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China Hike and Bike Explorer

from $ 1890

Trek the Great Wall, help a panda, cycle in the south and party in Hong Kong

Trip Dates

  • 27.May. - 07.Jun.2017
  • 26.Aug. - 06.Sep.2017
  • 07.Oct. - 18.Oct.2017
  • 11.Nov. - 22.Nov.2017
  • 09.Dec. - 20.Dec.2017
  • 10.Mar. - 21.Mar.2018
  • 19.May. - 30.May.2018
  • 18.Aug. - 29.Aug.2018
  • 06.Oct. - 17.Oct.2018
  • 10.Nov. - 21.Nov.2018
  • 08.Dec. - 19.Dec.2018

Trip Dates

27.May. - 07.Jun.2017 closed
26.Aug. - 06.Sep.2017 available Book now
07.Oct. - 18.Oct.2017 available Book now
11.Nov. - 22.Nov.2017 available Book now
09.Dec. - 20.Dec.2017 available Book now
10.Mar. - 21.Mar.2018 available Book now
19.May. - 30.May.2018 available Book now
18.Aug. - 29.Aug.2018 available Book now
06.Oct. - 17.Oct.2018 available Book now
10.Nov. - 21.Nov.2018 available Book now
08.Dec. - 19.Dec.2018 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Spend two days trekking remote sections of the Great Wall of China
  • Experience an authentic stay at a local farmer's guesthouse during the Great Wall trek
  • Uncover China’s rich history at the iconic Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
  • Cycle in Yangshuo amid its dramatic limestone, serene lakes and traditional villages
  • Discover Beijing’s energetic back streets with hidden stalls and delicious food
  • Encounter pandas in a natural forest setting at the Panda Sanctuary
  • Explore the fantastic Muslim quarter on foot in Xian
  • Revel in Hong Kong’s vibrant night life

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Beijing

Day 2 - Beijing

Day 3 - Beijing

Day 4 - To Gubeikou, commence Great Wall trek

Day 5 - Complete trek, train to Xian

Day 6 - Xian

Day 7 - To Chengdu

Day 8 - Chengdu

Day 9 - Guilin and Yangshuo

Day 10- Yangshuo

Day 11 - Yangshuo

Day 12 - Trip ends Hong Kong

The Sweat Level

EASY TO MODERATE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Easy to Moderate’. Trips with this grading involve activities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking for several hours in duration. Depending on the activity, you may have to carry a small daypack. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in aerobic exercises two or three times a week for three months prior to departure.

When To Go

China experiences a rather broad temperature range throughout the year. August to September experiences warm to hot days with temperatures up to 25-30˚C and a slight chance of rain. Around October the days are mild and dry, typically averaging 15-20˚C, and nights are cooler. In late October there is increasingly a cooler westerly wind that lowers temperatures, particularly at night while days remain mild.

Trip Inclusions

  • 11 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 1 x dinner
  • 9 nights hotel on twin share basis
  • 1 overnight train journey
  • 1 night guesthouse at local farm
  • Local English speaking Yomads guides
  • Transfers by bus, air and train as stated in the itinerary

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arriving into one of the world’s most vibrant cities, you will make your own way to the hotel. Later, join your local guide and group of Yomads travellers for an afternoon welcome meeting and spend the evening exploring the surrounding area.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Walking tour of Beijing

After a leisurely breakfast we head out on foot to see some of Beijing’s majestic sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We'll also explore the backstreets, known as hutongs, that are alive with street stalls and hidden temples where you'll have the chance to sample some of the best food in China.

Meals: B

Day 3: Free day in Beijing

The day is yours to explore Beijing at your own pace. Our recommendations are:

  • Discover the Summer Palace and Lama Temple
  • Attend the Beijing Opera, Legend of Gongfu, or acrobatic performance
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven
  • Feast at the great restaurant at Beihai Park
  • Enjoy a traditional massage

Meals: B

Day 4: To Gubeikou, Great Wall trek

After breakfast we travel to Gubeikou, a fantastic area to undertake some hiking on the Great Wall with its original appearance maintained. Unlike other “wild” sections of the Great Wall, Gubeikou has some historical sites including temples and temporary imperial palaces, earning it a ranking as one of the best hiking and photography sections of the wall. In the evening we are treated to a special homestay experience with local farmers providing unique insight into life in rural China.

Meals: B, D

Day 5: Complete Great Wall Trek, travel to Xian by train

After completing the Great Wall trek we return to Beijing and board an overnight carriage to Xian - a must do experience when in China. Tonight you'll fall asleep to the gentle sway of the tracks before our early morning arrival into the city of Xian.

Meals: B

Day 6: Xian and the Terracotta Warriors

After checking into the hotel there’s time to relax before paying a visit to the iconic Terracotta Warriors. The remainder of the day is yours to discover Xian where we highly recommend cycling along the Old City Wall. Our other recommendations for your time in Xian are:

  • Wander through the narrow streets of the Muslim quarter to chime into prayer call from the Great Mosque and sample the cuisine
  • Visit the Bell and Drum Towers
  • Stroll along the old city walls drinking in the splendid past of Xian
  • Discover the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Brush up on traditions at the Shanxi History Museum
  • Enjoy a dumpling banquet and learn more about the Tang Dynasty

Meals: B

Day 7: Xian to Chengdu and Kuang Zai Xiang

The morning is spent at leisure before we depart on a short flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, settle in at the hotel and learn our way around the Kuang Zai Xiang area.

Meals: B

Day 8: Chengdu and the Panda Sanctuary

The Panda Sanctuary will be a highlight of today as we get close to these beautiful bears. The facility has not only dedicated itself to giant panda conservations but has also made great efforts to combine natural scenery and man-made landscapes to create wonderful living areas for giant pandas, red pandas and other endangered Chinese animals.

Meals: B

Day 9: Guilin and Yangshuo

The morning is free for you to spend in Chengdu at leisure. In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the airport for a flight to Guilin and the legendary Yangshuo that has inspired Chinese poets and artists for centuries.

Meals: B

Day 10: Cycling the Yangshuo hinterland

Yangshuo, and idyllic town set amidst limestone pinnacles and rice paddies, is the setting of today's cycle. The surrounding region is beautiful, spotted with small villages and imposing rock formations. The cycle route we follow will lead you along undulating roads to the Moon Hill area and to lunch at a local farmer's house. There will also be time to explore the village itself, known to have fantastic shopping, restaurants and a lively ambiance.

Meals: B, L

Day 11: Free day in Yangshuo

The day is free for you to experience Yangshuo. Our recommendations are:

  • Further explore Western Street, famous for its distinctive bars, restaurants and hotels that are full of exotic atmosphere
  • Visit Xingping Ancient Town, famed for the beautiful mountains and rivers
  • Take a mud bath, also called a natural baptism
  • Participate in a cooking class and market tour to learn traditional Yangshuo dishes
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Li River or a Liu San Jie Lighting Show

Meals: B

Day 12: Trip ends Hong Kong

The trip ends after breakfast when you'll transfer to the train station and board the train from Guilin to Shenzhen North and Futian. From here, you'll make your own way to Hong Kong to explore its world of nightlife, history, and markets.

Meals: B

Accommodation

Beijing 3N Hotel
Gubeikou 1N Guesthouse
En route to Xian 1N Overnight train
Xian 1N Hotel
Chengdu 2N Hotel
Yangshuo 3N Hotel

Disclaimer

This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices are valid until 31/12/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

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The Sweat Level

  • Easy to Moderate
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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