buddha. Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Catch express train from Leshan to Chengdu. Local train (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Chengdu/Lijiang Take a flight to Lijiang. Spend time in Lijiang getting lost in the small pedestrian lanes that meander throughout the town. Every twist and turn reveals picturesque old buildings, local arts and crafts, fast flowing canals, and beautiful arched bridges. Included Activities: Giant Panda Breeding Center Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Lijiang Opt to spend an afternoon resting in a pavilion in the Black Dragon Pool Park, gazing at the reflection of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain or listening to local Naxi music.
Day 12 Lijiang/Hetaoyuan 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 definitely rivals the well-known Three Gorges as the most spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River. Hiking the route is surely the best way to experience the landscape. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1 Transport: First-class bus (3.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Hetaoyuan/Lijiang Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. Typically, return to Lijiang at the end of the second day's trek. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2
Day 14 Lijiang/Dali The town is small enough to explore on foot, but a bicycle or bus ride can take you to see smaller Bai villages, or to visit the colourful markets where women in traditional dress sell their handicrafts. Transport: Grab a taxi to the bus station before boarding the express bus to Dali. From there, take a 10-min cart ride into the ancient walled town. First-class bus (3.50 hour(s))
Day 15 Dali Enjoy a free day to explore markets, scenery, and temples.
Day 16 Dali/Kunming Travel by bus to Kunming and explore the Green Lake and local markets on an included city tour. Included Activities: City Tour with Local Flower and Bird Market Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Continue on by express bus to Kunming. First-class bus (5.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Kunming/Yangshuo Often remembered as a highlight on a trip to China, Yangshuo has some of the country’s most spectacular scenery along with a vibrant countryside and relaxed atmosphere. Hop on a bicycle and head off the beaten track for a ride into the countryside. It's like cycling through a traditional Chinese painting. Mountains, rivers, bamboo, rice paddies, water buffalo — there’s something new to see at every turn. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 18 Yangshuo (1L) Enjoy an included river cruise on the Li River. Embark from Fuli town, taking in views of the mountainous landscape as you cruise down this scenic river. Included Activities: Li River Cruise
Day 19 Yangshuo Enjoy free time to continue exploring Yangshuo.
Day 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong Arrival to Shenzhen and cross the border by foot. Catch the metro into the heart of Hong Kong. Prepare for the extreme change of pace and enjoy a last night in the most dynamic city in Asia. With extra time here, explore Stanley Park, shop and eat in one of the many night markets, visit Victoria Peak or take a harbour cruise for incredible views. Included Activities: Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Local train (3.50 hour(s)) Metro (1.50 hour(s))
Day 21 Hong Kong Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
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