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Wild China

21 Days, Beijing to Hong Kong
Wild China

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Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balance read more...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 20 Nights accommodation (Simple hotels (11 nts), guesthouses (4 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper train (2 nts)).
  • 01 Lunch.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private van, walking).
  • Internal flights.
  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing).
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour.
  • Xi'an orientation walk.
  • Terracotta Warriors excursion.
  • Panda Breeding Center visit (Chengdu).
  • Emei Shan hike.
  • Lijiang UNESCO World Heritage site orientation walk.
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge trek.
  • Dali orientation walk.
  • Kunming city tour.
  • Li River cruise (Yangshuo).
  • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 315-450 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Day 3 Beijing/Xi'an
Day 4 Xi'an
Day 5 Xi'an
Day 6 Xi'an/Emei Shan
Day 7 Emei Shan
Day 8 Emei Shan
Day 9 Emei Shan/Chengdu
Day 10 Chengdu/Lijiang
Day 11 Lijiang
Day 12 Lijiang/Hetaoyuan
Day 13 Hetaoyuan/Lijiang
Day 14 Lijiang/Dali
Day 15 Dali
Day 16 Dali/Kunming
Day 17 Kunming/Yangshuo
Day 18 Yangshuo
Day 19 Yangshuo
Day 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong
Day 21 Depart Hong Kong
  • Start
  • Finish

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Places Visited
  • Beijing
  • Onboard The Train
  • Xian
  • Emeishan
  • Chengdu
  • Lijiang
  • Hetaoyuan
  • Dali
  • Kunming
  • Yangshuo
  • Hong Kong
  • DAY 1 Arrive Beijing

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


    Please see the notice board in the hotel foyer for details of this meeting. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Beijing

    Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.
    Travel out of Beijing to explore the Great Wall at Mutianyu, an incredible piece of engineering stretching almost 3000km westwards from mountain ridges north of Beijing. Spend the day exploring the wall, taking photos, and chatting up souvenir hawkers.

    Great Wall Mutianyu visit
    Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Beijing/Xi'an

    Walk the legendary grounds of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before an overnight train to Xi'an.
    Enjoy an included visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Use your free afternoon to shop in the various markets scattered throughout the city. Take tours of the ancient hutongs(alleyways) in Beijing's old city or the Summer Palace, or visit a Tibetan Monastery. In the evening, board an overnight train to Xi'an.

    Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
    Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. Also located in the square is the National Museum of China with artifacts such as relics from the First Opium War of 1840.

    Forbidden City
    Your city guide will steer around crowds and help to make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Beijing - Xi'an14h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Xi'an

    Arrive in Xi'an and take an orientation walk of the city before using free time to explore.

    Take an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.

    Central Xi'an is still enclosed by Ming Dynasty walls, which are a great place to view the city. An excellent option is to rent a bicycle and ride around the city on the top of the walls. Visit one of the parks or squares and watch the locals ballroom dance or practice tai chi in the morning.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk close to the Xi'an hotel to help you get the lay of the land. Learn where you can find local services (like ATMs and laundromats) and, perhaps, see some city highlights. Every CEO does something slightly different for their orientation walk to show visitors what they ike best about the city.

    With some free time, opt to visit the Bell and Drum Towers and the vibrant Muslim Quarter with its lively market and Great Mosque. In the evening, opt for a feast at a local dumpling banquet.
    Free Time
    Xi'an Afternoon
    Get out and explore.
    Optional Activities
    Cycling Xi'an City Walls
    Xi'an 1h-2h
    40-80CNY per person
    Rent a bike and cycle the Xi'an city walls for a great way to absorb local history - the walls were built for protection in the Tang Dynasty, and expanded in the Ming Dynasty. Hop off where you like to admire the views as you pedal along the 12m wide wall - it takes about 2 hrs to cycle the entire length.

    The Great Mosque
    25CNY per person
    Discover this hidden oasis behind the markets of the Muslim Quarter. Learn about the Great Mosque's centuries-old history, and explore the temples and gardens to see how Chinese and Islamic architecture came together in this place of worship. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Xi'an

    Enjoy an included visit to one of China's greatest archaeological treasures - the Terracotta Warriors.

    Visit the Terracotta Warriors, located a short drive out of town. The army of warriors was discovered in 1974, having been buried for more than 2000 years. Learn all about this once-buried treasure.

    Private Vehicle
    Take an excursion to the Terracotta Warriors and back by private vehicle.

    Terracotta Warriors Visit
    Visit the site of the Terracotta Warriors, an archaeological treasure where approximately 8000 soldiers and hundreds of horses stand on guard in three excavated pits in an on-site museum. Learn how the underground warriors were discovered (by accident) in 1974, and why Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Xi'an/Emei Shan

    Later, board an overnight train to Emei Shan.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Xi'an - Emei Shan 19h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

    Enjoy free time to explore.

    Free Time
    Xi'an Full Day
    Get out and explore.

    Spend the day exploring Xi'an before catching an overnight train to Emei Shan. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Emei Shan

    Arrive in Emei Shan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, and stay in a basic monastery.

    Continue on to Emei Shan and check into the monastery. This accommodation is very basic, but the experience and the views are breathtaking.

    Private Vehicle
    Emei Shan45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Emei Shan

    Mount Emei (Shan) Visit

    Emei Shan
    Visit Emei Shan, one of China's four sacred mountains, and home to many Buddhist monasteries. Enjoy its natural beauty and soakin scenic views.

    Enjoy free time to hike in the area before another night in the remote monastery.

    Free Time

    Emei Shan Full Day
    Enjoy free time any way you want. Your CEO will help arrange any hikes or activities you may be interested in.

    Optional Activities

    Emei Shan Hike

    Emei Shan
    275CNY per person
    Lace up your hiking boots for treks around Emei Shan. Continue to explore Mt Emei and the Giant Buddha and learn more about the region. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Emei Shan/Chengdu

    Visit Leshan with an option to see the giant Buddha. Continue to the vibrant, modern city of Chengdu. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.

    En route to Chengdu, stop for an optional visit to the world's largest outdoor sitting Buddha in Leshan.

    Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is a city of almost 12 million people, which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions.

    One of these traditions is the Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppetry, and incredible 'changing faces' act performed as part of the opera are a feast for the eyes.

    Private Vehicle
    Emei Shan - Leshan1h-2h
    Private transfer to Leshan with an optional to visit the Giant Buddha.

    Local train
    Leshan - Chengdu1h15m
    Catch express train from Leshan to Chengdu.

    Optional Activities

    Leshan Giant Buddha Visit
    90CNY per person
    See centuries-old Dafo, the largest Buddha in the world, from a number of viewpoints. Opt to board a boat and head out into the Mingjiang River to get an overall view of the statue from afar, and then visit a beautiful forested park. Explore numerous carvings and temples before climbing down the path that travels from the statue's head to its enormous toes. Be sure to take a break with a cup of tea in one of the teahouses in the park.

    Sichuan Opera Show
    Sit back and enjoy the show at the vibrant Sichuan Opera - a performance filled with wit, humour, and local flavor. Be taken on a journey by the singing, acrobatics, acting, and exquisite, stylized movements. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Chengdu/Lijiang

    Visit the Panda Breeding Centre for an up-close experience with these gentle giants. In the afternoon, fly to Lijiang, a World Heritage-listed town. Enjoy an orientation walk.

    Take a flight to Lijiang.

    Spend time in Lijiang getting lost in the small pedestrian lanes that meander throughout the town. Every twist and turn reveals picturesque old buildings, local arts and crafts, fast flowing canals, and beautiful arched bridges.

    Giant Panda Breeding Center

    Visit the popular pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, created to provide an ideal breeding environment for these endangered creatures. Learn about their life cycle and habitat and take memorable photographs of these iconic national treasures. See a number of other rare species, including the little-known red panda. Arrive in the fall for a chance to see tiny newborn pandas.


    Chengdu - Lijiang1h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 11 Lijiang

    Enjoy a free day to explore Lijiang.

    Opt to spend an afternoon resting in a pavilion in the Black Dragon Pool Park, gazing at the reflection of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain or listening to local Naxi music.

    Free Time

    Lijiang Full Day
    Use some free time to make the most of Lijiang.

    Optional Activities

    Black Dragon Pool Park

    45CNY per person
    Explore the gorgeous Black Dragon Pool, a pond in Jade Spring Park, which is a short walk from the Old Town of Lijiang. Take in a spectacular view of the region's tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the many temples and pavilions in the park, including the Deyue Lou (Moon Embracing Pavillion), the Longshen Temple, and the Wufeng Tower. Tour the Dongba Culture Research Institute and the Dongba Culture Museum, which help to preserve local culture. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Lijiang/Hetaoyuan

    Trek Tiger Leaping Gorge, a spectacular trail following the Yangtze River that cuts through the dramatic gorge.

    In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast-flowing Yangtze has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow that legend has it a tiger once escaped capture by jumping across it.

    This area definitely rivals the well-known Three Gorges as the most spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River. Hiking the route is surely the best way to experience the landscape.

    First-class bus
    Lijiang - Qiaotou3h
    Ride on in style aboard a bus so roomy and comfortable you may not want to get off. This is not your grandmother's public bus.

    Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1
    Qiaotou - Hetaoyuan 13-14km
    Enjoy a first day of hard walking on a combination of a new dirt road and smaller farmers' trails. Ascend the '28 bends', where the path twists and turns, climbing steeply, until you come out at the top of the path (not the top of the gorge - that is still several hundred metres above you!). Enjoy the stunning, hard-earned views from the top! You can also see where a tiger reputedly jumped across the gorge, a mythical occurrence from which the gorge derives its name. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Hetaoyuan/Lijiang

    Continue the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. Typically, return to Lijiang at the end of the second day's trek.

    Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2
    Hetaoyuan - Qiaotou
    Continue on for the second day of the hike - it's easy walking today. Enjoy breathtaking views of Jade Dragon mountain and waterfalls along the way. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 14 Lijiang/Dali

    Explore this ancient walled town on an orientation walk.

    The town is small enough to explore on foot, but a bicycle or bus ride can take you to see smaller Bai villages, or to visit the colourful markets where women in traditional dress sell their handicrafts.

    First-class bus
    Lijiang - Dali 3h30m
    Grab a taxi to the bus station before boarding the express bus to Dali. From there, take a 10-min cart ride into the ancient walled town.

    Choose to visit the stunning 'Three Pagodas' or one of the local markets.

    Free Time
    Dali Afternoon
    Make the most of your time in Dali - spend free time any way you want.

    Optional Activities
    Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple
    120CNY per person
    Tour these three striking pagoda towers from the Tang Dynasty arranged on the corners of an equilateral triangle. The Central Pagoda is almost 1,200 years old, and represents a period when Dali was a Buddhist Kingdom. Climb to the top of the towers for a beautiful view of Dali Ancient Town and Erhai Lake below. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 15 Dali

    Enjoy a free day to explore markets, scenery, and temples.

    Free Time
    Dali Full Day
    Make the most of your time here. Free time can be spent exploring Dali any way you want. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 16 Dali/Kunming

    Travel by bus to Kunming and explore the Green Lake and local markets on an included city tour.

    Local bus
    Dali - Xiaguan1h
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    First-class bus
    Xiaguan - Kunming5h
    Continue on by express bus to Kunming.

    City Tour with Local Flower and Bird Market
    Enjoy an included city tour starting with a trip on a public bus to the local flower and bird market. Find locals shopping for house pets - birds are very popular and crickets are on offer too! Wander through the flower market with its amazing scents and vibrant colours.

    Then, head through the park, the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

    Optional Activities

    Green Lake Park Trip
    380-450CNY per person
    Check out the brightly coloured pavillions, tree-lined walkways, and locals doing tai chi in centuries-old Green Lake Park (Cui Hu Park). Traverse the bridges that connect the park's four small lakes, or relax with a visit to the many restaurants, shops, and tea houses lining the park's edge. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 17 Kunming/Yangshuo

    Spend the morning in Kunming before a flight to Guilin and bus to Yangshuo. Enjoy the next three days exploring the beautiful countryside around the Li River.

    Often remembered as a highlight on a trip to China, Yangshuo has some of the country's most spectacular scenery along with a vibrant countryside and relaxed atmosphere.

    Hop on a bicycle and head off the beaten track for a ride into the countryside. It's like cycling through a traditional Chinese painting. Mountains, rivers, bamboo, rice paddies, water buffalo - there's something new to see at every turn.

    Kunming - Guilin1h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Guilin - Yangshuo1
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities

    Impressions Light Show (Liu San Jie)
    180-198CNY per person
    Take in the Light and Sound Show (Liu San Jie), a 1-hr performance that showcases the ethnic diversity of the region and tells the story of 'Third Sister Liu'. See more than 500 singers and dancers, many of whom are local farmers, perform on and around the beautiful Li River against the backdrop of the incredibly illuminated karst mountains. The show usually takes place at 8pm, and is located at the confluence of the Li and Yulong rivers on the outskirts of Yangshuo. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 18 Yangshuo

    Relax on an included Li River cruise passing through a seemingly endless range of stunning karst mountains. Enjoy lunch at a local farmer's house.

    Enjoy an included river cruise on the Li River. Embark from Fuli town, taking in views of the mountainous landscape as you cruise down this scenic river.

    Li River Cruise
    Enjoy the Li River cruise, a centrepiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Take in breathtaking scenery and a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. See gorgeous karst mountains peeking out each river bend, water buffalos patrolling fields, and peasants reaping rice paddies. Greet school kids and fishermen as they float by on bamboo rafts. Be sure to bring your camera for this popular water tour. (Lunch)

  • DAY 19 Yangshuo

    Enjoy free time to continue exploring Yangshuo

    Free Time

    Yangshuo Full Day
    Get out and explore.

    Optional Activities

    Chinese Language Lesson
    60-80CNY per person
    Enjoy a lesson in basic Mandarin and practice what you've learned with the locals.

    Tai Chi Lesson
    60-80CNY per person
    Learn how to do Tai Chi, the local exercise regimen. Practice in any park around sunrise, and be sure to have company from locals.

    Kung Fu Lesson
    60-80CNY per person
    Pick up some basic skills of Kung Fu and learn a bit of the history behind this ancient martial art form.

    Calligraphy Yangshuo
    60-80CNY per person
    Watch and learn how to do calligraphy, a traditional form of writing Chinese characters using a brush and ink. See how calligraphers have evolved a richly varied tradition of calligraphic styles, which have been handed down from generation to generation.

    Cooking Class
    150-180CNY per person
    Enhance your culinary skills with a hands-on cooking class in Yangshuo. Learn how to prepare some of the fantastic dishes that are part of the local cuisine. Use your own wok to prepare food, and enjoy your creation afterward. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 20 Yangshuo/Hong Kong

    Travel to Guilin to board a fast train to Shenzhen. Cross the border to Hong Kong and enjoy free time to explore this bustling city.

    Arrival to Shenzhen and cross the border by foot. Catch the metro into the heart of Hong Kong. Prepare for the extreme change of pace and enjoy a last night in the most dynamic city in Asia.

    Private Vehicle
    Yangshuo - Guilin 1h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Local train
    Guilin - Shenzhen 3h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.

    Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong)
    Luohu - Hong Kong
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Hong Kong
    Get around underground via public transit.

    With extra time here, explore Stanley Park, shop and eat in one of the many night markets, visit Victoria Peak or take a harbour cruise for incredible views.

     (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 21 Depart Hong Kong

    Depart at any time.

     (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


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  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 315-450 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. LUGGAGE As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks/rucksacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flights on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

  4. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  5. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  6. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  7. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  8. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  9. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'

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