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 18 Day China Dragon Trip Shanghai to Shanghai
Get off the beaten track on this 18 day China trip starting and finishing in Shanghai. Your mind will have been blown by the culture you have been immersed in, the food you have tasted sights and people you will have met on this China adventure.
Starting in Shanghai you will travel to Yangshuo for mud baths, rafting, cycling, and swimming. Yangshuo is a backpackers paradise in China, with plenty of good bars and local food located is this small country town surrounded by mountains. A holiday destination for local Chinese and international travelers, immerse yourself in the peaceful relaxed nature of the crystal clear river. Plus Yangshuo is famous for rock climbing, the most popular rock climbing spot in China for any of you enthusiasts. Then it's off to Chengdu for the ultimate in Chinese experiences Buddist Shrines and tea houses. Here we take you to the Panda research center to get up close to the Pandas eating their bamboo in the early morning. You then visit the ancient city of Xi'an before spending two days in Shaolin temples to learn Kung Fu from the masters. You would have seen Shaolin temples on Kung Fu Panda or Karate kid, a total China highlight. Head to the Kung Fu school to see the highly trained kids, and let them give you a Kung Fu show.
Time to camp under the stars on the Great Wall of China, a once in a lifetime amazing experience. We head to a deserted section of the Great Wall of China, no selfie with thousands of people behind you! If it's too cold to camp on the Great Wall (March/April and October/November) we will stay at a local guest house and head out to the wall for both sunset and sunrise. Camping on the Great Wall of China is constantly a highlight for our passengers. Then its time to head to Shanghai for a bit of nightlife and city life.
A whirlwind of sights, sounds, and smells, this is an 18-day tour to China you'll never forget!
18 Day China Dragon Trip Shanghai to Shanghai Itinerary - 18 days
Meet group at the rooftop bar of the Pheonix Hostel. leave luggage at the hostel if necessary.
Transfer to Shanghai South Station to board a night train to Guilin.
One guide will put you on the train and another will collect you in Guilin.
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 riding 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
Optional: Watch a traditional Sichuan opera performance
Unmissable Activity: Gather up to go see the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center.
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 to 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 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 then 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
Board night train to Hangzhou
Day 17 and 18
Hangzhou and Moganshan
After breakfast the group will take a minivan from Hangzhou railway station to Moganshan, famed for its bamboo forests
Optional: Hike to Moganshan Peak
Have breakfast then check-out, but you can leave your bags at the hostel
Unmissable Activity: Bike Trek
Lunch at the hostel
Travel to Hangzhou East Train Station to take your bullet train to Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai and transfer via metro to your hostel
Optional: Set off for the Shanghai Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl – a big favorite with our fun-loving travelers!
Say goodbye to your friends as they continue on their journey.
|Tour code: 18DTSS|
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. Contact us for advise on where to book your pre and post accommodation.
Aside from the many free un-missable activities, we offer 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 to 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.
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