China Group Exploration 27D/26N

Explore the tropical south, the rural west, the historic north and the flourishing east of China on this jam-packed 27-day backpacking adventure.

See architectural wonders, experience the local life, visit iconic sights, and more!

Tour Highlights

  • Camping on the Great Wall
  • Bamboo rafting in Yangshuo
  • See pandas in Chengdu
  • Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Learn Kung Fu at the Shaolin Monastery
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Tour Information


  • - 26 nights shared accommodation in hostels, guesthouses, and camping
  • - All transfers as per itinerary
  • - Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • - English speaking guide in each city
  • - Handy extras and accessories


Every Sunday


Day 1: Hong Kong, China

Welcome to Hong Kong!

Make your way into your accommodation and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Hong Kong - Yangshuo, China

Meet your group at the hostel and head to the iconic Victoria Peak.

Enjoy incredible views of the city and listen to a welcome and safety briefing.

Return to your hostel to check-out and later cross the border into Mainland China, taking a 3-hour train (to Guilin) and a bus to get to Yangshuo.

Day 3: Yangshuo, China

Arrive in Yangshuo and check-in.

The area is famous for its unbelievable karst scenery and its breath-taking landscape of rivers, rice paddies, and limestone peaks.

For the next three days, you will go bamboo rafting down the Li River (included) and take part in several other optional activities, such as kayaking, deep water soloing, cooking lessons, and visits to traditional villages.

Day 4: Yangshuo, China

Go bamboo rafting down the Li River and take part in several other optional activities.

Day 5: Yangshuo, China

Go bamboo rafting down the Li River and take part in several other optional activities.

Day 6: Yangshuo - Chengdu, China

This morning, you will take a bus to Guilin, and then a 7-hour train to Chengdu.

Take the metro to get to your hostel.

Day 7: Chengdu, China

Arrive in Chengdu and meet your adventure leader.

Enjoy an optional massage from a blind physical therapist before taking your first free Mandarin language lesson.

Later, try a traditional Sichuan Hotpot for dinner, where you cook meats and veggies by dipping them into a boiling pot of spicy broth.

Day 8: Chengdu, China

This morning you will visit the world’s main and biggest Panda Breeding Research Centre, arriving just in time to watch these iconic creatures enjoy a delicious bamboo breakfast.

Later, enjoy some free time to visit local attractions, such as the world’s largest stone Buddha in Leshan or Chengdu’s Tibetan quarter, with several shops and cafes.

Day 9: Chengdu, China

On your last morning in Chengdu, choose between volunteering at Autism Children Rehabilitation Centre, or visiting Wenshu Monastery, Sichuan Province Museum, People’s Park and a traditional Tea House

Head to the train station to board the bullet train to Xi’an.

Day 10: Chengdu - Xi’an, China

Welcome to Xi’an.

Meet your Adventure Leader check-in.

Enjoy a free morning and then join an optional bike tour around the ancient Ming Dynasty City Walls. Explore the Muslim Quarter and try the delights of its street food carts. Don’t miss the lamb skewers!

You’ll also have the chance to visit the Silk Road Market.

Day 11: Xi’an, China

Today you will visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors a full-sized stone army designed to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife.

In the evening, experience a Chinese-style night of fun and visit the Big Goose Pagoda for a music & light show.

Day 12: Xi’an - Deng-Feng, China

Start the day with a private transfer and a six-hour bus to Deng Feng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple.

After your arrival, you can take an optional Kung Fu lesson and watch a show at a local children’s home run by the temple itself.

In the evening, attend your second Mandarin lesson.

Day 13: Deng-Feng - Beijing, China

Start your morning with an optional visit to the Shaolin Temple, the flagship of Kung Fu, to see masterful displays and physically impossible feats from these Kung Fu masters. You can also choose to visit the Longmen Grottoes instead, a UNESCO world heritage site with over 100,000 carved Buddha’s.

You can also hike with your group to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims, to take in beautiful views of the shrines and the surrounding landscape.

Have a late lunch, check-out, and in the evening, take the train to Beijing.

Day 14: Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing and meet your Adventure Leader.

Head to a hostel to relax and enjoy the common areas. Have your third Mandarin lesson.

In the afternoon, have a meal at a local farm to obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall.

Hike on a totally unrestored section of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section. Watch the sunset and set your camp for the night

Note: The camping option is only available from April to September. Due to cold weather, the rest of the year you will stay in a nearby hostel.

Day 15: Beijing, China

Wake up early to admire an unforgettable sunrise at the Great Wall.

After this extraordinary experience, head back to Beijing.

Spend the rest of the day visiting its highlights, such as the Temple of Heaven, the Fake Goods Market, or enjoy in the afternoon the incredible Beijing Acrobatics Show.

Try the Peking Roast Duck for dinner!

Day 16: Beijing, China

Spend a relaxed morning in your hostel and continue exploring the city’s highlights.

You can see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and a night market where you can try snake, scorpion and several others “mouth-watering delicacies”.

Day 17: Beijing - Hangzhou, China

Today you have a free day to explore the metropolis.

Visit the 798 art district, the Summer Palace, the Nanluo district, or any other highlights of Beijing.

At night, head to the train station to board the train to Hangzhou.

Day 18: Hangzhou, China

After arriving in Hangzhou, head to West Lake for a relaxing boat tour.

Visit the China National Tea Museum or the National Silk Museum to learn about China’s trade History.

In the afternoon, hike up to Jiuyao Mountain to see the sunset before enjoying a group dinner in the city centre.

Day 19: Hangzhou - Shanghai, China

Today you will explore the enchanting Hangzhou old town, known for its street artists, boutiques and teahouse.

Later, hike around the Nine Creeks area, and make your way back to your hostel.

Transfer to the station to take the bullet train for Shanghai.

On arrival, take the metro to your accommodation.

If you aren’t too tired, you can experience the city’s nightlife with the Shanghai Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl! (Only available on Saturday) or a cruise on the river.

Day 20: Shanghai, China

Enjoy a free to visit Shanghai’s great attractions, such as Disneyland, Moganshan Art Street, and Zhujiajiao Watertown!

At night, you can enjoy the night Chinese-style by going out for some Karaoke at KTV

Day 21: Shanghai, China

Start your day with a Mandarin lesson before heading out to explore the city.

Some of the places you can visit are the Yu Gardens, the People’s Square, and the shopping street West Nanjing Road.

Go for a walk along the Bund, a hub of global architecture.

Day 22: Shanghai, China

On your last day in Shanghai, you can take a walk through the former French Concession, visit a secretive propaganda history museum, visit TianZiFang a local artisan’s lane, the ultra-modern Shanghai financial district and, if you are not afraid of heights, do a Skywalk at a stunning 340 meters above the ground.

Day 23: Shanghai - Nanjing, China

Check-out from your accommodation and take the bullet train to Nanjing, one of China’s most picturesque regions.

Day 24: Nanjing, China

Start the day with a walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring the neighbouring round-houses and the picturesque countryside.

Visit a tea plantation and sample fresh oolong tea.

You can also purchase some to take home!

Day 25: Nanjing - Hong Kong, China

After breakfast, take a bike tour to 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 visit the neighbouring local village.

Enjoy some free time and head to the train station to take your train to Guangzhou.

Day 26: Hong Kong, China

Arrive in Hong Kong in the morning. Spend the day exploring this exciting place!

Day 27: Hong Kong, China

Check-out from your accommodation.

We hope you enjoyed the trip!