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Hutongs to Hong Kong

13 days  |  Beijing to Hong Kong  |  from USD $3,199  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s happening hutongs and climb the magnificent Great Wall, visit Longman Grottoes, the Terracotta Warriors and futuristic Shanghai. Top off this classic journey through China where East meets West and ancient meets modern with wonderful Hong Kong - a shopper’s paradise.

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Day 1

Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

This morning, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital - host of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing. A patriotic vision of grandeur, Tiananmen Square is a square for the public and also home to the mausoleum of Chairman Mao and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Probably one of Beijing’s most famous sights is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. Entry was forbidden to all but those on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was overthrown.

This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys, old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, it gives us a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. There is time to meet a local family and take a peek inside their home, before returning to our hotel.

This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the famous Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty. Here, the 6m wide pathway with regular watchtowers makes a formidable defence. Though never directly attacked, the wall was taken over by aggressors sweeping around from the side. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop demonstrating the ancient Chinese art of combining copper and enamel to make decorative pieces.

This evening take an optional Beijing by Night city tour and see some of the capital's monuments illuminated against the night sky (payable locally).
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Beijing - Luoyang. Spend the morning touring the famous Summer Palace on Kunming Lake. This vast complex is replete with lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902 at the whim of the extravagant Dowager Empress Cixi. We visit the famed Silk Alley markets and drive past the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium en route to the train station where we take the late afternoon bullet train to Luoyang. Reaching speeds of up to 305km per hour the journey is an experience in itself!
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Today we explore the UNESCO world heritage listed 6th Century Longman Caves, etched into the cliffs along the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) were carved out by hand during the Northern Wei Dynasty and are adorned with more than 100,000 statues and images of Buddha and his disciples. Later we tour the first Buddhist temple in China - White Horse Temple before having a delicious local dinner.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Luoyang - Xi’an. Early this morning we visit Peony Square to watch or partake in a little exercise. Many Chinese exercise in the square daily, practising ballroom dancing and tai chi, sword fighting or playing sports like badminton and hacky sack in the wee hours of the morning. The square’s name originates from the long history of peonies in Luoyang. In April the flower comes into full bloom and the city is full of colour and fragrance. Afterwards we board the new high speed train to Xi'an (journey time approximately 3 hours). Once in Xi'an we visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Mosque and Muslim quarter and this evening have a delicious local dinner. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Renowned for its noodles, Xi’an in Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old terracotta warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay, each is said to be an individual portrait. We tour the Terracotta Warrior site and a workshop where replicas are crafted.

This evening, On Broadway - Chinese style we can attend a Tang Dynasty dinner and performance with Chang’an music and dance originally performed for the illustrious Tang emperors.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Xi’an - Shanghai. Early this morning opt for our Panda excursion to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre a 2 hour drive from Xi’an. Later, we tour take a casual bicycle ride on top of the 9 mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. Afterwards we enjoy some free time in the city centre and a delicious Hot Pot lunch before boarding our train destined for sizzling Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train to Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. We enjoy a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Today, it's a short train journey to ancient Suzhou by high speed express train. The Venice like city is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We take a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a silk workshop.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Shanghai – Kowloon/Hong Kong. A free day to explore Shanghai. Tonight (approx 6:30pm) we board the sleeper train bound for Hong Kong. Overnight train – Kowloon/Hong Kong.

Note: Touring arrangements from here forward exclude the services of a tour guide, though local representatives will be on hand to assist with your arrival into Kowloon.
Overnight: Sleeper train to Hong Kong  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Welcome to Hong Kong! Arriving into Kowloon at approx 1pm, the remainder of today and tomorrow morning offer free time. Perhaps head up Victoria Peak to look down over the islands and the new territories, or why not end your Chinese adventures with a sampan (junk) boat ride around Aberdeen’s harbour and a seafood dish in one of the famed restaurants by the water front.
Overnight: Kowloon

Day 13

Thursday. Enjoy breakfast and the morning sightseeing if you wish. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at approximately 12 noon. For reference, Hong Kong International airport is a quick 24min journey on the Airport Express train, running at 12 minute intervals.

It is possible to extend your stay in Hong Kong by purchasing extra nights accommodation, please contact us for more info.

Note: Overnight trains between Shanghai and Hong Kong run every second day. Currently our touring itinerary includes a one night stay in Hong Kong. Should the train schedule change our touring arrangements will include one night in Shanghai (day 9) and two nights in Hong Kong (days 10 and 11). As such a visit to Suzhou would no longer be offered. Higher accommodation costs in Hong Kong (as opposed to Shanghai) will be covered by on the go. Should this be the case, you will be advised at the time of booking.
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Tang Dynasty Bolt-on

Don’t miss the colourful Tang Dynasty performance in Xi’an. A night of Chang’an music, dance and song fit for a Tang emperor!

Check out this and many other great bolt-ons!

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Rainbow Hotel, Beijing
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Rainbow is a contemporary hotel accented by the colours of traditional Chinese folk art culture. The spacious guestrooms display character of the Ming and Qing dynasties with beautiful wooden furniture whilst providing modern amenities fit for international travellers. The hotel also has a restaurant, cafe and bar.

Peony Hotel, Luoyang
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Peony Hotel is an impressive, modern sky-scraper with stylishly decorated rooms. The functional rooms are well facilitated with modern amenities and the hotel also has a restaurant and business centre.

Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Wan Nian Grand is a comfortable, friendly hotel with light, good sized rooms. Elegantly decorated, the rooms also boast modern amenities and the hotel has a wealth of facilities including an indoor pool and sauna house, a cafe and bar, and well-equipped business centre.

Train - 4 berth soft sleeper cabin, Beijing
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

Soft sleeper cabins are private compartments which have four bunks - two upper and two lower. A door separates the compartment from the aisle and bedding and pillows are provided. Each bunk is equipped with a small reading lamp. Temperature controls are installed alongside the door. Generally, the facilities include a clothes rack, slippers, clothes brush, stainless steel thermos, fine porcelain teacup, a waste bin and wall socket.

Shanghai Paradise Hotel, Shanghai
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Paradise is a smart, modern hotel with comfortable and good-sized rooms with internet access. Facilities include elegant restaurants serving Shanghai cuisine and French food, a well-equipped business centre and fitness centre.

Nathan Hotel, Hong Kong
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Nathan is a stylish hotel with good sized, comfortable rooms fully-equipped with modern amenities. Facilities include a 24hr business centre, a handsome wine cellar, a contemporary restaurant and open-air bar.

Trip Highlights

Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, UNESCO listed Emperor's Summer Palace, Silk Alley markets, Cloisonne Factory, Hutong area of Beijing, Chinese Acrobatic Show
Luoyang – UNESCO listed Longman Caves and stone carvings, White Horse Buddhist Temple, Peony Square activities
Shanghai - Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City
Badaling - UNESCO listed Great Wall of China
Xi’an - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and bike ride, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and market.
Hong Kong – city and free time to explore Victoria Peak, Stanley Markets, Aberdeen Harbour and more!

Included

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners including a Traditional Chinese meal in Beijing and a local dinner in Xi'an.
2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
Rickshaw ride through Beijing's Hutongs
Shanghai - Huangpu River Cruise
Touring of Beijing, Luoyang, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
10 nights 3-4 star hotels
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Hong Kong - city and free time
Tour leader escorted for groups of 6 or more - days 1 - 10
All relevant transfers and transportation
High speed trains from Beijing to Luoyang and Luoyang to Xi'an

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: $70-75 USD
Entrance Fees: $150-155 USD

Justin was a great guide, very informative. Trip was a lot of fun and I will definitely be looking at booking with On the Go tours in the future.

Benny and Feng are both excellent tour guides, they made this trip even better than it already was, they are a great attribute to the "On the Go" Name. All other tour guides who joined us on the tour were also a credit to On the Go.

This has been a fantastic trip, living up to our experience of On the Go tours ,the range of experiences was excellent and made all the better by the support of an excellent guide! We have enjoyed our trip to China and will definitely chose On the Go for the next trip!

Excellent tour! Great value for money! We all have enjoyed a fantastic trip together and have met some really nice people as part of our group. Feng has been an excellent leader and has kept the group very happy. Thank you for a life changing experience!

Our guide, Feng, was very good at her job, made sure that we were happy with the tour.

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

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Supplementary Prices

 
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Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $70
Shanghai - Post-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $70

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices at the bottom of this page.

Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Hong Kong
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 2
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Justin was a great guide, very informative. Trip was a lot of fun and I will definitely be looking at booking with On the Go tours in the future.

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