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China16 Days Soft Hiking And Cultural Tour

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Our unique 16-days soft hiking and cultural tour will afford you a wonderful experience of some of the finest cultural heritage sties and spectacular landscapes China has to offer. Due to an ancient history and deeply rich culture, Beijing has a wide range of exciting things to offer and we have developed a tour that will allow you to experience many of its wonderful highlights. Our Beijing experi...

Our unique 16-days soft hiking and cultural tour will afford you a wonderful experience of some of the finest cultural heritage sties and spectacular landscapes China has to offer. Due to an ancient history and deeply rich culture, Beijing has a wide range of exciting things to offer and we have developed a tour that will allow you to experience many of its wonderful highlights. Our Beijing experiences will include visits to the incredible Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven which are both considered unmissable for any visitor to China’s capital city. We will also take you to the Beijing Temple Theatre to watch an authentic Chinese opera performance but most importantly, you will experience a magnificent section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Our journey then continues in the beautiful city of Xi’an, famous for its old city walls and its impressive bell tower. Xi’an acts as a perfect platform to visit the amazing Terracotta Army (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) that includes more than 6,000 individually crafted soldiers of stunning detail. After exploring an eclectic mixture of rural cultures (including the highlight of a visit to Dazhai village) and natural landscapes via Guilin and Longji, we then take you the stunningly beautiful town of Yanghsuo which is located amidst incredible limestone peaks. Here you will explore an incredible piece of China on foot and by bicycle! The final step of the tour takes us to the futuristic-looking city of Shanghai, which is beautiful blend of modern buildings and historical cultural heritage – this is a truly spectacular way to end your journey!

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

You will be met at Beijing International Airport by our guide and transferred to a hotel in central Beijing. Today you will have an opportunity to rest and recover from the long flight. In the late afternoon, there will be a briefing about the following 15 days. Welcome dinner will be followed by that.

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel.


Day 2: Beijing city tour

After breakfast, we will follow in the footsteps of emperors, court ministers and eunuchs and head south to the magnificent and colorful Forbidden City. Forbidden City Beijing, also called Imperial Palace Museum, is located in the very heart of Beijing. 

This afternoon, we will transfer to visit Summer Palace. Summer Palace located in a northwestern suburb of Beijing, it is an immense park containing some Chinese traditional architecture and arts. It was built and served as a royal garden during the Qing Dynasty. It exhibits the quintessence of the Chinese classical landscape gardening. The halls, the pavilions, the corridors, the pagodas, the bridges and the water were elaborately arranged. The long Corridor is one of the most exquisite structures in the garden. It is over 700 meters long and decorated with thousands of Chinese traditional paintings. At the end travel back to the city to enjoy a delicious Peking Duck dinner - the capital's most famous dish. Once imperial cuisine, now the legendary duck dish is served at restaurants around the world.

This evening we will go to Beijing Temple Theatre to watch a Chinese opera performance. Highlight: before the start of the show, we can go to the backstage to look actor makeup process. The Beijing Temple Theatre which we will watch the opera is the living fossil of China's ancient opera towers. One of the few remaining industrial and commercial guildhalls in Beijing, Temple Theatre (Zhengyici) was also called 'Banking House Guildhall'. The two-storey opera tower in the temple theatre is unique among guildhall opera towers and is honored 'the living fossil of China's ancient opera towers'. 

Overnight at 3 or 4 stars hotel in Beijing.

Beijing, Forbidden City, Summer Palace

Day 3: Exploring the Great Wall and area

Today, we will on the Great Wall which is great for photography! We will drive about 1.5 to 2 hours to a small village called Jiankou. The Jiankou section of the Wall is known to be one of most beautiful part of the Wild Wall near Beijing, loved by photographers. After a half-hour climb upwards, through a gentle wooded area, we will clamber out onto a portion of the Wall not visited by tourists. The hike itself is quiet and beautiful - in about four hours of passing deserted sections of the Wall in its original state, we will get to the well-known restored section of the Wall - Mutianyu. What a difference between the tourist section and the original Wild Wall we have just seen! At the end of the trek, drive back to Beijing, free in the evening.

Overnight at 3 or 4 stars hotel in Beijing.

Beijing, Jiankou, Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4: Vist the temple of heaven

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will go to see the local people doing their morning exercises and visit the Temple of Heaven, a venue for the Ming and Qing emperors to offer sacrifices to the Heaven and pray for harvest. 

Then we will start the day with a rickshaw tour to Hutong. As the Forbidden City is the symbol of China's royal family, the Hutongs in Beijing show the real life of the common people. When you visit Hutong by rickshaw, you could really taste the life of common people in Beijing. Lotus Market, located in Houhai area, famous for old hutong and modern bars. You will also have chance to have a view of the Beijing drum show today to get close to the Chinese traditional art.

After lunch, transfer to Beijing West Railway station; take a high-speed train to Xi’an.

Overnight at 3 or 4 stars hotel in Xi’an.

Beijing, Xi'an

Day 5: Explore Xi'an city

Our guide will pick you up from the hotel, then we will drive to visit the magnificent Qin Terra-cotta Army. It was built in about 2500 years ago and contains more than 6000 warriors, soldiers and horses. UNESCO listed it in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. In the afternoon, drive back to Xian city; visit Gao's Grand Courtyard, the Great Mosque and the old street, where you can enjoy the ancient Shadow Puppy show. In the evening, enjoy Chinese Dumpling feast with Tang Dynasty dancing show.

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Xi’an.


Day 6: Discover the beauty of Huashan mountain

We will spend one day to explore the beauty of Huashan Mountain. Breathe in fresh air, walk in the sea of clouds, witness magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and see ancient Taoist temples to which emperors of past dynasties made pilgrimages.

Mt. Huashan is situated in Huayin City, 120 kilometres east of Xi'an, and it is one of the five sacred mountains in China. Experience the fun of hiking the country’s loveliest mountain, and be rewarded by a captivating sight of its five peaks appearing in the shape of a flower from a distance. 

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Xi’an.

Xi'anHuashan Mountain International

Day 7: Amazing stunning view of the rice terraces

After breakfast, transfer to Xi’an Xianyang Airport, take a noon flight to Guilin. Meet your guide and driver at Guilin airport in early afternoon, then transfer to Longji Rice Terraces (about 1.5 hours’ drive); then change the local shuttle bus and keep driving up the mountain (about another 40 minutes), start walking uphill to Pingan Zhuang Village.

Walking info: there are flagstone steps from the bus parking to Pingan village, this walking-up may take about 30 to 40 minutes, and the ascent is about 250 meters.

Overnight at a guesthouse in Longji 

Xi'anXianyang Shi, Guilin, Longji

Day 8: Whole day excursion at Longji

After breakfast, have the whole day excursion at Longji, hike on the mountains to Dazhai Yao Village and visit the minority villages and view the rice terraces from different angles. Here in Dazhai it is all Yao people, dressed in their eye dazzling red embroidered costumes. Then back to your hotel in the afternoon.

Walking info: there is a flagstone trekking path on the mountains with many ups and downs shared by the local minority farmers and water buffaloes. You need 4 to 5 hours to finish this hiking, but these 4 to 5 hours hiking allows you to have a better understanding of these mountain tribes and their real life. 

Overnight at a guesthouse in Longji.


Day 9: Visit the biggest organic tea farm of Yao mountain

After breakfast, start to walk 1.5 hours to Pingan Old Zhuang Village, then take the local shuttle bus down to the bus parking lot. Then drive 2 hours to Guilin, visit: Yao Mountain (the highest in Guilin, by chair lift, for a great bird’s eye view of the surroundings on the summit), the biggest organic tea farm at the foot of Yao Mountain. In the evening, follow your guide and take a 1.5 hours leisure walk along the city’s ancient water system – this ancient water system was built by the locals 800 years ago and was served as moat before. 

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Guilin.


Day 10: Discover the magnificent reed flute cave

After breakfast, transfer for your visit of Reed Flute Cave (the most famous limestone cave in this area and good example of this Karst Formation), then drive 1 hour to Yangdi and start your walking along the beautiful Li River to Xingping, transfer to your hotel in Yangshuo from your walking ending point – Xingping. 

Walking info: Li River is always a must for all the tourists in Guilin due to its breathtaking scenery, the Li River section from Yangdi to Xingping is the best. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful mountains, verdant fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. The walking distance is about 12 kilometers, and it is level walk without any ups or downs, but it is needed to take the local ferry to cross the Li River three times.

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Yangshuo.

Day 11: Bird's eye view on the Moon Hill

Drive about 30 minutes to the walking starting point – Fuli, follow the old trade path through villages to escape the tourist crowds, end your walking at Suoshi Village. Then transfer back to Yangshuo to visit the Moon Hill for a good bird’s eye view of the surroundings (there are about 800 flagstone steps from the foot to the top of the hill, the walk-up time may be around 40 minutes). Back to your hotel in Yangshuo in late afternoon.

Walking info: This 12 kilometer-walking from Fuli Town to Suoshi Village takes around 4- 4.5 hours, the first half will be bit hilly, and we need to walk up the old stone steps through two hills - the first one is around 60 meters ascent and the second one 130 meters ascent; the latter half walking can be either up and down the dirt road or climbing over two more small hills (about 100 meters’ ascent each) to Suoshi, On the way, you can explore the villages and talk to the local people there with our guide as your interpreter. The scenery along the way is really mind-blowing.

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Yangshuo.


Day 12: Biking exploration of the area 

To avoid the heavy traffic in the town and for safe reason, take your van or bus to the cycling starting point, cycle along Yulong River through different villages, then drop your bikes at the bamboo rafting pier and have the relaxing 1.5 hours bamboo rafting (2 sharing one raft with one local standing behind and rowing the raft). Then transfer back to your hotel after lunch, enjoy the rest of day for your own exploration.

Biking info: this biking may take you 1.5 hours along the two sides of Yulong River, the biking will be level ride, and the biking distance is around 22 kilometers. 

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Yangshuo.

YangshuoYulong River

Day 13: Visit the famous waterfront 

Transfer to Guilin airport for your departure flight to Shanghai. In the early afternoon, the local guide will pick you up from Shanghai Airport, transfer to the hotel. After dinner, go to visit The Bund.

The Bund: Also called the Zhongshan Road, is a Famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years.It was the centre of Shanghai’s politics, economy and culture hundreds of years ago, consulates of most countries and many banks, bus inesses and newspaper offices were settled there.

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Shanghai.


Day 14: In the middle of a wine making plant

After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel, then take a 2 hours drive to Wuzhen, which is today’s visit. Then you will visit a wine making plant, & a local printing workshop. Have a Chinese lunch and continue to visit an exhibition of antique beds from the Ming & Qing Dynasties. After that, pay a visit to a local folk culture museum. Then you will make a cruise in Chinese gondolas. 

Overnight at a 3 or 4 stars hotel in Shanghai.

Shanghai Municipality

Day 15: Shangai city tour

After breakfast, check out the hotel, then drive to visit Yu Garden, The Oriental Pearl Tower and Nanjing Road.

Yu Garden is one of the most famous gardens in China and is national heritage listed. It was built in 1559 and extended in 1577. Each section of the garden is separated by curved white walls crowned with the head and body of a dragon on them. It's named after the original owner.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is unquestionably an icon of Pudong’s renaissance. Looming through the mist, like a reproduction of a classical Chinese ink painting of landscape, stands Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Its soaring height of 468 meters boldly characterizes the Lujiazui cityscape.

Nanjing Road: Shanghai's main shopping street, enjoying the fame as "the No.1 commercial street of China", also it is one of the most prosperous streets in Asia. 

Overnight at a 3/4 stars hotel in Shanghai

Shanghai Municipality

Day 16: Departing Shanghai

Breakfast served at hotel. Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport to take flight departing Beijing and back home. End of an incredibly memorable experience.

Shanghai Municipality

BeijingForbidden CitySummer PalaceJiankouMutianyu Great WallXi'anHuashan Mountain InternationalXianyang ShiGuilinLongjiDazhaiYangdiLi RiverXingpingYangshuoSuoshiYulong RiverShanghai Municipality

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,140 / 16 days
Excluding international flights
2 to 3 pax4 to 5 paxSingle Supp
Price per person in 3 stars hotel with domestic airfares£2,660£2,140£360
Price per person in 4 stars hotel with domestic airfares£2,850£2,330£540

Included in price:

  • Local transportation: A private vehicle will accompany us for the entire tour if accessary. While we are trekking, our vehicle will transfer our food and luggage to the appointed site or hostel and wait or meet us at the end of the trekking tour if accessary
  • Equipment as required: water (4 liters per person per day), 2-way radios, compass , first aid kit, GPS
  • Leader: Experienced English-speaking tour leader and one or more service persons along the trip as needed
  • Entrance fees: All first-entrance tickets to the tourist spots mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation: 3/4-star hotels in the big cities( Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai), 3/3/4 star standard hotel in Longji
  • Meals: All meals as indicated in the itinerary, with some simple picnic lunches while trekking
  • Common carrier tickets: All domestic airfares and train ticket as listed in the itinerary, if applicable
  • Extra supplier of staff (only needed when the area we will trek to is non-residential and not accessible for any vehicles): porter to carry food and all supporting equipments, and cook to prepare fresh food for the group when necessary (usually for a group more than 8 persons only)
  • Travel agency liability insurance

Not included in price:

  • Personal gear required: if camping, a sleeping bag sufficiently warm to protect against minus 20°C (-4°F) in Jan-March, against -10°C or -5°C (14°F- 23°F) in April and May, against 0-5°C (32°-41°F) in June. Also: hiking boots; It may different from the area, we will provide you the exact information when you confirm a tour. Raincoat; cap; camera; sun-cream; sun-glasses; pocket knife; day-pack, etc
  • Expenses of a personal nature: favorite snacks, soft drinks, laundry , local or long-distance calls, etc
  • Tips to tour guide and driver, and other service staff like cook, horsemen(recommended USD10-15/guest/day )
  • Tourist accident insurance. NB - you are strongly suggested to buy travel and health insurance before you start out from your home country
  • Any service persons to carry personal belonging while trekking (although this can be arranged, it should be unnecessary - participants should find that trekking with a single day-pack for personal items should suffice)
  • Single supplement costs (for those who want accommodation on a single basis)
  • Visa to China
  • Domestic and international flights and related airport taxes not listed in the itinerary
  • Supplementary trips, entrance fees and services not mentioned, and extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
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