This tailored tour gives you the chance to explore two of the most intriguing cities in the modern world, Beijing and Hong Kong and all their wonders, without the need to procure a visa.


7 Days, 6 Nights     FROM US$ 1444 PER PERSON

The magical wonderland of China contains both the ancient and the ultra-modern, with everything between. This tailor-made tour of China allows you the chance to see the best of two of the countries vast metropolis, Beijing and Hong Kong, without the need to obtain a visa in advance.

These futuristic cities are accented by their rich history, which is fascinating to investigate. Thanks to China’s new 72-hour visa exemption rule, you can now visit mainland China with enough time to take in some of the key attractions Beijing has to offer.

This seven-day, six-night tour begins in Beijing and gives you the chance to get a grasp of religion in China and visit three of the most iconic attractions in the country, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace and The Great Wall of China. The tour then moves on to the lively city of Hong Kong, a former UK territory that has retained a strong British accent in terms of lifestyle and culture.

While in Hong Kong you will have the chance to visit many of the markets that reflect the uniqueness of this uber-modern city that contrasts brazenly with old traditions, values and customs. You’ll spend time browsing around the colorful markets near Mongkok before visiting Taiyuen Street in Wanchai, famous for its toys, then end on Ko Shing Street, which houses a seemingly endless number of Chinese pharmacies.

Your trip will end with what Time Magazine call ’Asia’s Best Urban Hike’. You’ll journey across to Shek O Country Park to take on the ’Dragon’s Back Hike’, a scenic walk around an idyllic island that feels a world away from the vast metropolis of Hong Kong.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Walk the ’Dragon’s Back Hike’ which was named by Time Magazine as ’Asia’s Best Urban Hike’ which goes around Shek O Country Park
Take a trip to a lesser-visited section of The Great Wall of China and enjoy a peaceful picnic perched atop the majestic structure
Enjoy visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site The Summer Palace and The Forbidden City
Lift the lid on China’s relationship with religion as you visit the temples of numerous practiced faiths

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Beijing

    Nihao! Welcome to China!We’ll make your first moments as blissful as possible as you adapt to the exotic sights, sounds and smells of China with a chauffeur-driven ride in a private car to the hotel which takes you past the Bird’s Nest stadium, a modern-day icon of China where the 2008 Beijing Olympics began and ended. Next (and if time allows depending on your arrival time), you will pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven Park to see several spectacles that will also enable a better understanding of Chinese society.

    Notable for its architectural simplicity, the Temple of Heaven’s hidden symbolism hints at beliefs even more ancient than Buddhism and Taoism and to a time when the emperor was considered the direct authority on Earth from the heavens.

    The temple experience continues with a visit to the lesser-known White Cloud Temple where Taoist monks still wear their hair in a traditional style and visitors come to rub sculptures representing the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac. If time allows, you’ll also be able to visit Beijing Mosque, a symbol of the expansion of Muslin merchants to China from Central Asia.

    After absorbing and processing an eventful first day, you’ll then be chauffeured back to your carefully hand-picked hotel.

  • Day 2: Beijing

    On your second day in bustling Beijing, we’ll take you to visit the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, one of the most majestic sites in the world.

    Formerly a home of emperors, the Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace in the days of the Ming Dynasty and was lovingly restored in time for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. You’ll have the chance to take in the serene surrounding courtyards and stately rooms of this vast and elegant 720,000-square-meter complex which was completed in 1420 during the reign of Emperor Yongle. The Forbidden City served as the Imperial administrative center until the fall of the Empire in 1911 and according to legend is made up of 9,999 rooms.

    Our guide will take you to climb the hill behind the historic city to get spectacular views of the site and the layout of Beijing, helping you gain a greater understanding of the chaotic city.

    After visiting the Forbidden City, you will be able to enjoy a scenic walk around Beihai Lake. The lake is especially popular with young couples who come for romantic boat trips. Nearby Beihai Lake is also the more lively Houhai Lake which is surrounded by Hutongs. Hutongs are alleyways that play host to traditional courtyard-style homes, many of which have now been converted into pedestrianised streets boasting charming restaurants and bars.

    Your walk will then lead you to the Drum Tower. Here you can attend a demonstration of how, during the Ming Dynasty, the passing of each hour was marked with a drum roll. From the top you can also admire the rooftops of the neighbouring Hutongs and the Clock Tower just opposite.

    Before you are escorted back to your hotel you will take a walk to the Drum Tower. During the Ming Dynasty, the Drum Tower was used to mark the passing of each hour with a drum roll. From the top of the tower you can admire the view of the surrounding rooftops and Clock Tower located opposite.

    Your evening is free to spend as you wish, but be sure to ask your guide for a tasty restaurant recommendation for some fantastic Beijing food. Perhaps you’d like to try Peking Duck, a dish native to the city of Beijing?

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Once more, at your discretion, we again recommend an early rise as we go to visit the most iconic structure in China, if not the world.

    The Great Wall of China is prominent in the minds of most when thinking of this vast nation. Backyard Travel will take you to the Mutianyu section of the wall in the early morning light which provides a great opportunity for photos especially as the early morning is quiet with fewer crowds. Sections of the Wall date back to the Qin Dynasty over 2,000 years ago, and were originally built as defensive positions to protect the Chinese from invading barbarian forces.

    Those who fear that climbing the wall may be beyond them can take a cable car and save their legs for the walk down. Adventurous children can also toboggan ride to the bottom! There will also be a chance to sit down, relax and have a picnic on the 6,000km Great Wall, as you observe and soak in the spectacular views of the rugged lands it was built to protect.

    On the way back to Beijing, our guide will take you to the Summer Palace, a harmonious representation of Chinese culture and architecture. Once a simple imperial garden, the site was redesigned by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century and because of its beauty, the garden has become one of the capital’s major attractions, and was often used in the summer months by the Imperial Court as an escape from the stifling heat of the Forbidden City. Its 2.9km is three-quarters water with striking natural landscapes and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

    After visiting the Summer Palace, your guide will escort you back to central Beijing.

  • Day 4: Beijing - Hong Kong

    Today, after a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will pay visit to the capital’s booming art scene at the ‘798’ art district (as it’s lovingly nicknamed). Situated in Dashanzi in the northeast of Beijing, ‘798’ comprises a number of abandoned factories which were renovated in the 90s by Chinese artists.

    The district is the center of all things art in the city and is regarded by some as the most important arts area in Asia. Not only galleries and exhibitions, the district also houses cafés, restaurants and specialist fashion boutiques supplied by up-and-coming young Chinese designers. You’ll be able to spend an hour or two window shopping your way around the network of narrow alleyways, or relax at a café and people-watch your morning away.

    After visiting the art district, you will take the three-hour (approx.) flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by your guide and then taken to your hotel to check-in. Hong Kong is an island territory that exists under the sovereignty of China ever since it was handed back to the Chinese by the British in 1997.

    Having been a colony of Britain for over 100 years, you can still see much of the impact the Brits had on the small island. For example, many of the street names mimic many you’ll find in London; while several buildings pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II (Hong Kong has a hospital, school and stadium named after HRH).

    Even the buses that service the island are double-decker, just like in London, though instead of the iconic red, Hong Kong double-deckers are commonly gold in color, and all traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road, just like the UK.

    English is also widely spoken everywhere and is still listed as one of the two main languages of Hong Kong (the other being Cantonese Chinese) which is especially handy as all street signs are written in both languages.

    After you’ve checked-in to your hotel you’ll then be free to spend the rest of your day at leisure, acclimatizing yourself to your new surroundings with a leisurely stroll around the city, or by sampling one of Hong Kong’s spectacular restaurants - some of which are amongst the best in the world.

  • Day 5: Hong Kong

    Today you’ll have the chance to explore this wondrous and enigmatic island and really get to experience the true life of the locals with visits to markets and trips on the efficient public transport system. There is plenty of walking included in today’s explorations, so be sure to wear a pair of comfortable shoes!After breakfast your walking tour will begin at the Bird and Flower Markets in Mongkok where you will see many different species of the aforementioned on show. Breeding birds is a favorite hobby of many a local, and you’ll see some truly exotic species on show as you are serenaded around the market by bird calls.

    Next you’ll head to the Goldfish Market, located in Tung Choi Street, which is famous not only for its exotic fish and imaginatively decorated aquariums, but also the dogs, spiders, lizards and snakes that are also on sale! Fish are a popular with people in China and are seen as a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and this lively market is always buzzing with buyers and sellers haggling away.

    While on your guided tour of Hong Kong’s bustling markets you’ll have the choice of stopping for lunch wherever and whenever you please. If you’re still unfamiliar with some of China’s delicacies, why not ask your guide to introduce you to something new? Or, if you have a favorite already, your local guide can take you to find the best place in the area whenever you feel peckish.

    You’ll then continue your journey on the famous Star Ferry, a ride on which is an important part of any visit to Hong Kong, and links Hong Kong Island with Kowloon. National Geographic Traveler listed the ferry crossing as one of the top five city boat trips in the world and the pier itself as one of the top ‘50 places of a lifetime’.

    While on the boat you’ll be able to take some great shots of the city’s famous skyline, one of the most iconic sites in the world. Upon reaching North Point in Hong Kong Island, you’ll move to Chun Yeung Street where you can take in many or the area’s wet markets.

    No matter where you go in the world, markets like you’ll find in this district are wonderful insights into how a community interacts, so take the time to soak in the atmosphere as the market business buzzes around you

    Up next on your guided tour is Taiyuen Street in Winchai, famous for its toys. The street is a paradise for and youngsters in your group...

    As well as those who are young at heart! With something for everyone, this area of Hong Kong stocks everything from classic toys of forgotten eras to the ultra-modern gizmos and gadgets that today’s kids go wild for.

    Your shopping day will end on Ko Shing Street, which houses a seemingly endless number of Chinese pharmacies displaying all sorts of plants and dried roots providing a reminder of how important traditional Chinese medicine is to the local people combined with the modern Western medicine practices introduced by foreigners.

    Pharmacotherapy is a form of treatment that uses pharmacological methods to treat remedies using pills, powders and brews derived from plants (such as ginseng) and other natural sources.

    After a day full of exploration, you may be craving a relaxing, early night, but if you’re still feeling energetic, why not ask your guide for their recommendation for where to go to see the best of Hong Kong’s nightlife, or simply where to go for a tasty local meal. Optional: If you’re feeling game to visit another market, your guide can escort you to the authentic Temple Street night market, which offers a wide variety of seafood and local specialties.

    Please Note: The order of your route may alter slightly, depending on the location of your hotel.

  • Day 6: Hong Kong

    Although your first and foremost thoughts about Hong Kong possibly jump immediately to the high rise city and its magnificent skyline, approximately 75% of the territory is made up of islands filled with hills, trees, greenery, and beaches. The terrain provides ample opportunity to trek and hike, including the ‘Dragon’s Back Hike’ which was named by Time Magazine as ‘Asia’s Best Urban Hike’ which goes around Shek O Country Park.

    So, after a robust breakfast, make sure you put on your best, most comfortable pair of walking shoes and throw some sunscreen in your bag - maybe a swim suit too!Your penultimate day begins with a journey to Shek O Country Park by public transport (MRT and/or bus depending on your hotel’s location). The park hosts an eclectic mix of fishermen, businessmen and expats who seek solace from the manic main island and feels a world away from the buzzing metropolis.

    Your eight-kilometer trek will start from To Tei Wan Village and takes you through bamboo groves up to the crest of the Shek O Peak (284 meters above sea level) which gives a 360-degree viewpoint of the surroundings, with Clear Water Bay to the east and Stanley Beach to the west.

    The walk concludes in Tai Long Wan Village on a beautiful sandy beach. Here you’ll enjoy a much-earned barbecue lunch as you rest your weary feet in the waters that rythmically lap the sand - or even take a dip if the idea compels you!Walk complete, you are then free to enjoy your time in the park before heading back to the main island, or return to your hotel and enjoy your last night enjoying Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife, or take a meal at a delightful restaurant.

  • Day 7: Departure

    Your last day’s schedule if free so, depending on your onward departure time, you can spend the time as you like, before we chauffeur you to the airport. Perhaps you’d like to do some last-minute souvenir shopping, or take the chance to savor some more fabulous Cantonese cuisine? Whatever your whim, our Travel Specialists and Tour Guides will be happy to help!

All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

 Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

 Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

Why Backyard Travel?

Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.
We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.
With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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