Beijing to Hong Kong

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Experience an action-packed adventure through some of China's best-loved cities, with stopover in several lesser-known towns as well. Visit ancient wonders in Beijing, come face-to-face with a terracotta army in Xi'an and shop up a storm in Shanghai. Experience the culture of remote communities hiking through the Longji Valley or cycle through the scenic Guangxi region. From beautiful Beijing to bustling Hong Kong, see the old-world wonders, modern marvels and magical scenery of southern China. Get active, meet the locals and soak up Chinese culture as we roam this great nation.

Itinerary

Days 1-3 Beijing

Modern high-rise buildings tower over buzzing busy streets - a dramatic contrast to the timeless wonder of Beijing's ancient sites. There is plenty of time to explore this amazing metropolis, from the Forbidden City and Summer Palace to backstreet hutongs packed with tiny local shops and eateries.

Days 4-5 Great Wall

Travel to a lesser-known section of the Great Wall. Take a long walk over steep, remote terrain taking in incredible views of the countryside. Rise early the next morning to catch a sunrise over this great feat of ancient engineering, then return to Beijing and jump on board an overnight train bound for Xi'an.

Days 6-8 Xi'an

Formerly one of China's imperial capitals, there is much to see in Xi'an. Cycle around the city walls, admire the Great Mosque or sample street food at the night markets in the Muslim Quarter. Don't miss the famed 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors - eternally vigilant in guarding the tomb of China's First Emperor, the warriors are positioned in strict accordance with an ancient text on the art of war.

Days 9-10 Shanghai

Hunt for a bargain in the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar or shop up a storm in China's hippest stores. Gobble Shanghai's favourite dumpling, xiaolongbao - but do so with caution; these molten morsels easily scald over-eager eaters. Perhaps catch an evening performance by the famous Shanghai acrobats.

Days 11-12 Xitang

Escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities for an overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. Visit ancient villas and stroll on cobblestone streets alongside the many canals in town. Explore the well-preserved Ming and Qing dynasty buildings and absorb the old-world atmosphere.

Days 13-15 Yangshuo

Dramatic limestone peaks and lush surrounds characterise the unforgettable Guangxi region. Perhaps take it all in on a cycling adventure along picturesque country lanes or wander the backstreets of Yangshuo to discover hole-in-the-wall restaurants and small markets. There is the option to join a cooking class or go on a relaxing boat ride along the Li River.

Days 16-18 Longji Terraces

Hike through the magnificent Longji rice terraces that cling precariously to the side of steep mountains. Stay with locals in a hillside village and take day treks to visit other communities throughout the area to get a real taste of rural life.

Days 19-20 Hong Kong

Get ready for some fast-paced action in Hong Kong. Take the funicular to Victoria Peak or enjoy a harbour cruise. Satisfy shopping urges at the Stanley Market or join the throngs on Nathan Road. Why not celebrate the end of this China jaunt with a tasty dim sum feast?

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