China on a Shoestring–Hong Kong to Beijing

18 days,Hong Kong to Beijing

Explore Shanghai and Hong Kong's bustling streets, snap photos of Yangshuo's karst scenery, discover history in Xi'an and Beijing, walk along the Great Wall of China.

Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong, float down the Yangtze on a Chinese-style riverboat and walk the Great Wall with other others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy 18 days packed with China's major sights and out-of-the way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Cycle along Xian’s ancient city walls and through the stunning rice fields and limestone karsts of Yangzhou. Explore gorgeous scenery straight out of a painting or just relax and take it all in.

What's Included

  • Full-day Yangtze River boat trip to Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge
  • Excursion to the Great Wall
  • Visit to Shanghai Museum
  • Orientation walks in Xi'an and Shanghai
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 1 lunch. (Allow USD 270 - 360 for meals not included.)
  • Train, local bus, private bus, Chinese-style boat, walking.
  • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Simple hotels (12 nts), sleeper trains (5 nts, 6-berth compartments)

Add to Your Experience

China Cultural Bundle (3 Activities)

China knows how to put on spectacular and mesmerizing performances and the China Cultural Bundle is something you won't want to miss. Take in the Shaolin Kung Fu show in Beijing, followed by an acrobatic performance in Shanghai of some of China's most talented performers. The Li River light show in Yangshuo is sure to impress as a 500 strong band of performers sing and dance on the riverbanks.

Alternative Trips

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Places Visited


Day 1Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Hong Kong/Yangshuo

Cross the border to Shenzhen for the fast train to Guilin/Yangshuo.

Days 3–4Yangshuo

Enjoy free time in Yangshuo.

Day 5Yangshuo/Wuchang

Enjoy a free morning in Yangshuo, then hop on an overnight train to Wuchang.

Day 6Wuchang/Yichang

Arrive in Wuchang and travel by train to Yichang.

Day 7Yichang(1L)

Enjoy a full-day boat trip along the mighty Yangtze River to the Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge.

Day 8Yichang/Xi’an

Enjoy a free morning to explore Yichang before we take an overnight train to Xi'an.

Day 9Xi’an

Take an orientation walk around this historical city. Opt to cycle Xi'an's ancient walls or visit China’s greatest archaeological treasure – the Terracotta Warriors.

Day 10Xi’an

Free time to explore Xi'an.

Day 11Xi’an/Shanghai

Take advantage of a final day to explore Xi'an before boarding an overnight train to Shanghai.

Day 12Shanghai

Take an orientation walk of the Bund, then enjoy free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city. Opt to watch a breathtaking performance by the Chinese acrobats.

Day 13Shanghai

Visit the impressive Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art.

Day 14Shanghai/Beijing

Enjoy free time to explore. In the early evening, take an overnight train to Beijing.

Days 15–16Beijing

Free time to explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, or the Temple of Heaven.

Day 17Beijing

Visit the Great Wall of China with time in the late afternoon to explore more of Beijing.

Day 18Beijing

Depart at any time.

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