Trip Style: Acrtive - Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the world
Hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinationss No sweat. (Well, maybe a little.) You don't have to be a decathlete to take an Active trip, just someone with a healthy love for getting active and the outdoors.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10
Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels (8 nts), simple guesthouses (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (3 nts).
Explore Beijings Forbidden City and hutongs, walk the Great Wall, trek through rice terraces, cycle old city walls and rural villages, watch kung fu monks
Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Get a full dose of this land's truly incredible history, culture, and geography using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields. Tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi'an both on two wheels and on foot. Study curious limestome karst formations in Yangshuo. Navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that downtime is rightly earned.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Beijing||Day 1 Beijing|
Arrive in Beijing at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Beijing||Day 2 Beijing|
Discover the fascinating history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, then join the throngs of locals and hop on a bike to explore the citys ancient hutongs for a couple of hours. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour Hutong Cycling Tour
|Day 3||Gubeikou||Day 3 Beijing/Gubeikou (1D)|
Leave Beijing behind and head out into the countryside for a trek along the Great Wall. Begin the trek from Mutianyu, heading for the village of Gubeikou. At night, interact with rural farmers over a traditional Chinese meal at a homestay. Additional Notes: The homes along the Great Wall have simple but good bathing and shower facilities. Each family can host 4-6 travellers, so our group may be split among 2 or 3 different homes. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 75km)
|Day 4||Beijing||Day 4 Beijing (1B)|
Continue trekking along the Great Wall. Start from Gubeikou and head towards the Jinshanling portion of the Great Wall. The Wall is less crowded at this point and the scenery is spectacular along the way. From Jinshanling, return to Beijing to catch the overnight train to Luoyang. Additional Notes: Please note that due to restoration and maintenance of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, portions of the trek may be altered. Included Activities: Great Wall Trek Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (11.00 hour(s))
|Day 5||Song Shan||Day 5 Song Shan|
In the morning, arrive by train to Luoyang. From Luoyang, transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and spend the night. Explore the Shaolin Temple, birth place of China Zen Buddhism and UNESCO World Heritage site. Established in 495 AD, martial arts have been practiced here for 1500 years as a way to practice Zen Buddhism. Included Activities: Shaolin Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km)
|Day 6||Song Shan||Day 6 Song Shan|
Known as one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Recognized as an International Geological Park due to its unique landscape, its peaks can reach up to 1512 meters above sea level. Hike the surrounding areas and get a glimpse into this scared natural area. Included Activities: Song Shan Hike
|Day 7||Xi'an||Day 7 Song Shan/Xi'an|
In the morning, opt to visit the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes represents some of Chinas best Buddhist art. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings display thousands of images of Buddha and his disciples. From Longmen, take a high speed train to Xian (arriving in the evening), and transfer to the hotel. Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Xi'an||Day 8 Xi'an|
Xian is one of many cities that was once capital of the great Chinese empire. Gather for an orientation walk exploring the inner city, which is surrounded by 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls. Weather permitting, visit these walls by bike during our time in Xian. In the evening, explore the Muslim Quarter, with its Great Mosque, multicultural feel, shopping lanes, and street food stalls selling a large variety of food, including naan, kebabs, and lots of sweets. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 9||Yangshuo||Day 9 Xi'an/Yangshuo|
Enjoy some free time wandering the city or visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors. Departing from Xian, take a flight to Guilin (arriving in the morning) and transfer by public bus to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 10||Yangshuo||Day 10 Yangshuo|
In the morning, enjoy an orientation walk of Yangshuo. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Take a boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way, or observe one of the local traditions: cormorant fishing. Enjoy a leisurely evening. Experience some of Yangshuos famous nightlife or see the Liu San Jie, a 500 person show by Oscar winning director, Zhang Yi Mou -- he also directed the Beijing Olympic Ceremony. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 11||Yangshuo||Day 11 Yangshuo (1L)|
Cycle out over the mostly flat fields to get more of a feel for the region. Ride past rice paddies with water buffalo and stare up at towering limestone karsts. En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch with options like the local beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine. Included Activities: Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour
|Day 12||Longji||Day 12 Yangshuo/Longji|
Longji is famous for its centuries old rice terraces, often referred to as the Dragons Backbone, built along forested mountain slopes that seem to poke into the clouds. Check out the unique wooden architecture of the local Zhuang and Yao people. Included Activities: Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 1 Transport: Drive from Yangshuo to Guilin Local bus (1.00-1.50 hours, 75km) Take a local bus out into the countryside to the rural village of Longji. Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 200km)
|Day 13||Longji||Day 13 Longji|
Located 300-1000m above sea level, and nestled amongst the mountains, enjoy a hike on land cultivated over generations, stemming from the Yuan dynasty. Soak in the beautiful views and experience the harmony between humanity and nature. Included Activities: Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 2
|Day 14||Hong Kong||Day 14 Longji/Hong Kong|
Arrive in Hong Kong in the afternoon. Take an orientation walk around the hotel, then explore the city. Opt to walk to the harbour front and take in the astonishing city lights. Included Activities: Longji Rice Terraces Trek Day 3 Transport: Local train (3.50 hour(s))
|Day 15||Hong Kong||Day 15 Hong Kong|
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: You may wish to arrange extra nights accommodation in this exciting city.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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