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Hiking in China

19 days from €6,655pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Witness the sheer magnitude of the Great Wall.

  • See the sunrise over Huangshan.

  • Journey through rice terraces and minority villages.

  • Hike through the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge.

  • Visit the high Tibetan Plateau.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Beijing
  • Huang Shan
  • Tunxi
  • Huang Shan
  • Hangzhou
  • Guilin
  • Longji
  • Lijiang
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Zhongdian
  • Shanghai

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing


Arriving into Beijing you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. Depending on your flight time, you might have time to visit Beihai park or Jingshan park for views over the Forbidden City.

Day 3 Beijing


Today you will be collected from your hotel by your private driver for the two-hour drive from Beijing to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall. We recommend this section as it's far quieter than those closer to Beijing. Although there is a gondola to take you up to the wall, we suggest a circular walk along the wall returning to the start through a valley. Your driver will return you to Beijing in the late afternoon.

Day 4 Beijing


This morning you will be driven to the Temple of Heaven to have a private Tai Chi lesson with a local teacher in the park grounds. It's also a great opportunity to witness local people partaking in morning tai chi, dancing or a game of mah-jong. After lunch you'll take a cycle tour led by a private guide around one of Beijing's historic hutong districts.

Day 5 Tunxi

Beijing , Huang Shan , Tunxi

Today your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you Beijing South train station. Your guide will then show you to your platform, where you'll catch the five and a half to six and a half hour high speed train to Huangshan. On arrival at the station, you're met by your guide and then driven in a private vehicle to your hotel.

Day 6 Huang Shan

Huang Shan

This morning your private guide will accompany you on a gondola ride up Huang Shan Mountain, and you can spend the rest of the day exploring the summit. Your hotel tonight is situated on the mountain, so your day can be as strenuous or gentle as you like.

Day 7 Hangzhou

Huang Shan , Hangzhou

We recommend an early morning today to witness the sunrise over the mountains. There are a number of view points, but your guide will take you to the most appropriate depending on the weather. You then return to Huangshan train station to take the high speed train to Hangzhou, a journey of just over three hours. Your guide will meet you at the station and you'll travel in a private vehicle to your hotel. Depending when your train arrives, you may have time to visit the city's West Lake.

Day 8 Guilin

Hangzhou , Guilin

Your driver picks you up this morning to take you to the airport in time for your two and a half hour flight to Guilin. Arriving into Guilin, your guide will meet you before you travel to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of your day is a leisure — we suggest visiting Elephant Hill or the Sun and Moon Pagodas.

Day 9 Longji

Guilin , Longji

Today you'll travel with your private driver through the lush hills to the Longji Rice Terrace region. You'll stop at Dazhai village, the starting point of the hike to your hotel in Pingan village. Initially a steep climb out of Dazhai, you pass numerous villages with rewarding views over the rice terraces.

Day 10 Longji


Continue your exploration of the rice terrace region with your private guide, before being driven to Pannie village to begin your trek up to Jinfoding Mountain and down to Xinhai. Along the way you pass through numerous Yao villages and, if the weather is clear, you'll be rewarded with views of the Dazhai rice terraces. You're then driven back to Pingan village from Xinhai.

Day 11 Lijiang

Longji , Lijiang

This morning your private driver will take you back to Guilin's airport for your flight to Lijiang. This is an indirect flight with a stop over, usually in Kunming. You will be met at the airport by your guide and driven in a private vehicle to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the Old Town — we recommend visiting Black Dragon Pool for the best views of Jade Dragon Mountain.

Day 12 Lijiang


You will be hiking to Wenhai Lake today. Your guide will meet you at your hotel for the 20 drive to the start of the trek at Yuzhuqintian. It's a three hour hike along a mountain path to reach Wenhai Valley where lunch is provided at local farmers house. It is then a further three hours to Baish village where your driver will meet you for your private transfer back to your hotel.

Day 13 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Lijiang , Tiger Leaping Gorge

This morning you travel to Qiaotou in a private vehicle and begin your guided trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge. The walk to your guesthouse today will take around six to seven hours. The walk can be strenuous at times, especially the final bends before you reach the highest point of the trek, from which it is mostly down hill to your guesthouse.

Day 14 Zhongdian

Tiger Leaping Gorge , Zhongdian

The second day of your trek is a downhill walk of around five hours. Afterwards, your private driver will meet you at Tina's Guesthouse, where the path meets the road, for the two hour drive to Zhongdian.

Day 15 Zhongdian


Today your guide will collect you from your hotel for a private tour of the 300 year-old Songzanlin Monastery giving you insight into the day to day life of its monks. You will then be led over the hill behind the monastery through WangChi Ka village to Napa Lake, where your private driver will meet you and take you to a viewpoint overlooking the lake.

Day 16 Zhongdian


Your private trek through the Ringha Valley begins this morning and should take approximately seven to eight hours.

Day 17 Zhongdian


You have the day to spend at leisure relaxing and exploring Zhongdian. We recommend visiting the Old Town and Sakyamuni and Laksar Temples, which overlook the town next to the large prayer wheel.

Day 18 Shanghai

Zhongdian , Shanghai

This morning you will travel by private vehicle to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. This is an indirect flight, usually with a short stop over in Kunming. You will be met at the airport by your guide and driven to your hotel.

Day 19 International return flight

Shanghai , International return flight

Your driver meets you at your hotel today for the drive back to the airport, where you catch your onward flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Rick
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