Day 1: Hong Kong
Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2: Hong Kong/Yangshuo
Cross the border to Shenzhen and board a train to Guilin before transferring to scenic Yangshuo.
Arrive in Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo, nestled among the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River. One of the most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.
The Li River and the limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in the region.
Day 3: Yangshuo
Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, visit a women-run Community Restaurant, take a cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.
Day 4: Yangshuo
Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.
Day 5: Yangshuo/Chengdu
Transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin and then catch the bullet train to Chengdu where you'll stay the night.
Day 6: Chengdu
Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Opt to take a day trip to Leshan, a foodie tour, or visit the Wenshu Monastery.
Feeling hungry? Pre-book the Evening Foodie tour by Tuk-Tuk on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 7: Chengdu/Xi'an
Opt to see the Giant Pandas or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu before taking the high-speed train to Xi'an in the late afternoon.
Day 8: Xi'an
Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the locals.
Day 9: Xi'an/Luoyang
Take a morning train from Xi'an to Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes in the afternoon.
Day 10: Luoyang/Song Shan
Travel to the holy mountain of Song Shan and enjoy a hike in the surrounding countryside.
Leave our large bags in storage and catch the public bus with an overnight pack to the Song Shan area. This beautiful Mountain area is best known as the home of the Shaolin Temple and birthplace of kung-fu.
Known as one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Recognized as an International Geological Park due to its unique landscape, its peaks can reach up to 1512 meters above sea level. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area.
Day 11: Song Shan/Beijing
Visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Transfer by private vehicle to Luoyang then board the bullet train to Beijing.
Explore the Shaolin Temple, birth place 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.
We'll have some time upon return to Luoyang to pick our bags up from storage.
Day 12: Beijing
Enjoy free time in China's booming capital city. Opt to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Day 13: Beijing
Opt to visit the famous Great Wall with free time today.
Day 14: Beijing
Continue to explore Beijing and all it has to offer.
Day 15: Beijing/Shanghai
Hop on a morning bullet train to Shanghai. After you get settled, head out to explore this bustling hub with some free time.
Day 16: Shanghai
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, or catch the famed Shanghai acrobats in performance this evening.
Day 17: Shanghai/Wuyishan
Enjoy free time to explore, opt to join the CEO for a walk through the Bund. Board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province.
Day 18: Wuyishan
Explore the area with an included entrance ticket to the reserve. Go hiking and opt to go bamboo rafting.
Day 19: Wuyishan/Xiamen
Board a fast train to Xiamen. Enjoy an orientation walk around colonial Xiamen on the coast, then opt to visit the cafés and beaches of Gulangyu Island and check out the night markets. Be sure to indulge in the lively nightlife of this university town.
Xiamen is a modern city with a little something for everyone from night markets to beautiful sculptures lit-up at night to peaceful parks.
Day 20: Xiamen/Hongkeng Village
Transfer to Yongding County. Overnight in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living.
Day 21: Hongkeng Village
Enjoy an orientation tour around the village, then experience day-to-day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture.
Day 22: Hongkeng Village/Xiamen
Leave the beautiful Hongkeng Village behind and head back to Xiamen.
Day 23: Xiamen/Hong Kong
Hop on the bullet train and get ready to cross the border into Hong Kong.
Day 24: Hong Kong
Depart at any time.