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 9 Day China Dragon Trip Beijing to Shanghai
9 Day China Dragon Trip Beijing to Shanghai Itinerary - 9 days
Day 1 to 4
Meet your group and Adventure leader at Leo Hostel.
Join them for the 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 5 and 6
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!
Day 7 to 9
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 a former dignitary 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.
Mar 19, 24, 26, 31
Apr 2, 14, 16, 23, 28 May 5, 14, 21, 28
Jun 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23
Jul 2, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28, 30
Aug 4, 6, 13, 18, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 15, 17, 24, 29
Oct 1, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 29
Nov 5, 12
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, 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
BJ-BJ 18 days = $380
HK-HK 16 days = $350
SH-SH 18 days = $380
HK-BJ 15 days = $350
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