Enjoy a getaway through northern China from Shanghai to Beijing.

Travel to China and discover the ancient sights and modern delights of the northern region. From Shanghai to Beijing and through the old world cities of Xitang, Xi'an and Pingyao, see the best that North China has to offer. Immerse yourself in this land of friendly people, bustling markets and amazing historical landmarks - China is full of crazy contrasts and profound experiences at every turn.

Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
953kg pp per trip


  • Sample an exotic treat from a street vendor
  • See the sun rise over the Great Wall of China
  • Join the hustle and bustle of busy Beijing
  • Explore the walled city of Pingyao
  • Visit China and see modern Shanghai
  • Sip tea by a canal in charming Xitang
  • Discover the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an


Travel to China and see the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. A perfect blend of old-world character and modern charms, Shanghai is the perfect place to begin your China adventure. Take in the futuristic skyline, stroll the Bund or grab a bargain at the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar. Perhaps stop by the Shanghai Museum and delve deeper into China’s storied history.
Leave the bright lights of Shanghai behind and step back in time in Xitang. Visit ancient villas and stroll alongside the many canals that crisscross the town. Explore the well-preserved Ming and Qing dynasty buildings and absorb the old-world atmosphere.
With a plethora of historical sites and all conveniences of a big city, Xi'an is a place of contrasts. Explore the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque or taste exotic food from busy street stalls. Leave time for an optional visit to China's ancient Terracotta Warriors, lined up with extraordinary military precision. Cycle or walk the city walls and take in the views from the top of the Bell or Drum towers.
The walled city of Pingyao offers a rare glimpse into the architecture of imperial China. Spend the day exploring the temples, houses and museums of this former commercial centre. Perhaps take a calligraphy class or indulge in a relaxing massage.
China's grand city of Beijing is overflowing with both ancient and modern sights. Stroll across Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City, wander through the maze of hutongs and give bargaining skills a workout at the many markets. A chance to see China's most iconic sight - the Great Wall - slowly illuminated by the sunrise is a fitting end to the China Getaway adventure.
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Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Taxi
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hostel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Great Wall - Jinshanling to Gubeikou trek
  • Hutong walking tour
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Walking tour


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Trip notes

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