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8 Day Hong Kong to Chengdu, China

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 trip is perfect for anyone short on time who wants to see as much as they can of China. Discover off- the-beaten-path destinations you won’t believe ...

Why we rate it

  • Unforgettable adventure around China
  • Travel up to Victoria Peak and enjoy a view of Hong Kong from above 
  • Try to cook up some traditional Chinese foods
  • Cruise down the Yulong River on these Chinese style Gondolas – Bamboo Rafts
  • See the Pandas at the world’s main, and biggest, Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center

 

Day 1 : Hong Kong
day 1: Hong Kong Meet your group and first Adventure Leader in the Hostel Reception of Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei 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)
Meals :None

Day 2 : Yangshuo- 2-5
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
Meals :None

Day 3 : Yangshuo- 2-5
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
Meals :None

Day 4 : Yangshuo- 2-5
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
Meals :None

Day 5 : Yangshuo- 2-5
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
Meals :None

Day 6 : Chengdu 6-8
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!
Meals :None

Day 7 : Chengdu 6-8
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!
Meals :None

Day 8 : Chengdu 6-8
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!
Meals :None

Start

Hong Kong, China - Yes Inn at Yau Ma Tei - meet at 7am for Victoria Peak hike or 10:30 to depart to mainland China.

Finish

Chengdu, China

Extras

Accommodation is not provided the night before Day 1 of your trip or for the night of the last day of your trip

Flights to and from China

Aside from the many free un-missable activities The Dragon Trip offers you, we also offer some extra activities which are great value for money, safe and fun.

Food and Drink – Eating and drinking is incredibly cheap in China, but even so, the Dragon Trip still gives you access to a great range of discounts on food and drinks in the liveliest bars in town.

Any train/bus tickets for journeys made after the trip- we provide a booking service at a cost of 30 RMB per ticket booked, on top of the price of the ticket.

Any hostels for after your trip has ended- we recommend that you use Hostel World for booking hostels. We can book hostels for you, however we will charge a service fee of 150 RMB.

Pre-departure briefing is in the lobby of Yes Inn at Yau Ma Tei in Hong Kong at 7am on the first day of the trip. The address is 1B Wing Sing Ln, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. Bring your luggage with you as you can leave it in Yes Inn whilst you hike.

Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you to the meeting. In the event of an accident, we may need contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone number and your policy number

Visas

A visa is required for China, so once you’ve made your booking with us, we will send you detailed instructions on applying for your visa, a visa invitation letter and a detailed itinerary, and a number of other items in your booking packet.

You will need at least six months validity on your passport to get your visa. If this means getting a new passport then we will need to have a copy of your most recent passport as well as the one you booked with. You will need to follow the instructions of your countries embassy on applying for your visa and we suggest allowing two weeks for this to be processed. You should apply for your visa within three months of your travel start date. For more information prior to booking you can check the China Visa Application Service Center or the website of your local Chinese consulate. You can also find information regarding visas for Macau and Hong Kong here.

Travel insurance

We require all our customers to have backpackers travel insurance when coming on the trip.

Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you. In the event of an accident, we may need contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone number and your policy number.

Accommodation

All of the hostels are clean, air-conditioned or have fans, are safe, have good showers, internet, washing machines and most importantly, have real Chinese character. People who stay at hostels are usually young people aged 18 to 35 who are travelling on a smaller budget than people staying at hotels. So it is easy to make friends and fun to hang out at the bar (all the hostels we stay at have cool bars and lounging areas to hang out). If you would like to stay in a private room though, that is absolutely possible as well as we have room upgrades available at the time of purchase.

Upgrade to a private room

Yes! If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. Just email us at least three weeks prior to departure to let us know you’d like to upgrade. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person- i.e. if you are a couple upgrading, then you split this price between the two of you.  Room upgrades include single, double and twin rooms.

HK-HK 25 days = $780

BJ-BJ 18 days = $380

HK-HK 16 days = $350

SH-SH 18 days = $380

HK-BJ 15 days = $350

Packing

If you are starting and finishing in the same location you are able to leave luggage at the hostel for only 300 HKD/CNY approx. We advise a rucksack of 50 – 70L but a suitcase is also fine. If necessary absolutely, arrangements can also be made to send things domestically, for an extra fee.

  • Passport with China Visa
  • Chinese yuan or credit/debit card
  • Student card if you have one, as there are a few student deals on the trip
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Photocopies of insurance policy, bank cards, passport photo page, visa
  • Flipflops
  • Sensible walking shoes
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Swimming costume
  • Lightweight waterproof
  • Towel
  • Washbag
  • Books and other entertainments for the night trains
  • Mosquito repellent, sun-screen and after-sun
  • Camera and charger – China is a photographer’s dream!
  • Small first aid kit with medicine for diarrhea, paracetamol, disinfectant etc.
  • If travelling before May or after September, please bring a hat, gloves, coat, hoodie and warm trousers with you
  • A big bag and a small rucksack. We sometimes get separated from our big bags, so you’ll need to keep your valuables with you in a small bag.

If you are starting your trip in Hong Kong you can leave a bag in Hong Kong for the duration of your trip for HK$300.  Bring electronic products at your own risk. Some customers choose to travel with iphones, tablets and laptops, but although theft is extremely rare on the Dragon Trip there is petty crime in some areas we visit.