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8-day Backpacking Tour of China | HK – Chengdu

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8 days / 7 nights - from £465

From a fast-moving city of bright lights and suits, to a city which prides itself on its slow pace of life (and pandas), this mini-Dragon-Trip is perfect for anyone short on time who wants to see as much as they can of China. Perhaps our China backpacking tour is for you? See below for tour details - contact us to any ask questions or book!



Day 1: Hong Kong

Discover one of the most vibrant and exiting cities in the world on your first day; absorb how the cultures of East and West have fused together. Learn about HK


Day 2-5: Yangshuo

Towering karst peaks, a carpet of green, fertile fields and a never-ending list of activities; rafting on the Li river, mud baths, cycling, cooking, swimming and more. Learn about Yangshuo


Day 6-8: Chengdu

Find yourself in the slow-paced heart of Western China, enjoying tea houses, pandas, buddhist shrines, spicy hot-pot, temples, and as much KTV as you can handle! Learn about Chengdu

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 2-5: 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 6-8: Chengdu

  • Arrive in Chengdu and meet your next Adventure Leader, before transferring by metro to your hostel
  • Optional: Massage from blind Masseuse
  • Mandarin Lession 1: Have a Mandarin Lesson with your Adventure Leader
  • Optional: Watch a traditional Sichuan opera performance
  • Unmissable Activity: Gather up to go see the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center.
  • 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 your group!

Departures 2017/2018

Departing Finishing Price Status
8th Mar, 2017 15th Mar, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
13th Mar, 2017 20th Mar, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
15th Mar, 2017 22nd Mar, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
20th Mar, 2017 27th Mar, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
22nd Mar, 2017 29th Mar, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
3rd Apr, 2017 10th Apr, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
5th Apr, 2017 12th Apr, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
12th Apr, 2017 19th Apr, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
19th Apr, 2017 26th Apr, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
24th Apr, 2017 1st May, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
3rd May, 2017 10th May, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
10th May, 2017 17th May, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
17th May, 2017 24th May, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
22nd May, 2017 29th May, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
24th May, 2017 31st May, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
29th May, 2017 5th Jun, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
31st May, 2017 7th Jun, 2017 £465 FULLY BOOKED
5th Jun, 2017 12th Jun, 2017 £465
7th Jun, 2017 14th Jun, 2017 £465
12th Jun, 2017 19th Jun, 2017 £465
21st Jun, 2017 28th Jun, 2017 £465
28th Jun, 2017 5th Jul, 2017 £465
3rd Jul, 2017 10th Jul, 2017 £465
5th Jul, 2017 12th Jul, 2017 £465
10th Jul, 2017 10th Jul, 2017 £465
17th Jul, 2017 24th Jul, 2017 £465
19th Jul, 2017 26th Jul, 2017 £465
24th Jul, 2017 31st Jul, 2017 £465
2nd Aug, 2017 19th Aug, 2017 £465
2nd Aug, 2017 9th Aug, 2017 £465
7th Aug, 2017 14th Aug, 2017 £465
9th Aug, 2017 16th Aug, 2017 £465
16th Aug, 2017 23rd Aug, 2017 £465
23rd Aug, 2017 30th Aug, 2017 £465
30th Aug, 2017 6th Sep, 2017 £465
4th Sep, 2017 11th Sep, 2017 £465
6th Sep, 2017 16th Sep, 2017 £465
13th Sep, 2017 20th Sep, 2017 £465
18th Sep, 2017 25th Sep, 2017 £465
20th Sep, 2017 27th Sep, 2017 £465
27th Sep, 2017 4th Oct, 2017 £465
2nd Oct, 2017 9th Oct, 2017 £465
4th Oct, 2017 11th Oct, 2017 £465
9th Oct, 2017 16th Oct, 2017 £465
11th Oct, 2017 18th Oct, 2017 £465
18th Oct, 2017 25th Oct, 2017 £520
25th Oct, 2017 1st Nov, 2017 £465
1st Nov, 2017 8th Nov, 2017 £465
7th Mar, 2018 14th Mar, 2018 £465
12th Mar, 2018 19th Mar, 2018 £465
14th Mar, 2018 21st Mar, 2018 £465
19th Mar, 2018 26th Mar, 2018 £465
21st Mar, 2018 28th Mar, 2018 £465
2nd Apr, 2018 9th Apr, 2018 £465
4th Apr, 2018 11th Apr, 2018 £465
11th Apr, 2018 18th Apr, 2018 £465
16th Apr, 2018 23rd Apr, 2018 £465
23rd Apr, 2018 30th Apr, 2018 £465
2nd May, 2018 9th May, 2018 £465
9th May, 2018 16th May, 2018 £465
16th May, 2018 23rd May, 2018 £465
21st May, 2018 28th May, 2018 £465
23rd May, 2018 30th May, 2018 £465
28th May, 2018 4th Jun, 2018 £465
30th May, 2018 6th Jun, 2018 £465
4th Jun, 2018 11th Jun, 2018 £465
6th Jun, 2018 13th Jun, 2018 £465
11th Jun, 2018 18th Jun, 2018 £465
20th Jun, 2018 27th Jun, 2018 £465
27th Jun, 2018 4th Jul, 2018 £465
2nd Jul, 2018 9th Jul, 2018 £465
4th Jul, 2018 11th Jul, 2018 £465
9th Jul, 2018 16th Jul, 2018 £465
16th Jul, 2018 23rd Jul, 2018 £465
18th Jul, 2018 25th Jul, 2018 £465
23rd Jul, 2018 30th Jul, 2018 £465
25th Jul, 2018 1st Aug, 2018 £465
1st Aug, 2018 8th Aug, 2018 £465
6th Aug, 2018 13th Aug, 2018 £465
8th Aug, 2018 15th Aug, 2018 £465
15th Aug, 2018 22nd Aug, 2018 £465
22nd Aug, 2018 29th Aug, 2018 £465
29th Aug, 2018 5th Sep, 2018 £465
3rd Sep, 2018 10th Sep, 2018 £465
5th Sep, 2018 12th Sep, 2018 £465
12th Sep, 2018 19th Sep, 2018 £465
17th Sep, 2018 24th Sep, 2018 £465
19th Sep, 2018 26th Sep, 2018 £465
26th Sep, 2018 3rd Oct, 2018 £465
1st Oct, 2018 8th Oct, 2018 £465
3rd Oct, 2018 10th Oct, 2018 £465
8th Oct, 2018 15th Oct, 2018 £465
10th Oct, 2018 17th Oct, 2018 £465
17th Oct, 2018 24th Oct, 2018 £465
24th Oct, 2018 31st Oct, 2018 £465
31st Oct, 2018 7th Nov, 2018 £465

Price includes:

  • Bilingual Adventure Leaders
  • Accommodation (hostels)
  • Transport within China
  • Loads of fantastic, 'unmissable' activities (see itineraries), such as Li River rafting through karst peaks, camping under the stars on a remote section of the Great Wall, visiting Panda research centre, and much more.
Please note: Accommodation is in dorm rooms as a standard. Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available - please contact us for more information. All our hostels have WIFI.


  • A deposit is required to make a reservation, with the balance due one month prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £200 GBP / $300 USD / $300 AUD / €300 EUR.
  • For customers making payment from the UK: please note that when you are making a payment into our US dollar account you must request your bank to send the money directly to our US dollar account at HSBC UK. Otherwise they may use an intermediary bank resulting in an added wiring fee charged to you of $25.00.
  • Late booking customers must understand that they may be sat separately from the rest of the group on trains, and may have to be booked into a separate dorm room. No bookings can be accepted within 18 days of a trip departure date.

Upgrades & Extras

  • Need hostels booked for after your trip ends? We are more than happy to help - just let us know what you need!
  • If you would like to alter your trip itinerary from the one provided to you by us then please let us know more than 30 days before your trip departs so that we can make your trip the perfect one for you! When you let us know that means we can relay all information to our on the ground staff and make the appropriate arrangements. Some such requests from previous Dragon Trippers are: I would like to skip Macau and go directly to Hong Kong from Fujian, I don’t need accommodation in Shanghai because I am staying with a friend, I would not like to camp on the wall and instead want to stay in regular accommodation, I would like to take a flight instead of a train for certain legs of the trip. Please let us know more than 30 days in advance. If you do not let us know in advance The Dragon Trip will not be responsible for assisting you, or for providing reimbursement for accommodations or transportation not used.
  • 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.
  • Room upgrades are $200 USD. Train upgrades are $110.00 USD.
  • The Dragon Trip provides, upon request, airport transfers. The price is GBP 30 for a pick up and GBP 30 for a drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 4 PAX). 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 GBP 20 for a pick up and GBP 20 for a drop off (up to 3 PAX). This service is available from and to the following airport locations: Guilin, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, and Shanghai.


  • All train tickets in China must be purchased through a central booking centre which means there is always a small chance that you may not be seated together with the person that you have booked the tour together with. If you or your PAX has a seat that is not next to the group’s our Adventure Leaders have a process to help you switch your tickets, so that you are seated next to the group. (In some train stations, the Adventure Leader will be able to board the train even when they won’t be travelling themselves. In this case, they will switch you or your PAXs tickets with a local so that Dragon Trippers can sit together. Every group travels with a Dragon Trip emergency phone. In the case that our Adventure Leader cannot board the train, they will be able to explain in Mandarin over the phone to a conductor, or directly to a local passenger to help switch seats so that Dragon Trippers may be seated together.)

To book or find out more, contact us

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