Take an Express tour of China from Beijing to Shanghai

Travel to China and embark an express tour from Beijing to Shanghai as you experience the ancient wonder of China's most famous attractions. Feel the sturdy rock of the Great Wall of China beneath your boots, imagine the artisans who carved an army of Terracotta Warriors and take time out to sit with the locals and sample fresh cuisine. This trip combines the imperial grandeur of palaces and temples with the vibrancy of modern cities, iconic landmarks and the beauty of nature for the perfect taste of China.

Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
714kg pp per trip


  • Stroll the canals in Suzhou
  • Relax in the serenity of perfect gardens
  • Join the bustle in the 'Paris of the East'
  • Marvel at body-bending acrobats in Shanghai
  • Walk a section of the Great Wall of China
  • See the iconic sights of Beijing
  • Make friends on a visit to a community project
  • Be amazed by the ancient Terracotta Warriors


Travel to Beijing, one of the world's most interesting and influential cities. Visit China’s most iconic sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Admire the impressive Great Wall up close and reflect on the enormous size and scope of this magnificent feat of ancient engineering. In the evenings, consider feasting on traditional Peking duck or sample some tasty street food at a bustling night market.
Use free time to explore Xi'an at a relaxed pace. Why not hire a bike and cycle around the city walls or join locals in their daily tai chi practice. Uncover ancient history on a day trip to the fascinating Terracotta Warriors, and stop at a nearby village to enjoy lunch with a local family before making new friends at Xi'an Huiling - a special community project for people with learning disabilities.
Relax in Suzhou’s ornate gardens and perhaps rent a bicycle to explore the streets, canals and alleyways of this charming town. In free time, choose to visit the Silk Museum and learn about the exquisite craftsmanship required to make silk. In the evening, hit the water on an optional gondola ride and see the elegance of Suzhou from a different perspective.
Board a bullet train bound for the thriving metropolis of Shanghai, where futuristic skyscrapers and colonial buildings vie for space on the Bund. Explore Shanghai's complex network of traditional alleyways and perhaps snaffle a bargain at the Yuyuan Bazaar. Choose to sip cocktails in a modern bar, slurp noodles at a street stall or dine on delicious dumplings at a restaurant. Be amazed by the skill, grace and talent of the Shanghai Acrobats at an evening performance - a memorable way to end this express trip through China’s best sights.
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1 lunch
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train
Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Suzhou - Garden of the Master of the Nets
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Local-style lunch
  • Xi'an - Walking tour


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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. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for full details.
3. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.

Trip notes

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