China Active Adventure

Active, Beijing to Hong Kong

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Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Get a full dose of this land’s truly incredible history, culture, and geography using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields. Tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi’an on two wheels and on foot. Study curious limestone karst formations in Yangshuo. Navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that downtime is rightly earned.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo
  • Great Wall trek (2 days)
  • Guided tour of the Forbidden City
  • Beijing hutong walking tour
  • Bike the ancient Xi'an city walls
  • Shaolin Monastery visit
  • Yangshuo cycling
  • Longsheng village-to-village trekking
  • Yangshuo and Hong Kong orientation walks
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore beijing's forbidden city and hutongs
  • Walk the great wall
  • Trek through rice terraces
  • Cycle old city walls and rural villages
  • Watch kung fu monks

Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrive in Beijing at any time. Additional Notes: Peak season notice: Golden Week falls between October 1st and 7th, 2019/2020/2021. Please note that Golden Week is a semi-annual 7-day or 8-day national holiday for the people of China. This is a very busy time of the year for domestic tourists, so expect some crowding at major attractions. We recommend booking these dates well in advance as accommodations and transportation availability is extremely limited. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group
Day 2 Beijing/Gubeikou (1D) Leave Beijing behind for now as you transfer to Gubeikou and prepare a day of hiking. Stay overnight in a local farmhouse and interact with rural farmers over a traditional Chinese meal at a homestay. Additional Notes: The homes along the Great Wall have simple but good bathing and shower facilities. Each family can host 4-6 travellers, so our group may be split among 2 or 3 different homes. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek: Gubeikou Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Gubeikou/Beijing (1B) Wake up and begin to tackle a second day of walking along the Jinshanling Great Wall. Hike along its rolling terrain and spot the 67 watchtowers along the way. The sparse crowds and incredible surrounding sights are bound to make for a great day of hiking. After, rest your feet on the drive back to Beijing. Additional Notes: Please note that due to restoration and maintenance of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, portions of the trek may be altered. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek: Jinshanling Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 4 Beijing Discover the fascinating history of the Forbidden City on a guided tour, then join the throngs of locals to explore the city's ancient hutongs. Tonight, jump on the overnight train to Luoyang. Included Activities: Forbidden City Tour Hutong Walk Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (11.00 hour(s))
Day 5 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 6 Luoyang Explore the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace 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. Included Activities: Shaolin Temple Visit Song Shan Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Luoyang/Xi'an Travel by train to Xi'an and enjoy an orientation walk of the Muslim Quarter. Included Activities: Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk Transport: Bullet train Metro (0.75-0.80 hours)
Day 8 Xi'an Enjoy an included visit to one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. Cycle the ancient city walls and discover the Muslim Quarter. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour Cycling Xi'an City Walls
Day 9 Xi'an/Yangshuo Departing from Xi'an, take a flight to Guilin and transfer to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains. Take an orientation walk of Yangshuo. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (1.75-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 10 Yangshuo Experience some of Yangshuo's famous nightlife or see the Liu San Jie, a 500 person show by Oscar winning director, Zhang Yi Mou -- he also directed the Beijing Olympic Ceremony. 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 11 Yangshuo (1L) En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch with options like the local beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine. Included Activities: Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
Day 12 Yangshuo/Longji Longji is famous for its centuries old rice terraces, often referred to as the Dragon's Backbone, built along forested mountain slopes that seem to poke into the clouds. Check out the unique wooden architecture of the local Zhuang and Yao people. Included Activities: Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 13 Longji Located 300-1000m above sea level, and nestled amongst the mountains, enjoy a hike on land cultivated over generations, stemming from the Yuan dynasty. Soak in the beautiful views and experience the harmony between humanity and nature. Included Activities: Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 2
Day 14 Longji/Hong Kong Arrive in Hong Kong in the afternoon. Take an orientation walk around the hotel, then explore the city. Opt to walk to the harbour front and take in the astonishing city lights. Included Activities: Hong Kong Orientation Walk Transport: Bullet train
Day 15 Hong Kong Depart at any time. Additional Notes: You may wish to arrange extra nights' accommodation in this exciting city.
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