All about the 25 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong

This is the full circuit of China starting and finishing in Hong Kong you won't quite be the same once you return back to Hong Kong after 25 days. 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 Hong Kong you will travel to Yangshuo for mud baths, rafting, cycling, and swimming. Then it's off to Chengdu for the ultimate in Chinese experiences Buddist Shrines and tea houses. You then visit the ancient city of Xi'an before spending two days in Shaolin temples to learn Kung Fu from the masters. Then its time to camp under the stars on the Great Wall of China, a once in a lifetime amazing experience. Then its a relaxing time in the mountain area of Moganshan, before heading to Shanghai for a bit of nightlife and city life. 

Your last few days are spent staying with the locals in Fujian’s tea-growing region. Then its time to head Macao to enjoy some nightlife with your new group of mates before heading back to Hong Kong.

A whirlwind of sights, sounds, and smells, this a 25 day trip to China you'll never forget! 

25 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong Itinerary - 25 days

  • Day 1 Hong Kong
    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 7 am the 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 Yangshuo
    Try your hand at cooking up some traditional Chinese foods at this friendly and practical local cuisine institute
    Group Lunch
    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: Kayaking on the Li river!
    Optional: Experience Chinese traditional therapies such as Hot Cupping
    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 Chengdu
    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 Xi’an
    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 Shaolin
    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 Beijing
    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 it’s bamboo forests
    Optional: Hike to Moganshan Peak
    Dinner
    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 travellers!
  • Day 19 to 21 Shanghai
    Optional: Take the bus to ZhuJiaJiao Water Town, a Chinese equivalent to the Italian Venice
    Take the bus back to Shanghai
    Enjoy the night Chinese-style by going out for some Karaoke at KTV
    Optional: Walk to the Yu Gardens and back a bustling historical site of former dignitaries lavish family quarters
    Optional: See People’s Square, before heading on to the World’s busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road. Afterwards, go for a walk along the bund, a hub of global architecture. To finish off, head to the top floor of a skyscraper to enjoy some champagne whilst sitting in a hot tub.
    Stroll through the former French Concession to hear a little bit about Shanghai’s international history, visit a secretive propaganda history museum, take in the sights of the ultra-modern Shanghai financial district, take a local ferry cross the famous Huangpu river from east to the west of The Bund and finish off the afternoon by visiting TianZiFang a local artisan’s lane that blends the chique and traditional
  • Day 22 to 24 Fujian
    Take the metro to Hongqiao station
    Take a bullet train to Nanjing, Fujian
    Arrive in Nanjing then transfer by minivan deep into the Fujian tea growing hills and stay overnight in a mud roundhouse, the traditional homes of the Hakka Minority People
    Have dinner on the way to the roundhouses
    Arrive at the traditional roundhouse
    Un-missable Activity – Walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site exploring the Hakka Minority Roundhouses, picturesque villages and tea fields and traditional tea ceremony and tea tasting
    Visit the tea plantations. Take some cash if you’d like to purchase some tea.
    Un-missable Activity: Bike tour, visit the biggest roundhouse. (There is a support vehicle at all times if you have had enough of cycling) See the largest Tulou in the world and explore upstairs. Then make a visit to the neighboring local village.
    Free time
    Arrive at the train station to take your train to Guangzhou
  • Day 24 and 25 Macao day trip (and optional overnight stay) then back to HK
    If you travel to Macao for the day trip (and if you’re booked onto the optional overnight stay), you’ll arrive at Guangzhou East and take the bus to the Zhuhai border.
    Go through the border. Try some delicacies offered while passing through. Board casino bus to a hotel on the Kotai strip. Freshen up, and drop bags and then take the bus to Old Town.
    Un-missable Activity: Take a quick tour of the Ruins of St Paul and the Old Fortress in Macao’s Historic Centre
    Optional: Test your courage with the World’s Highest Bungee Jump
    Un-missable Activity: Take a taxi from Macao back to Cotai Strip to the Venetian Resort Hotel Macao.
    If you’re only visiting Macao for the day trip, you will:
    Grab your luggage then head to the ferry port to take the hydrofoil back to Hong Kong.
    Arrive in Hong Kong and take metro back to the Yes Inn
    If you’re on the Macao overnight stay, you will:
    Say goodbye to the main group and head to San Va Hotel (situated in the heart of Macao), alongside any others from the group who’re also staying overnight in Macao. We can’t guarantee that you won’t be on your own.
    You can then make the most of your extended time in this bizarre and fascinating location before making your own way back to HK (we’ll give you the cost of your ferry!).
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Real Aussie Says:
China is a vast behemoth of a country and it can be tricky to travel in due to its size, the language barrier and the amount of organization required. This Trip does the hard part for you by organizing all the accommodation, transport and activities. Our China tours go much further than pure logistics though, with our awesome guides giving you a taste of off the beaten track places and genuine cultural experiences. Plus there are lots of chances to socialize too. With most travelers here aged between 18 and 35, with an average age of about 24, slightly more of whom are female. We do have older travelers though, with 40, 50 and even 60-somethings on board – often the most popular members of the group!

25 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong Price information
AUD per person

Price

Description

Tour code: 25DTCH
$2439
Dorm Share
$2929
Double or twin occupancy
$3419
Single occupancy

Departure information

Starts

2018

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.

Ends
Hong Kong


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Important Notes

Things 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 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.
HK-HK 25 days = $780

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