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This trip blends the perfect mix of Chinas major metropolises with a priceless opportunity to experience traditional rural life. Explore hidden corners of Beijings Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xians famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the gorgeous Li River and marvel at the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Our local CEO knows just where to take you for the best highlights of this incredible country.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 155163
  • Starts: Beijing, China
  • Finishes: Shanghai, China
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing (1D)

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Private Vehicle

02

Day 2: Beijing (1B)

One of the greatest structures ever built, the Great Wall was constructed in stages over 2,000 years. This massive structure stretches 6,000km (3,728 mi) westwards from the sea to western China. The section we visit is called Mutianyu and is one of the best preserved Ming Dynasty sections reachable from Beijing.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 3: Beijing (1B)

Today we delve into the history of Beijing, visiting the dramatic Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Hear tales of emperors and their concubines, a long crafted culture and rich tradition. Witness how ancient Chinese customs are still valued today, while also blended with modern technology and western influences. Visit the Temple of Heaven and its surrounding grounds, full of locals whiling the hours away practicing water calligraphy and Tai Chi, playing cards, and walking pet crickets, all with the colourful Temple of Heaven in the background. Take a walking tour featuring some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets known as hutongs.

Additional Notes:
Please note that the timing of included activities can change and will be spread out over the course of days 2-4.

Included Activities:
Tiananmen Square
Forbidden City Tour
Temple of Heaven
Hutong Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 4: Beijing/Xi’an (1B)

Accommodation this evening will be in Soft Sleeper train cars which have 8-9 compartments per cabin. Each compartment includes 4 beds (two upper and two lower beds) and a sliding door which can be locked. Beds include a quilt, pillow, sheet, and reading lamp with space for luggage in each compartment.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-14.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Xi’an (1B)

Arrive in the ancient Chinese capital and traditional silk road terminus, Xi'an, in the morning. We will be met and transferred to our hotel. After settling in, we will gather for an inner city bike ride along the 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls.

In the evening, explore the multicultural feel of the Muslim Quarter with shopping lanes and street-side food stalls selling naan, kebabs, and a fine array of sweets. Opt to try some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favourite.

Included Activities:
Cycling Xi'an City Walls
Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
Chinese Shadow Puppetry

06

Day 6: Xi’an (1B, 1L)

Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, visit a Village and enjoy lunch. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.

Included Activities:
Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour
Village visit and lunch

Transport:
Private Vehicle

07

Day 7: Xi’an/Yangshuo (1B, 1D)

Fly to Guilin and continue on to China's lush southwest to experience the rural culture and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Li River.

Included Activities:
Li River Cruise

Transport:
Plane (1.75-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.75-2.00 hours, 75km)

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Day 8: Yangshuo (1B, 1D)

Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.

Included Activities:
Countryside Walk
Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo

Transport:
Private Vehicle

09

Day 9: Yangshuo (1B)

Enjoy a free afternoon, which you can choose to spend relaxing. Later on, opt to experience some of Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife.

Included Activities:
Tai Chi Class

10

Day 10: Yangshuo/Shanghai (1B)

In a great day of contrasts, you'll awake overlooking the rural countryside and finish the day in the heart of China's bustling metropolis, Shanghai.

Cosmopolitan Shanghai is a mesmerizing array of old and new, from the 19th century Asian-infused Victorian and early 20th century Art Deco architecture to the bold 21st century futuristic skyline additions.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk of the Bund

Transport:
Private van transfer to airport and private bus from airport to hotel.
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Shanghai (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum or this evening catch the famed Shanghai acrobats performance.

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Day 12: Shanghai (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven
    • Visit Beijing's traditional hutongs
    • Excursion to the Great Wall
    • Xi'an Muslim quarter orientation walk
    • Cycle along the Xi'an city walls
    • Shadow puppetry performance
    • Terracotta warriors tour
    • Lunch in a local village
    • Li River boat ride
    • Walk through the countryside with village visits
    • Cooking class and dinner in Yangshuo
    • Tai chi class
    • Shanghai orientation walk
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus, plane, boat, train, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Walk the Great Wall and cycle along the Xi'an city walls
  • Explore Beijing's traditional alleys and backstreets known as hutongs
  • Enjoy a performance of shadow puppetry
  • Face the Terracotta Warriors and visit the farming community where they were discovered
  • Learn to cook local specialities at a rural cooking school