A short but sweet adventure from Shanghai to Beijing

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 lifestyles and traditions.

Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
367kg pp per trip


  • Walk a section of China's Great Wall
  • Stand in the centre of Tiananmen Square
  • Visit Beijing's ornate Forbidden City
  • Uncover the spirit of Shanghai
  • Sip tea by a canal in a water town
  • Salute the ancient Terracotta Warriors


Journey to Shanghai, the vibrant pulse of new China. Enjoy free time to barter in markets, stroll through modern Pudong or scope out the city’s buzzing nightlife at a local bar. Take an optional visit to the thought-provoking Shanghai Museum and browse an impressive collection of artwork and bronze.
Today join your leader for a walking tour of historical Shanghai including the Bund with its spectacular array of art deco style buildings, the narrow winding lanes of the Nongtang or the European-influenced French Concession.
The French Concession is the area of Shanghai once designated for the French, consisting of today's Luwan and Xuhui Districts. Luwan's Huaihai Road is a busy shopping street and is also home to both Xintiandi and Tian Zi Fang, extremely popular shopping and dining spots for tourists. The area's tree-lined avenues and their many Tudor mansions still retain an air of the 'Paris of the East'.
Tonight we will catch a performance by the famous Shanghai Acrobats.

As we only have 1 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.
Get a taste of traditional China on a day trip to a ornate water town. Chill out by the canals, sip steaming cups of tea at a local teahouse or learn about local history at one of the many museums. Get lost among the maze of peaceful cobblestone streets lined with village buildings - a nice break from the chaos of modern Shanghai. While here, gliding along the waterways in a gondola is the ideal way to enjoy a real water town experience
Hop aboard an overnight train to Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and the beginning of the ancient Silk Road. Explore this vibrant, modern city that is bursting with some of China’s most famous cultural and historical attractions. Come face-to-face with the imposing Terracotta Warriors, a stoic army set out in battle formation and complete with horses and chariots. Learn about this incredible archaeological site before making a lunch stop at Huiling - an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that assists people in the local community who have intellectual disabilities.
Head to this world wonder and spend a day ambling along the ancient stone pathways that make up the spectacular Great Wall of China.
This morning we will visit a lesser visited section of the Great Wall and spend some time here exploring, taking photos and learning the history of this mighty site. We will go for a short walk here before starting the journey back to Beijing, (approx 3 hours) - our last stop on our journey.
Today we will visit Tiananmen Square (travelling by metro and local bus), which is apparently the largest down town square in the world. Framed by the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its Mao portrait, Mao's Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People and the National Museum it's a place of pilgrimage for Chinese tourists who consider it the heart of their nation.
We will then cross the road and enter the imposing Forbidden City, former home to China's imperial rulers and filled with palaces, gardens and seemingly never-ending grand courtyards.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
View trip notes to read full itinerary


1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Train
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall - Gubeikou section
  • Shanghai - Acrobat Show
  • Shanghai - Walking Tour
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors & Guide
  • Xi'an - Walking Tour
  • Xitang - Walking tour


There are currently no departures for this trip.

{{departure_day.departure_date | date:'EEE d MMMM yyyy'}} {{departure_day.arrival_date | date:'EEE d MMMM yyyy'}}

Style: {{departure.style}}

Boat/Ship: {{departure.vehicle_name}}
On sale Hot deal Departure guaranteed On request
{{product.currency_code}} {{room.base_price | noFractionCurrency:product.currency_symbol}}
{{product.currency_code}} {{room.discount_price | noFractionCurrency:product.currency_symbol}}
Fully booked Bookings closed

Total price per person {{room.room_type | lowercase}}
Includes {{departure.kitty_currency_code}} {{departure.kitty | noFractionCurrency:departure.kitty_currency_symbol}} kitty
Includes {{extra.extras_code}} {{extra.extras_symbol}}{{extra.extras_value}} in local payments Single supplement available from {{product.currency_code}} {{departure.single_supp | noFractionCurrency:product.currency_symbol}}

Contact us to arrange an alternative departure for you

Book {{departure.places_left}} spaces left! space left!

Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. An upgrade to Soft Sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see Trip Notes for full details.

Trip notes

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Your trip notes provide a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what’s included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

View trip notes


Our China Highlights trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 93 reviews in the last year.

China Highlights , January 2016

China Highlights , January 2016