Dragon Trip: Hong Kong to Hong Kong

  • 25Day(s)
  • Trip Code: STHKGHKG

A whirlwind of sights, sounds, and smells, this a 25 day trip around China you'll never forget! Climb to the top of Victoria Peak, make friends with pandas in Chengdu, raft down the Li River, trek through stunning bamboo forests in Hangzhou, and camp out on a mountain farm surrounded by waterfalls. Watch as the sun rises over the Great Wall of China, drink your way through China's largest bar crawl and gamble away the evening at Macau! Hold on to your hat - you're in for the journey of a lifetime!

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Pre departure day- Day 1 Hong Kong

Meet your group at 7.15pm at the harbour front before the day before departure for a short welcome and safety brief. Catch the skyscraper light show along the Avenue of Stars then head to your accommodation. Start the first day of your tour with a hike up Victoria Peak - it'll give you the best panoramas of the city and harbour below. In the afternoon, take a night bus to Yangshou.

Day 2-5 Yangshuo

Your first activity in Yangshuo is a pretty good one - float down the Li River on bamboo rafts while the sun sets over the karst peaks. It's all you'll need to see to fall in love with the place! The next three days will be filled up with exhilarating activities. Try out the mud baths in underground caves, a bike tour, with some stop off at swimming spots, sip on some snake liquor in rooftop bars, or watch cormorant fishing up close in action. You can even try the Hollywood crazy of cupping to withdraw some impurities (maybe after a night out). On the final morning, get up early to see an incredible sunrise over the karst peaks from an ancient pagoda and then take a night train to Chengdu.

Day 6-7 Chengdu

In Chengdu, you'll be able to visit the world's largest Buddha statue at Leshan before sampling a traditional Sichuan hotpot, a bubbling broth in which you dip strips of meat (consider saving some extra money for a second helping). Next up is the Panda Breeding Research Centre arriving in time to see the adorable creatures tuck into breakfast. Consider a massage from a blind masseur before boarding the night train to Xian - you'll sleep like a baby.

Day 8-9 Xian

You've got another unmissable attraction in store for you today - an Ancient Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Warriors! In the evening, you'll have the chance to help out at a soup kitchen for Xian's homeless people. On Day 9, wander around the Muslim quarter on a walking tour, with a look inside the Great Mosque, or opt for a fantastic bike tour around the ancient city walls. Save your energy for tonight - it's all about sampling the nightlife (and belting out a few tunes at Karaoke).

Day 10 The QingLing mountains

In the morning, take a minibus deep into the heart of the QingLing mountains, with some fun tubing and sunbathing along the way. Next it's a refreshing hike into the mountains to a series of rushing waterfalls before spending the evening dining on organic food from the farm and sampling some of the local beer under the stars. Bliss.

Day 11 Dengfeng

It's off to Dengfeng to pick up supplies for a local market to take a local orphanage. Whatever you pick, just know it's making their day. At the orphanage you'll be treated to the kids performing a Kung Fun show (which you can try your hand at later - it's not as easy as they make it look) before teaching them a few games and helping them practice their English.

Day 12-15 Shaolin Temple / Beijing

Today you'll visit the home of Kung Fu, Shaolin Temple, before boarding a train to bustling Beijing. Spend the morning relaxing in your hostel and get excited for your next destination - the Great Wall of China! Hike along the wall for spectacular views and then pitch up your tents for a night camping on the Wall. Waking up to the sunrise is something you'll remember forever! For the next two day it's all about sightseeing. See the flag being raised, Chairman Mao's embalmed body in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, once an imperial palace, and the 2008 Olympic Village, to name a few. You can even test your limits with some local delicacies - snake or scorpion anyone?

Day 16-18 Hangzhou / Shanghai

Have a day to enjoy Beijing or just relax around the hostel before boarding the train to Hangzhou, known as one of China's most beautiful cities! Visit the stunning West Lake, which this ancient capital was built around, before heading back into the countryside. Make your way to Moganshan, the bamboo nature reserve, and while away the afternoon splashing around in the crystal clear mountain lagoon. In the evening, tuck into a BBQ dinner at the mountain lodge you'll stay at for the night. Start your next day with a hike to the peak of Moganshan mountain, passing Chairman Mao's former residence on the way, before travelling to Shanghai. Save your energy for tonight - you're off on China's largest bar crawl! What better way to see Shanghai?

Day 19-20 Shanghai

Over the next two days, tour the city without any risk of memory loss. Watch one of Shanghai's incredible acrobatic performances, take a walking tour of a hidden underground propaganda museum or stroll around the People's Square, the economic, political and cultural centre of the city.

Day 21-23 Fujian

Catch a bullet train south to the picturesque Nanjing. Spend the night in a Tulou, a traditional roundhouse of the Hakka people - it's the perfect insight into their fascinating way of life. After breakfast, visit neighbouring roundhouses, temples and sprawling countryside. You'll swim in a local river, sample a brew at a tea ceremony, and learn all you can about Hakka culture before setting up camp at a tea plantation in the hills. How many times in your life can you say you've done that? Sip on steaming cups of local tea while taking in the stunning views before cycling to a village famous for its gorgeous rivers and mountains. After dinner tonight you're catching a train to Guangzhou so savour those views!

Day 24-25 Macau / Hong Kong

Drive to Zhuhai and then on to the former Portuguese colony of Macau. If you're looking for excitement, you've found it at the world's highest bungee jump (but be warned - it costs around £212). Try your luck at the casinos and visit the Venetian Macau, a replica of the Venetian in Las Vegas but twice the size! Macau certainly gives the City of Lights a run for its money (literally and figuratively). The next day, tour the pretty Portuguese-style streets and visit the Ruins of St Paul's, arguably Macau's most famous landmark. A UNESCO World Heritage site, walk up to the windows for amazing panoramic views of the city below and don't forget to sample some traditional Macanese food! In the afternoon, catch a high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong where an epic pub crawl awaits you - the perfect (minus the hangover the next day) way to end an incredible 3,984 mile journey around China!

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Basic

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  • Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, bamboo rafting on Li River, Hakka roundhouses, Panda Breeding Research center, and a mountain farm visit