25 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong

This is the full circuit of China starting and finishing in Hong Kong you won't quite be the same once you return back to Hong Kong after 25 days. Your mind will have been blown by the culture you have been immersed in, the food you have tasted sights and people you will have met on this China adventure.

Starting in Hong Kong you will travel to Yangshuo for mud baths, rafting, cycling, and swimming. Then it's off to Chengdu for the ultimate in Chinese experiences Buddist Shrines and tea houses. You then visit the ancient city of Xi'an before spending two days in Shaolin temples to learn Kung Fu from the masters. Then its time to camp under the stars on the Great Wall of China, a once in a lifetime amazing experience. Then its a relaxing time in the mountain area of Moganshan, before heading to Shanghai for a bit of nightlife and city life. 

Your last few days are spent staying with the locals in Fujian’s tea-growing region. Then its time to head Macao to enjoy some nightlife with your new group of mates before heading back to Hong Kong.

A whirlwind of sights, sounds, and smells, this a 25 day trip to China you'll never forget! 

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Real Aussie Says:
China is a vast behemoth of a country and it can be tricky to travel in due to its size, the language barrier and the amount of organization required. This Trip does the hard part for you by organizing all the accommodation, transport and activities. Our China tours go much further than pure logistics though, with our awesome guides giving you a taste of off the beaten track places and genuine cultural experiences. Plus there are lots of chances to socialize too. With most travelers here aged between 18 and 35, with an average age of about 24, slightly more of whom are female. We do have older travelers though, with 40, 50 and even 60-somethings on board – often the most popular members of the group!

25 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong
Tour itinerary - 25 Days

  • Day 1 Hong Kong
    Meet your group and first Adventure Leader in the Hostel Reception of Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay 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 7 am the 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 to 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 Say goodbye to your second Adventure Leader and board train to Chengdu
  • Day 6 to 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 to 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 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 and 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 to 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 and 18 Hangzhou and 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 favorite with our fun-loving travellers!
  • Day 19 to 21 Shanghai
    Optional: Take the bus to ZhuJiaJiao Water Town, a Chinese equivalent to the Italian Venice Take the bus back to Shanghai Enjoy the night Chinese-style by going out for some Karaoke at KTV Optional: Walk to the Yu Gardens and back a bustling historical site of former dignitaries lavish family quarters Optional: See People’s Square, before heading on to the World’s busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road. Afterwards, go for a walk along the bund, a hub of global architecture. To finish off, head to the top floor of a skyscraper to enjoy some champagne whilst sitting in a hot tub. Stroll through the former French Concession to hear a little bit about Shanghai’s international history, visit a secretive propaganda history museum, take in the sights of the ultra-modern Shanghai financial district, take a local ferry cross the famous Huangpu river from east to the west of The Bund and finish off the afternoon by visiting TianZiFang a local artisan’s lane that blends the chique and traditional
  • Day 22 to 24 Fujian
    Take the metro to Hongqiao station Take a bullet train to Nanjing, Fujian Arrive in Nanjing then transfer by minivan deep into the Fujian tea growing hills and stay overnight in a mud roundhouse, the traditional homes of the Hakka Minority People Have dinner on the way to the roundhouses Arrive at the traditional roundhouse Un-missable Activity – Walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site exploring the Hakka Minority Roundhouses, picturesque villages and tea fields and traditional tea ceremony and tea tasting Visit the tea plantations. Take some cash if you’d like to purchase some tea. Un-missable Activity: Bike tour, visit the biggest roundhouse. (There is a support vehicle at all times if you have had enough of cycling) See the largest Tulou in the world and explore upstairs. Then make a visit to the neighboring local village. Free time Arrive at the train station to take your train to Guangzhou
  • Day 24 and 25 Macao day trip (and optional overnight stay) then back to HK
    If you travel to Macao for the day trip (and if you’re booked onto the optional overnight stay), you’ll arrive at Guangzhou East and take the bus to the Zhuhai border. Go through the border. Try some delicacies offered while passing through. Board casino bus to a hotel on the Kotai strip. Freshen up, and drop bags and then take the bus to Old Town. Un-missable Activity: Take a quick tour of the Ruins of St Paul and the Old Fortress in Macao’s Historic Centre Optional: Test your courage with the World’s Highest Bungee Jump Un-missable Activity: Take a taxi from Macao back to Cotai Strip to the Venetian Resort Hotel Macao. If you’re only visiting Macao for the day trip, you will: Grab your luggage then head to the ferry port to take the hydrofoil back to Hong Kong. Arrive in Hong Kong and take metro back to the Yes Inn If you’re on the Macao overnight stay, you will: Say goodbye to the main group and head to San Va Hotel (situated in the heart of Macao), alongside any others from the group who’re also staying overnight in Macao. We can’t guarantee that you won’t be on your own. You can then make the most of your extended time in this bizarre and fascinating location before making your own way back to HK (we’ll give you the cost of your ferry!).
25 Day China Dragon Trip Hong Kong to Hong Kong Price information AUD per person

Tour code: 25DTCH


Dorm Share
Double or twin occupancy
Single occupancy
Dorm. For Travel April 1 2019 to March 31 2020
Double/ Twin. For Travel April 1 2019 to March 31 2020
Single. For Travel April 1 2019 to March 31 2020
Dorm Share. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March

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Departure information

Hong Kong
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Mar 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
Apr 2, 4, 11, 16, 23
May 2, 9, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
Jun 4, 6, 11, 20, 27
Jul 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23, 25
Aug 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sep 3, 5, 12, 17, 19, 26
Oct 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 24, 31

March: 11, 13, 18, 20, 25
April: 1, 3, 10, 15, 22
May: 1, 8, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
June: 3, 5, 10, 19, 26
July: 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, 31
August: 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 28
September: 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 25
October: 2, 7, 9, 16, 23, 30

Mar: 9, 11, 18, 25
Apr: 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29
May: 6, 11, 13, 20, 25, 27
Jun: 3, 8, 10, 17, 24
Jul: 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 27, 29
Aug: 5, 10, 12, 19, 26
Sep: 2, 7, 14, 16, 23, 30
Oct: 7, 14, 19, 21, 28
Nov: 4


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

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 are 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.
A pre-departure briefing is in the lobby of Yes Inn in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay at 7 am on the first day of the trip. The address is 2nd Floor, Nan Yip Building, 472 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay.
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 to 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 to 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 traveling 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

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