Slutdestination: Hong Kong
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 both on two wheels and on foot. Study curious limestome karst formations in Yangshuo. Navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that downtime is rightly earned.
Train, local bus, plane, bicycle, walking.
Hotels (8 nts), simple guesthouses (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
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
Entrance to the Great Wall and trek (Beijing). Entrance and guided tour of the Forbidden City. Beijing hutong bicycle tour. Biking along the ancient city wall (Xi'an). 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.
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing at any time.
Day 2 Beijing
Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Included is a bicycle tour through the historic Beijing hutongs.
Day 3 Beijing/Gubeikou (1D)
Leave Beijing behind and transfer out to the Great Wall of China for two days of hiking.
Day 4 Beijing (1B)
Continue to trek along the Great Wall.
Day 5 Song Shan
Travel by train and arrive late in the morning. Visit UNESCO World Cultural & Natural Heritage site, Shaolin Temple, home of Kung Fu.
Day 7 Song Shan/Xi'an
Opt to visit to Longmen Grottoes. Return to Luoyang and travel to Xi'an by train.
Day 8 Xi'an
Explore China's former capital and terminus of the Silk Road. Cycle the ancient city walls and discover the Muslim Quarter.
Day 10 Yangshuo
Take an orientation walk around Yangshuo. Opt to check out a local cooking school, practice tai chi, or see a light and sound show.
Day 11 Yangshuo (1L)
Cycle over the flat(ish) landscape past rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo. Marvel at the limestone karsts and hear the legends of how they came to be.
Day 12 Yangshuo/Longji
Enjoy village to village trekking along rice terraces.
Day 13 Longji
Continue trekking along rice terraces.
Day 14 Longji/Hong Kong
Depart the village and take a fast train to Hong Kong.
Day 15 Hong Kong
Depart at any time.
Day 9 Xi'an/Yangshuo
Fly to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo.
Day 6 Song Shan
Spend the day at Song Shan and enjoy a hike in San Dengfeng Village.