South China Getaway
Enter a world of both natural wonder and big city glamour. Discover friendly people, a passionate food culture, historic sites and deep-seated traditions on this all-encompassing southern China expedition. Meet rural people and city folk, chow down on local delicacies and world-class fare and explore the wealth of history and modern developments of this mighty nation.
- Stay in a Tulou for a unique overnight experience â these huge earthen structures are like ancient apartment buildings, where generations of the same clan can live together
- In Longi, hike the beautiful rice terraces that snake through the mountains of Longsheng like giant dragons, and visit hill tribe communities while surrounded by incredible views
- Enjoy time to sit back and relax in the dramatic karst countryside of Yangshuo â immortalised in countless traditional Chinese paintings â and try the local favourite: beerfish
- Starting and ending in two of the country's largest and most bustling cities â Shanghai and Hong Kong â youâll also be able to experience the dazzling future of modern China
- Stay overnight in a unique Hakka village roundhouse
- Chill out in the backpacker haven of Yangshuo
- Trek alongside rice terraces to the villages of Longji
- End your trip among the neon light of Hong Kong
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||16||Duration||12 days|
|Category||Bronze||Keep it simple, keeping inclusions to a minimum. These trips represent exceptional value and having a lot of free time to do what you wish.|
Day 1 - Shanghai
Notes: As we leave Shanghai in the afternoon of Day 2, we highly recommend arriving a few days early to fully experience this dynamic city.
Day 2 - Shanghai - Overnight Train
Notes: Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face to face with the country and its people, as it's the main form of transport for locals. We use hard sleeper class trains for most of our overnight train journeys. These are certainly not as rough as they sound â compartments are open-plan, clean, with padded three-tiered berths (6 to a compartment). Wherever possible, we will group our travellers together, but this will depend on group size and ticket availability. Sheets, pillows and a blanket are provided. Some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Safe, hot drinking water is always available. It is a good idea to bring a mug, spoon, knife and fork if you will be preparing your own hot drinks or food on the train (as these are not provided in cabins). Basic bathroom facilities with toilets and washbasins are situated at the end of each carriage. As toilet paper isn't always available, it's best to bring an emergency supply. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to. Food is available on the train, but it's a good idea to stock up on snacks for the trip.
Day 3 - Longji Rice Terraces
Disembark from the train and jump on a bus from Guilin to Longji.
The Longji region has some of the most extensive rice terraces you'll ever see. These terraces change with the seasons: filled with water from the mountains before planting, becoming green during the growing season and then golden when the rice is ready for harvest. This evening youâll overnight in the minority village of Dazhai, which is home to the Yao minorities. The Yao still live a traditional lifestyle and preserve their unique customs, one of which is the womenâs hair â they can only cut their hair at 16 years old, symbolising their entrance into adulthood. The hair isnât thrown away, but is kept by the grandmother. When the woman marries, the hair is made into an ornamental headdress and brought to the husband's home as a souvenir.
Day 4 - Longji Rice Terraces
Notes: Expect to carry your own daypack and walk for up to five hours as your next accommodation may be in a different village. The hike can be tough going for some, with many uphill stretches and some very slippery paths. However, more experienced hikers will have no problems and there are many more optional walks available, uncovering great photo opportunities around every corner.
Day 5 - Yangshuo
Day 6 - Yangshuo
Day 7 - Yangshuo
Day 8 - Tulou Village
Day 9 - Xiamen
Day 10 - Xiamen
Day 11 - Hong Kong
Day 12 - Hong Kong
Notes: As your trip finishes today and you only have limited time in Hong Kong, we highly recommend staying a few extra days to enjoy all this incredible city has to offer: Take a scenic journey around the islands of Hong Kong on the famous passenger ferry service, the Star Ferry; venture up to the top of Victoria Peak for a bird's eye view; watch the harbour's spectacular light show or ride the peak tram to Victoria Peak for incredible views of the Hong Kong skyline.