16-day Hong Kong Loop

16-day Hong Kong Loop

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16-day Hong Kong Loop

16 Days Starting and ending in Hong Kong

Visiting:

Hong Kong

,

Yangshuo County

,

Chengdu

,

Xi'an

,

Shaolin Temple

,

Beijing

Tour operator:

The Dragon Trip

Physical rating:

Low, Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

CN-HK16-ADVT

Group size:

4 - 20

Age range:

18-40

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:
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Tour Overview

This is the western ‘half’ of our full China tour. Travel through fascinating destinations in the more rural parts of this country, including Yangshuo, Chengdu, Xi’an and Shaolin, up to Beijing for camping under the stars on the Great Wall (and more!). Finally, whizz back down to Hong Kong on the world’s longest bullet train route!

Highlights

  • Victoria Peak Walk (Hong Kong)

  • Bamboo rafting (Yangshuo)

  • Yulong River bike ride (Yangshuo)

  • Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre (Chengdu)

  • Terracotta Warriors (Xi’an)

  • Great Wall of China (Beijing)

Places You'll See

The Great Wall of China

Cycling in Yangshuo

Bamboo rafting

See the world famous Terracotta Warriors

Visit Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Hong Kong & Yangshuo
Location:

  Hong Kong, Yangshuo County


On the first day of your China group tour, you will meet your Adventure Leader at 7am at the hostel to drop off your bags, have a pre-departure meeting and meet your travel companions.

If you’re an early bird, you will travel up to Victoria Peak and enjoy an exceptional view over Hong Kong. With an elevation of 552m, Victoria Peak is the highest hill on the Hong Kong island. If you’re a little jetlagged, you can join at 10am, when the group will leave the hostel, say goodbye to Hong Kong and head to Yangshuo.

After a 3-hour bullet train to Guilin and a 2-hour bus to Yangshuo, you will check-in to your new hostel and relax.

icon Day 2 : Yangshuo
Location:

  Yangshuo County


Today is a free day! So, you can decide how you’d like to spend it. You have the option to join a traditional Chinese cooking class, kayak along the picturesque Li River or experience traditional Chinese therapy such as hot cupping.

icon Day 3 : Yangshuo
Location:

  Yangshuo County


Get ready for adventure! You’ll start the day at 9.30am with a morning bike ride along with a cruise down the Yulong River on bamboo rafts. If you have a waterproof camera, definitely bring it along for this activity!

Later on in the day, you have the option to continue the fun and visit local mud baths, cave complex and hot springs. In the evening, why not participate in some entertaining karaoke with the rest of the group?

icon Day 4 : Yangshuo
Location:

  Yangshuo County


Today is another free day! There is a tonne to see and do in Yangshuo and its beautiful surroundings are a feast on the eyes. To gain a new perspective, this morning, we recommend rock climbing to the top of one of the regions limestone peaks. In the afternoon, you can experience life on a farm by visiting your local Adventure Leader’s home village.

icon Day 5 : Chengdu
Location:

  Chengdu


On to the next destination! You will board a bus back to Guilin and take a bullet train to Chengdu, arriving in the evening. Then, you’ll take the metro to the hostel and meet your new Adventure Leader!

icon Day 6 : Chengdu
Location:

  Chengdu


The day starts early as you will be off to the Giant Panda Breeding & Research Centre. You can’t hold or touch the pandas but you will see them up close and learn about the centres efforts to breed them and release them into the wild.

Later in the day, you will also be taught some mandarin thanks to your Adventure Leader and after lunch will visit an Autism Children Rehabilitation Centre.

In the evening, you have the option to enjoy a traditional Sichuan show.

icon Day 7 : Chengdu
Location:

  Chengdu


Today is a free day! In the morning, you have the option to go to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha. Carved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, the colossal statue is over 1,300-years-old and is considered to the tallest pre-modern statue. The site attracts millions of people every year, including Buddhist pilgrims, making it something of a sacred destination and an ancient wonder of the world.

In the evening you can sample to famous Sichuan Hot Pot (if you dare!) You can also have a night out in Chengdu and enjoy your freedom!

icon Day 8 : Chengdu & Xi’an
Location:

  Chengdu, Xi'an


This morning you can enjoy a lazy lie in to recover from the night before or get up early and explore the sights of Chengdu – perhaps enjoy a spot of shopping.

After lunch, you have the option to visit the Chengdu People’s Park. There are many scenic spots in this park, including the Gold Water Stream, the Goldfish Island and the Potted Landscape Garden. Besides appreciating the charming landscape, tourists can sail on the artificial lake, drink tea in the teahouse by the lake and watch all kinds of exhibitions and performances on the Rockery Square.

Around 5pm you will say goodbye to the Adventure Leader and board your train to Xian, where you will meet your new leader and go to your hostel.

icon Day 9 : Xi'an
Location:

  Xi'an


You have the morning free to visit temples, museums or go shopping in your own time.

In the afternoon, you have the option to bike ride on Ming Dynasty City Walls and later, to explore the Bell-Drum Towers and Muslim quarter to learn about the history of the Silk Road. Make sure to enjoy some local street food!

icon Day 10 : Xi'an
Location:

  Xi'an


Today’s unmissable attraction is the tour of the world famous Terracotta Warriors!
The Terracotta Army in Xian, is a large collection of life-size terra cotta sculptures in battle formations, reproducing the mega imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 – 210BC), the first emperor of the first unified dynasty of Imperial China. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Terracotta Army is no doubt a must-see for every visitor to Xian.

In the evening, you can enjoy the music and light fountain show that takes place on the North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the Qujiang District.

icon Day 11 : Shaolin
Location:

  Shaolin Temple


The next morning, you will be off on a long journey to Shaolin.

This afternoon, you can visit a local Kung Fu Children’s Home and join in on a lesson and show run by a master from the Shaolin Temple.. After dinner, you can have another Mandarin lesson to top up what you have learned so far!

icon Day 12 : Shaolin
Location:

  Shaolin Temple


You have two options today:

– You can visit the home of Kung Fu, The Shaolin Temple, and hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims. Here, you will be rewarded by beautiful views of both the shrines and temples in the area.
– Or if you’ve had enough of temples and Kung Fu isn’t your combat style, you can visit the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site with over 100,000 carved Buddha’s.

Later, you can have a late lunch at the guesthouse then check out and depart to Zhengzhou to board your night train to Beijing.

icon Day 13 : Beijing
Location:

  Beijing


When you arrive in Beijing, you will meet your next Adventure Leader and go to a hostel for a rest. 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 Great Wall of China in the afternoon.

After a couple of hours, you can take another mandarin lesson and you can use your freshly learned language skills to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways on a scavenger hunt. The winning team earns a prize!

After a late lunch at a local farm we will gain access to a section of the Great Wall that only the locals get to see and then we will hike on the unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section

icon Day 14 : Beijing
Location:

  Beijing


The sunrise on the Great Wall of China will be the most unforgettable part of your trip. Today you will wake up early, enjoy the silence and watch the sun rise over the Great Wall.
Around 9am, you’ll return to Beijing and have the option to visit fake good markets and the nearby Temple of Heaven.

You can also watch a stunning Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents recruited from around China.

Additionally, enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times, you can taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck.

icon Day 15 : Beijing
Location:

  Beijing


Today is a free day! You’ll have the option to take a walk through the infamous, Tiananmen Square, or visit the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the largest palatial complex in the world, with 980 buildings and a history of housing 2 different Chinese emperors.

You can also go to Jingshan Park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. Also, why not test your bargaining skills in the Fake Goods Market?

In the afternoon, you can visit the Nanluo district, one of the best-preserved historical areas in Beijing, famous for its hutongs and siheyuan courtyards as well as the bars, cafes and handicraft shops.

Enjoy another free morning to pack in the last few of Beijing’s sights before heading back to Hong Kong. You can visit the Temple of Heaven, the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world and where ancient sacrifices were made to bring bountiful harvests.

Later, you will set off to the train station for your train back to Hong Kong. Arrive in Shenzhen and cross the border into Hong Kong to finish your trip! Say goodbye to your group and finish up your China group tour with The Dragon Trip.

icon Day 16 : Hong Kong
Location:

  Hong Kong


Arrive in Hong Kong and finish your trip.

Safe Travel!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Entrance Fees

    For all included activities

  • Fully Guided

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Country Entry Visas

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

What travel insurance do I need for China?

We require all our customers to have backpackers travel insurance when coming on the trip. We recommend purchasing a travel insurance that offers ‘Bad Weather or Natural Disaster Coverage’.

I’m vegetarian/have allergies – will I be able to get the right food?

Yes! With so many food choices, China can meet the needs of individuals with special dietary needs or requests. Just tell your Adventure Leader and they can help you find something suitable. You will probably discover a new dish that you love!

Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

We advise to pack light (one big luggage plus a small bag)

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

A visa is required for China, so once you’ve made your booking with us, Dragon Trip 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.

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes, we can book it for you with extra cost

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes, this tour is English-guided and opens for tourists from different parts of the world

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Except optional activities

    Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Most nationalities need

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    RMB in mainland China and HKD in Hong Kong

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, there are free days and evenings during the tour

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, more information will be sent before the trip starts

    What is the maximum group size?

    20

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Available on request with extra charge

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    No, dorm is our standard accommodation but we can arrange private room with extra cost

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No, international flights are not included

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low-medium

    Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    No, but please check with your GP before the trip if you have any concerns

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, all our Adventure Leaders speak English

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, you will need to apply your own visa but we can provide assistance

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Majority of our clients are solo travellers and our prices are based on sharing in dorm style rooms. We do offer single room upgrades for those who do not wish to share a room.

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Please speak to our sales team as soon as possible to see how we can help.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All our accommodation is check regularly to make sure it's a safe and clean environment.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    We are not perfect but we aim to be, that is why year on year we aim to increase the proportion of local businesses we work with as well as reduce the average carbon footprint of all of our group tour adventures. We do this by measuring our performance and making small but positive changes to how we operate.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive a booking pack with all the pick up times, accommodation and activities included.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    The Dragon Trip has been trading since March 2011

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, although you will have to make your own way to where the group is heading to out of your own expense.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our tours are aimed at fun, out-going and open minded individuals. We typically get people aged between 18 to 55 travelling on our trips. Feel free to call us to see the ages of the people who are booked already.

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Perfect for students and young people, as well as active families

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The Dragon Trip is a great tour. Such value for money. The tour guides were all great and we don't think we could have traveled China without them.

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13-Dec-2016

The Best value!

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I went on the China trip during 2014.

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Did the month long China experience with Dragon Trip in July 2015. Hands down a major highlight of my life! The way the trip was structured was amazing, enough organisation ....more

Did the month long China experience with Dragon Trip in July 2015.

Hands down a major highlight of my life! The way the trip was structured was amazing, enough organisation to get us around the country, but at every destination we could go off and do our own thing if we wanted.

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16-day Hong Kong Loop

16 Days Starting and ending in Hong Kong

Visiting:

Hong Kong

,

Yangshuo County

,

Chengdu

,

Xi'an

,

Shaolin Temple

,

Beijing

Tour operator:

The Dragon Trip

Physical rating:

Low, Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

CN-HK16-ADVT

Group size:

4 - 20

Age range:

18-40

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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tourhub discount: $62

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"Bring comfortable shoes as you will walk a lot. Also bring water, during the summer bring sunscreen and a hat to avoid the heat! "

About Our

  • Traveller
  • Countries Visited:

    27 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    New York

  • Dream Destination:

    Peru

  • About them:
  • I am a huge travel addict who has a regular 9-5 job and outside of this try to explore the world, search for unique places and hidden gems! I hope my tips and photos can be an inspiration for you!

Puerto Varas

Chile

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Puerto Varas is an adventure hotspot in the Chilean Lakes District. Watch for wildlife as you go whitewater rafting on the Petrohue river, hike the national park, or check out nearby waterfalls."

About Our

  • Wanderer
  • Countries Visited:

    40 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Tanzania

  • Dream Destination:

    Switzerland

  • About them:
  • Born in Puerto Rico, I am a former journalist who has lived and worked in 9 cities, 5 states, 2 countries, and countless other places while wandering the globe. Currently on a family gap year.

Lo de Marcos

Mexico

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"In the centre of town is a vibrant plaza, with a huge mural & sign which are great for photo ops! "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The river walk provides excellent views of flora & fauna, wildlife, the jungle & Sierra Madre Mountain range in the distance."

Must pack items for Lo de Marcos

"Sunscreen, sunhat, bug spray, reusable water bottle, pesos (most small shops don't have credit card machines), and camera!"

What do you love most about Lo de Marcos?

"Stunning ocean views, glorious sunsets with rich colourful hues, lots of nature to explore & wildlife to observe."

What do you love most about Lo de Marcos?

"LDM is the perfect "quiet & authentic little beach town" paradise that remains unspoiled and as close to a sleepy Mexican beach town as you can get 🇲🇽"

What do you love most about Lo de Marcos?

"LDM is the perfect location for a get away with friends, your family or a quiet getaway with your special someone 💖"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Look out for surprise visits from whales if you're visiting in late November or early December as they are migrating. You never know when they'll show up! 🐳 there are lots of dolphins in the area as well🐬"

What are the best foods & restaurants in the area?

"Fresh fruit, fish & tacos are all delicious! My favourite restaurants are: Water Man Cafe, Restaurant Olivia (on the beach), Jardin Serejn, Lo de Cafe & Oscars restaurant bar. "

What are the best drinks?

"Best drinks: peach iced tea at Olivia's, piña colada at Jardin Serejn & sangria at Oscar's Restaurant and bar."

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Sayulita

Mexico

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"To snag a pic of "Slap Street" by yourself, plan to come early before shops open or later after closing."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Visit the "Hippie Market" to hunt for the Iguana tree & check out beautiful locally made souvenirs."

Favourite time of year to visit Sayulita

"Late November or early December, right between the holidays for fewer crowds & perfect weather!"

What do you love most about Sayulita?

"Sayulita is the quintessential beach town along the Riviera Nayarit, it provides the perfect combination of an authentic Mexican beach town with beautiful views, upscale shops, restaurants & the beach."

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Albania

What do you love most about Albania?

"The beaches! The Albanian Riviera has some of the best beaches in Europe!"

Where to visit on the coast?

"We recommend having Himare & Ksamil as bases to explore the surrounding beaches and inland towns."

Must pack items for Albania

"Sunscreen.. you'll spend a lot of time on these beautiful beaches!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Do not miss the cute inland town of Gjirokaster! A must when visiting the region!"

About Our

  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    38 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Polignano A Mare

  • Dream Destination:

    Malta

  • About them:
  • 2 Cups of Travel is a travel and adventure blog curated by Ky and Tess, Australian-based travel enthusiasts. We both love exploring smaller towns, hidden gems and underrated finds!