China vacation, Beijing to Hong Kong

“Join a small group for 3 weeks traveling by overnight train, private bus and domestic flight from Beijing to Hong Kong via China's cultural highlights and lesser-known villages.”

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Beijing | Great Wall of China | Xi'an | Shanghai | Huangshan | Hongcun | Longji Rice Terraces | Yangshuo | Tulou Village | Xiamen | Hong Kong |

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11 Oct 2017
US $ 2970
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08 Nov 2017
US $ 2624
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14 Mar 2018
US $ 2646
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11 Apr 2018
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09 May 2018
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10 Oct 2018
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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: China vacation, Beijing to Hong Kong

Environment:
On this trip, we provide all travelers with reusable bags and chopsticks in order to avoid waste. We encourage the use of “tea flasks” for drinking water (or tea, like the locals do!). All travelers in the group will be encouraged to travel with refillable water bottles and purification tablets rather than purchasing water in plastic bottles to minimise waste and your group leader will also be on hand to advise on the responsible discarding of rubbish throughout the trip, recycling wherever possible.
We prefer that our passengers don’t purchase plastic water bottles, however any bottles that are purchased are given to the community of waste collectors who rely on this for an income.
Wherever possible we take local transport in China. This means anything from public bus, trolley bus, tram or subway. We also have the opportunity to explore on bikes and on foot and travel overland on all our basix trips.
This trip is carbon offset. We calculate the main carbon emissions from our trips, including emissions from the transport, accommodation and waste used on the trip. These emissions are then offset into internationally accredited renewable energy projects located in the destinations we visit.

Community:
The list of ways we help the local community:
All left over food after our group meals is collected, boxed up and left for homeless people. During the trip, our local leader will take the time to give all passengers and understanding of the local culture and about people you will meet along the way.
We will travel by trail and stay in the 2nd or 3rd class to give the maximum opportunity to meet other people, share stories, food, games and the journey with local travelers.
On this trip, we appreciate passengers donating unwanted clothes, toiletries or other goods which we then distribute to the local community.
On this trip, we stay in a variety of authentic local Guesthouses. For example, in Gubeikou Great Wall, Longji Rice terrace and Tulou area, all of which give us great opportunities to understand local life in the community. Most travelers will choose to eat dinner and breakfast at the guesthouse to sample great local produce and delicious home style cooking.

1 Reviews of China vacation, Beijing to Hong Kong

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The terracotta warriors at Xi'an and the Great Wall. Cherry, our guide although very young, was dedicated and gave us great tips and help when choosing restaurants and outings. Our group integrated very well and everyone was on time for going places.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light, but do take toilet paper!!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We certainly used local transport (busses, trains and only once taxis).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Most enjoyable. The only thing that didn't work out too well was the time left to visit the Forbidden City - it closed only 40 minutes after our entry.

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