HK to Chengdu 8-day Backpacking Tour of China | The Dragon Trip

8-day Backpacking Tour of China | HK – Chengdu

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8 days / 7 nights -

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 exciting 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 Yesinn @ YMT (formerly known as Hi Inn @ Nathan Road/Wing Sing hotel).
  • 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 Hi 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: Kayaking on the Li river!
  • Optional: Experience Chinese traditional therapies such as Hot Cupping
  • 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
  • Depart Yangshuo on a bullet train to Chengdu, arriving in the evening. Take a metro to your hostel and meet your new Adventure Leader!

Day 6-8: Chengdu

  • Optional: Massage from blind masseuse
  • Mandarin Lesson 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 board your group!

Departures 2017/2018

Departing Finishing Price Status
7th Mar, 2018 14th Mar, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
12th Mar, 2018 19th Mar, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
14th Mar, 2018 21st Mar, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
19th Mar, 2018 26th Mar, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
21st Mar, 2018 28th Mar, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
2nd Apr, 2018 9th Apr, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
4th Apr, 2018 11th Apr, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
11th Apr, 2018 18th Apr, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
16th Apr, 2018 23rd Apr, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
23rd Apr, 2018 30th Apr, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
2nd May, 2018 9th May, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
9th May, 2018 16th May, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
16th May, 2018 23rd May, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
21st May, 2018 28th May, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
23rd May, 2018 30th May, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
28th May, 2018 4th Jun, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
30th May, 2018 6th Jun, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
4th Jun, 2018 11th Jun, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
6th Jun, 2018 13th Jun, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
11th Jun, 2018 18th Jun, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
20th Jun, 2018 27th Jun, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
27th Jun, 2018 4th Jul, 2018 FULLY BOOKED
2nd Jul, 2018 9th Jul, 2018
4th Jul, 2018 11th Jul, 2018
9th Jul, 2018 16th Jul, 2018
16th Jul, 2018 23rd Jul, 2018
18th Jul, 2018 25th Jul, 2018
23rd Jul, 2018 30th Jul, 2018
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31st Oct, 2018 7th Nov, 2018
11th Mar, 2019 19th Mar, 2019
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15th Apr, 2019 23rd Apr, 2019
22nd Apr, 2019 30th Apr, 2019
1st May, 2019 9th May, 2019
8th May, 2019 16th May, 2019
15th May, 2019 23rd May, 2019

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, train upgrades only apply to over-night trains.
  • 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.


  • Please take note if you wish to use your own camera/phone to take photos and videos that is absolutely fine. However, The Dragon Trip runs a no drone policy for our China trips.
  • You will receive a wristband which will have a phone number on it for you to call in emergencies.
  • 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. 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.)

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