It’s a rare tour that can include the word “classic” in its name and have it feel like an understatement. This adventure packs a ton of pure, unfiltered China into 13 incredible days, starting with two days in bustling Hong Kong. From there, you’ll move on to scenic Yangshuo (home of the majestic limestone karsts), explore Yunnan (a showcase for China’s incredible ethnic diversity), hike the drop-dead gorgeous Tiger Leaping Gorge, meet pandas in Chengdu, and wrap it all up in Xi’an, starting point of the fabled Silk Road. If you think you’ll only go to China once, take this tour. Trust us; it won’t be your last visit.
Day 1 Hong Kong
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Hong Kong/Yangshuo
Cross the border to Shenzhen for the fast train to Guilin, then transfer to Yangshuo, nestled amongst the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River.
Day 3 Yangshuo (1L)
Take a full-day bike ride through the surrounding countryside to gain insight into rural Chinese life. Enjoy lunch at a local family’s home.
Day 4 Yangshuo/Kunming
After a free morning in Yangshuo, transfer to Guilin and fly to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan.
Day 5 Kunming/Dali
Enjoy a walk around the Bird and Flower Market in Kunming before boarding an express bus to Dali. With free time, opt to explore the old town.
Day 6 Dali
Enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town. Opt to rent a bike to visit Lake Erhai and explore the Villages along the lake.
Day 7 Dali/Lijiang
Travel by bus to Lijiang and take an orientation walk before free time to explore on your own.
Day 8 Lijiang/Yongsheng County
Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge.
Day 9 Yongsheng County/Lijiang
Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. After completing the trek, drive back to Lijiang.
Day 10 Lijiang
Enjoy a day to discover Lijiang. Opt to explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town or visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.
Day 11 Lijiang/Chengdu
Fly from Lijiang to the vibrant, modern city of Chengdu. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.
Day 12 Chengdu
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. Later, board an overnight train to Xi’an.
Day 13 Xi’an
Trip ends on arrival at Xi’an train station at approximately 1pm.
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