China Multi-Sport Adventure (14 days)

China is an incredibly diverse country in terms of geography and opportunities for adventure and experiences for the traveler. This 14-day active trip provides an amazing opportunity to explore China from a wide range of perspectives: hike, bike, explore on horseback, travel overland and by air; you will see and experience so much and you will do it in a way that engages your senses and energizes your soul.  Immerse yourself in the rich culture, marvel at the grand monuments to history, enjoy the wonderful food, and get your blood pumping a bit on this epic Multi-Sport trip through China!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

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Arrive in Beijing, China

Accommodation: Red Wall Garden Boutique Hotel

Meals: D

Arrive in Beijing. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Welcome dinner to enjoy Beijing’s (once called ‘Peking’) famous Peking Duck.

Day 2

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Beijing:

  • Visit The Forbidden City
  • Private cooking class

Accommodation: Red Wall Garden Boutique Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

The first day of our China exploration starts with the most beautiful Chinese Imperial Palace with a history of almost six hundred years – The Forbidden City. With 999.5 rooms, it is said to be the world’s largest existing palace complex. When walking inside, you can retrace Chinese history from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.

From here we visit the Hutongs, the small lanes and former courtyard houses of Old Beijing, and Houhai Lake. Take a pedicab ride and visit local families. With one particular local family, we’ll have a chance to learn kite-making and other handicrafts.

Private Cooking Class & Dinner: In the evening, you’ll have the chance to learn the techniques behind your favorite Chinese dishes. The chef promises to explain each step and show how Chinese dishes can be easy to learn!

Day 3

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Beijing:

  • Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
  • Hike up the wall then take the cable car back
  • Visit the Summer Palace

Accommodation: Red Wall Garden Boutique Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

Today we visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. This section was built and restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), on the remnants of a wall originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and has been restored and renovated so the road is now mainly steps. We’ll hike up the wall and when we’re ready to come back, we’ll take the cable car.

After lunch, en route to Beijing we’ll visit the Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese garden design.

Day 4

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Transfer: Fly to Xi’an in the morning

Xi’an:

  • Visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Walk through the Muslim Quarter to visit the Grand Mosque

Accommodation: Zuoyouke Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

Fly to Xi’an in the morning.

Visit to the world famous Terracotta Warriors, a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The human sized figures were modeled after actual soldiers of the Qin Army in detail.

Next we take you for a walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to visit the Grand Mosque. The 60,000 strong Muslim community that lives and works today in Xian traces its history back to Arab and Persian merchants who, after traveling the Silk Road, became permanent residents here for 13 dynasties.

For dinner we’ll take you to a dumpling banquet, where you’ll taste dumplings of many different shapes, sizes and flavors.

Day 5

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Xi’an:

  • Visit the city wall

Transfer: Fly to Chengdu

Chengdu:

  • Visit a local park to see a typical day here
  • Join some local dance, sip some tea, play Chinese chess and learn how to play Mahjong
  • Watch a Sichuan Opera

Accommodation: Tibet Hotel Chengdu

Meals: B, L, D

In the morning we will visit the Xi’an City Wall – the fortification showcases the seamless protection and construction of the ancient capital. The wall measures 13.7 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15 to 18 m in thickness at the base. We’ll bike along part of the City Wall — from the top there’s a great view over the city.

In the afternoon you will fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Chengdu is well-known for two things: its relaxed lifestyle and adorable pandas. The city itself is awash with colourful characters that should make for some interesting subject matter, especially when viewed down the lens of a camera. Today is your day of being a Chengdu local.

Upon arrival, we visit a local park to see a typical day here, join some local dance, sip some tea, play Chinese chess and learn to play Mahjong, a traditional Chinese game using little cubes instead of playing cards. Mahjong is an essential part of the locals’ daily life, and you will see it being played in people’s houses, in teahouses and even on the footpath if the weather is conducive. Later in the day we’ll watch a Sichuan Opera – the art of “Bian-Lian “or “face-changing”.

Day 6

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Chengdu:

  • Morning Taichi practice
  • Learn about the concept of tea and tea ceremony
  • Visit Leshan (“Happy”) Mountain to see the largest stone-carved Buddha

Accommodation: Tibet Hotel Chengdu

Meals: B, L, D

Get up early in the morning to have our Taichi practice. Taichi is a leisurely form of Chinese martial arts known for its health benefits. Then we will have breakfast and some tea, where we can learn about the concept of tea and tea ceremony.

Then, we´ll drive to Leshan (“Happy”) Mountain. The area is known for the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world – the Leshan Giant Buddha — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7

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Chengdu:

  • See pandas at the Panda Breeding Center
  • Visit the largest Chinese medicine herbal market in China
  • Evening walk around Jinli Street with a special night photography seminar

Accommodation: Tibet Hotel Chengdu

Meals: B, L, D

Today we have the opportunity to see the pandas at the Panda Breeding Center.

After lunch, visit the largest Chinese medicine herbal market in China and learn about Chinese medicine and treatment with a local expert.

Evening walk around the historic Jinli Street with a special night photography seminar.

Day 8

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Transfer: Fly to Lijiang

Lijang:

  • Join a walking tour to a local market
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Optional: horse ride around Lashi Lake, explore the town

Accommodation: The Zen Garden

Meals: B, L, D

Fly to Lijiang in the morning.

Lijiang is an ancient town on the tea road, with a history dating back 800 years, and a UNESCO world heritage site. Upon arrival, join a walking tour to a local market selling fruits and vegetables.

In the afternoon, enjoy a horseback ride around Lashi Lake. Or you can explore the town at leisure and prepare for tomorrow’s hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge!

Day 9

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Transfer: drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge:

  • Trek through the famous canyon – total of 8.5 hours over 2 days!

Accommodation: Tea Horse Guesthouse

Meals: B, L, D

Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge, the famous canyon on the Yangtze River, for the start of our big trek! The legend behind this deep canyon says that a tiger made the 25-meter wide leap across the gorge to escape from a hunter…

The trek will be a total of 8.5 hours over two days, overnighting at a rustic guesthouse in the mountains. The trekking in the morning is relatively easy with attractive views of the forest and farmland. The challenging part comes after lunch with “28 bends” to the highest point, for a distant view of the gushing river deep below and of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain beyond.

Day 10

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Tiger Leaping Gorge:

  • Complete the hike

Transfer: Drive to Shaxi

Accommodation: Laomodian Guesthouse Shaxi

Meals: B, L

In the morning we’ll complete our hike of Tiger Leaping Gorge, locally known as Golden Sands River.

Then drive to Shaxi Ancient Town, a historical trading site of the Tea and Horse Caravan Trail that reached the height of its prosperity during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1912).

Day 11

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Shaxi:

  • Visit the Shibaoshan Grottoes

Transfer: drive to Dali

Accommodation: Gurong Hotel

Meals: B, L

Drive to Dali, en route, stopping at the Shibaoshan Grottoes, the site of the 1300 year-old Buddhist rock carvings that signify the spread of Mahayana Buddhism into Yunnan from Tibet.

Explore Dali ancient town in the afternoon.

Day 12

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Dali:

  • Explore the town
  • Explore the two villages nearby: Zhoucheng and Xizhou
  • Bike ride around the Erhai Lake area

Accommodation: Gurong Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

Dali, is the ancient capital of the Bai Kingdom of Nanzhao. Explore the ancient town. In the afternoon, explore two villages nearby: Zhoucheng, famous for its hand-made tie dye traditions, and Xizhou, an ancient Bai village, well-known for its delicate Bai style architecture with thousands of years of history. Then have a bike ride around the Erhai Lake area.

Day 13

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Transfer: From Dali to Kunming

Kunming:

  • Walk around the Green Lake area

Accommodation: Green Lake Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

Departure from Dali. After arriving Kunming, walk around Green Lake area and the flower & bird market.

Day 14

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Transfer to airport for departure

Meals: B

Transfer to airport for your departure.

Accommodation

Red Wall Garden Boutique Hotel, Beijing, China

Red Wall Garden Hotel is located close to the Forbidden City and the famous shopping streets. Guests can enjoy the authentic culture and the modern facilities this hotel offers.


Zuoyouke Hotel, Xi’an, China 

Zuoyouke Hotel is a quirky hotel located on the south side of the city. This hotel is very stylish and showcases interesting art pieces as it combines classic and modern.


Tibet Hotel Chengdu, China

Tibet Hotel Chengdu is located in the city center. This hotel is packed with Tibetan culture such as local food. On weekday evenings, the Tibet Hotel Chengdu showcases Tibetan singing and dancing. Guests can choose from a wide range of facilities and dining halls within the hotel.


The Zen Garden, Lijiang, China

The Zen Garden brings local Naxi, Tea and Chinese culture to the table. This hotel is located at the very top of the Old Town of Lijiang and has an incredible view over the Old Town.


The Tea Horse Guesthouse, Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

The Tea Horse Guesthouse is the perfect place for hikers trekking the Tiger Leaping Gorge to stay overnight. This guesthouse is secluded in the Tiger Leaping Gorge and guests will enjoy the beautiful view around them.


Laomodian Guesthouse Shaxi, China

Laomodian Guesthouse Shaxi is located around a traditional Chinese courtyard. It is a Bai-style house with a couple of rooms and western-style facilities.


The Gurong Hotel, Dali, China

The Gurong Hotel is located by the Cangshan Mountain and the Erhai Lake. This hotel combines both unique architectural style and modern fashion.


Green Lake Hotel, Kunming, China

Green Lake Hotel is located in the core region of the city. This exquisite hotel is a century old. Guests can enjoy 24-hour butler service and the facilities the Green Lake Hotel offers. This hotel is an experience of life of the generations

China Multi-Sport Adventure (14 days)