China on a Shoestring—Beijing to Hong Kong
Explore cosmopolitan cities, uncover ancient capitals and charming rural villages, cruise the Yangtze River, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, stand in awe on the Great Wall.
For ambitious travellers on a tight budget who are after an experience full of the very best this country has to offer, this tour showcases the scenic wonders without missing its most famous cities and sites. Walk back in time along the Great Wall then see the future in Shanghai. Our CEOs will help you dig deeper into the very best of China. Offering a great deal of flexibility, our optional activities allow you to go beyond the highlights.
- Excursion to the Great Wall. Full-day Yangtze River boat trip to Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge. Orientation walks in Shanghai and Xi'an.
- 1 lunch. (Allow USD270-360 for meals not included.)
- Simple hotels (13 nts), sleeper train (4 nts, 6-berth train)
- Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, walking
- English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Day 1 Beijing
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-4 Beijing
Visit the Great Wall of China. Options include exploring Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City or the Temple of Heaven. Overnight train to Shanghai.
Day 5-7 Shanghai
Free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city after an orientation walk. Options include a visit to the world-famous Shanghai Museum or witnessing the breathtaking Chinese acrobats. Overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 8-9 Xi'an
Orientation walk. Opt to visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors—or cycle the ancient city walls.
Day 10-12 Yichang/Three Gorges dam & Xiling Gorge (1L)
Board a day train to Yichang. Enjoy a full-day boat trip along the mighty Yangtze River to the Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge. Overnight train on Day 12.
Day 13-16 Yangshuo
Opt to cycle through the countryside of Yangshuo, experience a local cooking school, practice tai chi, or see the light and sound show on the river produced by Zhang Yimou. Overnight train on Day 16.
Day 17 Hong Kong
Cross the border into Hong Kong. Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city.
Day 18 Hong Kong
Depart at any time.
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