Unforgettable adventure around China.Travel up to Victoria Peak and enjoy a view of Hong Kong from above, try to cook up some traditional Chinese foods, cruise down the Yulong River on these Chinese style Gondolas – Bamboo Rafts, see the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center
All about the 16 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong
An exceptional tour from Hong Kong to Hong Kong.
This is the Western 'half' of big China tour. Travel through fascinating destinations in the more rural parts of this country, including Yangshuo, Chengdu, Xi'an and Shaolin, up to Beijing for camping under the stars on the Great Wall (and more!). Whizz on the world’s longest bullet train route, marvel magical landscape of Guilin, see the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center, Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, Mandarin lessons and a tour of mighty Beijing.
The best way to see China!
16 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong Itinerary - 16 days
Meet your group and first Adventure Leader in the Hostel Reception of Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay
Travel up to Victoria Peak and enjoy a view of Hong Kong from above
Pre-departure briefing on top of Victoria Peak
Depart from the Yes Inn to cross the border and board your train to Guilin. This is the last time and chance to meet your group if you’ve missed the 7am departure.
Board your 3-hour bullet train to Guilin
Arrive in Guilin. You have the choice to have dinner at this point or enjoy a meal in Yangshuo two hours from now.
Check-in (time may vary depending on whether the group decides to have dinner in Guilin, or Yangshuo)
Day 2 to 5
Try your hand at cooking up some traditional Chinese foods at this friendly and practical local cuisine institute
Unmissable Activity: Cruise down the Yulong River on these Chinese style Gondolas – Bamboo Rafts! Bikes included to ride around! (please make sure you wear a helmet at all times when you are riding your bike!)
Optional: Cormorant Fishing
Optional: Bike Ride to Moon Hill and a cave complex including mudbaths and hot springs
Optional: Enjoy Deep Water soloing or Rock- Climbing, both highly recommended!
Optional: Experience Chinese traditional therapies such as Hot Cupping
Optional: Enjoy kayaking on the Li River (must be back by 13.00!)
Optional: A true treat, experience what life is like on a farm by visiting your Adventure Leader’s home village
Board minibus to North Bus Station and then board your bus to Guilin
Say goodbye to your second Adventure Leader and board train to Chengdu
Day 6 to 8
Arrive in Chengdu and meet your next Adventure Leader, before transferring by metro to your hostel
Optional: Massage from blind Masseuse
Mandarin Lesson 1: Have a Mandarin Lesson with your Adventure Leader
Unmissable Activity: Gather up to go see the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center.
Optional: Watch a traditional Sichuan opera performance
Optional: Leave to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha.
Optional: Wander Jinli street and the Tibetan districts independently. (Chengdu is right next to Tibet, or Xizang in Mandarin, so there is a large ethnic community here)
Optional: Sample the famous Sichuan Hot Pot if you dare!(Legendary Spice!)
Have a night out in Chengdu
Optional: Visit Wenshu Monastery, Sichuan Province Museum, People’s Park and a traditional Tea House
Take bus or metro to Chengdu North Railway Station
Say goodbye to your Adventure Leader and board your train to Xian
Day 9 and 10
Arrive in Xi’an and meet your next Adventure Leader
Check-in to your hostel
Optional: Explore the Bell Drum Towers, Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque to learn about the history of the Silk Road, towers, mosque and some local legends.
Enjoy a dinner of local street foods at the Muslim Quarter. Relax after dinner by visiting the local Silk Road market nearby.
Optional: Volunteer at a the Star Sun Home
Un-missable Attraction – Terracotta Warriors – Free
Optional: Bike Ride on Ming Dynasty City Walls. Please make sure you wear a helmet!
Day 11 and 12
Board a private minivan than a bus to DengFeng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple
Arrive in DengFeng
Optional: Kungfu Lesson & Show at a local Children’s Home run by the Shaolin Temple where the monks teach these children to be Kungfu masters. All proceeds go directly to the Children’s Home.
Dinner in the Guesthouse
Mandarin lesson: Have your second Mandarin lesson
Optional: Visit the flagship of Kung Fu, The Shaolin Temple
Optional: Hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims, and be rewarded by beautiful views of both the shrines/temples in the area and the views of the area
Have a late lunch at the guesthouse then pack and check out
Depart to Zhengzhou to board your train to Beijing
Arrive at the train station and have some food before your train leaves
Day 13 to 16
Arrive Beijing and meet your next Adventure Leader. Transfer by minibus to hostel. You won’t be staying the night here, so you won’t be able to get into rooms, but can use the shower rooms, and common areas to relax before heading to the Wall in the afternoon
Mandarin lesson: Have your 3rd Mandarin Lesson
It’s time for the Mandarin Challenge! Use your freshly learned Mandarin to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways. The winning team earns a prize.
Mandatory meal at a local farm to obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall
Unmissable Attraction – Hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section of the wall to watch the sunset on one of the Wonders of the World (Please note, due to cold weather before end of April and after September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping, but still return to the Wall to watch sunrise in the morning)
Unmissable Attraction – Sunrise on the Wall
Return to Beijing
Optional: Visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium designed by one of the most controversial figures in modern China
Optional: A stunning Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents recruited from around China
Enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times, taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck
Optional: Take a walk through the globally recognized, Tiananmen Square
Optional: Visit the Forbidden City. The largest palatial complex in the world, the grounds boast 980 buildings and a history of housing 24 different Chinese royalty
Optional: Go to Jingshan park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
Test your bargaining skills in the Fake Goods Market!
Push your taste buds to the limit at the WangFuJing night market where you can sample most foods you’ve never tried, like scorpion, dog, cat, bugs and more
Optional: Go to the Temple of Heaven, the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world and where ancient sacrifices were made to bring bountiful harvests
Set off to the train station for your train back to Hong Kong
Arrive in Shenzhen and cross the border into Hong Kong to finish up your trip!
|Tour code: 16DTCH|
Double or twin occupancy
Mar 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
Apr 2, 4, 11, 16, 23
May 2, 9, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
Jun 4, 6, 11, 20, 27
Jul 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23, 25
Aug 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sep 3, 5, 12, 17, 19, 26
Oct 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 24, 31
Additional dates from March 2019 to be advised.
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Accommodation is not provided the night before Day 1 of your trip or for the night of the last day of your trip
Flights to and from China
Aside from the many free un-missable activities The Dragon Trip offers you, we also offer some extra
activities which are great value for money, safe and fun.
Food and Drink – Eating and drinking are incredibly cheap in China, but even so, the Dragon Trip still gives you access to a great range of discounts on food and drinks in the liveliest bars in town.
Any train/bus tickets for journeys made after the trip- we provide a booking service at a cost of 30 RMB per ticket booked, on top of the price of the ticket.
Any hostels for after your trip has ended- we recommend that you use Hostel World for booking hostels. We can book hostels for you, however, we will charge a service fee of 150 RMB.
A pre-departure briefing is in the lobby of Yes Inn in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay at 7 am on the first day of the trip. The address is 2nd Floor, Nan Yip Building, 472 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay.
Bring your luggage with you as you can leave it in Yes Inn whilst you hike.
Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you to the meeting. In the event of an accident, we may need to contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone number and your policy number.
Visas: A visa is required for China, so once you’ve made your booking with us, we will send you detailed
instructions on applying for your visa, a visa invitation letter and a detailed itinerary, and a number
of other items in your booking packet. You will need at least six months validity on your passport to get your visa. If this means getting a
new passport then we will need to have a copy of your most recent passport as well as the one you booked with. You will need to follow the instructions of your countries embassy on applying for your visa and we suggest allowing two weeks for this to be processed. You should apply for your visa within three months of your travel start date. For more information, prior to booking, you can check the China Visa Application Service Center or the website of your local Chinese consulate. You can also find information regarding visas for Macau and Hong Kong here.
Travel insurance: We require all our customers to have backpackers travel insurance when coming on the trip.
Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you. In the event of an accident, we may
need contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name
and phone number and your policy number.
Accommodation: All of the hostels are clean, air-conditioned or have fans, are safe, have good showers, internet, washing machines and most importantly, have real Chinese character. People who stay at hostels are usually young people aged 18 to 35 who are traveling on a smaller budget than people staying
at hotels. So it is easy to make friends and fun to hang out at the bar (all the hostels we stay at have cool bars and lounging areas to hang out). If you would like to stay in a private room though, that is absolutely possible as well as we have room upgrades available at the time of purchase.
Upgrade to a private room: Yes! If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. Just email us at least three
weeks prior to departure to let us know you’d like to upgrade. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person- i.e. if you are a couple upgrading, then you split this price between the two of you. Room upgrades include single, double and twin rooms: For this 15 days tour= $350
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