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


  • 26N 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

Arrival in Hong Kong and check-in

Day 2: Hong Kong - Yangshuo, China

Today you will take the tram up to Victoria Peak to enjoy the views and then hike down to your hostel. Later travel by bullet train to Yangshuo, on mainland China.

Day 3: Yangshuo, China

Arrive in Yangshuo and check-in. 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 Mandarin language lesson. Later, try a traditional Sichuan Hotpot for dinner!

Day 8: Chengdu, China

Visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre in the morning. Later, enjoy optional activities like seeing the largest stone Buddha in Leshan or walking through Chengdu’s Tibetan quarter.

Day 9: Chengdu, China

Visit an Autism Children Rehabilitation Center, or the WenShu Monastery, the Mao’s Statue and a traditional Chinese tea house before boarding the train to Xi’an

Day 10: Chengdu - Xi’an, China

Take an optional bike tour around the city. Explore the Muslim Quarter and try the delights of its street food carts. Later, you’ll have the chance to visit the Silk Road Market.

Day 11: Xi’an, China

Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors. Enjoy a night out and a visit the Big Goose Pagoda for a music & light show.

Day 12: Xi’an - Deng-Feng, China

Travel to Deng Feng. You can take an optional Kung Fu lesson with a master from the Shaolin temple at a Children’s home. Finish the day with a Mandarin lesson.

Day 13: Deng-Feng - Beijing, China

Start your morning with an optional visit to the Shaolin Temple or the Longmen Grottoes. Then hike to the Dharma Cave. Depart to Zhengzou to board the train to Beijing

Day 14: Beijing, China

Head to the famous Great Wall of China! Hike along it and pitch up your tent for a night camping.

Day 15: Beijing, China

Admire a sunset at the Great Wall before traveling back to Beijing. Spend the rest of the day visiting its highlights.

Day 16: Beijing, China

Enjoy a free morning in your hostel and have your third Mandarin lesson. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city.

Day 17: Beijing - Hangzhou, China

Today you have a free Day. Board the night train to Hangzhou.

Day 18: Hangzhou, China

After arriving in Hangzhou, head to West Lake for a relaxing boat tour and later. You can visit the China National Tea Museum or the National Silk Museum before hiking up to Jiuyao Mountain to see the sunset. Then enjoy a group dinner in the city centre

Day 19: Hangzhou - Shanghai, China

Explore Hangzhou old town and hike around the Nine Creeks area. After lunch, catch the bullet train for Shanghai. Check-in to your accommodation.

Day 20: Shanghai, China

Spend the next day exploring Shanghai’s highlights and nightlife.

Day 21: Shanghai, China

Start your day with a Mandarin lesson before going out to see the city’s sights.

Day 22: Shanghai, China

Continue exploring Shanghai’s sights and museums.

Day 23: Shanghai - Nanjing, China

Take a bullet train to Nanjing.

Day 24: Nanjing, China

Take a walking tour of the Fujian Tolou and visit a tea plantation.

Day 25: Nanjing - Hong Kong, China

Take a bike tour to a neighboring village. Take the night train to Guangzhou.

Day 26: Hong Kong, China

Arrive in Hong Kong in the morning and spend the day exploring this iconic place.

Day 27: Hong Kong, China

Check-out from your accommodation.