Xtreme China Experience

Group Backpacking Tour Covering China!

Start and finish this epic 27 day China Group Tour trip in Hong Kong. This awesome loop of China will have  Experiencing the best china has to offer Xtreme Gap style, with a group of like-minded fellow adventurers. The perfect blend of culture, action and adventure, you can discover China with our fully guided groups.

Xtreme China Experience: Trip Highlights

  • Climb Hong Kong´s Victoria Peak
  • Bamboo raft in Yangshuo
  • See pandas in Chengdu
  • Terracotta Army in Xian
  • Have a Kung Fu lesson with Shaolin monks
  • Wake up to sunrise on the Great Wall
  • Sip Champagne on a skyscraper´s roof
  • Stay overnight in a Tulou with the Hakka people
  • Worlds Highest bungee jump
  • Sample Asian delicacies throughout

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Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong

Meet your group at the hostel and travel together up Victoria Peak, where you’ll be able to enjoy incredible views of the bustling
metropolis below! After listening to a short welcome and safety briefing, travel down Victoria Peak back to the hostel. Later, the group will cross the border into Mainland China, going by bullet train and bus to Yangshuo.

Day 2 - : Yangshuo

Arrive and take to the water on your first afternoon in Yangshuo with kayaking as an optional activity. Wake up to the unbelievable karst scenery Yangshuo has to offer. This landscape of rivers, rice paddies and limestone peaks is your playground for the next three
days. Spend the day participating in the first of many free and un-missable attractions: bamboo rafting down the Li River. Put your feet up and relax as you meander downstream.
Once the river has run its course, there are lots of optional activities to be enjoying in Yangshuo. Take
mud-baths in underground caves, attend a Chinese cooking lesson, or try cupping (suction cups on the
back that help circulation). There’s also a chance to visit your adventure leader’s home village.
At the beginning of day 5 board your bus to Guilin, followed by a 7-hour bullet train to arrive in Chengdu in the evening.

Day 6-8: Yangshuo

Arrive in Chengdu and meet your new adventure leader – a fun-loving Sichuanese local. Ease out the strains of your overnight journey with a massage from a blind physical therapist. In the afternoon learn your first Chinese words in a free mandarin lesson!
Afterwards try a traditional Sichuan Hotpot for dinner – a meal where you cook meats and veggies by dipping them into a boiling pot of spicy broth.
The next morning you will visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre, arriving just in time to watch
these national treasures dig into breakfast (bamboo shoots, of course). In the afternoon you’ve got time to visit the world ́s largest stone Buddha (it’s 70m
tall!) in Leshan or you can walk through Chengdu’s Tibetan quarter with its Tibetan shops and cafes (yak dumplings anyone?).
Next morning is your last in Chengdu. Choose between visiting an Autism Children Rehabilitation
Center, The Wenshu Monastery, Mao ́s Statue and a traditional Chinese tea house then board the bullet train to your next destination: Xi ́an.

Day 9 to 10: Xi’an

Today, after a beautiful free morning, you can join the group for an optional bike tour around the ancient city walls of the former dynastic capital. A great way
to get your bearings. In the late afternoon you can explore Xi’an’s fascinating Muslim Quarter, where
you’ll see unique Chinese mosques and sample the delights of Hui Muslim street food carts. The lamb
skewers are a must! Afterwards you ́ve got the opportunity to visit the Silk Road market nearby. Next morning we visit the jewel in Xi’an’s crown: the Terracotta Warriors, a full-sized stone army designed to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife. In the evening have a Chinese-style night of
fun with a visit to the famous Big Goose Pagoda to watch the music & light show.

Day 11 to 12: Shaolin

In the morning, take a private minivan and afterwards a 6-hour bus to Deng-Feng, the closest village to the Shaolin Temple. After your arrival, you’ll have the chance to put your strength and flexibility to the test in a Kung Fu lesson and then watch a show at a local children ́s home run by the shaolin temple. In the evening your second mandarin lesson starts – good luck/Yiqiè shùnlì!
Rise early if you wish to visit the flagship of Kung Fu – the Shaolin Temple! In the beautiful temple
courtyards you’ll see masterful displays and physically impossible feats from these Kung Fu masters. Had enough of temples or kung-fu? Visit the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site with over 100,000 carved Buddha’s. Afterwards the group hikes together to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims. You will be rewarded
with beautiful views of both the shrines and the surrounding landscapes. In the evening you depart to Zhengzhou to board your night train to Beijing.

Day 13 to 16: Beijing

In the morning, we head off to our next unmissable attraction, The Great Wall of China! We go to a
deserted section of the Wall, where we will have the place to ourselves! Hike along this wonder of the world as the sun sets, before pitching up your tent for a night camping. Wake up the next morning for what will be one of the
most memorable sunrises of your life. Afterwards return to Beijing where you can visit the Temple of
Heaven, fake goods market, or enjoy in the afternoon the incredible Beijing Acrobatics Show. For dinner you’ve got the opportunity to taste one of Beijing ́s signature dishes: famous Peking Roast Duck. After a morning spent relaxing in the hostel in Beijing
and our third Mandarin lesson, it’s off to see the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and a night
market where you can try snake, scorpion and a host of other “mouth-watering delicacies”. In the late afternoon, take a wander around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways and visit Nanluo district (one of the best preserved areas in Beijing) before saying
goodbye to your Adventure Leader.

Day 17 to 18: Hangzhou

After arriving in Hangzhou we head to West Lake for a relaxing boat tour. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about China’s trade history,
with visits to the China National Tea Museum or the National Silk Museum. As the day comes to a close, embark on a hike up Jiuyao Mountain to catch the beautiful sunset over West Lake and the rest of the city. Finish the night with a delicious group dinner in the city centre. The next morning, why not explore Hangzhou old town, known for its street artists, boutiques and traditional teahouses. Afterwards, head to Misty Forest for a hike around the Nine Creeks area. After a morning full of exercise, make your way back to the hostel to freshen up and grab some lunch. Check out of your accommodation and transfer to Hangzhou Station as you prepare to catch the bullet train for our next destination: Shanghai!

Day 19 to 21: Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the world’s biggest cities by population, and does not disappoint in what it has
to offer. Enjoy a free day open arrival to explore the city as you wish. We provide plenty of suggestions, including Disneyland, Moganshan Art Street and
Zhujiajiao Watertown!
Begin the following day with a Mandarin lesson from a professional teacher. Afterwards, walk to the Yu Gardens and back – a bustling historical site of a former dignitaries lavish family quarters. See People’s Square, then visit the world’s busiest shopping street, West Nanjing Road. Go for a walk along the Bund, a hub of global architecture. On your last day in the city take a stroll through the former French Concession to hear about Shanghai’s international history, visit a secretive propaganda history museum, visit TianZiFang a local artisan’s lane that blends the chique and traditional to Tianzifang, take in the sights of the ultra-modern Shanghai financial district and, if you’re feeling brave,
do a Skywalk at a stunning 340 meters above the ground. End the day enjoying a glass of champagne
in a hot tub, atop a skyscraper overlooking the city.

Day 22 to 24: Fujian

Today we take the bullet train to Nanjing in Fujian province, arguably the most picturesque
area in the whole of Asia. You spend the night in a Tulou (the Hakka people’s roundhouse).
There are over 30,000 Tulous in Fujian which still host the Hakka minority people today. This
provides an opportunity to not just observe, but also actively experience their fascinating
way of life. In the morning participate in another unmissable
activity: a walking tour around the
UNESCO World Heritage Site exploring the neighbouring round-houses and the beautiful
countryside. Later we will head to a tea plantations to sample some fresh oolong tea. Take some cash if you’d like to purchase some!
In the afternoon you can cycle to a
neighbouring village that is famous for its beautiful rivers and mountains. After arriving back, you’ve got some free time to relax with the locals before dinner. In the evening take the night train to Guangzhou.

Day 25: Macao & Hong Kong

Visit Macao’s Historic Centre and tour the Ruins of St Paul’s and the Old Fortress. Take a short drive to
the Macau Tower and try the world’s highest bungee jump! (Approx. £350/$420) Next, we’ll visit the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, take a stroll alongside the canals and marvel at the gondolas and gondoliersbellissimo!!
In the evening, we’re taking the high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong and to the hostel we started our adventure.


We include all of the accommodation during this China group tour. We usually use hostels based on shared rooms. There is the option to upgrade your own room at a cost of about £25 per night. Please give us a couple of weeks notice if that is your intention.

We regularly do check Hostels to Make Sure They Are Clean and Secure.

The idea of accommodation in China can send a shiver down your spine, but each hostel has modern showers washing facilities and Internet  access.

Some of this trip is spent camping on the great Wall of China, you do not need to bring camping equipment it is all included for you. We spend one night on a traditional organic farm and you will also get the opportunity to sleep in a roundhouse as well.

Five of our nights we sleep on sleeper trains, this is a great way to travel because you wake up somewhere new without spending  your days on the move. Sleeper trains all have flat beds, and there are a lot of fun. If you wish you can upgrade to first class sleeper cabin on the following routes.

Yangshuo to Chengdu, Chengdu to Xian, Shaolin to Beijing, or Fujian to Macau. Each journey costs £30. Please let us know a couple of weeks prior to departure if you do wish to upgrade.


25 Days - 

USD 1939

27 Days - With two extra nights accommodation pre And post

USD 2099

What's Included?

  • Detailed predeparture support
  • Fully guided China group tour
  • Comprehensive introduction and orientation session
  • All accommodation in Guesthouses &  camping
  • A ride on the famous bullet train
  • One night in a traditional roundhouse
  • Transport and beds on night trains
  • All local transport
  • Mandarin tuition for beginners on the night trains
  • A combination of Western and Chinese English-speaking tour guides
  • Victoria Peak climb in Hong Kong
  • Traditional tea Plantation visit
  • Bamboo rafting on the Li River
  • Overnight hike on the great wall of China
  • A visit to the Terracotta Warriors
  • Panda visit in Chengdu
  • Children’s school visit in Shaolin With kung fu demonstration
  • All taxes and charges
  • 24 hour support

What's Excluded?

  • Transfers to and from the airport (although this is very easy)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Optional activities
  • Meals

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Please note this trip does not include food. So you will need to budget approximately £10 per day to cover your meals. The guide will always suggest good places to eat, usually most people eat together. An average meal will cost around 30RMB (approx £3) per person.

    If you want to go exceptionally cheap, you can always grab a bowl of noodles or fried rice for as little as 10RMB (approx £1).

    You can also get Western food and most of the hostels where you stay and this will cost about three pounds, but hey you are in China take full advantage.

  • You will need a VISA for this trip. A tourist VISA can be obtained at the Chinese embassy relatively easily. You will need a letter of invitation, which we will send you after you have paid your final balance so we advise you to book early so you can arrange your VISA in good time.

  • We usually run groups between 10 and 18 people,the minimum group size is 5, it might be you have a train section with less to meet up with the bigger group.

  • The cost of the room upgrade is $850 USD – for a single or twin or double room. The upgrade from a hard sleeper ticket on the trains to a soft sleeper ticket – for a more private compartment – is $190 USD.

  • This trip is most popular with people between 18-25 but we get all ages travelling with us.

  • This trip starts at 7am on the start day so most people arrive one day early. We start with a hike up Victoria Peak to see the view over Hong Kong. Then we return to the hostel to get our bags and leave Hong Kong at 11am. This is the latest you can arrive to join the trip.

    If you choose the 27-day option you can arrive anytime. Check in to the accommodation is after 2pm but you can relax in the lounge if you arrive earlier. This trip starts at 7am on the start day so most people arrive one day early. We start with a hike up Victoria Peak to see the view over Hong Kong. Then we return to the hostel to get our bags and leave Hong Kong at 11am. This is the latest you can arrive to join the trip.

    If you join the 25-day trip you need to meet the group at 7am.We start with a hike up Victoria Peak to see the view over Hong Kong. Then we return to the hostel to get our bags and leave Hong Kong at 11am. This is the latest you can arrive to join the trip.
    The trip finishes on the last day with a trip to Macau. After this you will arrive back in Hong Kong for 10pm. If you wish to leave earlier, you can skip Macau and arrive back in Hong Kong for around 4pm. Most people book the extra nights accommodation and travel the next day.

  • Yes, it’s really easy to organise and you can spend the full day there. In Shanghai you have a free day without any activities organised so trippers can spend the day doing something like Disneyland!
    The Adventure Leader can help you get tickets and with directions to go to the park.

Xtreme China Experience Trip Dates

25 day trip dates (excluding pre and post accommodation)

2020 Start Dates

March 09/03/2020 to 02/04/2020
March 11/03/2020 to 04/04/2020
March 18/03/2020 to 11/04/2020
March 25/03/2020 to 18/04/2020

April 01/04/2020 to 25/04/2020
April 06/04/2020 to 30/04/2020
April 08/04/2020 to 02/05/2020
April 15/04/2020 to 09/05/2020
April 22/04/2020 to 16/05/2020
April 29/04/2020 to 23/05/2020

May 06/05/2020 to 30/05/2020
May 11/05/2020 to 04/06/2020
May 13/05/2020 to 06/06/2020
May 20/05/2020 to 13/06/2020
May 25/05/2020 to 18/06/2020
May 27/05/2020 to 20/06/2020

June 03/06/2020 to 27/06/2020
June 08/06/2020 to 02/07/2020
June 10/06/2020 to 04/07/2020
June 17/06/2020 to 11/07/2020
June 24/06/2020 to 18/07/2020
July 01/07/2020 to 25/07/2020
July 06/07/2020 to 30/07/2020
July 08/07/2020 to 01/08/2020
July 15/07/2020 to 08/08/2020
July 22/07/2020 to 15/08/2020
July 27/07/2020 to 20/08/2020
July 29/07/2020 to 22/08/2020

August 05/08/2020 to 29/08/2020
August 10/08/2020 to 03/09/2020
August 12/08/2020 to 05/09/2020
August 19/08/2020 to 12/09/2020
August 26/08/2020 to 19/09/2020

September 02/09/2020 to 26/09/2020
September 07/09/2020 to 01/10/2020
September 14/09/2020 to 08/10/2020
September 16/09/2020 to 10/10/2020
September 23/09/2020 to 17/10/2020
September 30/09/2020 to 24/10/2020

October 07/10/2020 to 31/10/2020
October 14/10/2020 to 07/11/2020
October 19/10/2020 to 12/11/2020
October 21/10/2020 to 14/11/2020
October 28/10/2020 to 21/11/2020

November 04/11/2020 to 28/11/2020

2021 Start and departure dates:

March 10/03/2021 – 03/04/2021
March 17/03/2021 – 10/04/2021
March 24/03/2021 – 17/04/2021

April 05/04/2021 – 29/04/2021
April 07/04/2021 – 01/05/2021
April 14/04/2021 – 08/05/2021
April 26/04/2021 – 20/05/2021

May 05/05/2021 – 29/05/2021
May 12/05/2021 – 05/06/2021
May 19/05/2021 – 12/06/2021
May 24/05/2021 – 17/06/2021

June 02/06/2021 – 26/06/2021
June 09/06/2021 – 03/07/2021
June 16/06/2021 – 10/07/2021
June 23/06/2021 – 17/07/2021
June 30/06/2021 – 24/07/2021

July 05/07/2021 – 29/07/2021
July 14/07/2021 – 07/08/2021
July 21/07/2021 – 14/08/2021
July 28/07/2021 – 21/08/2021

August 04/08/2021 – 28/08/2021
August 11/08/2021 – 04/09/2021
August 18/08/2021 – 11/09/2021
August 25/08/2021 – 18/09/2021

September 01/09/2021 – 25/09/2021
September 06/09/2021 – 30/09/2021
September 15/09/2021 – 09/10/2021
September 22/09/2021 – 16/10/2021

October 06/10/2021 – 30/10/2021
October 13/10/2021 – 06/11/2021
October 27/10/2021 – 20/11/2021

November 03/11/2021 – 27/11/2021

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