Day 1 : Hong Kong
day 1: Hong Kong Meet your group and first Adventure Leader in the Hostel Reception of Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay Travel up to Victoria Peak and enjoy a view of Hong Kong from above Pre-departure briefing on top of Victoria Peak Depart from the Yes Inn to cross the border and board your train to Guilin. This is the last time and chance to meet your group if you’ve missed the 7am departure. Board your 3-hour bullet train to Guilin Arrive in Guilin. You have the choice to have dinner at this point, or enjoy a meal in Yangshuo two hours from now. Check-in (time may vary depending on whether the group decides to have dinner in Guilin, or Yangshuo)
Day 2 : Yangshuo- 2-5
day 2-5: Yangshuo Try your hand at cooking up some traditional Chinese foods at this friendly and practical local cuisine institute Group Lunch Unmissable Activity: Cruise down the Yulong River on these Chinese style Gondolas – Bamboo Rafts! Bikes included to ride around! (please make sure you wear a helmet at all times when you are riding your bike!) Optional: Cormorant Fishing Optional: Bike Ride to Moon Hill and a cave complex including mudbaths and hot springs Optional: Enjoy Deep Water soloing or Rock- Climbing, both highly recommended! Optional: Experience Chinese traditional therapies such as Hot Cupping Optional: Enjoy kayaking on the Li River (must be back by 13.00!) Optional: A true treat, experience what life is like on a farm by visiting your Adventure Leader’s home village Board minibus to North Bus Station and then board your bus to Guilin Say goodbye to your second Adventure Leader and board train to Chengdu
Day 3 : Chengdu 6-8
Arrive in Chengdu and meet your next Adventure Leader, before transferring by metro to your hostel Optional: Massage from blind Masseuse Mandarin Lesson 1: Have a Mandarin Lesson with your Adventure Leader Unmissable Activity: Gather up to go see the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center. Optional: Watch a traditional Sichuan opera performance Optional: Leave to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha. Optional: Wander Jinli street and the Tibetan districts independently. (Chengdu is right next to Tibet, or Xizang in Mandarin, so there is a large ethnic community here) Optional: Sample the famous Sichuan Hot Pot if you dare!(Legendary Spice!) Have a night out in Chengdu Optional:Visit Wenshu Monastery, Sichuan Province Museum, People’s Park and a traditional Tea House Take bus or metro to Chengdu North Railway Station Say goodbye to your Adventure Leader and board your train to Xian
Day 4 : Xi'an 9-10
day 9-10: Xi’an Arrive in Xi’an and meet your next Adventure Leader Check-in to your hostel Optional: Explore the Bell Drum towers, Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque to learn about the history of the Silk Road, towers , mosque and some local legends. Enjoy a dinner of local street foods at the Muslim Quarter. Relax after dinner by visiting the local Silk Road market nearby. Optional: Volunteer at a the Star Sun Home Un-missable Attraction – Terracotta Warriors – Free Optional: Bike Ride on Ming Dynasty City Walls. Please make sure you wear a helmet!
Day 5 : Shaolin 11-12
day 11-12: Shaolin Board a private minivan then a bus to DengFeng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple Arrive in DengFeng Optional: Kungfu Lesson & Show at a local Children’s Home run by the Shaolin Temple where the monks teach these children to be Kungfu masters. All proceeds go directly to the Children’s Home. Dinner in the Guesthouse Mandarin lesson: Have your second Mandarin lesson Optional: Visit the flagship of Kung Fu, The Shaolin Temple Optional: Hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims, and be rewarded by beautiful views of both the shrines/temples in the area and the views of the area Have a late lunch at the guesthouse then pack and check out Depart to Zhengzhou to board your train to Beijing Arrive at the train station and have some food before your train leaves
Day 6 : Beijing 13-16
day 13-16: Beijing Arrive Beijing and meet your next Adventure Leader. Transfer by minibus to hostel. You won’t be staying the night here, so you won’t be able to get into rooms, but can use the shower rooms, and common areas to relax before heading to the Wall in the afternoon Mandarin lesson: Have your 3rd Mandarin Lesson It’s time for the Mandarin Challenge! Use your freshly learned Mandarin to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways. The winning team earns a prize. Mandatory meal at a local farm to obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall Unmissable Attraction – Hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section of the wall to watch the sunset on one of the Wonders of the World (Please note, due to cold weather before end of April and after September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping, but still return to the Wall to watch sunrise in the morning) Unmissable Attraction – Sunrise on the Wall Return to Beijing Optional: Visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium designed by one of the most controversial figures in modern China Optional:A stunning Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents recruited from around China Enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times, taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck Optional: Take a walk through the globally recognized, Tiananmen Square Optional: Visit the Forbidden City. The largest palatial complex in the world, the grounds boast 980 buildings, and a history of housing 24 different Chinese royalty Optional: Go to Jingshan park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. Test your bargaining skills in the Fake Goods Market! Push your taste buds to the limit at the WangFuJing night market where you can sample most foods you’ve never tried, like scorpion, dog, cat, bugs and more Optional: Go to the Temple of Heaven, the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world and where ancient sacrifices were made to bring bountiful harvests Set off to the train station for your train back to Hong Kong Arrive in Shenzhen and cross the border into Hong Kong to finish up your trip!