- Explore the best of ancient cities and modern glittery world in China
- Trek along the Great Wall of China
- Explore Xi'an's Muslim Quarter
- Stroll the historic canals of Suzhou
- Enjoy a night out and karaoke with your travel mates in Suzhou
- Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
- Hike up the holy mountain of Song Shan and visit the Shaolin Temple
- Hike in the beautiful Song Shan National Forest Park
- Experience the train rides in China
In less than 3 weeks, plan your adventure trip from Hong Kong to Shanghai via Beijing and stand face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, cycle around the ancient city walls, practice Tai Chi with locals, go for shopping in Shanghai, or sing your heart out in a karaoke session in Suzhou. A perfect gap year plan, you'll get to enjoy the ancient Chinese culture along with the glowing modernity and come closer to nature in the most brilliant way. Hike up the Great Wall of China and be mesmerized by its massivity and peep into the Giant Panda Breeding Center to say hello to the adorable ones. If you are feeling adventurous, then set out and do it all!
Day 1 - Arrival in Hong Kong
This autonomous territory located at southern tip of China which is considered to be the global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. You'll have to take a flight to Hong Kong International Airport. After arrival, you can head towards the hotel to relax after a long flight, or you can just drop your luggage and head out to explore the nearby places. Make sure to return back on time, as there will be a Welcome Meeting in the evening hosted by your coordinator.
Day 2 - Hong Kong to Yangshuo
While most of the people have the misconception that Hong Kong is in China - it's actually not! Today, you'll be crossing the border to Shenzhen in China, and then take the train to Guilin before finally transferring to scenic Yangshuo.One of the most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.
Day 3 - 5 Yangshuo
You have the next 3 days to explore this pristine location - you can relax and go slow. You can opt to go on a Guided Cycle Tour or attend the local Tai Chi Lessons. If you are a foodie and wish to try your hands at cooking authentic Chinese meals, then you can also attend the cooking classes in a traditional Chinese farmhouse in the beautiful countryside just outside Yangshuo. For those who are keen to learn how to do calligraphy can also attend classes organized by professionals. Head out to the markets, meet the locals, know about their culture and history as well their way of living. On Day 5, you'll head to Guilin and board an overnight train to Chengdu.
Day 6 - 7 Chengdu
You have 2 days in hand to explore this place, that's popular for its Giant Panda Breeding Center, and when you are there, you just can't miss visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. You'll get to see many other rare panda species here. Visit the Wenshu Monastery that was built during the Tang Dynasty rule (618-907). You can also opt for a day trip to Leshan, to see the largest Buddha in the world, from a number of viewpoints.
Day 8 - Chengdu to Luoyang
Spend the day in Chengdu and make sure you've seen it all before you catch the overnight train to Luoyang.
Day 9 - Shaolin
Travel to the holy mountain of Song Shan and visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. You'll be spending the night at a homestay, and get to know more about the locals of this region.
Day 10 - Song Shan
You can head out and hike in the beautiful Song Shan National Forest Park. Otherwise, just explore the markets or chill at your homestay.
Day 11 - Song Shan to Luoyang
It's time to head back to Luoyang. If you aren't tired, then visit the Longmen Grottoes before boarding an overnight train to Beijing.
Day 12 - 13 Beijing
It's time to explore the capital city of China and witness the Great Wall, that's considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. You can also go for exploring the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. There's a lot to see in Beijing, so you need to chalk out in your mind which all places you wish to see, and seek guidance from the coordinator who'll be happy to assist you.
Day 14 - Beijing to Xi’an
You have the entire day in Beijing, so you can head out to explore the markets and catch a Kung Fu Show! Visit the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, you'll be traveling to Xi’an. Train rides in China are just amazing, so be prepared to experience the magic!
Day 15 - Xi’an
Your coordinator will take you for an Orientation Walk through the Muslim Quarter. Later, you can explore the city on foot or cycle down the old lanes. Visit the Great Mosque, Big Goose Pagoda, etc and then fill your tummy at the Defachang Dumpling Banquet.
Day 16 - Xi’an to Suzhou
Enjoy your day at Xi'an. Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. Tonight, you'll be heading towards Suzhou.
Day 17 - Suzhou
Known as the 'Venice of the East', this place will surely leave you mesmerized. Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, head out for a karaoke session in a private room for the group and party hard with you fellow travelers - this is sure to be a memorable night!
Day 18 - Suzhou to Shanghai
And then, you arrive at the final destination - one of the finest cities in the world! Go for an Orientation walk along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with your coordinator. Later, you can explore the city on your own. Don't miss out shopping at the famous Nanjing Road - it's a must! Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Oriental Pearl Tower as well.
Day 19 - Departure from Shanghai
The fun-filled trip comes to an end, and it's time for you to bid goodbye to everyone and fly back home or towards the next destination. You can seek help from the coordinator in case you need airport drop.
Dates & Cost
- Big Night Out in Suzhou with Private Karaoke Session
- Excursion to the Great Wall in Beijing
- Orientation walks in Xi'an and Shanghai
- Shaolin Temple Visit
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation - Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (11 nights), guesthouse (2 nights), overnight trains (5 nights)
- International Airfare
- Visa Fee
- Any personal expenses
- Return Airport Drop
Accommodation - Hotels (12 nts), hostels (standard twin/single) (2 nts), guesthouse (standard twin/single) (2 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts).
A variety of styles of hostels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.
Meals Included - No meals included
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.