China: Cafés & Karst Mountains

China: Cafés & Karst Mountains
China: Cafés & Karst Mountains
China: Cafés & Karst Mountains
China: Cafés & Karst Mountains
China: Cafés & Karst Mountains
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  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • FAQ
  • Dates
  • G Adventures

Now's the time to explore China on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Ancient villages or bustling metropolises? This 24-day tour of China includes both — and then some. Monumental sights like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and an army of Terracotta Warriors can make China seem intimidating — but with an expert CEO (Chief Experience Officer) leading the way, we’ll wipe away those worries and leave you free to enjoy the ride. And between the panda conservation centre, bamboo rafting, beaches, historic sites, tai chi, and lively nightlife, it’s not a ride you’ll want to miss.

Highlights
  • Taste the spicy food Chengdu is known for
  • Explore the ancient city of Xi'an and sing your heart out during a private karaoke session
  • Visit the Great Wall
  • Explore scenic Yangshuo
  • Spend the night in a traditional Hakka roundhouse
  • Wander the mystical Shaolin Monastery and Temple
Accommodation
Hotel (15 nts), Hostel (standard twin/single) (4 nts), guesthouse (3 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts)
Transport
Train, bus, sleeper train (beds), private vehicle.
Meals Included
No meals included
Destinations
  • Far East
  • Far East
  • China
  • Hong Kong
Tour Types
  • Cycling
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Art Galleries
  • Foodie
  • History
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Cultural

Location: Hong Kong

Arrive at any time. For your first night out, head down to Kowloon and experience the spectacular light show at Victoria Harbour. Get to know your fellow travellers and snap that iconic photo with the neon city backdrop. Afterward, opt for a traditional Cantonese dinner in a local restaurant and share stories over some Dim Sum.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Peak season notice: Golden Week falls between October 1st and 7th, 2020/2021. Please note that Golden Week is a semi-annual 7-day or 8-day national holiday for the people of China. This is a very busy time of the year for domestic tourists, so expect some crowding at major attractions. We recommend booking these dates well in advance as accommodations and transportation availability is extremely limited.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Harbour Plaza North Point (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hong Kong, Guilin, Yangshuo County, Hong Kong, Luohu District

Board a bullet train and enjoy the scenic ride to Guilin, then transfer to the nearby village of Yangshuo. The Li River and limestone karst mountains interspersed with picturesque riverside villages and markets make this area perhaps the best known scenic attraction in the region. A backpacker haven for activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Li River Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Yangshuo

Wake up early in this luscious wonderland to catch the sun rising over the bounding karst mountains and morning mist flowing through the valley for a sight you won't want to miss. Spend the rest of the day immersing yourself in the community, learning tai chi, or cycling through the countryside. Opt to visit the G Adventures supported Jia Community Restaurant, run by women, and check out the Yangshuo nightlife at some of the fun riverside bars.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and explore relaxing Yangshuo.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Li River Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Yangshuo

Yangshuo is too beautiful for only one day, so enjoy another to explore the way you want. If you're feeling active, climb Moon Hill for a breathtaking view of the region or take a kung fu lesson. If you're craving a more relaxing day, try your hand at a Chinese cooking class or stroll through the countryside. Tonight, check out the Impression Liu Sanjie Culture Show which lights up the Li River.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and explore relaxing Yangshuo.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Li River Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Yangshuo, Guilin, Chengdu

Get cozy on a bullet train and take in the scenery on the ride to Chengdu, known for its Giant Panda Conservation Centre and spicy food, UNESCO's first ever "City of Gastronomy." On arrival, settle into your accommodation and enjoy a relaxing evening.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Chengdu Taiji Business Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Chengdu

Chengdu is your oyster today, so see where this unique city takes you. Follow your heart to Leshan's giant Buddha or Wenshu Monastery. Or follow your nose on a foodie tour via tuk-tuk or to a drink at He Ming Teahouse.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get outside and discover Chengdu.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Chengdu Taiji Business Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Chengdu, Xi'an

Choose to rise early and say hello to the giant pandas at the conservation centre before taking a high-speed train to Xi'an, the eastern end of the Silk Road and perfect balance between modernity and ancient traditions.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: 7 Sages Bell Tower Youth Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Xi'an

Embark on an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter, then opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls, or practice tai chi with the local people. For your big night out, head to a karaoke bar with your new friends and sing your heart out!<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Release your inner rock star and let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group. Grab a drink on us and sing your heart out!</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a walk around Xi'an’s Muslim Quarter with our CEO, and be introduced to favourite streets, artists, chefs or food stalls in the quarter. Each CEO offers a unique perspective. Get a better feel for the district and have plenty of time to roam around on your own, shopping and eating along the way.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: 7 Sages Bell Tower Youth Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Xi'an, Luoyang

Catch the morning train to the ancient city of Luoyang, thought to be where Chinese civilization originated. Arrive in the afternoon, and opt to visit the UNESCO site of Longmen Grottoes where giant Buddhist statues are intricately chiseled in limestone cliffs stretching over 1 kilometre.<p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Enjoy free time to explore local Temples.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Luoyang Jinjiang Inn (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Luoyang, Mount Song

Catch the public bus with an overnight pack to Song Shan, a holy mountain area best known for Shaolin Temple and the birthplace of kung-fu. One of the five sacred Daoist Mountains of China, Dengfeng Shan, or Mount Song, is a unique rock mountain containing many valleys, caves, pools, waterfalls, and steep cliffs. Hike the surrounding countryside and get a glimpse into this sacred natural area.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get out and explore this scenic region.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Shaolin Holiday Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Song Shan, Luoyang, Beijing

In the morning, explore Shaolin Temple - birth place of China Zen Buddhism and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 495 AD, martial arts have been practiced here for 1500 years as a way to practice Zen Buddhism. After getting your zen kung fu on, pick up your bags from Luoyang and take a bullet train to Beijing.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Song Shan is home to the Shaolin Monastery and Temple, the mystical birthplace of the world famous martial art, Kung Fu. First founded in the 5th century, Shaolin has been rebuilt multiple times.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Sicily Hotel, Beijing Tiantan East Gate (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Beijing

Welcome to Beijing, China's bustling capital, and one of the world's most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend the day exploring on your own terms with limitless options. Visit the Forbidden City, the core of Beijing and the world's largest imperial palace. People watch in Tiananmen Square or check out the unique art galleries at Factory 798. Later, wander through Beijing's lively streets and see where the night takes you.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Spend the day exploring the nation's capital.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Sicily Hotel, Beijing Tiantan East Gate (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Beijing

Enjoy another day in Beijing to experience a different side of the city. Choose to step back in time with a visit to the Great Wall, a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from northern barbarians. Climb the rolling hills, take in the scenery, and explore the wall capturing iconic photos from the watch towers.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Continue exploring Beijing today.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Sicily Hotel, Beijing Tiantan East Gate (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Beijing

Make your last day in Beijing count. Spend the day exploring the peaceful gardens, lakes, and temples at Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or get off the beaten path and venture to hip Wudaoying Hutong filled with unique boutiques, restaurants, and live music, located across from the intricate Lama Temple. In the evening, opt to catch an acrobatics performance with your new buds and immerse yourself in the booming nightlife.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get outside and explore this metropolis.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Sicily Hotel, Beijing Tiantan East Gate (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Beijing, Shanghai

Hop on a bullet train and speed down the coast to Shanghai, the most modern of Chinese cities. Spend the evening exploring with your fellow travellers. Opt to explore the famous Bund with its stunning nighttime light show and many bars. The night is young and so are you!<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Enjoy a free afternoon to get out and explore Shanghai.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Phoenix Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Shanghai

The day is yours to get to know this unique coastal city. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road, visit the Shanghai Museum, or enjoy a picnic in Yuyuan Gardens.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> There’s plenty to see and do in Shanghai, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Shanghai Museum, wandering around the Yuyuan Gardens, and taking in a traditional Chinese acrobats show. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Phoenix Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Shanghai, Wuyishan

Spend the morning and early afternoon getting to know more of Shanghai. Visit the Bund for a daytime perspective of the many historical buildings and city view. Wander through picturesque Old Town or visit the lush scenery of People's Park. Later, board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian providence.<p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get out and explore Shanghai.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get around underground via public transit.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Yilan Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Wuyishan

Wake up and take in the breathtaking serenity of the UNESCO Wuyishan Biosphere Reserve. Hike up towering peaks into the clouds for an encompassing valley view through the fog and mist, then climb down into the valley for an incredible view upward. After, opt for a bamboo raft ride down the Nine Bend Stream.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit beautiful Wuyishan Reserve, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and hit the trails. You'll find breathtaking lookouts, stone peaks, tea fields, interesting rock formations, and a winding river down below.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get around underground via public transit.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Head out on a hike of the Wuyishan Nature Reserve. Take 1000 steps up into the clouds to Tiyanou Peak for some incredible valley views through the fog and mist. Hike into the deep valley to the One-Line-Sky scenic area which is known for its view of the sky looking straight up from the valley. All around you are jagged mountain peaks that blend together like a forest of trees. Last stop will be to Tiger Hissing Peak which is a mountain in the formation of a tiger and when the wind whistles through the trees around the sound it makes resemble tigers hissing.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Yilan Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Wuyishan, Xiamen, Gulangyu

Catch a bullet train to the coastal colonial city of Xiamen. Embark on an orientation walk through the modern architecture, then opt to take a ferry to Gulangyu Island, a pedestrian-only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb Sunlight Rock for a 360-degree view or relax in Shuzhuang Garden.<p>Xiamen is a modern university city with a little something for everyone, from night markets to laid-back cafés and beautiful sculptures lit-up at night to peaceful parks.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get around underground via public transit.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Xiamen, Hongkeng

Jump on a local bus — always an adventure in itself — and enjoy the ride to Hongkeng Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Yongding County. Take in the mountainous views and stroll down to Hongchuan Creek. Spend the night in an authentic Hakka tulou, a massive, multi-story fortified roundhouse built for communal living. This will definitely be an experience you'll never forget.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: HALF DAY</strong> Get out and explore!</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Spend two nights in an authentic Hakka tulou for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion experience. These rural Chinese dwellings, also known as earthen houses, are circular or rectangular fortified structures up to five stories high with an open-air centre. Settle in and make yourself at home.</p>

Accommodation: ,Yuchenglou Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hongkeng Village

Discover Hongkeng on a village walk, then experience rural day-to-day life by immersing yourself in the community. Learn of this unique regions history and traditional Chinese culture by mingling with the Hakka people.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Experience the Hakka culture and their way of life. Alongside your CEO, learn more about Hongkeng village and its people who have lived here for hundreds of years.</p>

Accommodation: ,Yuchenglou Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hongkeng Village, Xiamen

Say farewell to the beautiful Hongkeng Village, catch the bus back to Xiamen, and get ready for your big night out. Venture to Zhongshan Road, indulge in local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the lively nightlife. Grab a drink on our tab and cheers to the life-changing adventures you've just shared with newfound friends!<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get around underground via public transit.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Follow your CEO to the best spots for street food and local delicacies on the pedestrian-only Zhongshan Road. Pick the best looking place and enjoy a drink on us to celebrate new adventures with new friends!</p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Xiamen, Hong Kong

Hop on a bullet train and cross the border into famous Hong Kong. Spend the evening exploring this bustling and towering metropolis on the sea. Stroll along Pearl River and capture the neon city at night.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get around underground via public transit.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Harbour Plaza North Point (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hong Kong

Today is departure day, but don't fret! There is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Share last laughs and exchange social medias with your newfound friends before heading on your way. Depart at any time.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. </p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Included
  • - Shaolin Temple Visit
  • - Wuyishan entrance ticket, including hiking
  • - Tour of a traditional tulou
  • - Orientation walks in Xi'an, Shanghai, Hongkeng Village, and Xiamen
  • - All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Private Karaoke Session, Xi'an
  • Your Discover Moment: Beijing
  • Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Your Local Living Moment: Hakka Tulou, Hongkeng Village
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Zhongshan Road, Xiamen
  • Accommodation
    -Hotel (15 nts), Hostel (standard twin/single) (4 nts), guesthouse (3 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts)
  • Meals
    -No meals included Allow USD600-780 for meals not included.
  • Fully Guided
    -English-speaking Chinese CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.
A variety of styles of hostels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.
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Hotel (15 nts), Hostel (standard twin/single) (4 nts), guesthouse (3 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts)
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Max 18, avg 12.
Explore scenic Yangshuo, Taste the spicy food Chengdu is known for, Visit the Great Wall, Spend the night in a traditional Hakka roundhouse, Wander the mystical Shaolin Monastery and Temple, Explore the ancient city of Xi'an and sing your heart out during a private karaoke session
1. LUGGAGE As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. Train travel means that bags have to be stowed either overhead or under beds, so travelling as light as possible is recommended. 2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments. 3. Peak season notice: Golden Week falls between October 1st and 7th, 2019/2020/2021. Please note that Golden Week is a semi-annual 7-day or 8-day national holiday for the people of China. This is a very busy time of the year for domestic tourists, so expect some crowding at major attractions. We recommend booking these dates well in advance as accommodations and transportation availability is extremely limited.
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While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
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There are a few ways to get to Hong Kong from the Airport. If you are taking a taxi, we always recommend printing out the address of the hotel (in the native language as well as English if available), to show to your taxi driver. Follow signs to the taxi station. It's by the left-hand ramp outside the Arrivals Hall. Cost is around HK$250 to the hotel. If you are using public transit: 1. Directions to PENTAHOTEL: Address: 19號, 15 Luk Hop St, San Po Kong, Hong Kong By Train (Airport Express): Follow the signs to the Airport Express Station, take the train to Tsing Yi Station 青衣站, then follow signs to transfer to Lai King 荔景 (MTR Tung Chung Line, Direction to Hong Kong), then transfer to Prince Edward 太子站 (MTR Tsuen Wan Line 荃湾线, Direction to Central), then transfer to Diamond Hill 鑽石山站 (MTR Kwun Tong Line, Direction to Tiu Keng Leng). Get off at Diamond Hill 鑽石山站. Come out via EXIT A2, walk towards southeast and turn left to Lung Cheung Road for 25 meters, then turn left for around 200 meters, turn right onto Choi Hung Road, turn left to Tai Yau Street, turn left onto Luk Hop Street; Penta Hotel Kowloon would be on your left. The Cost is around HKD90. By Public Airport Bus: The bus station is situated outside the Arrivals Hall on the right side. You need to leave the Arrivals Hall and turn right, following the direction signs to Ground Transportation Centre. Take Line A26 or A29P to Diamond Hill Station; Tai Hom Road 鑽石山站 (6th stop including Hong Kong International Airport). Once you get off the bus, walk forward (same direction as bus goes) and turn right to cross Lung Cheung Road, then turn left toward Choi Hung Road, turn right onto Choi Hung Rd, turn left toward Sze Mei Street, continue onto Sze Meiyou slightly right; at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Luk Hop St., at the cross turn right to stay on right side Luk Hop St., then you'll see Penta Hotel Kowloon. The Cost is around HKD33. 2. Directions to HARBOUR PLAZA NORTH POINT: Address: 665 King's Rd, North Point, Hong Kong By Train (Airport Express): Follow the signs to the Airport Express Station, take the train to Hong Kong Station 香港站, then follow signs to transfer to Central Station (MTR Island Line 港岛线). Get off at Quarry Bay Station 鲫鱼涌站. Come out via EXIT B, head north on King’s Road for 200 metres, turn right toward King’s Road then turn left toward King’s Road and slight left onto King’s Road. The hotel will be on the right. The cost for the train is about HK115. By Public Airport Bus & Metro: The bus station is situated outside the Arrivals Hall on the right side. You need to leave the Arrivals Hall and turn right, following the direction signs to Ground Transportation Centre. Take Line A22 to Chi Wo Street; Jordan Road (4th stop including Hong Kong International Airport). Once you get off the bus, head southwest on Jordan Rd toward Nathan Rd, take entrance Jordan Station Exit B2. Take Tsewn Wan Line 荃湾线 from Jordan Station 佐敦站 to Admiralty Station 金钟站. Follow the signs to transfer take Island Line 港岛线 from Admiralty Station to Quarry Bay Station 鲫鱼涌站. Come out via EXIT B, head north on King’s Road for 200 metres, turn right toward King’s Road then turn left toward King’s Road and slight left onto King’s Road. The hotel will be on the right. Cost is about HK21. ***Taxi/train is recommended as they are the easiest ways to get to the hotel. Bus is the cheapest option. If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer: Please approach Vigor Tours airport counter upon arrival and advise your G Adventures confirmation number to Vigor Tours airport staff. Vigor Tours airport service counter location: Counter B18, Arrival Hall B of Terminal 1. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting small rural communities or visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites as this may restrict your entry.
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
No meals included
Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
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Yangshuo - Jia Community Restaurant - Yangshuo Tai Chi Lesson (80-150CNY per person) - Chinese Language Lesson (80-150CNY per person) - Kung Fu Lesson (80-150CNY per person) - Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour (300CNY per person) - Moon Hill Entrance and Hike (20CNY per person) - Impression Liu Sanjie Culture Show - Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo Chengdu - Evening Foodie tour by Tuk-Tuk - Wenshu Monastery (5CNY per person) - Giant Panda Breeding Center (58CNY per person) Leshan - Leshan's Giant Buddha and Tea Terrace Visit Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour - Cycling Xi'an City Walls (100-150CNY per person) - Tai Chi Lesson Luoyang - Longmen Grottoes Visit (120CNY per person) Song Shan - Mount Song Cable Car (20USD per person) Beijing - Forbidden City Tour (60CNY per person) - Tiananmen Square - Factory 798 Art & Galleries - Beijing Acrobatics Performance Mutianyu - Great Wall Cycling - Great Wall Mutianyu Visit (60CNY per person) Shanghai - Old Town Shanghai Walk (Free) - People's Park Visit Wuyishan - Bamboo Rafting - Wuyishan (180CNY per person) Gulangyu - Gulangyu Island Visit (110CNY per person)
Cold weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Locks for bags • Overnight bag • Reusable water bottle • Small travel towel • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Waterproof backpack cover Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Light Hiking: • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) Smart Dress: • Smart outfit (For evenings out) Train Travel (Optional): • Slip-on shoes • Small container with lid • Travel cutlery • Travel or camp cup Warm weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. <a href="/travel-resources/safety/">Read more about travel safety</a> for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Traditionally in China tipping is not expected and thus there is no need to tip in restaurants and your general interaction with locals; however, tipping is customary - though not compulsory - in the tourism industry and not only shows an expression of satisfaction it may also be of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO may offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from 1 to 3 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope. This often works the best and the group as a whole should gather to present the gift to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for a friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s). Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $5 USD per person per day can be used.
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Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
** Please be advised that if you have recently travelled to Turkey, or you are a Turkish citizen, it is possible that your Chinese visa will not be approved. Please contact your local embassy for further information. ** Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the embassy of each country. Your travel agent can assist. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country. CHINA: all nationalities require a visa to visit China Most nationalities also need an official Letter Of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for their Chinese visa. You can obtain the LOI through our visa support agent in China. The visa support link you need to complete will be sent to you or your travel agent by email when you confirm your booking. You must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details. Please ensure that you list the same details as appear on your LOI when filling out your Chinese Visa Application form. HOW TO FILL IN CHINA LOI FORM ONLINE: As Chinese visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates as per your flights entering and exiting China. Please remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the application at the Chinese embassy. You will need to provide additional documentation to the consulate (i.e. flights tickets, hotel reservations) if these dates fall outside the duration of the tour. Please do not submit the below application until 3 months prior to your entry into China. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in China and you will be emailed your Chinese Invitation Letter (With day by day Itinerary) only once we are within 60 days of the trip start date. Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the nearest Chinese embassy. Please, remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct. As of April 3rd, 2018, all Chinese visa application forms must be typed. Handwritten forms will no longer be accepted. Following the successful implementation of their 144 hour visa free program for the Shanghai district, The Ministry of Public Security of China have announced the extension of the 144 hour visa free program for provinces of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. As of the 29th of December 2017, over 50 foreign nationals can now enter or exit via one of the following ports: - Beijing Capital International Airport - Railway West Railway Station - Tianjin Binhai International Airport - Tianjin International Cruise Homeport, or - Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport in Hebei Province and Qinhuangdao Harbor. HONG KONG: all Indian nationalities require a 'pre-arrival registration' to enter Hong Kong Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit the Hong Kong. Pre-arrival registration is not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area. An Indian national can make use of the online service to apply for pre-arrival registration free of charge if he/she: - Holds an Indian passport valid for at least six months; and - Intends to visit or transit (except in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area) in Hong Kong for a stay not exceeding 14 days. Information accurate as of December, 2018. Link to Indian pre-arrival registration: https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html
Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo Your Big Night Out Moment: Private Karaoke Session, Xi'an Your Discover Moment: Beijing Your Discover Moment: Shanghai Your Local Living Moment: Hakka Tulou, Hongkeng Village Your Big Night Out Moment: Zhongshan Road, Xiamen. Shaolin Temple Visit. Wuyishan entrance ticket, including hiking. Orientation walks in Xi'an, Shanghai, Hongkeng Village, and Xiamen. Tour of a traditional tulou. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Start:Hong Kong
Finish:Hong Kong
Group size:12 - 18
Suitable for: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
Accommodation:Hotel (15 nts), Hostel (standard twin/single) (4 nts), guesthouse (3 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts)
Physical rating:3 - Average
Meals:No meals included
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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