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18-day Backpacking Tour of China | Shanghai – Shanghai

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18 days / 17 nights - from £1,175

Start in Shanghai to go straight to Yangshuo, then join one of our trips all the way back to Shanghai. This includes most of the highlights of our big (25 day) China tour, including the pandas in Chengdu, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, bamboo rafting in Yangshuo and camping under the stars on the Great Wall. Details below - to book or ask for any advice, get in touch!

Itinerary

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Day 1: Shanghai

With a fascinating modern history and sizzling economy, Shanghai dazzles as an epic place for nightlife, Western comforts, getting lost and much, much more. Learn about Shanghai

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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

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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

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Day 9-10: Xi'an

Sense the medieval feel in this ancient ‘frontier’ city. Stroll the Muslim quarter, barter for souvenirs, cycle the huge, old city walls, and try local delicacies. Learn about Xi’an

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Day 11-12: Shaolin

An unforgettable time at the Shaolin temple. Learn Kungfu from a monk and really get to know the locals as you hike and discover this tranquil, ancient place. Learn about Shaolin

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Day 13-16: Beijing

Camp out under the stars on a remote section of the Great Wall. After an unforgettable sunrise, head back to the city for more history, culture and food. Learn about Beijing

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Day 17-18: Hangzhou & Moganshan

A breath of fresh air between two major stops. Discover a stunning mountainous area that has accommodated Shanghai’s elite; from the old colonialists to Chairman Mao. Learn about HZ/Moganshan

Day 1: Shanghai

  • Meet group at the rooftop bar of the Pheonix Hostel. leave luggage at the hostel if neccessary.
  • Transfer to Shanghai South Station to board a night train to Guilin.
  • One guide will put you on the train and another will collect you in Guilin.

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 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 train to Xian

Day 9-10: Xi’an

  • Arrive in Xi’an and meet your next Adventure Leader
  • Check-in to your hostel
  • Optional: Explore the Bell Drum towers, Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque to learn about the history of the Silk Road, towers , mosque and some local legends.
  • Enjoy a dinner of local street foods at the Muslim Quarter. Relax after dinner by visiting the local Silk Road market nearby.
  • Optional: Volunteer at a the Star Sun Home
  • Un-missable Attraction – Terracotta Warriors – Free
  • Optional: Bike Ride on Ming Dynasty City Walls. Please make sure you wear a helmet!

Day 11-12: Shaolin

  • Board a private minivan then a bus to DengFeng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple
  • Arrive in DengFeng
  • Optional: Kungfu Lesson & Show at a local Children’s Home run by the Shaolin Temple where the monks teach these children to be Kungfu masters. All proceeds go directly to the Children’s Home.
  • Dinner in the Guesthouse
  • Mandarin lesson: Have your second Mandarin lesson
  • Optional: Visit the flagship of Kung Fu, The Shaolin Temple
  • Optional: Hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims, and be rewarded by beautiful views of both the shrines/temples in the area and the views of the area
  • Have a late lunch at the guesthouse then pack and check out
  • Depart to Zhengzhou to board your train to Beijing
  • Arrive at the train station and have some food before your train leaves

Day 13-16: Beijing

  • Arrive Beijing and meet your next Adventure Leader. Transfer by minibus to hostel. You won’t be staying the night here, so you won’t be able to get into rooms, but can use the shower rooms, and common areas to relax before heading to the Wall in the afternoon
  • Mandarin lesson: Have your 3rd Mandarin Lesson
  • It’s time for the Mandarin Challenge! Use your freshly learned Mandarin to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways. The winning team earns a prize.
  • Mandatory meal at a local farm to obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall
  • Unmissable Attraction – Hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section of the wall to watch the sunset on one of the Wonders of the World (Please note, due to cold weather before end of April and after September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping, but still return to the Wall to watch sunrise in the morning)
  • Unmissable Attraction – Sunrise on the Wall
  • Return to Beijing
  • Optional: Visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium designed by one of the most controversial figures in modern China
  • Optional:A stunning Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents recruited from around China
  • Enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times, taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck
  • Optional: Take a walk through the globally recognized, Tiananmen Square
  • Optional: Visit the Forbidden City. The largest palatial complex in the world, the grounds boast 980 buildings, and a history of housing 24 different Chinese royalty
  • Optional: Go to Jingshan park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
  • Test your bargaining skills in the Fake Goods Market!
  • Push your taste buds to the limit at the WangFuJing night market where you can sample most foods you’ve never tried, like scorpion, dog, cat, bugs and more
  • Optional: Go to the Temple of Heaven, the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world and where ancient sacrifices were made to bring bountiful harvests
  • Board night train to Hangzhou

Day 17-18: Hangzhou & Moganshan

  • After breakfast the group will take a minivan from Hangzhou railway station to Moganshan, famed for it’s bamboo forests
  • Optional: Hike to Moganshan Peak
  • Dinner
  • Have breakfast then check-out, but you can leave your bags at the hostel
  • Unmissable Activity: Bike Trek
  • Lunch at the hostel
  • Travel to Hangzhou East Train Station to take your bullet train to Shanghai
  • Arrive in Shanghai and transfer via metro to your hostel
  • Optional: Set off for the Shanghai Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl – a big favourite with our fun-loving travellers!
  • Say goodbye to your fellow Dragon Trippers as they continue on their journey.

Departures 2017/2018

Departing Finishing Price Status
8th Mar, 2017 25th Mar, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
13th Mar, 2017 30th Mar, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
15th Mar, 2017 1st Apr, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
20th Mar, 2017 6th Apr, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
22nd Mar, 2017 8th Apr, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
3rd Apr, 2017 20th Apr, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
5th Apr, 2017 22nd Apr, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
12th Apr, 2017 29th Apr, 2017 £1,175 FULLY BOOKED
19th Apr, 2017 6th May, 2017 £1,175 ALMOST FULL
24th Apr, 2017 11th May, 2017 £1,175 ALMOST FULL
3rd May, 2017 20th May, 2017 £1,175 ALMOST FULL
10th May, 2017 27th May, 2017 £1,175
17th May, 2017 3rd Jun, 2017 £1,175
22nd May, 2017 8th Jun, 2017 £1,175
24th May, 2017 10th Jun, 2017 £1,175
29th May, 2017 15th Jun, 2017 £1,175
31st May, 2017 17th Jun, 2017 £1,175
5th Jun, 2017 22nd Jun, 2017 £1,175
7th Jun, 2017 24th Jun, 2017 £1,175
12th Jun, 2017 29th Jun, 2017 £1,175
21st Jun, 2017 8th Jul, 2017 £1,175
28th Jun, 2017 15th Jul, 2017 £1,175
3rd Jul, 2017 20th Jul, 2017 £1,175
5th Jul, 2017 22nd Jul, 2017 £1,175
10th Jul, 2017 6th Jul, 2017 £1,175
17th Jul, 2017 3rd Aug, 2017 £1,175
19th Jul, 2017 5th Aug, 2017 £1,175
24th Jul, 2017 10th Aug, 2017 £1,175
26th Jul, 2017 12th Aug, 2017 £1,175
2nd Aug, 2017 19th Aug, 2017 £1,175
7th Aug, 2017 24th Aug, 2017 £1,175
9th Aug, 2017 26th Aug, 2017 £1,175
16th Aug, 2017 2nd Sep, 2017 £1,175
23rd Aug, 2017 9th Sep, 2017 £1,175
30th Aug, 2017 16th Sep, 2017 £1,175
4th Sep, 2017 21st Sep, 2017 £1,175
6th Sep, 2017 23rd Sep, 2017 £1,175
13th Sep, 2017 2nd Sep, 2017 £1,175
18th Sep, 2017 5th Oct, 2017 £1,175
20th Sep, 2017 7th Oct, 2017 £1,175
27th Sep, 2017 14th Oct, 2017 £1,175
2nd Oct, 2017 19th Oct, 2017 £1,175
4th Oct, 2017 21st Oct, 2017 £1,175
9th Oct, 2017 21st Oct, 2017 £1,175
11th Oct, 2017 28th Oct, 2017 £1,175
18th Oct, 2017 4th Nov, 2017 £1,175
25th Oct, 2017 11th Nov, 2017 £1,175
1st Nov, 2017 18th Nov, 2017 £1,175
7th Mar, 2018 24th Mar, 2018 £1,175
12th Mar, 2018 29th Mar, 2018 £1,175
14th Mar, 2018 31st Mar, 2018 £1,175
19th Mar, 2018 5th Apr, 2018 £1,175
21st Mar, 2018 7th Apr, 2018 £1,175
2nd May, 2018 19th Apr, 2018 £1,175
4th Apr, 2018 21st Apr, 2018 £1,175
11th Apr, 2018 28th Apr, 2018 £1,175
16th Apr, 2018 3rd May, 2018 £1,175
23rd Apr, 2018 10th May, 2018 £1,175
2nd May, 2018 19th May, 2018 £1,175
9th May, 2018 26th May, 2018 £1,175
16th May, 2018 2nd Jun, 2018 £1,175
21st May, 2018 7th Jun, 2018 £1,175
23rd May, 2018 9th Jun, 2018 £1,175
28th May, 2018 14th Jun, 2018 £1,175
30th May, 2018 16th Jun, 2018 £1,175
4th Jun, 2018 21st Jun, 2018 £1,175
6th Jun, 2018 23rd Jun, 2018 £1,175
11th Jun, 2018 28th Jun, 2018 £1,175
20th Jun, 2018 7th Jul, 2018 £1,175
27th Jun, 2018 14th Jul, 2018 £1,175
2nd Jul, 2018 19th Jul, 2018 £1,175
4th Jul, 2018 21st Jul, 2018 £1,175
9th Jul, 2018 26th Jul, 2018 £1,175
16th Jul, 2018 2nd Aug, 2018 £1,175
18th Jul, 2018 4th Aug, 2018 £1,175
23rd Aug, 2018 9th Aug, 2018 £1,175
25th Jul, 2018 11th Aug, 2018 £1,175
1st Aug, 2018 18th Aug, 2018 £1,175
6th Aug, 2018 23rd Aug, 2018 £1,175
8th Aug, 2018 25th Aug, 2018 £1,175
15th Aug, 2018 1st Sep, 2018 £1,175
22nd Aug, 2018 8th Sep, 2018 £1,175
29th Aug, 2018 15th Sep, 2018 £1,175
3rd Sep, 2018 20th Sep, 2018 £1,175
5th Sep, 2018 22nd Sep, 2018 £1,175
12th Sep, 2018 29th Sep, 2018 £1,175
17th Sep, 2018 4th Oct, 2018 £1,175
19th Sep, 2018 6th Oct, 2018 £1,175
26th Sep, 2018 13th Oct, 2018 £1,175
1st Oct, 2018 18th Oct, 2018 £1,175
3rd Oct, 2018 20th Oct, 2018 £1,175
8th Oct, 2018 25th Oct, 2018 £1,175
10th Oct, 2018 27th Oct, 2018 £1,175
17th Oct, 2018 3rd Nov, 2018 £1,175
24th Oct, 2018 10th Nov, 2018 £1,175
31st Oct, 2018 17th Nov, 2018 £1,175

Price includes:

  • Bilingual Adventure Leaders
  • Accommodation (hostels, guest houses, camping (1 night))
  • Transport within China
  • Loads of fantastic, 'unmissable' activities (see itineraries)
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.

Payments

  • 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 $375 USD. Train upgrades are $231.25 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.

Other

  • 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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