16 days Hong Kong Loop
16-day Hong Kong Loop
Complete the full 'half' of our China loop, heading up through western China and visiting amazing places like Chengdu and Xi'an en route.
On this unmissable 16-day Hong Kong loop tour, you’ll travel through fascinating destinations in the more rural parts of this country, including Yangshuo, Chengdu, Xi’an and Shaolin. Then, you’ll head up to Beijing to camp under the stars on the Great Wall. Finally, you’ll end your journey in style, as you whizz back down to Hong Kong on the world’s longest bullet train route!
Including hostels, guesthouses & 1 night camping
Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each city
Transport within China
Itinerary & map
Day 1 – Hong Kong & Yangshuo:
On the first day of your Hong Kong loop tour, you will meet your Adventure Leader at 7am at the hostel for a pre-departure meeting.
If you’re an early bird, you will travel up to Victoria Peak and enjoy an exceptional view over Hong Kong. If you’re a little jetlagged, you can join at 10am, when the group will leave the hostel, say goodbye to Hong Kong and head to Yangshuo.
After a 3-hour bullet train to Guilin and a 2-hour bus to Yangshuo, you will check-in to your new hostel.
Day 2 – Yangshuo:
Today is a free day! You can decide how you’d like to spend it. You have the option to join a traditional cooking class, kayak along the Li River, or experience a traditional Chinese therapy such as hot cupping.
Day 3 – Yangshuo:
Get ready for adventure! You’ll start the day at 9.30am with a morning bike ride along with a cruise down the Yulong River on bamboo rafts. If you have a waterproof camera, definitely bring it along for this activity!
Later on in the day, you have the option to continue the fun and visit local mud baths and hot springs. In the evening, why not participate in some karaoke with the rest of the group?
Day 4 – Yangshuo:
Another free day! There is a tonne to see and do in Yangshuo, and its beautiful surroundings are a feast on the eyes. To gain a new perspective, this morning, we recommend rock climbing to the top of one of the regions limestone peaks.
In the afternoon, you can experience life on a farm by visiting your local Adventure Leader’s home village.
Day 5 – Chengdu:
On to the next destination! You will board a bus and travel back to Guilin and take a bullet train to Chengdu, arriving in the evening. You will take the metro to the hostel and meet your new Adventure Leader!
Day 6 – Chengdu:
The day starts early as you will be off to the Giant Panda Breeding & Research Centre. You can’t hold or touch the pandas, but you will see them up close and learn about the centre’s efforts to breed them and release them into the wild. This is an essential part of any China tour!
Later in the day, you will also be taught some Mandarin thanks to your Adventure Leader, and this evening, you have the option to enjoy a traditional Sichuan opera show.
Day 7 – Chengdu:
Today is a free day! In the morning, you have the option to go to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha. Carved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, the colossal statue is over 1,300-years-old and is considered to the tallest pre-modern statue. The site attracts millions of people every year, including Buddhist pilgrims, making it something of a sacred destination and an ancient wonder of the world.
In the evening you can sample to famous Sichuan Hot Pot (if you dare!). You can also have a night out in Chengdu, and enjoy your freedom!
Day 8 – Chengdu & Xian:
This morning, you can enjoy a lazy lie in to recover from the night before. Or, if you’re keen to get out into the area, use the morning to pay a visit to a local rehabilitation center for children with autism.
After lunch, you have the option to visit the Chengdu People’s Park. There are many scenic spots in this park, including the Gold Water Stream, the Goldfish Island and the Potted Landscape Garden. Besides appreciating the charming landscape, tourists can sail on the artificial lake, drink tea in the teahouse by the lake and watch all kinds of exhibitions and performances on the Rockery Square.
Around 5pm, you will say goodbye to your Adventure Leader and board your train to travel to Xian, the next stop on your Hong Kong loop tour. Here, you will meet your new Adventure Leader and go to your hostel.
Day 9 – Xian:
You have the morning free to visit temples, museums or go shopping in your own time.
In the afternoon, you have the option to bike ride on the city walls, which date back to the Ming Dynasty. Later, you can explore the Bell-Drum Towers and the Muslim Quarter to learn about the history of the Silk Road. Make sure to enjoy some local street food while you’re there!
Day 10 – Xian:
Today’s unmissable attraction is the tour of the world famous Terracotta Warriors! The Terracotta Army in Xian is a large collection of life-size terracotta sculptures in battle formations, reproducing the mega imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 – 210BC), the first emperor of the first unified dynasty of Imperial China. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Terracotta Army is a must-see for every visitor to Xian.
In the evening, you can enjoy the music and light fountain show that takes place on the North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, in the Qujiang District.
Day 11 – Shaolin:
The next morning, you will be off on a long journey to Shaolin – the next stop on your Hong Kong loop tour. This afternoon, you can visit a local Kung Fu school to join in on a lesson and show, run by a master from the Shaolin Temple.
After dinner, you can have another Mandarin lesson to top up what you have learned so far!
Day 12 – Shaolin:
You have two options today:
- You can visit the home of Kung Fu, the Shaolin Temple, and hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims. Here, you will be rewarded by beautiful views of both the shrines and temples in the area.
- Or if you’ve had enough of temples and Kung Fu isn’t your combat style, you can visit the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site with over 100,000 carved Buddhas.
Later, you can have a late lunch at the guesthouse before you check out and depart for Zhengzhou. Here, you will board your night train to travel to Beijing.
Day 13 – The Great Wall of China:
When you arrive in Beijing, you will meet your next Adventure Leader and go to a hostel for a rest. You won’t be staying the night here, so you won’t be able to get into rooms, but you can use the shower rooms and common areas to relax in, before we move on later today. After a couple of hours, you can take another Mandarin lesson and then put your skills to use on Beijing’s ancient streets.
After a late lunch at a local farm, we will gain access to a section of the Great Wall that only the locals get to see and hike on the unrestored sections of the Wall, before setting up camp on a deserted section.
[Please note: Due to cold weather before the end of April and after the end of September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping. However, we make sure to return to the Wall to watch the sunrise in the morning.]
Day 14 – Beijing:
The sunrise on the Great Wall of China will be the most unforgettable part of your Hong Kong loop tour. Today, you will wake up early, enjoy the silence, and watch the sun rise over the Great Wall.
Around 9am, you’ll return to Beijing. You’ll have the option to take a walk through the infamous, Tiananmen Square, or visit the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the largest palatial complex in the world, with 980 buildings and a history of housing 24 Chinese emperors. You can also go to Jingshan Park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
You can also watch a stunning Chinese acrobatics performance, which features young talents recruited from all around China.
Additionally, you can try Beijing’s signature dish of Peking Roast Duck – this dish was enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times!
Day 15 – Beijing:
Today is a free day! You’ll have the option to visit the fake good markets for a spot of shopping, as well as the nearby Temple of Heaven.
In the afternoon, you can visit the Nanluo district. Nanluo is one of the best-preserved historical areas in Beijing that’s famous for its hutongs and siheyuan courtyards, as well as the bars, cafes and handicraft shops.
Day 16 – Beijing:
Enjoy a final free morning and afternoon to pack in the last few of Beijing’s sights, before your trip comes to an end. You can visit the 798 art district, the Summer Palace, or any other highlights of Beijing. Be sure to ask your Adventure Leader for recommendations!
Later, you will set off to the train station for your train back to Hong Kong, as your Hong Kong loop tour comes to an end. You’ll arrive in Shenzhen and cross the border into Hong Kong to finish your trip!
We wish you safe travels!
Our activities on the Hong Kong loop tour:
• Victoria Peak Walk (Hong Kong)
• Bamboo rafting (Yangshuo)
• Yulong River bike ride (Yangshuo)
• Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre (Chengdu)
• Jinli Street and Tibetan district (Chengdu)
• Wenshu Monastery, Mao’s Statue, People’s Park and traditional tree house (Chengdu)
• Volunteer at a local Autism Rehabilitation Centre (Chengdu)
• Terracotta Warriors (Xi’an)
• Hike to Dharma Cave (Shaolin)
• Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
• Fake market (Beijing)
• Great Wall of China (Beijing)
• Visit the 2008 Olympic Park (Beijing)
*Unmissable activities on the China group tour are listed in bold and included in the tour price. Everything else is optional but free! You may just have to pay to get there. Find our extra optional activities here.
There is always a small chance a group member’s ticket may not be sat with the rest of the group on one of the trains. Not to worry, in this situation the Adventure Leader will help you switch with a local so that the Dragon Trippers can sit together.
The use of Drones on your China group tour and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the China group tour as per our terms & conditions.
You will receive a wristband on the China group tour which will have a phone number on it for you to call in emergencies.
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our China tours, with the balance due 40 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our China tours less than 40 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 18 days of a trip departure date.
Please note: Accommodation is in dorm rooms as a standard on our China tours.
Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.
Room and train upgrades for the entirety of this route are available. Room upgrade requests must be communicated to the Dragon Trip before the start of the trip. Customers wishing to upgrade once the trip has started must do so independently. Train upgrades are unavailable once train tickets have been booked, train upgrades only apply to over-night trains.
Room upgrades for our 16-day Hong Kong Loop are £200 for a single room upgrade, or £100 per person for a double room upgrade. In Beijing everyone will get twin rooms, those who have paid for an upgrade will receive a superior room. Train upgrades are £95.
The Yes Inn @ YMT has a luggage storage service that is available to use for Dragon Trip travellers. It is $30 HKD per day, per bag. Please make sure to receive your receipt from the Yes Inn at time of luggage storage. Please note that any theft, loss or damage caused to your luggage while in storage is not the responsibility of The Dragon Trip and any queries or issues with the service should be brought directly to the attention of the Yes Inn @ YMT.
The Dragon Trip provides, upon request, airport transfers. In Beijing and Shanghai, the price is £40 for a pick up or drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 3 customers). If you’d like a bilingual guide to meet you and ride with you from the airport to your destination, or vice versa, it is £40 extra for a pick up or drop off (up to 3 customers). In Guilin, Xi’an and Chengdu, the price is £30 for a pick up or drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 3 customers). If you’d like a bilingual guide, it is £30 for a pick up or drop off (up to 3 customers). This service is not available in Hong Kong.
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Please note: The Chinese Golden Week public holidays take place from 1st-7th May and 1st-7th October. During this time, many attractions can be much busier than usual.