25-day China Loop

Start: Hong Kong Finish: Hong Kong

Visiting: Hong Kong, Yangshuo County, Chengdu, Xi'an, Shaolin Temple, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Fujian


Duration: 24 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour Operator: The Dragon Trip

Group size: 4 - 20

Age range: 18-50

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Explore the tropical south, rural west, historic north and the flourishing east, in the biggest, most comprehensive, best-value backpacking China tour on the market! Our best selling 25-day China tour goes through the major regions, top destinations, famous sites and countless hidden gems in off-the-beaten-track locations. It’s probably the quickest, most cost-effective, budget friendly and enjoyable way of seeing so much that this eye-opening country has to offer.

Highlights

  • iconSee Terracotta Warriors (Xi’an)
  • iconWalking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Tulou (Fujian)
  • iconCamp on the Great Wall of China (Beijing) (Seasonal)
  • iconBamboo rafting (Yangshuo)
  • iconVisit Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre (Chengdu)

Places You'll See

Countries:
Visit Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre (Chengdu)
Bamboo rafting (Yangshuo)
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Tulou (Fujian)
Bike ride on Ming Dynasty City Walls (Xi'an)
Camping on Great Wall of China (Beijing)

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Hong Kong & Yangshuo

Location: Hong Kong

On the first day of your China tour, you will meet your Adventure Leader at 7am at the hostel for a pre-departure meeting. If you’re an early bird, you will travel up to Victoria Peak and enjoy an exceptional view over Hong Kong. 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.

icon Day 2 : Yangshuo

Location: Yangshuo County

Today is a free day! You can decide how you’d like to spend it. You have the option to join a traditional cooking class, kayak along the 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 and hot springs. In the evening, why not participate in some karaoke with the rest of the group?

icon Day 4 : Yangshuo

Location: Yangshuo County

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 : Yangshuo & Chengdu

Location: Yangshuo County

On to the next destination! You will board a bus and travel back to Guilin and take a bullet train to Chengdu, arriving in the evening. You will 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. An essential part of any China tour! 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

Location: Chengdu

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 travel to Xian. Here you will meet your new Adventure 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 for Zhengzhou. Here you will board your night train to travel 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. 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.

icon Day 16 : Beijing

Location: Beijing

Enjoy another free morning to pack in the last few of Beijing’s sights before heading to your next destination. You can visit the 798 art district, the Summer Palace, or any other highlights of Beijing. In the evening, you will board the night train to Hangzhou.

icon Day 17 : Hangzhou

Location: Hangzhou

You’ll arrive in Hangzhou in the morning where you’ll go to your hostel for a late breakfast. Then, you will visit the famous West Lake and take a relaxing boat tour to one of the islands. You will also have the option to learn about China’s trade history with visits to the China National Tea Museum or the National Silk Museum and then around 5pm, you will hike up Jiuyao Mountain to catch the stunning sunset over West Lake.

icon Day 18 : Hangzhou

Location: Hangzhou

An early start today, to hike up to the Nine Creeks meandering through the Misty Woods. This is where you will witness a peaceful and charming setting in the hills of Hangzhou, with paved paths winding along streams and trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes. Then you will return to the hostel, check out and have lunch before heading to Shanghai by train, and then you’ll take the metro to the hostel. Once settled in, you will have the option (if it’s a Saturday) to experience the city’s nightlife with the Shanghai Dragon Pub Crawl!

icon Day 19 : Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Today is a free day! There are plenty of activities you can do and a highlight for many is visiting Disneyland! If you fancy something more cultural, we also recommend visiting the Shanghai Museum, Moganshan Art Street or ZhuJiaJiao Water Town.

icon Day 20 : Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

In the late morning, you will have a fourth mandarin lesson held by professional teachers from the Mandarin Garden Chinese Language School. By now, you should be really getting the hang of things. Later, you’ll have the option to walk to the Yu Gardens, a bustling historical site of a former dignitary’s lavish family quarters. You can also see People’s Square, before heading on to the world’s busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road. Afterwards, you can 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 and admiring Shanghai’s ever-changing skyline. Enjoy your free evening!

icon Day 21 : Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

In the morning, you have the option to stroll through the former French Concession to learn about Shanghai’s international history, visit a secretive propaganda history museum and take in the sights of the ultra-modern Shanghai financial district. For the daredevils, you can head up to the top of Jinmao Tower and brave the Skywalk! Or you can just go up and take in the stunning panoramic views. In the evening, you take in the bright city lights from the water with a night cruise down the Huangpu River.

icon Day 22 : Fujian

Location: Fujian

Off to the next destination: Fujian! You will take a bullet train from Shanghai to Nanjing, where you will be transferred by minivan deep into the Fujian tea-growing hills and visit the famous mud roundhouses, the traditional homes of the Hakka Minority People. Take a minibus back to your accommodation, where you’ll have some free time to kick back and relax.

icon Day 23 : Fujian

Location: Fujian

In the morning, you will have some breakfast at your hostel and then head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fujian Tulou, exploring the Hakka Minority Roundhouses, picturesque villages, tea fields, traditional tea ceremony and tea tasting. You will visit the tea plantations, so take some cash if you’d like to purchase some tea! This evening, there will be a movie night if you want to chill out.

icon Day 24 : Fujian

Location: Fujian

Grab your bike for a tour of the local area and visit the world’s biggest roundhouse, also known as a Tulou, along the way! Then, visit to the neighbouring local village. Later on, you will have some free time to relax before going to the train station to take your train to Guangzhou.

icon Day 25 : Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong

Once you arrive in Guangzhou, there will be time for breakfast before taking transferring to the Hong Kong border. Take the metro back to the hostel, arriving at around 2pm – say goodbye to your group and finish up your China tour with The Dragon Trip. We wish you safe travels!

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    Train Tickets

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    International Travel

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    The Dragon Trip requires a deposit of 10% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 65 days before departure..

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Reviews

Certainly recommend it!
The Beijing GreatWall part was the best! I certainly recommend it! And also make sure you go meet the panda laday she was awesome! lol The Beijing GreatWall part was the best! I certainly recommend it! And also make sure you go meet the panda laday she was awesome! lol;
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Tingting

09/08/2019

The Dragon Trip tour of China was an incredible experience
The Dragon Trip tour of China was an incredible experience. I went by myself but made so many friends along the way. I did the Hong Kong - Hong Kong ....more The Dragon Trip tour of China was an incredible experience.

I went by myself but made so many friends along the way.

I did the Hong Kong - Hong Kong tour so was there for the whole month but those that were taking part in shorter trips integrated into the group so well.

As a whole the trip was a great mix of culture and fun and was really good value for money.

We travelled on public transport which cuts down the cost but is also a great way to really understand China.

The accommodation was simple, hostels and one night camping on the Great Wall (an unforgettable experience) but was always clean and met all requirements.

The itinerary was jam packed and we were always doing something but its extremely flexible meaning you can choose which activities you want to pay for and take part in, leaving you time to explore alone if you want to.

The tour guides were mostly local with unfaultable English and incredible knowledge as well as being so friendly and a lot of fun! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see and learn a lot about China, wants to have a good time and wants great value for money!; ....less
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Charlotte

26/11/2019

Perfect for students and young people, as well as active families
Perfect for students and young people, as well as active families. On the China tour, one of the most unique experiences of my life! The dragon trip give an experience ....more Perfect for students and young people, as well as active families.

On the China tour, one of the most unique experiences of my life! The dragon trip give an experience not achieved, in my view, by the regular traveller, whilst also providing the freedom felt by travellers.

They have an impressive itinerary of unmissable and optional activities, masterfully fit into 4 weeks.

The tour guides are all knowledgable, fun and friendly! I met some wonderful people and was granted great experiences, all thanks to dragon trip! Shanghai by far my favourite place, it has been everything it was made out to be! However, the truly unique experience of camping beside the great wall of China was definitely up there on the list of top activities.

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Owen

12/07/20217

The BEST way to cover china
The BEST way to cover china. So much fun, so many activities, so much help! Always went the extra mile. Best 4 weeks ever! The BEST way to cover china.

So much fun, so many activities, so much help! Always went the extra mile.

Best 4 weeks ever!;
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Tony

22-Mar-2019

The tour was incredible
The tour was incredible it far passed expection. If your thinking of going to China you should 100% go and with the dragon trip. All the guides couldn't be more ....more The tour was incredible it far passed expection.

If your thinking of going to China you should 100% go and with the dragon trip.

All the guides couldn't be more helpful and everything was organised perfectly; ....less
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Gideon

19/11/2019

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