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China on a Shoestring Tour

Best trip I have ever been on. I have traveled with many tour companies but none compare to the itinerary, information, and professionalism of this company.

Marijo W, 8 Feb 2018

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China on a Shoestring OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

25 days

Hong Kong to Hong Kong

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$2100 (p/p)

Country(ies): China

Tour type: Shoestring

Group size: Min: 7 | Max: 20

Accommodation: Hostels, camping & overnight train

Meals:

Transport: Trains, buses & public transport

Highlights: Bright lights of Hong Kong, active adventure in Yangshuo, cute Pandas, the Terracotta Warriors, Kung Fu monks of Shaolin, bustling Beijing & Great Wall of China, rural landscapes of Fujian & Hangzhou, night out in lively Shanghai

This 25-day full circuit of China take in all the major sites and more. An amazing budget china tour that covers Hong Kong, Chengdu, Beijing & Shanghai, along with plenty of off-the-beaten track adventures and activities along the way.

Starting and ending in the dazzling city of Hong Kong, we take you on a budget tour of China beginning with Yangshuo and its towering karst mountains, green fertile fields, and a long list of adventure activities to try out. It's then on to Chengdu for an encounter with the endangered but equally endearing panda bear.

Next we drop in to Xi'an for a shot of China's rich and ancient cultural history, and a visit to the world famous Terracotta Warriors. Continuing on to Dengfeng, home to the iconic Shaolin Temple, it's all out kung fu madness, with a chance to watch and even train with the masters of martial arts. Eventually we reach Beijing, China's bustling capital, and from here we take a trip out to the unmissable Great Wall of China and a night camping on the walls, and also enjoy a spectacular sunset and sunrise.

Heading towards Shanghai we spend a little time in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province amongst the beautiful bamboo forests and crystal clear lagoons, before reaching the world's biggest city. A night out in Shanghai is an experience you'll never forget. We finally work our way back to Hong Kong, stopping off in Fujian en route to sample rural China at its best.

ITINERARY

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Day 1 Meet in Hong Kong

Our tour starts early morning at 7am at the Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei in Hong Kong, where you'll meet your tour leader and the rest of the group. Leaving your luggage at the inn, we'll take the tram up to the top of Victoria Peak for a great view over Hong Kong and our pre-trip meeting. Returning to the hostel, we'll then head to the train station to catch the bullet train to Guillin and then on to Yangshuo.

OVERNIGHT:

Yangshuo hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

Private Room Supplement (CHSHCS)
Extra day in Hong Kong - pre-tour


Day 2 Yangshuo, bamboo raft cruise

Today we enjoy the stunning rural setting of Yangshuo with a cruise down the Yulong River on board bamboo rafts. Kick back and put your feet up as you gently float down river. In the evening enjoy a nice cold beer on the rooftop bar at Monkey Jane's hostel.

OVERNIGHT:

Yangshuo hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 3 Yangshuo, cooking course

An optional challenge today is to cook up some traditional Chinese foods at a friendly and practical local cuisine institute, where you can try your hand at one of the many tasty local dishes as you try to master the skills of Chinese cooking. There are plenty of other optional activities to choose from to fill your day.

OVERNIGHT:

Yangshuo hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 4 Yangshuo, free day (optional excursions available)

You day if free today to relax and enjoy the idyllic setting, or alternatively you can try your hand out at one of the many adventure activities on offer. These include rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking and more. You can also jump on bikes to explore the surrounding countryside.

OVERNIGHT:

Yangshuo hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 5 Yangshuo, train to Chengdu

Today we make our way by train to Chengdu, situated in the heart of Western China in Sichuan province. Sichuan province is renowned for its beautiful countryside, there are many attractions on offer and the food is amazing. We transfer by metro to your hostel.

OVERNIGHT:

On board sleeper train

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 6 Chengdu, blind massage option & Chinese lesson

Chengdu has plenty of sights and experience to keep you busy during your stay. Today you can start with an optional massage from a blind physical therapist to help ease the stress of the overnight train journey. Later in the afternoon we take a lesson in Mandarin to help you master the basics of this complicated language. In the evening you might like to head out to experience a night out in Chengdu and perhaps try the traditional dish of Sichuan Hotpot for dinner.

OVERNIGHT:

Chengdu hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 7 Chengdu, Panda breeding centre

We take you on a tour of the city today, including a visit to the The Panda Breeding & Research Centre to see these incredible shy and endangered animals up close and perhaps a visit to Chengdu's Tibetan quarter to experience the many Tibetan shops and cafes. Plenty of other optional excursion are available to book locally including a trip to Leshan, to see the world's largest stone Buddha.

OVERNIGHT:

Chengdu hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 8 Chengdu, free time (optional excursions available), then train to Xi'an

After some free time in Chengdu where you can visit WenShu monastery and a traditional Chinese tea house, we board the train to Xi'an, cultural capital of China. Start and end of the famous "Silk Route", Xi'an is like a history book of China and the perfect place to explore the countries rich and interesting culture.

OVERNIGHT:

Xi'an hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 9 Xi'an, optional cycling tour

Today there is the option to take a bike ride over the city walls, an excellent way to get you bearing and a good overview of the city. In the evening is free for you to enjoy, perhaps try a dinner of local street foods at the Muslim Quarter and relax after dinner by visiting the local Silk Road market nearby.

OVERNIGHT:

Xi'an hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 10 Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors tour

Today we take you to visit the legendary Terracotta Warriors, row upon row of life-size statues stand silent guard over the burial place of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. In the evening you'll have the chance to visit the Star Sun home for people with disabilities and to volunteer. Then it's time for a night out Chinese style!

OVERNIGHT:

Xi'an hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 11 Dengfeng, optional kung fu lesson & show

This morning we board the public bus to DengFeng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple. The rest of the day if free to take an optional kung fu lesson & show at a local children's Home run by the Shaolin Temple. Here the monks teach the children to be kung fu masters. All proceeds go directly to the children's home. We also have a second Mandarin lesson to help brush up on your language skills.

OVERNIGHT:

Dengfeng hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 12 Dengfeng (optional excursions available), overnight train to Beijing

The day is free to explore more of Dengfeng and it's surrounding. You can visit the world famous Shaolin Temple and watch the masters of Kung Fu perform their amazing feats set amongst the beautiful temple courtyards. We'll take a hike to Dharma cave, spiritual centre for Buddhist pilgrims, before we board the overnight train to Beijing.

OVERNIGHT:

On board sleeper train

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 13 Arrive in Beijing, Mandarin Challenge & Great Wall

Arriving in Beijing, we transfer to our hostel and check in. We start the day with a Mandarin lesson where you'll learn the basics of this intricate language. Next it's time to take the Mandarin Challenge! Use your newly learned Mandarin to complete challenges around Beijing's ancient streets and alleyways. It's a great way to explore the city and the winning team earns a prize.

Late afternoon we visit one of the wonder of the world, the Great Wall of China. To obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall, we enjoy a mandatory meal at a local farm. We'll then hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall where we set up camp on a deserted section of the wall. In the evening we take in sunset in this ancient and dramatic setting (Please note, due to cold weather before the 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. Between April and September monsoon rain may also mean we are unable to camp on the wall.).

OVERNIGHT:

Great Wall camping

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 14 Beijing, free day (optional excursions available)

After sunrise on the Wall we return back to Beijing. Back in Beijing the rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own leisure or try one of the many optional tour available (see the Options tab for all available local options). Perhaps you could visit the Olympic Bird's Nest Stadium, or enjoy the incredible Beijing Acrobatics Show. For dinner tonight there is a chance to taste Beijing's signature dish Peking Roast Duck, enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times.

OVERNIGHT:

Beijing hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 15 Beijing, free day (optional excursions available)

Today is a full free day to see more of Beijing like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. In the evening you could explore the WangFuJing night market where you can push your taste buds to the limit and sample many foods you'll have never tried before, like scorpion, bugs and more.

OVERNIGHT:

Beijing hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 16 Beijing, free day (optional excursions available), then overnight train to Hangzhou

Our last day in Beijing is free to do some more sightseeing or perhaps test your bargaining skills with a visit to the Fake Goods Market. Finally we board the overnight train to Hangzhou.

OVERNIGHT:

On board overnight train

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 17 Arrive Hangzhou, transfer to Moganshan, lagoon trek

In the morning we arrive in Hangzhou train station and transfer to Deqing. We stop en route for you to get some local breakfast. Arriving in Deqing and take a private bus to Mogan Mountain, famed for its bamboo forests.

OVERNIGHT:

Moganshan hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 18 Mogansan Peak option, transfer to Shanghai

This morning there is an optional hike through the beautiful bamboo forest to the summit of Moganshan Peak. Returning to the hostel for lunch we then catch the bullet train to Shanghai where we transfer via metro to your hostel.

OVERNIGHT:

Shanghai hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 19 Shanghai, free day (optional excursions available)

Today is a free day in Shanghai where you can explore this vibrant and interesting city at your leisure. Alternatively you can choose to take one of the many optional sightseeing tours on offer like an optional day trip from Shanghai to ZhuJiaJiao Water Town, a Chinese equivalent to Venice (see the Options tab for all available local options).

In the evenings, you can enjoy Shanghai's lively bar scene, and perhaps try out the largest bar crawl in China "the Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl". If you're looking for something a little more sophisticated try sipping champagne in a hot tub on the rooftop of a skyscraper, taking in Shanghai's spectacular skyline.

OVERNIGHT:

Shanghai hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 20 Shanghai, free day (optional excursions available)

Today is another free day in Shanghai. There's lots to do to keep yourself busy, with plenty of sightseeing and shopping on offer. Alternatively you can let us do it for you and choose to take one of the many optional sightseeing tour available (see the Options tab for all available local options).

OVERNIGHT:

Shanghai hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 21 Shanghai, free day (optional excursions available)

Today is another free day in Shanghai. There's lots to do to keep yourself busy, with plenty of sightseeing and shopping on offer. Visit the Propaganda History Museum, the only one of its kind, or perhaps take a stroll down TianZiFang, a local artisan's lane set in an old-style residential area in the heart of Shanghai. Alternatively you can let us do it for you and choose to take one of the many optional sightseeing tour available (see the Options tab for all available local options).

OVERNIGHT:

Shanghai hostel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 22 Train to Fujian

This morning we take the bullet train to Nanjing in Fujian province. This mountainous province boasts perhaps some of the most beautiful, and untouched natural scenery in all of Asia. Home to the Hakka minority, tonight we'll stay in a traditional roundhouse, known as a Tulou and enjoy the generous hospitality of the locals.

OVERNIGHT:

Nanjing Tulou roundhouse

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 23 Fujian, roundhouse & tea plantation tour

This morning we take a walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy exploring the neighbouring round-houses and the stunning countryside. We will also sample the locally grown tea in a traditional tea ceremony, and swim in a local lagoon. Later in the day we take time to visit a tea factory and surrounding plantations where you can see tea being made and buy some from the factory itself.

OVERNIGHT:

Nanjing Tulou roundhouse

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 24 Fujian, cycling tour

We start the day with a cycling tour to a nearby village famous for its beautiful rivers and mountain scenery. The afternoon if free to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings and chat to the friendly locals. In the evening take the night train to Guangzhou.

OVERNIGHT:

On board sleeper train

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

None


Day 25 Hong Kong, tour ends

Arriving at the Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay in Hong Kong at around 22:00, our tour ends here. Congratulation on completing your epic 3,393 mile journey around China. If you don't have anything else arranged and would like to spend time exploring Hong Kong we can arrange extra nights and activities like a day trip to Macau.

OVERNIGHT:

N/A

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Hong Kong - post-tour


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Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in basic hostels
  • All transport and transfers in trains, buses & public transport
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Visa invitation letter
  • Entry fees to included activities and attractions
  • Bilingual western and local adventure leaders

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Airport arrival & departure transfer service (optional on request)
  • All meals
  • Optional activies
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

Leo Hostel

Leo Hostel

Beijing


Leo Hostel, one of the top-rated hostels in China by Lonely Planet, is a 10-minute walk from Tiananmen Square. The hostel with traditional characteristics offers comfortable accommodation, a tour desk, a library and massage service.

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 Leo Hostel Leo Hostel

Leo Hostel, one of the top-rated hostels in China by Lonely Planet, is a 10-minute walk from Qianmen Subway Station (line 2) and Tiananmen Square. The hostel with traditional characteristics offers comfortable accommodation, a tour desk, a library and massage service.

Located in a Hutong market street, Leo Hostel is a 10-minute walk from Forbidden City and a 12-minute walk from Qianmen Square. Capital International Airport is about 30 minutes' drive away.

Guestrooms are all air-conditioned. They have either en suite or shared bathroom facilities. Each dormitory room has free security lockers.

Guests who wish to travel can make sightseeing and ticketing arrangement at tour desk. Car or bicycle rentals are also available. Laundry, dry cleaning and concierge service are all provided. After a day of tours, playing a game of billiards seems nice.

The on-site restaurant and the 24-hour bar serve a variety of local and international dishes for guests to enjoy.

Bandeng Guest House

Bandeng Guest House

Dengfeng


This basic but comfortable guest house is just a short walk from the main Shaolin temple. It has clean well equipped rooms and wifi as well as its own on site restaurant.

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 Bandeng Guest House Bandeng Guest House

Han Tang Inn Hostel

Han Tang Inn Hostel

Xi'an


Han Tang Inn is a boutique hostel situated inside a traditional residence in Xi'an City Centre. It offers bicycle rental services and a 24-hour front desk. Massage services are available.

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 Han Tang Inn Hostel Han Tang Inn Hostel

Han Tang Inn is a boutique hostel situated inside a traditional residence in Xi'an City Centre. It offers bicycle rental services and a 24-hour front desk. Massage services are available.

Han Tang Inn is a 10-minute drive from Xi'an Train Station and Bell Tower. Xi'an Xianyang Airport is a 35-minute drive from the inn.

Dormitories and rooms each have an attached bathroom with hot shower facilities and a hairdryer. A TV and tea/coffee-making facilities are provided.

The inn provides luggage storage facilities, fax and photocopying services. The tour desk provides booking assistance for Mount Huashan and the Terracotta Warriors, among other places. Laundry services are available.

Mr Panda Hostel

Mr Panda Hostel

Chengdu


Mr Panda Youth Hostel is located in Chengdu, 1.2 miles from Chun Xi Road. This non-smoking hostel offers 2 dining options and cosy rooms with a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas.

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Mr Panda Youth Hostel is located in Chengdu, 1.2 miles from Chun Xi Road. This non-smoking hostel offers 2 dining options and cosy rooms with a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas.

Simply furnished, rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a work desk and wardrobe. Shower facilities and slippers are in the en suite bathroom.

Available for breakfast, Snake Bar serves a variety of local dishes. Light snacks and drinks are offered at Mr. Panda Bar.

Recreational choices include playing a game of darts, or enjoying games in the activities room. Luggage storage services are provided at the 24-hour front desk, while staff at the tour desk can assist with ticketing arrangements.

Yangshuo 11 hostel

Yangshuo 11 hostel

Yangshuo


Located in Yangshuo in the Guangxi Region, 200 yards from Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo 11 Hostel features a garden and sun terrace. There is a restaurant, a shared kitchen and snack bar at this property.

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Located in Yangshuo in the Guangxi Region, 200 yards from Yangshuo West Street, Yangshuo 11 Hostel features a garden and sun terrace. There is a restaurant, a shared kitchen and snack bar at this property. Guests can also hire a car or a bicycle to explore the surroundings. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property.

Yangshuo South Bus Station is 0.9 miles from Yangshuo 11 Hostel, while Impression Liu Sanjie is 1.1 miles from the property. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is 41.6 miles from the property.

Each room at this hostel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV and DVD player. You will find a kettle in the room. A TV is provided.

This property offers 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and ticket service. Guest can also spend some quiet reading time in the library and relax in the game room.

The Phoenix hostel

The Phoenix hostel

Shanghai


Located a 5-minute walk from People's Square Subway Station, The Phoenix Hostel Shanghai offers rooms with free wired or Wi-Fi internet.

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 The Phoenix hostel The Phoenix hostel

Located a 5-minute walk from People's Square Subway Station, The Phoenix Hostel Shanghai offers rooms with free wired or Wi-Fi internet.

Phoenix Hostel is a 15-minute walk from The Bund, Yu Yuan Old City and Xintiandi. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is 28.6 miles away.

Basic rooms are air-conditioned and come with a cable TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Rooms come with either en suite or shared bathroom facilities. Hairdryers are available for loan.

Fax, photocopying and ticketing services are available for convenience. Guests can watch a DVD in the library. The hostel has a tour desk and 24-hour front desk.

Local dishes are served in the hostel's restaurant. Room service is also available.

WanheKezhan Tulou

WanheKezhan Tulou

Fujian


A tulou is a traditional round house and is quite basic but makes a unique and interesting place to stay whilst in Fujian. The rooms and beds are clean, and the staff service is very good & friendly. You can enjoy traditional food in the dining room.

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Xiwuli Lodge

Xiwuli Lodge

Moganshan


Moganshan Xiwuli Lodge is a small lodge in beautiful bamboo forest. Rooms are clean and comfortable and the lodge can accommodate up to 16 people, all rooms are air-conditioned. It offers a wonderful BBQ & brunch service, served by its Korean chef.

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Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay

Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay

Hong Kong


Yes Inn is located in Causeway Bay, a 2-minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR Subway Station. It offers a rooftop garden and air-conditioned dormitory rooms. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

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 Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay Yes Inn @ Causeway Bay

Yes Inn is located in Causeway Bay, a 2-minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR Subway Station. It offers a rooftop garden and air-conditioned dormitory rooms. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

Yes Inn - Causeway Bay is a 3-minute walk from Sogo and Times Square Shopping Mall. It is a 45-minute drive or a 1-hour subway ride from Hong Kong International Airport.

Stylish rooms are decorated in bright and vibrant wall colours. Each room has individual reading lights and lockers. Shared bathroom facilities are available.

Guests can enjoy a relaxing barbecue on the rooftop garden. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with fax/photocopying services and attend to guests' request. Laundry services are also provided.

Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei

Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei

Hong Kong


Only a 1-minute stroll from the bustling Temple Street Night Market, Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei offers accommodation centrally located in Hong Kong. Guests can find a wide selection of local food in the surroundings.

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 Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei

Only a 1-minute stroll from the bustling Temple Street Night Market, Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei offers accommodation centrally located in Hong Kong. Guests can find a wide selection of local food in the surroundings. Free WiFi is accessible in the entire property.

Yes Inn @ Yau Ma Tei is within a 10-minute walk from MTR Yau Ma Tei Station and the Ladies Market. The nearest airport is Hong Kong International Airport, a 30-minute drive away.

Each room here is air conditioned and comes with a TV. Some rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property, where luggage storage is possible. Staff here are also glad to help with trip arrangement.

Options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you‘re visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Options available while on tour (NAOVNB | SAOVOC | SAOVWW)

Options available while on tour

Min numbers: 1


These options are available from local activity providers while you are on the tour.

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*Price based on 1 person/s

These options are availabile while you are on the tour from local activity providers who your booking will be with. Prices are given as a guide and are subject to change.

Country Area Activity Price Range
Botswana Maun 1 hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta $80 to $200
Botswana Chobe NP Game Drive BWP400-600
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water)  $150 to $170
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Helicopter Flights (min 3) $160 to $180
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Zambezi Sunset Cruise with transfers $40 to $70
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls  Bungee Jump - Solo $150 to $170
Private Room Supplement (CHSHCS)

Private Room Supplement

Min numbers: 1


This tour is based on twin-share accommodation. This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. It is not required if you are happy to share a room.

*Price from
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*Price based on 1 person/s

This tour is based on twin-share accommodation, with single bookers paired up with another traveller of the same sex in the group. If the final group make-up means that no room share is available, you do not need to pay this supplement. However, if you would like to guarantee yourself a single room throughout the tour, then please add this option to your booking.

Note: Single supplement prices may vary seasonally.

Extra day in Hong Kong - pre-tour

Extra day in Hong Kong - pre-tour

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is not included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

*Price from
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per person/s

*Price based on 2 person/s

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is not included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Options available while on tour (CHSHBS | CHSHCS | CHSHHC)

Options available while on tour

Min numbers: 1


There are plenty of optional tours and activities that can be booked locally whilst on your tour. Click the "more" button below for a full list of local option available.

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Yangshou

  • Bamboo rafting (included)
  • Chinese cooking class (120 CNY)
  • Yulong River bike ride (included)
  • Hot cupping (35 CNY)
  • Rock climbing (170CNY)
  • Deep water soloing/hiking (150 CNY)
  • Moon Hill and the Water Buddha Cave & bike ride to Moon Hill (85 CNY)
  • Cormorant fishing (45 CNY)
  • Kayaking (150 CNY)
  • Sally's home village visit (80 CNY)

Shaolin

  • Shaoling Temple (120 CNY)
  • Hike to Dharma Cave (free)
  • Kung fu lesson at childrens home (150 CNY)

Macau

  • Venetian Casino (free)
  • World's highest bungee (3,288 HKD)
  • St Paul' Cathedral tour (included)

Xi'an

  • City wall bike ride (100 CNY)
  • Great Mosque in Muslim Quarter tour (25 CNY)
  • Terracotta Warriors (included)
  • Soup kitchen or Star Sun home (charity/optional)

Shanghai

  • Pub crawl (180-200 CNY)
  • French Concession tour, Propaganda Museum and market (100 CNY)
  • Karaoke (approx. 35 CNY)
  • Zhujijiao Water Town (25 CNY)
  • Yuyuan Garden (cost TBC)
  • Tour of People's Square (free)
  • Vue Bar (100 CNY)

Moganshan

  • Bike ride (free)
  • Moganshan peak hike (free)

Fujian

  • Stay overnight in a mud roundhouse (included)
  • Walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site (included)
  • Tea plantations (included)
  • Bike tour around the roundhouses (included)

Beijing

  • Tiananmen Square (free)
  • Forbidden City (60 CNY)
  • Fake Market (free)
  • Jing Shan Park (15 CNY)
  • Great Wall (included)
  • Mandatory Great Wall lunch when the group camps (approx. 35 CNY)
  • Olympic Park (free)
  • Temple of Heaven (40 CNY)
  • Acrobatic performance (140 CNY)
  • Wang Fuling market (10 CNY)
  • Peking Duck dinner (approx. 70 CNY)

Chengdu

  • Blind massage (40 CNY)
  • Pandas (free)
  • Jinli Street and Tibetan District (free)
  • Hot Pot dinner (approx. 80 CNY)
  • Leshan Buddha (90 CNY entry + transport split between the group)
  • Sichuan opera (140 CNY)
  • Wenshu Monastery, Mao's Statue, People's Park and a traditional tea house (free)

Hong Kong

  • Victoria Peak Wall (free)

Deng Feng

  • Guesthouse meals (100 CNY)
Extra day in Hong Kong - post-tour

Extra day in Hong Kong - post-tour

Min numbers: 1


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is not included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

*Price from
$50
per person/s

*Price based on 2 person/s

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is not included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Tour Notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

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  1. Booking & Payment

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You may make a deposit or full payment online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer (full payments are due 8 weeks before departure). We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer, or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.


  2. Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.
Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

Note - to comply with insurance sales regulations, our travel insurance policies are only available to customers booking directly with us. If you have booked through a travel agent you will need to arrange your own insurance.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

If you are taking expensive camera gear or other electronic equipment with you then please check the coverage and the fine print of your policy to ensure that you have sufficient cover.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.


  3. Financial Security

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
Financial failure insurance is also provided through Affirma to protect all customers for the land portion of your tour.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.


  4. Responsible Tourism

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don't prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn't make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don't expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don't worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don't waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don't litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you're travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It's important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).


  5. Follow Us Online

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
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  6. Before you travel

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Posted 21st of Aug 2018

Exceptional tour and value!