This trip has it all - both ancient and modern historical sites, a sleepy rural retreat, and lavish self-indulgence, this trip has it all, experience nightlife and fascinating colonial past in Shanghai, learn some Mandarin, camp on the Wall and witness the sunrise from there, wander in the bamboo forests. have a blast in Karaoke club.
All about the 8 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Chengdu
Bilingual Adventure Leaders
Transport within China
Loads of fantastic, 'unmissable' activities (see itineraries), such as Li River rafting through karst peaks, camping under the stars on a remote section of the Great Wall, visiting Panda research center, and much more.
8 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Chengdu Itinerary - 8 days
Meet your group and first Adventure Leader in the Hostel Reception of Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei.
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 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 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 your group!
|Tour code: 8DTCH|
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
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, we still give 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.
The pre-departure briefing is in the lobby of Yes Inn Yau Ma Tei in Hong Kong at 7am on the first day of the tour.
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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