Beijing to Hong Kong holiday, China

“A 12 day small group tour in china, focussing on the culture of some of its great cities. With one internal flight to speed things along, and staying in hotels along the way. ”

Highlights

Beijing | Tiananmen Square | Forbidden City | Great Wall of China (Mutianyu Guan section ) | Summer Palace | Shanghai | Zhujiajiao | Sleeper train to Xian | Xian Old Quarter | Terracotta Warriors | Domestic flight to Guilin | Yangshou | Moon Hill | Cookery lesson | river cruise on the Li River | Bullet train to Shenzhen | Hong Kong

Description of Beijing to Hong Kong holiday, China

This Beijing to Hong Kong holiday is a small group tour which takes you on a journey around some of China’s greatest cities, with some rural moments added to this carefully crafted itinerary too. Starting in Beijing, the extraordinary capital where we get to visit some of its most well known highlights, including The Forbidden City with its giant compound of almost a thousand palaces. We also visit Tiananmen Square for a contrasting view of a very different time in the city’s history, where the tragic massacre of student protesters took place in 1989.

Next stop is the Great Wall of China, which we visit at the Mutianyu Guan section, just 2.5 hours’ drive from Beijing before travelling south, this time by bullet train to Shanghai, another modern metropolis but with the added bonus of being on the East China coast, and also on the Yangtze River Delta. With a wonderful mix of contemporary and colonial architecture we take two days to explore sites such as the Shanghai museum and Yu Garden.

From Shanghai we take a sleeper train journey up north again to Xian, the ancient Silk Road city which is still a thriving commercial hub. It is also famous for being home to the Terracotta Army, as well as an ancient Muslim Quarter packed with fascinating workshops and food stalls.

We have one final rural excursion before bringing this trip to a close, taking an internal flight to Guilin and then heading straight out to Yangshuo. This village is enveloped by dramatic karst limestone landscapes, with peaks and pyramids that are a photographer’s delight. We take s cycling tour around this area, passing through traditional farms and lands where buffalo graze. Another world from the urban China that we have come to know during this trip.

Our China holiday draws to a close in Shenzhen, which straddles the Hong Kong border and which you reach on board another bullet train. We cross the border into Hong Kong either to catch your flight back home or for you to enjoy some more travels, which we are happy to advise on, so do chat with us for more details.

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2018: 18 Mar, 24 Mar, 5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, 31 Aug, 9 Sep
2019: 23 Feb, 17 Mar, 23 Mar, 4 May, 1 Jun, 6 Jul, 3 Aug, 17 Aug, 30 Aug, 8 Sep
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Responsible tourism: Beijing to Hong Kong holiday, China

Environment

The natural landscapes we explore on our cultural holiday to China are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

We always travel in small groups of between 4-16 people, thus keeping our physical impact as light as possible.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer and supplier receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer and supplier can minimize their impact while travelling in China.

In our offices, we keep our footprint as small as possible by recycling, reducing waste, encouraging public transport and cycling to the office, using energy saving appliances and by recently installing double glazing. Thus all reducing our carbon footprint.

Community

This trip allows ample time to appreciate the rich cultural history of this vast and diverse country. This trip is organised and led by local guides and with the use of local transport companies and accommodation you can be assured that as much of your money as possible feeds back into the local communities that you visit. Our strict policy of small groups ensures that this trip is both environmentally and culturally sensitive.

Where possible we will stay at locally owned accommodations and eat meals from locally grown produce. We visit markets where any purchase goes directly into the local economy and encourage our customers to buy handicrafts that support local communities.

Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources, especially in rural areas.

We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travellers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travellers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

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