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Adventure Tours

Beijing To Hong Kong On A Shoestring

From €1899pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Cork
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
14 Days
From €1899pp including flights
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Fly from Cork and spend two weeks exploring China's incredible history, culture and landscapes on this adventure tour.

Get thee to China for the adventure of your life!

Seriously though, these two weeks of the country's big-ticket highlights (as well as some smaller, more personal ones) will have you missing this country for years to come.

From massive and historical Beijing (hello Forbidden City!), central Xi'an (home of the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors), glittering Shanghai, pastorally picturesque Yangshuo, and eventually to the world-in-itself gobsmacking city of Hong Kong, this is your (super affordable) opportunity to get here with a whole group of new friends.

Is this tour for me?

  • Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

  • Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

  • Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

  • Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience

  • Age requirement: 18-39

Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Beijing

Step back in time with a visit to the Great Wall. Opt to check out the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Great Wall Mutianyu Visit, Mutianyu (3h)

Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

Day 3: Beijing/ Xi'an

Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an.

Day 4: 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.

Opt to tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls, and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.

Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk, Xi'an (1h)

Enjoy a walk around Xi'an’s Muslim Quarter with our CEO, and be introduced to favourite streets, artists, chefs or food stalls in the quarter. Each CEO offers a unique perspective. Get a better feel for the district and have plenty of time to roam around on your own, shopping and eating along the way.

Day 5: Xi'an/Suzhou

Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou.

Day 6: 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!

Exclusive Inclusions: Big Night Out Private Karaoke Session

Release your inner rock star and let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group. Everyone will have a turn to sing a song as a solo, duet, or group. Sing your heart out!

Day 7: Suzhou/ Shanghai

See the city on an orientation walk, then enjoy free time to explore this metropolis on your own.

Shanghai is the most modern of Chinese cities. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road or stroll along the Bund district with its many riverside historical buildings.

Day 8: Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city.

Exclusive Inclusions: Carte Blanche

Day 9: Shanghai

After some free time, board an overnight train to Guilin.

Day 10: Guilin/ Yangshuo

Arrive in Guilin by train and transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo, nestled among the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River. One of the most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.

The Li River and the limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in the region.

Day 11: Yangshuo

Explore Yangshuo with a free day. Opt for a tai chi lesson, a cooking class, or try your hand at calligraphy.

There's plenty to see and do in Yangshuo, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like taking a tai chi lesson, indulging in a traditional massage, and checking out the Li River Light Show. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Day 12: Yangshuo

Explore Yangshuo with a free day. Opt for a tai chi lesson, a cooking class, or a calligraphy lesson.

Day 13: Yangshuo/ Hong Kong

Travel to bustling Hong Kong via Guilin.

Day 14: Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Cork to China
  • Accommodation: Hotels (7 nights ),  Hostels (standard twin/single) (3 nights), Sleeper trains (3 nts )
  • Meals: No meals included,  Allow USD340-445 for meals not included.
  • Transportation: Train, Local bus, Private vehicle, Walking
  • Staff & experts:
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Activities & excursions:
    • Big Night Out: Private Karaoke Session, Suzhou
    • Excursion to the Great Wall
    • Orientation walks in Xi'an and Shanghai

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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