Backpacking Tour of China

Company : Oyster Worldwide
Location : China
Duration: 2 weeks to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 1500 £ Pound (UK)

Want to head to China? Choose either the epic 25-day full tour of China or go for the shorter 16-day option. This tour is affordable and packed with amazing stops, jaw-dropping sites and exciting activities.

China is a vast and diverse country with so much to see. This circular tour, starting and ending in Hong Kong, stops at vibrant cities and small rural villages to give you a fantastic overview of what this incredible country has to offer. Led by enthusiastic, experienced leaders, these tours are aimed at showing you the very best of China.

Some key highlights:

  • Groups are usually 20 so plenty of new people to meet and experience China with
  • Chinese food - delicious, authentic and affordable
  • Meet the Giant Pandas - China's national animal
  • Learn Kung-Fu in Shaolin
  • Visit the 'locals only' section of the Great Wall of China
  • Learn Manadarin phrases in free lessons

Stops on the 16-day tour: Hong Kong - Yangshuo - Chengdu - Xi'an - Shaolin - Beijing - Hong Kong.

Stops on the 25-day tour: Hong Kong - Yangshuo - Chengdu - Xi'an - Shaolin - Beijing - Moganshan - Shanghai - Fujian - Macao - Hong Kong.

With dates all year round, book your China adventure today!


Day one – Hong Kong
Meet the group and full briefing from the tour leader

Day two to five – Yangshuo
Home to endless rice paddies and the Li River - Go rafting or choose to try kayaking, deep water soloing, watching a Cormorant fishing demonstration, soaking in mud baths located In underground caves, joining a Chinese cookery class.

Day six to eight – Chengdu
Learn some helpful Mandarin phrases at a free lesson - Visit the iconic pandas at the Panda. Breeding and Research Centre as they eat their bamboo shoots for breakfast - Explore Wenshu Monastery, the Sichuan Province Museum and a traditional Chinese tea-house.

Day nine to ten – Xi’an
Explore the Muslim quarter and try the delicious street foods on offer -  Shop at the Silk Road Market - Volunteer at the Star Sun Home - Visit the unmissable Terracotta Warriors - Cycle around the ancient city’s walls -  Experience a Chinese night out – karaoke!

Day eleven to twelve – Shaolin
Head to Deng-Feng to take part in a Kung Fu lesson - Watch a show performed by a local, temple-run children’s home - Learn more Mandarin in your second free class -  Hike to Dharma Caves- a spiritual place, surrounded by jaw-dropping views.

Day thirteen to sixteen – Beijing
Take part in your third Mandarin lesson - Explore the Great Wall of China - Choose to visit The Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium or enjoy an Acrobat Show - Tour Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

For travellers on the 16-day tour, you will leave on the 16th day.

For those continuing...

Day seventeen to eighteen – Moganshan
Walk through the bamboo nature reserve - Cycle through local village - Hike to the peak of Mogan Mountain -  Catch the bullet train to Shanghai

Day nineteen to twenty one – Shanghai
Head to the Propaganda History Museum - Board a ferry to cross the Huangpu River - Head to the futuristic Nanjing Road - Enjoy the bar scene or head to the rooftop of a skyscraper to enjoy view from a hot tub.

Day twenty two to twenty four – Fujian
Spend the night in a Tulou (a traditional roundhouse) and learn about the Hakka minority people -  Take part in a walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site -  Sip oolong tea samples.

Day twenty five – Macao
Visit the historic centre and explore the ruins of St Paul’s and the Old Fortress - Spend time at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.

Travel on a high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong. Time to say goodbye at the hostel that you started at


  • Bicycle
  • Boat / Ferry
  • Internal Travel
  • Trekking / Hiking


  • Camping
  • Hostel - Dormitory
  • Hostel - Room

Tour Price

Hostel accommodation, internal transport, all taxes and charges, included activities, free Mandarin tuition, a tour guide, 24/7 support

Start Dates

All year round.

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