China on a Shoestring

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  • duration 25 days
  • tour type Group
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
  • Ends Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
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Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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  • Bright lights of Hong Kong
  • Active adventure in Yangshuo
  • Cute Pandas
  • The Terracotta Warriors
The "China On A Shoestring" trip starts and ends in Hong Kong Island. The "China On A Shoestring" trip is an explorer tour that takes 25 days taking you through Hong Kong Island, Xi'an, Moganshan, Fujian and 7 other destinations in China and Hong Kong. This is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This 25-day full circuit of China take in all the major sites and more. An amazing budget china tour that covers Hong Kong, Chengdu, Beijing & Shanghai, along with plenty of off-the-beaten track adventures and activities along the way.

Starting and ending in the dazzling city of Hong Kong, we take you on a budget tour of China beginning with Yangshuo and its towering karst mountains, green fertile fields, and a long list of adventure activities to try out. It's then on to Chengdu for an encounter with the endangered but equally endearing panda bear.

Next we drop in to Xi'an for a shot of China's rich and ancient cultural history, and a visit to the world famous Terracotta Warriors. Continuing on to Dengfeng, home to the iconic Shaolin Temple, it's all out kung fu madness, with a chance to watch and even train with the masters of martial arts. Eventually we reach Beijing, China's bustling capital, and from here we take a trip out to the unmissable Great Wall of China and a night camping on the walls, and also enjoy a spectacular sunset and sunrise.

Heading towards Shanghai we spend a little time in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province amongst the beautiful bamboo forests and crystal clear lagoons, before reaching the world's biggest city. A night out in Shanghai is an experience you'll never forget. We finally work our way back to Hong Kong, stopping off in Fujian en route to sample rural China at its best.
  • Day 1 : Meet in Hong Kong
  • Day 2 : Yangshuo, bamboo raft cruise
  • Day 3 : Yangshuo, cooking course
  • Day 4 : Yangshuo, free day (optional excursions available)
  • Day 5 : Yangshuo, train to Chengdu
  • Day 6 : Chengdu, blind massage option & Chinese lesson
  • Day 7 : Chengdu, Panda breeding centre
  • Day 8 : Chengdu, free time (optional excursions available), then train to Xi'an
  • Day 9 : Xi'an, optional cycling tour
  • Day 10 : Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors tour
  • Day 11 : Dengfeng, optional kung fu lesson & show
  • Day 12 Dengfeng (optional excursions available), overnight train to Beijing
  • Day 13 : Arrive in Beijing, Mandarin Challenge & Great Wall
  • Day 14 : Beijing, free day (optional excursions available)
  • Day 15 : Beijing, free day (optional excursions available)
  • Day 16 : Beijing, free day (optional excursions available), then overnight train to Hangzhou
  • Day 17 : Arrive Hangzhou, transfer to Moganshan, lagoon trek
  • Day 18 : Mogansan Peak option, transfer to Shanghai
  • Day 19 : Shanghai, free day (optional excursions available)
  • Day 20 Shanghai, free day (optional excursions available)
  • Day 21 : Shanghai, free day (optional excursions available)
  • Day 22 : Train to Fujian
  • Day 23 : Fujian, roundhouse & tea plantation tour
  • Day 24 : Fujian, cycling tour
  • Day 25 : Hong Kong, tour ends
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in basic hostels
  • All transport and transfers in trains, buses & public transport
  • Bilingual adventure leaders
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entry fees to included activities
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Airport arrival & departure transfer service (optional on request)
  • All meals
  • Optional activies
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this China on a Shoestring tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 November 2021, a deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

China on a Shoestring tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this China on a Shoestring tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Tours will be reduced to smaller group sizes to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This package trip adheres to protocols which are in line with the recommendations from the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travel’ guidelines.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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