China is a great example of a country with equally modern and historic relevance, and with this 19-day tour you’ll learn why. By crossing the country via train you’ll not only be able to visit a bunch of different cities (and Hong Kong!) in just under three weeks, but you’ll also get to see the diverse landscapes that make up the world’s most populous country. Stand face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, practice Tai Chi with locals, go shopping in Shanghai, or sing your heart out in a karaoke session. If you’re feeling adventurous, do it all.
Day 1 Hong Kong
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Hong Kong/Yangshuo
Cross the border to Shenzhen and board a train to Guilin before transferring to scenic Yangshuo.
Day 3 Yangshuo
Enjoy free time in Yangshuo. Opt for a tai chi lesson, visit a women-run Community Restaurant, take a cooking class, or cycling tour of the area.
Day 4 Yangshuo
Continue to explore beautiful Yangshuo with a free day.
Day 5 Yangshuo/Chengdu
Today, take the bullet train from Yangshuo to Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of your day free to explore Chengdu.
Day 6 Chengdu
Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local food and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre.
Day 7 Chengdu
Opt to see the Giant Pandas or continue exploring the vibrant city of Chengdu.
Day 8 Chengdu/Luoyang
Say goodbye to Chengdu and its Giant Pandas and travel to Luoyang.
Day 9 Luoyang
Arrive in Luoyang and opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes.
Day 10 Luoyang/Song Shan
Travel to the holy mountain of Song Shan and enjoy a hike in the surrounding countryside.
Day 11 Song Shan/Beijing
Visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of Kung Fu. Transfer by private vehicle to Luoyang then board the bullet train to Beijing.
Day 12 Beijing
Enjoy free time in China’s booming capital city.
Day 13 Beijing
Step back in time with a visit to the Great Wall. Opt to check out the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Day 14 Beijing/Xi’an
Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi’an.
Day 15 Xi’an
Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the locals.
Day 16 Xi’an/Suzhou
Enjoy free time to explore Xi’an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou.
Day 17 Suzhou
Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China’s most exquisite gardens. In the evening, let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group; this is sure to be a memorable night!
Day 18 Suzhou/Shanghai
See the city on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore this metropolis on your own.
Day 19 Shanghai
Depart at any time.
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