Hong Kong to Chengdu - 8 days

Hong Kong to Chengdu - 8 days

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Hong Kong to Chengdu - 8 days

8 Days Starting in Hong Kong and ending in Chengdu

Visiting: Hong Kong, Yangshuo County, Chengdu

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Age range:

Minimum age 18 years / maximum age 55 years

Interests:

Photography

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Tour Overview

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Uncover the delights of China’s vibrant cities and pristine landscapes on this 8 day tour from Hong Kong to Chengdu. Cruise along the Yulong River and marvel at the dramatic karst limestone peaks of Yangshuo, get close to China’s emblematic giant panda and other rare creatures at Chengdu’s Panda Research Centre and marvel at the Hong Kong Skyline. A great mix of included sightseeing and free time for you to explore independently!

Highlights

  • Hong Kong – Travel to the top of Victoria Peak for panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline

  • Yulong River – Cruise along the karst landscape of Yangshuo's Yulong River in Chinese style bamboo rafts

  • Yangshuo – Cycle through picture postcard landscapes and past limestone peaks along the Li River and enjoy free time to explore

  • Chengdu – Visit the famous Panda Conservation centre and witness China’s national symbol in their natural environment

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Yangshuo. Welcome to China! Meet the group and tour leader for our pre-departure meeting. We then head to Victoria Peak where we admire the incredible panoramic views of the city below.



Then it's time for us to board a bullet train to Guilin in mainland China. Onward transfer to Yangshuo where we check-in to our hostel. The rest of the evening is at leisure to explore the town and try some of the local delicacies including beer fish, a must try.



Please note: The pre-departure meeting is at 7am on day 1, so please ensure you arrive in Hong Kong the day before your tour starts. We can arrange pre-tour accommodation for you.

Day 2-4: Yangshuo
Location: Yangshuo County

Yangshuo is a picturesque resort town, surrounded by dramatic karst mountains and known for its outdoor adventure opportunities. Day 2 is at leisure, with available optional activities including a Chinese cooking class, kayaking along the Li River or a Chinese therapy experience, where you can enjoy traditional hot cupping.



Day 3 sees us heading out to enjoy some included activities. We start the day with a bike ride before transferring to bamboo rafts to cruise down the Yulong River. Later, you can enjoy an optional mud bath, visit a nearby cave complex or enjoy a dip in some hot springs. There's optional karaoke in the evening!



Day 4 is free to continue exploring independently. We strongly recommend hiking and rock-climbing amongst the limestone peaks of the area, or you can opt to visit your local guide's home village for an insight into traditional life in Yangshuo.

Day 5: Chengdu
Location: Chengdu

Yangshuo - Chengdu. Our final morning in Yangshuo is at leisure to see any last minute sites before we leave beautiful Yangshuo and our tour leader behind and board the bullet train to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province and home to the largest and best-known Panda breeding and research centre. On arrival we are met by our local tour guide and make our way to our hostel for an evening at leisure.

Day 6-7: Chengdu
Location: Chengdu

On day 6 we take a short drive out of town to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, to visit China's animal emblem. We spend the day exploring the grounds and watching the pandas munch on bamboo. We can also see other endangered animals including red pandas, golden monkeys and more. Visit the panda nursery and get close to the new born or infant pandas.



In the afternoon we learn some useful Mandarin phrases in a brief lesson with our tour leader. The rest of the evening is free to relax. For those looking for an authentic experience, there is the optional traditional Sichuan opera.



Day 7 is at leisure to explore Chengdu, and perhaps wander down Jinli street or explore the Tibetan districts. We also have the opportunity to visit Leshan for a visit to see the worlds largest stone Buddha. This evening return to Chengdu for an optional hot pot dinner, a must try in Chengdu.

Day 8: Chengdu
Location: Chengdu

This morning is free for you to unwind in the hostel or join an optional visit to a local Autism Children Rehabilitation Centre. After lunch, there is an optional visit to Chengdu People's Park before our tour comes to an end. We can arrange post-tour accommodation for you.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Simple accommodation

  • 7 nights hostel dorm accommodation

  • All relevant transfers and transportation using public transport

  • Train tickets: Shenzhen North - Guilin and Guilin - Chengdu

  • Local guides for scheduled sightseeing in Yangshuo and Chengdu. Unescorted travel between cities

  • Local guide in Hong Kong for tour briefing

  • Excursion along Yulong river on Chinese style Gondolas and Yangshuo bike ride

  • Entrance to Giant Panda Research and Breeding Centre

  • Free Mandarin lessons with your guides

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • Optional activities, these must be paid for locally

  • Laundry, meals, drinks, items of a personal nature

  • Airport transfers

  • Optional activities - paid locally

Check out our Q&As

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Calvin  

Wonderful experience

05-Jan-2023

Jamal is our tour guide. Right from the start, he created a group chat in whatsapp and if any issues to make sure we contact him. He was on the ball with every issue thrown at him. Luggage being left behind, stragglers wondered off in a different path, hotel room etc. He explains the various site along our route to give us a better understanding of the local cultures. We had a great time, thanks to Jamal.

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