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Are you looking to make your first trip to China or ease your way into a new culture through a more familiar one first? Hong Kong is the ideal springboard for trips to the rest of China. A compact city with a colonial past, international feel, and a vibrant, exciting array of experiences that offer a window on the culture and cuisine of China, Hong Kong never fails to impress.
Here, we've rounded up the top 10 mainland China tours from Hong Kong.
Description: a basic combo route from Hong Kong — four cities with the most popular attractions telling a story of China’s past and present
Marvel at the masterpiece created by Chinese people – the Great Wall – and learn about the history and legend behind it. Explore the Forbidden City where 24 emperors previously lived. Want to discover the romantic affairs and stories about them? We’d like to share them with you.
Next, explore the city of Xi’an. Visit the Terracotta Army and make a mini terracotta warrior yourself. Finally, experience the rise of China in Shanghai. Discover the old Bund buildings. Visit the tallest building in China — the Shanghai Tower. Wander in Yu Garden, a Chinese classical garden.
Check our 8-Day Private Tour: Beijing–Xi'an–Shanghai for inspiration.
Description: A tour from Hong Kong to give you a full impression of China’s history, natural scenery, development, and modernity.
Discover the lifestyle of Beijingers in the Temple of Heaven and learn tai chi there. Appreciate the wonderful night view of the Great Wall at Simatai, which is the only section opened for a night tour. Discover the secrets of the Terracotta Army in Xi’an. Take a stroll along the Bund to go back in time to the Shanghai of the 1920s.
Take a Li River cruise to see the limestone karsts that jut from the banks of the river like many broken teeth. Explore the splendid Longji Rice Terraces. Visit a local Yao minority family and make bamboo rice with them, and taste some oil tea with your host.
Check our 11-Day Classic Wonders Tour: Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai for reference.
Description: a basic combo of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai plus a panda tour and Yangtze cruise
The trip comprehensively captures China's beauty and history, such as the Three Gorges, the Bund, the Summer Palace, Tian'anmen Square, and the Great Wall.
During the 13-day tour, you will have an exciting experience of being a panda keeper for the day in Chengdu, which is the only place in the world where you can feed them.
Check our 13-Day Private Tour: Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu – Yangtze Cruise – Shanghai for reference.
Description: sightseeing plus a wonderful experience to taste five kinds of Chinese cuisine and learn how to cook Chinese cuisine
Try dim sum and discover the authentic street food in Hong Kong. Taste Peking duck in Beijing and learn about the most authentic way to eat it. Enjoy a dumpling banquet in Xi’an and try to make dumplings using different ingredients.
Visit Sichuan Cuisine Museum in Chengdu where professional chefs will teach you how to cook Sichuan cuisine and you will cook some dishes yourself.
This food tour also offers an opportunity to help you learn about Chinese ethnic minority food. You can visit ethnic people who are dressed in their national costumes or are working in the fields in Guilin. Learn about making bamboo tube rice from local people, enjoy a local meal cooked with fresh ingredients, and taste some oil tea.
Check our 13-Day Private Tour: Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu – Guilin – Hong Kong for reference.
Description: A recommended family tour from Hong Kong including child-friendly activities.
Your kids definitely won’t get bored with so many interesting child-friendly activities to do, such as learning mask painting for the Peking opera in Beijing, making mini terracotta warriors and cycling on the ancient city wall in Xi’an.
A trip to Guilin lets you and your kids see the breathtaking natural scenery and helps your kids learn something outside of school. You can go into a field to help a farmer do farmwork with your kids. Planting, plowing, sowing, harvesting, or milling are activities that your children will not learn at school. Have a wonderful family time as you cycle through lush fields, ancient villages, and local markets.
Finally, enjoy a happy family time at Shanghai Disneyland Park. See our 11-Day Happy Family Tour: Beijing–Xi'an–Guilin–Shanghai for reference.
Description: a basic combo of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai plus a panda tour and an idyllic scenery and countryside life experience
Apart from the basic route of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, you can extend your tour to Chengdu and Guilin to make your tour from Hong Kong more colorful.
Chengdu is home to giant pandas and is the only place in the world where you can be a panda-keeper. Feeding the pandas in person is exciting.
A leisurely trip to Guilin will let you see the wonderful countryside scenery just as you will have imagined it to be. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife and culture including water buffalo plowing terraced paddy fields and cormorant birds used by skilled fishermen in centuries-old practices. Take a bicycle ride along small roads and lanes surrounded by paddy fields and orchards. Appreciate the natural scenery through a Li River cruise and pay a visit to a local farmer's home.
Check our 12-Day Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai Tour for reference.
Description: an extension to Tibet for a fresh outlook on China based on the triangle tour of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai
If you want to add some special experiences into your China tour from Hong Kong, then go to Tibet. Tibet is in Southwest China and is totally different from other cities. It is a pure land that is filled with unique culture and original beautiful sights.
Explore an old monastery, visit the Potala Palace, enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Yamdrok Lake and walk along Barkhor Street to experience the local lifestyle.
Check our 13-Day Beautiful China and Holy Tibet Tour for reference.8. Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, and Shanghai Tour from Hong Kong
Description: an educational family vacation from Hong Kong
Different from other tours from Hong Kong, this is an educational tour that will help your kids to learn some Chinese. If your child has a basic knowledge of Chinese, this trip is perfect. It doesn't matter if your kids can't speak any Chinese. After this tour, they will have mastered some basic greetings.
Besides visiting attractions, your local guide will teach your kids how to use Chinese to order dishes and they will learn how to ask for directions in Chinese. As a family, you will learn the art of Chinese calligraphy, have a tai chi class, and learn about China’s traditional national costume.
Check our 13-Day Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Tour for reference.
Description: an extension to experience a relaxing cruise along China's longest river on top of the Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai tour
The Yangtze cruise will enable you have various types of sightseeing and cultural experiences as well as foodie adventures.
You can learn tai chi on the ship in the morning to wake up your body. The scenery of the Three Gorges will be a highlight of the cruise. Then you will see the world's largest dam and most powerful hydroelectric power station — the Three Gorges Dam.
Description: Visit China's ancient cities and celebrated mountains.
For a nature lover and history lover, this is a wonderful trip to explore China’s history and landscapes in five cities and on two mountains.
Learn about what happened in the Forbidden City during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties and why Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, built the Terracotta Army, and learn about his story. You have probably also wanted to know why Shanghai had been prosperous during the 1920s and has remained so until now. This tour will help you find the answers.
1. Be aware of the visa policy. Visitors from approximately 160 countries are allowed to enter Hong Kong without visas. If you are eligible for the 72-hour/144-hour visa-free transit policy in key cities in the mainland, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guilin, you can travel to China from Hong Kong without a visa.
2. Consider the destination from Hong Kong. There are regular flights between Hong Kong and over 40 cities in mainland China. Beijing, as the capital city, is a better choice for the arrival destination from Hong Kong because of the convenient transportation, 144-hour visa-free policy, and more travel choices.
3. Think of the travel time. Generally speaking, you need at least 10 days for your China tours from Hong Kong, of which you need 2 days for Hong Kong and 8 days for a basic China combo travel route. If your time is limited, you can just tour one city from Hong Kong, such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Guilin. Alternatively, contact us to tailor-make your unique tour.
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We can connect your Hong Kong tours with tours in mainland China. Contact us to tailor-make your Hong Kong tours to mainland China. Just tell us your interests and needs.
You can peruse our Hong Kong tours and combine the top 10 tours above to create your China tour from Hong Kong. Our travel adviser will organize the trip for you.
Check our most popular Hong Kong tours, for inspiration: