China on a Shoestring

Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong, float down the Yangtze on a Chinese-style riverboat, and walk the Great Wall with other others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy 18 days packed with China's major sights and out-of-the-way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Cycle along Xian’s ancient city walls and through the stunning rice fields and limestone karsts of Yangzhou. Explore gorgeous scenery straight out of a painting or just relax and take it all in.

18 days

Hong Kong to Beijing


Day 1 Hong Kong

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Hong Kong/Yangshuo

Cross the border to Shenzhen for the fast train to Guilin/Yangshuo.

Days 3–4 Yangshuo

Enjoy free time in Yangshuo.

Day 5 Yangshuo/Wuchang

Enjoy a free morning in Yangshuo, then hop on an overnight train to Wuchang.

Day 6 Wuchang/Yichang

Arrive in Wuchang and travel by train to Yichang.

Day 7 Yichang

Enjoy a full-day boat trip along the mighty Yangtze River to the Three Gorges Dam and Xiling Gorge.

Meals included: Lunch

Day 8 Yichang/Xi’an

Enjoy a free morning to explore Yichang before we take an overnight train to Xi'an.

Day 9 Xi’an

Take an orientation walk around this historical city. Opt to cycle Xi'an's ancient walls or visit China’s greatest archaeological treasure – the Terracotta Warriors.

Day 10 Xi’an

Free time to explore Xi'an.

Day 11 Xi’an/Shanghai

Take advantage of a final day to explore Xi'an before boarding an overnight train to Shanghai.

Day 12 Shanghai

Take an orientation walk of the Bund, then enjoy free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city. Opt to watch a breathtaking performance by the Chinese acrobats.

Day 13 Shanghai

Visit the impressive Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art.

Day 14 Shanghai/Beijing

Enjoy free time to explore. In the early evening, take an overnight train to Beijing.

Days 15–16 Beijing

Free time to explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, or the Temple of Heaven.

Day 17 Beijing

Visit the Great Wall of China with time in the late afternoon to explore more of Beijing.

Day 18 Beijing

Depart at any time.

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