Get a taste of China on this short but culture-filled adventure. Travel from modern Shanghai to old Beijing and explore busy Xi'an, taking in iconic attractions such as the Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors along the way. Of course, there is time to delve beneath the surface, discovering gourmet delights and learning about Chinese life and traditions.
- Like everything it does, Chinaâs ancient history is on an epic scale â see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)
- Exploring the narrow alleyways of Shanghai's nearby water town of Xitang, you can imagine a life long lost to modernity
- Escape to the countryside, overnight near the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the masses
- Feel the might of Chinaâs imperial power while exploring Beijing's Forbidden City, filled with palaces, gardens and seemingly never-ending grand courtyards
- Sip tea by a canal in a water town
- Salute the ancient Terracotta Warriors
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||12||Duration||9 days|
|Themes||Explorer, Explorer, Make a Difference, Once Upon a Time, Showstoppers|
|Category||Silver||The classic small group tour, with some included activities and staying at reasonably priced accommodation.|
Day 1 - Shanghai
Notes: As we only have one full day in Shanghai as part of the trip, we highly recommend arriving a few days earlier to make the most of your time here. Those who arrive early could visit the Propaganda Museum for a fascinating look at China's revolutionary past, get a bird's eye view of the city from the Pearl Tower's observation decks, wander the Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar, barter in markets, stroll through modern Pudong or scope out the cityâs buzzing nightlife at a local bar. Check out our range of Urban Adventures for the insider's take on exploring the city.
Day 2 - Shanghai
Day 3 - Xitang
Notes: Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face to face with the country and its people, as it's the main form of transport for locals. We use hard sleeper class trains for most of our overnight train journeys. These are not as rough as they sound â compartments are open-plan, clean, with padded three-tiered berths (6 to a compartment). Wherever possible, we will group our travellers together, but this will depend on group size and ticket availability. Sheets, pillows and a blanket are provided. Some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Safe, hot drinking water is always available. It is a good idea to bring a mug, spoon, knife and fork if you will be preparing your own hot drinks or food on the train (as these are not provided in cabins). Basic bathroom facilities with toilets and washbasins are situated at the end of each carriage. As toilet paper isn't always available, it's best to bring an emergency supply. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to. Food is available on the train, but it's a good idea to stock up on snacks for the trip. An optional upgrade from a hard sleeper to a soft sleeper berth (4 travellers per compartment with a lockable door) may be available for some overnight train journeys on this trip. Please contact us for booking and more details.
Day 4 - Xi'an
Day 5 - Xi'an
Day 6 - Great Wall
All rooms have ensuites with hot water, bathroom toiletries and wifi is available. Please note there is no air conditioning here.
Dinner is included here - a great chance to sample local produce and delicious home style cooking.
Day 7 - Beijing
Notes: Some parts of the wall are unrestored so you'll need to concentrate hard to keep your footing. In other parts the trail might take us off the wall to walk alongside it through the countryside. You'll need reasonable fitness and walking shoes with good support and grip for this activity. There are many steps and slopes on the way so be prepared for a tough climb in sections.